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free online course on Social Media for Journos from the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas

The Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas is offering a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) on Social Media for Journalists, Feb 3-March 9. Some info below. More HERE.


Reporters and editors have struggled with how to deal with the phenomenon of social networks. Now they have a chance to learn from a team of experts who will teach the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas’ next Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), “Social Media for Journalists: The Basics.” Click here to register now.
This five-week online course in English will start on Feb. 3 and conclude on Mar. 9. The MOOC will be offered for free and, while it was designed with journalists and media practitioners in mind, anyone in the world with access to the Internet is invited to participate.

Watch the video below to learn more about this course and the instructors.

Following the success last year of its five-instructor massive course “Data-Driven Journalism: The Basics,” the Knight Center will use the same model in this new course. It will give students the opportunity to learn from the multiple perspectives of some of the top social media experts in American journalism.

“We are very excited with this new massive online course. Even before our formal announcement today, about 1,000 people from 92 countries have already registered as the news about the course spread through social media,” said Professor Rosental Alves, director and founder of the Knight Center.
“It’s great to see that we have already started forming, even before the announcement, a global community of people interested in social media and journalism. This is going to be a very useful, practical course not only for journalists, but anyone who wants to learn more about social networks,”  Alves said.
The course will be divided into five weekly modules, each one with a different instructor and a different topic. All the instructors have experience with social media strategies in American news organizations. The instructors are:
•  Ryan Thornburg, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

•  Sharif Durhams, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

•  Craig Silverman, Spundge and Poynter’s Regret the Error

•  Daniel Victor, The New York Times

•  Amanda Zamora, ProPublica

UC Berkeley Food and Farming Journalism Fellowships, deadline March 1

Eight $10K fellowships to report on long-form stories about food systems. Details http://journalism.berkeley.edu/projects/foodfellows/“>HERE and below. Application deadline March 1.

About The Fellowship

  • $10,000 Fellowship
  • Applications Due March 1, 2014

The UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism is offering eight $10,000 postgraduate Food and Farming Journalism Fellowships in a new program established by Michael Pollan, the John S. and James L. Knight Professor of Journalism at UC Berkeley. The fellowship, a project of the Knight Center in Science and Environmental Journalism, is supported by a grant from The 11th Hour Project, a program of The Schmidt Family Foundation. Aimed at early and mid career journalists, the Fellowship presents an opportunity to report ambitious long form stories on the full range of subjects under the rubric of food systems: agricultural and nutritional policy, the food industry, food science, technology and culture, rural and urban farming, agriculture and the environment (including climate change), global trade and supply chains, consolidation and securitization of the food system and public health as it relates to food and farming.

In 2014 we will award eight journalists $10,000 to travel and report these stories.

In 2014, the fellowship will be open to both print and radio journalists; in future years, it will expand to include multi-media and video journalists. We will give preference to U.S. focused stories, but will also consider international stories with a strong U.S. angle or connection.

Online applications are due March 1, 2014, and should include a one-page pitch with a clearly defined story idea, not just a subject. The pitch should reflect some preliminary research, providing a clear sense of place, characters, narrative and reporting strategy. The application also requires a CV, two letters of recommendation and published clips. We will announce this year’s fellows by May 1, 2014.

Those interested in applying will need to be available the week of June 24-28, 2014 for a 4-day workshop at UC Berkeley with the 2014 cohort of fellows, fellowship director Michael Pollan, guest editors from national publications and managing editor Malia Wollan. Travel, lodging and meals for the meeting will be covered by the fellowship. During the first session, fellows will refine their story pitches with the help of the editors, and develop a reporting and publishing or broadcast strategy. Fellows will also have opportunities to meet with and interview faculty members and researchers doing work relevant to their stories at UC Berkeley.

Reporting and writing will then take place from June-October. Fellows will meet for a second four-day session in mid-November, during which time completed stories will be workshopped and edited; the editors will also assist fellows in placing their stories for publication or broadcast. Travel and lodging for the November session will also be covered by the Fellowship.

