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GRAPHIC Early entry ends first thing (12:01a.m.) Monday morning, March 2nd. Fees rise to $75. Download a complete entry package (PDF) for competition details. New categories this year are for "Commentary", "Documentary", "Food Writing", "Humor" and "Travel Writing".

2015 J-Awards Timeline:
  • Mar 01 – Early entry ends at midnight.
  • Apr 03 – Entries close.
  • Apr 22 – Winners announced.
  • Jun 08 – Awards presentation dinner.
GRAPHIC Monday, March 2nd
CUNY Graduate School of Journalism
219 W 40th Street (7th & 8th)
6:30 p.m. refreshments
7:00 p.m. program

Author, most recently, of "Lincoln and the Power of the Press: The War for Public Opinion", for which he won this year's Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize, Harold Holzer is the preeminent scholar and historian on Abraham Lincoln and has written extensively about the former president and about the political culture in America in the Civil War era.

Moderator Mitch Lebe will discuss with Mr. Holzer the crux of the new book: Lincoln's complicated relationship with the press.

Author, editor, or contributor to nearly 50 books and hundreds of articles, Mr. Holzer appears frequently on TV and on the lecture circuit to share his extensive knowledge about Lincoln and how he and his presidency influenced - and was influenced by - the politics of Civil War.
Free for Press Club members and CUNY students/alums. RSVP required.
Non-members: $15
NYPD Extends Press Pass Expiration Date
GRAPHIC DCPI says 2013-2015 press credentials will remain valid "until April". The department, says a spokesman, is working on a renewal plan for 2015-2017 credentials. He also says plan details will be posted on the NYPD section of the website when they are completed.

GRAPHIC A reminder that Press Club memberships are renewed each January. Memberships can conveniently be renewed on this website using a credit/debit card or PayPal. Potential new members of the Press Club are invited to join by applying here.

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The writer’s family says he had received numerous threats from Islamists. (The Guardian)

Assistant Professor of Law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York, has an extensive background in litigation. (Dateline Hollywood)

An internal memo obtained by the On Media blog says Daily News publisher Mort Zuckerman has retained the financial advisory firm Lazard to explore a possible sale of the paper. (Politico)

Votes along party lines to approve sweeping changes to how it regulates the Internet. (Politico)

Michelle Obama, Reese Witherspoon, other celebs, are leaking location information on Instagram. (Fusion)

"What The Hell Are We Doing With Apps?" (BuzzFeed)

Post says Simon & Schuster has won the bidding for the first book by the former New York Times Executive Editor since she was booted from her job last May, (New York Post)

Currently the Washington bureau chief for the New York Daily News and a former managing editor and Washington bureau chief of the Chicago Tribune. (Poynter)

A journalist who was at the forefront of the campaign to make the American news media a more accurate mirror of American diversity. (New York Times)

The FCC is expected to approve regulating Internet service like a public utility, prohibiting companies from paying for faster lanes on the Internet. (New York Times)

Newsrooms don't need large budgets for analyzing data--they can easily access basic data tools that are free or inexpensive. (Global Investigative Journalism Network)

Why aren’t more news organizations protecting their e-mail with STARTTLS encryption? (Freedom of the Press Foundation)

Over heated Twitter debate. (Variety)

If anything, we have too many places publishing great content for anyone to keep up. (GigaOm)

The publication now has 12 sites outside the US, with more to come. (Wahingtonian)

Any good reporter takes requests for corrections very seriously, and the stakes are especially high for investigative journalists like ProPublica’s Justin Elliott. (ProPublica)

External recruitment firm retained by The Guardian's ownership, The Scott Trust, has cast a wide net on both sides of the Atlantic with its own search for a new editorial leader, which is separate from the newsroom ballot. (CAPITAL)

The Associated Press is getting into the resurgent podcasting game while remaining true to its brand: a trusted source of independent news and information licensed by media outlets of all kinds. (DCN)

With the presidential campaign just getting started, the race for the White House figures to be the most covered, and perhaps the most over-covered, story of 2015. (Washington Post)

Don Browne was the NBC News Miami bureau chief at the time. (Mediaite)

Legacy media organizations should experiment with digital platforms while continuing to publish hard news. (CJR)

Laura Poitras’ film about Edward Snowden and the NSA spying revelations carries off Academy award for non-fiction films. (The Guardian)

blasts ‘dishonest’ leadership. (Jim Romenesko)

Jeff Bezos takes the paper into the digital future. (Spiegel Online)

Traces Simon’s 47-year career at the network before he was killed in a car crash on the West Side Highway in Manhattan fewer than two weeks ago. (New York Post)

The brothers are planning to spend $889 million on the 2016 political campaign. (Bloomberg)

I a Facebook post, Eric Engberg says Bill O'Reilly ‘should be ashamed’. O'Reilly plans rebuttal. (Mediaite)

Despite slow audience and revenue growth, a handful of newspapers are optimistic about the future of Internet radio. (NiemanLab)

New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan has come out in support of her colleague James Risen, who recently went on a Twitter rant in which he called Attorney General Eric Holder "the nation's top censorship officer" and the Obama administration "the greatest enemy of press freedom in a generation." (Politico)

In note to staff, Executive Editor Dean Baquet says under the new system, each desk at The New York Times will pitch stories for "the very best play on all our digital platforms.” (Poynter)


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