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If you missed Monday’s media news roundup, we looked at when it’s appropriate for journalists to get involved in a story; the $500 million pledged donation to local news; how and why media and politics became obsessed with age; the latest landmark legislation announced by the EU to crackdown on Big Tech; and why it’s important to invest in your newsroom work culture.
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Location: Remote, U.S.
Requirements: 5+ years in a leadership role at a journalism organization; Track record of success overseeing high-caliber journalism with impeccable integrity; Experience managing, motivating and inspiring staff; Excellent editorial judgment and skills, and detailed understanding of different forms of journalism; Ability to work effectively and eagerly across departments, promoting a collaborative and inclusive newsroom; An understanding of the importance of the latest audience engagement strategies and methods; Commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion; Superior organizational skills and ability to balance many different priorities.
Deadline: October 22, 2023
🗓️ Awards, Events and Fellowships Calendar 🗓️
🍂 September 🍂
Report for America Host Newsroom Application
Report for America is a national service program that places talented journalists into local newsrooms to report on under-covered issues and communities. Host newsrooms receive diverse, talented slate of candidates to choose from; Subsidized salary support for up to three years; and local fundraising coaching and resources, including the opportunity for fiscal sponsorship to accept donations.
By: Report for America
Drive More Traffic to your Website: A Beginner’s Guide to SEO
Having your website appear higher up in Google search results will inevitably drive more traffic to your brand, ultimately helping you to build out a robust content marketing strategy and a base of loyal customers. This masterclass has been designed for beginners to the world of SEO. Discover the fundamentals of how search engines work and why they favour some links over others, how to optimise your strategy to outrank your competitors, and how to ultimately build your customer base.
By: The Guardian
When: September 18 | 3-6pm UK Time
Spreadsheets Online Bootcamp
This online mini-bootcamp will dive deep into the fundamentals of using spreadsheets, including navigation, formulas and functions, sorting, filtering and grouping data, plus other critical skills such as finding, gathering and cleaning data. Using real-world datasets and examples, the IRE training team will help attendees learn the technical steps to work with datasets, along with the analytical skills needed to find and bulletproof data-driven stories.
By: Investigative Journalists and Editors
When: September 18-21
How College Students Can Set Up Their First Budget
Starting good money habits while you’re in college is crucial to setting yourself up for financial success in life. That means setting and sticking to a budget. Whether you’re “good” at money or “into” money, everyone needs it — and everyone needs to learn how to manage it so you have enough now — and for everything you want to do in life after this. This panel will help you learn how to set up your first budget, plus tips for how to save money — and stick to your budget.
When: September 19 | 1:30-2:30pm Eastern Time
JournalismAI Report Launch
How are journalists using AI in 2023? How has AI in the newsroom evolved over the past five years? What will newsrooms around the world need to do to adapt to this ever changing technology? These are some of the central questions that JournalismAI’s Generating Change report seeks to address. This report includes context on how news organisations have continued to develop ‘traditional’ AI and how they are approaching the new challenges of generative AI.
By: London School of Economics and Google News Initiative
When: September 20 | 5:30pm UK Time (recording available)
Business Journalism Task Force Fall Mixer
SABEW and the NABJ Business Journalism Task Force are excited for you to join in September at Long Acre Tavern, located at 146 W 47th St in New York City. With the two groups joining forces, here is your chance to mingle with top business editors across the industry, reconnect with colleagues and expand your network.
By: SABEW and NABJ
When: September 20 | 6-8pm Eastern Time
Where: New York
🆕 How to Improve Your Reporting by Cultivating Diverse Sources
Join this panel to hear actionable advice on how to improve the diversity of your sources on a deadline. Hear more about the steps newsrooms have taken to establish best practices and make sure these principles are easy to implement. They’ll also discuss whether editors and managers should track the use of diverse sources and learn more about the resources and databases that exist to help find new experts.
When: September 21 | 1-2pm Eastern Time
Persuasive Copywriting to Build Your Brand
Great copywriting starts with an understanding of your audience, your aims and your preferred media – but how do you begin unpacking those necessities while remaining faithful to your goals? In this one-day bootcamp, you’ll discover the thinking process behind persuasive copy and focus on how to create and adhere to a brief.
