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Flash mentoring workshop for early- to mid-career journalists

Feel stuck in your career? Uncertain about your next move? Should you jump from newspapers to TV or online? Do grunt work at a large media outlet in hopes of a better gig there? For journalists early in their careers, this is a time of great uncertainty and great opportunity. The answers used to be obvious: do good work and move to a bigger newspaper or TV station. That ladder doesn’t exist anymore. You can go far, fast, if you play it right.

Join AAJA-LA for a flash mentoring workshop. We’ll start with some quick presentations, then go to one-on-one mentoring sessions and conclude with a mixer where everyone can mingle. Bring your resume and work samples so your mentor has an idea of where you’re coming from. But the idea is to focus on career guidance rather than clip critiques.

Space is limited! Sign up early so we have more time to match you with the perfect mentor. Send your resume, a few work samples and some thoughts about your career goals to cindy.chang@latimes.com. Deadline is April 17.

Everyone is welcome, but priority will be given to AAJA-LA members — please renew your membership and indicate in your application that you’re a member.

If you’d like to be a mentor, drop me a line, too.

Speakers will include:
Ashley Dunn — page one editor at the Los Angeles Times and president of AAJA-LA http://articles.latimes.com/2014/mar/27/news/lat-ashley-dunn-assistant-managing-editor-california
Luis Gomez — engagement editor at the San Diego Union Tribune and founder of the RunGomez job newsletter https://www.linkedin.com/in/legomez/https://camediajobs.wordpress.com
More to come depending on the interests of the mentees

Saturday, May 6, 10 a.m.
Cindy Chang’s house in Atwater Village
Brunch provided

Cindy Chang
Staff writer, Los Angeles Times
VP of Career Development, AAJA-LA
cindy.chang@latimes.com

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Journalism and Women Symposium Offering Fellowships

The Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS), an organization dedicated to supporting women in journalism, is offering 5 fellowships this year to 14 women.

About the fellowships:

Each year the Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS) brings fellows to our annual Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) for three days of training, networking and professional development.

The annual JAWS CAMP focuses on strengthening core journalism skills, building personal brands and careers, developing strategies for success in our evolving media landscape, improving gender parity in our profession, empowering women in leadership and management, and encouraging a more accurate portrayal of the whole society. Participants enjoy a dynamic weekend filled with inspiring speakers, motivating career development sessions and rewarding networking and mentoring opportunities. It’s an experience that has helped launch countless careers, and it’s also ignited lifelong friendships.

There are 5 types of fellowships available with a stipend that covers registration and travel expenses to the CAMP. This year’s JAWS CAMP will be held at The Arlington Resort and Spa in Hot Springs, Ark., Oct. 27 to 29, 2017. JAWS fellowships are open to international journalists, but the stipend only covers domestic travel.

The Emerging Journalist Fellowship:

Each year JAWS selects 10 women who are just starting careers in journalism. We are looking for journalists with at least one but no more than five years of professional journalism experience. Winners are selected based on a combination of merit, financial need and their potential contribution to JAWS as an organization that supports diversity across race, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, media platform, beat and location.

The Diversity Fellowship:

The Journalism and Women Symposium each year selects one journalist from a community traditionally underrepresented in the media, and whose work supports diversity. The goal of the Diversity Fellowship is to help the practice of journalism better reflect society. This is an opportunity for journalists who are traditionally underrepresented in newsrooms, including but not limited to women of color, journalists in the LGBTQ community and those with disabilities.

The Betsy Wade Legacy Fund Fellowship:

The Betsy Wade Legacy Fund Fellowship supports a working newswoman with at least five years of experience chosen for the commitment to diversity represented in her work and interests, and whose work reflects the value of journalism in safeguarding a democratic society.

The Entrepreneurial Fellowship:

The goal of the Entrepreneurial Fellowship is to help a woman journalist move forward with an innovative journalism project. Applicants should be journalists with a well-conceived project, the background that shows they can do it, and at least five years of professional experience. Preference will be given to current JAWS members.

