Grants available for environmental reporting; deadline for first round is July 15. Details below.
SEJ’s Fund for Environmental Journalism is accepting applications for grants of up to $2,500 to help underwrite environmental reporting projects and entrepreneurial ventures.
The purpose of the FEJ is to provide incentives and support to qualified journalists and news organizations to enhance the quantity and quality of environmental journalism. Read about the origin of the Fund for Environmental Journalism.
WHO CAN APPLY?
Any United States, Canada or Mexico-based journalist working independently or on the staff of either a for-profit or non-profit news organization is eligible to apply for a FEJ grant.
HOW ARE THE FUNDS TO BE USED?
Grant funds can be used for project-related travel, training, research materials, database analysis, and other direct expenses required for success of the reporting project or entrepreneurial venture.
SEJ membership is not required, but all applicants must meet SEJ’s eligibility requirements: your work must be in journalism or closely related to journalism, and your responsibilities must not include public relations work on environmental issues or lobbying on environmental issues. If you’re not sure, please review SEJ’s eligibility requirements.
SEJ Members: Fee waived
Non-members: $20 (Please see below)*
* The cost of first-year membership is only $20. Membership includes a year’s subscription to SEJ’s quarterly magazine, SEJournal, access to the online directory of members, subscription to members-only discussion lists, discounts to SEJ’s annual conferences and more. To join:
1. Apply to be a registered user of SEJ’s website. Go to www.sej.org, then click the “Need help?” link in the burgundy bar at the right near the top of the page. Once your user profile has been activated, you can access the online membership application. (New user accounts are usually activated the same day.)
2. Access the online membership application, complete and click submit. SEJ staff will fast-track your application and, if you are accepted for membership in SEJ, send you the payment link for new members.
You do not have to be a member to apply for the Fund for Environmental Journalism. The fee for non-members to apply is $20. If you decide not to join SEJ, click on the Non-member Grant Application Form, below.
First round: July 15, 2010, for all forms, materials and payment to be submitted. Winners of round one will be announced by Aug. 1, 2010.
Second round: Nov. 15, 2010, for all forms, materials and payment to be submitted. Winners of round two wil be announced Dec. 15, 2010.
For more details, please read the FEJ Program Guidelines.
APPLY FOR THE FUND FOR ENVIRONMENTAL JOURNALISM
A whole bunch of conference rolled into one – and affordable to boot! Details below. -mia
**Coming up next weekend! Pay what you can!**
Now in its third year, Journalism Innovations is the West Coast’s premiere showcase for groundbreaking journalism ideas, media innovation and community networking. Produced by the Society of Professional Journalists-Northern California, Independent Arts and Media, The University of San Francisco, and the G.W. Williams Center for Independent Journalism, Journalism Innovations is playing a vital part in shaping the next phase of the industry.
This event, combined this year with the SPJ Region 11 Spring Conference, will bring in hundreds of working journalists, educators, advocates, citizen media-makers, inventors, recruiters, students and job seekers. Join the leaders shaping the future of news. Register today, or sponsor to gain high-profile exposure for your organization! Visit the conference website or join our Facebook group for the latest details.
BONUS! All attendees will be registered in a drawing to win free registration for this year’s national SPJ convention in Las Vegas.
DOUBLE BONUS! RemakeCamp unconference on intersection of media & technology follows immediately after JI3 on Sunday, May 2.
When: April 30-May 2, 2010
Where: University of San Francisco campus.
How much: Sliding scale. Register online today!
Couple days left to apply for this one. Go for it! -mia
J-School Announces Competition for Two Investigative Reporting Fellowships
From the Graduate School of Journalism | March 8, 2010
BERKELEY – To help develop a new generation of investigative reporters in an era of extensive cutbacks at major news organizations, UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism today announced a call for entries for its fourth-annual competition for year-long fellowships in investigative reporting. The two fellowships will be awarded in June 2010.
The fellowships are open to all working investigative journalists, but preference will be given to graduates of UC Berkeley’s master’s program in journalism. A strong track record of successfully reporting on complex subjects in the public interest is required.
Applicants will be chosen based on their qualifications and on the proposed area of investigation they intend to pursue. Story proposals must be those that have been under-reported by traditional news organizations. Proposals may include print, broadcast and multimedia components.
“Providing a unique opportunity for young journalists to pursue their passion to do a story in the public interest is the most important thing we can do,” said Professor Lowell Bergman, the director of the Investigative Reporting Program.
