Cyber Journalism – A Reality Check

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Introduction

 Will you be online today? I will be there. Tell me your mail id……… will update you whenever you are on the way about the latest sensex, and Obama government’s ministerial berth. Nowadays I seldom get chance to read a newspaper….. Really I am indebted to internet vis-à-vis cyber media for getting information.

 This is an honest confession of a professional who has become fond of cyber media because of its speed, timeliness, proximity and uniqueness, the basic ingredients of journalism.

 In the last decade the world has witnessed a stupendous growth of internet users especially in the African, Arab and South-East Asian countries vis-à-vis the proliferation of cyber media. As of today, most of the leading newspapers and magazines have their online versions for more reach ability, and this further enhances the brand of the respective media houses along with the business.

 In this article I will make an attempt to give a basic idea about this new form of media, and a glimpse about the online journalism tools in the backdrop of the convergence concept.

Cyber Media – Definition

 Before going into intricacies let us discuss something about cyber media or internet media.

 Wiener used the term cybernetics, starting in 1948, to encompass a broad range of communications between humans, between humans and machines, and between machines themselves. Within the scope of cybernetics he included the transmission of messages, especially those that exert control; the likelihood of information to degrade as time and distance intervene; and especially the function of feedback between humans and all the systems with which they have contact (Wiener, 1954). The ancestry of cyber media begins with Wiener, who said, “To live effectively is to live with adequate information.”

 McLuhan (1964) separated “cool” media, which demand active participation and an “involvement in process” from “hot” media, like print, which come in complete packages and encourage passive consumption. In McLuhan’s thinking, roads and vehicles, money, and weapons are media, just as movies, books, and radio are. Media act as extensions of the human body, and electric media are extensions of the human nervous system.

 Cyber media doesn’t really exist yet. But it is rushing toward us. According to Mindy McAdams, cybermedia is vast quantities of electronic information stored in incremental form, with the increments able to be combined easily by any user into sequences and sets that suit his or her needs, without boundaries related to subject matter, original authors, or print-packaging conventions. 

Online Journalism

 From the cradle of cyber space the concept of Online Journalism evolved. Though Internet journalism is still evolving, but its contours are getting more sharply defined. Online journalists (read globally) are increasingly becoming aware of the need to develop a new phrase for the medium. The media itself understood that the internet cannot be treated as an extension of the print media despite numerous similarities between the two. There are many advantages of this new entrant in the media bandwagon where a story can be told in three different ways – in the text format, in audio mode, and as a video clip. The medium further demands that stories be communicated in different forms – as a news alert; as a wireless headline; and as well as written story on the net. The medium further calls for knowledge links, audio and video skills, and some latest skills that go far beyond traditional reporting and editing requirements.

New Horizons

 There are five unique areas where online journalism is different from its traditional counterpart “print”.

 The five areas are follows:

–  News Cycle

–  Updating Frequency

–  Packaging

–  Knowledge Links

–  News Vehicles

Principles of Online Reporting

 There are some basic rules pertaining to this online journalism especially from a journalist’s point of view while reporting online. The media has emerged up for the busy people mostly, and for its global reach just with the help of a click.

 While reporting online an online reporter should abide by the following rules:

–  The news story has to be short and precise if it has to sustain the browser’s attention. A story that runs into two or more screens is not likely to hold readers attention for long. Word count continues to be an important yardstick in the case of net. The internet reporter must keep this fact in mind while writing the story. He must ensure that it runs across the minimum number of screens in the format chosen by the site editors.

–  The Internet reporter must adopt the inverted pyramid format. It is the most rational storytelling format. The most crucial point is hosted, right on top of the story, the less important points follow. This saves the user the need to plough through to the last paragraph to find out what happened. The information is available in the first few paragraphs; with facts arranged in their decreasing order of importance.

– The story must be updated as it breaks. The reporter cannot sit back and wait for events to unfold.

–  The reporters writing for web media must learn to write short sentences using simple, common, everyday words that a browser will have no difficulty in understanding. Paragraphs should be short. Long paragraphs create fatigue and push browsers to reach for the mouse.

– The Internet reporter must develop the ability to break a story into short, fascinating side stories. The side stories enhance browser’s interest, and give more hits and clicks for the site.

– The net journalist must go through log reports carefully. He must understand which stories are being read on the net. This will help him work on stories that are likely to be read more. Successful sites are those that share browser behavior with their staff members.

