Friday, December 18, 2009

Smart Risks vs. Foolish Risks

Playing it safe with your career may seem smart. But to really get ahead, you may need to take some risks.

"Nothing gives your career a boost like succeeding at a risk," says Sheila Wellington, author of "Be Your Own Mentor" and a professor at New York University's Stern School of Business. "It helps you break out of the pack."

Still, before you take a risk -- whether it's quitting your job or confronting your boss -- consider whether it's smart or foolish.

Make sure you know yourself and your organization well enough to understand what happens if you take a risk and it doesn't work out. Will failure damage your career, or will coworkers admire your initiative? Will you be devastated, emotionally or financially, if you don't succeed? Or do you have a high tolerance for failure?

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Skills Assessment: Scholarships for Poynter Institute Training

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation will be subsidizing training programs to promote diversity and boost under-represented groups in journalism. As an NLGJA member, you can take part in this fantastic opportunity! Free tuition can be just a few steps away. A big thanks to the Knight Foundation and the Poynter Institute for making this possible.

When registering for training at the Poynter Institute, NewsU, Poynter Online or any regional trainings, indicate your membership with NLGJA under the scholarship page to be eligable for a grant covering the costs of your training.

Some of the upcoming training opportunities include:

Becoming a More Effective Editor - Application Deadline Feb. 15

Building a Twitter Strategy for your News Organization - Webinar Replay

Covering Climate Change

Becoming a More Effective Reporter - Application Deadline March 15

Essential Skills for Digital Journalists - Application Deadline Jan. 25

Assessing the LGBT Temperature of a New Workplace

Many of us find ourselves on the job hunt and suddenly faced with determining how LGBT-friendly new employers are. There are obvious things to consider, but also questions that can be asked during the interview process to determine whether this new employer is the right “fit.” Even for those who chose not to be “out” during a job interview, it’s important to find an employer that will be supportive and responsible to LGBT employees.

One place to start is doing some homework before the interview. Check out the employer to find out what their reputation is, what kinds of benefits they have, and whether their commitment to LGBT employees is a public commitment.

If you are looking at large employers, one place to turn is the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index and related guides to employers. The listing only includes larger employers, but the recent report found a number of media companies were given top ratings. The index evaluates employers based on (1) equal employment opportunity, including gender identity or expressions; (2) employment benefits; (3) organizational LGBT competency; (4) public commitment; and (5) responsible citizenship.

Those receiving a perfect score include:

Clear Channel Communications Inc.
Cox Enterprises Inc.
Time Warner Inc.
Viacom Inc.
Walt Disney Co.
New York Times Co.
United Business Media LLC

Other Media Companies Included in the Survey:

Comcast Corp. 95
SIRIUS XM Radio Inc. 80
McGraw-Hill 80
General Electric 80
Thomson Reuters 75
Pearson Inc. 75
Gannett Co. Inc. 65
Scholastic Corp. 50

If your future employer is not on that list, your task becomes a little more difficult. You can investigate on the employer’s website whether there is a non-discrimination policy listed in the Human Resources section. If the statement says “complies with federal and state laws,” then it is important to determine whether you work in a jurisdiction where you are covered by state laws that penalize discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. It is also important to determine—especially if you are working for a small employer (less than 25 employees)—whether the employer is even covered by the laws.

There is also the question of domestic partner benefits. If you do not live in a state where same-sex marriage is legal, the only way you may qualify for spousal benefits is through a domestic partner program. A good question to ask—and a great way to “break the ice” in determining LGBT friendliness—is to ask about these benefits. What does it take to qualify? Do they exist at all?

Sometimes, this kind of “temperature taking” involves some risks. If you ask these kinds of questions during an interview process, you are probably “outing” yourself, to some extent. The flip-side, however, is that if asking these question is a dealbreaker for the employer, is that really the kind of employer you want to work for.

But the questions are important to ask, because you may be surprised by the response. I once interviewed for a top management job at a law firm and my investigation found that sexual orientation was not listed on the company’s non-discrimination policy or recruiting brochures. Since my job was human resources related, I decided to ask about that in my interview with the potential boss.

Her response was embarrassment. The law firm represented a well-known client who was involved in a nationwide scandal and the client and law firm had been getting threats for being too “gay.” So, to protect the client, they changed the public information on their website. I pressed her on how this might impact recruiting—for both LGBT and non-LGBT employees looking for a progressive employer—and she conceded that it was a concern that was being addressed at the top of the organization. On the internal information, sexual orientation and gender identity were included in the non-discrimination policy, domestic partner benefits were available, and she was a lesbian herself. And I got another interview.

Now that’s an unusual situation and I’m still not convinced that their approach was the best way to deal with the problem, especially since I do think it hindered their recruiting ability. But it shows that sometimes you need to ask and that the public persona may not reflect the internal environment.

Of course, that can work the other way around. Very LGBT-friendly employers to the public may not necessarily be the best places to work and are no guarantee that everything will be smooth sailing, but those policies and reputations can provide a starting-point.

By Michael Triplett

Member in the Spotlight: Anthony Williams

2009 has been a heck of a year. While I know that’s been the case for almost everyone as we tackle a recession and prepare for a new decade, I’m going to go out on a limb and say I had the craziest.

