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Event: SAJA & Contently's Portfolio Review for Freelance Writers & Bloggers
When: April 9, 2013, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Where: 598 Broadway (between Houston and Prince Streets), 4th Floor, New York, NY 10012
If you’re a freelance writer or blogger tackling the big, bad publishing word, you’re familiar with branding. And what’s the single most important tool for scoring assignments? Your portfolio. Enter Contently: a savvy platform that helps you build an online portfolio, then connects you to a dizzying array of publishers and editors. Join the South Asian Journalists Association and Contently for a portfolio review on Tuesday, April 9th. Seasoned critics–representing a range publications including Forbes, Slate and New York Daily News–will help you identify your most compelling clips and advise you on arranging an effective, attention-grabbing Contently portfolio. The evening will be kicked off with opening remarks from the dynamic Jimmy Soni, managing editor of The Huffington Post, who was recently featured on Crain’s Business New York’s prestigious “40 Under 40? list. For additional details and registration information, see here

Event: A Deadline Club Panel: Privacy vs. the Right to Know
When: April 9, 2013. Reception at 6:30pm, Panel at 7:00pm
Where: The CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, 219 W. 40th Street in Times Square.
RSVP: Tickets are $10 for Deadline Club non-members; free for Deadline Club members and students (with valid student I.D.). Click HERE to register.
Recently, a suburban newspaper published the addresses of gun owners and WikiLeaks revealed a vast treasure trove of secret U.S. files. Where does the dividing line fall between privacy and the public interest? On Tuesday, April 9, the Deadline Club’s line-up of top experts in big data, media ethics and the First Amendment will debate the thorny issues related to secrecy, computer-assisted reporting, the Freedom of Information Act and more. Panelists include Bill Keller, a Pulitzer prize-winning New York Times columnist and the newspaper’s former top editor; Jennifer LaFleur, Director of the Computer Assisted Reporting, ProPublica; Jeff Jarvis, author of Public Parts: How Sharing in the Digital Age Improves the Way We Work and Live and Director of the CUNY Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism; Susan McGregor, Professor at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and former Senior News Graphics programmer at the Wall Street Journal Online; and Eve Burton, General Counsel at Hearst. The panel will be moderated by Jessica Seigel, Adjunct Professor at New York University Journalism School and former Chicago Tribune National Correspondent.

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: Big Data and Big Stories from the FEC
When: April 12, 2013, 9:00 – 10:00am
Where: National Press Club Journalism Institute, Washington D.C., Bloomberg Room
Just before a big week of campaign finance filings at the Federal Election Commission, join a panel of political data junkies to learn the latest tips on how to navigate the records and brainstorm about ideas for stories you could glean from them. Representatives of the Federal Election Commission, the Center for Responsive Politics, Bloomberg News Service and the Sunlight Foundation will be on hand to help and answer your questions. Registration is $5 for NPC members; $10 non-members. Registration is required at http://www.press.org/events/big-data-and-big-stories-fec

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: The Deadline Club has Four $2,500 Journalism Student Scholarships Available
When: April 19, 2013 (Application Deadline)
Where: To read the eligibility rules and apply, go to the Scholarship Entry Website
The Deadline Club scholarship program continues to grow—with $10,000 to give away this year. Last year, it raised the amount of money for each scholarship by 25 percent, to $2,500. This year, it has increased the total number of scholarships available from three to four—so there are more chances for talented journalism students to win one of these coveted awards. The competition is open to undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in a journalism or journalism-oriented communications program in the New York City metropolitan area. All applications, including supporting materials such as letters of recommendation, must be submitted via the scholarship website by the entry deadline of 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 19. For complete eligibility rules, or to submit an online application, go to the Scholarship Entry Website

Event: So…You Want to Get a Book Published?
When: April 20, 2013, 2:00pm
Where: MLK Library, 901 G Street, NW, Washington, DC
This free seminar will be presented by Diane S. Nine, President, Nine Speakers, Inc. Founded in 1988, Nine Speakers, Inc. is a full service entertainment agency representing people across the world in a number of areas including the literary, lecture, theatrical, film, and television arenas. Nine Speakers, Inc.’s principal, Diane S. Nine, is a graduate of George Washington University’s Law School. She is the author of “GET PUBLISHED: A Guide to Literary Tips, Traps & Truth.” The seminar will touch on the various steps involved in getting published including:
-Getting Started – Writing Tips
-Finding an Agent
-The Agency Agreement
-Putting Together a Book Proposal
-Getting a Publisher – The Process
-The Publishing Agreement & The Financial Side
-The Book Tour, Marketing & Publicity
-Q&A with an Agent

Event: Post Election Payback
When: April 26, 2013, 2:00 – 7:00pm / April 27, 2013, 9:00 – 5:00pm
Where: National Press Club Journalism Institute, Washington D.C., Holeman Lounge
The Center for Responsive Politics' "Post-Election Payback" trainings aims to develop and nurture a more sophisticated level of media coverage by conducting three regional seminars that will train journalists to track campaign money's effects on policy outcomes and on hiring decisions in Congress and in the new administration. April 26 includes a panel discussion from 2:00-5:00 p.m. and reception from 5:00-7:00 p.m. April 27 includes two panel discussions (morning and afternoon), breakfast and lunch included. Registration is $15 for NPC members; $25 for non-members. Registration is required at http://www.press.org/events/post-election-payback

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 7.