Sunday, December 20, 2009

The Reason Project Video Contest, $15k in Prizes!

The Reason Project - a non-profit organization with the primary goal of spreading “scientific thinking and secular values. We invite you to help us further our work by submitting a short video that conveys the message of the foundation” - has launched a video contest.

The contest, which has some very generous prizes - U$10,000 for 1st place, U$4,000 for 2nd place and U$1,000 for 3rd place - is open to residents of the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada. And here’s an explanation as to why only those countries can enter.

Films can be live-action or animated and may not be any longer than 8 minutes and may be of a serious or humorous nature. Here are the Rules & Restrictions. Entries were permitted starting on the 18th, and can be submitted until February 28, 2010 at 11:59 p.m. (PST). People can vote on entries from February 12, 2010 until March 21, 2010. Submit your entry here.

The Reason Project:

is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundation devoted to spreading scientific knowledge and secular values in society. The foundation draws on the talents of prominent and creative thinkers in a wide range of disciplines to encourage critical thinking and erode the influence of dogmatism, superstition, and bigotry in our world.

Monday, October 19, 2009

The Tom Hanson Photojournalism Award

Via the Canadian Journalism Foundation:

Tom Hanson was a swashbuckling photojournalist whose images from the Oka conflict to the cut-and-thrust of the House of Commons told vivid stories. He was an award-winning photographer for The Canadian Press who travelled around the world and across the country, shooting some of the most iconic news and sports images of the last 15 years.

When Hanson died suddenly at age 41 in 2009, his family, friends, colleagues at The Canadian Press and the country’s photojournalism community wanted to find an appropriate way to honour his memory, talent and spirit. The result was the creation of the Tom Hanson Photojournalism Award.

The Hanson Award is administered by the Canadian Journalism Foundation and offers a six-week paid internship at The Canadian Press head office in Toronto for a photojournalist in the early stages of his or her career. The annual internship is designed to give a photographer trying to break into the business the chance to perform on the national stage. The Hanson Award is open to any Canadian photojournalist who has been in the business less than five years – from students to freelancers to photographers working at regional publications.

Read the press release (and check the full criteria). View a gallery of Tom’s work. See also A Tribute To CP Photojournalist Tom Hanson (which includes examples of his work).

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Masthead Online Announces Finalists for the Canadian Online Publishing Awards

Masthead Online produces the Canadian Online Publishing Awards and has announced the 2009 Finalists.

The awards, which honour both English and French-language online publications, are for ‘web-first editorial content‘ that have a minimum of 80% Canadian content which is produced by Canadians living in Canada. Websites published by daily newspapers, community newspapers, book publishers and broadcasters are not eligible; “magazine websites” produced by newspaper publishers are eligible. There are two divisions: red and blue. The red division is for consumer, custom, religious and public association sites. The blue is for B2B, farm, scholarly and professional association sites.

There are over 250 entries. The winners, one in each of up to ten categories in two divisions, will be announced October 26 at the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto. Here is a list of the judges.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Sid Adilman Mentorship Programme


The Toronto International Film Festival Group, a charitable, not-for-profit arts organization, is accepting applications for the Sid Adilman Mentorship Programme.

The Sid Adilman Mentorship Programme was established in memory of Toronto Star’s veteran entertainment journalist Sid Adilman. The programme will develop the journalistic skills of one emerging reporter who demonstrates a strong interest in film and the arts. The Sid Adilman Mentorship Programme is made possible through philanthropic donations to the Sid Adilman Mentorship Programme endowment fund.

The recipient will be given the opportunity to cover the 34th Toronto International Film Festival (September 10 – 19, 2008), one of the most prestigious international film festivals in the world, with support from the Festival’s Press Office. The recipient will receive full access to Press and Industry screenings, press conferences and red carpets; blog on the Festival website; network with accredited local, national and international journalists; and attend Festival events as assigned.

Get the full details here (eligibility, deadlines, etc).

