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April 9, 2020 General Journalism
How to report solutions journalism from your house

As the coronavirus pandemic forces most of us to stay home, how can journalists still write strong solutions stories without the ability to travel even across town, or talk to anyone in person? The good news: While not ideal, it can be done. In this webinar, two veteran journalists who've done a lot of remote reporting will offer practical tips and answer your questions.

Tina Rosenberg, co-founder of the Solutions Journalism Network, writes the Fixes column for The New York Times, which she mostly reports by phone. She'll be joined by Roxanne Patel Shepelavy, executive editor of The Philadelphia Citizen, who also covers national stories from her city.

This 60-minute webinar is open to reporters, editors, freelancers and other journalism professionals.

More information: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_cKCgIrZzT4GNWTyFKKHrQg

Contact: Solutions Journalism Network

Tagged under: Coronavirus, Freelancing, Journalism Training, Webinars, Digital Journalism

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April 18, 2020 General Journalism
Virtual Coffee Break for Journalists

We invite journalists to join us for a chance to share how you're feeling these days. How are you getting through the coronavirus pandemic? What issues are you facing working from home and/or covering your beat while maintaining social distance? How is the economic downturn impacting you? This semi-moderated discussion will be an opportunity for camaraderie, networking, and sharing ways to cope. It will be held using Zoom teleconferencing.

More information: https://virtual-coffee-break-for-journalists.eventbrite.com

Contact: Ruth Nasrullah

Tagged under: Coronavirus, Freelancing, Free Events, SPJ Chapters

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May 1, 2020 - May 3, 2020 General Journalism
Women in Journalism Workshop

The Women in Journalism Workshop is an annual workshop that focuses on challenges, accomplishments and issues specific to women in the journalism industry today. We want to help build safer, more diverse and innovative newsrooms to serve our communities worldwide.

This year we will be diving into how to innovate the way we cover stories, the management of our newsrooms and the tools we use. Sessions include self-care, HEAT training, how to prepare for violent breaking news, machine learning & data analysis for journalism, secondary trauma, advocating for yourself, applying for grants, solutions journalism and more.

More information: https://www.rjionline.org/events/women-in-journalism-workshop

Contact: Kat Duncan

Tagged under: Diversity, Freelancing, International Journalism, Students, Educators, Journalism Training, Digital Journalism, Excellence in Journalism, women in journalism, training, safety, innovation

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May 5, 2020 General Journalism
Online course: Getting started as a freelance journalist

Freelance journalism is a tough gig, but it can also be one of the most rewarding. Led by established freelance journalist Abigail Edge, this online course will teach you everything you need to know about the nuts and bolts of freelance writing.

Throughout the four-week course, you'll have the opportunity to submit to a virtual pitch clinic and receive regular feedback from Abigail and your fellow classmates in a private discussion forum.

While there will be plenty of opportunities to work on coronavirus stories, this course has been adapted to reflect the current situation, including advice on:

? Finding freelance journalism opportunities during COVID-19.
? Networking and conducting interviews during social distancing.
? How to pitch virus-related stories when health isn't your usual remit.

This course is ideal for anyone interested in becoming a freelance journalist, including staff journalists transitioning into freelancing, current freelance journalists looking to refresh their skills, career changers, and recent graduates.

A new freelance journalism module will be released weekly on Journalism.co.uk's online training platform for learners to complete in their own time. There will be weekly assignments to complete and aspiring freelance journalists should be prepared to dedicate at least three hours per week to the course.

By the end of the course, you'll have at least four complete pitches to send to editors, built a simple freelance journalist website and ? perhaps most importantly ? developed your skills, contacts, and confidence.

More information: https://www.journalism.co.uk/vocational-skills-study/freelance-journalism-online-course/s43/a750959/

Contact: Journalism.co.uk

Tagged under: Coronavirus, Freelancing, Journalism Training

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September 10, 2020 - September 12, 2020 SPJ National
Excellence in Journalism 2020

EIJ is headed to D.C.! Circle your calendars today and join us in September for the journalism conference of the year.

More information: https://excellenceinjournalism.org

Contact: SPJ

Tagged under: Freedom of Information, Ethics, Diversity, Freelancing, International Journalism, Generation J, Students, Educators, Journalism Training, Digital Journalism, Internships/Fellowships/Grants, SPJ Chapters, SPJ National Awards, SPJ Local Awards, Journalism Awards, Excellence in Journalism, SPJ Communities, SDX Foundation, SPJ Leaders

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