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Posted Wednesday, November 10, 2010 - 2:49pm in DanKubiske's blog

Who says the SPJ is parochial. We do what we can to help other journalism groups all the time.

For instance:

Another prominent journalism group is sponsoring a fun evening of competition, trivia, great food and fellowship.

The Asian American Journalists Association's DC chapter presents its Trivia Bowl on Friday, Nov. 19, from 6-9:30 p.m. at National Public Radio headquarters, 635 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC. That’s near Metro’s Mt. Vernon/Convention Center station on the Yellow and Green Lines.

Competitors can register individually for $35 or in teams of 10 for $300. Teams are strongly encouraged. Individuals will be grouped on teams on a first come, first served basis.

Posted Monday, November 8, 2010 - 4:21am in DanKubiske's blog

Thanks to Stuff Journalists Like for pointing out a blog by Nikki Villoria. (Follow her on Twitter at @NikkiVillori.)

6 Things You Should Know Before Dating a Student Journalist

Bullet points:

Posted Saturday, November 6, 2010 - 8:56am in DanKubiske's blog

Get ready for an all-time low in the freelance world.

Blogger Monica Gaudio wrote an an article in 2005 for the Gode Cookery website, called "A Tale of Two Tarts."

The article was so good that Cook's Source magazine, a small, free Western New England magazine picked it up, did a bit of editing and retitled the piece to "As American as Apple Pie -- Isn't!

The problem is that the magazine lifted the piece without Gaudio's permission.

When Gaudio asked for compensation -- a public apology and a $130 donation to the Columbia School of Journalism -- the editor responded:

Posted Friday, November 5, 2010 - 7:05am in DanKubiske's blog

Whenever I look at "Upcoming Events" on the right side of the chapter's website I grin at the Dec. 5 entry: Ratification of the 21st Amendment.

I have always considered this event to be of great importance to journalism and journalists. And proof that we can have some fun.

For those who aren't up on their U.S. Constitution, the ratification of the 21st Amendment repealed the 18th Amendment. Okay, one step further. The 18th Amendment prohibited the "manufacture, sale of transportation of intoxicating liquors within...the United States."

Posted Friday, November 5, 2010 - 6:09am in DanKubiske's blog


Applications Available for Print and Online Journalists

Washington, DC, November 1, 2010 -- The Phillips Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2011 Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship Program. Print and online journalists with less than 10 years of professional experience are eligible. The Foundation created this program to provide fellowships for projects by journalists who share its mission to advance constitutional principles, a democratic society and a vibrant free enterprise system.

Posted Thursday, November 4, 2010 - 2:12am in DanKubiske's blog

The Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life project found that 4% of online adults use a location-based service such as Foursquare or Gowalla. These services allow users to share their locations with friends and find. According to the Pew study, on any given day, 1% of internet users are using these services.

4% of online Americans use location-based services

Why is this important to jouranlists? Partly this is a growing trend of online users. And partly it is all about who are using the services.

Posted Sunday, October 31, 2010 - 9:59am in DanKubiske's blog

The Online News Association held its annual conference in Washington, D.C., Oct. 28-30. As usual with groups like this, the ONA presented awards to the best in the business.

Being an organization tuned in to the online community, the ONA participants flooded the Twitter-verse with news from the conference. Here is a sampling of what was said while the awards were issued and why it counts.

Posted Friday, October 29, 2010 - 8:32pm in DanKubiske's blog

Very cool thing happened today.

A Brazilian columnist picked up on a posting I made for the SPJ International Committee. His whole column today was about the posting.

Brazilian columnist comments on my blog. How cool is that?

Sorry, folks I couldn't resist.

Posted Friday, October 29, 2010 - 12:08pm in DanKubiske's blog

Welcome to the world of the foreign press trying to explain to their home audiences the U.S. Tea Party movement.

It's about the same as that story of the five blind men trying to describe an elephant. Each described the part he was touching but failing to understand the whole animal.

The Horror, The Horror... and the Pity: How the international media is covering the Tea Party.

In a way, each national report is accurate and yet not accurate.

Posted Friday, October 29, 2010 - 7:23am in DanKubiske's blog

The Snake River SPJ chapter in Idaho/Washington showed how Twitter can be used successully to promote and report on a program.

I used Storify to arrange the Tweets in a coherent "after the fact" manner.

Posted Thursday, October 28, 2010 - 1:38pm in DanKubiske's blog

The Census Bureau will release the data from the 2010 Census January 2011. Reporters looking for a bit more depth and context to their stories will want to use that data.

But it can be overwhelming using all those numbers and table.

Ta! Da!

The Census Bureau has a new page just for databased challenged people.

Starting January 2011 the American FactFinder portion of the Census Bureau will be redesigned and augmented to make data searches and retrievals a whole lot easier.

  • Take a virtual tour of the new options by clicking here.
  • Click here to see a PDF document about the new site.

Of course the current FactFinder page is still working. For example, with just two or three mouse clicks I found out that the average drive time of home to work in the metro Washington, DC area is 32 minutes. (The U.S. average is 25 minutes.)

It really is easy to use. And from what I see about FactFinder2, it will be even easier.

Posted Thursday, October 28, 2010 - 2:33am in DanKubiske's blog

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.

He was speaking as part of a regular series sponsored by the Journalism and Media Studies Centre at Hong Kong University.

Posted Monday, October 25, 2010 - 6:15am in DanKubiske's blog

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.

Posted Thursday, October 21, 2010 - 3:21am in DanKubiske's blog

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:

Posted Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - 5:24pm in DanKubiske's blog

First posted at Journalism, Journalists and the World and Journalism and the World.

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.

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