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Special Mention:

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.

Congratulations 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 YouTube replay 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.

Dick Francis dead at 89.  Bestselling crime author Dick Francis has died.  Francis penned 40 novels, many of them bestsellers.  Read the full story here

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 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

Lesley D. Biswas - All Rights Reserved



A good 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) sector.

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.

1. Anniversaries. 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 mailing list.


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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