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General Announcements November 26 - November 30

Cal State Northridge Journalism Department's Monday Memo
Newsletter for Journalism Majors
Internships, jobs, accomplishments and general announcements
Fall 2012 * Issue No. 14
To submit information to the Monday Memo, please contact Christina Pembleton, editor, at ext. 3135, email submissions to, or stop by MZ 210. The deadline for submission is Noon, Wednesday.

“Free to Tweet” $5,000 scholarship - Beginning at midnight on Dec. 1 through 11:59 p.m. on Dec. 15, students at a high school, community college or university ages 14 and up can tweet their support for the First Amendment with the hash tag #FreeToTweet, which will enter them in the “Free to Tweet” scholarship competition. Students nationwide are urged to join the online celebration by tweeting their support for the First Amendment and help reinvigorate the often-overlooked Bill of Rights Day. Students can enter the scholarship competition by tweeting a message of support – using the hashtag #FreeToTweet – for the First Amendment. A panel of educators and First Amendment experts will review the entries and award five $5,000 scholarships. Judging criteria and complete rules can be found at Updates on the event can be followed on Twitter at @FreeToTweet2012.

The AP-Google Journalism and Technology Scholarship Program fosters new journalism skills in undergraduate and graduate students developing projects at the intersection of journalism and technology. We're looking for students pursuing studies at the crossroads of journalism, computer sciences and new media. If you're on the cutting edge of digital media beyond the classroom, this scholarship is for you! Six students will receive scholarship awards of $20,000 each for the 2013-14 academic year. Half of the award will be granted in the first semester. The remainder will be awarded in the second semester upon proof of project proposal update and maintenance of a 3.0 GPA. Awards will be made payable to the post-secondary institution. Scholarship winners also will receive a one-year ONA membership and recognition at ONA's annual conference. The deadline for the 2013-14 academic year is Feb. 8, 2013. For more information about the AP-Google Journalism and Technology, contact Scholarship Manager Irving Washington at For information about how to apply and other qualifications, please visit

2012 Mark of Excellence Awards – Annually, the Society of Professional Journalists presents the Mark of Excellence Awards honoring the best in student journalism. The contest offers categories for print, radio, television and online media in divisions for small (under 5,000 enrolled students), medium (5,001-9,999 students), or large (over 10,000 students). Entries are first judged at the regional level. First-place regional winners advance to the national competition and are recognized at SPJ spring conferences. National winners will be showcased on The contest is open to anyone enrolled in a U.S. college or university and all international SPJ student members. Entries must have been published or broadcast during the 2012 calendar year. For complete details and to enter, visit The entry deadline is Jan. 24, 2013.

2012 The Sigma Delta Chi Awards – The awards recognize the best in professional journalism in categorical covering print, radio, television, newsletters, art/graphics, online and research. The contest is open to any work published or broadcast by U.S. media outlets and international SPJ members. If not originally published or broadcast in English, entries must include an English transcript or English subtitles. Entries must have been published or broadcast during the 2012 calendar year. Winners will be announced in spring 2013 and honored at an awards banquet held at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on June 21, 2013. Entries will be judged on readability, effectiveness of interpretation, accuracy and completeness, enterprise, clarity and style, resourcefulness of the reporter in overcoming obstacles, and adherence to the SPJ Code of Ethics. The entry fee is $60 for SPJ members and $100 for nonmembers. The deadline is February 7, 2013. Enter online at