–  The web journalist must understand that a mistake, even if it is corrected after it is omnipresent on the site, does not offer much comfort to the individual or the company that has already suffered loss of face on account of the error. A mistake will be deemed as a blunder in case of incorrect information.

        Editing for the Net

   The first and foremost precondition for internet editing is economy. A story must be reported in as few words as possible. The sentences should be short, easy to read and understand. There are 11 golden rules that are prominent for editing in print. All these rules are invariably crucial for editing on the net. Let us give a glimpse.

–   Use short sentences.

–   Avoid modifiers.

–   Substitute wordy phrases with simple small words.

–   Remove relative clauses.

–   Avoid starting a sentence with a subsidiary clause.

–   One sentence, one idea.

–   Use   active voice.

–  Delete clichés.

–  Proper synchronization of names and designations.

–  Simple, short and familiar words.

–  Avoid abstractions.

Conclusion 

 Reporting, writing and editing for cyber media is an art so as a science, where creative faculty has to submerge with the rational one. A proper style, along with the proportional amalgamation of traditional doctrine” the inverted pyramid” and the latest technique “search engine optimization” could take this media into zenith. The trend is already bullish; the only acceleration and proliferation factors are proper style, tools and techniques. Happy reading.

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8 Top Project Design Skills For Nonprofits and Grant Writers

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Successful and sustainable programs and projects begin with a solid design up front and include such design tools as logic models, SMART objectives and environmental scanning. This article will focus on the 8 top “project design and development” skills that non-profit personnel and grant writers should have.

Project design and development is one of 6 main grant professional skills measured by the Grant Professionals Certification exam. These include seeking, project designing, writing, managing, ethics and professionalism, and relationship-building.

Here are the 8 primary skills related to designing and developing your projects that lead to ultimate success and sustainability …

8 Skills for Effective Project Design And Development

To be effective in program and project design and development, you should be able to …

  1. Solicit and incorporate input from stakeholders including clients that is meaningful and substantive. This includes including their contributions into the initial design of new concepts and programs.
  2. Build partnerships with other agencies that are applying.
  3. Educate agencies around financial and program-specific compliance with funder regulations and requirements.
  4. Use “logic models” whenever applicable to assist in program design. The logic model communicates the purposes, components and sequence of activities of a project.
  5. Distinguish between the various key components of project design, such as goals, objectives/outcomes, activities, evaluation and sustainability, as well as tools that optimize design planning like SMART objectives, activity time lines, evaluation plans and sustainability plans. SMARTER objectives are ones that are S = Specific, M = Measurable, A = Attainable, R = Realistic and T = Time-based.
  6. Use data-driven design elements that are descriptive, qualitative and statistical, as well as data-driven design tools such as environmental scans, gap analyses and gap-closing strategies, SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) analyses, web-based surveys, feasibility studies and needs assessments.
  7. Identify resources that exist in the community that might aid in designing and developing projects and programs.
  8. Insure that your design is accurate,  defensible and leads to increased program success and sustainability.

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Stylewriter V4.0 Review – Plain English for Legal Document Writing

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How would you like it if every letter and report from your professional adviser was quick and easy to read? If their documents were quick to review, with the main points emerging clearly? If you could copy their advice to your business colleagues without first having to translate it into business English?

Some law firms know their clients would love this, but are not quite ready to deliver it. Their lawyers learned their style from judgments, statutes, textbooks, teachers and colleagues, all pretty much using the same style clients have been complaining about for hundreds of years. (IT professionals sometimes meet similar criticism from lawyers.)

That style is not easy to read or quick to review. See how long it takes you to find the error in this 56-word sentence.

‘Without prejudice to any other right or remedy we may have, we reserve the right to set off any amount owing at any time by you to us, whether under this Agreement or any other agreement which may exist from time to time between us, against any amount payable by you to us under this Agreement.’

Perhaps your clients don’t mind legalese in their agreements. But do they want it in your advice? Or in your legal updates and pitch documents? One way to eliminate hard-to-read documents is to use plain English style checking softwaresuch as StyleWriter.

What does StyleWriter do?

StyleWriter is a Word add-on. You click on a button and in seconds it has checked the whole document for the three main obstacles to understanding: long sentences, passive verbs, and hard words. It gives the document a score for the first two, and an overall score for clarity. And it suggests improvements.

