Upcoming Member Opportunities

AAJA will post upcoming conferences, workshops, webinars and more on this page regularly. Be sure to bookmark it and check back periodically.

IRE Watchdog Journalism Trainings – Varying Dates and Locations

Type: Workshop Location:

Varies. Upcoming cities include Columbia, MO; Oklahoma City, OK; Honolulu, HI; and Toronto.

Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) is offering training workshops in varying cities this fall. Topics include Internet tools and strategies, interviewing techniques, investigative story ideas and dealing with freedom of information laws. Click here to find a workshop near your city.

National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation’s Media Sales Institute: April 18, 2014

Type: Summer Program

Location: Phoenix

Deadline to Apply: April 18, 2014

In partnership with the National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation, the Cronkite School is hosting the NABEF Media Sales Institute from June 1-10, 2014. This is a special summer program that will give recent or soon-to-be graduates an intensive, 10-day “boot camp” experience in media sales.

As a participant in the Media Sales Institute, graduates will be immersed in learning electronic media advertising sales techniques. The curriculum is designed to provide an entrée into media sales for talented students of diverse backgrounds. MSI trains the candidates in radio, television, cable, print, digital and Internet sales.

The experience will culminate with presentations, critiques, networking and interview opportunities with dozens of national media companies. More than 75 percent of the participants are hired by media companies two weeks to one month after their participation in the program.

MSI fellows will receive admission to the institute, including travel, housing and meals.

The application process is simple and includes a cover letter, resume and references. More information can be found at http://cronkite.asu.edu/media-sales-institute.

Application materials must be submitted online by Friday, April 18, 2014. The application can be found at http://cronkite.asu.edu/media-sales-institute/application. If you have any questions, please contact Catalina Monsalve at Catalina.Monsalve@asu.edu or (602) 496-5184.

USC Annenberg/CA Endowment Health Journalism Fellowships: April 18, 2014

Type: Fellowships

Location: Los Angeles

Deadline to Apply: April 18, 2014

USC Annenberg’s California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowships program is offering $2,000-$10,000 reporting grants to underwrite investigative or explanatory journalism projects on substantive health issues. The grants all include participation in The National Health Journalism Fellowship, which allows journalists to step away from their daily routines to spend five days in Los Angeles exploring topics related to “Health and Place,” or how neighborhood and work environments impact health and life expectancy. This intensive mini fellowship will help you understand how community health, health policy and the nation’s growing ethnic diversity intersect. You’ll come away from the experience with a multitude of story ideas and sources, new insights into what community influences contribute to personal health, and funds to pursue an important health-related reporting project.

Based at USC’s Annenberg School of Journalism, the National Fellowship is open to print, broadcast, and online journalists from around the country. National Fellows receive meals, travel, and lodging, plus a $2,000 stipend upon publication or broadcast of a major fellowship project on almost any domestic health issue.

The Hunt Fund (grants of $2,500 to $10,000) will support projects that examine the effects of a specific factor or confluence of factors on the health of disadvantaged communities, such as joblessness, health disparities, pollution, violence, land use, urban development, access to health care and access to healthy food.

Competition for all the grants is open to both newsroom staffers and freelancers who contribute to print, broadcast, and online news outlets. A minimum of three years of professional experience is preferred. The grants can be used to defray reporting and publishing-related costs such as travel, website development, database acquisition and analysis, environmental testing, translation services and a journalist’s otherwise uncompensated time.

Applicants must join ReportingonHealth.org, a Web 2.0 community for health journalism and the official website for the Fellowships. To encourage collaboration between mainstream and ethnic media, preference will be given to applicants who propose a joint project for use by both media outlets.

For more information, visit ReportingonHealth.org or e-mail Martha Shirk at Cahealth@usc.edu. (To improve your prospects for success, we recommend that you discuss your project idea with us in advance.)

KALW Radio Journalism Training Program from Sept. 2014-June 2015

Type: Training program

Location: San Francisco

Deadline to Apply: May 1, 2014 

KALW is calling for applicants for their 10-month radio journalism training program based at KALW public radio, an NPR and BBC affiliate station in San Francisco. This program is designed to give you a graduate level audio production education, tuition-free.

KALW is looking for creative thinkers who are great writers and storytellers with a passion for covering diverse communities, and ideally have some knowledge of the Bay Area.

Audio Academy participants will be trained to produce feature reports for KALW’s award-winning daily news program CrosscurrentsYour voice and your work will be broadcast on KALW during your time in the Audio Academy.

