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And now for the news you've all been waiting for - the winners of
The quality of the entries was high, and the competition steep.
The winners are....
Unpublished Writers Section:
Paul Callaghan from New Zealand - When I Grow Up I'm Gonna Be a
Published Writers Section:
Rohi Shetty from India - Victory Against My Anti-Muse
Congratulations Rohi and Paul! I will be contacting
you by email to organize your prize!
There were no plans for a special
mention section - it wasn't meant to be. But amongst the
entries was a story from an eleven year old girl from India.
Her writing was exceptional, and I
simply couldn't let it pass me by without awarding a Special Mention
to its author.
Vanshika Saikia for your excellent writing! I will also be
contacting you by email to let you know about your special prize.
A couple of
points of note: I watched parts of the opening ceremony of the
Winter Olympic Games and was privileged to hear KD Lang's hauntingly
beautiful rendition of Hallelujah. A friend who lives in
Canada sent me a link to a
of a performance of this same song. Although not from the Olympics,
it's still a wonderful performance. I did a search around, but
haven't located a replay of the Olympics rendition.
dead at 89. Bestselling crime author Dick Francis has died.
Francis penned 40 novels, many of them bestsellers.
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Now it's time to get onto this month's article.
I recently ran an article from Indian writer, Lesley D. Biswas,
about NGO's (non-government organizations). Lesley works with
NGO's regularly, and has agreed to help you learn how to pro.fit
from them too. This month's article from Lesley is 10 Ways to
Source New Ideas from NGO's.
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10 Ways To Source New Ideas From NGO’s
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resource bank saves both time and effort that go into
finding new ideas. Successful writers create reliable
resources to fall back on when ideas dry up. One such
resource is the non-government organization (NGO)
Building contacts with NGO’s aren’t difficult. Remember,
they survive on publicity and are as hungry for
publicity as you are for ideas. That’s why the
relationship between NGO’s and writers works so well.
Contact details of their local bodies are provided on
their websites. Get in touch with them personally and
offer up some published clips to get them hooked.
They’ll be glad to include you on their mailing list
where you’ll receive update on upcoming events, new
developments, data reports and press releases.
Shortlist five NGO’s for a start; each tackling separate
issues like women’s rights, poverty alleviation,
wildlife, education and drugs, to name just a few.
Choose topics of your interest and about which you have
a fair knowledge. It doesn’t matter if you’re not an
expert. Once you’ve built contacts with them, you’ll
receive tons of information that will help you
understand their work better.
Besides the string of ideas that you receive through
their mailings, here are ten ways to source more ideas.
All newspapers carry anniversary pieces. A plantation
drive by an NGO commemorating World Environment Day or a
street walk by another to spread awareness about the
harmful effects of tobacco on World Tobacco Free Day are
ideas you can use. Make a list of the anniversaries that
your chosen NGO’s celebrate; find out what they’re
coming up with on that day and pitch your idea to local
publications in advance.
2. Landmarks. Recently an NGO crossed
the target of feeding one million school children
mid-day meals. NGO’s keep reaching such targets which
are newsworthy. Get informed about their ongoing project
and the expected time of completion so that you don’t
miss the opportunity on a story idea.
3. Survey’s and
Analysis. Before the Copenhagen Climate Summit
an NGO involved with environment issues conducted a
survey to measure the carbon footprint of people living
in a metro city in India. Its findings were carried by
all leading newspapers across the state. Such findings
will be sent directly to your when you’re on their
4. Life of Volunteers and Activists.
The life of a social activist and volunteer is always
eventful, so build a personal rapport with them. You
never know when they’ll be awarded for their service and
you get rewarded with a firsthand feature story idea fit
to be a cover story.
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