NAJA Alerts, March 11th - Educational Opportunities - Conferences - Check 'Em Out
NAJA members, the University of North Texas-Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Writers conference scheduled for July 18-20, 2008 at the Hilton DFW Lakes Executive Conference Center in Grapevine, Texas.
We will be awarding $12,000 in cash prizes for the top six article/essay submissions and a $3,000 cash prize and book contract with UNT Press for the winning manuscript submission.
Keynote speakers include: N. Scott Momaday, Pulitzer Prize winning author, Bob Shachochis, National Book Award Winner and Candice Millard, former staff writer for National Geographic. Other journalists and writers include: Ben Montgomery, St. Petersburg Times and founder of Gangrey.com, Andy Van De Voorde, executive associate editor of Village Voice Media, Wright Thompson, senior writer for ESPN.com, Tim Madigan, narrative writer for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Brian Sweany, articles editor Texas Monthly, Nick Heil, writer and editor for Outside magazine, Paul Meyer and Stella Chavez from The Dallas Morning News, John Burnette with NPR, Ken Wells and Alexandra Wolfe with Portfolio magazine.
For complete conference details go to:
Nancy G. EanesProject Coordinator II/Career Development Specialist
Mayborn Graduate School of Journalism
PO Box 311460
Denton, TX 76203-1460
The Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Writers Conference of the Southwest
July 18-20, 2008 at the Hilton DFW Lakes Executive Conference Center in Grapevine, Texas
$15,000 in cash prizes and a book contract!
High Country News Call For Writers
High Country News Call For WritersHigh Country News, a nonprofit, every-other-week news magazine that focuses on environmental, cultural, and social issues in the Western United States, is looking for new voices for our pages and Web site, hcn.
HCN will consider well-researched stories on any natural resource or environmental topic, as long as it concerns the West. We define "resources" to include people, politics, culture and aesthetic values -- not just coal, oil and timber. Because we have an 11-state region to cover in a small news space, we want local stories that have significance across the entire region and that can be told in ways that go beyond what the daily newspapers report.
We welcome queries from writers familiar with HCN. Our ideal articles include strong storytelling, compelling characters, a clear, jargon-free style, and a dedication to intellectual honesty.
We want writers who can view topics with a critical eye and dig deeply into issues. We also would like our writers to be as diverse as the region they cover, and encourage Native American, Hispanic, and other minority journalists to send us queries.
We divide submissions into several general categories: "Book Reviews," at about 350 words; "Roundups," topical stories of about 800 words; "Uncommon Westerners," profiles of about 650 words; features, generally up to 4,000 words, of which we print one per issue; and essays, of no standard length but generally under 1,000 words.
New writers should begin by sending a query for a Roundup, profile or book review, rather than for a full-length feature. E-mail queries are preferred; send to firstname.lastname@example.org and include "Story Query" in the subject line.
Freelance rates for shorter pieces begin at 25 cents a word, but are adjusted depending on the quality of work, the editing required and the writer's working relationship with the paper. The standard rate for full-length features is 50 cents a word. Regular contributors usually receive higher rates than occasional writers. Payment is made upon publication.
For more information contact:
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NAJA Members, just a friendly reminder that early bird registration for UNITY 2008 Journalists of Color must be received by Friday March 14, 2008. NAJA is assigned the Hyatt McCormick Place Hotel and once you complete registration you can then register for your hotel room. Go to
http://www.2008unity.org/registration.cfm to register for the UNITY Convention.
NAJA High School Members And Teachers
AAJA is pleased to announce J Camp, a multicultural journalism program for talented high school students. The program will be held from July 18 to July 23, 2008 at Loyola University in Chicago, IL. If you have any questions regarding J Camp, please contact Nao Vang, AAJA Student Programs Coordinator at: (415) 346- 2051 x102 or email@example.com. The deadline to apply is April 11, 2008.
J Camp is a one-of-a-kind program to develop the next generation of journalists. This free six-day training camp will bring together a multicultural group of high school students from across the nation to sharpen their journalism skills and work together in a unique learning environment. The curriculum consists of interactive workshops, hands-on training, and field trips.