Training will include:

Working closely with reporters on developing stories, producing original feature stories for broadcast, interviewing potential guests/sources, researching topics, fact-checking, script writing, recording sound for pieces in the field, and learning story structure, voicing, digital production, engineering and sound design. The training will take place inside the collaborative and supportive community of the KALW newsroom.

KALW’s editors and engineers, along with other public media producers, will lead workshops on every aspect of production specifically for the Audio Academy. Previous featured speakers have been: Roman Mars, Hansi Lo Wang, Daniel AlarcónMarianne McCune and Jason DeRose.

Selected participants will make a 10-month commitment (September 2014 to June 2015): minimum 20 hours per week (one six-hour shift at our studios and another 14 hours working in the field). The Academy includes a one-week break at Thanksgiving, a two-week break in late December, and a one-week break during the spring.

Enrollment in a college or university is not necessary to participate.

To apply please send a cover letter, CV and any audio/writing samples to:  KALWapplications@gmail.com

Application deadline: May 1, 2014, 11:59 PT

East-West Center – Senior Journalists Seminar: May 8, 2014

Type: Seminar

Location: Washington, D.C.; Boston, Massachusetts; Honolulu, Hawaii; Jakarta, Indonesia; and Delhi, India

Deadline to Apply: May 8, 2014

East-West Center is accepting applications for the 2014 Senior Journalists Seminar (SJS), which seeks to enhance media coverage of religion and elevate the public debate regarding religion and its role in the public sphere, specifically as it regards US-Muslim relations.

The 2014 Senior Journalists Seminar will bring together American and Asian journalists for a 21-day professional dialogue, study and travel program to Washington, DC; Boston, Massachusetts; Honolulu, Hawaii; Jakarta, Indonesia; and Delhi, India. In order to dispel negative stereotypes and increase understanding, SJS is designed to maximize interaction among participants and the local communities to which they travel. SJS offers participating journalists opportunities to examine the complex religious, ethnic and economic diversity in the United States and Asia as well as how interfaith dialogue brings many different types of believers to the table. Journalists will meet with religious and interfaith-dialogue leaders, government officials, business executives, academics, community leaders and cultural experts to better understand the impact of religion on government policy, finance, education and culture. Journalists will also examine efforts to reduce religious tensions and combat violent domestic extremism. Finally, the role and responsibility of the media to accurately report on issues relevant to US-Muslim relations will also be explored.

Senior media professionals from print, broadcast and online news organizations, including reporters, writers, editors, producers, columnists, bloggers and editorial writers with a minimum of ten years of experience are eligible to apply. Participating journalists will include at least four American and six Asian journalists from countries with substantial Muslim populations, defined as: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Timor Leste. Participant-paid slots are also open for qualified journalists from countries NOT listed above. Fluency in English is required.

Funding:  Roundtrip airfare for the study tour, lodging, ground transportation, program-related meals and a modest per diem are provided through funding by the East-West Center, the Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute and Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art. All selected journalists are responsible for the Senior Journalists Seminar fee of USD$750.00, individual visa fees, health insurance and airline baggage charges. SJS funding is not available for citizens outside the United States and those Asian countries with substantial Muslim populations, but qualified journalists from other countries are highly encouraged to apply. Applicants from countries outside those listed above must pay a participant-paid fee of USD$9,075.00 in addition to the above costs, to be paid prior to the beginning of the seminar.

For more information and application forms, please visit http://www.eastwestcenter.org/seminars-and-journalism-fellowships/journalism-fellowships/senior-journalists-seminar. Questions may also be sent by email to sjs@eastwestcenter.org. For phone inquiries, please contact the program coordinator, Ms. Liz A. Dorn, at (808)944-7368.

CAR Boot Camps – August, 2014

Type: Training programs

Location: Columbia, Missouri

CAR (Computer-Assisted Reporting) boot camps, a joint program offered by IRE and the Missouri School of Journalism, are great opportunities for journalists to learn to acquire electronic information, use spreadsheets and databases to analyze information and translate it into stories. Training topics include mapping, statistics and web programming. Special fellowships are available to minority journalists. Learn more and register here.

2014 Online News Association Conference – September 25 – 27, 2014

Type: Conference

Location: Chicago

The Online News Association will host a three-day conference jam packed with workshops, panels and career development resources. For more information, click here. Registration opens on April 8, 2014.