Google’s Richard Gingras and Jeff Jarvis to speak at Cronkite School

The head of news and social products at Google and a leading futurist will speak at the Cronkite School as part of the Scripps Howard Journalism Entrepreneurship Institute. The event is at 4 p.m. January 3 and is open to the public.

Cronkite Theater
Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication
555 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85004

For more information, contact Megan Calcote at 602-496-7845.

JOB ALERT: KJZZ Seeks Digital Media Editor

KJZZ Phoenix, home of  Fronteras: the Changing America Desk seeks an experienced Digital Media Editor. This person will be responsible for the editorial oversight of and will work with editors to help manage, the multi media presence for the Changing America Desk. This person will be a journalist and an editor, not a person who is just good Web skills.

Here is the official posting, and the link to apply is at the bottom. To be considered,  be sure to follow the application instructions to the letter. Actually read every line.

Digital Media Editor
Supervises the research, writing, and production of news programming across multi-media platforms, including on-line and broadcast. Ensures the rendering of timely and accurate information across multiple media platforms. Collaborates with reporters, producers and editors to develop and guide the best practices in digital content management. Responsible for working on a full spectrum of digital strategies, projects and activities for the KJZZ news department to include serving as a special assignment reporter.

  • Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Broadcasting or related field
  • Two (2) or more years of editing and reporting experience, including digital media
  • Experience coordinating and scheduling programming
  • Experience with utilizing Internet search engines and fluency in electronic news gathering techniques, including quickly navigating the Internet
  • Experience in an online editing environment, including writing for the Web
  • Experience in a professional broadcast environment
  • Strong written communication skills
  • Experience working in an environment with tight deadlines

To apply, visit Click “Current Openings” and then look for “Digital Media Editor.”

Another court victory for metadata

A case before the Washington (state) Supreme Court cited — and agreed with — the Arizona Supreme Court’s decision in Lake v. City of Phoenix. The First Amendment Coalition of Arizona (of which our chapter is a member) voted last year to spend more than $8,000 for Dan Barr and his staff’s cost to prepare the appellate argument before our state’s highest court.

Last week (Oct. 7) in O’Neill v. City of Shoreline, the Washington Supreme Court agreed with Arizona’s that metadata is an inextricable part of a public record and must be disclosed if it exists.

For anyone with legal inclinations, the decision is available at

(Info courtesy of Mark Scarp)

Social Media For Journalists Workshop

Navigate the wave of social media that’s sweeping into your newsroom and sharpen your skills to make your stories stand out! Go beyond the basics and “how-to” instruction and concentrate on how journalists can use social media as tools to cultivate and find sources.

Join the Arizona Chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association and Arizona Latino Media Association for a social media workshop lead by Robert Hernandez, Assistant Professor of Professional Practice at the USC Annenberg School of Journalism.  This seminar was a crowd-pleaser when Hernandez gave it at both the Asian and Hispanic Journalists Conventions this summer.

When: 9:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 23
Where: Arizona Republic building, 200 E. Van Buren, Pulliam Conference room
Cost: $15 for AAJAz members who pre-register and send in their registration fees by October 21; $10 for students; and $25 for non-members and on-site registration

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Journalism Jumpstart Workshop Series

The face of journalism is evolving faster than in any other time in history – are you prepared? Join Phoenix SPJ and the Rocky Mountain chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) in a series of six workshops designed to reinvent you and your career direction.

The workshops are free to SPJ and NATAS members, $10 to people who RSVP in advance and $15 at the door (cash only). Or you can purchase all six for $50 (or if you join either group in person at any one of the workshops you can get in all remaining workshops for free). Light desserts and beverages will also be provided courtesy of Media Watch AZ.

Workshop #4: Work from Home: Making a Living in the Freelance World

  • Date: Wednesday, October 20, 2010
  • Time: 7 to 9 p.m.
  • Location: Phoenix Fire Headquarters, 150 S. 12th St. in Phoenix
  • Details: Determine whether full-time freelance is the move for you and receive tips on how to start your own freelance business. The panelists will also offer crucial information about how to keep your business thriving and your editors happy.
  • Panelists: Elizabeth Exline, freelance writer with experience in public relations, custom publishing, management, marketing and online writing in addition to traditional print media; Marlene Montanez, freelance writer and blogger as well as freelance editor of West Valley Health & Living Magazine; and Kathleen Armentrout, editorial director of Gannett Magazine Group, which includes Your Health and Moms Like Me, as well as experienced custom and special interest publication pro.

Workshop #5: Tips and Training for Web and Broadcast Reporting

  • Date: Wednesday, November 3, 2010
  • Time: 7 to 9 p.m.
  • Location: Metro Studios, 9831 S. 51st St., Suite D-133, in Phoenix
  • Details: This seminar will provide live instruction to journalists on how to present to the camera for both web and broadcast reporting. Topic points to include the difference between live, recorded and web vs broadcast reporting. Kevin will provided instruction on package formats, file sizes that work best for web uploading and distribution.
  • Panelists: Kathy Kerschner spent 15 years in the media trenches asking the tough questions—now she’s teaching you how to answer them. In her workshops and seminars, Kathy likes to have fun, but she’s serious about helping you become a better communicator. Cary Pfeffer is founder and principal of ClearComm Consulting and 30-year broadcaster, reporter and newscaster. Kevin Jacobsen is the senior videographer and editor with Metro Studios and has 12 years experience.

Workshop #6: New Ethics for the New World of Media

  • Date: Tuesday, November 16, 2010
  • Time: 7 to 9 p.m.
  • Location: Metro Studios, 9831 S. 51st St., Suite D-133, in Phoenix
  • Details: Can we still apply professional ethical principles to the constant posting of news and information online? Is it sufficient to simply say, “Post it now; if it’s wrong, we’ll just update it”? News is moving faster and getting edited less than ever. Since credibility is the journalist’s only real selling point, learn how to be ethical, accurate and credible in this digital age.
  • Panelists: Two adjunct professors of journalism ethics at the Arizona State University Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Richard Ruelas, feature writer for the Arizona Republic and former news columnist and Mark Scarp, formerly of the East Valley Tribune and currently membership coordinator for the Society of American Business Editors and Writers.

To RSVP for one or more seminar, please contact Alison Bailin Batz at Seats are limited!

Journalism Jumpstart Workshop Series Sponsored by Media Watch AZ

Journalism Jumpstart Workshop Series Sponsored by Media Watch AZ

Biz Journal launches Phoenix Business Blog

The Phoenix Business Journal has launched the Phoenix Business Blog, an outlet where reporters and other newsroom staff can follow breaking stories, give their take on the news and provide readers with more information and analysis of the Phoenix business community.

Entries will be posted daily, and a video component is in the planning stages. The blog can be found in the center of the Phoenix Business Journal’s homepage at Continue reading

YouTube brings Journalism 101 to the masses

Just when you thought YouTube was only good for funny videos to go viral, Google has launched a YouTube channel called Reporters’ Center: helping you report the news.

The hub features well-known journalists, such as Bob Woodward, Katie Couric, Scott Simon and Nicholas Kristof, giving advice on reporting the news. Woodward gives tips on investigative journalism, Couric discusses how to conduct a good interview and others share tips and insight on citizen journalism and journalism ethics. The venture gives the public a behind-the-scenes glimpse of journalism and journalists’ lives, the raw and the true.

YouTube also encourages journalists with reporting experience to upload their own “how-to” videos to share with the world.