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    OWAA News Nov. 27, '07
    For Friends of Outdoor Writers Association of America


    Circle and Wulff Honored by IGFA
    The International Game Fish Association (IGFA) inducted five new members into its fishing hall of fame. OWAA members include legendary angler and casting expert Joan Wulff and the dean of North American outdoor writers, Homer Circle. Other inductees include bill-fishing legend Dr. Ruben Jaen; rod designer Gary Loomis; and scientist Peter Wright. Wulff has been a tournament caster for more than 20 years and won 18 titles while raising casting to an art form. Circle, or “Uncle Homer,” has covered fishing for more than 50 years for Sports Afield magazine and Bassmaster magazine. For more information, visit www.igfa.org.
    Patterson Receives National Award
    OWAA President Rich Patterson recently received the National Leadership Award from the Association of Nature Center Administrators (ANCA). It was presented Aug. 23 at the group’s annual summit at the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center in Milwaukee. The award recognizes Patterson’s longtime leadership and innovation as director of the Dillon Nature Center from 1975 until 1978 and the Indian Creek Nature Center since 1978. Patterson, 58, is believed to be the longest serving of approximately 1,500 nature center directors scattered across the United States and Canada. In 1989 he and 12 other nature center directors founded ANCA as an association working to expand nature-center staff professionalism.

    OWAA to Meet in Bismarck in 2008
    All systems are go for OWAA’s 81st annual conference, which will be held in Bismarck, N.D., June 21-24, 2008. Conference Program Chair John Beath is putting together an outstanding conference program. We’re planning outdoors activities for opening day morning (Saturday), and a live auction on Community Night (Sunday evening). Also, we’re preparing for a combined Awards Night whereby the Excellence in Crafts and Honorary Awards presentations will conclude our conference Tuesday night. Details will be published in forthcoming issues of Outdoors Unlimited and at www.owaa.org/conf-2008/index.php.

    Walker Receives Award of Excellence
    A marketing column by OWAA member Mike Walker in Soundings Trade Only magazine has received the Crystal Award of Excellence in The Communicator Awards 2007 International Print Media competition. The column was about why upper management should resist the urge to turn news-release content into puffery. Walker is a regular contributor to the magazine, which penetrates the backbone of the recreational marine industry distributors. It reaches more than 30,000 key decision makers, including manufacturers, dealers, marina/boatyard operators, retailers and distributors.

    More about OWAA: http://www.owaa.org/about_owaa.php

    Del Giudice Hired as Executive Director
    OWAA member Paula Del Giudice was recently hired by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation as the next executive director for its Seattle Guild. The Guild raises $3 million each year for diabetes research with its annual gala. This position will allow Del Giudice the opportunity to have a significant impact toward reaching a cure for this devastating disease, which has severely impacted two family members and a close friend. Del Giudice, an OWAA board member and 2007 recipient of the Jade of Chiefs Award, plans to continue freelance writing and editing via her affiliation with Outdoor Woman Magazine.

    Writing Contest for Youths
    OWAA helps budding writers via its annual Norm Strung Youth Writing Contest. Cash scholarships are awarded to winners in grades 6-12 for poetry and prose categories. Last year’s awards totaled approximately $1,000. Thank you to Delta Waterfowl, www.deltawaterfowl.org, for partially sponsoring this contest! If you know a student who would like to enter the contest, rules can be read at http://www.owaa.org/youth_writing.htm. Eligible entries must be published during calendar year 2007. The contest deadline is March 15, 2008. If you have questions contact owaa@montana.com.

    Slemp Receives Murrow Award
    OWAA member Chris Slemp of Hurricane, W.Va., has been awarded the Edward R. Murrow Award, one of radio’s highest honors. Slemp, who hosts the syndicated “West Virginia Outdoors,” was recently recognized with a prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award for Continuing Coverage of the Sago Mine disaster in West Virginia. The award recognized the entire MetroNews Radio Network news team for coverage of the breaking story, the agonizing three-day search for the trapped miners and the investigations following the tragedy. A National Edward R. Murrow Award is radio’s equivalent to a television Emmy or a newspaper’s Pulitzer.

