2014 SEMINAR: May 1–4 APPLY for next seminar DEADLINE: March 24, 2014
Association of Opinion Journalists is a nonprofit professional organization that exists to improve the quality of editorial pages and broadcast editorials, and to promote high standards among opinion writers and editors. MORE
Reception and dinner with an address from a nationally recognized speaker
Print and broadcast members of the Association of Opinion Journalists talk about the nuts and bolts of opinion writing as well as the institutional voice of a newspaper/station, what editorial writers do and why, and how editorial positions are formed.
Hands-on workshop offers a simulated editorial board meeting and actually writing an editorial. Participants meet in small groups with an outstanding staff of AOJ veterans as group leaders.
Critiques of editorials by experienced opinion writers
Getting Your Words’ Worth, an interactive presentation by Rick Horowitz, a writing coach and syndicated columnist
Editorial board meeting/
Panel discussion on timely topic by minority opinion writers
Dinner with keynote address by a nationally recognized speaker
Critique and evaluation session
Experienced minority journalists have until March 24 to apply for this intensive seminar on opinion writing May 1-4 at the John Seigenthaler Center in Nashville.
Editorial page editor, Lexington Herald-Leader in Kentucky, former Seminar director, past president of AOJ and AOJ Foundation
Editorial editor, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and AJC.com, participant in 2008 seminar
O. Ricardo Pimentel
Editorial writer/columnist, San Antonio Express-News, San Antonio, Texas
Editorial/public affairs director for WXYZ-TV/Channel 7 in Detroit, past president of AOJ and AOJ Foundation
Digital journalist who trains journalists in mobile, social, video and multi-platform storytelling
“Wordsmith in Chief” of Prime Prose, LLC, Emmy-winning commentator for Milwaukee Public TV, former syndicated columnist
Chief Operation Officer Newseum Institute, Senior Vice President/First Amendment Center, AOJ Foundation board member
Chair emeritus, The Tennessean, founder of First Amendment Center
Participants explore the nuts-and-bolts of writing opinion in a “boot camp” environment and hear presentations from nationally known speakers, said program director Tommy Denton, retired editorial page editor and past president of the Association of Opinion Journalists Foundation, which sponsors the highly successful seminar in partnership with the Newseum Institute.
Veteran members of AOJ lead simulated editorial board meetings and oversee and critique the writing of two opinion pieces during the seminar.
The seminar also features presentations by nationally known speakers including Val Hoeppner, a digital journalist who will discuss social media skills in today’s communications world.
Enrollment is limited to 12, and minority journalists who have been writing opinion less than two years may apply. AOJ Foundation pays for lodging and food at the seminar and reimburses up to $200 for transportation
Past participants praise the value of the writing exercises and the “exceptional” faculty.
“This is a MUST experience for any journalist seeking to expand their skill set,” said Starla Muhammad of The Final Call. “One of the best writing/ journalism seminars I have ever attended.”
Click here to apply.
For more information email Joan Armour or call 615/269-4852