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Event: Freelance Writers Meetup
When: June 19, 2012
Where: Foursquare HQ, 568 Broadway, 10th Floor, New York, NY
The first gathering of the NYC-based Freelance Writers Meetup will take place on June 19. ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley, the foremost reporter and author on Microsoft, is scheduled to speak about specializing on a beat. Since she has been focusing on Microsoft for more than a decade, she is the perfect writer to talk about choosing a super niche topic. $5 reserves your spot and the rest is covered. Pizza and drinks will be served. For more information and to RSVP, visit and

Event: Morningstar Investment Conference
When: June 20 - June 22, 2012
Where: McCormick Place Convention Center, Chicago, IL
Morningstar, Inc., a provider of independent investment research, is hosting its 24th annual investment conference for financial advisors.
This year’s keynote speakers are Michael Hasenstab, senior vice president of Franklin Templeton’s Fixed Income Group, who will speak on June 20; George Gatch, CEO of Investment Management, Americas for J.P. Morgan Asset Management, who will address attendees on June 21; Jeremy Grantham, chief investment strategist for GMO; and William James Adams, Arthur F. Thurnau professor of economics at the University of Michigan and an expert on European economies, both scheduled to speak on June 22.
Other scheduled general session speakers include Susan Byrne, founder and chairman, Westwood Holdings; Will Danoff, portfolio manager, Fidelity Investments; Dan Fuss, vice chairman, Loomis, Sayles & Co.; Penny Foley, managing director, TCW; Mark Kiesel, managing director, PIMCO; Brian Rogers, chairman, T. Rowe Price; Meggan Walsh, senior portfolio manager, Invesco; Steve Walsh, chief investment officer, Western Asset Management; and Don Yacktman, president and co-chief investment officer, The Yacktman Fund.
The Morningstar Investment Conference costs $795 per person, which includes two breakfasts, luncheons, and receptions. To register for the conference, advisors may call toll free at 866-839-9729. More information about the Morningstar Investment Conference, including the full agenda, hotel accommodations, attendee registration, and continuing-education credits, is available at Conference updates are also available on Twitter at or through the conference hashtag: #MIC2012.
Full-time members of the news media may receive complimentary registration to the Morningstar Investment Conference. If you are a member of the media and want to register for the conference, visit: or call Shawn Malayter at 312-696-6050.

Event: Get PR Smart: How Pinterest and Google+ Could Help Brand Your Cause
When: June 22, 2012, 9:00 AM
Where: National Press Club, Bloomberg Room
Emerging social media platforms like Pinterest and Google+ can help you reach your target demographic and connect with the lifestyle associated with your brand or organization. This session provides a primer on the ways you can use these new tools to share your organization’s core values, news, and story. This class if $35 for members, $45 for non-members. Register at…

Event: Data-Powered Journalism Series: Excel-ing at Data
When: June 25, 2012, 9:00 AM
Where: National Press Club, Bloomberg Room
Using powerful spreadsheet tools like pivot tables can give you the advantage of knowledge. Want to take the smug press secretary down a notch? With a few clicks of the mouse and a spreadsheet, you can show him that you know more about the subject than him or his boss. It’s not that easy, of course, but this advanced Excel class will help you get a leg up on your sources. The sessions will be taught by David Donald, data editor at the Center for Public Integrity, and former training director for Investigative Reporters and Editors and the National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting. Participation requires completing the introduction to Excel class, or demonstrated ability with Excel, at the discretion of the instructor. This class is $5 for members, $25 for non-members. To register, please go to…

Event: Economics 101
When: June 26-28, 2012
Where: Online
The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism presents the free business journalism webinar, "Economics 101." Marilyn Geewax, senior business editor for NPR's National Desk, leads the three-day webinar's hourlong sessions on economics basics, including information on the recession, unemployment rates and housing foreclosures. Register at the main webinar page:

Event: Wharton Seminars for Business Journalists: “Buzz, Engagement & Connectivity”
When: June 27, 2012 (Registration deadline: June 20, 2012)
Where: Wharton | San Francisco, 2 Harrison Street, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105
Through intensive lectures and hands-on exercises, the Wharton Seminars for Business Journalists, led by the Wharton School’s most prominent professors, help reporters gain a better understanding of key business and economic issues. This one-day program will feature Wharton Professors Kevin Werbach and Jonah Berger on “Gamification” and ““The ‘Most E-Mailed’ List: Virality, Word-of-Mouth & Buzz” respectively. The Wharton Seminars for Business Journalists, now in its 44th year, offers participants an opportunity to expand their knowledge, increase their exposure to leading experts and broaden their perspectives in a stimulating environment. This program is free of charge and open to a limited number of journalists. Applications are open to those employed as a print, broadcast, or online business journalist for legitimate media companies.
Registration is required to attend this free Seminar. Visit the Seminar application
For complete information on the Wharton Seminars for Business Journalists, visit or contact Peter Winicov, Senior Associate Director, Wharton Communications at +1 (215) 746 6471 or

Event: Finding Local Jobs Stories in BLS Data
When: July 10, 2012
Where: Online
The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism presents the free business journalism webinar, "Finding Local Jobs Stories in BLS Data." Tami Luhby, senior writer for CNNMoney, leads the hourlong, interactive webinar on how to tease out local trends from Bureau of Labor Statistics data. Register at the main webinar page: