By Christine DiGangi, SPJ Communications Department
ACCESS TO BENEFITS
Whether you are a freelancer or a full-time journalist for a media organization, you need to protect yourself and your family. One way to do this is through insurance products and other financial services that fit your changing needs: life and health insurance, disability coverage, long-term care, liability coverage and more.
As a member of SPJ, you can now access individual benefits like these through SPJ Solutions and our partner WestPoint Financial Group. Take the uncertainty out of freelancing and job transitions by protecting yourself with products that move and adapt with you.
One-stop shopping via WestPoint Financial Group includes:
Disability coverage (10 percent lifetime premium discount through MassMutual)
Long-term care (10 percent lifetime premium discount through MassMutual)
Errors & omissions coverage
Financial planning, including retirement planning
Contact SPJ Solutions and WestPoint Financial Group at 317-627-4753 or email@example.com to learn more. You'll receive a response from WestPoint Financial Group within two business days. Still need help? Director of Membership Linda Hall at SPJ can help. Contact Linda at 317-927-8000, ext. 203 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SUPPORT IMPROVEMENTS IN JOURNALISM
With the conclusion of another election cycle, we were reminded in 2012 of the important role journalism plays in our society. But we must also reflect on the need to continue investing in this public service.
In 2012, the Sigma Delta Chi (SDX) Foundation used tax-deductible donations from supporters and journalists like you to invest in SPJ programs and members across the country. These investments included:
grants to SPJ chapters for professional training at the grassroots level
open-records workshops through our Access Across America tour
a national diversity-outreach program to broaden our coalition
cutting-edge workplace training, including mobile newsgathering
awards programs that recognize and foster excellence in journalism
ongoing support for the Student Press Law Center (SPLC) and the National Freedom of Information Coalition (NFOIC)
These investments are possible thanks to contributions from people who value high quality journalism. People like you. Make an online donation now to the SDX Foundation.
Please contact SDX Foundation President Robert Leger or Associate Executive Director Chris Vachon to learn more about how your contribution can make a difference.
HOW TO ORGANIZE CHAPTER AWARDS
Don't let the task of chapter awards daunt you this year attend a free webinar with SPJ Secretary-Treasurer Dana Neuts and Region 3 Director Michael Koretzky and learn the tips of well-organized, manageable awards programs.
Register for the Dec. 20 webinar online it's worth it to learn the best ways to save time and money when conducting these important contests.
CALLING FOR CONFERENCE PROPOSALS
Excellence in Journalism 2013, the training conference co-hosted by SPJ, RTDNA and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, is looking for program ideas and proposals. The conference takes place Aug. 24 to 26, 2013 in Anaheim, Calif., but it's not too early to suggest your favorite speaker or topic.
Have a specific program proposal? Submit it here. Have a looser idea but a general topic or speaker you'd like to see at EIJ? Submit it here. In either case, do it soon. The call for program proposals and ideas closes on Jan. 2.
APPLY FOR THE MAYNARD MEDIA ACADEMY
The Maynard Institute Media Academy offers leadership training and business education for media entrepreneurs seeking an edge in the industry. Hone your management skills by identifying your strengths and developing new ones with this five-day immersion program.
Details on the program are available on its website, and applications must be submitted by Dec. 31.
STARTUP FUNDING AVAILABLE
The McCormick New Media Women Entrepreneurs award offers funding to women-led media projects. The J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism and the McCormick Foundation seek four startups for this year's awards, and the guidelines for eligibility and the application are available online.
#FREETOTWEET STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP
Students have until Dec. 15 to enter the #freetotweet scholarship program. 1forAll will reward five young people for their inspiring Twitter messages about the First Amendment using the hashtag #freetotweet. Make sure the students around you know about this fantastic contest!
LAST WEEK'S QUIZ
Name the two publications most-recently shuttered by News Corp.
Answer: The Daily and News of the World.
And the winner is ... Don Kirk! Don has been involved with SPJ since 1976 and is a member of the D.C. Pro chapter. Well done, Don!
THIS WEEK'S QUIZ
As of Dec. 1, how many journalists were jailed worldwide?
Submit your answer to Christine DiGangi.