    Matthews to Lead Trail Association
    OWAA member Bruce Matthews accepted the position of executive director for the North Country Trail Association (NCTA) in Lowell, Mich. NCTA is a nonprofit membership organization operating with the National Park Service to coordinate efforts to maintain, acquire and promote the use of the North Country National Scenic Trail, a premier footpath that stretches for about 4,600 miles across seven northern states. For more information, visit www.northcountrytrail.org.



    More about OWAA: http://www.owaa.org/about_owaa.php



    Pyne Awarded Telly
    OWAA member Lawrence Pyne received a 2007 Telly award for his work with Vermont Public Television’s “Outdoor Journal.” He received a Bronze Telly in the nature/wildlife category for a segment on fishing for brook trout on Maine’s Rapid River. The Telly Awards honor outstanding local, regional and cable television programs, and the 2007 contest received more than 13,000 entries. For details, visit www.tellyawards.com.

    Jobs
    OWAA members can learn about job opportunities and publishers’ editorial-needs listings at www.owaa.org/Members_Only_Area/market_news.htmIf your company needs a writer, editor or seasoned outdoor professional, please contact OWAA headquarters. Listings are printed free of charge. Job and editorial listings are published online and in Outdoors Unlimited. Send listings to sprodell@owaa.org.

    Bloom Leaves Newspaper for Natural Resources Job
    OWAA’s first vice president Phil Bloom has turned in his press pass after 33 years in the newspaper profession and embarked on a new career. Bloom left his longtime position as outdoors editor at The (Fort Wayne, Ind.) Journal Gazette – his home for the past 28 years – and began his new job as director of communications for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources on Sept. 10. A member of OWAA since 1991, Bloom plans to remain active in the organization. He is also a member of Hoosier Outdoor Writers and Outdoor Writers of Ohio.

    Writing Contest for Youths
    OWAA helps budding writers via its annual Norm Strung Youth Writing Contest. Cash scholarships are awarded to winners in grades 6-12 for poetry and prose categories. Last year’s awards totaled approximately $1,000. Thank you to Delta Waterfowl, www.deltawaterfowl.org, for partially sponsoring this contest! If you know a student who would like to enter the contest, rules can be read at www.owaa.org/youth_writing.htm. Eligible entries must be published during calendar year 2007. The contest deadline is March 15, 2008. If you have questions contact OWAA headquarters at owaa@montana.com.

    Join OWAA: http://www.owaa.org/join_owaa.htm

    Schara Inducted Into Fishing Hall of Fame
    The National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame announced it has inducted OWAA member Ron Schara into the Fishing Hall of Fame. Schara received the award July 14 at the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame in Hayward, Wis. Schara hosts several regional and national television shows. He is the host and executive producer of “Minnesota Bound” on the NBC affiliate in Minneapolis, as well as “Backroads with Ron and Raven” and “Pheasants Forever.” Schara hosts two outdoor programs on WCCO radio and has written for the Minneapolis Star Tribune for more than 30 years. His classic closing line underscores his mission: “Introduce a kid to the great outdoors.” For more information on Schara, visit www.mnbound.com.

    OWAA Winter Board Meeting Convenes Jan. 26, 2008
    OWAA’s next board meeting will be held Saturday, Jan. 26, 2008, in Salt Lake City, host of the Outdoor Retailer trade show. Most board members will attend Outdoor Retailer the day before the board meeting to network with the outdoor industry and the media.

    Online Store Open for Business
    Have you visited OWAA’s online store yet? Order OWAA polo shirts, baseball hats, short- and long-sleeved shirts, V-neck shirts, the official OWAA logo and badge holders. You can’t miss the link, which is found at https://shop.owaa.org/splashPage.hg and you will need to register upon your first order. Also available for purchase at the online store is OWAA’s newly revised Outdoor Reference Manual. Members can buy copies at a special, members-only price of $12. The new manual is intended to supplement the AP Stylebook and Webster’s New World Dictionary, filling in gaps in outdoor-related terminology not found in either of these publications. Order yours today!

    Sign up for OWAA Online Forum!
    In response to numerous requests, OWAA is now offering an Online Forum. Go to www.owaa.org/forum to learn more about blogging, journalistic standards, Webzines, copyright issues and what to do about slow- and no paying publishers. After going to www.owaa.org/forum, you’ll need to register to post a message, but the registration process is easy. We hope you’ll enjoy this new member benefit.