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Knight Fellowships Freelance Conference at Stanford

Could there BE a more appropriate conference for FC? Check it out! -mia


Dear Journalist, I’m writing because I think you may be interested in attending a special workshop at Stanford on June 18-19. It’s a two day conference called The Future of Freelancing: Redefining Journalism, Reinventing Yourself, produced by the John S. Knight Fellowships program.

General registration opens this Friday, April 16. This is a one-of-a-kind conference, open to just 100 experienced journalists. Editors from the New Yorker, the Washington Post, Esquire, Mother Jones, AOL, the Bay Area News Project and many other traditional and online outlets will talk about their publications, freelance opportunities and the evolution of the craft. The first 40 writers to register will have the chance to meet one-on-one with an editor.

I’ve organized this as part of my Knight Fellowship and am happy to answer any questions you may have. I’ve put more information below.

Thanks so much for your time.

Christine Larson Knight Fellow 2009-2010 Conference Director, The Future of Freelancing Email: freelance@lists.stanford.edu Twitter: LarsonWrites

The Future of Freelancing: Redefining Journalism. Reinventing Yourself. June 18-19, 2010 Stanford University

Independent journalists are taking on a more vital and visible role in informing the public and reinvigorating the profession. The Future of Freelancing conference helps experienced journalists explore their evolving careers and stay inspired to do their best work. Registration Opens

April 9: Members of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, or the Society for Professional Journalists.

April 16: Other experienced journalists To register, visit http://freelance.stanford.edu/

Keynote speaker David Granger will discuss the future of magazines, the media and what it means for writers.

Other speakers include: Daniel Zalewski, features editor, The New Yorker Sydney Trent, editor, Washington Post Mark Robinson, senior editor, Wired Clara Jeffery, editor, Mother Jones Jonathan Weber, editor-in-chief, Bay Area News Project Marcia Parker, West Coast Director, AOL’s Patch.com

The first 40 writers to register will qualify for a one-on-one meeting with an editor, assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis. Registration opens April 9 for ASJA members, SPJ Northern California members, and current or former Knight fellows; April 16 for the general public.

Sponsored by the John S. Knight Fellowships for Professional Journalists, the American Society for Journalists and Authors (ASJA), ASJA Northern California, and The Society for Professional Journalists Northern California Chapter.

For more information, visit http://freelance.stanford.edu/ or e-mail freelance@lists.stanford.edu.

2010 Knight-McCormick Leadership Institute

Knight Digital Media Center fellowship opportunity – deadline March 31. Details below. -mia


March 04, 2010

Calling for the best and the brightest leaders in the emerging news ecosystem

Our 2010 Knight-McCormick Leadership Institute will offer tailored training and intensive coaching to 20 fellows who are innovating and pushing transformation both inside and outside traditional newsrooms. March 31 is the deadline to apply yourself or nominate someone you believe is qualified.

Are you leading transformational change in news media? Keep reading.

The 2010 Knight-McCormick Leadership Institute is a new program by KDMC, one that reflects our awareness that new faces and forms of leadership dot the landscape of news and that intensive training, coaching and collaboration can help their endeavors be even more successful.

“There are new players on the field, new news organization leaders who are taking risks and showing a willingness to try new models of information in the public interest at a time the old models are failing fast,” KDMC Director Vikki Porter. While the institute doors are open to the editors of traditional newsrooms that have been the center’s focus in recent years, Porter said the Institute will look at a much wider pool of leaders.

“We still want to help newspaper editors who are battling the odds and working to transform their newsrooms. But now the doors are open and we want to bring in leaders of news organizations – not necessarily “newsrooms” of the legacy past – who might be online only, or who are creating new networks of organizations and info providers looking to satisfy communities’ news needs big and small,” Porter said.