“We are part of the growing movement to preserve, protect and promote investigative reporting during a period of contraction in the news business. This effort does not enjoy the support of state funding and is made possible by the generous support of individuals and foundations. These contributions, along with the work of the previous fellows and my colleagues, Robert Gunnison and Marlena Telvick, have made the Investigative Reporting Program a model for a growing number of non-profit efforts,” said Bergman.
Winners of the 2009-2010 fellowships were Ryan Gabrielson of the East Valley Tribune in Mesa, Arizona and a recipient of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for local reporting and Matt Isaacs, a 1999 graduate of the journalism school and veteran investigative reporter and editor in California.
Gabrielson recently launched a multi-media, multi-outlet investigation on DUI checkpoints including a print story in The New York Times and an accompanying video on the Times website. The Center for Investigative Reporting’s “California Watch” edited versions of the story for the Sacramento Bee, the Orange County Register, Mother Jones, the Bakersfield Californian, the Stockton Record and in Spanish for La Opinion. The PBS NewsHour aired a broadcast version of Gabrielson’s investigation.
“As a newspaper reporter, I began the fellowship without experience producing pieces for multiple news outlets at once, or for television,” says Gabrielson. “But with guidance, I conducted on-camera interviews for a PBS NewsHour segment, while simultaneously writing print pieces for California Watch and The New York Times.”
“You cannot help but grow as a journalist watching Bergman and his IRP team at work,” Gabrielson says.
Matt Isaacs, who is continuing his investigation of overseas Chinese power in the United States in collaboration with a major news outlet, says, “The Investigative Reporting Program is the only place I know that can catch the ear of almost any news organization in the country. If you have a story worth telling, the program will find somewhere to place it at the highest levels.”
“Lowell knows how to make a good story great, and how to send a great one into the stratosphere,” Isaacs says. “He knows what it takes to play on the national stage because he’s been there so long.”
The IRP also occasionally awards small grants to support investigative projects not selected for the fellowships. Applicants will be notified if they have been placed in a special category for consideration for one of these grants.
Zachary Stauffer, a 2008 graduate of the journalism school and Katie Galloway, a filmmaker and lecturer in the Media Studies department at UC Berkeley were the applicants chosen to receive project-specific funding last year.
Mr. Stauffer is working as a cinematographer and reporter for the IRP. He served as director of photography for the PBS FRONTLINE documentary “The Card Game” and also shot Ryan Gabrielson’s story on DUI checkpoints for the PBS NewsHour. Ms. Galloway has been given in-residence support and editing facilities for her feature documentary on a domestic counterterrorism case.
Fellows will be provided with office space, phones, basic expenses and up to $10,000 in funds for approved travel. Proposals must include an estimate for travel expenses to complete a project. No housing or relocation supplements are provided. Fellows are expected to refrain from outside journalistic projects, and to use the Berkeley offices as their base of operations during the fellowship.
Fellows will be employees of the University of California with an annual salary of approximately $47,000. They also will be able to audit UC Berkeley classes and use campus research facilities.
The deadline for fellowship applications for the academic year 2010-2011 is 12 o’clock Midnight on Friday, April 9th. This year’s recipients will be announced in June. The fellows’ year-long tenure will begin in September.
The application and entry requirements can be found at: http://jobs.berkeley.edu. The job number is #10506. Please note, three letters of reference to the attention of Professor Lowell Bergman will be required. Solicit them early.
For additional details on the fellowship program, contact:
Investigative Reporting Program 2481 Hearst Avenue Berkeley, CA 94709 firstname.lastname@example.org
Is Oakland ready for it’s close up?
These days it seems there’s no shortage of news websites or blogs devoted to covering all things Oakland. In the last couple of years we’ve seen Oakland North come aboard, the launch of Oakland Local, The OakBook, and cool sites like A Better Oakland.
Old scribes like the New York Times are falling all over themselves trying to cover Oakland and the Bay Area, and even the yet-to-be launched The Bay Citizen promises to devote key resources to the city.
Last night, I stopped by the official launch party of OaklandSeen, a radio and news blog project put together by prominent Oakland citizen, Aimee Allison.
Not too long ago, Oakland was a dead zone for journalism. The Tribune had moved out of its iconic headquarters and the Chronicle only dropped in when there was a shooting or social unrest.
But with the demise of traditional print journalism, comes new opportunities for media outlets willing to chuck the old way and come up with a new plan.
What many of the new Oakland news organizations have in common is a grassroots feel and a promise to cover more than just crime and city hall. Also, reflecting the diversity of the city, almost all of these new organizations are run, in part, by women or journalists of color.
