A new opportunity has just popped up for media startups in New York. NYC SeedStart Media 2011 is a 12 week summer boot camp specifically for startups in the digital media space, including ad infrastructure, mobile, digital content and ecommerce businesses. Each of the 10 companies selected for the program will receive $20,000 in funding, space to work, and mentoring from an impressive group of media, advertising, and tech companies in New York City that includes AOL Ventures, Comcast, Google, Hearst, MTV Networks, News Corporation, New York Times, Ogilvy, Time Warner, and Vivendi, as well as veteran VCs and entrepreneurs. The ideal applicant is a media-focused team of two with at least one technical co-founder and a source code or beta product ready to go. The program begins on June 15th and they’ll be accepting applications through March 31st. To apply, click here.
NYU’s journalism program is on the lookout for reporters with an eye for stories that often go unnoticed in today’s media. According to an NYU press release, The Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute is encouraging increased awareness for “underreported subjects of public interest” with their presentation of The Reporting Award.
The Reporting Award debuted in 2009 as an initiative to inspire young journalists to cover bold issues that are frequently overlooked due to staff and budget limitations within news outlets. Yale alum Sarah Stillman received last year’s award for her work in Iraq and Afghanistan where she uncovered the hardships civilian workers face on American military bases.
The competition winner will receive a $2,500 stipend and an additional $10,000 upon completion and approval of their work. Applications are due on Jan. 15 and the award recipient will be announced on Mar. 1. For more information on NYU Carter Journalism Institute’s Reporting Award log on to the competition’s official site.
The International Women’s Media Foundation is taking their mission to benefit women in the news industry to a whole new level. IWMF has established the Women Entrepreneurs in the Global Digital News Frontier grant program and is looking to reward female journalists that embody the entrepreneurial spirit.
Through the support of the Ford Foundation, the IWMF is offering three $20,000 grants to women that propose new projects that will utilize digital avenues to deliver news. Applicants are required to include sound business plans and exhibit how their work will benefit women in the media world.
If you are interested in applying for one of the grants, make sure to get your submission in before the Nov. 30 deadline. The application form can be found on IWMF’s official website and winners will be notified on February 15, 2011.
Have you ever wondered what would happen if you just ignored the standard office policies and played by your own rules at your job? Did you ever think that by bypassing the “appropriate channels” you could actually increase your productivity at work? If you haven’t considered this rebel behavior yet, don’t worry — Bill Jensen and Josh Klein have got you covered in their new book Hacking Work.
Jensen and Klein’s ideas on “breaking stupid rules for smart results” can be yours for free just by entering MJD’s Hacking Work contest. You can participate by sharing your favorite workplace hack in the comments section of this MJD article or through Twitter (@MediaJobsDaily). Entrants are encouraged to discuss their best time-saving tricks, computer shortcuts, and early weekend exit strategies to avoid the boss to name a few.
Act fast because you only have until tomorrow (Oct. 15) to enter. There’s no need to enter your real name to participate as MJD understands that you would probably want to keep your personal information confidential from your boss. The winner will be chosen randomly from all submissions and receive a free copy of Hacking Work after confirming their name and details with MJD. Good luck and happy hacking!