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Symposium: Impact Of The Economic Crisis On American Families

Tuesday, February 15, 2011   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jack Lail
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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 <> 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 audience.

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.

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APME is a professional network, a resource for helping editors and broadcasters improve their news coverage and newsroom operations.

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