Apply now for the 2019 SFJ diversity fellowship!

Are you a journalist of color interested in features writing? Do you know someone who is?

The Society for Features Journalism is again sponsoring the Penny Bender Fuchs Diversity Fellowship Program for U.S. journalists of color in conjunction with its annual conference, which this year is in Detroit.

Diversity Fellows will learn what’s happening in features and news departments nationwide while networking with outstanding journalists specializing in lifestyle, culture, food, arts and entertainment coverage.

Fellowships cover SFJ conference registration, airfare within the U.S. and hotel. Fellows also will be reimbursed for expenses toward baggage and transportation.

What’s required?

RESUME + ESSAY: A resume and single-page essay explaining what you love about your job and how you have distinguished yourself in arts and/or features coverage.

PHOTO: A photo of yourself for the conference program and SFJ website.

LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION: One letter from someone who can talk about your work.

WORK SAMPLES:
› For writers, three storytelling examples.
› For editors, three samples of pieces you edited with comments on how your involvement helped the story succeed.
› For copy editors, three headlines with attached stories, plus two stories with editing comments.
› For designers, three samples of layouts.
› For journalists with online-only work, list website links in your application letter.

Deadline for applying is May 24.

Selections will be announced by June 21. Email applications, with attached PDFs or links, to Kathy Lu at klu@kcstar.com.

See poster for details!

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Save the date: SFJ 2019 is headed to Detroit!

“Detroit” by Diego Rivera

By Margaret Myers, 2019 SFJ president

Calling out around the world!

Join us Sept. 18-21 in the Motor City for our annual conference as we network, share knowledge, and celebrate our craft.

As always, we have invited some of the best in the business to share their wisdom with us. This year we will feature Pulitzer Prize winner Tom Hallman of The Oregonian, and we are planning to have frank conversations about culture and identity and how it shapes our coverage. We are also excited to feature a panel on innovations in podcasting and how audience research can inform your storytelling. 

Oh, it doesn’t matter what you wear, just as long as you are there!

We will be staying at the Element Detroit at the Metropolitan, a newly opened Marriott in a refurbished 100-yea- old building in the heart of the Downtown’s vibrant city center, within walking distance to several “best of” bars and restaurants.

Book your room now using this link, for a special rate of $179 per night, which includes a hot breakfast.

The Element Detroit at the Metropolitan

There’ll be swinging and swaying and records playing …

We’ll gather Wednesday evening, Sept. 18, at the hotel for a welcome reception! And later, who knows, we may sample some of the nearby delights, from the speakeasy-inspired cocktail joint tucked into the alley across the street, to the velvet-drenched old Hollywood lounge around the corner.

They’ll be dancing, dancing in the street.

To register for the conference, click here. To get the $100 early bird discount, please register by July 1!

We will be updating the website with more details. Follow us on Facebook for updates, and don’t forget to renew your 2019 membership!

For questions, pitches and ideas, email me, your dance captain for this party: Margaret Myers, mmyers@atlantic57.com.

Now here are a few stories to whet your Detroit appetite:

SFJ18 writing contest seeks: best print section

Certificate

 

Enter our annual Excellence-in-Writing contest’s Best Section category! The sections must have been published in 2017. Deadline is March 2.

To see all our categories, click here.

To go directly to our contest website, click here.

020 BEST SECTION
The best your publication has to offer in printed A&E, features and lifestyle coverage.

Submit five sections from the 2016 calendar year. One must be an arts-and-entertainment-themed section, and one must be a Sunday section. (If your publication doesn’t print on Sunday, submit one section from Saturday or from your premiere weekly section and add a note of explanation).

The other three are the editor’s choice from regularly appearing features sections. Entries are judged on content, which includes the range of topics, depth, voice and style; service, which includes the inclusion of everyday people, useful information and the level of reader interaction; and design, which includes the use of photos and illustrations, headlines, navigational tools and the “wow” factor. One hard copy of each section is required. One entry consists of one copy of each of the five sections and PDFs of three of the submitted section fronts (PDFs of the section fronts only).

On the back of each section, attached a printed version of the entry label, which automatically appears after each entry is submitted.

Mail entries to SPJ-SFJ Contest 2017, Eugene S. Pulliam National Journalism Center, 3909 N. Meridian St., Suite 200, Indianapolis, IN 46208. Entries must be postmarked by March 2, 2018. Also, attach PDFs of the front or cover page from three of the submitted entries.

SFJ18 writing contest seeks: Best features digital presence

Certificate

Enter our annual Excellence-in-Writing contest’s Best Features Digital Presence category! The entries must have been published in 2017. Deadline is March 2.

First-place winners receive $300.

To see all our categories, click here.

To go directly to our contest website, click here.

019 BEST FEATURES DIGITAL PRESENCE
The best your publication has to offer in digital A&E, features and lifestyle coverage. Submit links to a website; features channel; app; or social-media page such as Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest or Twitter. Entries are judged on content, which includes timeliness, depth of coverage, voice and style. One entry consists of links to a website, features channel, social-media pages or app.

SFJ18 writing contest seeks: best niche product

Certificate

Enter our annual Excellence-in-Writing contest’s Best Niche Product category! The product must have been published in 2017. Deadline is March 2.

First-place winners receive $300.

To see all our categories, click here.

To go directly to our contest website, click here.

018 BEST NICHE PRODUCT
The best examples of a niche product – such as a magazine or special section – published at least two times a year. Submit two issues of the same niche product from the 2017 calendar year.

Each entry must also include PDFs of the covers from both of the submitted entries. One entry consists of one copy of each of the two issues and the two PDFs. On the back of each hard-copy issue, attach a printed entry label, which automatically appears after each entry is submitted.

Mail entries to SPJ-SFJ Contest 2018, Eugene S. Pulliam National Journalism Center, 3909 N. Meridian St., Suite 200, Indianapolis, IN 46208. Entries must be postmarked by March 2, 2018.

SPJ18 writing contest seeks: Best special section

Certificate

Enter our annual Excellence-in-Writing contest’s Best Special Section category! The sections must have been published in 2017. Deadline is March 2.

To see all our categories, click here.

To go directly to our contest website, click here.

017 BEST SPECIAL SECTION
A special section published either in print and/or online once a year. (For sections
published two or more times, enter Best Niche Product.)

Submit one section from the 2017 calendar year or provide the URL. Each entry must also include a PDF of the cover or homepage of the section. On the back of each hard-copy issue, attach a printed entry label, which automatically appears after each entry is submitted.

Mail entries to SPJ-SFJ Contest 2018, Eugene S. Pulliam National Journalism Center, 3909
N. Meridian St., Suite 200, Indianapolis, IN 46208. Entries must be postmarked by March 2, 2018.

SFJ18 writing contest seeks: Video storytelling

Certificate

Enter our annual Excellence-in-Writing contest’s Video Storytelling category! The videos must have been published in 2017. Deadline is March 2.

First-place winners receive $300.

To see all our categories, click here.

To go directly to our contest website, click here.

012 VIDEO STORYTELLING
The coverage of any A&E, lifestyle or specialty topic using a single video of not more than 8 minutes in length. One entry consists of one video.