It works like a spellchecker, flagging word patterns it has been taught to recognise as potential problems. Where possible, it offers alternatives for the writer to accept or reject (or ignore) with a click of the mouse. Or it may suggest ways to edit out the problem. As you edit, StyleWriter updates its scores. It gathers statistics to help organisations audit their documents for clarity. What you can measure, you can manage.

In three years of working with StyleWriter, I have found its advice sensible and user-friendly. If a document scores well on StyleWriter Software, it is not hard to read.

What doesn’t it do?

StyleWriter is no substitute for expert editing. It can’t solve problems, only flag them up. It can’t tell you where to add headings, or how to chop up a long sentence or why lawyers keep saying ‘from time to time’. If you don’t know these things, you need training to go with it. But it can tell you whether your own solution to these problems is easy or hard to read.

StyleWriter can only check language, not other important aids to ease of reading such as good layout, useful headings or a logical treatment of the subject. And it is no judge of context, so the author must always decide whether to accept its advice.

Other Writing Software like whitesmokeginger software are only check spell & grammar too, but they are focus on text enrichment & grammar checking. More about these 3 top rated writing software, see whitesmoke, stylewriter, ginger software comparison.

Example

Here’s what you get when you run StyleWriter on the clause just quoted.

stylewriter_1

The ‘Style index’ is the score for clarity, taking into account the average sentence length, percentage of passive verbs, and a lexicon of tens of thousands of words and phrases it has been taught may unnecessarily hamper the reader’s understanding.

Here’s another version of the clause, ten words shorter and in three short sentences, making it quicker to review. See how long it takes you to find if the mistake is still there.

Set-off:We may set off anything you owe us under any agreement against anything we owe you under this Agreement. This does not affect any other right or remedy we may have. It is not limited to agreements already made or sums already due.’

Its scores reflect the improvement.

Style Index 45 Average for General Writing
Average Sentence Length 15 Excellent
Passive Index 33 Good

Does it work on legal documents?

StyleWriter is designed for business, government and academic use. So it doesn’t pick up problems unique to the legal profession, like the abuse of ‘shall’ and ‘such’ and it questions legal terms that lawyers use correctly, such as ‘novation’ and ‘fiduciary’. You can tailor StyleWriter’s advice for legal documents; I’ve done it myself twice, although it’s not a job for the novice. But if your aim is to write business English, the original lexicon will give useful results even on legal documents.

What about pitches and legal updates?

Contracts and legal advice don’t need to grab the reader’s attention; any reader usually has a strong motive to find out what they say. If the writer has set no obstacles in their way, you can honestly call the clarity ‘Excellent’.

But the Bog index draws on an even wider lexicon of 200,000 words, plus acronyms and technical terms, to measure whether the text is gripping or boring. If boring, StyleWriter can offer only general advice – to write in personal terms (you and we), use contractions (can’t and won’t), include names (Daphne not The Author) and use lively verbs. You can display graphically the most and least boring words and sentences in your work, to help you edit. The Bog index for both the original and rewritten clauses is better than the Style index, because it gives them credit for using you and we.

The real value of the Bog index is for pitch and marketing text or anything the client or prospective client has not paid for and might decide not to bother with. Take this text from a firm’s web site, which has an Excellent style score but is still boring, with an Average Bog index (55).

A negligence claim against a professional services firm can be expensive, time-consuming and, for the individuals concerned, traumatic. Our lawyers have been helping these firms for more than 10 years. Our professional liability team consists of experienced lawyers from our commercial litigation, construction and finance groups, based in our offices throughout Europe and the Far East.

Compare this opening paragraph from a legal update, with a Good Bog index (27).

Say you received your payslip one day and noticed that out of the blue your salary had been doubled. Tempting as it would be to keep schtum, surely most of us would put our hands up and query the figure?

Doesn’t Word have a style checker?

Word 2003 and 2007 both include a Grammar check tool. It works like a spell checker, with an option to display statistics. Word’s readability statistics for the original set-off clause look like this:

stylewriter_2

This tells you the percentage of passive verbs and the average sentence length. And it says you’d need 25 years of education to understand this clause at first sight. But it doesn’t identify this clause as a long sentence, because it only does that for sentences over 60 words. In fact, Word finds no fault with the clause at all.