    Join OWAA: http://www.owaa.org/join_owaa.htm

    OWAA Gave Away $15,000 in College Scholarships; Apply for 2008
    OWAA’s Education Committee this year awarded more than $15,000 in Bodie McDowell Scholarships to students of outdoor communications fields, including print, film, art and broadcasting. If you know students who should apply for next year’s scholarships, go to http://www.owaa.org/scholarships.htm for guidelines and applications. The program is open to eligible students in two categories: (1) college undergraduate students entering their junior or senior years of study and (2) college graduate students. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2008. If you have questions, contact OWAA headquarters at owaa@montana.com.

    Lepisto Joins IWLA
    Television and radio producer Paul Lepisto was hired by Izaak Walton League of America as a regional conservation coordinator, working on Missouri River conservation issues. He will be based out of the St. Paul, Minn., office. For years, Lepisto was producer of “Dakota Backroads Radio” and the television show “Tony Dean Outdoors.” Visit www.iwla.org.

    Excellence in Craft Winners Announced
    Recipients of OWAA’s 2007 Excellence in Craft awards were announced at OWAA’s Roanoke, Va., conference. The coveted “President’s Choice” awards, which are selected from that year’s winners by OWAA’s current president, are as follow: Pat Wray, Corvallis, Ore., (Magazine Category); Rich Landers, Spokane, Wash. (Newspaper Category); Gary Kramer, Willows, CA (Art/Photo Category); Chris Slemp, Culloden, W. Va. (Radio Category); and Bill Sherck, Minneapolis, Minn. (TV/Video Category). All of the 2007 EIC winners will be published in the August OU and can be viewed at www.owaa.org.

    Daniels Promoted
    OWAA member Scott Daniels has been promoted to managing editor of Scouting magazine, published by the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) in Irving, Texas. Scouting is published six times per year for the BSA’s volunteer adult leaders of Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting and Venturing. It has a nationwide circulation of 1 million. Daniels was most recently the magazine’s executive editor. For details, visit www.scoutingmagazine.org.

    OWAA Press Releases Posted online
    OWAA press releases announce top award recipients, contest winners and scholarship recipients, as well as other important association news. An archive of press releases is available at www.owaa.org/press_releases.htm.

    Caldwell Authors Trilogy
    OWAA member Francis E. Caldwell has been writing a trilogy of books, The Hawkes of Smuggler’s Cove, set in southeast Alaska. Book one, An Alaskan Romance, has been published; book two, Bear Country, is currently at press; and Caldwell is working on book three, Eye of the Raven. To learn more, visit www.trafford.com and search by the author’s last name. Caldwell is offering friends and fans a discount and free shipping; e-mail him at fcaldwell27@msn.com for more information.

    More about OWAA: http://www.owaa.org/about_owaa.php

    Join OWAA: http://www.owaa.org/join_owaa.htm



    Robin Giner
    Director of Membership & Conferences Services
    OWAA
    121 Hickory St., Ste. 1
    Missoula, MT 59801
    406-728-7434 / (Fax) 406-728-7445
    www.owaa.org The Voice of the Outdoors
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    Plan to attend OWAA's 2008 Annual Conference
    Bismarck, North Dakota
    June 21-24, 2008
    We hope to see you there!
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    Saltwater Fishing Articles & More by Outdoor Writer Jerry LaBella
    http://www.jerrylabella.com/forums
    http://jerrylabella.com

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    OWAA News For Friends of Outdoor Writers Association of

    OWAA News
    For Friends of Outdoor Writers Association of America
    April 2, 2008

    Field & Stream taps Kearns
    Colin Kearns is Field & Stream magazine’s new senior editor. Kearns, 26, served as associate editor for Salt Water Sportsman when the publication earned its first ever National Magazine Award nomination for general excellence in 2007. His work has also appeared in Best Life, Field & Stream and the St. Louis Post Dispatch. In his new role, Kearns will be responsible for conceiving and editing features and cover packages, editing columns and sections, writing copy and producing content for fieldandstream.com. Kearns holds a B.A. in English and journalism from Indiana University. Field & Stream is published 11 times a year by the Bonnier Corp.

