a bunch of opportunities from New America Media

Hey folks. A bunch of opportunities listed in the latest newsletter from New America Media. Info and links below.
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Events & Opportunities:  

Deadline: February 8th

New England Center for Investigative Reporting Offers Free Training on Covering Veterans' Issues

The New England Center for Investigative Reporting in Boston is offering a three-day McCormick Specialized Reporting Institute (SRI) training on veterans' issues March 5th-7th.
With tens of thousands of soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, one of the major reporting tasks of 2012 will be tracking what happens to these veterans as they face the challenge of settling back in to life at home. Reporters and editors will learn how to navigate the VA bureaucracy, hear from experts-including veterans– who will provide an in-depth understanding of the major issues impacting returning soldiers, and learn from the head of Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE) how to transform complex data into compelling stories. 

Application deadline is February 20th
http://necir-bu.org/mccormick-specialized-reporting-institute/

Entry Deadline for New America Award: 
February 9th

This award, presented by the Society of Professional Journalists, honors reporting on ethnic and immigrant communities living in the U.S. The contest upholds an important value of SPJ: to promote diversity in journalism – in the newsroom and in the stories journalists report.

To make it as accessible as possible, the New America Award contest is free to enter. Nominations are welcome from media outlets, journalists, community and issue advocacy groups, individuals, and others concerned with ethnic issues. The winner will be recognized in late September at the 2012 Excellence in Journalism conference in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

Awards entries must be mailed to SPJ headquarters and postmarked by Feb. 9. For more information about the award, including entry requirements, click here. Please contact Lauren Rochester with questions at lrochester@spj.org.

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