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Event: Call for Entries: 4th Annual 'Media for Liberty' Award
When: January 7, 2013 (deadline)
Where: Online
Liberty Media Corporation is now accepting submissions for the annual "Media for Liberty Award." This award recognizes media contributions that explore the link between economic and political liberty. Eligible works must be originally published or broadcast via print or electronic media during the 2012 calendar year, and received by Liberty Media no later than January 7, 2013. There is a $50,000 prize for the winning entry. The 2013 Media for Liberty Award is open to journalists worldwide whose original works bring new insights on societal issues, news events, economies, political structures and cultures that illustrate prosperity or struggle in pursuit of a free market environment and civil liberties uninfluenced by government agenda. Submitted works will be reviewed by a jury panel and evaluated based on the degree to which the theme is addressed, inspirational and educational value, relevance to the public discourse, and mastery of media format.
Past recipients of the Award include:
A Darkness Visible: Afghanistan (MediaStorm) — a film examining thirty years of Afghan history through the story of ordinary citizens whose lives play out in the shadow of superpowers.
"How a New Jobless Era will Transform America" (The Atlantic) — an essay exploring the likely and lasting effects of the recent Great Depression on American society, culture and politics.
"Congo Gold" (CBS "60 Minutes") — a segment chronicling the war-torn region of eastern Congo to investigate the connection between the mining of gold and other precious minerals.
Eligibility Requirements: Eligible media outlets, including newspapers, magazines, journals, radio, television and websites, must be generally recognized in their markets and accessible to a broad audience in the United States.
-Length: Print entries may not exceed 20,000 words. Electronic entries may not exceed 120 minutes.
-Language: All entries must be in English, or submitted with an English translation or with English subtitles.
-Examples: Eligible entries may include, but are not limited to, news reporting, feature coverage, investigative reporting, articles, essays, editorials, commentaries and documentaries.
-Programs produced and intended for general theatrical motion picture release are not eligible.
The winner will be notified in February 2013. An awards ceremony will be held in the Spring of 2013 in Washington, D.C. Entry forms, rules and judging criteria can be found at Liberty Media's web site, www.mediaforlibertyaward.com or on Facebook. Entries should be sent to:
Media for Liberty Award
12300 Liberty Boulevard
Englewood, CO 80112
720-875-5400
For more information on the Media for Liberty Award, including the most recent and past honorees and details regarding eligibility please visit www.mediaforlibertyaward.com

Event: Spreadsheets 101 (Jan 7) and Spreadsheets 102 (Jan 14)
When: January 7, 2013 & January 14, 2013, 9:00 – 12:00pm
Where: National Press Club Journalism Institute, Washington D.C., Bloomberg Room
Spreadsheets 101 will demonstrate how Excel and other programs can be powerful tools for putting yourself in charge of your data, following the campaign money and holding accountable the officials who spend our tax dollars. These classes will help orient reporters with basic and powerful features of Excel that make data analysis a snap, including importing, formatting and sorting.
Spreadsheets 102 will get into more advanced features, such as pivot tables. The class will assume a basic level of familiarity with Excel (understanding terms such as "row," "column" and "cell"), but even long-time users may learn some new things.
Spreadsheet classes will be taught by JoElla Straley from NPR’s research library and do not need to be taken in succession. Each class is $20 for NPC members and $40 for non-members. To register for 101 click here; for 102 click here

Event: 5 Local Economic Stories to Jump on Now
When: January 15-16, 2012
Where: Online
The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism presents the free business journalism webinar, “5 Local Economic Stories to Jump on Now.” Let Marilyn Geewax, national economics correspondent for NPR, be your guide to the five best local economic stories to jump on now. Understand the economic concepts, and learn how to make them relevant to listeners, readers or viewers. For more information, please visit the main workshop page: http://bit.ly/SyCqJT

Event: Databases 101 (Jan 28) and Databases 102 (Feb 4)
When: January 28, 2013 & February 4, 2013, 9:00 – 12:00pm
Where: National Press Club Journalism Institute, Washington D.C., Bloomberg Room
Databases 101 and 102 will show how to use databases to make connections in databases where the secrets of governments, companies and candidates are hidden. Such connections – "mash-ups" if you will – are difficult if not impossible with spreadsheets, and learning a database program such as Access will open possibilities for your data-driven stories. Instructor will also teach techniques for finding government data online, importing data into databases and cleaning that data so that you’re ready to go.
Database classes will be taught by David Donald, data editor at the Center for Public Integrity, who has taught journalists all over the country how to extract great stories from piles of data. These classes do not need to be taken in succession. Each class is $20 for NPC members and $40 for non-members. To register for 101 click here; for 102 click here