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A note from Alexandra Owens, executive director of ASJA and
the ASJA Educational Foundation

As independent writers know better than most, information is power. Yet today there is so much information coming at us from all angles it can tend to lose its power. That's where we come in.

I am happy and proud to welcome you to ASJA's newest publication, The ASJA Weekly. The free, opt-in e-mail newsbrief will bring you critical news every week, as well as keep you up to date on ASJA's activities.

For more than 60 years ASJA has been sharply focused on the business and art of freelance writing. It has always been our mission to keep you informed and ready to face challenges as the industry evolves and then evolves again. So starting today, ASJA's Writers Weekly will come to you with only those news items of critical interest to independent writers and others in the freelance writing marketplace.

We're excited about this new publication and hope you will find it helpful. If you enjoy it, please share it with your friends and colleagues. We promise to strive to make it an authoritative resource for you to stay on top of what's important in the media world today. You can help by giving us feedback--plaudits, brickbats, or suggestions for improvement are all equally welcome--at We would love to hear from you.

All the best,

Alexandra Cantor Owens
Executive Director
ASJA and the ASJA Educational Foundation

ASJA Writing Awards now accepting nominations
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Each year the American Society of Journalists and Authors recognizes the outstanding nonfiction writing of its members and others. Nominations are now being accepted for the 2013 article and book awards. While most awards are limited to ASJA members, two important awards with cash honoraria are open to the all writers: The Arlene Eisenberg Awards for Writing That Makes a Difference and the Donald Robinson Award for Investigative Reporting. See complete details at the ASJA website.

Self-publishing sees triple-digit growth since 2007
Publishers Weekly    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The number of self-published books produced annually in the U.S. has nearly tripled, growing 287 percent since 2006, with 235,625 print and e titles released in 2011, according to a new analysis of data from Bowker. The research found that while production increases are occurring in both print and e-book formats, the latter is driving the greatest percentage gains. It also shows that while self-publishing may seem like a cottage industry, it is dominated by large firms that offer publishing services to individual authors. More

Journalism and the truth: More complicated than it has ever been
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In the past, the truth about a social or political event was whatever the newspaper or the TV news said it was. But now that anyone can publish their views, the process of arriving at the truth is a lot more complicated — and even more important. More

Self-publishing: Second class no more?
The Huffington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Not too long ago, traditional publishers held all the cards. If publishing houses rejected a book, its author had two choices: self-publish and bear the stigma, or put the manuscript in a drawer, forfeiting years of hard work, all the while hoping the next book would be "the one." More

iPad Mini: A comparison with other small tablets
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After months of rumor roundups and speculation, Apple's iPad mini has finally been announced — and the 7-inch tablet market has just heated up. This growing product category now has more to offer than Android devices with differing UI skins and varying components — or that BlackBerry PlayBook that's not selling too hot. More

As Wiley case heads to the Supreme Court, libraries join 'owners rights' coalition
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The Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments on Oct. 29 that could decide whether long-held "first sale" rights under the Copyright Act extend to goods manufactured overseas. But a newly formed coalition of business and libraries is already anticipating the next front in the battle: Congress. More

How to harness your brain's secret efficiency
Entrepreneur    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Do you answer emails while on a conference call, or make your to-do list while in a business meeting? You may think multi-tasking is the obvious answer to a jam-packed schedule, but Wellesley, Mass.-based business and wellness coach Margaret Moore, co-author of "Organize Your Mind, Organize Your Life", says juggling multiple tasks places stress on the brain and negatively effects your job performance. More

After Newsweek, U.S. News offers different model
Adweek    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
While the pundits ponder the future of a digital-only Newsweek, U.S. News & World Report offers a different lesson for magazine publishing. U.S. News went all-digital two years ago as part of a years-long process of deemphasizing print in favor of online rankings at of colleges, hospitals and other institutions. The experiment paid off. More

3 words you should remember when designing your brand
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The most iconic brands are instantly recognizable. Their logos are strong, and so is any other visual representation, like signage outside the store. But it's not easy to pull this off. So what's the key to differentiating yourself from the competition? More

Younger Americans' reading and library habits
Pew Research Center    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
More than 8 in 10 Americans between the ages of 16 and 29 read a book in the past year, and 6 in 10 used their local public library. At the youngest end of the spectrum, high schoolers in their late teens (ages 16-17) and college-aged young adults (ages 18-24) are especially likely to have read a book or used the library in the past 12 months. More


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