Its grammar checker merely tells you ‘That style is not easy to read or quick to review’. If you can add a Style check (2007 only) it actually strips out plain English, suggesting you replace But with Nevertheless and Or with On the other hand. Lawyers don’t need this sort of advice.

Other products exist to help edit your writing, such as MyWriter Tools. This is cheaper but you may not find it as useful.

Are there any technical limitations?

You need Word to get the full benefit of StyleWriter. If Word is your email editor, you can also use StyleWriter to edit Outlook files. And you can edit clipboard text copied from other programs, but you need to copy it back again when done.

You can install StyleWriter on a network, which may involve some work to get it working smoothly with a document management system. You’ll need to decide whether to allow users to add or delete words and phrases, or to do it only centrally. You could also decide to add your own house style to StyleWriter’s advice.

StyleWriter v4 costs £110 plus VAT or $160 for a single user.

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Technical Writing – Definition of Brainstorming

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Good tech writers bring more to the table than the ability to create documents that fulfill the client’s objective. Very often, the writer is part of a team that develops concepts and whole campaigns. The writer is expected to take an active role in the process.

One opportunity for participation is being in a brainstorming session. Some people confuse a brainstorming session with a bull session when people sit around and say whatever comes to mind. There are big differences between the two. The biggest difference is that brainstorming is intended to produce valuable ideas. It’s not a time for expressing random thoughts and telling stories.

A brainstorming session is a group of people who are involved with or interested in a specific topic. They gather to present ideas and – most importantly – to build on the ideas of others in the session. The value of the exchange is that ideas generate other ideas. Directions that none of the participants thought of individually become clear when the input of many people is stimulated and enlarged upon by the discussion. The objective of a brainstorming session is to develop a few, workable ideas that can be turned into the basis for dealing with a situation or going forward with a project.

Unlike a bull session, a brainstorming session has structure and clear rules. They both have to be understood and followed by everyone. If there’s any doubt that they’re not understood by all the participants, they should be presented either orally or as a handout before the session starts. Then, they must be enforced during the session. It’s a free-form brain dump, but it has structure and rules.

The structure

· Brainstorming sessions work well with five to ten participants. Too few and there’s not enough input. Too many and there’s not enough time for everyone to participate.

· There should be a stated time limit for the session. Small groups can often accomplish a lot in an hour or so. Even with large groups, though, three hours is pretty much the upper limit.

· One person is designated as facilitator. The facilitator states the purpose of the session and sets up the guidelines. It’s also this person’s responsibility to keep the session moving along on time and on track.

· One person is designed the scribe. It’s this person’s responsibility to capture all the ideas and write them down.

· The facilitator and scribe are both part of the discussion.

The rules

1. Quantity, not quality, of ideas is the aim; as many ideas as possible from all participants.

2. Ideas should be short and simple enough to be easily understood and written down.

3. Everyone must have an equal opportunity to express ideas.

4. No judgment or criticism is ever made about an individual who expresses an idea.

5. No idea is rejected regardless of how silly or far out it may seem.

6. No idea is criticized during the session, not even by looks, groans, or laughs.

7. Ideas are not discussed as they’re generated.

8. All ideas are written down on a surface everyone can see.

9. Different ideas, no matter how similar, are written down.

10. Only ideas on the stated topic for the session are allowed.

After the session, ideas that are similar can be resolved into one idea, and then they can be ranked by preference. The pros and cons of the top ideas can be discussed until the most workable ideas are settled on

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Become A Ghostwriter

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Becoming A Ghostwriter By: Lorraine Cote

Ghostwriting can be rewarding in two ways. a) You get a chance
to research and write about all types of topics that you
wouldn’t normally have a chance to learn about. The old theory
in writing “write what you know” doesn’t apply to ghostwriting
since your clients will dictate what topic you will write about.

b) You can make a decent living at it. If you’re new to writing,
it may take a while to get clients but it is possible. It just
takes a little hard work and perserverance. There are several
ways to get clients. Here are a few.

1. Bid on writing jobs on contracted work site such as
Elance.com, Guru.com and Getafreelancer.com You basically signup
as a service provider to begin bidding on projects posted by
clients. If you win the bid, you do the writing project as a
ghostwriter. 2. Place ads for your ghostwriting service on free
classified ad sites. It doesn’t cost anything to post ads on
these sites and is a good way to get yoru services out there in
front of potential clients.

