Symposium: Impact Of The Economic Crisis On American Families
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Posted by: Jack Lail
IMPACT OF THE ECONOMIC CRISIS ON AMERICAN FAMILIES:
20 SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE FOR COMMUNITY JOURNALISTS
Application Deadline: Feb. 25
The SNA Foundation and the Associated Press Managing Editors have
been awarded a McCormick Foundation grant to conduct a two-day symposium
April 5-6 in Chicago designed to teach community journalists how to
uncover local stories on the impact of the economic crisis on the
American family. The symposium will feature top speakers from the
academic world, as well as journalists who cover highly specialized
aspects of the topic. Scholarship winners will gain the tools and
information needed to better cover the topic in their communities.
Follow-up webinars will also be available.
Applications for the 20 scholarships are due by Feb. 25. Click here <http://www.suburban-news.org/portals/3/downloads/documents/SNAF_McCormick_Scholarship2011f.pdf> to access the application form and information. The scholarship will cover the costs of airfare, hotel and meals.
Editors and reporters are eligible to apply for the scholarships.
Special consideration will be given to those in a position to drive the
coverage of this topic at their newspaper. Depending on the size of the
paper, this may be the editor, an assignment editor or a reporter.
The scholarships are available for community journalists who work at
daily newspapers with a circulation of 100,000 or less or for a weekly
group of newspapers. A number of slots have been reserved for weekly
newspaper editors and for smaller dailies. The goal is to have a diverse
The symposium is being implemented with a $35,000 grant from the McCormick Foundation.
"We are very grateful to the McCormick Foundation," said Nancy Lane,
President of SNA and the SNA Foundation. "This provides a wonderful
opportunity to educate community journalists on a very important topic
during a time when training dollars are tight at most companies. We are
also grateful to APME for co-sponsoring this grant with us and providing
invaluable assistance with the program."
"We are thrilled the McCormick Foundation saw merit in this program
and we are greatly appreciative of their funding," said APME President
Hollis Towns. "It's also an honor to have an opportunity to partner with
a great organization like SNA with a common mission of helping
newspapers break new reporting ground on a topic that affects everyone."
Special thanks to the Sun-Times Media Group for hosting this event.
The grant is made possible by the McCormick Foundation's Specialized
Reporting Institute. Each year, McCormick funds various seminars to
educate and inform journalists on how to cover these narrow but
critically important topics. Past topics have included how to cover the
BP oil spill, immigration and covering the Olympics.
SNA and APME will also host free educational webinars after the
symposium to share with the entire industry best practices and some of
the lessons learned.