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Please join CFABJ in welcoming the Bethune-Cookman University Student NABJ Chapter at the CFABJ meeting at 7 p.m.Thursday, Sept. 18, at Bethune’s Center for Civic Engagement, 740 W. International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL.

Directions: From Orlando, take Interstate 4 east toward Daytona Beach. Take the Jacksonville exit onto Interstate 95. Take exit 261 toward Deland/Daytona Beach onto International Speedway. The Center for Civic Engagement will be on the left of Speedway.

Food will be served. Please plan to attend and extend congratulations to Bethune’s student chapter as it comes into the NABJ family!

CFABJ member Nicole Blake, who also is president of the National Association of Black Journalists chapter at University of Central Florida, completed her internship on the business desk at the Orlando Sentinel on Aug. 8.

On her last day, the business desk feted Nicole for all her hard work. Congratulations and good luck, Nicole!

How useful can a service that limits your communication to only 140 characters be?

Very useful, some journalists say.

More here.

…then you missed some exciting discussion about online social-networking applications, the intersection of old and new media and what broadcast outlets and print publications have to do to survive in a rapidly changing world.

But even if you did miss the two-day event in downtown Orlando this past weekend, you still have an opportunity to see what some of the presenters and attendees had to say and learn about some of the future efforts being planned to unite the Orlando-area tech and arts communities.

As multimedia applications evolve at a head-spinning pace, it can sometimes be difficult for journalists to figure which applications to use — and how to use them.

The latest application to come in for scrutiny is the microblogging service Twitter.

Here are two helpful pieces that explain a few ways journalists can use Twitter:

CFABJers, do you tweet? Have you found it helpful in finding or disseminating news? If you have questions about the application, bring them to our April 19 meeting, when we’ll be talking a bit about multimedia.

BarCampOrlando

Have you been meaning to catch up with the latest on the tools for creating and distributing information on the Internet? Register (for free) for BarCampOrlando on April 5th and 6th. The first day will focus on the technical side of things for software developers and programmers. Sunday’s focus will be on new media with workshops on video production, photography, podcasting and more.

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The newspaper industry has experienced its greatest drop in ad revenue in more than 50 years, but that drop can be attributed to both a general economic slowdown and the challenges faced by the industry.

Print advertising dropped 9.4 percent to $42 billion and total advertising revenue dropped 7.9 percent to $45.3 billion in 2007 compared with the prior year.

Even online revenue, which is supposed to save print, grew 18.8 percent in 2007 compared with its 31.4 percent growth rate in 2006.

See an American Journalism Review piece on what modern news organizations have to do to save themselves in a rapidly changing multimedia environment:

Maybe It Is Time to Panic

This is a good piece. Perhaps it’s something we can discuss at our April 19 meeting.