The ASJA Weekly
Nov. 22, 2013

Nominations Open for ASJA Awards
Each year ASJA recognizes distinguished achievements in articles and books with a series of awards, which are presented at the annual ASJA Writers Conference. Most are limited to the ASJA membership but two awards are open to the public: The Arlene Awards for Work that Makes a Difference and the Donald Robinson Award for Investigative Reporting). These endowed awards recognize exceptional achievements in journalism written on a freelance basis. Nominations are welcome from anyone and work by anyone may be nominated. Deadline for submissions Jan. 10. (See link for complete details:

Why Join A LinkedIn Group?
By Michele C. Hollow
Last time I looked, LinkedIn had 1,583,987 groups. I belong to 22 of them.

Each one offers a different benefit. The one that I am turning to the most these days is the WWI Historians' group. Honestly, if I weren't writing a book about a service dog who served in WWI, I don't think I would have joined this group.

I found an incredible subject to profile, and my knowledge of WWI was quite limited. Doing the research for my book was a bit overwhelming. I work as a freelance journalist. My mode of researching a story is to interview people. Unfortunately, no one is alive from WWI, and the key players in my book had no heirs. Turning to WWI Historians on LinkedIn was the perfect resource.More

NWU and ASJA Reject Google Decision — Will Support Authors Guild Appeal
The NWU is disappointed with the District Court decision dismissing the Google Books Settlement lawsuit brought by the Authors Guild against Google's unauthorized digitizing of entire libraries of copyrighted books.More

What Every Self-Publisher Needs to Know
Publishers Weekly
veteran book and magazine editor Betty Kelly Sargent, writes: Probably, the best advice I've ever come across from a writer on writing is Elmore Leonard’s suggestion, "If it sounds like writing, rewrite it." Second best is Mark Twain's illustration of how to show, don't tell, followed by Margaret Atwood's close third, "Do back exercises. Pain is distracting." More

'For Journalism' Wants to Help You Build News Apps, Learn to Code
10,000 Words
In the spirit of the animated, multi-faceted debate going on about whether or not journalists should learn how to code, it seems like a good time to help introduce For Journalism, a startup seeking to offer data journalism and programming skills to the journalist of the future. More

Watch Where You Write
ReadWrite blog
When you put time and creativity into sharing your thoughts online with an audience, do you care about fully owning where that experience takes place? Increasingly, writers are turning to third party platforms to host their works instead of maintaining their own blogs. More

Google Books Wins Lawsuit as Federal Judge Invokes Fair Use
The Verge
Google has won a long-running lawsuit over its Google Books program, as a federal judge today ruled that the project falls under fair use protections. The plaintiffs, led by the Authors Guild, alleged the program had infringed on the books copyright protections by scanning them and rendering the full text available for search. The court took as a given that Google had scanned copyright-protected books without permission. More

'Selfie' Named Word of the Year
The Oxford Dictionaries have chosen "selfie" as the Word of the Year for the United States. A "selfie" is defined as "a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website." According to the OUP blog, the organizers voted unanimously for this word. More

Book Groups Back Bill to Restore Privacy Protections
Publishers Weekly
Spurred by revelations of how the National Security Agency is collecting information on citizens, the Campaign for Reader Privacy has issued a statement calling for Congress to pass the USA Freedom Act. CRP, a joint initiative of the American Booksellers Association, the American Library Association, the Association of American Publishers, and PEN American Center, said passage of the bill will restore privacy protections that were eliminated by the Patriot Act.More

Jesmyn Ward: Structure and Memoir
The Writer
Jesmyn Ward's 2011 novel Salvage the Bones sports the gold medallion boasting of its National Book Award. Two years later, Ward is back in the literary spotlight with her memoir Men We Reaped, a raw portrayal of her life growing up on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and the deaths of five young men she knew.More