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Monthly contest invites stories from around the globe


Writers worldwide can submit their best stories to the Global Short Stories Competition, a contest held every month by Certys Limited, a media company, and supported by the Darlington Arts Centre in England. Deadline: end of each month.

The organizers are looking for untold stories from anywhere in the world. Each month a winning story receives a cash prize of UK£100 (about US$150) and is published on the contest’s Web site. At the end of 12 months, each winner will be considered for an annual cash prize of UK£250 (about US$375).

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Central and Eastern European environmental journalists invited to join database


Central and Eastern European environmental journalists invited to join database
Posted on: 28/10/2008 Environmental, Networking Region: Eastern Europe-Central Eurasia

Green Horizon, a Hungarian environmental magazine, is setting up a database of Central and Eastern European journalists who cover the environment, with the goal of fostering the creation of a working network of environmental journalists in the region.

Those who would like to be listed in the database must e-mail with their name, e-mail address, country of origin, country of residence, languages spoken, CV, work sample, and areas of interest.

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Online tool allows journalists and newsrooms to practice 'link journalism'


Journalists and newsrooms can now access a platform called Publish2 that allows users to bookmark Web pages and organize and share these links on their Web sites for free - a trend known as "link journalism."

Developed especially for working newsrooms, Publish2 is available for free and can be accessed after registration by an accredited journalist. Using a group feature, multiple reporters in a newsroom can create a list of links around a single news item.

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New freelance directory can help employers find journalists worldwide


Freelance journalists interested in finding work opportunities can now access a Web site built to help employers and news organizations easily find journalists and photographers throughout the world.

The freelance directory, which was created using newly-launched listing maps built by, allows potential employers and commissioners to find journalists who have registered and supplied their personal information.

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Guide to science journalism training available for European journalists


A guide to science journalism training programs across the EU has been published for European journalists.

Published by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research, the guide aims to increase awareness on training opportunities available for communication in science.

To access the guide visit

(sursa: International Journalists' Network)

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Reporters’ guide to China Olympics published


A pocket guide has been released for reporters traveling to China to cover the Beijing Olympics. The “Reporters’ Guide to Covering the Beijing Olympics” addresses how to report in a largely closed country with particular attention to the hazards facing Chinese sources and news assistants.

The guide spells out both the rights of foreign journalists – in particular under the Chinese government’s temporary regulations for foreign journalists – and the risks they or their Chinese contacts may face. It also contains an appendix that lists useful numbers and Web sites as well as a bilingual (English/Chinese) version of the temporary regulations.

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Software to help free exchange of information released


The Free Network Project has released Freenet software which allows journalists to acquire and publish information for free on the Internet without facing censorship. The network is decentralized and publishers and users are kept anonymous.

Freenet is different from other software in that it allows users to upload content and disconnect from the site if they choose. Users are not allowed to control what is stored; content is kept based on its usage, and the least popular content is removed to allow newer information to be posted.

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Online guide helps reporters cover children


The humanitarian news network Reuters AlertNet has launched a new online tool for journalists, fact-checkers and editors covering everything to do with children and humanitarian issues.

The briefing looks at how childhoods are stolen by poverty, war and disaster, and includes the most relevant and up-to-date statistics and sources. It contains sections on health, AIDS, hunger, refugees, landmines and disasters, as well as a guide to the ethical dilemmas around reporting on children and using them in photos.

To view the briefing, click here.

(sursa: International Journalists' Network)


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Freedom House delivers Internet freedom alerts electronically


Journalists can subscribe to "Internet Freedom Alert” a new publication of Freedom House's Global Internet Program, to get the latest on online developments relating to censorship, Internet governance and freedoms online.

The alerts will also inform recipients of upcoming events related to journalism around the world.

Events, opportunities and relevant links to stories sorted by issue and region/country are summarized from del.ici.ous's Internet Freedom bookmarks site, which can be accessed at

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YouTube launches channel for citizen journalists


The popular video Web site YouTube has launched an innovative news channel to promote citizen journalism. The site, called Citizen News, can be used by anyone with a story captured on video camera.
Citizen journalists interested in posting a story must first subscribe to the site at After videos are posted, other users can view them and leave comments.
In a video introduction of the site, Olivia Ma, the site’s news editor, encouraged users to post their stories from around the world, and gave as examples successful postings reported by citizen journalist students at UC Santa Cruz, who run an online TV program aimed at their community, and a citizen journalist from Sudan, who uses YouTube to publish stories from Southern Sudan.

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