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By Abby Henkel, SPJ Communications Department
WORKING PRESS DEADLINE. Applications for reporting internships at the Excellence in Journalism 2012 conference must be postmarked by Thursday, April 19. SPJ is seeking 12 interns for The Working Press, a daily tabloid newspaper and online news site, to cover EIJ12. Collegiate student reporters, designers, editors and photographers are invited to apply for these select positions. Download the application here. Contact Lauren Rochester with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ANNUAL SPRING BOARD MEETINGS. On April 28 and 29, the SPJ and Sigma Delta Chi Foundation Boards of Directors will meet at the Westin Hotel in Indianapolis for their annual spring meetings. To see agendas and board meeting materials, click here. Feedback to board members is always encouraged. Contact information for the SPJ board is here. SDX Foundation contact information is here.
SPJ-ONA JOURNCAMP. Join SPJ and ONA as we team up to bring JournCamp to the Phoenix area. You'll find training and tools in all areas of digital journalism. Learn about SEO techniques and Google tools, accessing public records on the fly, sharpening your visual storytelling and mobile reporting skills, and understanding entrepreneurial journalism in this one-day, skills-based workshop for all journalists — including students.
Click here to register online. Registration will be limited to 120 people, so don't delay!
When: Friday, May 18
Where: Walter Cronkite School of Journalism
Cost: $20 for SPJ or ONA members, $40 for non-members. Fee includes breakfast and lunch.
Registration deadline: May 14
The program, part of SPJ's Training Place program, is made possible by a grant from the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation.
MOE REGIONAL WINNERS. After last weekend's two final spring conferences, all regional Mark of Excellence Award winners have been announced. Congratulations to all on your hard work! National winners will be announced on SPJ.org on April 24. Here are the announcements of each region's winners:
— Region 1
— Region 2
— Region 3
— Region 4
— Region 5
— Region 6
— Region 7
— Region 8
— Region 9
— Region 10
— Region 11
— Region 12
SCHOLARSHIPS TO EIJ12. SPJ and the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation offer several scholarships to help people attend the Excellence in Journalism 2012 conference. Deadline for all scholarships is June 11.
Terry Harper Memorial Scholarships: Terry Harper, former executive director of SPJ, passed away in 2009 after a two-year battle with brain cancer. In honor of Terry's efforts to improve SPJ and the entire journalism community, the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation set up a memorial fund following his death. This scholarship is available for up to five recipients.
Diversity Leadership Fellows Program: The goal of the Diversity Leadership Fellows program is to increase the diversity participation of SPJ members within national committees and on the national board of directors. As part of the program, we bring fellowship recipients to EIJ12 to begin a year-long immersion and education program.
Robert D.G. Lewis First Amendment Award: From the generosity of the Lewis family, the award is given each year to a student SPJ member who has demonstrated outstanding service to the First Amendment through the field of journalism. The award assists a student with his/her attendance to EIJ12.
GET ETHICAL. Each spring brings the annual ethics issue of Quill, where we highlight one central and very important topic in journalism.
In this month's issue:
— Teaching journalism ethics in Haiti
— In-depth explainers on ethics topics with Ethics Committee position papers
— Ten interview with Jim Asendio, former WAMU news director who quit, citing ethics
— From the President: "Journalism ethics is an everyday consideration"
And there's much more. See everything, and the members-only archive of past content, at the Quill site.
SPJ BLOGS NETWORK. Latest updates to the SPJ blogs network:
— Back to the future: Advice for those who hate the whole personal banding thing by Freelance Committee member Carol Cole-Frowe
— A book as inspiration by Gen J Committee member Ryan Broussard
SPJ TRAINING PROGRAMS. SPJ recently teamed up with the Community Media Workshop to provide mobile newsgathering training to staff at ethnic media outlets in Chicago. This training was part of SPJ's Journalism Training Program, an initiative funded by the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation to bring high-quality journalism training directly to newsrooms.
Interested in bringing a Journalism Training Program to your newsroom? Learn more at spj.org/newsroomtraining.asp or contact SPJ Director of Events, Heather Dunn, at 317-927-8000 ext. 204 or email@example.com.
LAST WEEK'S QUIZ. News came this week that Facebook will buy social photo-sharing service Instagram for a reported $1 billion, prompting comparisons to the value of what news company? Name the news company and its reported value.
Answer: The New York Times is reported to be worth $950 million.
And the winner is... Laura Tabor. Congratulations, Laura! Facebook is still bidding on your prize, but we'll mail it to you for first dibs.
THIS WEEK'S QUIZ. A study published last week made some troubling assertions about news reporting compared with other careers. Identify the study and its statement on careers in journalism.
Submit your answer to Abby Henkel.