By: The Guardian
When: September 21 | 10am-4pm UK Time
🆕 Pulitzer Teacher Fellowship
Students today are confronted with a complex media ecosystem and a host of pressing global issues that can be overwhelming to navigate. As part of this paid, virtual program, a cohort of up to 16 educators will explore this challenge over the course of the school year in a community with other passionate Fellows and award-winning journalists.
By: Pulitzer Center
🆕 Black Public Media’s Annual Open Call
Each year, BPM issues an open call for feature-length documentaries and shorts (nonfiction or scripted) that are currently in research and development, pre-production, production or post-production. The focus of the 2023 Open Call is climate stories. They’re looking for traditional media projects that present the voice of the Black community as it relates to our changing environment.
By: Black Public Media
Investigative Journalism: A Practical Workshop with Amelia Gentleman
When it comes to sourcing a story, building it out into an investigation, and uncovering injustices, few know more about the craft and ethics as well as the stamina required than Guardian reporter Amelia Gentleman, whose award-winning investigations into the Windrush scandal exposed the decades-long government hostilities faced by a generation of migrants and their children. In this virtual seminar, Amelia will go through how to build out your beginner career in journalism to source stories and expose systemic wrongs.
By: The Guardian
When: September 25 | 6:30-8:30pm UK Time
🆕 Why Headline Testing Matters, How AI Can Help
The Perfect Headline Doesn't Exist. In the webinar, you’ll delve into the world of A/B testing data and show how ChatGPT can assist in the process. The aim is to demonstrate the benefits of investing time in improving your content's performance right after publication.
When: September 26 | 3pm Central European Time
Global Reporting Summit: A Deep Dive Into Impact Storytelling
How can filmmakers, podcasters and journalists create more impact with stories? Storytellers of all kinds are working to effect change everyday by uncovering untold stories. At this summit, you will look at different approaches across journalism and filmmaking to inform, engage and activate audiences on tough, often intangible issues like democracy, climate and inequality.
By: One World Media
Where: London or Online
When: September 26-28
FRED Advanced Data Workshop
Journalists chosen to be a Fellow will have the opportunity to: Visit the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis to learn about economic data; Discover how to graph differing types of FRED data; Learn about new data releases; Explore data and special reports that can help you create new stories; Hear from speakers who will discuss how they take the pulse of the American economy, feed that information to the Federal Open Market Committee and influence interest rate decisions.
Where: St. Louis, MO
When: September 28-29
International Journalism Forum 2023
The Forum will bring together the global journalism community for knowledge-sharing, networking and inspiration, providing an opportunity for participants to explore the ways in which innovation and journalism can co-create the industry's next day. Attendees can look forward to a packed schedule of talks, workshops, open discussions and other events that are designed to facilitate learning and knowledge sharing among journalists.
By: Incubator for Media Education and Development
Where: Athens, Greece or online
When: September 28-30
Local Media for Democracy
This pilot media funding scheme will inject €1.2m in financial support to local, regional and community media who are struggling to serve the public interest in the so-called “news deserts” areas in Europe. The Local Media for Democracy project is an 18-month project co-funded by the EU and launched by a consortium of partners.
By: Journalismfund Europe
Where: European Union
First Steps in Journalism: How to Pitch and Get Paid for Your Work
Would you like to see your words in print, but don’t know where to start? Perhaps you’re a new journalist seeking to establish yourself, or an expert with a flair for writing and specialist knowledge that you’d like to share with others? Guardian columnist and highly experienced freelancer Coco Khan will guide you through the steps you need to grow and nurture your fledgling career, and, crucially, you’ll learn the difference between surviving and thriving as a freelance writer.
By: The Guardian
When: September 28 | 6-8:30pm UK Time
2023 Global Photo Contest
The 2023 Global Photo Contest is a chance to give voice to nature by sharing what you see with others around the world. Join a community of photographers who are passionate about the environment, showcase your work to industry experts, and win great prizes.
Prizes: Value ranges from $250-$5,000
By: The Nature Conservancy
McGraw Fellowship for Business Journalism
This fellowship provides experienced journalists with grants up to $15,000 and the editorial support needed to produce deeply reported enterprise and investigative stories that delve into critical economic, financial or business issues across a wide array of subjects. You don’t need to be a business reporter to apply; many previous fellows have been generalists, or cover beats such as health care, education or the environment.
