How journalism education needs to change (via IJNet)

This excerpt from IJNet talks of a report by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the New America Foundation about how journalism education needs to change in order to keep with the times and “embrace… a community news mission.”

An excerpt:

The report, “Shaping 21st Century Journalism: Leveraging a ‘Teaching Hospital Model’ in Journalism Education,” suggests universities should not just teach journalists, but should produce meaningful journalism by embracing a community news mission. The report was released at the inaugural Journalism Interactive Conference, on journalism education and digital media, held October 28 and 29 at the University of Maryland.

 

Authors C.W. Anderson, Tom Glaisyer, Jason Smith and Marika Rothfeld write that universities should shadow the method of teaching hospitals that “don’t merely lecture medical students, but also treat patients and pursue research. Journalism programs should not limit themselves to teaching journalists, but should produce copy and become laboratories of innovation as well.”

The full report is also downloadable through a link in IJNet. Click HERE to read more.

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Applying the public interest test to journalism (via IJNet)

Here’s a cool post in IJNet about what makes a story in line with public interest:

Journalists should always apply the public interest test before deciding whether to cover a story. For most issues it’s fairly clear what is and what is not in the public interest; for some it’s more complicated, particularly where privacy is concerned.

 

The first task, however, is to separate what is in the public interest from those things members of the public are interested in; they are not necessarily the same. The fact that the public may be interested in something has nothing to do with whether it is in the public interest.

My only beef here is that, in the next paragraph, it actually quotes Wikipedia as a source.

Click HERE to read the rest of the post.

We can do this in the Philippines: “How a ‘Facebook nation’ might change reporting on government” (via IJNet)

Here’s another great excerpt from IJNet, about how the United States’ new Chief Technology Officer, Steven VanRoekel, wants to create “a Facebook nation.”

Dubbed “Future First,” among its aims are to bring more transparency and interactivity to the federal government, which outstrips any corporate budget with $80 billion in annual IT spending.

 

“The American people expect us to use technology to provide the same level of service they experience in their everyday lives. They pay bills online and buy plane tickets on smartphones,” he said. “And it’s not just the millennial generation – with 80-year-olds now using Facebook to keep in touch with grandchildren across the country – expectations have reached a critical point even faster than anticipated.”

 

… His first steps include consolidating government websites – there are currently 1,700 .gov sites while only about 500 are heavily trafficked, he noted – and standardizing and updating systems across the board, with emphasis on moving from data centers to cloud computing.

 

Making various systems talk to each other is also a priority that would affect how easy it is to obtain information.

 

VanRoekel said he had just visited a local branch of the U.S. Geological Survey and found some earthquake data still available only on magnetic tape. As an example of how outdated some systems are, he joked about a college COBOL class coming in handy when reviewing data from the Social Security Administration and that the USDA had 21 different email systems, at cost of $24 per person per month just so employees could “talk to each other.” A cloud solution slashed that cost down to just $8.

Now, imagine how outdated OUR own systems and data are in the Philippines–and what something like THIS could do for the country! It’s ironic, though, that for a country who’s on the Top 10 list of countries on Facebook and which has recently been dubbed the “social media capital of the world”, our own government actually dissolved the Commission on Information Communications Technology (CICT) in July. We also have yet to pass our own Freedom of Information Bill.

So I wonder what’s next for digital information in the Philippines, and how creating “Facebook nations” can change governance worldwide. We’ll just have to stay tuned online, I suppose!

Happy November! Here are some top journalism & writing opportunities from IJNet

A new month is upon us, and here’s a good load of opportunities from IJNet to start off November:

Street photography contest open UNTIL TOMORROW (Nov 2)

Street Reverb Magazine and Sony Ericsson’s Xperia Studio present ‘Reality Remade,’ a contest recognizing street photography that captures art in everyday life.

“Five finalists will be chosen from applicants who submit a project proposal, short biography and a portfolio supporting the proposal…

“‘One overall winner will receive UK£2,200 (about US$3,509) and one community-voted winner will receive UK£500 (about US$798).”

Deadline: November 2, 2011.

Click HERE to view more information on the IJNet website

Year-long knight journalism fellowship open at Stanford University

“The John S. Knight Journalism Fellowship enables international and U.S. journalists to conduct research at Stanford University.

“Twenty fellows will be chosen to receive a US$60,000 stipend, plus all tuition, housing, moving, health insurance, books and childcare expenses will be covered.

“Ideal candidates will have at least five years experience and an interest in journalism entrepreneurship, innovation and leadership.”

Deadline: December 1, 2011

Click HERE to view more information on the IJNet website

Reagan-Fascell democracy fellowship open for journalists and civil society professionals

“Journalists and other civil society professionals from developing and aspiring democracies are invited to apply for a full-time residential fellowship.

“Also open to democratic practitioners and scholars, it is organized by the National Endowment for Democracy at the International Forum for Democratic Studies in Washington. The Forum hosts 16 to 20 Reagan-Fascell Fellows every year.”

Deadline: November 8, 2011

Click HERE to view more information on the IJNet website

Opportunities in specialized journalism

Reuters opens fellowship for business news workshop

“The Thomson Reuters Foundation is organizing a course about writing financial and business news. The course begins with five days in London and continues with ten units of online study.

“Applicants chosen from developing countries or countries in political transition working for organizations with no training resources will have travel expenses, accommodation and living costs covered. Reuters will waive tuition fees for applicants from developing countries with only limited training resources available.

“Journalists must have at least two years professional experience and have a good level of spoken and written English. Journalists from other countries are welcome to apply but chosen participants must cover all tuition fees and costs.”

