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SPJ Chapter Grants:
The following chapters received Chapter Grants to fund programs that will take place in 2010-2011.
DePaul University Chapter
For their project, A Journalist's Role in Emerging Online Media, students will interview professors, professional journalists, student journalists and assorted speakers and attendees from the SPJ National convention and create a short video on the topic. It will be built in Final Cut Pro and be shared on the chapters website and other sites associated with SPJ.
Contact: Mike Reilley
Oklahoma State University Chapter
The objective of the Multimedia Portfolio Critique is to offer students assistance by reviewing their portfolios. The chapter also wants students to interact and network with professionals. They believe this program will be a good recruiting tool for journalists and tremendous "real world" experience for the students as they prepare to apply for jobs and internships.
Contact: Ray Murray
University of Cincinnati Chapter
GET A JOB: Strategies for Job Searches in Journalism, will provide aspiring young journalists with the up-to-date, no-holds-barred lowdown on what the evolving journalism job market looks like, how they can best navigate it, and what they can expect as they prepare for the job hunt. A panel of regional media professionalsspanning a variety of media outlets, both traditional and newwill share their insights and perspectives on the current job market, helping students get a feel for the pulse of the professions current opportunities. Students who register in advance can sign up for one-on-one coaching session with the professional of their choice, giving them personalized face-time with a working journalist. In addition to providing advice to students who are about to hit the job market, this event will provide insights and tips for freelancing, professional development, resume and cover letter writing, social media networking and career goal-setting.
Contact: Ginny Walters
University of Missouri Chapter
Media App Development Bootcamp will be a daylong crash course on media entrepreneurship what it is, how media innovators work and how to get started building media apps with help from pros and faculty from the School of Journalism and Computer Science Department. The day will feature hands-on training guaranteed to get you thinking about media innovation in new ways, and will end on a high note with a sample "pitch session" featuring a local Internet startup.
Contact: Charles Davis
East Tennessee Pro
The Law School for Journalists will provide the basics of open meetings and open records law; covering courts and writing news related to them; and how "old law" applies to new media. It will include topics such as webcasting, live blogging, using Twitter and similar technology during trials, blogging, public access to e-mail and tweets two and from public officials and state employees. It also will provide information on key legal documents that reporters need to know how to use.
Contact: Elenora E. Edwards
Greater Los Angeles Pro
The High-Tech Community Journalism Mini-Conference will showcase how hyper-local newspapers, blogs, and other online news sources are utilizing social networks (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) to create a community. Los Angeles and Orange counties, both of which are served by the Greater LA Chapter, have dozens of such examples, each with a unique strategy.
Contact: Dan Evans
Greater Oregon Pro
Building a Better Journalist IV is the chapters fourth annual fall conference held at the University of Oregon in Eugene. This year they have partnered with Investigative Reporters and Editors. IRE will provide the following classes: Effective use of the Internet; Using the web as an investigative tool; Digging deeper with data and documents/Paper and database trails; Freedom of Information and open records and Writing the investigative story. The Greater Oregon Pro chapter will provide classes on photography, careers and social media tools.
Contact: Laurent Bonczijk
Earn Money the Write Way will be a series of two panels, each with two experts, to teach participants how to publish a book and how to freelance for large newspapers and magazines. The chapter has three objectives. First, to help reporters and would-be journalists struggling in this economy to find a new outlet for their reporting. Second, to serve as a recruiting mechanism for the chapter. Third, to increase the chapter's visibility.
Contact: Susan Schwartz
Rio Grande Pro
Under the guidance of Native American board member Rick Romancito, the chapter will hold a workshop titled "Today's Native America; Reporting With Insight." The workshop will include a panel of speakers from four pueblos (and three tribes) to provide both cultural insight and fact-based instruction on how journalists can better report stories within the chapters region as it involves Native American peoples and issues.
Contact: Betsy Model
San Diego Pro
Twitter 2.0: Advanced Social Media for Journalists will teach journalists how to better use social media tools to help their reporting and market their work. Speakers will discuss how to use social media to find and connect with news sources, to spot trends and find story ideas, and to stay on top of hot topics. Speakers also will discuss how journalists can use social media tools to promote their published/broadcast work, to drive Web traffic, and to engage in dialogue with readers/viewers. Speakers will explain how to use the tools that accompany each social media platform and the applications that can be used with social media.
Contact: Jodi Cleesattle
South Florida Pro
The Print is Alive Party will gather 20 journalists from college, from pro dailies, and from the ranks of the retired and throw them into a makeshift newsroom on a Saturday morning. They'll work together producing a newspaper in one day. The only rule: NO COMPUTERS.
Contact: Michael Koretzky