ASSORTED INTERESTING EVENTS

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Event: Community Newspapers: Alive and Well in Houston
When: March 20, 2013, 6:30pm
Where: Houston Central Library, Program Place meeting room, 4th floor, 500 McKinney, Houston, TX
The Houston Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists will host a meeting featuring editors from three Houston-area community newspaper groups to discuss what makes community newspapers different from the large metro newspaper which also works to cover the city’s neighborhoods. Panelists will also offer advice to student journalists on the skills editors look for in new reporters. Please RSVP to houstonspj@hotmail.com

Event: Write It-Say It: How Word People Can Love Being Online and On Air
When: March 22, 2013, 9:00 – 10:00am
Where: National Press Club Journalism Institute, Washington D.C., Bloomberg Room
Lee Powell, AP broadcast reporter and producer, will give practical writing tips from a reporter-turned video journalist.. Gone are the days when newspaper reporters only typed out words on a page. Or television stations rolled with a "crew." Doing news today means doing it all. Reporters shoot video. Photojournalists report. Everyone is struggling to marry pictures with words all while staying true to the story. There is good news: if you can write, you can craft pieces people will watch. It is all about pictures and personality. Registration is required at http://www.press.org/events/write-it-say-it-how-word-people-can-love-bei.... Club members can attend at no charge; non-members pay $10. Lee Powell reports, shoots and edits his own stories that are streamed online and distributed to local television stations in the U.S. and broadcasters worldwide. His journey as a solo video journalist has taken him from the Summer Olympics in Beijing to a fake ski slope in Virginia. Powell began his career reporting for newspapers. He was the first metro reporter at The Dallas Morning News to create video stories to accompany those in print. Powell has won two national Edward R. Murrow Awards, most recently for writing and was part of the winning team for the National Press Club award for breaking news.

Event: Morningstar Individual Investor Conference
When: March 23, 2013
Where: Online
Morningstar, Inc., a leading provider of independent investment research, is holding its second annual Individual Investor Conference on Saturday, March 23, 2013. This year’s conference is free and open to all investors, and will be held entirely in a webcast format. The live, online event will gather top personal finance experts and Morningstar analysts for informative dialogue focused on retirement savings and setting financial goals.
Scheduled speakers include: John Ameriks, principal, investment counseling and research, Vanguard; Charles K. Bobrinskoy, vice chairman and director of research, Ariel Investments; Harold Evensky, president, principal, and wealth manager, Evensky and Katz Wealth Management; Mary Beth Franklin, contributing editor and retirement columnist, InvestmentNews; Mark Miller, retirement columnist for Reuters, RetirementRevised.com, and WealthManagement.com; and Katherine Nixon, chief investment officer, personal financial services, Northern Trust.
Morningstar analysts and experts scheduled to speak include: Christine Benz, director of personal finance; Matt Coffina, editor of Morningstar StockInvestor; Eric Jacobson, senior fund analyst; Bob Johnson, director of economic analysis; Russ Kinnel, director of mutual fund research and editor, Morningstar FundInvestor; Samuel Lee, ETF analyst and editor, Morningstar ETFInvestor; Marta Norton, investment manager, Morningstar Investment Services, Inc.; Patty Oey, senior fund analyst; Josh Peters, director of equity-income strategy and editor, Morningstar DividendInvestor; and Daniel Rohr, senior securities analyst.
Registration to the Morningstar Individual Investor Conference is free and available at the following link, along with a complete conference schedule: www.morningstar.com/conference

Event: Breaking Local Stories with Economic Data
When: April 4, 2013
Where: Washington, D.C.
The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism presents the free workshop, “Breaking Local Stories with Economic Data,” at George Washington University as part of SABEW’s 50th Annual Conference. This workshop will offer tips for distinguishing local economic reporting with trends found in government data. Presenters include USA Today’s Paul Overberg and Jeannine Aversa, formerly of AP, and now at the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. For more information, please visit the main workshop page: http://bit.ly/ZPRNeL

Event: SABEW's 50th Annual Spring Conference
When: April 4 – 6, 2013
Where: Marvin Center, George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
The Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW), the world’s largest organization of business journalists, will conduct its 50th anniversary conference April 4-6 at George Washington University in Washington, DC. It will go over three days, starting at noon Thursday and concluding with a special celebration on Saturday night. The program contains skill sessions, keynotes and panel discussions. Speakers include: Tim Armstrong, CEO of AOL; Jim Cramer, host of TV’s Mad Money; Janet Yellen, vice chair of the Fed; and New York Yankees President Randy Levine. More information is available on the SABEW website -- www.sabew.org. Registration is $349 for members and $399 for non-members. To register http://washingtondc2013.eventbrite.com