The Next Step Fellowship:

Applicants should be at a career point where they want to shift gears and find new opportunities. They should have a substantive record of at least 15 years working as a journalist. Preference will be given to JAWS members.

TO APPLY:

Go to http://www.jaws.org/category/fellowships. Applications will close May 15.
All applications will require:
-A one-page resumé
-Two samples of your professional, published work in journalism (links or documents)
– Brief descriptions of your submitted samples
-One letter of recommendation from a current or previous editor, producer or supervisor in journalism.
-A personal statement that is specific to each fellowship and will be outlined in the application

If you have any questions about the fellowship or the application process, please contact co-chairs Georgia Dawkins and Nikki Raz at jawsfellows@gmail.com. For more info and updates about this year’s CAMP in Hot Springs, Ark., please visit the JAWS website athttp://www.jaws.org.


SPJ/LA’s 2017 SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS
Application Deadline:
Friday, June 9, 2017

“You fell in love with journalism. You dreamt about it. You decided to follow that dream.”—Tom Huang, Sunday & Enterprise Editor, Dallas Morning News

The Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists will be awarding scholarships to students interested in pursuing careers in journalism.

Students from Los Angeles, Orange and Ventura counties who have completed at least their freshman year of college, as well as graduate students from those same counties, are eligible to apply for all scholarships.

High school seniors from Los Angeles, Orange and Ventura counties are eligible to apply for the Bill Farr Memorial Scholarship.

The awards will be announced July 11, 2017.

The financial awards range up to $1,000 for each of the following scholarships:

  • Ken Inouye Memorial Scholarship – This scholarship is awarded to a college journalist of color and is aimed at increasing ethnic diversity in newsrooms. Ken Inouye was a 22-year-old cameraman for the International News Service, covering the Korean War, when he was killed aboard an Army aircraft. ($500 – $1,000)
  • Helen Johnson Memorial Scholarship – This scholarship is awarded to a college student pursuing broadcast journalism. This award honors the late Helen Johnson, a producer of “Channel 4 News Conference” and an associate producer of “Meet the Press.” ($500 – $1,000).
  • Carl Greenberg Memorial Scholarship – This scholarship is awarded to a college student pursuing investigative or political reporting. Carl Greenberg was a political reporter at the Los Angeles Times, famed for being singled out by Richard Nixon as the only reporter who covered him “fairly.” ($1,000).
  • Bill Farr Memorial Scholarship – This scholarship is awarded to high school seniors or college students who demonstrate a strong intent to pursue a career in journalism. The award honors the late Bill Farr, a reporter for the Los Angeles Times who sat in county jail for 46 days for refusing to tell a judge which lawyers had violated a gag order during the Charles Manson murder trial. ($500 – $1,000).

On recommendation of the judges, these awards may be divided among two or more equally promising applicants. Scholarship funding is renewable, but renewal is not automatic. Previous winners who continue to meet eligibility requirements may apply to renew their awards. Renewal requests are considered along with all other scholarship applications and given no preference.

Primarily, awards are based on applicants’ potential to succeed in news media careers. However, financial need is considered if all other qualifications of competing applicants are equal.

Applicants may apply for more than one scholarship by checking all of the appropriate boxes on the form, but no more than one scholarship will be awarded to any applicant. Multiple applications will be discarded.

In addition, applicants must:

– Provide proof of enrollment or acceptance in a journalism program at a two-year or four-year college or university.

  • If your college does not have a journalism program, or if you are not enrolled in a journalism program, you must supply a letter from an adviser to your student media program, student-run campus news outlet or an SPJ member in good standing in your geographic area, verifying that you intend to pursue a career as a professional journalist and that you show strong potential as a journalist.
  • Students completing pre-journalism programs must provide proof they have been admitted to a journalism program.
  • Students must have completed at least their freshman year in college, and have at least one semester to complete in a journalism program after the award of the scholarship.
  • Graduate students in journalism programs are eligible. However, students in fields, such as advertising, public relations or law, are not eligible.

