Archives for January 2016

Apply by Feb. 16 for Journalism Fellowships on Immigrant Children & Education

Nowhere is the U.S. demographic shift being felt sooner and more dramatically than in schools. By 2020, one in three children will be an immigrant or have an immigrant parent. How schools are responding to the fastest growing group of U.S. children will be the focus of a fellowship training program organized by the Institute for Justice & Journalism. 

Up to 18 journalists will be chosen to attend the conference, to be held March 30-April 1 at Georgia State University in Atlanta. IJJ will pay for travel and other expenses.
As part of their applications, journalists must propose an enterprise project on immigrant children and families for publication or broadcast. Each fellow will receive a $500 stipend upon completion of the story project.

The conference will include:
— An interactive workshop on finding and interpreting data with Laura Speer of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, who oversees the Kids Count Data Center, which collects and analyzes the most comprehensive and latest statistics about U.S. children.
— A hands-on workshop on investigative techniques with Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Martha Mendoza of the Associated Press, an acclaimed FOIA expert.
— A seminar on immigration law with attorney Dan Kowalski, a very popular teacher and editor of Bender’s Immigration Bulletin.
— A talk about the Asian American model minority myth with two former immigrant gang members and a journalist/filmmaker who has documented gangs.
— Panels about educational inequities, racial profiling in classrooms and the impact of education and immigration policies on English language learners.
— A discussion about the similarities and differences between the DREAMERs and 1960s civil rights activists and how people from those groups have joined forces in Atlanta.
 
Applicants must be U.S. residents (no overseas-based journalists) and have at least three years of journalism experience. Read more about our program, review the application requirements and see past fellows’ projects. Applications are due Feb. 16. For questions, email ijj@justicejournalism.org.

IJJ is a Berkeley, Calif.-based nonprofit that promotes better journalism about social justice issues by providing training, funding stories and convening data hackathons. Our 2016 fellowship is funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, which is dedicated to helping build better futures for disadvantaged children.

White Oak Kitchen and Cocktails Prize in Southern Poetry

In a continuing celebration of Southern culture and arts, White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails, an Atlanta based restaurant offering contemporary Southern cuisine, invites poets from across the South to participate in the first annual White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails Prize in Southern Poetry.  Poems will be on the topic of Love, no matter what the context, and judged prior to Valentine’s Day.

Poems will be evaluated and judged by Kevin Young, author of eight books of poetry and esteemed Professor of Creative Writing and English at Emory University. The winning love poem will be featured on the restaurant’s Valentine’s Day menu running from February 12 through the 14 and the winning poet will receive a $1,500 prize.

To learn more about White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails and its commitment to Southern Arts & Culture, please visit us at whiteoakkitchen.com.

Rules for Submission

1.       The contest is open to all poets who currently reside in and have had residency in one of the following states for a minimum of 12 consecutive months: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia. (Residency will be verified before prize winner is announced.)

2.       Writers who have published 2 or more full-length collections of poetry or who do not meet the residency requirements are NOT eligible

3.       Translations and manuscripts in languages other than English are not acceptable, however manuscripts that occasionally use words from other languages are perfectly fine

4.       All poems submitted will become the property of White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails and can be published without further approval of author

5.       Manuscripts must be received prior to February 5, 2016

6.       The submitted poems will not be returned

7.       No entry fee required

8.      Poem Guidelines:

·         Only one submission per author

·         40 line limit

·         Must be on the topic of “Love”, but can be a “Love” of anything

·         Poem must be typed (single-spaced)

·         Author must include name, address, phone number, email address, word count and manuscript title on the submitted poem

9.       Poems must be submitted by email to info@whiteoakkitchen.com

10.   No revisions of submitted manuscripts will be allowed during the contest

11.    The winner will be announced on February 12, 2016 and contacted to discuss delivery of the $1,500 payment prize