I didn’t graduate in December 2008 like I’d planned, but I nonetheless took an internship this spring. Having never lived outside of my home state of Texas, I drove 2,700 miles to tiny La Grande, Oregon – going the long way of course, due to winter. After 12 weeks there I returned home to finish college and couldn’t get a job doing anything – anything.

I graduated in August, had a couple of freelance jobs to keep me steady, and then traveled outside of the country for the first time. I was a part of NLGJA’s student project at the annual convention in Montreal, meeting and talking to people I’d admired for years like Jeffrey Kofman and Michael Slezak.

And then I was back home, with nothing to do except pick my cousin up from school. But somehow, about two months later I wound up here at The Dallas Morning News.
There have been a lot of transitions this year, some forward and some back and forth, and I think a lot of growing up. No transition has been more interesting than the one now, navigating my way into the full-time workforce.

I’ve almost always had a job, so it wasn’t so much that. It’s changing your mindset, going from knowing what was ahead in six months or a year to a more wide-open road. No more internship applications, no more midterms and finals. I didn’t go to graduate school, but I imagined applying for jobs after school was like presenting a thesis on my life and work history to prospective employers.

It sucks playing the waiting game, but recent college graduates have got to be better at it then others, seeing as for the last four or more years we’re constantly waiting to hear back regarding a scholarship application or something extracurricular. That and, oh yeah, waiting to be grown.

So you graduate, and for those first few weeks or more, you’re a bit picky with where you apply and what for. A month later you’re sending your resume and cover letter off to Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Nope, doesn’t take long for desperation to kick in.

Then you get phone calls from bigwigs at those random places at 7 a.m. They don’t know you were out late hanging with old college buddies (the transition away from college life is a whole other topic). Interestingly enough it’s rather easy going through job applications and phone interviews. Things from your past that were hell give you examples of situations faced on the job. Like a difficult coworker at the student paper, or not knowing what exactly to do in the face of shrinking readership numbers but steadily attacking the problem anyway you know how.

Before you know it, you have your first in-person job interview. If you’re like me, it’s somewhere you totally didn’t expect to call you, a place that was letting people go left and right while you went to school down road. Then you look up, and you’re at your own desk there.

That’s not the end though. I’m out of the school cycle now, got a boost from NLGJA, and I’m hypothetically set, as people like to say. Thankfully I got yet more good advice from someone here on what my outlook should be. Just like how college students can’t coast through school, following the syllabi, and expect to get where they want to be without doing something extra on their own accord, that’s how you have to tackle the world.

Yes, the main objective is to handle the day-to-day, but I’ve still got to go after what I want, make my case and stand tall above the rest of the crowd. In other words: more theses.

Many of us leave high school eager to leave behind the pettiness and social structures, only to find college much the same. Well, life’s no different. You do what you do to get by while also going for what you may think is impossible, unattainable. I know I may sound like I’m speaking from a high horse, but I’m not blind to my many degreed friends who’re still trying, or those close to graduation, scared. Or even those who’ve been on their grind for years and don’t know how to handle our economy’s new problems. I’m just standing here as an example of what’s possible, because if I can make it here, everyone else should have Pulitzers and six-figure checks.

Am I still a little unsure of the future? Definitely. But after finding myself taking photos of sheep getting sheared on an Oregon farm, walking the Hollywood walk of fame and laughing uncontrollably in a Canadian McDonald’s this year, I have a job. And I was still able to make it back home for Thanksgiving.

I obviously had a lot to be thankful for, but I’m more grateful to continue walking one step at a time to see what’s ahead for me.

By Anthony Williams

Monday, October 19, 2009

[CW:MONTHLY] Yahoo! Hotjobs

I had lunch with my friend Mary recently, and together we looked over her resume.

"You worked for Astor Graphics for six months in 2007," I said. "That's not a long time. Why don't you drop that out, show your 2005-2006 job followed by your current job, and leave out the short-term gig entirely?"

"Oh! So it's OK to lie on my resume?" asked Mary.

Rewriting your resume to nuke a short-term job from your history isn't lying -- it's editing! You can decide which jobs to include in your resumes, and which to delete and forget. The easiest-to-read resumes with the most obvious career "stories" are the ones most likely to get a hiring manager's attention. Extraneous information and potentially off-putting items like six-month gigs are baggage we can and should unload..

Read the Full Yahoo! HotJobs Article.

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[CW:MONTHLY] Foundation Grant

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation will be subsidizing training programs to promote diversity and boost under-represented groups in journalism. As an NLGJA member, you can take part in this fantastic opportunity! Free tuition can be just a few steps away. A big thanks to the Knight Foundation and the Poynter Institute for making this possible.

When registering for training at the Poynter Institute, NewsU, Poynter Online or any regional trainings, indicate your membership with NLGJA under the scholarship page to be eligable for a grant covering the costs of your training.

[CW:MONTHLY] Digging Deep for Discrimination Protection

No one expects to face discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, but when it happens many are surprised by how little protection exists. The case of Miami anchor Charlie Perez and his allegations against WPLG shows how deep employees sometimes have to dig in order to obtain some level of protection from alleged discrimination.

Perez filed a claim with Miami-Dade County’s Equal Opportunity Board because there was no protection available on the state and federal levels. Currently, only 21 states and the District of Columbia provide protection for discrimination based on sexual orientation with 13 of those states providing additional protection based on gender identity. Several more states provide protection for public employees, but not those in the private sector.

