15 April 2011
DEADLINE EXTENDED! Attention California ethnic journalists! Four of you could win $1,000 each, and three of you could win $500 each. Seriously.
This is an easy-to-enter essay contest. Here is what you need to know:
California is gearing up to redraw state and congressional district lines to ensure fair representation for all Californians. But how should those lines be drawn? For the first time a citizen's commission will make those determinations drawing on recommendations from people across the state about what constitutes "community." As the story tellers and advocates for our audiences, ethnic media practitioners have an important responsibility to help identify, explain and describe the communities our media organizations serve. With that in mind, we at NAM are offering a contest that is open to all ethnic media reporters and content producers in the state… enter it and you could win $1,000 for describing the community your ethnic media organization serves.
NAM will select four winners and three runners-up. Deadline extended to April 22. So do it now. For complete details and entry form, go to this page.
If you have some questions or concerns about the state's redistricting effort, we have been covering it a lot recently. Please look these stories over:
New Panel Holds Key to Minority Political Power in California
In Redistricting Debate, What Role Should Citizenship Play?
Why Asians (and Other Minorities) Must Get Involved in CA Redistricting
Tracking The Crackdown: On Wednesday April 20th, New America Media and The Opportunity Agenda will be holding a teleconference call to discuss the most recent developments in immigration policy efforts at the state level. Now that efforts for comprehensive reform at the federal level have taken a backseat on the federal policy agenda, states around the country are dealing with the issue directly. Please join us on the call on April 20, 2011 at 10am PST/1pm EST.
NAM partner Azizah Magazine celebrated their 10th Anniversary in Atlanta, GA on April 9th. From everyone at New America Media to everyone at Azizah Magazine–Happy 10th Anniversary! We are proud to partner with a publication that does such great things for the community.
Last week's New York Ethnic Media Watchdog Workshop: About 60 reporters and editors from the ethnic media in the New York area attended the IRE Ethnic Media Workshop last weekend at the New York Times. The two-day boot camp, which took place from April 8 to 9, taught the journalists new investigative skills, including utilizing Web resources, using multi-media, and developing award-winning police and disaster stories. Speakers at the workshops include reporters and editors of the New York Times, IRE and El Nuevo Herald.
Follow the Money: Tracking Stimulus Dollars and Covering the Budget Crisis in Your Community is a free workshop for reporters — May 9-12, 20011 at the New England Center for Investigative Reporting in Boston — that will provide you with the tools and the expertise you need to for insightful coverage of the next big story taking shape in post-stimulus America — the budget crises gripping communities and states nationwide. You’ll also learn how to track the stimulus dollars that have flowed into your community in an effort to revitalize the economy.
Deadline to apply for the workshop is April 10. Tuition and travel underwritten by the McCormick Foundation. For details, click here or contact Joe Bergantino, Director/Senior Investigative Reporter, New England Center for Investigative Reporting at 617-353-4546.
And now for our weekly news roundup. Here are this week's most read stories:
Letter from Fukushima: A Vietnamese-Japanese Police Officer's Account This letter, written by a Vietnamese immigrant working in Fukishima as a policeman to a friend in Vietnam, has been circulating on Facebook among the Vietnamese diaspora. It is an extraordinary testimony to the strength and dignity of the Japanese spirit, and an interesting slice of life near the epicenter of Japan's current crisis, the Fukushima nuclear power plant.
Is Japan's Elite Hiding a Weapons Program Inside Nuclear Plants? One logical reason for the chain of lies about the Fukushima disaster: the nuclear industry is trying to prevent the discovery of weapons research facilities.
Eye on Arab Media: Facebook Loses Face After Intifada Page Is Pulled Facebook has outraged Arabs by shutting down “The Third Palestinian Intifada” page, based on questionable Israeli-government claims that the page incited violence.
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If you are living close to Washington, D.C. or if you have the means to travel there, consider attending World Press Freedom Day. Focusing on "21st Century Media: New Frontiers, New Barriers," the event will be held May 1-3, 2011, in venues in throughout the capital city. Information is available here.
Hmong National Conference
Apr 22-24 Marriott City Center Hotel in Minneapolis, Minnesota
San Francisco Diasporic Vietnamese Film Festival
Apr 23 SF State University in San Francisco, San Francisco
Asian Law Caucus' 39th Anniversary Dinner
Apr 29 Marriot Marquis in San Francisco, California
The American Arab Media 10 Years since Sept. 11
Apr 29 – May 1 Hyatt Regency Hotel in Dearborn, Michigan
Apr 30 Wade Johnson Park in Oakland, California
A Place Of Her Own
May 5 SOMArts Cultural Center in San Francisco, California
Follow the Money
May 9 New England Center for Investigative Reporting in Boston, Massachusetts
15th Annual Immigrant Day
May 24 State Capitol in Sacramento, California
Jun 16-19 Minneapolis, Minnesota
San Francisco Latino Film Festival's Cine+Mas
Deadline: Jun 3
Daniel Pearl Awards
Deadline: Jul 1
California Documentary Project Grant
Deadline: April 29
National Health Journalism Fellowship at USC Reporting Grants
Deadline: May 2
Beyond The Border: Covering The Immigration Phenomenon through Digital Media
Deadline: May 2
Coastal Impacts: A Marine Science Seminar for Journalists
Deadline: May 9
California Council for the Humanities: California Story Fund
Deadline: June 15