3. Post responses in forums with a signature that defines your
ghostwriting service and an email address or website URL.
Something along the lines of “Affordable Ghostwriting
Services,[your website url] or email for more details [your
email address].

4. Introduce your services in forums where you are allowed to do
this. Many forums have a section where you can introduce your
business. See out writing forums for this.

5. Have business cards created showcasing your ghostwriting
business. Pass them out every chance you get. Put them on
bulletin boards in supermarkets etc. You can create your own or
have them made.

6 Write a press release announcing your services. There are
plenty of no-cost or low-cost distribution services on the web
to get the message out for you. Ghostwriting may not be for
everyone because you don’t get credit for your work, the client
does. If that doesn’t matter to you and you like writing on a
variety of topics, it can be an enjoyable way to earn some money.

Lorraine Cote

Copyright 2005 Lorraine Cote

This article may be freely reprinted as long as the author’s
information and copyright notice remain intact.

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Work From Home Moms

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If you want to search for a home based job without sacrificing your parental responsibility then you can select any of the online home based jobs like customer service, online surveys, data entry processing, virtual assistants, online tutor etc. You need to have some basic computer experience.

Work at home jobs is particularly beneficial to moms who need to take care of their children. Thousands of work at home moms’ find available jobs online, which help stay at home moms to get a suitable job and thereby earn a little extra every month.

Work at home moms generally select data entry processing jobs since these jobs do not require much effort and time. You need to fill out the forms provided by the company at your own speed. Moms can do the work when you find free time.

Online tutors are yet another suitable job for stay at home moms. There are some internet based companies that offer help to students of all age groups. If you have adequate knowledge in teaching, you can should look at becoming a tutor online.

If you have good command over the English language, then ghost writing is a suitable home based job for you. You can write articles, books, stories or reports on behalf of clients and get paid for your services. Normally this type of job does have deadlines, so more pressure for completing the job in a specified time period. But if enjoy writing, a job as a freelance writer could be the perfect solution working from home.

Transcription jobs are also suitable for stay at home moms. You need to transcribe the documents and edit records. Transcription jobs do require some special knowledge and so you need to normally do a short course and training.

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List of Journalist Interview Questions

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Journalism is a highly skilled job. You must possess excellent written communication skills, creativity, influential skills and listening skills to become a successful journalist. You should prepare yourselves well for all kinds of interview questions. You just have to be confident and face the tough questions of the HR Professionals.

So, if you are looking to appear for an interview for the post of a journalist then given below are a few sample questions that could help you prepare yourself. Suitable answers to these questions are also given below:

1. What according to you are the qualities that a good journalist should have?
An efficient journalist must possess good grammar and punctuation skills. He must develop a strong interest in attending various events and meeting new people. He should be always ready to work during odd hours. He should display his writing in a way that it appeals to the reader and grabs his attention. Besides, all these qualities he must also be determined to strive hard.

2. What exactly is Yellow Journalism?

It simply means to sensationalize and exaggerate a news item to increase its circulation in the market. There is no evidence for such news items and facts.

3. Tell us about a few things that according to you should not be highlighted by the Journalists?
According to me the personal life of an individual should not be highlighted in the media. These things could have a bad effect on not only the individual but also on the society.

4. Why should we hire you for this post?

You should appoint me because I have good writing skills and a willingness to work any time, even during odd hours. I believe in hard work and feel that I can prove to be very beneficial for your company in the long run.

5. What do you know about our organization?
The only possible way to tackle this question is to do proper research regarding the target company. They simply want to know whether you are prepared for the interview or not. This question would show your observation skills.

These are some of the finest questions that you might be asked during a Journalism Interview. Have fun!

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7 Guidelines For Your Award Acceptance Speech

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Award acceptance speeches surround us. We watch the Academy Awards, Golden Globe, Heisman Trophy, Miss America, and Tony Awards. On a smaller scale, we see and hear our local colleagues honored as Rotarian of the year, philanthropist of the year, or employee of the year. While we are not likely to qualify for the nationally known trophies, we might eventually move into the spotlight as top salesperson of our district, hospital volunteer who gave the most hours of service, outstanding rookie on the team, or-for a very select few-valedictorian. What guidelines should we follow, to express our gratitude gracefully and sprinkle our humility with an appropriate measure of pride?