There is no protection from sexual orientation or gender identity discrimination in the workplace on the federal level. While a House committee recently held hearings on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, a bill has not been sent to the floor; companion legislation in the Senate has not had a hearing. Although President Obama has pledged to sign ENDA—including protection based on gender identity—no vote is imminent.

For someone like Perez, his only option for bringing a claim of sexual orientation discrimination is to bring that claim under city and county law. While that is more than nothing, local ordinances provide limited remedies for employees who may be barred from taking a claim to trial or may have limits on damages.

Beyond legal protection, many workplaces include sexual orientation and gender identity in their non-discrimination statements. While this effort on the corporate and private level have sent a strong symbolic signal about diversity in the workplace, these policies rarely have much teeth and they provide only limited avenues when discrimination takes place. Still, these efforts are significant because they serve as the company’s value statement.
In the recent HRC Corporate Equality Index, seven media companies received a perfect score from the Human Rights Campaign for their efforts on sexual orientation and gender identity inclusion:

Clear Channel Communications Inc.
Cox Enterprises Inc.
Time Warner Inc.
Viacom Inc.
Walt Disney Co.
New York Times Co.
United Business Media LLC

By Michael Triplett

[CW:MONTHLY] Training Opportunities

As journalists face the daunting realities of our profession and the shrinking newsroom, we are always looking for ways to be more marketable, to transition to another field, or to stay relevant for our current employers. The first step is often obtaining new skills.

Shrinking newsroom budgets also means there is less money for professional development and less time to actually attend. But that does not mean you have to stop looking for training opportunities. From in-person classes to on-demand training modules, there are plenty of options to gain the skills you need to get ahead as a journalist or branch out into something new.

So, where to begin. At the NLGJA National Convention in Montreal, I offered a number of options for people who are looking for training, whether you are in New York or Cheyenne. Some are expensive, but others are free. All of them are geared towards journalists looking to improve their skills.

Poynter Institute
One of the best places to find online training opportunities is through the Poynter Institute. Committed to improving journalism and the profession, they are most well-known for hosting the journalism news blog Romenesko. But their real focus is on ethics and the profession, including a training component called NewsU. In addition to live programs, they also have a library of webinars and future webinars. Some are free, others have scholarships, and all are relatively cheap.

Council of National Journalism Organizations
The Council of National Journalism Organizations has created a searchable website--managed by the Society of Professional Journalists--that includes both in-person and online training from a variety of sources.

Online News Association
There's a lot of talk about building skills in multimedia and online news. ONA is committed to news writers, producers, designers, editors, photographers, technologists and others who produce news for the Internet or other digital delivery systems.
Online News Association

Investigative Reporters and Editors
IRE has been helping journalists become better investigative reporters for decades. Based at the University of Missouri's J-School, IRE focuses on in-person training centered on Watchdog Workshops, Boot Camps, Custom Training, and Ethnic Media.
Investigative Reporters and Editors

Knight Foundation
The ubiquitious Knight Foundation sponsors two main areas of online training. The first is the Citizen News Network, which encourages quality, community-based journalism in both traditional and non-traditional settings. Best of all, most of it is free.
Knight Citizen News Network

Knight also is involved in J-learning, which has-to modules for building a blog or website.

The daddy of commercial journalism training, Mediabistro does live training in New York, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston, and San Francisco. They also do online and on-demand training. A big emphasis on skills for freelancers and authors.

By Michael Triplett

[CW:MONTHLY] Member in the Spotlight

For years fellow NLGJA member Steven Petrow has been the go-to-guy for all LGBT etiquette questions. Through his acclaimed book The Essential Book of Gay Manners and Etiquette; a popular column in Genre magazine; frequent articles on The Huffington Post,, and in The Advocate (and in more than two dozen LGBT newspapers in the U.S., Canada and the U.K); as well numerous interviews on radio and television, he has been dispensing candid advice with a dollop of his trademark humor to gays and straights alike. Readers say Petrow combines Emily Post’s practical and encyclopedic approach with the voice—and wit—of Miss Manners.

On October 12, to coincide with National Coming Out Week, Petrow launched a new Web site Steven Petrow’s Gay and Lesbian Manners Online ( that will answer everyone’s – gay or straight -- LGBT questions on dating, sex, marriage, coming out, and all the rest.

"LGBT people are faced with many new situations—some difficult and uncomfortable, others joyous and exciting—that require guidance,” says Petrow. “That’s what motivated me to create this Web site, where both gays and straights can email me their LGBT etiquette dilemmas, which I like to call “Queeries.” I’ll answer as many as I can on the site and in my columns.”

The entire LGBT community (as well as the straight people in their lives) will find Steven Petrow’s unique brand of advice refreshing and invaluable as they tackle all of the modern-day dilemmas.

