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High School Junior Journos: Apply Here

High school juniors with a passion for journalism have until Feb. 15, to apply for the annual Al Neuharth Free Spirit Scholarship and Journalism Conference, July 9-14, 2011, at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.
Eligibility is limited to students who are interested in journalism careers, who demonstrate qualities of “free spirit” and who are high school juniors in the 2010-2011 academic year. Online applications and more information are available at www.freespirit.org.
The Al Neuharth Free Spirit program will select, teach, mentor and support 51 outstanding high school students, representing each of the 50 states and Washington, D.C. They will participate in an all-expenses-paid journalism training conference at the Freedom Forum’s Newseum, located on Pennsylvania Avenue between the U.S. Capitol and the White House. Those who successfully
complete the five-day workshop will be awarded $1,000 scholarships that will be paid to each student’s college or university of choice in the fall of 2012.
The conference and scholarships are designed to inspire and encourage students to pursue journalism, to network with one another and to develop lifelong associations. The conference, hosted by Al Neuharth, includes full access to the Newseum, interaction with media leaders and journalists, hands-on training, tours of Washington’s landmarks, plus fun and fellowship. The Free Spirit program began in 1999 and is funded by the Freedom Forum to honor Neuharth, the founder of the Freedom Forum, Newseum and USA TODAY.

SPJ Calling for 2011 Interns

Pictured here are the interns for the Society of Professional Journalists Hawaii's 2010 internship program.

Print, online and broadcast journalism and public relations internships are being offered in the summer of 2011 through the Hawaii chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Who is eligible: Preference is given to applicants who are Hawaii residents enrolled in a college or university and who went to high school in Hawaii. Preference is also given to students enrolled in a college or university in Hawaii. Applicants will be considered if they will have completed their sophomore year of college by June 2011. Recent graduates are also eligible.

The following full-time SPJ internships will consist of at least 10 weeks of work at 40 hours a week and will earn at least $3,250:

  • Honolulu Star-Advertiser (daily newspaper)
  • Pacific Business News (weekly business newspaper)
  • Hawaii Business magazine (monthly business magazine)
  • Honolulu magazine (monthly city magazine)
  • Pacific Edge magazine (quarterly business/lifestyle magazine)
  • Trade Publishing Co. (trade publications)
  • Honolulu Civil Beat (online news)
  • Alexander & Baldwin (corporate public relations)
  • Bright Light Marketing Group (public relations)
  • Hawaii News Now (television news)

The following part-time SPJ internships will consist of 8 weeks of work at 27 hours a week and will earn $1,750:

  • KHON Channel 2 (television news)
  • KITV Channel 4 (television news)
  • Hawaii Public Radio (radio news)

How to apply:

  • Visit www.hawaiispj.org to fill out an online application form.
  • Write a cover letter introducing yourself, explaining why you want an internship, listing your relevant coursework or news media experience, and three references with their contact information.
  • Include examples of your news media work. You can send these as url links; pdfs, Word or .txt files for articles; wmv files for video; or wav files for audio.

Send all materials labeled with your name to spjinterns@gmail.com.

Deadline: Feb. 28, 2011

You will be contacted directly by the news media if they wish to interview you for an internship. If you are a candidate, you will be contacted by March 31.

For more information, contact SPJ’s Craig DeSilva at (808) 282-1038 or at cdesilva@hotmail.com.

Download: 2011 SPJ Internship application

Deciphering Presidential Messages

Political media expert Kathleen Hall Jamieson of the Annenberg Public Policy Center will present a free public lecture on examining and deciphering the hidden messages concealed by campaign ads and presidential speeches across American history.

Jamieson is director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center and communications professor at the University of Pennsylvania. The APPC runs FactCheck.org, a nonprofit devoted to examining the factual accuracy of political campaign advertisements. Jamieson is the author or co-author of 16 books, including “The Obama Victory: How Media, Money and Messages Shaped the 2008 Election,” “Presidents Creating the Presidency,” and “Echo Chamber: Rush Limbaugh and the Conservative Media Establishment.”

This could be an enlightening address, considering the recent national discussion being had over political rhetoric in light of the Arizona murders.

The lecture will be at the East-West Center this Tuesday, Jan. 18. The program begins at 5 p.m. at the center’s Hawaii Imin International Conference Center (Jefferson Hall, 1777 East-West Road), with a reception to follow the address.

Seating is limited, so reserve one today by calling (808) 944-7111 or e-mail ewcinfo@eastwestcenter.org. Parking is available at the Manoa campus for $5.

In with the new …

This is the old website for AAJA Hawaii. Click on it to visit the site!

Hau’oli Makahiki Hou! I’m happy to introduce you to the new website of Hawaii’s Asian American Journalists Association chapter!

My name is Gene Park, and I’m grateful to be the 2011 chapter president. I’ve been on vacation for the past week. What better use of my time, then to dedicate a few hours building and updating our web presence? I hope you like!

I want the new AAJAHawaii.org to be a one-stop resource for many of your needs. I’ll continue to update the site with national and chapter news, news on past and current members, and the ever-important job flashes.

Although we live in the islands, no chapter should be an island. I believe partnership with other journalism organizations is key to surviving and thriving as the industry reinvents itself. That is why I will be keeping you in the loop on events not only with our chapter, but with other groups like the Society of Professional Journalists, the Online News Association and the Hawaii Publishers Association.

Don’t forget that we also have presence on Facebook and Twitter. This year’s convention theme is all about engagement, an appropriate theme that I will strive to uphold in our little Pacific paradise.

In keeping with national President Doris Truong’s New Year’s message, we also want to hear from you about the changes we could bring about together. Whether it’s this site, the chapter, or what you need from us, we will listen and respond. Feel free to contact me via e-mail, Twitter or by leaving a comment on this site. Feel free to add me on Facebook as well!

Last but not least, I’d like to thank a few people.

Blaine Fergerstrom has been very kind to host this site on his personal server. He is a new member of AAJA, but he is no stranger to the web and journalism. He pioneered web journalism in during the 1990s, making the first news website in Hawaii for the Honolulu Star-Bulletin.

I’d also like to thank Valentino Valdez of Valdezign.com for his assistance on the logo you see above.

I want to add a final mahalo to Kaz Endo, entrepreneur and owner of Inhouse Creative, a leading ad agency on Guam. Kaz was kind enough to lend me some office space during my vacation so I could work on this site.

Until we meet again, I wish many blessings to you and yours this year. Imua!

With warmest aloha,

Gene Park
2011 chapter president

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