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Event: How Not to Be Bamboozled by Local Economic Studies
When: February 8 - 9, 2012
Where: Online
The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism presents a business journalism Webinar, "How Not to Be Bamboozled by Local Economic Studies.” Sarah Cohen will provide key tips for questions to ask sources, ways to spot pumped-up estimates and sources for your own analysis. The main Webinarpage is

Event: Call for Entries: 2012 Osborn Elliott Asia Journalism Prize
When: February 10, 2012
Where: Online
The Asia Society is now accepting submissions for the Osborn Elliott Prize for Excellence in Journalism on Asia. The winner receives $10,000. Applications are due February 10. For more information go to:

Event: Financial Times Presents: Can Media Companies Get Social?
When: February 15, 2012, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Where: Global Society Content Hub at Big Fuel Headquarters, 40 W. 23rd Street, New York 10010
Social media has developed beyond a simple tool for disseminating information into a powerful means of driving business. Media brands are taking notice and not only seeing it as a promotional tool, but as a necessity.
In this panel, moderated by Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson, Global Media Editor of the FT, media executives from across the industry will explore the challenges and best practices associated with executing a successful social media strategy. Speakers include: Rob Grimshaw, Managing Director,; Jane Friedman, CEO and Co-Founder, Open Road Media; Brian Madden, Director of Audience Development and Social Media, Hearst Digital; Jonathan Wald, Executive Producer, Piers Morgan Tonight, CNN.
Why have a social media strategy at all? Are media companies any better or worse suited to social media? How much should the strategy be led from the center, rather than left to individual presenters, columnists and reporters? Social media offers companies the chance to understand their customers better, but are media groups set up to take advantage and to handle the data deluge? How much effort should be devoted to social media followers if it comes at the expense of serving the larger traditional audience?
Link to register:

Event: Call for Entries: 2012 Deadline Club Awards
When: February 24, 2012 (Deadline for Entries)
Where: Online
The Deadline Club is accepting entries for its annual journalism awards contest. Win a piece of art history -- the club's prestigious Rube statuettes -- which were designed by the late American artists Rube Goldberg exclusively for The Deadline Club, the New York City Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Winners in all 32 categories will be presented with Rubes at the club's annual awards ceremony this spring. All entries to our annual journalism contest will be electronic this year. Click HERE to register for the contest entry site. We’ve also added new categories this year, including: Magazine Profile, Magazine Personal Service, Reporting by Independent Digital Media, Headline Writing and Social Media. The 2012 contest covers work that was published or broadcast in 2011. Entrants must be employees of or freelancers for news organizations with an office within a 50-mile radius of Columbus Circle in New York City. All proceeds from the contest go to our foundation, which awards scholarships to journalism students in New York. Hurry,the deadline for all entries is 11:59pm on Friday, February 24. If you are having any difficulty with the contest site, or have general questions that are not covered in the guidelines on this site, contact us at

Getting LinkedIn — Sourcing through Social Networking
When: February 28, 2012
Where: Online
The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism presents the free, business journalism Webinar, "Getting LinkedIn — Sourcing through Social Networking.” Take a one-hour tour around LinkedIn and discover the many ways to develop and nurture sources through social media. Robin J. Phillips, Web managing editor, will lead the hourlong Webinar at noon and 4 p.m. ET. Attend either session. The main Webinar page is

Event: The Deadline Club’s Annual FOIL Workshop on New York's Open Records Law
When: March 6, 2012
Where: The New York Newspaper Guild, 1501 Broadway, Suite 708
Learn how to pursue government secrets from the preeminent authority on New York State’s Freedom of Information Law, better known as FOIL. Robert Freeman, Executive Director of the New York State Committee on Open Government, will make his annual pilgrimage to the New York Newspaper Guild office in Times Square to give a workshop about how to pursue government records in the Empire State. This event is free for members of The Deadline Club. Non-members may purchase tickets for $10. Refreshments will be served at a reception, beginning at 6:30pm. Freeman will begin the workshop at 7pm, followed by a lively question-and-answer session. This is always one of the club’s most popular events of the year, so RSVP soon to reserve your spot.
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