[CW:MONTHLY] The Round Up

Fellowship Opportunities to look out for:

Templeton-Cambridge Fellowships in Science and Religion
Dec. 15, 2009

NPR Kroc Fellowships
Dec. 31, 2009

Neiman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard
Jan. 31, 2010

John S. Knight Fellowships
Feb. 1, 2010

International Reporting Project Fellowships
April 1, 2010

[CW:MONTHLY] Get the job

Colorado Public Radio is hiring a producer for Colorado Matters, our award-winning interview program. We're looking for someone who loves to dig into issues, find the human side of policy debates, and explore a range of topics - politics, environment, education, health care, business, arts and culture. This position will ideally have an emphasis on education, so experience with that topic is a plus. The working environment is highly collaborative and open to new ideas. The producer finds potential sources for the host to interview using high-level reporting to understand issues and identify best guests, prepares the host with script and background materials and edits the interviews on Cool Edit. The producer may also produce set-up pieces when a complex topic requires explanation before we hear from the guests (think of the old Nightline) and in some cases gather field sound. Also may occasionally fill in as a reporter for features or newscasts.

Colorado is a great state to live in. We look at the snow-covered Rocky Mountains from our desks! Denver is ranked amongst the top cities for bike trails, has a world-renown art museum, strong theater and music scenes; skiing, hiking, mountain biking, etc. are all nearby, and we've got stunning weather that makes it easy to get outdoors year-round.
Requirements: High-level writing and editing skills to distill complex matters. Able to work collaboratively, meet deadlines, juggle multiple tasks simultaneously. Ability to cover a range of subject matter. Experience reporting news features and news spots a plus. Position is based in Centennial (Denver area).

How to Apply
Send resume, audio samples and/or clips and three references to, with Producer Position in the subject line. No phone calls please.

Friday, June 12, 2009

[CW:MONTHLY] Working Well Without Walls: Tips for Success When You Don't have a Desk

You may have spent several years working your way toward a corner office only to discover there aren't any offices -- at all.

As disappointing as this may be, if you want to continue to succeed in this or any economic climate, adaptability and flexibility are key. Embracing nontraditional work arrangements (e.g. consulting and telecommuting) as well as nontraditional work environments that feature touchdown stations rather than dedicated desks are essential to your professional ascent.

How can you survive and thrive in a non-traditional work environment?

Visit Yahoo! hotjobs to read the full article.

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NewsU is excited to introduce a new slate of offerings called NewsU Tech.

It features an extensive portfolio of training courses from some of the leading technology companies, including Adobe, Microsoft, Corel and Quark. Whether you’re trying your hand at design or you’re interested in building your own Web site, there’s a NewsU Tech course that can help you get started.

But what if you want to get started but don’t have the program?

Don’t worry. Each module creates software simulations that give you a feel for working in the program. You'll explore how to use the program using audio, slideshows and offline activities, so you don’t have to buy it or install it.

NewsU Tech features two rates: unlimited access for 90 days or unlimited access for one year, with prices ranging from $39-$299. With your subscription, you get unlimited access to the course so you can come back as often as you like to sharpen your skills.

To learn more about NewsU Tech and see our list of courses, visit NewsU Tech.

NewsU offers more than 70 focused, interactive courses that appeal to journalists at all levels of experience and in all types of media. NewsU is funded by a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

The program is a project of The Poynter Institute, a leader in journalism training.

[CW:MONTHLY] The Round Up

For this month's Round Up we're focusing on three great fellowship opportunities:

Applications are now being accepted for the 2009 Dart Center Ochberg Fellowships, a unique seminar program for mid-career journalists who want to deepen their knowledge of emotional trauma and improve coverage of violence, conflict and tragedy. Please help spread the word.

The deadline for applications is July 24, 2009.

Columbia University's Journalism School - with support from the National Endowment for the Arts - will host the 6th NEA Arts Journalism Institute in Classical Music & Opera.

Deadline for this unique fellowship experience is July 23, 2009.

The William Allen White School for Journalism & Mass Communications at The University of Kansas and the US Army Combined Arms Center at Fort Leavenworth, KS - with support from the McCormick Foundation - have announced 2nd Annual Bridging the Gap: Media and the Military Workshop for Journalists. The week-long program is designed to help reporters, editors, producers and bloggers learn more about covering the military.

Deadline to apply for the workshop is July 1, 2009.

[CW:MONTHLY] Get the Job

Executive Director
American Society of News Editors

The executive director is responsible for day-to-day management of the American Society of News Editors. She or he reports directly to the elected president of the Society and collaborates with the other elected officers and the board of directors.

The executive director manages seven full-time employees based in Reston, Va., as well as the organization’s relationships with outside counsel, auditors and financial advisors.

Responsibilities include supervision of communications with the Society’s members and the general public, recruitment of members, management of conventions and other meetings and events, and oversight of various initiatives. A current major program is ASNE’s high school journalism initiative, now in its 10th year of serving students, teachers and guidance counselors. Educational webinars, leadership on First Amendment and freedom of information issues, including Sunshine Week, and support of ethnic and racial diversity in newsrooms are other important ASNE initiatives.

ASNE’s membership includes leaders of American newsrooms from online and print as well as leaders from journalism education. Founded in 1922 as the American Society of Newspaper Editors, the organization removed “paper” from its name earlier this year to reflect the structural change in the news industry.

The executive director also supervises operations of the ASNE Foundation, a 501c3. In that role, she or he reports to the president of the foundation and its separate board of directors.
ASNE seeks an experienced manager with a firm grasp of and interest in journalism and the news industry. Pay is commensurate with responsibilities and experience; benefits include health care, life insurance, and 401k contributions plus matching.

How to Apply
The deadline for a letter of application, resume and list of references is July 3, 2009.