    OWAA to Meet in Bismarck in 2008
    All systems are go for OWAA’s 81st annual conference, which will be held in Bismarck, N.D., June 21-24, 2008. Conference Program Chair John Beath is putting together an outstanding conference program. We’re planning outdoors activities for opening day morning (Saturday), and a live auction on Community Night (Sunday evening). Also, we’re preparing for a combined Awards Night whereby the Excellence in Crafts and Honorary Awards presentations will conclude our conference Tuesday night. Details will be published in forthcoming issues of Outdoors Unlimited and at www.owaa.org/conf-2008/index.php.

    Marshall, reporting team honored
    The Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism has named the Times Picayune of New Orleans and the Los Angeles Times as winners of the 2007 John B. Oakes Award for best reporting on the environment in the newspaper division. The New Orleans paper was recognized for its three-day series, "Last Chance: The Fight to Save a Disappearing Coast," reported by Bob Marshall, Mark Schleifstein, Matt Brown and photographer Ted Jackson. Marshall has belonged to OWAA since 1981. The judges cited "Last Chance" as a comprehensive, easy-to-understand look at the ongoing problem involving the washing away and subsidence of the wetlands buffering densely populated metropolitan New Orleans. Over the years the John B. Oakes Award for Distinguished Environmental Journalism has gained a reputation among journalists as the nation’s premier environmental writing prize. It was created in 1994 by the Natural Resources Defense Council, a leading environment and conservation advocacy organization.

    Jobs
    OWAA members can learn about job opportunities and publishers’ editorial-needs listings at www.owaa.org/Members_Only_Area/market_news.htm. If your company needs a writer, editor or seasoned outdoor professional, please contact OWAA headquarters. Listings are printed free of charge. Job and editorial listings are published online and in Outdoors Unlimited. Send listings to sprodell@owaa.org.

    More about OWAA: http://www.owaa.org/about_owaa.php
    DAR recognizes Densmore with 2007 Media Award
    The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Molly Stark Chapter, awarded its 2007 Media Award to OWAA board member Lisa Densmore for her work on the show "Wildlife Journal" on PBS. The award was presented Dec. 10, 2007. DAR presents the award annually to a journalist whose efforts are similar to the society’s mission of education, preservation and patriotism. Densmore’s segments on "Wildlife Journal" educate viewers about all kinds of backcountry and wilderness activities – always with a message of conservation and/or safety. Densmore donated the cash prize to New Hampshire Public Television, which produces and distributes the show.

    Online Store Open for Business
    Have you visited OWAA’s online store yet? Order OWAA polo shirts, baseball hats, short- and long-sleeved shirts, V-neck shirts, the official OWAA logo and badge holders. You can’t miss the link, which is found at https://shop.owaa.org/splashPage.hg and you will need to register upon your first order. Also available for purchase at the online store is OWAA’s newly revised Outdoor Reference Manual. Members can buy copies at a special, members-only price of $12. The new manual is intended to supplement the AP Stylebook and Webster’s New World Dictionary, filling in gaps in outdoor-related terminology not found in either of these publications. Order yours today!

    Absher revamps Web site
    Outdoor writer, magazine columnist and Internet blogger J.R. Absher has upgraded and redesigned his long-running Web site, The Outdoor Pressroom. The site – located at www.outdoorpressroom.com – features news and links about hunting, fishing, wildlife, outdoor politics and the shooting sports, ranging from relevant and breaking news to the bizarre and absurd. "If it’s wild, it’s compiled" is the site’s motto. The upgraded site has added reader-comment features, full archival capabilities, subscriber feeds, permalinks and trackbacks. In addition to his Outdoor Pressroom duties, Absher is a freelance writer and a regular contributor to Outdoor Life, North American Hunter, North American Fisherman and other publications and Web sites.

    Sign up for OWAA Online Forum!
    In response to numerous requests, OWAA is now offering an Online Forum. Go to www.owaa.org/forum to learn more about blogging, journalistic standards, Webzines, copyright issues and what to do about slow- and no paying publishers. After going to the Forum, you’ll need to register to post a message, but the registration process is easy. We hope you’ll enjoy this new member benefit.

