By Christine DiGangi, SPJ Communications Department
THE MUST-ATTEND JOURNALISM CONFERENCE
There's so much to learn and experience at Excellence in Journalism 2013! You can now register to join the Society of Professional Journalists, the Radio Television Digital News Association and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists at EIJ13.
This year's conference runs Aug. 24 to 26 in Southern California, and those few days will be packed with educational and networking opportunities for 1,400 attendees. Visit excellenceinjournalism.org for conference details, and keep up with the #EIJ13 conversation on Twitter. Take advantage of the opportunity to plan ahead and register now.
NOMINATE JOURNALISM LEADERS
SPJ is accepting nominations for the National SPJ Honors, the annual awards that recognize remarkable efforts to perpetuate informative, ethical journalism.
The awards are Distinguished Teaching in Journalism, Ethics in Journalism, Fellows of the Society, First Amendment Award, Historic Sites in Journalism, and the Sunshine Award. Nominations for these honors must be submitted by March 20. Each link provides an award description and details on how to make a nomination. These honors are open to the public.
If you have questions, please email Lauren Rochester at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 317-927-8000.
STUDENTS: APPLY FOR THE EIJ NEWS
Journalism. Internship. California.
Excellence in Journalism 2013 will unite 1,400 journalists from all backgrounds, and 12 EIJ News interns will cover the entire conference. An EIJ News intern will be mentored by professionals and have the opportunity to network with some of the industry's finest journalists.
Want in? Apply for a spot with EIJ News by March 19. Applications must be submitted by midnight EST.
FIVE MINUTES FOR FOIA ONLINE
Do you know about FOIA Online? It's a system on which you can make, process and view FOIA requests, but only six government agencies are participating so far.
The Sunshine in Government Initiative wants to raise awareness and use of this platform, and SPJ would like its members to help.
So, SPJ members, please take five minutes to pick an agency from the list on SGI's blog, call it and ask three questions about their familiarity with FOIA Online. To volunteer to contact an agency, email FOIAsurvey@sunshineingovernment.org.
IMPROVE AND PROTECT JOURNALISM
By designating the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation, SPJ's supporting foundation, as a beneficiary in your will, life insurance, retirement or other estate plans, you can provide a lasting legacy for the future of journalism.
The SDX Foundation returns thousands of dollars back to the journalism community in support of both SPJ and other journalism organizations that benefit SPJ members. The Foundation is a 501(c)3 charity, and gifts are tax deductible.
For more information, visit the website or contact Chris Vachon at 317-927-8000 x 207.
COUNTDOWN TO SUNSHINE WEEK
You care about an open government, don't you? Then be sure to participate in Sunshine Week 2013. It's March 10 to 16, and we hope you'll take a moment to support your right to know.
Visit sunshineweek.org, join the conversation with @SunshineWeek or #SW13 on Twitter and show why you care about freedom of information.
2012: YEAR OF PLAGIARISM
The recent Jonah Lehrer uproar was a reminder of repeated ethical lapses in 2012 (here's a good blog post on the topic). Journalists of all backgrounds want to address the problems with plagiarism and fabrication, and they're uniting to do so.
The National Summit on Plagiarism and Fabrication will take place April 5 in St. Louis, where representatives from many prominent news organizations will gather to tackle the problem. The groups are the American Copy Editors Society, Associated Press Media Editors, the Society of Professional Journalists, the Online News Association, the American Society of News Editors, the Canadian Association of Journalists, the Radio-Television Digital News Association and Local Independent Online News Publishers.
The summit is free, but you must RSVP.
EVENTS WITH SPJ MILWAUKEE
Journalists in or near Milwaukee, take note: The Milwaukee-Pro chapter is hosting two programs in the coming weeks. The first, "Demystifying Search Engine Optimization for Journalists" is Feb. 21, and the second is "Watchdog Journalism and Investigative Reporting Ethics."
Interested? Here are the details:
DEMYSTIFYING SEARCH ENGINE OPTIMIZATION FOR JOURNALISTS
Join SPJ Milwaukee Pro Feb. 21 for an evening filled with expert tips and secrets about Search Engine Optimization (SEO) from Brent Payne, former SEO director of Tribune Company and owner of Loud Interactive.
Learn how to write SEO friendly headlines resulting in more page views and potentially more advertising revenue for your company.
When: Feb. 21, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Wisconsin Club, 900 W. Wisconsin Ave. (Downtown Milwaukee)
Cost: $10 for SPJ members
Cost includes parking and appetizers.
Payment (cash or check payable to SPJ Milwaukee-Pro) is accepted at the door.
Advanced reservations are required. RSVP before Feb. 18 at 5 p.m. CST to email@example.com
WATCHDOG JOURNALISM AND INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING ETHICS
In honor of Sunshine Week, join SPJ Milwaukee Pro for a panel of speakers who will discuss the importance of ethics and investigative reporting.
Panelists will include Greg Borowski, senior editor for projects and investigations at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and editor of the newspaper's PolitiFact Wisconsin site; Eric Litke, Investigative Reporter for the Gannett Wisconsin Media Enterprise Team; Bill Lueders, Money and Politics Project director with Wisconsin Watch
When: March 12, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Cost: $10 for SPJ members
Advanced reservations are required. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org before March 8, 2012. Payment (cash or check payable to SPJ Milwaukee-Pro) is accepted at the door.
OHIO STATE EVENT TIME CHANGE
The Feb. 6 issue of SPJ Leads included information about an Ohio State University event featuring New York Times reporter David Carr. The event has been rescheduled to March 1.
The student-led discussion will begin at 2:15 p.m. in Journalism Building 360. RSVP and direct questions to Nicole Kraft, email@example.com.
JOURNALISM LAW CRASH COURSE
Loyola Law School, Los Angeles is accepting applications until Monday, March 4 for its eighth-annual Journalist Law School fellowship, a four-day crash course on constitutional, civil and criminal law taught by law professors, jurists and attorneys. Fellowships will be competitively awarded to 35 journalists and will cover instruction, lodging, meals and one-half of travel expenses for the May 29-June 1 workshop. Almost 250 editors and producers have completed the program since 2006.
Learn more here or contact Brian Costello, deputy director of communications, at firstname.lastname@example.org, 213-736-1444 (o) or 310-902-9560 (c).
LAST WEEK'S QUIZ
Who broke the story of Pope Benedict XVI's resignation and how?
Answer: ANSA reporter Giovanna Chirri understood the announcement because she knows Latin.
And the winner is ... Bob Stewart, post-grad member from Philadelphia! Congrats, Bob.
THIS WEEK'S QUIZ
EIJ13 will be the third Excellence in Journalism conference, but SPJ has been putting on conferences for much longer. When and where was the first national SPJ convention?
Submit your answer to Christine DiGangi.