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 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

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

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

NYU Journalism Grants

The Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University is currently accepting applications for two grants for writers ready to embark on ambitious reporting projects. 

Matthew Power Literary Reporting Award, DEADLINE: February 16, 2016

Online Application:

A grant of $12,500 will be awarded to support the work of a promising early-career nonfiction writer on a story that uncovers truths about the human condition. Offered for the first time in 2015, the Award has been endowed by individuals and organizations touched by the life and work of Matthew Power, a wide-roving and award-winning journalist who sought to live and share the experience of the individuals and places on which he was reporting. Winners will have access to NYU’s libraries and the Institute’s facilities, including work space (as available).


The Reporting Award, DEADLINE: February 22, 2016

Online Application:

The Reporting Award supports a work of journalism in any medium on significant underreported subjects in the public interest. The Institute will select up to two winners of the Reporting Award. Each winner may receive a different amount of money, at the discretion of the Committee. The maximum award is $12,500.  Winners will have access to NYU’s libraries and the Institute’s facilities, including work space (as available).

Don’t Miss SPJ GA’s Holiday Mixer!

SPJ holiday

Join SPJ Georgia for their holiday mixer at Taco Mac in Lindburgh Station. Free to attend, appetizers and cash bar. December 1, 7:30 p.m. RSVP here!

Denis O’Hayer, Charlayne Hunter-Gault honored by Atlanta Press Club

By Rodney Ho, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Photo by Rodney Ho.

Photo by Rodney Ho.

Four journalists with Atlanta ties were inducted into the Atlanta Press Club Hall of Fame earlier this month at the InterContinental Hotel in Buckhead. Their collective experiences span the past five decades.

The are a veteran radio/TV reporter of 35-plus years; a UGA grad who worked at CNN, the New York Times and PBS; an Associated Press political writer who covered seven Georgia governors; and a Pulitzer-Prize winning editor of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Read the rest here!

UN Foundation Announces Special Earth To Paris Climate Press Fellowship

The fellowship will provide selected journalists with a stipend to attend Earth To Paris during COP21, and will allow journalists direct access to experts and advocates.

The United Nations Foundation today announced a special global issues fellowship focused on climate change to be held in December 2015 as part of Earth To Paris and alongside COP21. As part of the fellowship, journalists will receive a stipend to help cover travel costs and will have access to exclusive briefings.

“We need the right mix of journalists, experts and advocates in Paris if we are to have a robust global conversation on climate change around the conference,” said Aaron Sherinian, Chief Communications and Marketing Officer at the UN Foundation. “We hope this fellowship will give journalists the tools and access necessary to advance their reporting on this critical issue.”

From November 30 to December 11, the United Nations is convening COP21, the Paris Climate Summit. Nearly 200 parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change will gather in Paris to revisit existing climate agreements and to achieve a new universal agreement on climate change. This new climate agreement will reflect a bottom-up approach based on national commitments.

As governments convene for the conference, Earth To Paris, a diverse coalition of groups – from foundations to technology companies to media organizations and more – will also convene around the need for strong climate action. At Earth To Paris – Le Hub on December 7 and 8, the UN Foundation and coalition partners will bring together global influencers, civil society groups, businesses, scientists, and citizens to showcase climate solutions and to highlight the connection between people and planet. Earth To Paris will engage people around the world in the United Nations dialogue happening in Paris during COP21.

The press fellowship will enable selected journalists to cover climate issues in connection with COP21 by attending Earth To Paris – Le Hub.

This fellowship is intended for any journalist who covers climate change or sustainable development issues and would find this opportunity beneficial to their reporting.

The application deadline is November 18, 2015. To apply, please click here. For more information please contact Eric Porterfield at

More information about Earth To Paris can be found here:


About the Earth To Paris Coalition
A diverse coalition of groups—from foundations to technology companies to media organizations and more—is uniting to launch Earth To Paris, an innovative coalition and convening strategy to drive awareness and host events that highlight the connection between people and planet and the need for strong climate action; to showcase climate solutions and innovations; to bring together communities to promote collaboration; and to engage people around the world in the dialogue taking place in Paris.

The convening partners of the Earth To Paris Coalition are United Nations Foundation, GOOD Magazine, City of Paris (Mairie de Paris), Mashable, UNFCCC, National Geographic Jynwel Foundation, UNESCO, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), UNICEF and HAVAS Worldwide.