Grant: Up to $15,000
By: Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Center for Business Journalism
🆕 SIMA Awards
The annual SIMA Awards celebrate outstanding achievements in social impact storytelling, honoring the most cutting edge filmmaking from around the world that inspires activism, compassion and social transformation. In addition to honoring Feature and Short Documentaries, Impact Videos, Interactive + XR, and AI, the SIMA Awards recognize Production Companies whose body of work demonstrates excellence in creating responsible impact through diverse formats of visual storytelling.
🎃 October 🎃
🆕 2024 Melvin M.S. Goo Writing Fellowship
This fellowship will award financial support to an individual journalist, author, or writer from the U.S. or China for a project that will enhance understanding between the two countries. The project: May be produced in either (or both) English or a Chinese language variety; Must be published or otherwise made publicly accessible in the U.S. and/or China; Must be completed and delivered by the end of 2024.
By: East West Center
The Tarbell Fellowship
The Tarbell Fellowship is a one-year programme for early-career journalists interested in covering emerging technologies, especially artificial intelligence. Fellows receive a 9-month placement at a major newsroom, participate in a study group covering AI governance & technical fundamentals, and attend a 2 week journalism summit in Oxford. The programme incorporates expert speakers, feedback & mentorship from experienced journalists and networking events with experts from leading AI organisations.
National Press Foundation Annual Awards
The National Press Foundation recognizes and encourages excellence in journalism through its awards and fellowships. Awards include: The Everett McKinley Dirksen Award for Distinguished Reporting of Congress; The Innovative Storytelling Award; The Feddie Reporting Award for outstanding coverage of federal laws or regulations and their effect on local communities; The Hinrich Foundation Award for Distinguished Reporting on Trade; The Clifford K. & James T. Berryman Award for Editorial Cartoons; The AARP Award for Excellence in Journalism on Aging.
By: National Press Foundation
🆕 National FOI Summit 2023
Join for an annual gathering of access professionals, transparency advocates, journalists and anyone else who knows that open government is good government.
By: National Freedom of Information Coalition
When: October 3-5
Cost: $25 (members) or $30 (non-members)
How to Get Started in Podcasting
In this online workshop, you will learn the key ingredients for producing a podcast that has the potential to stand out and spread across social media. They will take you through the technical know-how for producing slick audio, the editorial dos and don’ts, and give you an understanding into why audio is perfect for storytelling - and why the time to put your ideas into action is now.
By: The Guardian
When: October 4 | 3pm UK Time
🆕 Chauncey Bailey Journalist of Color Investigative Reporting Fellowship
The year-long program is intended to prepare and support a journalist of color for a solid career in investigative reporting. The program also provides an opportunity for the fellow’s news outlets to benefit from the fellow’s investigative skill-building. An underlying goal of the program is to increase the range of backgrounds, experiences and interests within the field of investigative journalism, where diverse perspectives are critically important.
By: Investigative Reporters & Editors
MPIL Journalist in Residence Fellowship
The fellowship enables journalists with several years of experience to spend three months at the Institute. The time and duration of the stay are agreed individually. MPIL Journalists in Residence are free to pursue their own research. They are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity to exchange ideas with researchers at the institute and to participate in our various work and discussion formats. The fellowship is geared towards freelance and staff journalists from all media who report and write regularly on legal and constitutional topics, or topics from politics, the economy and research-related topics.
By: Max Planck Institute
When: Between March and November, 2024
🆕 In the War Zone: How Groundbreaking Women Correspondents Beat the Odds to Cover the Vietnam War
Join the National Press Club's History and Heritage Team for a discussion with Lorissa Rinehart and Elizabeth Becker on the breathtaking challenges endured on the battlefield by female war correspondents during the Vietnam War.
By: The National Press Club
Where: Washington, D.C. or Online
When: October 11 | 2pm Eastern Time
Cost: Free (members) or $15 (non-members)
2024 Pulitzer Book Contest
The Pulitzer Prizes for Books are awarded to work in Fiction, U.S. History, Biography, Memoir or Autobiography, Poetry and General Nonfiction. For the 2024 competition, the criteria for entry in all categories remain the same: Eligible titles must be first published in the United States during calendar year 2023, and made available in hardcover or bound paperback for purchase by the general public. Authors in all categories except U.S. History must be American citizens.
By: Pulitzer Center
SRCCON is for people who want to transform the ways journalism and tech work in their organizations and communities. Its schedule is built around hands-on sessions, conversations, and workshops focused on the practical challenges that news technology and data teams encounter every day.