ONE: Prepare your remarks yourself

Maybe you will face significant occasions when you should engage a speech coach or ghost writer, but this is not one of them. For an acceptance speech, the thoughts and words should be yours entirely. Consider your presentation a dignified conversation with your audience, not a structured, stilted speech. Who else could explore your feelings well enough now to express them to your satisfaction? Work alone as you gather your thoughts and shape your brief key word outline.

TWO: Never take the “I don’t deserve this” approach

For one thing, that declaration became trite decades ago. For another, most listeners will doubt you on this point anyway. Then again, saying you’re not worthy of the award accuses the selection committee of making a mistake. Also, you will anger other finalists who will muse silently, “Well if she isn’t worthy, I sure wish they had called my name.”

THREE: Remember to thank your presenter as well as the group

Caught up in the excitement of the event, too many recipients fail to thank the person who hands them the plaque or trophy. Your credibility will rise markedly when you say sincerely, “Ellen, having you hand me this award makes this tribute much more special, because of the many projects we have worked together on during the last few years.”

FOUR: Within limits, thank those who helped you qualify

The audience expects you to name two or three mentors, coaches, family members, and teammates who carried the work load with you. Yet you will want to avoid calling the names of what Hollywood once termed “a cast of thousands.” Think about the worst Academy Award acceptance speeches, and you’ll get the point. For a positive example: note that Robert De Niro, in receiving an Oscar, thanked “my mother and father for having me, and my grandmother and grandfather for having them.”

FIVE: Mention two or three previous winners

Paying tribute to prior members indicates you are grateful for being in their company as an honoree. “As I stand here, I remember-as I am sure you do-how Nelda Fleming embraced this trophy tightly last year and shed a few tears of joy. And the year before that, we can still visualize Marvin Pennington calling his entire family to the stage to embrace him as the photographer took pictures for our newsletter.”

SIX: Be surprisingly brief

As I just hinted, a short acceptance speech will make you both likeable and memorable. Probably you will break the norm, because the majority of honorees tend to stretch the ceremony to its maximum time span. And consider that many award citations come at the end of a long evening. Mentally, people are reaching for their car keys by this time. So setting a 3-5 minute limit for your speech will generate acclaim and appreciation.

SEVEN: Tell a story about your experience with the group

Audiences welcome good stories any time, and they absolutely embrace stories that convey a “you are there” sensation. So describe a pivotal incident related to your involvement with the organization. To illustrate: “It seems like yesterday that our CEO, Trudy Miller, shared lunch with me at the end of a morning of interviews I had with her staff. She painted a vision of where this company was headed. She gave me the greatest professional compliment of my life when she said that I could play a pivotal role in helping her team reach those targets. I wouldn’t have dreamed that lunch conversation would one day lead to this award-but I am thrilled that it did.”

Keep this list of recommendations handy. You never know when a ranking official will notify you that you are going to be center stage at an awards dinner. Following these seven guidelines, your speech will become as award-worthy as your career.

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Source by Bill Lampton, Ph.D.

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Writing Careers: Grant Writing

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If you love to write, are highly organized, and enjoy working for a good cause, grant writing may be the perfect career for you. With more than 1.5 million nonprofits and thousands more organizations depending on grants in the United States alone, grant writers are in high demand.

What Do Grant Writers Do?
Grant writers are an integral part of the development or fundraising field. The term “grant writer” is a bit of a misnomer since grant writers actually write proposals to get grants.  Writing is just one part of the grant writer’s job. Grant writers also help develop programs, research potential funders, and draft reports and letters to donors. Grant writers come from a variety of backgrounds, including social workers, English majors and scientists. The most successful share the following skills and traits:

  • Persuasive and Creative Writing Skills – ability to “sell” a program or project
  • Ability to Work Well With Others – able to collaborate with other staff on program/project development
  • Grace Under Pressure – ability to meet tight deadlines and manage multiple projects
  • An Eye for Detail – ability to decipher complicated instructions and grant guidelines

Where Do Grant Writers Work?
Grant writers work for a variety of different organizations, either as employees or freelance consultants. Nonprofit organizations employ the majority of grant writers. These include social service organizations, museums and arts organizations, environmental and animal welfare organizations, and more. Grant writers also work for schools, colleges and universities, and government agencies.

