Tag Archives: Educational

Real estate writing competition


Just a warning: If you win, you might have to hear me speak. I have committed to talk about real estate coverage at the NAREE convention.

The deadline to enter the National Association of Real Estate Editors (NAREE) Journalism Awards Program is fast approaching. The competition, open to ALL media covering real estate and home and design, has recognized excellence in reporting, writing and editing since 1949. Both individual awards, team honors, and awards for best publications have included coverage spanning topics from affordable housing, real estate lending or finance, and the business of real estate, to news and trend analysis on government housing policy, the environment, urban growth, land use investments, construction, architecture and design.

The NAREE competition offers a total of $6,500 in cash awards including:

* Best Overall Entry by an Individual – $1,250 Cash Award

Chosen from first place winners in categories 1-12, the overall winner will receive a $1,000 cash award plus $250 for winning one of the eleven individual categories.

* James D. Carper Award for Best Entry by a Young Journalist – $250 Cash
Award, plus other winnings if applicable.

To be eligible, work must be created by individuals 30 years or younger as of December 31, 2005, and entered in one of the twelve individual categories by Feb. 5, 2006. This winner will receive a $250 cash award, and is also eligible to win the category and the overall individual award if so chosen by the judges.

In total the NAREE competition offers twelve (12) categories for individually bylined work, and ten (10) categories for teams of journalists. $250 cash awards are for each first place category winner. First and second place winners will also receive award certificates.

Winners will be notified by mid-March and invited to attend the awards ceremony at NAREE’s annual conference April 26-29, 2006 in Charlotte, NC.

The 56th Annual Awards ceremony is scheduled to be held Friday, April 28, 2006, from 12:15 PM – 1:30 PM in the Consulate Ballroom, at the Marriott Charlotte City Center (100 West Trade St.) during “Real Estate High Points” – NAREE’s 40th Annual Real Estate Journalism Conference.

Click on http://www.naree.org/ for full list of categories, judging criteria and a contest entry form. Must be postmarked by Feb.5, 2006.

Pittsburgh business editors to hold panel


This is for our Pittsburgh-area readers:

Three business editors from Pittsburgh publications will conduct a panel for area communicators in a professional development program presented by IABC/Pittsburgh on Thursday, Jan. 26 from
7:30 – 9:30 a.m. at the Rivers Club in One Oxford Center downtown.

Lauren Lawley Head, editor of The Pittsburgh Business Times; Steve Massey, business editor, The Pittsburgh Post Gazette; and John Oravecz, business editor of The Pittsburgh Tribune Review will offer fresh insight into today’s business issues and answer attendee questions.

The cost of the lunch program is $30 for IABC members, $40 for nonmembers and $25 for students. To register for this program, go to http://www.iabcpittsburgh.com.

IABC/Pittsburgh is a chapter of IABC, the International Association of Business Communicators. In addition to the Golden Triangle Awards program, locally IABC sponsors programs targeted to the interests and development of professional communicators. For additional information on the IABC/Pittsburgh, or its Golden Triangle and Business Communicator of the Year awards, visit http://www.iabcpittsburgh.com.

New prize for economics journalism in Dominican Republic


A new journalism prize in the Dominican Republic aims to promote investigative journalism and encourage projects that focus on economic and business coverage. The submission deadline is Jan. 30.

The country’s Association of Commercial Banks (ABA) launched the competition in October, in cooperation with the Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM). The ABA Prize of Merit in Economic and Financial Journalism is intended for print journalists working in the Dominican Republic.

The contest is open to published works based on an exhaustive journalistic investigation into the country’s economic or financial situation, reflecting a multidimensional approach to the theme. The organizers say they will not accept stories that are simple compilations of third-party declarations or bibliographic materials.

The winner will receive DOP300,000 (about US$9,000). The award ceremony is scheduled for April 5, Journalists’ Day in the Dominican Republic.

Application forms are available from the PUCMM Social Communication Department in Santo Domingo. For more information: http://www.aba.org.do/ABA2/noticiasdet.asp?docid=97.

School raising money to honor biz reporter who died suddenly


The University of Alabama’s College of Communication and Information Sciences is raising money to honor Benita Newton, the Virginian-Pilot business reporter who died suddenly last summer.

To read the story in the Tuscaloosa News, go here.

The Society of American Business Editors and Writers is also raising money to create a program to encourage minorities to consider the field of business journalism in Benita’s honor.

Fellowship opportunity for business reporters


The UW-Madison Materials Research Science and Engineering Center on Nanostructured Interfaces and the School of Journalism and Mass Communication are offering an intensive two-day course and fellowships for journalists interested in exploring the science and engineering of nanotechnology.

The course, to be held March 20-21, 2006 on the UW-Madison campus, is intended to provide hands-on perspective and detailed insight into the rapidly emerging field and its implications for society.