– Reside in or be enrolled at a high school, university or college in Los Angeles, Orange or Ventura counties. Or, if you are enrolled in college in another state, have graduated high school in Los Angeles, Orange or Ventura counties.

To find out more about the Society of Professional Journalists Greater Los Angeles Chapter, please visit http://spjla.org/

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS
COVER SHEET (see below)
Attach to the front of your application, which should contain resume, journalism work samples, and an essay. Be sure your name is on all elements of your submission.

STANDARD RESUME
This document should contain a record of your school and/or professional journalism experience, including positions held, (reporter, city editor, etc.), dates you began and ended work for each position and a brief description of your duties (e.g., “feature editor, assigned and edited six to 10 features a week for a staff of four writers”), and a list of references with contact information.

  • You may include additional information, including journalism honors and awards, scholarships or achievements in any field (art or athletics, for example).

JOURNALISM WORK SAMPLES
Students may submit their work in traditional formats, such as clips, tearsheets and prints, or via optical storage devices, such as CD or DVD. Send a self-addressed return envelope with sufficient postage if you want these items returned. Do not send irreplaceable original material.

  • Print: Submit three samples of your best work. Photocopies are acceptable.
  • Online and multimedia: Web page URLS are acceptable, but hard copy printouts of homepages would be helpful.
  • Broadcast: Submit up to three short video and/or audio samples. Microcassettes acceptable.
  • Photojournalism: Five or six samples are sufficient, but if you need to send more to show the breadth of your experience, you may do so.

Be sure that your submissions are clearly and accurately identified, with your name and other pertinent information, such as your university, college or high school. You may describe any special circumstances under which the work was done – such as unusually tight deadlines or particularly adverse conditions.

ESSAY
Write no more than 500 words describing your career goals: What specific kind of work do you hope to do in journalism when you graduate and later in your career? What are your expectations as a future practitioner? How will you accomplish your goals? (If you wish for financial need to be considered, include documentation in this statement.)

APPLICATION COVER SHEET
Society of Professional Journalists, Greater Los Angeles Chapter – 2017 Scholarships

NAME ________________________________________________________
MAILING ADDRESS______________________________________________
CITY________________________________
STATE_______ ZIP__________
TELEPHONE ____________
E-MAIL ADDRESS_________________________
TWITTER HANDLE­­___________________

Check each of the scholarships for which you are applying:

c Ken Inouye Scholarship – Ethnic diversity scholarship ($500 – $1,000).

c Helen Johnson Scholarship –  Broadcast journalism ($500 – $1,000).

c Carl Greenberg Scholarship – Investigative or political reporting ($1,000).

c Bill Farr Scholarship – Journalism majors or future journalists ($500 – $1,000).


ACADEMIC INFORMATION
University, college (or high school if applying for Bill Farr Memorial Scholarship): ____________________________________________
Major: ___________________________
Minor: ________________________
Grade Point Average (GPA):  ___________
Journalism GPA: ______________
Degree sought: BA_______ MA_______ Ph.D. ______
Anticipated date of graduation: ___________________
Date of birth: _________________________________
High school from which you graduated: ______________________________
City and state of your high school: __________________________________
Applications may be submitted either by regular mail or electronically, using universally readable e-mail attachments. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Deadline is midnight, June 9, 2017
Applications by e-mail to Tammy Audi
auditammy@gmail.com
NOTE: Please write “SPJ Scholarship 2017 Application” in the subject line!

The Society of Professional Journalists is the nation’s largest and most broad-based journalism organization, dedicated to promoting high standards of ethical behavior and encouraging the free practice of journalism. Founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi, SPJ works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists and protects First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. The Greater Los Angeles professional chapter celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2009.