MEDIA MATTERS

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Free speaker Forum, Columbia J-School, tomorrow Wednesday March 7, 5pm EST: Meet Leila Cobo, who will talk about her newest novel, "The Second Time We Met," and about juggling authorship with her work as a a top editor at Billboard and host of Estudio Billboard on VMe. She among the top experts in the Latin music world, and visits with her agent and publisher, so don't miss a chance to connect. Columbia JSchool, 116th and Broadway, Stabile Student Center. Public invited, open to all.

Event: First Thursday Media Mixer March 2012
When: March 8, 2012
Where: Aspen Social Club, 157 West 47th Street, New York, NY
This month we are holding a joint mixer with the Asian American Journalists Association so the turnout should be excellent. Our venue this month is a past favorite: The Aspen Social Club, which is located inside the Stay Hotel on 47th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues.
As you will remember from prior First Thursday events, the agenda is simple: There isn't one. Journalists and media types from all over the city are invited to meet and mingle and talk shop or about the weather over drinks. We hope to see you there.
RSVP: http://www.socializr.com/event/496503231/1300932302?newguest=true

Event: SAJA Scholarships
When: March 9, 2012 (deadline)
Where: Online
SAJA, the South Asian Journalists Association, is offering $50,000 in scholarships this year to help students pursue careers in journalism.
If you're a high school senior about to enter college, an undergraduate, or a student starting or continuing your graduate studies, and you're pursuing a journalism career, here's your chance to get help with your educational expenses.
Four SAJA scholarships for high school students $2,500 each
Five SAJA scholarships for undergraduate students $3,000 each
Five SAJA scholarships graduate students of $5,000 each
Details at http://www.saja.org/scholarships. The 2012 application is due by 11:59pm ET on March 9, 2012.

Event: Drinks Night with Authors of Digital Assassination, co-sponsored by Gorkana
When: March 19, 2012, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Where: Pete’s Tavern, 129 E. 18th St., Second Floor, New York, NY
The New York Financial Writers’ Association (NYFWA) and Gorkana have teamed up to sponsor a Drinks Night that asks the question: Is Google Out to Get You? Everyone’s reputation is at risk on line, say Richard Torrenzano and Mark Davis, two leading advisors to Fortune 500 corporations and public figures and the authors of “Digital Assassination: Protecting Your Reputation, Brand, or Business Against Online Attacks” (St. Martin’s). From false Wikipedia entries to Yelp attacks, obscene fabricated images to Facebook privacy concerns, every CEO and celebrity, entrepreneur, lawyer, journalist and politician is at risk of digital assassination. On March 19 at Pete’s Tavern, 6-8 PM, Torrenzano and Davis will talk about the evolution of character assassination in the digital age, how your own words can be used against you or your sources, and how to protect yourself against cyber villains. Richard Torrenzano is chief executive of The Torrenzano Group, a New York strategic communications and high-stakes issues management firm that helps organizations take control of how they are perceived. Mark Davis is a former White House speechwriter and a senior director of the Washington-based White House Writers Group. All invited. Drinks sponsored by Gorkana. RSVP: nyfwa@aol.com