Happening @ UNITY 2012

Call for Application for the New U 2012 Start-Up Camp


Only six (6) spots are available for five (5) members of the Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) and one member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ).

Thank you for your interest in New U: News Entrepreneurs Working through UNITY, a project funded by the Ford Foundation and supported by UNITY: Journalists. This project is designed to give journalists of color training in entrepreneurship, and support them as they develop their specific business concepts using the tools New U provides.

Those accepted as a New U Fellow become part of a unique team: each Fellow is assigned a direct mentor who has already launched a small business. Participants will also spend two and a half tightly-scheduled days listening to and learning from industry experts - venture capitalists, legal experts, marketing and communications professionals, writers and people who call themselves "serial entrepreneurs".

  • Number of fellowships to be awarded and attend: 6
  • Number of start-up grants to be awarded: 1
  • Application Deadline: June 20, 2012, 5:00 PM (EST)

Questions? Contact program directors Doug Mitchell and Alli Joseph. Click Here for more information regarding New U 2012.




Convention Assistance for Unaffiliated Journalists

Deadline: June 8,2012

As part of the 2012 UNITY Convention Assistance Program, UNITY Journalists is offering support, covering registration and hotel stay, to assist unemployed and/or underemployed journalists to attend the UNITY 2012 Convention: Media Expo & Career Fair in Las Vegas, NV, August 1-4, 2012.

This application is for journalists who are not affiliated with any of the current UNITY alliance organizations. Priority will be given to those journalists who have been laid off within the last 18 months and/or can demonstrate the greatest financial need.

    If granted, your assistance will include the following:

  •  Registration Fee Waiver
  •  Hotel stay at host hotel(s) for a maximum of up to four (4) nights, double occupancy is required.


Submission is now closed. We will announce the winners end of this week.



Congratulations to all our authors who have been selected to feature their books at our Showcase!

  • Arin Reeves, The Next IQ: The Next Level of Intelligence for 21st Century Leaders
  • Bonnie St. John, How Great Women Lead
  • Donna Britt, Brothers (& Me)
  • Edgar Sandoval, The New Face of Small-Town America
  • Hassan Luis Sudler, PATRIARCH: My Extraordinary Journey From Man to Gentleman
  • Jill Geisler, Work Happy: What Great Bosses Know
  • Jo Lena Johnson: Strategic Planning for Love & War, Relationships and Adult Conversations
  • Juan Gonzalez, News For All the People
  • Leila Cobo, The Second Time We Met
  • Monica Trasandes, Broken Like This
  • Ray Suarez, The Holy Vote and The Old Neighborhood:What We Lost in the Great Suburban Migration
  • Ron Chew, Remembering Silme Domingo and Gene Viernes
  • Roxana Saberi, Between Two Worlds: My Life and Captivity in Iran  (invited)
  • Peter Zuckerman, Buried in the Sky: The Extraordinary Story of the Sherpa Climbers on K2's Deadliest Day
  • Steve Harvey, Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man  (invited)
  • Yalman Onaran, Zombie Banks


 The NewU Loft @ UNITY '12

Are you a journalist who wants to start up your own company, and have no idea how to do it?  Do you have a company and need to find a way to connect to others who can help you grow?  Come to UNITY 2012 this August in Las Vegas, because we're going to help you take the next steps towards business success!

For three days, entrepreneurs will convene in a large room with fellow start-up CEO's who are current or former journalists, angel investors and business coaches. The people behind NewU, a program that helps journalists of color become media owners, will offer relevant panel discussions and pitch sessions so you can learn the art of convincing an investor to support your company. At the end of each day, we'll have a meetup where you'll get the chance to rub elbows with those who are already in the game, and are winning.

Come to Las Vegas, register for UNITY and sign up for our Startup Loft. The Loft will be open from 10-5 Thursday and Friday of the conference and from 9-3 on Saturday.  Come each morning to sign up for one-on-one coaching sessions and panel discussions.
Visit the UNITY website for more information about the NewU Project.



Journalist Two-Day Training Session @ UNITY'12

Families USA is hosting a National Health Policy Training for Communities of Color on July 31 through August 1. This training is designed to bring attention to health policy issues that affect communities of color and to ensure that journalists have the tools, resources, and information they need to report on these topics.

During the skills-building session, several talented journalists will share their wealth of experience by covering topics such as basic health policy reporting and new media journalism. Families USA has also invited several policy experts that focus on health disparities, health reform, and state national perspectives on health care reform.

If you have any questions or are looking for more information please contact Elizabeth Prescott or Airrion Andrews by email or call (203) 628-3030 and ask for either.

If you would like to register, click here, or download the registration form and return it to eprescott@familiesusa.org or fax to (202) 347-2117.

Please note: A discounted registration is available for those attendees that pre-register and fellowships are available based on need. If you would like to apply for a fellowship, on the registration form please indicate the type of assistance you need.