Letters should be addressed to:
Executive Director Search
11690B Sunrise Valley Drive
Reston, VA 20191

Materials may be e-mailed to

[CW:MONTHLY] Early Bird Convention Registration Available Online

Early Bird Registration is currently available for NLGJA's 2009 National Convention & 6th Annual LGBT Media Summit.

NLGJA's National Convention & LGBT Media Summit isn't just an opportunity to participate in high-level training with some of the industry's best and brightest. It's also a chance to make contacts, make connections and spend time experiencing all our host city has to offer.

For 2009, NLGJA wanted to offer something unexpected. A city with a foreign flair in our own backyard. If you've been to Montreal you know it's a vibrant metropolitan city with a French-accented charm.

If you've not been, now's your chance to experience Montreal with your NLGJA friends and colleagues.

Visit the convention Web site for full details on our programming schedule.

[CW:MONTHLY] Have You Visited RE:ACT?

On June 1, 2009 NLGJA launched RE:ACT, the official blog of NLGJA.

In just a few weeks RE:ACT has looked at media coverage of everything from "banning the f-word" to Chaz Bono to the Washington Post's online-only reporting on the murder of Robert Wone.

Visit the site and let us know how you RE:ACT.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

[CW:MONTHLY] 5 Cover Letters That Catch the Eye

Throw away your form letter. These days, getting your cover letter noticed means getting creative.

"A good cover letter can be the difference between getting a job and not getting a job," said Gretchen Hirsch, writing coach and author of "Talking Your Way to the Top." "How you stand out, how you tell your story, is with cover letters."

Click here to read the complete article on Yahoo! hotjobs.

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How to Dress for Success This Summer

When a Job Offer Is Put on Hold

5 Threats to Your Job-Hunting Stamina

[CW:MONTHLY] Leading an Online Newsroom

Are you transitioning to an online news operation? In NewsU's new course, "Leading an Online Newsroom: What You Need to Know," you’ll learn what editors who have gone before you already know about making the transition.

This course offers advice and tips from editors who have already jumped many of the hurdles that you face. They share with you the practices they have found to be most successful on topics including how to hire the best people and how to restructure your newsroom to accommodate your Web product.

But you won’t just be talked through this course. You get to participate. Use the activities in this course to see how you would respond to news in an online publication and to help you be a better leader and build a stronger newsroom. This free course will take just an hour or two to complete.

Enroll at and take the course on your own schedule. It was developed in partnership with the Suburban Newspapers of America Foundation.

NewsU offers more than 70 focused, interactive courses that appeal to journalists at all levels of experience and in all types of media. NewsU is funded by a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

The program is a project of The Poynter Institute, a leader in journalism training.

[CW:MONTHLY] Help and NLGJAer Get the Job

Looking for a photojournalist? A media studies professor for next semester? Intern? Fellowship applicants?

Look no further.

NLGJA's membership includes some of the best journalists in the country. Some are looking for their big break. Some are looking to make a move. Some are looking for the next place to put their skills to use.

Posting a job on NLGJA's Job Board is free and easy.

Simply send an electronic copy of the posting (4000 characters or fewer) to The opening will be posted to NLGJA's Members Only Job Board and remain posted for 30 days.

[CW:MONTHLY] The Round Up

The Backpack Journalist
St. Petersburg, FL / June 1- 5, 2009
Poynter Institute

Keystone Multimedia Workshop
State College, PA / June 4- 7, 2009
Pennsylvania Press Institute/Pennsylvania Newspaper Association

Convergence 09
Las Vegas, NV / June 6- 13, 2009
National Press Photographers Association

I Can Do It!
Washington, DC / June 6, 2009
Journalism & Women Symposium

Coastal Impacts: Global Climate Change in Coastal Ecosystems
Narragansett, RI / June 7- 12, 2009
Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting

Publishers Roundtable
St. Paul, MN / June 10, 2009
Minnesota Magazine & Publishers Association

2009 IRE Conference
Baltimore, MD / June 11- 14, 2009
Investigative Reporters & Editors

TPA Mobile Lab
Mount Vernon, TX / June 11, 2009
Texas Press Association Mobile Lab

Multimedia Graphics Quick Course
St. Petersburg, FL / June 12- 14, 2009
Society for News Design

InDesign for Writers & Editors
New York, NY / June 13- 14, 2009

Narrative Writing Workshop
Albuquerque, NM / June 13, 2009
Society of Professional Journalists

Multimedia Reporting and Convergence
Berkeley, CA / June 14- 19, 2009
Knight New Media Center

Narrative Writing Workshop
Macon, GA / June 18, 2009
Georgia Press Association

Layout & Design Workshop
Oklahoma City, OK / June 18, 2009
Oklahoma Press Association

The New Newsroom Workshop
Reno, NV / June 19, 2009
American Press Institute

Visuals on a Shoestring Budget
Pittsburgh, PA / June 25, 2009
Pennsylvania Press Institute/Pennsylvania Newspaper Association

Addressing Critical Sports Issues
St. Louis, MO / June 28- 30, 2009
Mid-America Press Institute

Summer Advisers Workshop
St. Pete Beach, FL / June 28- July 1, 2009
College Media Advisers

[CW:MONTHLY] Member in the Spotlight

Emily Sweeney, a staff reporter at The Boston Globe, was invited to attend the 2009 Ted Scripps Leadership Institute. Sweeney is president of the New England chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. She's also been tapped to serve on the Board of Trustees for The Huntington News, a student-run newspaper at Northeastern University. Photo Credit: Eric Hess

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

[CW:MONTHLY] Online Essentials for Your Job Search

Job search was the fastest growing U.S. online content-site category in 2008, according to digital ratings authority comScore. The growth coincides with the loss of over 2 million jobs last year and a rising unemployment rate, but it also underscores how easy and effective the Web can be for finding a job.

