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July 12 — Post Longwood Preview Connect meeting
Region II directors announce a GWA Connect gathering beginning at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday evening, June 12, at Applebee’s restaurant, 815 E Baltimore Pike, Kennett Square, PA 19348 (610-444-8092). This Connect gathering will focus on sharing network opportunities and discussing the press preview opening of the Longwood Gardens Meadow Garden at 5 p.m. that evening.
July 15 — SEJ grant deadline
The Society of Environmental Journalists offers professional journalists a fifth year of mini-grant opportunities for projects and entrepreneurial ventures related to reporting on the environment. The next deadline for proposals will be midnight (EDT) on July 15. Decisions are announced approximately 60 days after the deadline. Winning projects receive grants of $350 to $3,500. To learn more about the FEJ grant program, visit ...
OutReach TF produces marketing brochure
The GWA OutReach TF has created a new communicators' services marketing brochure as another item in your marketing toolbox. The brochure spells out all the ways in which members of Garden Writers Association work with trade groups, manufacturers, plant breeders, garden centers, marketers and others. To view a PDF ...
Supporting GWAF can be very rewarding
Make a donation to the Garden Writers Association Foundation & have your name entered to win a laptop computer or a digital SLR camera or an iPad! Drawing will take place at the Annual Awards Banquet.
Pittsburgh hotel block for the 2014 GWA Symposium
The Westin Convention Center Pittsburgh is the only Pittsburgh hotel directly connected to the David L. Lawrence Pittsburgh Convention Center by skywalk. A special block of rooms has been set aside for GWA meeting participants. Discounted room rates are available until the block is full or July 16, whichever comes first! Act TODAY.
Amazon.com announces the Most Well-Read Cities in America
To kick off the summer reading season, Amazon.com announced its fourth annual list of the Most Well-Read Cities in America. The ranking was determined by compiling sales data of all book, magazine and newspaper sales in both print and Kindle format from April 2013 to April 2014, on a per capita basis in cities with more than 100,000 residents.
Poynter Institute survey reveals 'disconnect' between journalists, educators
A recent survey by the Poynter Institute shows that working journalists and journalism professors aren't exactly on the same page when it comes to ranking the importance of multimedia and digital storytelling skills. Poynter's survey, "The Core Skills for the Future of Journalism," uncovered glaring differences regarding the importance that working journalists and journalism educators attach to multimedia skills, including AV editing, photography and graphic design.
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Publishers as beggars
By Michael Wolff: Last week, a letter arrived from my friend Jacob Weisberg, who runs Slate, the venerable Web magazine. Weisberg's letter was not to me, specifically, but to friends of Slate, proposing — or really imploring — that we join a special category of loyalists and voluntarily contribute to the magazine. Like NPR or PBS. Or crowdfunding.
How to tell if someone is lying to you in an email
The Wall Street Journal
"How can I tell if someone is lying to me online, or in a text or an email?" Readers have been asking me about this issue a lot lately. In an age of online dating and constant emails, texts and social media, people write to tell me about communications that feel incomplete, disconnected or just a little off. Their gut is telling them something is wrong.
Should you write for yourself or for the reader?
People who come to my writing workshops always ask me the same thing: "Should I write for myself, or for the reader?" It's a tricky, loaded question, but I always answer it with one of my own: "Do you want to get published and be paid for it, or are you not really concerned about other people buying and reading your book?" Most people respond that they want to get their work published, have people read and enjoy it, and make a few bucks in the process.
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