The days of just seeing news about murder, school board meetings, and ribbon cutting events in Oakland seem to be, thankfully, over.
I’ll leave aside the issue of providing living wages for writers, photographers, and radio folks for another time.
Instead, for now, I’ll celebrate this golden age in Oakland journalism.
–Jennifer Inez Ward
Lots of hiring is promised at the stations that received this funding. Seems like a step in the right direction for revitalizing local media.
For Immediate Release March 25, 2010
Corporation for Public Broadcasting Launches New Local Journalism Initiative
Regional Collaborations to Counter Decline of Local Journalism
Digital Public Media Platform to Support Innovation
Washington, DC — The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) today announced funding for a major journalism initiative that will increase original local reporting capacity in seven regions around the country, and a planning project to develop an open information architecture to harness the collective power of the public media network.
CPB is funding the creation of seven Local Journalism Centers (LJCs), combining CPB and participating stations’ resources for a ground-breaking new approach to newsgathering and its distribution. The Centers will form teams of multimedia journalists, who will focus on issues of particular relevance to each region; their in-depth reports will be presented regionally and nationally via digital platforms, community engagement programs and radio and television broadcasts.
The LJC initiative builds on CPB’s long-standing commitment to journalism and its ongoing funding of public media news and public affairs content and initiatives, including Project Argo, a pilot effort funded jointly with the Knight Foundation to enable a dozen NPR and PBS stations to expand their reporting and increase their expertise on topics of local relevance.
“The Local Journalism Centers will enhance public media’s ability to meet the information needs of local communities at a time when access to high quality, original reporting is declining,” Patricia Harrison, the CEO and President of CPB said. “Public media has long provided independent and in-depth coverage of local issues and public policy. The need for that coverage is even greater today, and we have a responsibility to ensure that journalism can continue to thrive and serve the needs of our democracy.
“These radio and television stations are locally owned and operated and work in partnership with other community-based organizations,” Ms. Harrison explained. “Working together with stations across a region, along with emerging new digital journalism organizations, they can make a significant contribution to news gathering and distribution, which is critical to the information health of these communities.”
“In a time when newspapers and other media organizations are cutting back or disappearing altogether, public media is strengthening its commitment to journalism,” said PBS President and CEO Paula A. Kerger. “We’re putting our innovative spirit and strong local and national infrastructure to work for the American people in new ways – filling gaps in news coverage and using new platforms to ensure everyone has access to the most trusted source for in-depth reporting, analysis and investigative journalism. PBS is proud to collaborate with CPB, NPR, our member stations and emerging digital journalism organizations across the country to transform community engagement and information.”
In addition, CPB also announced funding for the Public Media Platform, a project administered by NPR, in partnership with PBS, APM, PRI and PRX. This coalition of public media leaders will develop a prototype for a flexible common platform to support public media innovation and collaboration. The ultimate goal is to collect, distribute, present and monetize digital media content efficiently, allowing producers and stations to devote their resources to reporting, content production and community engagement.
Vivian Schiller, President and CEO of NPR, said, “These two initiatives represent the twin paths that public media must travel – expanded original news reporting, and state of the art tools and technology to get that content into the hands of more people. CPB’s investments in these two innovative programs ultimately serve those goals, and the interests of the American people.”
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
[image: Acia Johnson]
For exemplary reporting on children & families
Deadline: Friday, March 5, 2010
Hey folks. Spreading the word about a new business journalism course at SF State, focusing on the biotech industry. Sounds pretty interesting. -Mia
*Professional and aspiring journalists should check out this great opportunity to develop skills in specialized business reporting. San Francisco State University’s College of Extended Learning is offering Jour 667-02, Business Journalism. Former Chronicle business reporter Bernadette Tansey will teach this class, which focuses on the biotech industry. **The class meets Tuesdays, 6-8:30 p.m. at the Downtown Center on Market Street. Register Today: **www.cel.sfsu.edu* http://www.cel.sfsu.edu/* OR Call 415-405-7700 ext. 5. Class begins Jan. 26. * *The Bay Area is one of the most innovative regions in the country and you have the advantage of exploring journalism here. Equip yourself for 21st **Century journalism. Learn how to cover cutting-edge enterprises that are transforming global culture. From Stem Cells to Cell Phone Apps, technology is changing lifestyles and life spans. Whether your favorite beat is science, travel, sports or politics, your reporting will be stronger if you understand the impact of technology and the basics of business. *