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By Andrew M. Scott
SPJ Communications Department
COME ON OVER TO ECAMPUS. Hey, have you seen SPJ's newest member resource? eCampus is on-demand training that is readily accessible online when you want it. The training provided through eCampus is geared toward teaching techniques for today's fast-paced, multi-platform journalism.
In one series, "Basic Video Techniques," with broadcast/video journalist Deb Wenger, you'll learn about basic techniques for beginning to capture and edit video, more advanced shot composition and framing, and how to maximize Flip cam performance.
Another series on social media and Web tools is taught by longtime freelance journalist and social media trainer Jeff Cutler. He goes through the finer points of how to optimizes search engines, networking sites and many free online tools to enhance your reporting.
More on-demand video training will be added in the coming months and years. The first round of video training was made possible by a grant from the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation.
eCampus is just another great perk to your membership with the nation's most broad-based journalism organization. Improve your skills today! Click here to learn more about eCampus, "where journalists go to know!"
SHUTAN'S SITES WORTH SEEING. SPJ Freelance Committee member and Los Angeles-based writer Bruce Shutan shared a list of hot freelancing websites on one of SPJ's blogs, "The Independent Journalist." Below is an excerpt of the websites Shutan provided.
1. Editorial Freelancers Association — Ever wonder what to charge for writing or editing? This group has prepared a handy table with some suggested pricing. Examples include $1 to $2 a word or $50 to $100 an hour for writing, $40 to $65 an hour for substantive copyediting, $25 to $50 an hour for researching, and $3 to $5 a page for transcribing interviews from audio files.
2. WritersWeekly — This popular destination has been described as a free weekly marketing "e-mag for writers that features new paying markets and freelance job listings," as well as the world's "highest-circulation freelance writing ezine."
3. Freelance Success — The website bills itself as "an engaging community of independent professional writers and editors based in all 50 states and about 15 foreign countries," with more than 80% of whom writing for newsstand magazines. Also featured is a forum that enables scribes to post questions and get advice from fellow freelancers.
Click here to read the full article.
DIGITAL HANDBOOK, PART DEAUX. In case you haven't heard, the SPJ Digital Media Committee has launched its highly anticipated Digital Media Handbook, Part 2. It's now online and, even better, free!
Part 2 of the handbook shows how to use social media to build your online brand, how to edit video in Windows Movie Maker and how to create online charts. The handbook also suggests what makes the best video story among even more great tips and how-to guides.
The handbook is the sequel to SPJ's hugely successful Digital Media Handbook, Part 1, which was published earlier this year and received more than 13,000 reads on Scribd.com. Part 2 has already gotten more than 900 reads so far. Use both for your own learning, and, of course, share with your friends and colleagues!
PRETTY WORDS & WATCHDOGS. The Sept/Oct issue of Quill is out, and it's full of freedom of information excitement. Sit back, relax and read why accessing open records is so important to journalists and the public.
Several of the feature articleswere written by April Dudash through SPJ's 2010 Pulliam/Kilgore Freedom of Information Internship.
Feature articles include:
"More Than Pretty Words (Hopefully)" a reflection on the Obama administration's pledge to change transparency. Has the administration held those promises?
"Where are the Watchdogs?" highlighting a need for FOI education.
"This American Snapshot," reminding that there are many uses of data from the recently completed 2010 Census.
"Accessing America," a review by David Cuillier, SPJ's Freedom of Information Committee Chairman, of his 45-day tour across the U.S. to train journalists on requesting records.
The issue also includes other must-read content, such as the regular Toolbox tips on freelancing and digital media. And don't miss a final column by past president Kevin Smith and the first column by new president Hagit Limor.
NARRATIVE WORKSHOP DEADLINE DRAWS NEAR. The deadline draws near for Pennsylvania/Ohio-area reporters and editors to step out of the inverted pyramid and into the art of storytelling at the Narrative Writing Workshop, Nov. 13 at the Wyndham Pittsburgh University Place.
Through SPJ's Narrative Writing Workshops, participants will learn options for reinvigorating the writing craft. Join Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Tom Hallman Jr., from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a day filled with tips for creating excitement in news stories. Click here for more information and to sign up before the Nov. 1 deadline.
Have a special project in the works? Share it! Participants can send Hallman a sample of their work in advance of the workshop. Tom will critique the work and discuss it with the rest of the class. Hurry, because registration for the workshop ends soon!
Workshop Pricing (includes breakfast & lunch):
SPJ Members: $45
To learn more about the Workshop and Hallman, click here.
INTERACTIVE CENSUS WORKSHOP. The Knight Digital Media Center at UC-Berkeley is offering a customized visual storytelling workshop to train journalists on new ways to process data from the 2010 Census. Fellows will illustrate the information using visualization and mapping tools to create a clearer, more meaningful picture of the complex statistics gathered in the once-a-decade national survey.
In this six-day workshop, Dec. 12-17, participants will learn to create cutting-edge interactive census graphics. The skills and tools you learn will benefit your newsroom and your career long after the census.
Complete applications must be received by November 6, 2010 at 11:59 p.m. PST.
This is an advanced workshop. Ideal applicants should have some basic experience with at least one of the following:
— Computer Assisted Reporting
— News graphics
— News design
— Website production
The fellowship covers all lodging, meals and instruction costs. Cost of travel to the workshop must be paid by the applicant or his or her news organization.
To learn more and apply, follow this link. Contact Alisha Diego Klatt, program specialist, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (510) 642-3892.
MINNEAPOLIS SUMMER INTERNSHIP
The Star Tribune newsroom offers paid, 10-week summer internships, targeting undergraduate and graduate students interested in careers as reporters, copy editors, photographers, graphic artists and designers.
Most successful applicants have completed their junior year in college and have done an internship at a smaller paper. Interns are paid the same as a first-year professional: $692 per week for summer 2011.
In recent years, the Tribune has hired several of its summer interns into professional-level jobs.
Apply by Dec. 1, 2010 for the summer 2011 program.
To learn more, follow this link.
LAST WEEK'S QUIZ. In 1721, The New England Courant is the first publication to offer readers literature in addition to news. Its publisher is the older brother of what famous U.S. founding father? For extra credit, what was the publisher's name?
A. It's publisher was James Franklin, the older brother of Benjamin Franklin.
And the winner is...
Sid Hurlburt of Reston, Va. Congrats, Sid!
THIS WEEK'S QUIZ. The first "people's" or "penny" paper was sold on the streets of New York for just one cent in 1833. What was the name of the paper?
Submit your answer to Andrew M. Scott.