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TONIGHT: 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 advisers 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:

Event: Be a Better Business Watchdog – CAR for Business Journalists
When: March 15, 2012
Where: Indianapolis
The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism presents a business journalism workshop at the Society of American Business Editors and Writers Conference titled, "Be a Better Business Watchdog – CAR for Business Journalists." Jaimi Dowdell, training director for IRE, will provide tips for how to find and download online databases, how to use Excel spreadsheets to analyze that information and how to translate that analysis into business stories. The main workshop page is Waiting list available.

Event: Society of American Business Editors and Writers’ 49th annual conference
When: March 15-17, 2012
Where: Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN
Hurry: Early registration ends February 23.
Prominent business leaders and government officials – including Richard Cordray, director of the new federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau – are scheduled to appear, along with training and discussion panels, networking events and the year’s Best in Business Awards ceremony. Other speakers scheduled to appear include:
-NFL Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay.
-Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels.
-Indianapolis Motor Speedway president Jeff Belskus.
-Steve Russell, founder, chairman and CEO of Celadon Trucking, one of the country’s largest freight trucking firms with international operations.
-Ford Motor Co.’s senior marketing leader, James Farley Jr., who will engage in a conversation with Thomson Reuters’ deputy editor-in-chief, Paul Ingrassia, a Pulitzer Prize-winning financial journalist and author, most recently, of “Crash Course: the American Automobile Industry’s Road from Glory to Disaster,” published by Random House in January 2010.
Early-bird registration, which ends February 23, is $299 for SABEW members, $349 for non-members, $75 students. Afterward prices go up to $349 members and $399 non-members.
Register at Book accommodations at the University Place Conference Center and Hotel at the special SABEW per-night rate (expires February 24) of $139 single, $159 double, (800) 627-2700 or
Information about SABEW: 602-486-7862 or

Event: UNITY 2012 Convention
When: August 1-4, 2012 (early-bird registration ends March 16)
Where: Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, NV
Join a historic gathering of journalists of color; LGBT journalists; media professionals; newsroom recruiters; journalism students; and individuals who care about diversity and inclusion in news media. Through the numerous education sessions, students projects and networking opportunities, UNITY '12 will also include a job fair for journalists and media professionals. UNITY is a coalition of the Asian American Journalists Association, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, the Native American Journalists Association and the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association.

Event: Free Speech Night
When: March 21, 2012, 7pm
Where: The Tempest, 433 Natoma St. in San Francisco's SOMA district (No host bar)
See "Activist Blogger," Donna Lee's short documentary about Josh Wolf, then hear from Lee, Wolf, and Jim Wheaton, senior attorney for the First Amendment Project and join a lively discussion.
Wolf did 226 days in prison -- the longest in U.S. history for a journalist protecting source material. Hosted by Guild Freelancers, the labor union for independent journalists. Free admission, open to the public. RSVP to

Event: Media Chowder’s March Cocktail Party
When: March 22, 2012, 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Where: Sidney's Bar & Grille, 20 Sidney St., Cambridge, MA
What better way to welcome spring than consuming alcohol and talking shop? None, which is why Media Chowder will hold its next monthly cocktail party on March 22, the 1st day of spring! Be there or else.
Festivities will transpire as usual at Sidney's Bar & Grille, conveniently located near the Central Square MBTA stop on the Red Line. Admission is free and open to all in the reporting, editing, writing, PR, or other communication industries! Bring friends. Newcomers get one free drink ticket upon request.

Event: Using EMMA to Find Great Stories in Municipal Bonds
When: March 27-28, 2012
Where: Online
The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism presents the free business journalism Webinar, "Using EMMA to Find Great Stories in Municipal Bonds.” EMMA is to municipal bonds what EDGAR is to stocks, providing journalists with essential data on local communities and projects. Join the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Yamil Berard, The Bond Buyer's Lynn Hume, and Ernesto Lanza and Justin Pica of the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board for this two-day Webinar. Each session is approximately one hour long. Attend either session at noon or 4 p.m. ET. The main Webinar page is

Event: Best of the West: 2012 SPJ Spring Conference
When: March 30, 2012
Where: Hilton Universal City, 555 Universal Hollywood Drive, Universal City, CA
The annual conference will bring together professional journalists and students from throughout the region – California, Arizona, Nevada and Hawaii. The conference will include sessions on digital journalism, ethics, stress in the workplace and mentoring between professionals and journalists. A separate room will be set aside for networking opportunities throughout the Saturday of the conference.
Cost: By March 1: $100 for professional members, $125 for professional non-members, $50 for students. After March 1: $125 for professional members, $150 for professional non-members, $75 for students. Registration includes all programs and Opening Night Reception. Mark of Excellence Awards Luncheon tickets are sold separately for $40 per person.
Register online:

Event: Call for Entries: SAJA Journalism Awards
When: April 1, 2012 (deadline)
Where: Online
The South Asian Journalists Association and SAJA Group Inc. invite individual journalists and news organizations in North America to submit entries for this year's SAJA Journalism Awards. This award recognizes excellence in coverage of South Asia, as well as outstanding reporting by South Asian journalists and students in the U.S. and Canada. The deadline for the 2012 Awards, which are open to media companies and freelancers headquartered in the U.S. and Canada, is April 1.
For details, go to

Event: Society of Environmental Journalists Awards for Reporting on the Environment
When: April 2, 2012 (deadline to enter)
Where: Online
Journalists, enter your best environmental stories from 3/1/2011 - 2/29/2012. $500 offered for first-place winners in seven categories. Details here:

Event: "Slice and Dice:" Journalism Student Resume Workshop and Career Forum
When: April 4, 2012, 6:30pm
Where: CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, 219 W. 40th St., Room 308
Give that sharpened résumé a test drive at the Deadline Club’s spring career development workshop for students. This critiquing forum will feature professional New York City journalists who will “dice” up your résumé to give you tips on landing that newsroom job. Bring those burning questions you’re craving answers to before entering the working world; our professionals will tackle them. This event is open only to New York City journalism students and members of the Society of Professional Journalists student chapters in the metropolitan area. Five seasoned journalists will be on hand to work individually with students in intimate groups. A follow-up panel will field questions from students. Pizza and refreshment will be available. Space is limited.
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