Event: Uncovering the Best Local Business Stories
When: April 12, 2013
Where: Fayetteville, AR
The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism presents the free workshop, “Uncovering the Best Local Business Stories,” at the University of Arkansas. This workshop is geared toward community journalist hoping to increase their local business coverage. The panel of presenters includes Linda Austin, executive director at the Reynolds Center; Jeff Porter, special projects director at the Association of Health Care Journalists; Chris Roush, business journalism professor at the University of North Carolina; and Carlie Kollath Wells, business reporter at the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal. For more information, please visit the main workshop page: http://bit.ly/SUX4TB

Event: 2013 Penny Bender Fuchs Diversity Fellowship

When: October 9-12, 2013 (Deadline: April 15)
Where: Poynter Institute, St. Petersburg, FL

The Society for Features Journalism is committed to developing news-gathering staffs representative of the multicultural communities its members serve. Toward this goal, SFJ is sponsoring the Penny Bender Fuchs Diversity Fellowship Program for journalists of color in conjunction with its annual conference at the Poynter Institute. Programming will have heavy emphasis on multimedia, leadership and writing. Diversity fellows learn what’s happening in features departments nationwide while networking with outstanding journalists specializing in lifestyle coverage. Fellowships cover SFJ conference registration, airfare and hotel. Fellows will also receive a $300 stipend to be used toward conference-related expenses such as baggage and transportation fees and meals not covered by the conference. The fellowship is named in honor of the late Penny Bender Fuchs, a former executive director of SFJ who was a strong advocate of the fellows program. Fellows are asked to contribute to the conference by completing a project and presenting a short report to the group at the conclusion of the event.

Application must contain ALL of the following: Resume, Single-page essay explaining what you love about your job and how you have distinguished yourself in arts/features coverage at your news organization, Photo of yourself for conference program and SFJ Web site, Letter of recommendation.

Submit THREE work examples:

- For writers, three storytelling examples from print and-or online editions.

- For editors, three samples of sections or pages with comments on how stories were generated or edited.

- For copy editors, three headlines with stories attached, plus two stories with editing comments.

- For designers, three samples of single- or multi-page layouts.

- For journalists with online-only work, list Web links in your application letter. Include a short explanation of your role in site design and/or maintenance.

Selections will be announced by May 10, 2013. Email applications with PDF attachments to Jody Mitori at jmitori@gmail.com. Questions: (314) 340-8240.

Event: ASJA’s 42nd Annual Writers Conference: Fire Up Your Writing Career
When: April 26-27, 2013
Where: The Roosevelt Hotel, 45th Street at Madison Avenue, New York City
ASJA2013: Fire Up Your Writing Career includes two full days open to the public, offering dozens of educational sessions focused on issues and topics pivotal to freelance writers. There will also be several social events designed to encourage professional networking. Anyone with an interest in freelance writing, for any market or medium, will benefit from this extraordinary gathering of industry professionals. As one attendee, Fred Minnick, said of the 2012 event, “I feel like writer Superman after that conference!” Scores of sessions spread over two days cover topics of interest to freelance writers at all stages of their careers: just breaking in, scaling new heights, or keeping a good thing going. Attendees will choose from among 40 information-packed sessions on subjects including: finding new work, breaking in to new markets or genres, technology and social media topics, honing your craft skills, protecting yourself legally and financially, and even fiction topics. Personal mentoring is available, as well, allowing writers to get individualized career assistance on-site.

Event: NewsTrain, APME Journalism Training Program
When: April 29-30, 2013
Where: Prairie Capital Convention Center, Springfield, IL
NewsTrain, the signature on-site journalism training program of the Associated Press Media Editors, will make its first stop in its 10th anniversary year in Springfield, Ill. Workshops are being planned for April 29 and 30 at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Downtown Springfield. The APME-funded program makes four stops per year in the United States and Canada. Trainer Michael Roberts oversees NewsTrain and plans the workshops based on a needs assessment from a committee of journalists in the region of the host city. Programs are aimed at all levels of newsroom editors and managers, reporters, copy editors, visual journalists and online producers. College journalism educators and student journalists are also welcome. The cost is $75 for the two days of training. The hotel discount ends on April