"Online job search resources provide a vital service to those in need of new job prospects and opportunities, and Americans are turning online for this assistance now more than ever," said Jack Flanagan, executive vice president of comScore.

But are job-seekers using Web tools to their best advantage?

Click here to visit the Yahoo! HotJobs article and read several essential tips for making the Internet work for you.

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[CW:MONTHLY] New from NewsU: Reporting on Nonprofits

Chances are you'll find yourself covering a nonprofit organization at some point in your job. But what information can you get on nonprofits?

What are they exactly, anyway, and what makes them different from other businesses?

NewsU's new course, "Reporting on Nonprofits," will show you that there's nothing scary about covering nonprofits. You will learn what constitutes a nonprofit and how it gets its tax-exempt status. You will get tips on digging for information -- especially on how to decipher an IRS 990 tax form -- and what to do with that information once you have it. At the end of the course, five journalists detail the steps they went through to nail great stories on nonprofits.

Their successes and the thrills they had along the way should give you the confidence you need to take on any of the 1.5 million nonprofit organizations in the U.S.

This free course will take just an hour or two to complete. Click here to enroll and take the course on your own schedule. It was developed in partnership with the Newspaper Association of America Foundation.

NewsU offers more than 70 focused, interactive courses that appeal to journalists at all levels of experience and in all types of media. NewsU is funded by a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The program is a project of The Poynter Institute, a leader in journalism training.

[CW:MONTHLY] Hooray for Hollywood: West Coast Fundraiser

On Saturday, May 9, 2009 NLGJA will host Hooray for Hollywood: The Age of Entertainment Journalism on the New York Street of the CBS Studio City Lot.

Hooray for Hollywood will raise funds to support NLGJA's year-round mission of ensuring fair and accurate coverage of the lesbian, gay , bisexual and transgender community.

The Red Carpet evening will include special guests, beverages and al fresco dining. Visit the Hooray for Hollywood event page to purchase your tickets.

Saturday, May 9, 2009
Hooray for Hollywood: The Age of Entertainment Journalism
New York Street of the CBS Studio City Lot: Radford Street Entrance
4200 Radford Street, Studio City, CA

Red Carpet Arrivals: 6:30PM
Reception: 7:00PM

Reception Ticket Prices
$75 for Members
$100 for Non-Members

[CW:MONTHLY] Get the Job

Director of Media Relations and New Media
University of Minnesota Academic Health Center

Responsibilities: Lead team of media relations, Web communications, and publications professionals on behalf of the University's Academic Health Center. Through superb client service and excellent relationship management, position AHC Office of Communications as providing essential expertise as a storytelling resource on behalf of the University's health sciences.
  • Promote, manage, and enhance the reputation of the AHC, its schools and centers with internal and external stakeholders through effective strategic storytelling. Leverage storytelling potential through creative use of multi-media formats, including Web, video, podcasting, and others.
  • Provide strategic communications counsel to AHC leadership and faculty.
  • Monitor media trends and adapt for appropriate audiences. Critically examine and implement new media formats that will enhance and expand strategic storytelling potential to diverse audiences and achieve desired outcomes.
  • Develop and support collaborative integration of media relations and Web communicators to ensure consistency for internal and external audiences.
  • Ensure stories are leveraged with constituencies throughout the AHC, the University, and partners and proactively pursue opportunities to expand internal reach. Successfully collaborate with and lend support to University and AHC partners, including University Relations, Fairview Health Services, Minnesota Medical Foundation, and University of Minnesota Physicians.
  • Support, manage, and grow media and new media talent within team.
  • Develop, manage and grow relationships with key local and national media.
  • Anticipate key internal and external issues to manage potential public misperceptions.
  • Act as AHC spokesperson as needed.

    Click here for job details and information on how to apply.

[CW: MONTHLY] The April Round Up

The International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF) is now accepting applications for the 6th annual U.S. Leadership Institute for Women Journalists.

This year's institute will convene 20 mid-to-upper level female journalists for on-the-ground leadership training on July 20-22 in Chicago.

During these three days, participants will:
  • Take part in highly interactive skills-building sessions on issues crucial to effective leadership, including: "What Is Leadership;" "Who Am I As A Leader;" "Leading Change;" "Leading in the Newsroom;" and "Critical Conversation: Advocacy/Managing Up."
  • Participate in small “mastermind groups” on topics participants have expressed an interest in within written questionnaires and essays submitted prior to the on-site.
  • Develop a personalized action plan for future career goals.
  • Network with colleagues from across the country.
The on-site sessions will be facilitated by industry leaders such as Marci Burdick, Senior Vice President of Broadcasting for Schurz Communications; Liza Gross, Former Managing Editor/Presentations and Operations for The Miami Herald; and Marcy McGinnis, former Senior Vice President for News Coverage at CBS News and current Associate Dean of Stony Brook University's School of Journalism.