Participants will learn about the latest in nanotechnology from leading scientists and have the opportunity to explore the technology through innovative lab experiences and group discussions. Course participants will access working laboratories and will attend lectures on the science and engineering aspects of nanotechnology, in addition to seminars on current research and its public policy implications.

Twelve selected journalists – including those specializing in science, technology, business and general assignment beats, as well as editors and photojournalists – will receive a stipend to cover course and travel costs. To apply, submit a resume and a letter of application stating your professional interests and reasons for wanting to know more about nanotechnology.

Applications will be accepted through Jan. 31, 2006. Applications may be submitted electronically to kgentry@wisc.edu. For more information, contact Ken Gentry at (608) 263-7128, kgentry@wisc.edu.

© 2005 Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System

Medill student afraid of Economics Reporting


Found this interesting post from a Northwestern University student — first name Laura — who starts taking Economics Reporting today:

“I am taking an economics reporting class. I’m fairly frightened of reporting with numbers and I’ve heard good things about this class, so I thought it would be challenging and interesting and all that heart-warming junk. Before class has even started, our professor has already sent us a fun little “exercise,” to determine our net worth. We subtract our liabilities (stuff we owe, for me, like a million dollars) from our assets (stuff we own, for me, like NOTHING), and determine our equity. This is sure to be a depressing experience. Then at the bottom of the page, we do income vs. expenses. I think this exercise alone is enough for me to quit school and start temping or something. So maybe it’s a good thing! heh. Wish me luck, classes start tomorrow!!!”

The entire post can be read here.

Yes, I am forwarding this message to the business journalism professors at Northwestern. Yes, this is what those of us in the education racket have to overcome when trying to convince students that writing about business and the economy can be fun and interesting if the students can learn some simple math.

But I do think the student is being a bit overdramatic. Maybe she’ll learn how to balance her checkbook and other life skills by the end of the semester.

Covering the next energy crisis


Energy has become a major business story in the past 12-18 months. And many business journalists have been caught flat-footed when it comes to understanding how to report energy issues.

So, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at UNC-Chapel Hill will be holding a one-day seminar on covering the next energy crisis on Friday, March 3. The workshop will be held in Chapel Hill, so if you’re in the Southeast, this would be worth attending.

Among the speakers will be long-time journalists who cover energy, policymakers, company executives and environmentalists.

To register, go here.

Conference call on how to read like a 10-Q


CFA Institute, the global, non-profit association that administers the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) exam, is offering the follow-up session to its “How to Read Earnings Statements Like An Investment Professional,� the first in a series of educational media seminars designed to help journalists read financial statements and write accurate stories for the investor. Jay Taparia, CFA, founder and principal of Sanskar Investments, will lead this sequel presentation. This seminar is free to registered journalists.

From “How to Read a 10-Q Like an Investment Professional,� you will learn how to:

· Prepare for the release of a company’s 10-Q and how to analyze this financial statement so that you are ready for the 10-K and earnings release.

· Review the Cash Flow Statement and determine a company’s true financial health.

· Develop questions for company management that give you the answers your readers need.

· Write articles that tell the complete story about a company’s past, present, and future.

To participate in this seminar, follow these instructions:

Tuesday, January 10, 2006
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Eastern

To listen by phone:

Conference call number: (866) 793-1301
Conference call ID: 824595
Conference call name: CFA Institute Media Seminar
Please call five to 10 minutes before the conference call begins. For technical support, please call 800-255-5661.

To listen on the Web, visit the CFA Institute press room.

Test SABEW's new contest application system


This Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2005, SABEW needs help in testing our new online entry registration process for the 2006 Best in Business contest.

It’s worth looking at. It’s pretty cool and could eventually pare its data-entry expenses.

From 11 a.m. To 1 p.m. CENTRAL TIME on Wednesday, could you please click on to the link listed below and follow the instructions. Act as if you were entering BIB for your organization.

Please complete the whole process and click on the submit button. Don’t worry, your test entry will not be officially submitted, as the system is not yet live.

We want SABEW members from all over the country to be on the system at the same time to see if it can handle the strain.

Here is the link: http://www.sabew.org/sabewweb.nsf/e0087b5460c4a721862569c2005fa85a/f3fa09964

NYSSCPA awards competition


Time to start digging out those clips from the past year. The contest season is almost upon us.

Here is the first one: The New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants has announced its annual Excellence in Financial Journalism Award competition to recognize reporters from the national and local media who contribute to a better understanding of business topics.

The Society presents awards in print, radio, television, wire service and electronic media published or broadcast between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2005. Deadline for entries is Feb. 1, 2006. An application for the Excellence in Financial Journalism Award can be obtained at the Society’s website, www.nysscpa.org in the Press Room. Questions regarding the Award may be directed to Lois Whitehead, NYSSCPA Public Relations Manager at 212-719-8405 or lwhitehead@nysscpa.org