We are always looking for great programs and events, good articles, books, podcasts and documentaries about journalism and the South. Here are some that caught our attention recently.
May 26, 2019:
- SPJ Florida is offering a total of $3500 in scholarships for students who are working to become professional journalists, with first- and second-place winners. Applications are due June 3, 2019 at 11:59 p.m.
- Ted Scripps Leadership Institute will be in hosting its conference in Atlanta, Ga, May 31 – June 2, 2019.
- The Atlanta Association of Black Journalists (AABJ & NABJ) will be hosting “The Black Male Media Project: Becoming A Gatekeeper,” on Saturday, June 1, at WSB-TV in Atlanta.
- Represent: How Hollywood is Telling the Story of One of our Darkest Moments in our Nation’s History,” featuring George Takei, will be hosted by the Atlanta Association of Asian Journalists, Saturday, Aug. 2, 2019.
- The Association of Asian Journalists will hold their national convention in Atlanta, July 31 – Aug. 3, 2018.
- The Pulitzer Center is offering conference, “Beyond Religion” on June 8-9 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The conference will explore the intersection of religion with climate change, global health, fundamentalist and much more.
- The Sigma Delta Chi Foundation is accepting nominations/entries for the Eugene S. Pulliam First Amendment Award to honor a person or persons who have fought to protect and preserve one or more of the rights guaranteed by the First Amendment. Entries are due June 21 at midnight.
- A mid-career editorial writer or columnist will benefit from the Eugene C. Pulliam Fellowship so they could have time from daily responsibilities for study and research. The award is $75,000. Deadline: June 21 at midnight
- The Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ) will be offering a free workshop, “Rural Health Journalism Workshop,” in Denver, Colo. on June 12, 2019.
- The Online News Association (ONA) will be holding their national convention in New Orleans, La. Sept. 12- 14, 2019.
Articles and books to consider reading:
- The book, “Truth Worth Telling” was released last week. The Atlanta Journal Constitution interviewed Pelley at the Atlanta Press Club this week. AJC states that Pelly’s book is a series of essays shing the light on fascinating subjects he has covered over the decades, a blend of famous and unheralded.”
- The article “How major storms alter the local news landscape” in the Columbia Journalism Review tells how covering Hurricane Michael changed family life for one Florida broadcaster.
- We keep referring young journalists and cynical veterans of newsrooms to the podcast WriteLane with Lane DeGregory of the Tampa Bay Times. The charming, award-winning journalist is generous with writing tips.
- High on my never-ending list of nonfiction books to read is “Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee,” by Casey Cep. It’s an Alabama story, but it’s also about the struggle to tell a true-crime narrative. Knopf is the publisher.
If you would like to share an upcoming event or program or a book/article you would like to share as a journalist working in the South, please send it to SizingUpTheSouth@gmail.com – Valerie Wells, associate editor, SizingUpTheSouth.com