Institute participants will receive one-on-one (telephone and online) coaching on implementing their personalized action plans for the three months following the institute. This coaching will be conducted by veteran journalists and professional coaches.Additionally, participants will be become members of the IWMF network free of charge for one year.


Who Should Apply:

We expect this year's participants – like the previous years' – to be mid- to senior-level female newsroom journalists, including Managing Editors, Deputy Managing Editors, Program Directors, News Directors, Editors, and Editorial Page Writers/Columnists.

We will cover topics of interest to television, newspaper, magazine, radio, and Internet journalists alike.


Please click here to apply.

[CW:MONTHLY] Chapter in the Spotlight

Join NLGJA-DC and the DC Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists for an evening with Washington Post Ombudsman Andrew Alexander on Monday, May 4 at 7 p.m.

Find out about the work of the Post's Ombudsman, his thoughts about the future of the newspaper business, and a discussion of changes at the paper. Alexander has been a newspaper reporter and editor for almost 40 years. He grew up in the small southwestern Ohio town of Urbana and graduated with a journalism degree from Ohio University.

Before joining The Washington Post in February of 2009, he had spent his entire career working for the Cox Newspapers chain. He began at a Cox paper in Dayton and in 1976 was transferred to the Cox Newspapers Washington Bureau. He is a member of the board of the American Society of Newspaper Editors and is a former chairman and current co-chairman of its Freedom of Information Committee.

Monday, May 4, 2009
McClatchy Washington Bureau
700 12th Street, NW, Suite 1000
Washington, DC
(Near Metro Center Station)

RSVP is required. RSVPs being accepted via NLGJA DC's Facebook page or by e-mail.

[CW:MONTHLY] Member in the Spotlight

In March, NLGJA member Scott Piro was deployed to Tel Aviv to head up the international office of a new California-based not-for-profit charitable organization named ORAM International: the Organization for Refuge, Asylum & Migration.

ORAM's assists particularly vulnerable and forgotten refugees and migrants seeking safe haven and security. Among ORAM's focus groups are lesbians, gays, bisexual and transgender individuals, women who have suffered sexual and gender-based violence, the elderly, the ill and the disabled. Its first client projects involve LGBTs in Turkey and Israel.

ORAM conducts education and advocacy, provides legal advice and facilitates legal representation for these highly vulnerable individuals in their quest for secure legal status and resettlement.

As communications director, Scott is launching, handling the organization's publicity, and booking speaking opportunities for ORAM's executive director.

[CW:MONTHLY] Putting the "B" in LGBT Summit

Many people aren’t quite sure how the “B” fits into LGBT. As a result, the “B” often goes missing in press releases, articles and speeches about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights issues. This creates an incorrect public perception of bisexual people, incomplete reporting on LGBT issues and lessens support in the bi community for LGBT rights organizations, publications and politicians who ignore the “B” in LGBT.

We invite everyone who writes about LGBT rights issues: LGBT activists, journalists (LGBT & straight), bloggers and political office staff to join together to brainstorm about how this can be remedied. We also welcome anyone who would like to learn more about the myths and realities of bisexuality. Meet bi speakers who are married to a same-sex partner, have suffered military discrimination and job discrimination.

Sat. May 30, 2009 11am-6:30pm
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center
208 W. 13 Street, 7-8 Ave, New York NY 10011

Keynote Speaker: Robyn Ochs, Editor of Getting Bi, Honoree of the Gay and Lesbian Task Force and marriage equality activist.

To register go to

Look up event on the Center's online Calendar in "Events by Date" for Sat. May 30, 2009.

For questions or more information contact Sheela Lambert, Founder, Bi Writers Association at or by phone at 212-928-3558.

Friday, February 20, 2009

[CW:MONTHLY] Yahoo! Hot Jobs

5 Things to Do in 2009 That You Didn't Do in 2008

The author George Santayana said, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." But surely no one wants to relive some of the darker days of 2008. Follow these five steps to make sure you've truly learned the lessons of the last year:

1. Be prepared for sudden job loss.

According to federal data, the U.S. lost 2.6 million jobs in 2008. And some experts are predicting that another 2 million may be lost over the course of 2009. Don't ignore the odds. It can happen to you, so be sure you're ready to start interviewing immediately.

This means your resume should be up to date and ready to send in a moment's notice, you should have at least one interview outfit cleaned and hanging in your closet, and your online networks should be current. Reaching out to people immediately after news breaks of layoffs at your company can seem disingenuous. It's best to connect with other professionals when they won't feel pressured by your request.

Visit Yahoo! Hot Jobs for the full story.

Other hot stories at Yahoo! Hot Jobs:

Career Trends to Watch This Year

Common Boss Blunders in a Tough Economy

10 Ways to Ruin a Job Interview

How Flexible Should You Be?


Improve your writing by attending “Five Simple Ways to Write More Clearly,” NewsU's upcoming Webinar.

This Webinar will give you the diagnostic tools you need to make your writing more clear and persuasive. Whether you’re writing for print or online, these basic strategies will improve your work. This Webinar is offered at 2 p.m. ET, March 4.

You'll learn how to recognize red flags that lead to complex, wordy writing. You'll also learn how to avoid the “noun disease” that makes your writing soft and flabby. Can't attend the live Webinar? We'll have an archived replay available soon after the live session.

