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Book Odds

Hey all. This is a fun competition for you audio folks. Win a free trip to the Third Coast Festival happening Oct 28-30. Good luck! -Mia


We’re so very excited to announce that after a year of hibernation, the Third Coast ShortDocs Challenge is BACK! www.thirdcoastfestival.org/competitions/shortdocs/2010

This year’s Challenge – “Book Odds” – is a happy collaboration with one of our favorite bands, the Books. Any/everyone is invited to produce a short audio story (up to 3 minutes) inspired by song titles from their upcoming record “The Way Out” and including a couple samples from their vast library of musical bits, strange phrases and sonic doodads.

Read more about Book Odds, the Books, incentives (like winning a trip to this year’s Conference), and all the fine print/submission details, PLUS check out the song titles/download the audio samples at: www.thirdcoastfestival.org/competitions/shortdocs/2010

Submission deadline is July 5th.

Special tidbit for educators: Teachers! We hope you’ll consider introducing or even assigning the Challenge to your students. Book Odds are for everyone.

Happy to answer questions, if you’ve got ’em. Please help us spread the word, and hope you’ll consider participating…

Yrs, TCF

Four $20,000 Prizes for Excellence in Reporting – Nominations Open for National Academies Communication Awards

Big money available for excellent reporting in science, engineering, and medicine. Nomination deadline 4/14. -mia


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The National Academies Keck *Futures Initiative *has started accepting nominations for the 2010 National Academies Communication Awards for excellence in reporting and communicating science, engineering, and/or medicine to the public during 2009. The National Academies Communication Awards are one component of the National Academies Keck *Futures Initiative, *a far-reaching initiative designed to realize the untapped potential of interdisciplinary research. A $20,000 prize will be awarded in each of the following categories:

– Book – Magazine/Newspaper – Online – Film/Radio/TV


To be considered for a 2010 National Academies Communication Award, the work should:

– be accessible and appeal to a broad, public audience; – demonstrate clarity, creativity, originality, and accuracy; – address issues and/or advances in science, engineering, and/or medicine; – cover topics that have an impact on society; and – have been published, broadcast, or released in 2009, in the United States and in English.


Nominations must be submitted on the online nomination form at www.keckfutures.org; copies of the nominated work must be submitted as described for each category. Self nominations are permitted; there is no nomination fee. Please submit a nomination to the category that most closely describes the work(s) being nominated.


Books published in the U.S. in 2009 will be considered. Please submit two copies of the book. The publisher and year of publication must be printed on the book. Advance publication dates must be verified by the publisher.


Works in this category must be published in the U.S. in 2009, and may comprise a single article, or up to as many as four articles that are unrelated or that constitute a formal series. Please submit three original copies of each article clearly showing the byline and the name and date of the publication *and* a signed copyright release that authorizes the National Academies Keck *Futures Initiative* to reproduce the article for review purposes. If you are not able to provide copyright release, please send an additional 20 copies of the article(s), or a PDF file of the article(s).


Submissions may include a single story or movie; a series; or as many as six brief, unrelated stories that aired on a U.S. station or were released in theaters or on DVD in 2009. Please submit three CDs or DVDs labeled with the nominee’s name(s), the titles of stories included on the DVD or CD, and the original airdate (with the name of the U.S. station and the program on which the stories aired) or release date. These must be submitted in protective cases *and *include a signed copyright release that authorizes the National Academies Keck *Futures Initiative* to reproduce the CD or DVD for review purposes. Submission of copies of the program transcript are also encouraged. If you are not able to provide copyright release, then please submit an additional 20 copies of the CD or DVD.


Works created specifically for the Web, which were posted in English online in 2009, will be considered. Entries may include as many as six online articles, hypertext documents, podcasts, commentaries, etc., or any combination thereof. Preference will be given to nominations that make the best use of the medium, including multi-media presentations that incorporate a combination of videos, blog entries, interactive features, and/or other capabilities unique to this communication vehicle. Include links to the unique URLs for each work(s) that will be active through October 1, 2010.

*This Year’s Selection Committee*

Visit www.keckfutures.org/awards for a complete listing of this year’s Selection Committee.

Nominations must be completed online no later than April 14, 2010. All supporting materials must be postmarked by April 14. Please click here http://www.keckfutures.org/awards/nominate.htmlfor more information about the nominations process.