Since the first J Camp in 2001, 251 talented young people have graduated from J Camp. The J Camp program strives to help assure excellence in the profession for decades to come by confronting the lack of diversity in journalism, not just in race, but also in matters of religious background, political background and other factors. With a diverse team, readers and viewers get different views on city governments, human interest stories, entertainment and recreation, science and medicine, and national and international news.
Speakers from past camps include: Carl Bernstein, Pulitzer Prize-winning Watergate reporter; Aaron Brown, CNN anchor; James Colton, Sports Illustrated photography editor; Leonard Downie Jr., Washington Post executive editor; Hoda Kotb, "Dateline NBC" correspondent; Atoosa Rubenstein, Seventeen magazine editor-in-chief; Carole Simpson, ABC News senior correspondent; Arthur Sulzberger, Jr., New York Times publisher; Helen Thomas, Hearst Newspapers Washington columnist; and Brian Williams, "NBC Nightly News" anchor and managing editor.Applicants should have a keen interest in broadcasting, newspapers, magazines, photojournalism, or new media. This program is not limited to Asian American students and is open to all young journalists.
Applicants must be freshmen, sophomores, or juniors for this current school year. There is no fee to apply and all costs are covered- including airfare, lodging, and meals. Students will stay in university housing during the camp week. AAJA will select approximately 42 participants.
Students go to the following address to download a pdf application.
Greetings NAJA Members
We are in the first year of an educational project (funded by the John S. and James Knight Foundation) that is dedicated to the recruitment and retention of Native American students in the discipline of journalism. NAJA is a 24-year-old non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion and education of Native American journalists. With over 700 members, the association is the oldest and largest organization for indigenous journalists.
The association's move from South Dakota to Oklahoma has refocused local efforts on students that represent the state's 39 federally recognized tribes. From a national standpoint, NAJA is working towards recruiting students across the U.S. from school districts that exhibit high Native American populations. Our hope is to set up visits to these schools and present as much information as we can to interested students. NAJA has implemented a strategic plan that will help address growth and improve services to members, teachers, and students over the next several years.
As part of the plan, we offer scholarships to students interested in the pursuit of journalism, as well as tribal media internships with several newspapers and television networks around the country. Our high school summer camp, "Project Phoenix," is on a short hiatus do to the UNITY conference. The camp will resume in the summer of 2009. You can find a link for Project Phoenix applications at our website http://www.naja.com.
As for our college student body, "Student Projects," applications are available online, please get those filled out and turned in as soon as possible. We are also urging all college student members to start NAJA chapters at their respective universities. Finally, we are offering professional and financial support for high school teachers interested in starting or expanding their journalism programs. Please contact our national office if you would like NAJA to make a visit and presentation at your school site.
This year, we have been rigorously sending out information on scholarships and other programs to Native American students and teachers across the nation. The response has been very good. Furthermore, we are actively recruiting students via in-house visits to schools, career fairs, and conferences across Oklahoma, New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, and Kansas. We hope to stretch those visits across the nation by the 2008-09 school year.
**Of most importance, our scholarship deadline is April 1st. Please fill out and send in your applications asap. You can download the application by selecting the student link at http://www.naja.com/ .**
As the new education director, I hope to visit you soon and reinforce your interest in our programs and our aspiring Native youth. Please email me with any questions you may have concerning this letter. Ultimately, through your help, we will create a larger network of Native American journalism students, keeping track of their progress and raising the next generation of Native storytellers. Thank you.
Native American Journalist Association
American Indian Journalism Institute Extends Deadline
Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 2008-03-04 10:39.
VERMILLION, S.D. - The Freedom Forum has extended the deadline - and is still accepting applications - for the eighth American Indian Journalism Institute summer session, the premier journalism training, scholarship and summer internship program for Native American college students, June 1-20, 2008.
Students attend AIJI for free and receive other financial assistance. Applications are welcome from any Native American college student preparing to become a journalist. In its first seven years, 156 students completed the program. Instructions and application forms are available on the Freedom Forum Web site.
