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Call for nominations for courts/legal reporting workshop

The 21st Annual Florida Bar Reporters’ Workshop will be held Sept. 20-21 in Tallahassee. This intensive two-day event is designed for 24 print, TV and radio journalists new to the courts and legal beats, or new to Florida. The workshop is presented by The Florida Bar Media and Communications Law Committee and will be held at the Florida Supreme Court Building. Workshop scholarships, provided by a grant from The Florida Bar Foundation, cover two nights’ hotel accommodations and workshop meals. Travel expenses and any incidentals are the responsibility of the participant or the participant’s employer. Reporters attending will learn about legal reporting and covering the state courts from lawyers, judges and other experienced journalists. Topics will include: covering high-profile cases, public records and Florida’s open government laws, the foreclosure crisis, libel law and defamation, legal issues of reporting via social media, lawyer regulation and legal resources on the Internet. Additionally there will be luncheon speakers on timely topics, a tour of the Florida Supreme Court and an evening reception and dinner on the 22nd floor of the Capitol with the Supreme Court Justices. Nominations must be made by editors, publishers or news directors and include information on the journalist’s background, current assignments and contact information. Please send nominations for receipt by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 11, to Dorohn A. Frazier at The Florida Bar by e-mail dfrazier@flabar.org , fax (850-561-5733) or mail to 651 E. Jefferson St., Tallahassee, FL 32399. The selection process will be completed by mid-August and those selected for participation will be notified by e-mail.

American Association of Sunday and Features Editors national conference

TThe American Association of Sunday and Features Editors invites newspaper and freelance writers and editors to its national conference at The Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla., Oct. 6-9, 2010. This promises to be an innovative conference – one focused on giving you the best journalistic training available at the nation’s premier school for professional journalists. The registration deadline is Aug. 30. Whether you’re an editor looking for leadership ideas, a senior reporter looking for storytelling tools, or a cutting-edge journalist searching for multimedia and social media training, AASFE and Poynter will have the programming for you. Poynter faculty members will teach several sessions, as well as lead small group coaching sessions. Think of it as getting two-and-a-half days of Poynter training at the AASFE registration rate. Here are some of the Poynter faculty-led sessions in the works: * Roy Peter Clark (Vice President and Senior Scholar) on writing * Jill Geisler (Leadership and Management Group Leader) on leadership * Al Tompkins (Broadcast/Online Group Leader) on online tools * Kenny Irby (Visual Journalism Group Leader) and Regina McCombs (Multimedia and Mobile Faculty) on multimedia storytelling * Kelly McBride (Ethics Group Leader) on online ethics * Ellyn Angelotti (Interactivity Editor) on social media strategies * Guest lecturer: Lane DeGregory, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter of the St. Petersburg Times * Guest lecturer: Hank Stuever, legendary feature writer and TV critic of The Washington Post We’ll also have the classics from AASFE’s conferences, including Show & Steal and presentations of our Best Feature Writing, Section and Online contest winners. REGISTRATION DEADLINES: Aug. 30 (regular) Members: $300 regular (by Aug. 30) $325 late (after Aug. 30) Non members: $475 regular (by Aug. 30) $500 (after Aug. 30) REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN AT:www.aasfe.org or AASFE Registration We’ll be staying at the Hampton Inn and Suites in downtown St. Petersburg, right in the middle of the city’s nightlife and a short walk from the Pier and waterfront. The rate is a very reasonable $94 (plus tax) per night. TO RESERVE YOUR ROOM: Call 727-892-9900 or click on this reservation link: Reservtion for Hamton Inn and Suites