If you have questions please email commawards@nas.edu

SEJ’s Annual Awards for Reporting on the Environment

Deadline approaching for the Society of Environmental Journalists Annual Awards. Details below. -mia


April 1 is the last day to enter SEJ’s Annual Awards for Reporting on the Environment – that’s less than two weeks away.

Entering is easier this year because you can do it online ( http://www.sej.org/initiatives/awards-fellowships/sej-annual-awards-reporting-environment).

The contest honors outstanding environmental coverage in 10 categories, each winning a $1,000 prize, and a student prize ($250 plus up to $750 travel/lodging for the first-place winner of the student prize).

Eligibility, rules, FAQs – everything you need to know to enter the contest is at: http://www.sej.org/initiatives/awards/2010-sej-awards-reporting-environment.

When you’re ready to enter, click the “How to Enter” link. You’ll find the online forms listed as links following the instructions. Just click on the category you want to enter.

Winners will be honored at SEJ’s 20th Annual Conference, October 13, 2010, at the University of Montana, Missoula.

Strengthening the quality, reach and viability of journalism across all media to advance public understanding of environmental issues

Chris Rigel Director of Programs and Operations Society of Environmental Journalists P.O. Box 2492 Jenkintown, PA 19046 T: (215) 884-8177 F: (215) 884-8175 www.sej.org

Follow SEJ on Twitter: www.twitter.com/sejorg http://www.airmedia.org

SAJA Journalism Awards – deadlines are March 5 and March 26

FYI – the SAJA Award deadline is approaching. Good luck! -Mia


Please share with journalists you know. Some of the winners each year are NOT South Asian.

SAJA 2010 Journalism Awards DEADLINES 3/5/10 and 3/26/10


The South Asian Journalists Association and SAJA Group Inc. invite individual journalists and news organizations in North America to submit entries to this year’s contest. The SAJA Journalism Awards recognize excellence in coverage of South Asia and the diaspora, as well as outstanding reporting by South Asian journalists in the U.S. and Canada. The 2010 Awards, which are open to media companies and freelancers headquartered in the U.S. and Canada, consist of 10 categories (including one for students). Submissions can include print articles, editorials, photographs and new media pieces published, and broadcasts aired by Dec. 31, 2009.

The EARLY deadline to enter is FRIDAY, March 5, 2010

The FINAL deadline to enter is FRIDAY, March 26, 2010

Apply online at http://bit.ly/sajajawards2010

Any questions, please contact: Jigar Mehta, mehta@nytimes.com SUBJECT: SAJA AWARDS

Member Spotlight – April Dembosky

Freelance Cafe member April Dembosky won the Best New Artist award in the Third Coast International Audio Festival competition last fall. Check out her feature below.

Best New Artist
Death Comes Home (USA)
By April Dembosky with advisors Claire Schoen and Cynthia Gorney

Death Comes Home is a portrait of three families who have chosen to forego the funeral director and prescribed memorial to instead care for their dead at home. Part of a growing national “home funeral” movement, these families are redefining America’s death rituals. Death Comes Home was first presented as part of the University of California at Berkeley’s annual masters project showcase in May, 2008.

Death Comes Home
Read more about producer April Dembosky.

Enter the 2010 Casey Medals Competition

Info below on the Casey Medals – in recognition of excellent reporting on children and families. Go for it! -mia


[image: JCCF logo] The 2010 Casey Medals for Meritorious Journalism

Enter the 16th annual Casey Medals for Meritorious Journalismcompetition, which recognizes exemplary reporting on children and families. This year, we’ve updated our categories for the digital age: For the first time, citizen journalists and reporters from online-only news sites are eligible to apply. We have revamped the audio and video categories, and we welcome Web audio and video entries.

First-place winners receive $1,000 and will be honored at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. Casey Medalists are automatically considered for two additional $5,000 awards presented by the America’s Promise Alliance .

The Journalism Center on Children & Families is a nonprofit training and resource center based at the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Nearly 4,500 journalists have competed for Casey Medals since 1994.

2010 Casey Medals for Meritorious Journalism

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For exemplary reporting on children & families

Enter Now

Deadline: Friday, March 5, 2010

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