Sunday, March 15, 2009

Free conference for ethnic media journalists

Ethnic media journalists can apply for a brief all-expenses paid program on urban environmental justice.

"The first part of the program, consisting of discussions with experts on environmental justice, plus field reporting and professional workshops, will take place in Los Angeles, beginning on the evening of April 30, 2009, and ending on May 6," the announcement states. "The Fellows will gather again in late July for sessions in Chicago."

Applicants must be employed by ethnic media news organizations or be independent journalists who regularly cover ethnic communities in the U.S. or racial justice issues. The program is sponsored by USC's Annenberg Institute for Justice and Journalism.

Apply online by March 23.

Location: Los Angeles, California

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Monday, February 23, 2009

Paid internship to cover journalism convention

Attention: College journalists. How does a free week-long trip to Chicago to get a bunch of clips covering national and international newsmakers sound?

If you're interested, apply for a chance to help cover the American Society of Newspaper Editors' annual convention, which runs April 24-29 at Chicago's Fairmont Hotel.

Each year, ASNE invites juniors, seniors, and graduate journalism students to produce a daily newspaper for its convention, which it bills as "the largest gathering of U.S. editors." Students write and copy-edit stories, shoot photographs, design web pages, and produce an online edition of The ASNE Reporter. This year, 18 students will be selected to work side-by-side with professional newspaper journalists as reporters, copy editors, photographers, page designers, and online producers.

Transportation and housing will be provided for students from out of the area. A small stipend will also be provided.

Application deadline is March 1. For more information, please contact Bobbi Bowman at (703) 453-1126, or send e-mail to

Location: Chicago, Illinois

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Saturday, February 21, 2009

Workshop on journalism & community organizing

Citizen journalists and community organizers can apply for a scholarship to attend a weekend workshop on the media and community organizing, called "The Organizing of the President", that will occur April 24-26 in the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts.

The scholarships, sponsored by the Narco News School of Authentic Journalism and the Rowe Conference Center, include the full costs of room, board and conference fee for - but do not include travel costs.

"The scholarships will go to community organizers that seek to better utilize journalism and the Internet in their organizing work, or to independent journalists, media makers or bloggers that report on community organizing campaigns," the announcement states.

Applications are due by March 15. To receive an application, e-mail

Location: Berkshire Mountains, Massachusetts

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Saturday, November 15, 2008

Free journalism conference on crime

Applications are being accepted for a two-day conference in New York on covering crime.

Fifteen journalists will be awarded fellowships to attend the conference, on February 2nd and 3rd, at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

"We are seeking applications from journalists writing or broadcasting in a variety of beats (education, politics, health, crime, courts, etc.) to submit project/research ideas based on the major theme of the symposium: key criminal justice challenges facing the nation," according to organizers of the 4th Annual John Jay College /H.F. Guggenheim Conference on Crime in America.

Possible proposal topics include: crime and punishment (sentencing; prisons); science and crime (forensic issues, etc.); issues linking crime with environment, the economy, urban affairs or education trends; race and criminal justice; juvenile justice; homeland security and civil liberties; politics of crime; new crime prevention and policing strategies, etc.

Applications should focus on the intersection of reporters' assigned beats with criminal justice, and be related to work in progress or proposed work. The project should be supported by a senior editor, with a letter attesting to their commitment.

Fellows will be required to attend both days of the conference in its entirety. Fellows from outside the New York area will be an awarded an all expense-paid trip to NYC for three days. In lieu of travel expenses, New York-region journalists will be awarded a $500 stipend to be used towards their proposed news projects. Meals and local travel will be provided for all Fellows for the duration of the symposium.

Applications will consist of a 300-word biography, a 300-word project pitch and a supporting letter from editor. The deadline to apply is December 12. For more info, contact Cara Tabachnick at (212) 484-1175 or

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Monday, September 22, 2008

Political journalism conference for college students

The Institute on Political Journalism invites students to attend a two-day conference, from Nov. 7-8, in Washington, D.C., for some post-election reflection and fun. Come hone your professional skills, network with working journalists, meet fellow journalism students from across the county.

Speakers will include members from the press, pundits and policy makers who were all part of this historic election season.

Panel sessions will include:

* Covering Capitol Hill: The Story behind the story
* Media Bias in Presidential Elections: Say it isn’t so!
* Sex, Lies, & Slander: Misbehaving politicians & the press who covers them
* Covering the Campaign of '08: View from the press bus
* Live from the White House!: Reporters who cover the President
* Only the Facts Please: Rumors versus sources
* Reporting with Polls: What the numbers don’t tell us
* Report Card on the Press: How well were economic & business issues covered

In addition, students will:

· Meet potential employers
· Visit Washington’s new and exciting Newseum
· Tour the U.S. Capitol Building

The conference is open to college students with an interest in journalism and politics as well as faculty members or media advisers.

The conference registration fee of $75 includes conference sessions, materials and most meals. Participants requiring overnight accommodations will be charged the discounted room rate of $75 per person per night (double occupancy) and $150 per person per night (single occupancy). Registration is limited, so register online by the early deadline of October 1 to reserve your spot and to take advantage of special discounted rates!

For more information on the conference, please contact IPJ Director Joe Starrs at or (202) 986-0384.

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Thursday, August 21, 2008

Free journalism conference on climate change

The McCormick Tribune Specialized Reporting Institute on Climate Change is offering an all-expense paid conference October 12-14 at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. Meals, lodging and a travel stipend will be provided.

"During the conference, you’ll learn from experts and insiders what kind of energy, economic and environmental policies to expect from a McCain or Obama administration. You’ll find out more about carbon issues before the upcoming U.N. Climate Change Conference. And you’ll be able to more fully explore the impact of climate change at local, national and international levels."

The application deadline is September 8.

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Friday, July 25, 2008

Free workshop in Iran on media & religion

I received this announcement via e-mail:
The First Students Workshop on Peace, Religion and Media will be held in Iran, from November 9th to 22nd, 2008m simultaneously with The Second International Conference on Religion and Media. It will provide a unique opportunity in a friendly environment for the young participants to explore the complicated relationship between religion and media and to enhance their knowledge and skills in redirecting the power of this relationship towards the positive aim of building a culture of peace.

We cordially invite young journalists, film and media activists, NGO workers, peace and human rights activists, community leaders and researchers who have at least a bachelor degree in related fields to apply for the workshop.

All costs of the program in Iran (accommodation, food, local transport, etc) will be covered for participants but they are responsible for their own airfare.

Further information could be found here:

Mahdiye Tavakol
Program Director

IRIB University,
Niyayesh Highway, Vali-e-Asr Street,
Tehran, Iran.
Tel: +98 21 22652238
Fax: +98 21 22652238

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Sunday, September 2, 2007

2007-08 Presentations

This academic year, I will be speaking at the following conferences:
  • Society of Professional Journalists; Oct. 6 in Washington, DC.
  • Journalism Education Association; Nov. 9 in Philadelphia, PA.
  • Institute on Political Journalism, Decision 2008; Dec. 1 in Washington, DC.
  • Garden State Scholastic Press Association; Spring 2008 in New Jersey.
If you're in the area, stop by.

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