    DelHomme, Hare Awarded John Madson Fellowship
    Congratulations to P.J. DelHomme and Hobie Hare, co-recipients of the 2008 John Madson Fellowship. Each recipient will be awarded $1,200 for reimbursable expenses to OWAA’s annual conference, college courses or professional seminars – virtually any opportunity to enhance communications skills. The Fellowship is funded through the John Madson Fellowship Fund, an endowment that thrives primarily through OWAA member contributions and fundraising efforts. \

    Join OWAA: http://www.owaa.org/join_owaa.htm
    OWAA Gave Away $15,000 in College Scholarships
    OWAA’s Education Committee this year awarded more than $15,000 in Bodie McDowell Scholarships to students of outdoor communications fields, including print, film, art and broadcasting. If you know students who should apply for next year’s scholarships, go to http://www.owaa.org/scholarships.htm for guidelines and applications.

    Walleye In-Sider names editor
    Dan Johnson has joined In-Fisherman as editor of Walleye In-Sider magazine and the Walleye Guide. In addition to overseeing all editorial components of both publications, he’s a contributing editor for In-Fisherman publications and helps with editorial oversight of In-Fisherman’s "Professional Walleye Trail" television program. Most recently Johnson was editor of Adventure Publications, an outdoor book publisher. Prior to that, he was senior editor at North American Fisherman magazine for more than 10 years; he oversaw the Walleye Advisory Council and produced the MWC Newsletter section of the magazine. In-Fisherman’s Web site can be found at www.in-fisherman.com.

    Editors wanted for Meet the Editors event!
    At the One-on-One with Editors event at OWAA’s conference, attendees meet with acquisitions editors of outdoors magazines and book publishers to discuss their editorial needs. A must-attend conference event for members building their careers, this also is a great opportunity for editors to pick up new contributors for their publications. This year’s event takes place Saturday, June 21, from 1-4 p.m., in Bismarck, N.D. If you're an acquisitions editor and would like to participate, please contact krhoades@owaa.org or 406-728-7434.

    Kiesow elected vice president of Wisconsin writers group
    Jerry Kiesow of Grafton, Wis., was elected vice president of the Wisconsin Outdoor Communicators Association in August. He succeeds Gary Martin of Green Bay and joins second-term President Judy Nugent to lead WOCA through 2008. Cindy Overton of Oshkosh, Wis., filled the post previously held by Nugent on the board of directors. Tom Mench will continue as treasurer. Gene Cooper holds the positions of membership chairman, newsletter editor and executive director.

    Pre- and post-conference trips
    North Dakota Tourism can help make arrangements for your adventure, whether it’s setting up guides or equipment, or just pointing you in the right direction and getting out of the way. Regardless of your chosen method of adventure, don’t let this opportunity pass you by. Check out all the pre- and post-conference trips at www.owaa.org. Click "Annual Conference," the "Pre- and Post-Conference Trips."

    More about OWAA: http://www.owaa.org/about_owaa.php
    AuthorNation.com debuts
    AuthorNation.com is a new online community for authors, writers, poets and readers. Membership is free to all users. The site includes forums, photos, videos, a newsletter, event listings and new writing entries. Whether you are a hobbyist and simply looking for a place to display your portfolio to family and friends, a published author wanting to network with other skilled writers and promote your books, or a reader looking for your next good story from some of today's freshest minds, AuthorNation.com opens new avenues for anyone involved with literature.

    Bargain room rates for Bismarck OWAA conference!
    Reserve rooms for the Best Western-Ramkota hotel, OWAA’s headquarters hotel for our upcoming conference, June 21-24, 2008, and location for workshops, newsmakers, auctions and meals. Rates are $90 per night, and that’s for a single or double. Phone 800-528-1234 or 701-258-7700. Next door and a short walk to the Ramkota is Expressway Suites at $66 per night (single) and $77 (double). Another choice is Expressway Inn at $55 per night (single) and $66 (double). Details and contact information are at www.owaa.org. Click "Annual Conference."

    Kennamer named top conservationist
    The National Wild Turkey Federation’s James Earl Kennamer was honored in Outdoor Life magazine’s first annual top 25 list of people who have positively affected our hunting and fishing traditions. Kennamer, NWTF’s senior vice president of conservation programs, has played a key role in forging the partnerships between hunters and wildlife agencies, corporations and conservation groups that helped restore turkey populations across North America. Outdoor Life magazine spotlighted its honorees at the 2008 SHOT Show. For more information about the NWTF, call 1-800-THE-NWTF.

