The Update: Opportunities Abound in 2013

ACMA-LOGO   The Arkansas College Media Association’s annual conference will be held April 26 in Arkadelphia, Ark.

   We’re about a month away from our submission deadline, but you might be interested in 10 more opportunities. File under “Knowledge is Power.”

1 –  The Associated Collegiate Press online Pacemaker entry forms must be submitted today. Get the details about this and other contests here.

2 – The Great Plains Journalism Awards provides the only outlet for journalists in the Great Plains — Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa — to compete against each other. Entries must be submitted today to

3 – The Arkansas Press Photographers Association’s 2013 photos of the year contest must be entered by Feb. 28. Plans for the first student portfolio contest are in the works. Apparently, the APPA’s website remains down, so contact them through the facebook site:

4 – The  weekend of Feb. 28-March 3 features the 29th Annual ACP National College Journalism Convention in San Francisco. For more information: Or you might consider attending the Investigative Reporters and Editors’ annual computer-assisted reporting conference in Louisville, Ky. For more information, visit

5- The Arkansas Press Women’s $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a student planning a career in journalism or mass communication. Apply by March 1. (

6 – The Jim Elder Good Sport Fund ( increased its annual scholarship by $1,000 for juniors and seniors majoring in journalism or broadcasting (or communication programs) at Arkansas colleges and universities. The raise to $5,000 accounts for rising tuition.  A scholarship board will narrow the field to approximately four finalists who will be personally interviewed for the final selection. If selected as a junior, recipients may continue to receive funding as seniors if continuing to take 12 hours and maintaining a 2.75 GPA. Find an application at and submit by March 15.

7 – The Edmund C. Arnold Chapter of the Society for News Design at Michigan State University requests pdf and jpg submissions for its 14th annual Design Contest for College Students; enter by midnight March 22 at Students may enter work completed for class, internships or student publications. This year features a new iPad magazine category. First place winners receive plaques; other winners receive certificates.

8 – The Society of Professional Journalists Region 12 conference will be held April 5-7 in Oxford, Miss. Conference and registration information can be accessed at

9 – Apply for the 2013 George C. Douthit Journalism Scholarship by May 10 by filling out this 2013 George C Douthit Scholarship Application. Two $1,500 scholarships will be awarded to sophomores, juniors or seniors enrolled in a journalism program at an Arkansas university.

10 – Help one of our judges conduct research by taking this survey on social media. It will take you less than 20 minutes.

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