I heard about this programme from Antonia Zerbisias. And here is his obituary in Variety (he was the Canadian editor):

Sid Adilman, one of Canada’s most influential arts and entertainment journalists, died of heart failure Oct. 14 in Toronto. He was 68.

Adilman was an enthusiastic champion of Canadian movies, books, music and television. He spent most of his professional life as writer, critic, columnist and, from 1986 to 1991, entertainment editor for the Toronto Star. He also served as a correspondent and Canadian editor for Variety from 1965 to the late 1980s.

Adilman “was in that incredible tradition of giants in newspapering and entertainment,” said John Honderich, former publisher and editor of the Star. “He had the tenacity of a cub reporter. He never lost his drive to get at it, find out what happened and get it out. His knowledge of Canadian entertainment was encyclopedic.”

Born in Saskatoon and raised in London, Ontario, Adilman graduated from the U. of Western Ontario. Shortly after graduation, he landed a job at the Toronto Star covering general news. Three years later, he moved on to the now- defunct Toronto Telegram. When the paper folded in 1971, he returned to the Star to begin his long-running “Eye on Entertainment” column.

“His network of sources was legendary,” said Toronto Star colleague Isabel Teotonio, adding that Adilman’s Rolodex “not only contained the numbers of his sources, but also their mistresses.”

Even after his retirement in 2002, Adilman continued to write for the Star, frequently reviewing films and interviewing filmmakers during the Toronto Film Festival. He counted many international film journalists among his close friends, and often invited fellow scribes to stay as guests in his spacious home during the festival.

His contributions to Canadian culture were honored in 2002 at a gala dinner at the Canadian Film Center, an event sponsored by the film center and the Toronto Film Festival. Among the guests were many entertainment figures whose profile Adilman helped boost, including filmmaker Atom Egoyan, actress Arsinee Khanjian, folksingers Bram Morrison and Sharon Hampson and broadcasting exec Peter Herrndorf.

Adilman is survived by his wife of 41 years, Toshiko, and sons Mio and Nobu, both actors and filmmakers.

photo credit: Joe Clark

Friday, January 2, 2009

Online Journalists Are Now Eligible for a Pulitzer Prize

Pulitzer Prizes Broadened to Include Online-Only Publications Primarily Devoted to Original News Reporting (Press Release - December 08, 2008)

The Pulitzer Prizes in journalism, which honor the work of American newspapers appearing in print, have been expanded to include many text-based newspapers and news organizations that publish only on the Internet, the Pulitzer Prize Board announced today.

The Board also has decided to allow entries made up entirely of online content to be submitted in all 14 Pulitzer journalism categories.

While broadening the competition, the Board stressed that all entered material — whether online or in print — should come from United States newspapers or news organizations that publish at least weekly, that are “primarily dedicated to original news reporting and coverage of ongoing stories,” and that “adhere to the highest journalistic principles.”

Consistent with its historic focus on daily and weekly newspapers, the Board will continue to exclude entries from printed magazines and broadcast media and their respective Web sites.

“This is an important step forward, reflecting our continued commitment to American newspapers as well as our willingness to adapt to the remarkable growth of online journalism,” said Sig Gissler, administrator of the Prizes. “The new rules enlarge the Pulitzer tent and recognize more fully the role of the Web, while underscoring the enduring value of words and of serious reporting.”

The Board will continue to monitor the impact of the Internet, Gissler said.

Beginning in 2006, online content from newspaper Web sites was permitted in all Pulitzer journalism categories, but online-only newspapers were not allowed to submit entries, and entirely-online entries were permitted in only two categories, breaking news coverage and breaking-news photography.

In addition to text stories, the competition will continue to allow a full range of online content, such as interactive graphics and video, in nearly all categories. Two photography categories will continue to restrict entries to still images.

The Board adopted the changes at its November meeting at Columbia University after a lengthy study by a committee.

The Board also refined the definition for its prize on Local Reporting of Breaking News. To emphasize immediacy, the new definition states that “special emphasis” will be given to “the speed and accuracy of the initial coverage.”

The Board, Gissler said, hopes that this will encourage the submission of more online material in the category.


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