    Children’s book garners awards
    Author Michael DiLorenzo’s original work "Let’s Go Fishing!" picked up two inaugural Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards at a November ceremony in Chicago. The awards, sponsored by the Jenkins Group and Independent Publisher Online, honor authors, illustrators and publishers for encouraging childhood literacy and lifelong reading. DiLorenzo’s book won a first-place gold for Best First Book and a third-place bronze in the Nonfiction Picture Book category. "Let’s Go Fishing!" is the first book in DiLorenzo’s "Adventures with Jonny" children’s outdoor series. He recently published the second work in the series, "Ice Fishing, The Coolest Sport on Earth!" Both titles in the series can be purchased at retailers and through the Web site www.adventureswithjonny.com.

    Join OWAA: http://www.owaa.org/join_owaa.htm
    Join OWAA for its 81st Conference!
    You should have received materials outlining this year’s OWAA conference in Bismarck, N.D., June 21-24, 2008. An overview of this year’s conference as well as the meeting agenda, helpful links, and travel/hotel information can be found at http://www.owaa.org/conf-2008/index.php. To register: http://www.owaa.org/conf-2008/regist...-conf2008.html.

    Daniels moves up in Scouting ranks
    Scott Daniels has been promoted to managing editor of Scouting magazine, published by the Boy Scouts of America in Irving, Texas. Scouting is published six times per year for the BSA’s volunteer adult leaders of Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting and Venturing. It has a nationwide circulation of 1 million. Daniels was most recently the magazine’s executive editor.

    Field and Stream hires new editor
    Field and Stream magazine has named Anthony Licata as its new editor. Licata, 33, formerly was deputy editor of the publication, which he joined in 1998. He replaces Sid Evans, who’d been editor in chief since 2002. Licata becomes only the 15th editor in the magazine’s history. Established in 1895, Field & Stream is published 11 times per year by the Bonnier Corp. The magazine’s Web site is www.FieldandStream.com

    More about OWAA: http://www.owaa.org/about_owaa.php
    OWAA Press Releases Posted online
    OWAA press releases announce top award recipients, contest winners and scholarship recipients, as well as other important association news. An archive of press releases is available at www.owaa.org/press_releases.htm.
    Saltwater Fishing Articles & More by Outdoor Writer Jerry LaBella
    http://www.jerrylabella.com/forums
    http://jerrylabella.com

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      Young, Geist Featured Speakers at Outdoor Writers Confe

      Young, Geist Featured Speakers at Outdoor Writers Conference Missoula, Mont. – Noted author and educator Jon Young will keynote Outdoor Writers Association of America’s conference June 21-24, 2008, in Bismarck, N.D.


      Young knows not only how to listen to nature, but how to teach many of nature's unique languages. Young first began his outdoor career as a student of famous tracker Tom Brown Jr., and after college founded the Wilderness Awareness School. He created programs geared toward both youths and adults, and is the author of several books and audio series. Two of his most popular classes, "Interpreting Bird Language" and "Animal Tracking," highlight this year’s conference theme, “Listening to Nature.”


      Dr. Valerius Geist, one of North America’s best-known wildlife research biologists, is identified for his studies on social dynamics of elk, moose, bighorn sheep and other wild ungulates. At OWAA’s 81st conference, Geist will present the North American Wildlife Conservation Model and participate on a panel titled, “The Future of Hunting in North America for Youths.”


      This summer’s OWAA conference will also highlight numerous skills enhancement workshops, including sessions on marketing and pricing photography, featuring noted photographers Tim Christie, Richard and Susan Day, and Jim Smith.


      Jim Ferguson, the creator and host of the “Great American Outdoor Trails Radio Magazine,” will lead sessions on podcasting and syndication.


      Attend workshops on blogging, how to self-publish books, Web site design, and noted “Dakota Backroads” host Tony Dean will speak on garnering sponsors.


      Syndicated television personalities Babe Winkelman and Ron Schara will cover positive and negative impacts of the TV image of the hunter and the hunting industry. Attend several forums including a panel session on global warming featuring Doug Inkley, the National Wildlife Federation’s senior scientist, and James M. Taylor of the Heartland Institute.


      See the full conference agenda at www.owaa.org. Click “Annual Conference” and then “Agenda.”

      OWAA’s 2008 conference will be held at the Best Western Ramkota Hotel in Bismarck, N.D., June 21-24. Lodging information: http://www.owaa.org/conf-2008/travel-housing.html.