AIJI students will be eligible for college credit by taking one of several journalism courses taught at the Freedom Forum's Al Neuharth Media Center, on the University of South Dakota's Vermillion campus. Once accepted, AIJI students will be placed in an appropriate course based on their experience, interests and previous coursework.
Top AIJI graduates will be hired for six-week paid internships as reporters, copy editors, photographers and multimedia journalists at daily newspapers and with The Associated Press beginning about July 1. Last summer, 16 AIJI graduates worked in paid news internships."
The intent of AIJI is to recruit, train, mentor and retain Native Americans for journalism careers," said Jack Marsh, AIJI director and Freedom Forum vice president for diversity programs. "AIJI is an intense and demanding academic program that opens doors for those who have the passion and the potential to succeed as professional journalists."
The Freedom Forum administers and funds AIJI, including tuition, fees, books, room and board. To be eligible for AIJI, Native students must have completed at least one year of college. Applications for the program will be accepted from new participants and from returning AIJI students who want more training.
Program graduates will earn four hours of college credit from the University of South Dakota that students may transfer to their current school. In addition, graduates will receive a $500 stipend/scholarship from the Freedom Forum, paid when they resume full-time studies in the fall.
Select AIJI graduates will be hired to work at http://www.reznetnews.org/, the Native American online news site, during the school year.
Students must be able to provide their own transportation to and from Vermillion, S.D., and must attend the full program beginning Sunday afternoon, June 1, and ending Friday afternoon, June 20. Each student will have a single room in a dormitory. Meals will be provided on campus. AIJI forbids the use of alcohol, other intoxicants and illegal drugs at any time during the program. Violators will be dismissed from the institute.
The American Indian Journalism Institute is part of the Freedom Forum Diversity Institute's commitment to increase employment diversity in daily newsrooms.
"Having even one Native American working in a newsroom makes that newspaper more aware of Indians in its community, and more sensitive and intelligent in reporting stories about them," Marsh said. "American Indians are by far the most underrepresented people of color in the news media, and this often results in stereotypical and erroneous coverage of Indian issues and Indian people."
The American Society of Newspaper Editors' annual employment census identified about 332 Natives among the industry's 56,982 newspaper journalists.
AIJI also offers a semester-long Visiting Scholars Program at the University of South Dakota every fall and spring. Students are mentored by a journalist in residence and take a full load of college courses in journalism and related subjects. The program was created for students from schools that don't offer journalism courses. Fellowships are available to visiting scholars to cover the cost of tuition, fees, room and board.
In addition to journalism diversity programs at the University of South Dakota and at the John Seigenthaler Center in Nashville, Tenn., the Freedom Forum funds and helps organize the Native American Journalism Career Conference at Crazy Horse Memorial in South Dakota's Black Hills. The workshop, April 22-24, 2008, introduces high school and college Native students to journalism career options.
The Freedom Forum, based in Washington, D.C., is a nonpartisan foundation dedicated to free press, free speech and free spirit for all people. The foundation focuses on three priorities: the Newseum, an interactive museum of news in Washington, D.C.; the First Amendment and newsroom diversity.
Yale Law School Law And Media Program
The Yale Law School Law and Media Program Announces an Opportunity for Journalists to Receive Full Funding to Attend CFP: Technology Policy '0
On May 20-23, 2008, Yale University will host the18th annual Computers, Freedom and Privacy Conference - CFP: Technology Policy '08.
CFP: Technology Policy '08 will begin with a full day of tutorials and programming specifically geared toward journalists writing about information technology and policy, followed by a networking reception for journalists and other participants in the Law and Media Program. Over the following three days, conference panels will address policies ranging from data mining and wiretapping, to file-sharing and open access, and e-voting to electronic medical records.
We invite you to take advantage of this opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of US technology policy in the information age.
Journalists writing on privacy, intellectual property, telecommunications and cyberlaw are encouraged to apply for conference funding, which will include travel, hotel, meals and any registration fees for the full conference.
To apply, please send a cover letter explaining your interest in the program, along with your resume and three writing samples (by e-mail and hard copy) to
Tracey Parr (firstname.lastname@example.org),
Yale Law School,
P.O. Box 208215,
New Haven, CT 06520-8215,
by March 31, 2008.
