Journalism Training

September 5, 2007 | Leave a Comment

Thanks to Diane LeBow for sending this August 22, 2007 link to, sponsored by The Society of Professional Journalists and “many of the country’s leading journalism organizations.

“Whether you want to improve your writing skills, learn more about convergence, investigate resources for your reporting beat, or catch up with other designers at an infographics quick course, we’ve got you covered. Hundreds of classes and seminars from scores of recognized organizations are a mouse click away.

“Visit the site and search for training that meets your needs. Search by topic, date, or location. Or use the advanced search feature to create a more specific search.

SF Arts Fest

March 1, 2007 | Leave a Comment

Thanks to Diane LeBow for this link to the San Francisco Arts Fest. She and Jeff Greenwald participated in a benefit reading for them earlier this week.

“As a unifying non-profit organization in the San Francisco Bay Area, ArtSFest engages and connects people in the arts, business, media, non-profit, government and the public sectors by presenting and promoting art events and services that inspire cooperation, creativity, commerce and a culturally vibrant community.

The Writers Guild of America offers members services such as a credit union, health plan, pension plan, a collective bargaining agreement for help with contracts and compensation, research links, and more.

The Society of American Travel Writers is a professional association whose purpose is to:

* Promote responsible journalism
* Provide professional support and development for our members
* Encourage the conservation and preservation of travel resources worldwide.

Our members include writers, photographers, editors, electronic media and journalists, film lecturers, broadcast/video/film producers and public relations representatives.

The North American Travel Journalists Association is the premier professional association of writers, photographers, and editors dedicated to redefining professional development for the travel industry. To join NATJA, applicants must prove only that they are legitimate working travel journalists but do not need “sponsorship” from incumbent members. NATJA’s mission is to support the professional development of its members, provide exceptional benefits and valuable resources, support high quality professional journalism, promote travel and leisure activities to the public, and honor the excellence of journalism throughout the world.

The American Society of Media Photographers is the premier resource for community, culture, commerce and publications relating to publication photography. ASMP is the authoritative voice of publication photographers worldwide.

Left Coast Writers

December 11, 2006 | Leave a Comment

Left Coast Writersâ„¢ was created to support new and established writers in the production and promotion of their work in a stimulating atmosphere of creativity and community. The group sponsors a monthly literary salon at Book Passage in Corte Madera with an excellent roster of guest speakers on subjects such as writers groups, long and short fiction, publishing, writer-agent relationships and more. Left Coast Writers also hosts member readings and book launch parties.

1st Monday of each month: Literary Salon providing literary counsel, connections, support, readings, writing tips, chat and fun. (LCW members only)
2nd Monday of each month: LCW at the Ferry Building members read from current works; networking afterwards.

Bay Area Travel Writers, Inc., based in San Francisco, CA, is a not-for-profit, professional association of writers and photographers with outstanding achievements in travel journalism. These professionals share their unique stories in newspapers, magazines, books, and in travel industry publications.

Foreign Travel Club

October 26, 2006 | Comments Off on Foreign Travel Club

Thanks to John Quin-Harkin from the San Francisco Foreign Travel Club for this invitation to readers: you can visit the club’s monthly meeting between now and the end of the year at cost (meal only; not including membership dues). If you want to join in January, the annual dues are a reasonable $40.

“The Foreign Travel Club of San Francisco, which was previously restricted to professionals in the travel industry, has opened its membership to well-traveled persons in the San Francisco Bay Area. Membership is open to bona fide travelers who enjoy foreign travel, have visited at least three countries on separate occasions and enjoy comparing their experiences.

2006 California Travel and Tourism Commission’s Media Reception

October 4, 2006 | Comments Off on 2006 California Travel and Tourism Commission’s Media Reception

October 4, 2006
AT&T Park
San Francisco

The event will take place at the AT&T Park’s AAA Club Level (Willie Mays Plaza entrance) in San Francisco from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Please note that the event is ONLY for registered delegates and media, no other guests are allowed to attend.

Thanks to Richard Stenger for sending this information (and sorry we don’t have more details). If you have a media pass, it might be worth attending.

Bay Area Independent Publishers Association

June 11, 2006 | Comments Off on Bay Area Independent Publishers Association

Thanks to Judy Zimola for forwarding this link: “The Bay Area Independent Publishers Association (formerly the Marin Small Publishers Association) was founded in 1979 in the San Francisco Bay Area and incorporated as a nonprofit public benefit organization in 1981. BAIPA is an educational institution dedicated to elevating the art of the independent author-publisher. Membership consists of creative people who, under their press or business names, are involved in various aspects of publishing.”

Travel Industry Association of America

May 30, 2005 | Comments Off on Travel Industry Association of America

Thanks to Christing Krieg for forwarding this travel resource info:

Save Time on Your Next Travel Story

Dear Travel Journalist:

I wanted to make sure you were aware of a free service being offered by the Travel Industry Association of America that can help you get that hard-to-find information you need for your next USA travel story.

With TravelNewsLink you can send an e-mail to TIA with the information you are looking for such as hotels with kids programs, African American-heritage sites, factory tours, places where you can take a volunteer vacation, learn to cook, meet other singles. Whatever type of USA travel trend story you are working on we can help you find the information in less than 48 hours.

North American Travel Jounalists Association (NATJA)

September 18, 2004 | Comments Off on North American Travel Jounalists Association (NATJA)

Thanks to new NATJA member Sheila O’Connor for telling us about NATJA, “the world’s premier professional association of writers, photographers, and editors, dedicated to the travel and hospitality industries. NATJA’s mission is to:

– Support the professional development of our members
– Provide exceptional benefits and valuable resources
– Support high quality professional journalism
– Promote travel and leisure activities to the public
– Honor the excellence of journalism throughout the world.

Through our partnership with a Management Company, NATJA has created robust services and timely, in-depth media intelligence such as a Resource Center, online Newsletters and an exclusive eWire service that enables all NATJA members to help sell their work, find story leads & marketing opportunities and network among top industry professionals.

Media Alliance

February 3, 2004 | Comments Off on Media Alliance

Media Alliance offers training and resources for media workers, activists, and community organizations. Offers classes in writing for magazines, freelance writing, selling your writing, grammar, fact-checking, many more. Also offers health insurance for self-employed members.

Maui Writers Conference

February 3, 2004 | Comments Off on Maui Writers Conference

Maui Writers Conference, every Labor Day weekend. Bringing together a long list of best-selling authors, award-winning journalists, top editors, agents, publishers, as well as the best in screenwriting and film, the Maui Writers Conference offers writers the opportunity to meet the people who can make a difference in their writing career.


February 3, 2004 | Comments Off on Litquake


California Writers Club

February 3, 2004 | Comments Off on California Writers Club

California Writers Club membership open to published writers; associate membership open to those actively pursuing a career in writing. Marin branch meets monthly at Book Passage in Corte Madera, features a speaker or workshop, networking.

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