      For registration forms, go to http://www.owaa.org/conf-2008/regist...-conf2008.html.

      To learn more about OWAA’s 81st annual conference, contact OWAA Conference Planner Robin Giner at rginer@owaa.org or 406-728-7434.


      Outdoor Writers Association of America is the oldest and largest association of professional outdoor communicators in the United States. It was organized in 1927 by members of the Izaak Walton League of America and includes professional communicators dedicated to sharing the outdoor experience. OWAA’s professionals include writers, photographers, outdoors radio and television show hosts, book authors, videographers, lecturers and artists. The association is headquartered in Missoula, Mont. For more information, go to www.owaa.org.

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      Robin Giner
      Director of Membership & Conferences Services
      OWAA
      121 Hickory St., Ste. 1
      Missoula, MT 59801
      406-728-7434 / (Fax) 406-728-7445
      www.owaa.org The Voice of the Outdoors
      Saltwater Fishing Articles & More by Outdoor Writer Jerry LaBella
      http://www.jerrylabella.com/forums
      http://jerrylabella.com

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        The Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association announced the

        ---FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE---



        The Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association announced the winners of its 2008 Youth Journalism Contest.

        The contest is designed to build literacy among outdoor youth while promoting involvement in the outdoors. The subjects chosen should describe hunting, fishing, boating, camping, horseback riding, or any other activity that causes the student to interact with nature, the environment, and the outdoor experience. Judges are looking for literate and enthusiastic works rather than specific outdoor activities, but subjects that can be identified with Louisiana are encouraged.



        LOWA Youth Journalism Chairman Gordon Hutchinson said: “Once again, our professional judges had a hard time deciding winners from the 270 entries from across the state. And, as last year, we had several kids win in photography that were quite young—kids of every age should consider submitting their entries.”



        Prize monies again this year were donated by the Louisiana Chapter of Safari Clubs International.



        The winning students will be honored at the annual LOWA conference banquet in Morgan City in October of this year.



        First through Fourth Place is awarded in each of three categories, with certificates and cash prizes to each winner.



        The three categories are Senior Essay (14-18 YOA), Junior Essay (13 and under), and Photography (18 and under).





        There were 65 entries in Senior Essay. The winners are:



        1st Place: Jesse Barnett 17 YOA

        Runnels HS, Baton Rouge

        “Free Rider”



        2nd Place: Amanda Wolff 14 YOA

        Home Schooled, Baton Rouge

        “What It Takes to See the Sunrise”



        3rd Place: Sarah Sanderlin 14 YOA

        Home Schooled, Dubach

        “An Ending”



        4th Place: Josh Tarr

        Patrick Taylor HS, Metairie

        “The White Fence”





        There were 109 entries in Junior Essay. The winners are:



        1st Place: Jonathan Jacob Faulk 11 YOA

        Mater Dolorosa School, Independence

        “My Commune with Nature”



        2nd Place: Katelyn Bayhi 13 YOA

        Parkview Baptist Middle School, Baton Rouge

        “See You Later, Alligator”



        3rd Place: Madalyn Lyons 12 YOA

        Westside Jr. High, Denham Springs

        “Summer Time in Louisiana”



        4th Place: Jack Mertens 13 YOA

        Home Schooled, Natchitoches

        “Biking—Fun and Exercise”





        There were 96 entries in the Photography contest. The winners are:



        1st Place: Alayna Durio 8 YOA

        Park Vista Elementary, Opelousas

        “Cypress Tree Stumps”



        2nd Place: Samantha Simon 17 YOA

        Silliman Institute, Clinton

        “Oak Tree Garden”



        3rd Place: Selby Kean 15 YOA

        University Lab School, Baton Rouge

        “Sunset Flood”



        4th Place: Arne Bartenbach 8 YOA

        Episcopal High School, Baton Rouge

        “Alligator”





        The winning photos and essays will be published in the Baton Rouge Advocate newspaper, and numerous other media across the state.



        The complete essays, photos, and contact information for the winning students are available by contacting committee chairman Gordon Hutchinson at: ghutchinson@theadvocate.com
        Saltwater Fishing Articles & More by Outdoor Writer Jerry LaBella
        http://www.jerrylabella.com/forums
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