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Specialty Journalism Organization Offers $5,000 Fellowship to Real Estate Journalists

Posted by kinchendavid on August 18, 2006

By DavidKinchen.com Staff

Boca Raton, FL  NAREE has increased the award purse from $3,500 to $5,000 for its mid-career NAREE Bivins Fellowship. The deadline for entries is less than a month away, so the time to prepare your entry is NOW.

The National Association of Real Estate Editors (NAREE) is accepting applications from real estate journalists, including editors, free-lance writers and staff reporters, for the $5,000 NAREE Bivins Fellowship program. Grants are available to mid-career journalists to enhance their ability to cover real estate, and residential or commercial building topics.

Sept. 15, 2006 is the deadline to postmark your application.  Fellowship applications are available on line at http://www.naree.org. Grant awards will be announced on November 10, 2006 at the NAREE Summit Banquet in New Orleans, La., during the National Association of Realtors convention.

Journalists who are not currently members of NAREE are welcomed and encouraged to apply. There is no charge for NAREE Active members to enter. Nonmember journalists pay a fee of $75, which can be applied to membership dues.

Fellowship guidelines allow grants to fund independent study, the pursuit of special research projects, or registration at skill-building workshops. Prior winners have studied green building, learned how to apply computer-assisted research to real estate journalism, and written book chapters on real estate topics.

The NAREE board hopes that by raising the grant to $5,000 journalists will have  more opportunities to pursue ambition professional development topics.  One grant for the full $5,000 may be awarded to one applicant or several grants totaling $5,000 may be awarded to several applicants at the discretion of the judges.

This year, and for the past four years, applications for the NAREE Bivins Fellowship have been judged by the faculty of Northwestern University under the direction of Prof. George Harmon, who directs the business writing program at the university’s Medill School of Journalism.

As part of its non-profit function, NAREE is pleased to offer these funds for the betterment of real estate news coverage and a more informed public.

The fellowship is named for NAREE past president Ralph Bivins, a veteran journalist, to honor his years of devotion to NAREE, a 700-member organization. Founded in 1929, the National Association of Real Estate Editors represents editors, writers, authors and broadcasters working in newspapers, magazines, broadcast and Internet news outlets across North America covering both residential and commercial real estate news, mortgage finance, and design.

Contact NAREE Executive Director, Mary Doyle-Kimball at madkimba@aol.com. for more information.


Editor’s Note: DavidKinchen.com host David M. Kinchen has been a member of NAREE since 1971 and was president in 1984.



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