Up to twenty journalists will receive conference funding. Applicants accepted for conference funding will be notified by April 4, 2008.
Computers, Freedom And Privacy
Since 1991, the CFP conferences have been examining the impact of computer and telecommunications technologies on freedom and privacy in society. This year, the 18th annual Computers, Freedom and Privacy conference will focus on what constitutes technology policy.
This election year will be the first to address US technology policy in the information age as part of our national debate. Candidates have put forth positions about technology policy and have recognized that it has its own set of economic, political, and social concerns. In the areas of privacy, intellectual property, cybersecurity, telecommunications, and freedom of speech, an increasing number of issues once confined to experts now penetrate public conversation. Our decisions about technology policy are being made at a time when the architectures of our information and communication technologies are still being built. Debate about these issues needs to be better-informed in order for us to make policy choices in the public interest.
CFP: Technology Policy '08 is an opportunity to help shape public debate on those issues being made into laws and regulations and those technological infrastructures being developed. The direction of our technology policy impacts the choices we make about our national defense, our civil liberties during wartime, the future of American education, our national healthcare systems, and many other realms of policy discussed more prominently on the election trail. Policies ranging from data mining and wiretapping, to file-sharing and open access, and e-voting to electronic medical records will be addressed by expert panels of technologists, policymakers, business leaders, and advocates.
Potential Topics Will Include:
-Information Privacy -Government Transparency
-e-Democracy -Social Networks
-Cybercrime & Cyberterrorism
-Copyright and Fair Use
-Patent Reform -Open Access
-Information Policy and Free Trade
-Media Concentration -Genes & Bioethics
-Electronic Medical Records
- Open Standards -Network Neutrality
-High-Speed Internet Access Policy
-Freedom of Information
-Technology Policy Administration
For more information about CFP: Technology Policy '08, please visit the conference website: http://www.cfp2008.org/
The Yale Law School Law And Media Program
Yale Law School has a long history of focusing on the intersection of law and media. Through its Masters of Studies in Law (MSL) and JD programs, the School has produced many journalists and leaders in the media industry.
The Law School's Information Society Project, founded in 1997 to study the effects of new information technologies on law and society, promotes access to knowledge, freedom of speech, and civil liberties in the United States and around the world. Other centers, programs and faculty research have focused on these topics as well.
With generous support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Law and Media program builds on this history. The Law and Media program is directed towards three groups: working journalists who seek a deeper understanding of law, media, and policy; Yale Law School students who plan to be journalists, advocates for journalists, policy-makers or leaders in the media industry; and scholars who study cutting-edge issues of law and media.
For more information about the Yale Law School Law and Media Program, please visit our website at:
Unity Digital Fellowship
NAJA Members: Apply now for the Unity Digital Fellowship the deadline is Monday March 17, 2008
Unity Digital Fellowship
City New York
Requisition ID 147386
ABC NEWS UNITY DIGITAL FELLOWSHIP ABC NEWS is seeking candidates to participate in a groundbreaking fellowship opportunity. To be considered an applicant, you must have current membership in one of the UNITY alliance partner organizations.
The ABC NEWS UNITY DIGITAL FELLOWSHIP will be based in our New York City headquarters. This Fellowship will give college students an opportunity to receive hands on instruction in the state-of-the-art ABC NEWS Digital Bullpen. Fellows will work on daily production for ABC NEWS NOW, ABC NEWS DOT COM, and the WORLD NEWS WITH CHARLES GIBSON WEBCAST. This is a 12 week summer program.
Candidates should be junior, senior or graduate level students. Candidates must have current membership in one of the UNITY alliance partner organizations. Successful candidates should have extensive writing experience, digital media or convergence classroom training, and previous broadcast, cable or digital media internship experience. Candidates should be self starters with the ability to work under tight deadlines. Previous shooting, editing or control room experience is preferred.
Fellows will receive compensation and relocation costs for the length of the fellowship as needed. Please submit your resume by Monday, March 17.
Basic Requirements:Education: Junior, Senior or Graduate level students.Location: New York, NYReq ID: 147386
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