Collaborating partners include Action/2015, AFP Foundation, Avaaz, Better World Campaign, Broadcasting Board of Governors, Business Council for Sustainable Energy, Ceres, Climasphere, The Climate Reality Project, Collectively, Connect4Climate– the global partnership program of the World Bank Group,, Earth Day Network, The East African, El Pais, Enactus, Energy Future Coalition, European Foundation Centre, Fair Observer, Girl Up, Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, Global Citizen, Global Moms Challenge, GREEN Africa Directory, Helloasso, Impaqto, Love Song to the Earth, Make Sense, The Nature Conservatory, Nothing but Nets, Natural Resources Defense Council, Planeta Futuro, Rainforest Partnership, Rovio Entertainment, Scope Group, Sevenly,, Shot@Life, Sister Cities International , +SocialGood, +SocialGood Ghana, Social Good Week, Sustainable Energy for All, SXSW, SXSW Eco, Test Tube, Travel +Social Good, UNA-USA, Universal Access Project, Vice News, Voice of America, We Mean Business and the X Prize Foundation.

About United Nations Foundation
The United Nations Foundation builds public-private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and broadens support for the United Nations through advocacy and public outreach. Through innovative campaigns and initiatives, the Foundation connects people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. The Foundation was created in 1998 as a U.S. public charity by entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner and now is supported by global corporations, foundations, governments, and individuals. For more information, visit

AAJA Atlanta Chapter Student and Early Career Journalists Workshop

Hear from industry professionals in print, broadcast and multimedia in the ever-changing landscape of journalism. Network and establish contacts with other students and early career journalists. Bring your resumes, reel and business cards! Tickets and more information here.
Saturday, December 5, 2015 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (EST)
CNN World Headquarters – 190 Marietta Street Atlanta, GA 30303

Jon Meacham’s ‘Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush’

By Jim Kelly, New York Times

Meacham Headshot -- credit Gasper Tringale copy


George H. W. Bush is unusual among modern American presidents in that after he left the White House in 1993 he never produced his own full-scale autobiography. True, he co-wrote a book about his administration’s foreign policy with Brent Scowcroft, his national security adviser, and then allowed a collection of his letters and diary excerpts to be published. But he showed no interest in writing the kind of doorstopper others have given us, nothing on the order of “RN: The Memoirs of Richard Nixon,” “Ronald Reagan: An American Life” or Bill Clinton’s “My Life.” Even Hillary Clinton, who may yet be president and thus get her own chance to add to the genre, has already written two thick memoirs, either of which, if you accidentally dropped it on your foot, might leave you limping. Read the rest here or purchase tickets to hear Jon Meacham speak at the Atlanta Press Club on December 14.

AHCJ Panel: The Rise in Heroin Use

UnknownHeroin-related overdose deaths in the U.S. have nearly quadrupled since 2002, and use of the drug has increased by 63 percent, according to the CDC.

Part of this surge is the relatively cheap price of heroin. Another factor is the crackdown on the misuse of prescription opiate drugs.

The Atlanta chapter of the Association of Health Care Journalists is holding a panel discussion on heroin on Nov. 18th at 7 p.m. We will meet at the Berthold Building on Monroe Drive in Atlanta.

On the panel will be Sissy Weldon, 27, a former heroin user who is in long-term recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. She is the co-founder of Atlanta in Recovery, a nonprofit organization with the mission of empowering individuals by promoting a positive, sober, and active lifestyle. Currently, she is the outreach coordinator of the Georgia Council on Substance Abuse where she works to facilitate connections and conversations among young people combatting and confronted with substance use challenges.

Sissy will be joined on the panel by Dr. Michael Fishman, the director of the young adult program at Talbott Recovery Campus in Atlanta, and Robin Elliott from Georgia Overdose Prevention. In 2011 Robin lost her son, Zack, to a heroin overdose. He was 21 years old.

AHCJ will provide food and beverages (nonalcoholic, at the request of our speakers). Parking is free.

Location: The Berthold Building

741 Monroe Drive NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30308

Date: Nov. 18

Time: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

RSVP: Please RSVP to Andy Miller at

Please note: When you RSVP we will give you the code to get into the building and access the parking.

Community loses beloved journalist

From the Marietta Daily Journal


Joe Kirby, 30-year MDJ employee and editorial page editor, lost his battle with cancer overnight. He will be missed by friends, family, colleagues and this community.