Where: Minneapolis, MN
When: October 17-18
Cost: From $250 (some free scholarship tickets available)
🆕 RTDNA Leadership Lab
This one-day event will focus on the leadership skills you need to tackle recruitment and retention in your newsroom, to show up as a more productive and authentic leader from wherever you are, and to lead in a culture that benefits employees and the communities you serve. As an added bonus, mingle with other journalists and meet with journalism students interested in their future career plans.
Where: Atlanta, GA
When: November 1 | 8:30am-5:30pm Eastern Time
Cost: $79 (members) or $99 (non-members)
How to Pitch to Editors with the Guardian’s Toby Moses
Toby Moses, the head of newsletters and former deputy opinion editor at the Guardian, will teach you everything from how to write the perfect pitch email to an editor, to how to increase your chances of getting recommissioned, in this practical and informative online workshop.
By: The Guardian
When: October 20 | 2-4:30pm UK Time
IRE Phoenix Workshop
Elevate your investigative and data skills. Whether you're a reporter, student, editor, educator, producer, freelancer or all of the above and then some — you'll be guaranteed a plethora of new tips, tricks, and skills for your tool belt, ideas for your next story and connections with some of the top investigative and data journalists in the country.
By: Investigative Reporters and Editors
Where: Tempe, AZ (Arizona State University)
When: October 20-21
Cost: $25 (students) or $75 (professional)
The Fundamentals of Cartography
Every map tells a story. They are detailed, sophisticated tools that reveal more about human nature than we may realise – from where our ancestors settled and why, to the rise of political movements, the spread of disease and trends in our changing climate. The key is knowing how to read them. In this masterclass with experts from Ordnance Survey, you will take a look ‘under the cover’ of a map sheet and investigate all its elements.
By: The Guardian
When: October 25 | 5-8pm UK Time
🆕 Writing Opinion Pieces, With Polly Townbee and Tim Dowling
We’ve all got an opinion about virtually everything, but how can you communicate your viewpoint with originality and confidence, and in a voice that is uniquely yours? What is the difference between writing an opinion piece that’s grounded in first-hand research, and writing a regular column that draws on your life experiences? In this masterclass with Polly Toynbee and Tim Dowling, you will learn the key steps for getting your opinions down — and then out into the world.
By: The Guardian
When: October 30 | 6:30-8:30pm UK Time
R for Data Analysis
R is a free, open-source and powerful programming language for cleaning, analyzing and visualizing data, as well as statistical analysis. This bootcamp will cover all those skills, starting with the building blocks of importing and performing basic analysis on data. This bootcamp is for anyone who is familiar with the basics of analyzing structured data and wants to learn a programming language that specializes in visualization and statistical analysis.
By: Investigative Reporters and Editors
When: October 30-November 2
Cost: $200 (students/freelancers) or $300-$600 (professional/educators)
🍁 November 🍁
Alicia Patterson Fellowships
The Alicia Patterson fellowships are open only to U.S. citizens who are full-time print journalists, or to non-U.S. citizens who work full-time for U.S. print publications, either in America or abroad. Freelancers are welcome to apply. All applicants, including those being considered for the new Cissy Patterson fellowship for environmental or science topics, should complete the Alicia Patterson Foundation application.
By: Alicia Patterson Foundation
🌲 Evergreen 🌲
2024 Reed Environmental Writing Award
The Reed Environmental Writing Award celebrates writers who achieve both literary excellence and extraordinary insight into the South’s natural treasures and environmental challenges. Nominations for book entries must be works of nonfiction (not self-published), and journalism entries, including newspaper, magazine, and digital writing, must be published by a recognized institution such as a newspaper, university, or nonprofit organization.
By: Southern Environmental Law Center
Digital Security Training for Journalists
Totem is an online platform that helps journalists and activists use digital security and privacy tools and tactics more effectively in their work. Featured courses include Psychological First Aid, Taking care of your mental health, Psychological Preparation, protecting your sources, Human Rights Documentation, and Risk Analysis.
JournalismAI Connect is a Slack community for journalists, techies and media professionals enthusiastic about the responsible use of AI technologies in journalism. They want to create a space for the wider community to exchange ideas, ask for help, share achievements, and support each other along the AI-journalism journey.
By: JournalismAI Connect