Your registration will give you access to the replay plus our bonus resources. For further information about these and other upcoming Webinars, visit:

NewsU offers more than 70 focused, interactive courses that appeal to journalists at all levels of experience and in all types of media. NewsU is funded by a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The program is a project of The Poynter Institute, a leader in journalism training.

[CW:MONTHLY] Event in the Spotlight

NLGJA's Headlines & Headliners is your chance to mix and mingle with some of the top names in journalism and entertainment. On Thursday, March 19th some 300 of NLGJA's members, friends and supporters will come together at New York's Time Warner Center on Columbus Circle. The evening's host is CNN anchor and special correspondent Soledad O'Brien.

From 7:00- 9:00PM the evening kicks off with a reception & silent auction. Items up for bid include concert tickets to Britney Spears' "Circus," tickets to the US Open, Walt Disney Park Hopper day passes, and hotel stays in West Palm Beach, Washington, DC, and Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Visit our online Silent Auction preview page for full details.

The reception will be followed by a limited-seating VIP dinner event at the Landmarc restaurant.

Visit our Headlines & Headliners event pages for full details.

[CW:MONTHLY] Get the Job

Assistant Web Editor: The Center for Public Integrity
Washington, DC

Want to hold your government and corporate institutions accountable and have some fun at the same time?

The Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit investigative journalism organization in Washington, DC, is looking for an assistant web editor to join our highly innovative and entertaining web team. This position reports to the Web Editor and is responsible for promoting the Center through social media and by developing relationships with other members of the media, specifically relevant bloggers.

In addition, he or she will maintain the Center's Google AdWords account and develop and implement other opportunities to promote our work; assist with designing, mounting, and laying out projects and blog items; and generally contribute to the digital production and dissemination of the Center’s work. This position brings with it the opportunity to edit items and blog about issues affecting the public interest. We are looking for candidates with web production experience who are knowledgeable about communicating through online social media and networks (Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, etc.) and will bring ideas for how to more effectively disseminate Center content digitally. Photoshop, Final Cut Pro, ExpressionEngine (or any CMS), and strong relationships with the blogging community a plus.

Most of all, we are looking for candidates who are committed to our values and mission.

Salary $30,000 per year with excellent benefits. We are located at Farragut Square with easy access to Metro (red, orange, and blue lines). We are committed to diversity in the workplace.

Visit NLGJA's Members Only Job Board for more information on this and other positions.

[CW:MONTHLY] The February Round Up

This month's Round Up of training opportunities spans from one side of the country.

If you're going to be in the San Francisco area The Education Writers Association will present a two-day regional seminar February 27- 28, 2009 at the San Francisco Chronicle. Topics will include higher education policy in tough economic times and the success and failure of transfers from community colleges to 4-year institutions.

Full details--and a host of other training opportunities--can be found below.

Bailing out from your journalism job?
Lansing, MI, February 25, 2009
Mid-Michigan SPJ Chapter

InDesign and Good Design
Columbia, SC, February 26, 2009
South Carolina Press Association

Learn to Blog Smart: Join the Conversation
Online, February 26, 2009
Mousetrap Media, Ltd.

New Year, New You
New York, NY, February 26, 2009
AWC: New York Women in Communications

The Art of Access: Tools in Public Record Use
Gainesville, FL, February 26, 2009
NC Florida SPJ

Higher Ed: Tightening the Belt, Expanding the Reach
San Francisco, CA, February 27- 28, 2009
Education Writers Association

Spring Symposium
Online, February 27, 2009
Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association

Design Across Platforms
St. Petersburg, FL, **
Poynter Institute

Feature Writing
Online, March 2- 30, 2009
Texas Press Association

Cross-Cultural/Cross-Age Communications
New York, NY, March 3, 2009
AWC: New York Women in Communications

Magazines 24/7: Navigating the New Reality
New York, NY, March 3, 2009
American Society of Magazine Editors

Leadership Summit & Business Conference
March 5- 7, 2009
American Women in Radio and Television

Web Site Development
Stillwater, OK, March 5, 2009
Oklahoma Press Association

Women’s Media Forum
Washington, DC, March 5- 7, 2009
American Women in Radio and Television

APME/MPI NewsTrain
St. Louis, MO, March 6- 8, 2009
APME NewsTrain

Ethics in an Online World
Reno, NV, March 6, 2009
American Press Institute

Investigative Business Journalism Workshop
Denver, CO, March 6, 2009
Donald W. Reynolds Nationa Center for Business Journalism @ API

The New Newsroom Workshop
Northridge, CA, March 6, 2009
American Press Institute

Better Watchdog Workshop
Kent, OH, March 7- 8, 2009
Investigative Reporters & Editors

NAA mediaXchange
Las Vegas, NV, March 9- 11, 2009
Newspaper Association of America

Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference & EXPO
Grand Rapids, MI, March 10- 11, 2009
Grand Rapids, MI

The Future of Newspapers
New York, NY, March 10, 2009
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

New Media & Page Design
Austin, TX, March 11- 13, 2009
Texas Press Association

Traveling Campus
Little Rock, AR, March 11- 13, 2009
Southern Newspaper Publishers Association

Watchdog Journalism Conference
New York, NY, March 11- 13, 2009
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

85th Annual Scholastic Convention
New York, NY, March 18- 20, 2009
Columbia Scholastic Press Association