The curriculum is open too. It will be tailored to those who are chosen to participate. KDMC’s partnerships with the USC’s Marshall School of Business enable it to bring considerable business, strategy and entrepreneurship expertise to its programs. The institute will consist of two on-site sessions six months apart with intensive coaching and virtual convenings in between.

We’re being deliberately vague about who might qualify because we’re not sure we have all the answers about what leadership looks like in our exciting news ecology. It will take more than a good idea for a start up (KDMC offers the News Entrepreneur Boot Camp < http://www.knightdigitalmediacenter.org/seminars/archives/news_entrepreneur_boot_camp_2010/for those).

We want people who lead both inside their organizations (whether large, small or tiny) as well as outside extending their leadership more broadly to help the field of news and information. We want people with proven track records they’ve successfully started a project or are transforming their organization and now use the Institute to scale the project or leverage more organizational change. We want bold thinkers who like to collaborate and are willing to share what they’re learning with the field.

That said, this is not a conventional leadership program for a newsroom city editor or section editor or a producer. “We want people who have the power to lead and make the decisions that can turn an organization,” Porter said.

One possible candidate might have established a successful local or niche news site and be ready to scale it to other locations. Another might be a site operator who needs to develop more diverse revenue streams. Another might be a young operation that is financially healthy enough to add staff and expand, a transition that often proves quite challenging for an entrepreneur.

“In the end I hope we have 20 of the best news leaders most passionate about the possibilities of the new news ecology and whom we can help get to the next level of expertise by bringing them together with other diverse leaders in what we hope will be a collaborative learning environment over a six-month period,” Porter said. “I imagine and hope we will have nominations that represent a greater cross-section of the many experiments as well as the many transforming organizations then we’ve had in the past.”

*We’d like to hear from you if you believe you are a candidate or of you want to suggest someone as a candidate. We are trying to cast a very wide net so please get the word out. *

*The deadline is Wednesday, March 31. * More information here .

If you know of someone or if you believe you fit, please send a 500-word or less nomination email to Vikki Porter. Include name, news organization and title, email and phone contact information. Provide us with the specific reasons you believe we should consider this person for this unique opportunity including examples of their transformative thinking and leadership skills. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to call (213-821-0071) or email vporter@usc.edu.

(The Institute is funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundationand the McCormick Foundation http://www.mccormickfoundation.org/.)

Knight Science Journalism Fellowships at MIT

I’ve heard great things about this fellowship. Details below. -mia


*Call for applicants*

As journalism reinvents itself, journalists now need to learn multiplatform technologies, such as podcasting, blogging, digital video and audio. They also need an understanding of subjects that consistently rank high with readers—health, environment, medical research, technology and science.

Only one Fellowship offers the pick of scientific courses at MIT and Harvard, gives audio and video training, and sponsors research trips: The Knight Science Journalism Fellowships at MIT.

Fellows receive a stipend of $60,000 for nine months, plus health coverage. Applications are due March 1. Find application requirements and forms at http://web.mit.edu/knight-science/fellowships/howtoapply.html .

I encourage you to apply, or pass this message along to a colleague who could benefit from a year away from deadlines. With all best wishes,

Philip J. Hilts, Director

Knight Science Journalism Fellowships at MIT http://web.mit.edu/knight-science/fellowships/howtoapply.html philts@mit.edu

East Bay Bloggers Camp Oct. 23-24

Looks like a great workshop, and it’s totally affordable. -Mia


The Knight Digital Media Center at UC Berkeley is collaborating with the Public Media Collaborative in sponsoring a two-day digital media workshop. The KDMC will lead three hands-on training sessions during the East Bay BEAST Bloggers Camp 2 that will be held Oct 23-24, at Techliminal http://techliminal.com/ technology salon in downtown Oakland.

The workshops will offer training on social media, multimedia and technology tools for new and experienced bloggers. Staff trainers with the KDMC will provide skills training on Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Soundslides and Google tools on Saturday, Oct. 24.

For more information, click on the following link http://bit.ly/1LkHJ4.

We hope to see you there!