Now on J-Source: Storify; Finding the words; political coverage

TORONTO, Feb. 17 /CNW/ -

Storify makes content curation smarter, more useful
From covering the uprising in Egypt to gauging the public's reaction to a proposed transit fare hike, Storify allows journalists to aggregate social media as a means of storytelling, writes Adam Vrankulj.
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Finding the Words
A new anthology edited by Walrus managing editor Jared Bland features 31 authors, journalists, poets and songwriters writing about inspiration, desire and breaking the rules. Dana Lacey reviews.
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Journalism: literature in hyperdrive
Journalism is fast -- and getting faster. So what is good, responsible journalism in our modern era? J-student Lauren Pelley reports.
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140 characters in search of a story
Social media are reshaping political coverage in Ottawa. For better and for worse. This week, we feature Ashley Csanady's story from the winter issue of The Ryerson Review of Journalism.
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The deadline for the Canadian Journalism Foundation 2011 Awards is fast approaching.

Excellence in Journalism Award
Since 1996, the CJF has celebrated news organizations that embrace ideals of journalistic excellence - accuracy, independence, accountability, courage, originality, etc. - with its annual Excellence in Journalism Award.

The award is one of the major Canadian journalism prizes of the year and the only national award given to a journalistic organization for overall extraordinary performance. If your organization made a difference in 2010, we invite you to apply for this prestigious award. The winning organization will be honoured at the CJF's Annual Awards Gala on June 7 in Toronto.

Winners in two categories will be selected:
1) small/medium or local/regional media
2) large or national media.

Entrants are asked to submit a written description explaining in 1,000 words or less how the organization ensures journalistic excellence and why it merits this award. Find out more and start the application process today.

Deadline for applications is March 4, 2011.

Greg Clark Award for Young Journalists
The Greg Clark Award is designed to offer working journalists, early in their career, a professional development opportunity which will allow them to gain insight, strategic information and meet key decision-makers in a sector or issue they regularly cover. Arielle Godbout, winner of the 2010 Greg Clark Award, spent a week in Ottawa interviewing gun smuggling experts who are coordinating national policing programs. Read her report.

If you or someone you know is a rookie journalist who'd like an opportunity to go behind the scenes on their beat, please apply or spread the word about the 2011 Greg Clark Award -- the CJF is now accepting applications.

Deadline for applications is March 18, 2011.



Charles Foran wins Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction
CJF Forum: The vaccine-autism link controversy -- A science journalism case study
CRTC grants campus radio station temporary stay
Broadcaster Jim Reed dies
How not to file freedom of information requests
CBC requests public input on 5-year strategy
Call for papers: covering Canadian crimes
Canadian newspapers still profitable and bouncing back, according to business columnist
John Vaillant wins $40,000 non-fiction prize
Tom Hanson Photojournalism Award winner announced
Newsstand magazine sales rise in 2010
UK upholds right of press to report on tweets
Today's Parent EIC announces departure
Inbound CEO cleans house at CTV
Photojournalist attacked in Cairo
Publisher Henry Burgoyne dies
Windsor cartoonist Bob Monks dies


Akin to Levant: media didn't miss the story in Cairo
Why is the Tyee in the Vancouver Art Gallery?
Slate's Jacob Weisberg slams The Daily
Globe series highlights five Charles Taylor nominees
An Egyptian journalist on Mubarak's resignation
Ann Coulter: "There should be more jailed journalists"
Working for nothing: The social media scam
It's not just Egypt: Star covers zone of entire Middle East 
Former Governor General Michaëlle Jean on her relationship with the media
Why the CRTC should change false rules news 
Should newsrooms seek more Facebook fans, or better ones? 
So, you want to be a journalist? Advice from recent grads 


Last week a comment on a story about WikiLeaks written by Abby Campbell was incorrectly attributed to Rod McQueen. J-Source regrets the error.  

"This is the sleeper story of the year. If this goes through as it stands, the profession of journalism will take a marked credibility hit. Do we really want this? Btw isn't the CRTC rushing this?"
Reader Comment: Leo Murphy
Post: CRTC seeks to relax broadcast restrictions  

"You forgot: 4. Be prepared to perform ALL of the editorial layout. 5. Hope you enjoy working 60 hours a week for $24,000/yr with no overtime. 6. Sharpen those photographic skills, you're likely the primary photographer. 7. Better have a firm grasp of the company's CMS or the web content will suffer immediately. 8. Learn to microwave leftovers, by the time you get home from covering all of the meetings, dinner will be long over. 9. Be able to write 20 stories a week, providing photos/art for at least half of them. 10. Unfortunately, the wire will become your best friend, and everytime you resort to it to fill space, a little part of you dies inside. BUT... 1. You're the face of the newspaper and you will figure prominently in the community. 2. You'll feel more connected in your new town than you ever have anywhere else. 3. By the time you flee to a better-paying job elsewhere, you'll know almost everything there is to know about newspaper production on a smaller scale. 4. It really does become "your" newspaper. You do everything and there's an overwhelming sense of pride and accomplishment each week as you manage to put the paper to bed. 5. You may not be breaking any world-changing news, but the feeling you get from making a senior's day because you took a picture of her at a watercolour workshop is priceless."
Reader Comment: Chris Koehn
Post: Hey, new grads: I can guarantee you a job in journalism

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