ASSORTED INTERESTING EVENTS

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Event: LinkedIn for Journalists
When: April 24, 2013, 9:30 – 11:00am
Where: National Press Club Journalism Institute, Washington D.C., Bloomberg Room
Yumi Wilson, a journalism professor at SF State and community manager for LinkedIn for Journalists, which has doubled to nearly 28,000 members in the last six months, will present a workshop focusing on how professional journalists can get the most out of LinkedIn by using it in their reporting. We'll show you how to find story ideas, sources and scoops via LinkedIn. Rick Dunham with the Houston Chronicle and Lori Russo with Stanton Communications will be there to give practical tips on how they've maximized their use of this powerful professional tool. The session costs $5 for NPC members; $15 for non-members. Registration is required at http://www.press.org/events/linkedin

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: Follow the Money: Business Reporting
When: April 27, 2013, 10:00am
Where: Columbia Journalism School, W. 116 and Broadway, New York City,
This day-long workshop is taught by Leslie Wayne, a Columbia professor and former award-winning New York Times business reporter. The course is designed to enable you to improve your financial literacy, help you break stories and hold officials accountable, regardless of your beat. It will teach you how to read financial statements, search government documents for information on corporate executives and public officials and understand the current financial crisis. Cost $275, contact ce@jrn.columbia.edu for more information.

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. Other workshops are being planned later this year in Seattle and Colorado. For more information click here

Event: So… You Want to Get a Book Published
When: May 1, 2013, 5:30pm
Where: The Village Club, 190 East Long Lake Road, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304
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,” which will be available for purchase at the event. 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
Not a member of the Village Club? Contact ninespeakers@usa.net or call The Village Club at +1 (248) 644 3450.

Event: Spring Training for Journalists 2013
When: May 4, 2013, with breakout sessions from 9:00am to 4:30pm
Where: San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Ave. in San Francisco
RSVP: Admission is free to members of the Pacific Media Workers Guild Freelance Unit; $20 for non-members and $10 for students who register in advance or $25 and $15 at the door. Click here http://guildfreelancers.org/gf/spring-training-registration/ to register. Follow this link http://guildfreelancers.org/gf/spring-training-be-there/ to learn more. Fee includes lunch and a day's-end reception.
Join us for the third annual Spring Training for Journalists, a day of workshops and panels designed to update your skills in all media, with sessions on radio, multimedia, data-driven visuals, use of FOIA, shooting with mobile devices, social media as a reporting tool, and much more. Presenters include executive news directors Raul Ramirez (KQED) and Ben Trefny (KALW), editors of California, California Lawyer, San Francisco and Afar magazines, investigative reporter Seth Rosenfeld (“Subversives”), Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Kim Komenich, and many more. Produced by the Media Guild in connection with the SFSU Center for Integration and Improvement in Journalism. Email questions to freelance@mediaworkers.org

Event: 2013 APME Journalism Excellence Awards
When: May 15, 2013 (deadline)
Where: Online
The 2013 APME Journalism Excellence Awards honor superior journalism and innovation among newspapers, radio, television and online news sites across the United States and Canada. The awards seek to promote excellence by recognizing work that is well-written and incisively reported. There are four changes this year: The Digitial Storytelling category will take a more feature approach to multimedia storytelling. The Public Service Award now carries a $1,500 prize for the Overall Winner of the three divisions, as awarded by the APME Foundation. There are also more clear definitions in the Innovator of the Year categories. And the First Amendment Awards will offer a $1,000 prize for the overall winner in the Sweepstakes Award. It is now named the Tom Curley Sweepstakes Award in honor of the retired president of The Associated Press who championed these rights. The award is sponsored by the APME Foundation.
Four of the categories offer monetary awards: the Seventh Annual Innovator of the Year Award for newspapers, the Public Service Awards, the Fourth Annual Gannett Foundation Award for Innovation in Watchdog Journalism and the First Amendment Awards. All awards are presented for journalism published or launched between July 1, 2012, and April 30, 2013. The deadline for entries is May 15, 2013. The entry fees are $75 for APME member and $100 per entry for non-members. To see if you are an APME member click here to login. If your newspaper is not listed, enroll as a member now or renew and receive many valuable benefits of membership, including reduced fees to attend the annual conference and to submit your quality work for consideration for an APME Journalism Excellence Award.
The awards will be presented at the APME annual conference October 28-30 in Indianapolis, and are linked on the APME website. The finalists of the newspaper Innovator of the Year will present at the conference, and the winner will be selected by conference attendees. Nominations are received online only. The contest site is at https://www.omnicontests4.com/?comp_id=1054. The first step is signing up as an "entrant" at the APME contest site. Please keep your entrant username and password. You will need it to submit entries and return to the site to edit or add more entries before submitting them for judging. Submit all entries before accessing the payment page to check out. For more information, contact Sally Jacobsen at sjacobsen@ap.org or Paula Sterling at psterling@ap.org at Associated Press. 212-621-1838 or 212-621-1982.