Monday, March 15, 2010

Online summer courses in media law & journalism

This summer, you can earn college credits studying newswriting or media law -- all while tanning on the beach or lounging in your living room.

I'm teaching online courses on "Writing for Newspapers" (a.k.a. Newswriting) and "Free Speech, Media Law & Democracy" through Adelphi University, where I'm a professor. The 3-credit classes feature video lectures, interactive exercises and class discussions, all of which can be done through your computer. You never need to set foot in an actual classroom.

In the 4-week Media Law class, students learn about the First Amendment, free speech, copyright, libel, protecting confidential sources, getting government records, cyberspace issues and other media law issues from a lawyer and former journalist.

In the 8-week Newswriting course, students learn how to report, interview, write and revise news stories. Students will be assigned to cover real news stories and will receive detailed feedback. In the past, students have had articles published in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Newsday, Charleston (S.C.) Post & Courier and other newspapers.

For more info, click here or contact me. Space is limited, so register ASAP.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Journalism scholarship for Cincinnati area students

Two newspapers in suburban Cincinnati are offering $2,500 journalism scholarships for college students from their coverage areas.

The Hamilton Journal News and the Middletown Journal have each established $2,500 scholarships "to assist students in the completion of their education in career areas that serve newspapers. These areas include journalism, advertising, marketing, art, accounting and computer services."

Applicants must be at least a college sophomore, demonstrate interest in pursuing a newspaper career, reside (or have parents who reside) in the communities served by the Hamilton Journal News and the Middletown Journal and have a minimum 3.0 GPA for at least the previous academic year.

The filing deadline is May 8. Applications can be obtained from the Hamilton Journal News or the Middletown Journal offices or online at www.journal-news.com or 
www.middletownjournal.com.

Send application and supportive materials, including college transcripts, one letter of recommendation and an essay to: James M. Cox, Jr. Foundation Scholarship, c/o Edwina Blackwell Clark, Southwest Group/Cox Ohio Publishing, 7320 Yankee Road, Liberty Twp., OH 45044.

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Monday, April 13, 2009

Online summer course in Media Law

This summer, you can earn 3 college credits studying media law -- all while tanning on the beach or lounging in your living room.

I'm teaching an online course on Mass Communication Law through Marist College, where I'm a professor. The 10-week class features video lectures and class discussions, which can be done through your computer. Learn about the First Amendment, free speech, copyright, libel, protecting confidential sources, getting government records, cyberspace issues and other media law issues from a lawyer and former journalist. You never need to set foot in an actual classroom.

For more info, click here. Register ASAP -- only five spots remain.

-Mark Grabowski

Location: Telecommute, Anywhere, United States

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Online class in media law

This summer, you can earn 3 college credits studying media law -- all while sitting on the beach.

I'm teaching an online course on Mass Communication Law through Marist College, where I'm a professor. The 10-week class features video lectures and class discussions, which can be done through your computer. Learn about the First Amendment, free speech, copyright, libel, protecting sources, getting government records, cyberspace issues and other media law issues from a lawyer and former journalist. You never need to set foot in an actual classroom.

For more info, click here.

-Mark Grabowski

Location: Anywhere, Telecommute, United States

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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Take my college journalism course online

This summer, you can take my Introduction to Journalism course online.

My 10-week interactive online course is designed to teach students with little or no practical experience in journalism the process of reporting and writing the news. The 3-credit course is offered through Marist College, where I'm a full-time professor. Because the course is taught online, no traveling is required and you can take lessons when it's convenient for you.

The course will introduce students to the way reporters do their jobs – how they think, act and produce newsworthy stories. New media will also be covered. Students will learn by reading, studying, questioning, discussing and practicing the craft of journalism. They will learn how to report, interview, write and revise news stories – and become a more discerning consumer of news.

Lessons feature video lectures, interactive exercises and class discussions – all from the convenience of the student’s computer. Students will be assigned to cover real news stories and will receive detailed feedback. I'll also work with students to help them get their stories published. In the past year, my students have been published in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Bergen Record, Asbury Park Press, Bucks County Courier Times, Poughkeepsie Journal and other newspapers.

For more info or to register, visit Marist's website.

Mark Grabowski
Webmaster
CubReporters.org

Location: Anywhere, Telecommute, United States

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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Journalism scholarships for Florida residents

Florida residents can apply for a $1,200 scholarship to study journalism.

The Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections will award three scholarships. "Applicants must be registered voters who have lived in Florida at least two years and must be majoring in political science, public administration, business administration, journalism or mass communication at an accredited senior college or university," the announcement states.

Deadline to apply is March 20. Download an application online.

Location: Florida

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Journalism scholarship for New Zealanders

A full scholarship to study journalism at AUT University in Auckland is available for New Zealand citizens and permanent residents.

Indian Newslink, a community newspaper, will pay the tuition fee, student services fee and Student Association fee for one student admitted every year into one of the university’s one-year postgraduate programs, including the postgraduate diploma in Communication Studies (journalism) and the Bachelor of Communication Studies (Hons).

The first scholarship will be awarded this year, for a student to study in the 2010 academic year. Contact the university for more information.

Location: Auckland, New Zealand

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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

High school journalism camp @ Yale

Connecticut high school students can apply for a free week-long summer journalism program at Yale University in New Haven, Conn.

The Yale Daily News Summer Journalism Program is run entirely by undergraduate staff members of the Yale Daily News. During the week, high school students participate in workshops on the fundamentals of reporting and writing, attend lectures by guest speakers from major national publications, and work hands-on reporting a story. The week culminates with the production of an issue of the Yale Daily News.

The free program is limited to Connecticut residents and is geared toward those with writing or journalism experience, but any Connecticut high school student with an interest in journalism, writing or photography may apply. The program will be held August 17 through August 22, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. each day. There is no housing available in New Haven, and students are expected to return home each evening.

Applications are due in mid-May. For questions, e-mail Bharat Ayyar at Bharat.Ayyar@yale.edu or call Editor-in-Chief Andrew Mangino at (973) 432-2765. To apply, click here.

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Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Newsroom math online tutorial

Journalists would rather craft sentences than crunch numbers. But having some basic math skills is essential because many stories involve numbers: stories about political polls, budgets, salaries, surveys, test scores, census data and almost all sports.

I've created a quick online tutorial on "Newsroom Math" to help journalists brush up.



-Mark Grabowski

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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

How to write good leads

The video below explains how to write good leads in stories.

It covers summary leads, delayed-identification leads and various creative leads. The 30-minute tutorial is the latest Journalism 101 lesson I've created for CubReporters.org's education page. There are also some interactive exercises to practice your skills.

Please share it with your classmates, coworkers, professors and editors.



-Mark Grabowski

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Thursday, November 20, 2008

How to quote sources

The video below explains how to handle quotes in stories, including selecting which quotes to use, punctuating quotes and properly attributing them. The 30-minute tutorial is the newest Journalism 101 lesson I've created for CubReporters.org's education page. There are also some interactive exercises to practice your skills.

Please share it with your classmates, coworkers, professors and editors. Additionally, public relations practitioners can apply the lessons from the quotations tutorial when writing press releases.



-Mark Grabowski

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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Should you attend journalism school?

Journalism school is a big investment of time, money and energy. Before you make the commitment, you want to be 100 percent sure.

If you decide to go, carefully choose your journalism program. Find a program that’s strong in new media/multimedia journalism. Many journalism students are woefully prepared for the real world because their programs are not teaching them the latest skills they need. In addition, some programs are using very outdated equipment.

For more info, read "Is Journalism School for You?," the latest article in CubReporters.org's journalism career advice section.

-Mark Grabowski

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