The 2014 SFJ Excellence-in-Features Awards is now taking entries. We’re using an online system this year, which we hope will make the experience less cumbersome. Here’s how to get started:
For details on the categories, check out the BNC site or find them under the “Contest” heading here labeled “26th annual Excellence in Features Journalism.”
The deadline for entries is April 18.
Also, this year we have three new categories:
Narrative Storytelling: A single story told in a narrative style, using techniques such as character development, use of dialogue, sense of place, scene building, narrative arc and adherence to theme. Sidebars accepted. Each entry consists of one story. All entries, regardless of circulation group, compete in one group.Blog Portfolio: Three blog posts by the same writer on any feature topic, including commentary and reviews. Each entry consists of three blog posts. All entries, regardless of circulation group, compete in one group.Digital Innovation: New or improved online ventures, which can include new or upgraded websites, apps, social-media experiments or other ways to share information in the digital world. Entries will be judged on creativity and impact. Must include a description of no more than 250 words on how the innovation came about, its goals and its success. Submit explanation as a Word document attachment. One entry consists of one innovation, such as an app or a website. All entries, regardless of circulation group, compete in one group.
According to JournalismDegree.org, they are among the “151 Twitters Worth A Follow” in its recently released “Best in #Journalism” list.
So the Society for Feature Journalism — @WeAreSFJ — is in good company at spot #106!
Here’s JournalismDegree’s description of our Twitter account: “The Society of Features Journalism helps journalists refine their craft through some of the most innovative posts across the internet. They’re incredibly active in retweeting other notable journalism publications, which only makes their feed stronger.”
JournalismDegree.org describes itself as “a site dedicated to providing timely and relevant information about journalism degrees and programs.”
It decided to put out this list because of Twitter’s effect on journalism.
“These are some of the journalists, bloggers, and news organizations that are pushing the limits of what can be accomplished with Twitter,” the site explains. “Budding journalists and seasoned pros should be following every one of these accounts.”
Thank you! We are honored to have been included on this list and we’ll keep tweeting away.
The 2014 Golden Globes are over, and the general consensus seems to be: We love Tina Fey and Amy Poehler as hosts; we love it when celebrities get drunk and unpredictable; and we have plenty of comments to offer on the dresses that hit the red carpet Jan. 12.
But if you’re looking for second-day story on the entertaining evening, here are three things that are generating talk (click on image for links).
Joining is easy. Just download and complete this registration form: https://db.tt/r2aeFpCO
You can also make your membership payment online with PayPal.
And, don’t forget! There is a multiple-member discount, so you can add new colleagues and save big.
Questions? Email Merrilee Cox.
Happy holidays, and see you next year!
By Greg Braxton
2013 SFJ Diversity Fellow
ST. PETERSBURG, FLA — Ethics have always been a hallmark of journalism. But the advance of digital technology within newsroom is fueling an ethics revolution.
That was the message behind the session, “Ethics In a Digital Age,” officiated by Kelly McBride, a Poynter Institute faculty member specializing in media ethics.
“Journalism ethics will change,” McBride said during a spirited address during the Society for Features Journalism conference at the institute.
Although independence has been held as one of the pillars of journalism, readers now are valuing transparency over independence, said McBride.
“When we are transparent, then we have the trust that is crucial in a relationship with the audience,” she said. “We have to show people why they should believe, we have to communicate why we are trustworthy.”