What is a Typical Day Like?
A typical day on the job as a grant writer varies dramatically depending on the size of the organization and the scope of the position. Grant writers who work at larger organizations are usually “specialists” while those working at smaller organizations are “generalists.” The majority of grant writing jobs fall into the latter category, where you will not only be responsible for drafting proposals but will also be charged with researching donors and managing grants that have been awarded. The typical duties of a generalist grant writer are:

  • Finding the Money – conducting research on potential donors
  • Developing the Programs – working with staff to develop fundable programs
  • Writing the Grant Proposal – developing a detailed, written plan of action
  • Managing the Grant – ensuring that program/project is being conducted as promised
  • Other Duties as Assigned – maintaining grant calendar and writing acknowledgments

How Much Money Do Grant Writers Make?
The salary range for a Grant/Proposal Writer in the United States in 2009 was $41,590-$68,497, with a median salary of $51,967 (Salary.com). Grant writers who work as independent contractors usually make a higher hourly wage than those who work full-time for nonprofits or government agencies.  This rate varies dramatically, ranging from $40 to $100 an hour depending on level of experience.

How Do I Get Trained as a Grant Writer?
There is no specific college degree in grant writing. The vast majority of professional grant writers have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from a college or university with a major in English, the social sciences, liberal arts, science, or social work. Majors with coursework that emphasizes writing and research provide a good foundation for a career as a grant writer. While books and Internet resources on grant writing are available, if you are serious about the field, classes and workshops conducted by experienced grant writers will provide a more comprehensive overview of writing grants. Many include hands-on exercises including working on actual grant proposals. This training is crucial to landing internships and jobs in the field.

Are Grant Writers in Demand?
The job outlook for grant writers is good, especially in today’s difficult economy. Now more than ever, nonprofit organizations rely heavily on private grant dollars to support their programs and services. Grants from foundations, corporations, and organizations are crucial to keep programs running, and grant writers are needed for their expertise in securing these funds.

Where Can I Learn More About Becoming a Grant Writer?
My ebook Careers in Grant Writing available at: www.careersingrantwriting.comis a concise, no-nonsense guide to getting started as a grant writer. You’ll learn about the skills and traits of successful grant writers, what a typical day on the job is like, the basics of writing a grant proposal, how to find free or low-cost training opportunities, ways to obtain on-the-job experience, and much more.

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How To Write Follow-Up Articles For News Outlets – 3-Step Guide

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One of the best ways to make your mark as a freelance journalist, apart from knowing how to write, is to provide a newspaper or similar news organizations with timely articles.

Timely means following up on news issues that are already being covered by the news outlet, whether it’s a newspaper, magazine or website. To do this, it is important that you abide by these three rules: identify the issue, take the story further and write it in proper journalism style.

Editors are unlikely to accept anyone who is not staff coming off the street and submitting what they want, let alone paying for such articles.

However, if you follow the three steps mentioned above, you can greatly improve your chances of getting your article published and opening the door for more work.

Identify the issue – by simply reading your targeted news outlet for a few days, you can get an idea of what stories and issues they care about. You can also read rival publications to see how they treat the same stories. Look at all sections: general news, business, sports and so on to decide which topics you are most comfortable with. Zero in on any particular news issue and make yourself an expert on it. Get to know whom the main players and what their views or grievances are.

Take the story further – for each day that passes, an issue needs to be freshened up to make it newsworthy. If an athlete is injured one day, the next day people would want to know how long he or she will be out for. If a tragedy strikes, the follow up would be casualty count and reaction. But remember that the news outlet would either have their own staff or a syndicated wire service providing articles for them. This means you have to think of an angle that is completely different. If you can think of one that is newsworthy and not covered by anyone else, you would have won the trust of the editor involved. Check out relevant blogs to see what the man on the street is saying. Some of them may have inside information that no one else has.

Write in journalistic style – the article you are reading now is not written in journalistic style. This is more of a “how to” article. Journalism news writing means employing the who, what, why, where, when and how system that gets the news out as fast as possible. You also need to know what kind of story you are going to write. Is it a hard-hitting news article, a poignant quote story or an investigative feature?

With all three elements fulfilled, you are ready to call up the editor and sell your article. If you have a good story that is relevant to the issue, provides fresh perspective and is different from what the news outlet or any of their rivals are likely to have, then you have an excellent chance of seeing your byline the next day.

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