David Schlesinger, Reuters editor-in-chief, told a Hong Kong audience Oct 15 that journalism today is less about delivering straight facts than providing actionable information.
The USC Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism is now accepting applications for the Knight Luce Fellowship for Reporting on Global Religion.
The stipend is $5,000 - $25,000 to allow American journalists to report and write stories illuminating how religion crosses geographic, temporal and ideological borders.
From the USC Annenberg site:
Applicants should consider what these dynamics reveal about personal identity, political power, the search for meaning, the nature of conflict and the construction of community. Their stories can explore how religion, religious institutions and religious people (1) effect change in on-the-ground social, political, and economic conditions; (2) circulate ideas and ideologies among home and diaspora communities; and (3) promote or inhibit religious and political coexistence and cooperation. Stories must be reported outside the U.S., although they may include an American context for contrast or comparison.
Successful applicants are required to do at least three stories for multiple delivery platforms: print, radio, TV, online. All work is to be completed within six months of getting the award and must be finished by December 31, 2011. Read more »
Steve Klein (GMU j prof) forwarded the following report from the American Association of Sunday Feature Editors conference.
13 Questions to Gauge How Well You Know a Source
Posted by Mallary Jean Tenore at 5:38 AM on Oct. 19, 2010
Feature reporters know that to land a good story, you have to spend time with your sources -- not just during scheduled interviews but also when your sources are going about their daily routine.
Longtime feature writer Hank Stuever, now a TV critic at The Washington Post, has a list of 13 questions he often asks himself when determining whether he has spent enough time with a source. He shared these questions during his recent keynote speech at the American Association of Sunday Feature Editors conference at Poynter. Here they are: Read more »
It's not often I can blend two of my favorite things: Information from the Census Bureau and rants about why local news organizations need to start looking at the global connections to local stories and local connections to international stories.
The Census Bureau just released a new report on foreign-born in the United States.
This report DOES NOT reflect the legal status of this group. The questioners can ask if the respondent is a citizen or not, but not how that person entered the States. (Yep, it's the law.)
So besides all those Korean restaurants in Annandale, Va., or the stores featuring halal food in Dearborn, Mich., what does this all mean? Basically it means that there is a large audience that would like to know what is going on in other parts of the world. And if those events can be "localized," all the better. Read more »
DC Chapter board member Bill McCloskey spoke about this very issue Tuesday at the Public Relations Society of America International Conference in Washington, D.C.
Many thanks to Robert Buckman, j-prof at University of Louisiana,for sending around a brief note and some pictures from the national SPJ convention. (I hope to get some pictures posted soon. Having a disagreement with the website operation. - DEK)
Just more evidence -- as if more was needed -- that there is much much more to the national conventions than just attending meetings and dinners.
Hope: Las Vegas Review-Journal
By Robert Buckman
As noted earlier on this site, a Gallup survey showed that 57 percent of the American do not trust news organizations to report the news fully, fairly or accurately.
What do you think about this?
I created a quick and dirty survey of my own to see what followers of the DC SPJ chapter think. Just click on the link below to answer the three simple questions.
The latest Gallup survey showed that a majority of Americans have little or no trust in the mass media to report the news fairly and accurately.
I wonder if we as journalists did a better job of explaining what we do and why we do it if these numbers would change. Read more »
The Census Bureau has a new blog service called Random Samplings. The purpose of the blog, says the Bureau, is to make the data more accessible to everyone.
I have long argued that the Census Bureau is a gold mine of free data that can help make most stories really shine. Using the data is also a great way to find ideas for feature stories.
The problem has always been understanding the numbers in greater depth.
Think about it.
When you hear the numbers from the Census Bureau about income, earnings, housing, etc., what do they all mean? This blog seems to be a good version of Census Numbers 101.
The first entry is all about the difference between income and earnings.
Give it a try.