Deadline: November 25, 2011

Click HERE to view more information on the IJNet website

Investigative reporting award seeks entries from young journalists

“Emerging journalists can apply for an investigative reporting award of up to US$10,000.

“The Investigative Fund announces the I.F. Stone Award, a new effort to support graduate journalism students, recent graduates, journalism interns and entry-level reporters at least 21 years old.

“Reporters based outside of the United States can apply, but the grants go to stories that will appear in U.S. media outlets. However, organizers are also open to co-publishing arrangements in which a story appears both in a U.S. and a foreign outlet.

“Recipients will receive between US$2,000-10,000 in funding to undertake an in-depth reporting project, editorial guidance, access to subscription-based research services and publishing assistance in print, broadcast or online outlets.”

Deadline: November 25, 2011

Click HERE to view more information on the IJNet website

UNICEF opens two-year New and Emerging Talent Initiative (NETI) recruitment program for mid-career professionals

“NETI participants will spend one year at UNICEF’s New York headquarters working in a functional areas of need. Participants will then be deployed internationally on assignments related to their projects.

“Applicants must have an advanced university degree, proficiency in English and another official UN language, at least 2-5 years relevant work experience and must be willing to accept an assignment to any UNICEF office worldwide.”

Deadline: November 4, 2011.

Click HERE to view more information on the IJNet website

New this week: Fellowships, grants, scholarships, and competitions for journalists and media practitioners

I thank my weekly IJNet email subscription for this list, but to make it easier for journalists and media practitioners from my side of the globe (and with similar interests as me) to filter through the clutter, I’ve narrowed the opportunities to these:

Competitions

National Geographic’s 2011 photography contest

“In addition to the ($10,000) cash prize, the grand prize winner will receive a paid trip to National Geographic’s photography seminar including airfare, hotel accommodation and a behind-the-scenes tour of the magazine’s headquarters.” Sounds cool? Click on the link above and find out how to enter. Deadline is November 30, 2011.

Multimedia journalism contest asks, “Which are the next walls to fall?” 

According to the post in the IJNet website, “‘Today there are still many ‘walls’ that should be knocked over to achieve a better life for individuals and communities as well. They can be actual and real walls, or even invisible, walls but nevertheless they are cumbersome,’ organizers note.

“Those walls can be identified and described through a number of online storytelling formats: video, audio, photos, drawings, comics or essays. Anyone with a videocamera, a cell phone or a computer is welcome to tell his/her own story. Video entries should be under three minutes; all entries should submitted in English or Italian.

“The contest is part of the Falling Walls Conference, an annual global gathering of forward-thinking individuals and world’s leading scientists presenting their current research projects.”  Deadline is October 28, 2011. Click on the link for more information.

Fellowships, Grants, Scholarships, and Free Classes

John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships now open for 2012-2013

“The John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships (at Stanford University) is an ambitious program embracing innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership. Accomplished journalists from the U.S. and overseas spend a year at Stanford, absorbing knowledge, honing skills and developing ideas for the betterment of journalism. They set their own course, leveraging the resources of a great university, Silicon Valley and the widely diverse group of journalists in their fellowship class.

“Fellows receive a stipend of $60,000, plus Stanford tuition and supplements for moving expenses, health insurance, books, housing and childcare. All program activities, and most classes are open to spouses and partners of Fellows.”

Deadline for international applicants is December 1, 2011. Click on the link above for more information.

Deutsche Welle Fellowship accepts applicants for 18-month fellowship in Bonn, Germany 

Deutsche Welle is hosting a fellowship program worth approximately EU€27,500 (about US$37,500) for young journalists to receive professional editorial training for radio, television and online media.

“Applicants must have native fluency in Arabic, Russian, Chinese, Kiswahili, Spanish, Portuguese, Pashto, Dari, Urdu or English, as well as good working knowledge of German with language certification.”

Deadline is October 31, 2011. Click on the link above for more information.

The Fund for Investigative Journalism opens applications

“The average award is US$5,000, which should cover out-of-pocket expenses such as travel costs. The Fund does not cover grantees’ salaries or equipment. The first half of the grant is given once an application is approved and the second half is paid when the project is complete.

Recent grants include investigations on the effects of federal stimulus money in Florida schools, tobacco harvesting in Malawi and India’s ‘Berlin Wall.‘”

Deadline: November 1, 2011.

Fellowships to MA Journalism (Ateneo de Manila University) open

“Asian journalists with a strong commitment to journalism, leadership qualities and an excellent professional and academic record are encouraged to apply for a fellowship for the 2010-2011 M.A. in Journalism at the Philippines’ Konrad Adenauer Asian Center for Journalism at the Ateneo de Manila University (ACFJ).

“A grant covers tuition and other expenses for the two-year M.A. Journalism program, which is offered by the Ateneo de Manila University with ACFJ’s support. Since the program’s inception in 2003, 126 journalists from 15 Asian countries have received grants. Among them are mid-career and senior journalists from Asia’s largest dailies including the Philippine Daily Inquirer, The Star (Malaysia), Kompas (Indonesia) and news agencies such as Malaysia’s Bernama and the Indonesia’s Antara.”

Deadline: January 14, 2012.

Berkeley J-School offers free multimedia reporting class 

“The Digital Storytelling Workshop, sponsored by the Knight Digital Media Center and UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, offers intensive training that covers all aspects of multimedia news production; from basic storyboarding to hands-on instruction with hardware and software for production of multimedia stories. Fellows will work on structured training to learn skills for multi-element stories and then apply new skills to a story for his or her publication.

“The workshop is open to professional print, broadcast and web journalists who want to develop multimedia skills to support their publication’s web publishing effort. The deadline for applications is November 7; The course will be held December 11-16.

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