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.


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.

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

Nominations to Migration Advocacy and Media (MAM) Awards now open

This is reposted from the official press release of the the Migration Advocacy and Media (MAM) Awards

Image by Riley Kaminer, under a Creative Commons Attribution license

Image by Riley Kaminer, under a Creative Commons Attribution license

Nominations to the Migration Advocacy and Media (MAM) Awards are now formally open. Conceived in 2011 by the Inter‐Agency Committee (IAC) for the Celebration of the Month of Overseas Filipinos and International Migrants Day in the Philippines (December and December 18, respectively every year) chaired by the Philippine Migrants Rights Watch (PMRW) and co‐chaired by the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO), MAM Awards aim to recognize the significant role of the media in the promotion and advocacy of migration and development.

Eligible for the Awards are works by government and private media outlets, institutions and practitioners in the fields of print, radio, movie and television, advertising and internet based in the Philippines and abroad. Entries must have raised public awareness on issues on Filipino migration, advocated the cause of Filipinos overseas, or/and promoted a positive image of Filipinos overseas, and migration and development.

Entries must be submitted on or before September 30, 2011 to MAM Awards’ Secretariat, Commission on Filipinos Overseas, Citigold Center, 1345 Pres. Quirino Avenue cor. Osmeña Highway (South Superhighway) Manila, Philippines 1007.

For more information on the Awards, please call the MAM Secretariat at (632)561‐8291 (telefax), (632)552‐4766 or email at

Why journalists need to build their own brands

A million thanks to @The_Copyeditor for these links! I swear, Jojo, if I could retweet or repost everything you put out there, my blog would be happier. Hahaha… Cheers! ~ NTZ

Why journalists need to build their own brands 

Click on the link above to read the full post by Alan D. Mutter. In the meantime, here is an excerpt:

… a growing number of individuals and journalistic enterprises have merged serious reporting with the self-publishing and, yes, self-promoting power of the web to produce high-quality journalism while making names, careers and respectable incomes for themselves. Here are a few:


As a college student in 2004, Brian Stelter anonymously launched TV Newser, an insightful and gossipy blog about television news that soon became must-reading among industry insiders. His reporting was so compelling that he was hired by the New York Times, where he now is one of the top media experts in the nation.


Recognizing that the mainstream media were missing lots of market-moving news in the tedious corporate disclosures filed at the Securities and Exchange Commission, Michelle Leder started publishing the overlooked information at Footnoted.Com. Last year, she sold her journalistically and commercially valuable site to Morningstar, a $2 billion financial publishing company that wisely kept her on as editor.


Appalled by the shriveling local coverage in Minneapolis-St. Paul, veteran newsman Joel Kramer in 2007 launched the non-profitMinnPost, which has become perhaps the most successful grassroots news organization in the country. MinnPost not only helps to fill the news void in the Twin Cities but also provides valuable visibility and professional incomes to the writers who contribute to it.


Fed up with the evisceration of international coverage in the American press, veteran foreign correspondent Charles M. Sennott teamed with businessman Philip Balboni in 2008 to launch GlobalPost, which today boasts more than 50correspondents around the world. Those journalists are getting the opportunity to build their personal brands while showcasing their reporting at venues ranging from Huffington Post to the PBS News Hour. And they are getting paid for their work.


Sensing public dissatisfaction in the yadda-yadda political coverage provided by such traditional publications as Weingarten’s own Washington Post, options trader John McIntyre and ad man Tom Bevan launched Real Clear Politics in Chicago in 2000. They not only turned their website into a notable force in national political reporting but also sold a 51% interest in the business to Forbes Media in 2007.


Real Clear Politics is far from the only entrepreneurial enterprise challenging the Post’s increasingly tenuous perch near the top of the media pyramid. Everyone from SCOTUSblog and Politico to Daily Kos and Hot Air – and dozens more journalists and commentators – are joining the conversation.


The sites pecking away at the Post aren’t marketing Cheez Doodles. They are covering the same serious issues as Weingarten’s employer. But the upstarts are proliferating, growing in influence and generally gaining financial robustness at the same time the Post has been shedding readers and revenues. As noted in the table below, the annual profit of the Washington Post publishing division dropped from $143 million in 2005 to a loss of nearly $10 million in 2010.

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