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By Taylor Carlier, SPJ Communications Department
SEEKING DONATIONS FOR LDF
With only a few days left until the Aug. 1 deadline, we hope you will consider making a contribution to the Legal Defense Fund Auction.
As a support system for journalists who find themselves in trouble while defending press freedoms, we want to keep you covered. Read a story about one news organization who has been helped this year by the LDF.
The silent and live auctions will take place at the 2014 Excellence in Journalism conference in Nashville, Tenn.
No donation is too large or too small. We ask that you send your items in, or confirm your donation via email to Communications Coordinator Taylor Carlier at email@example.com by the deadline. The SPJ Headquarters address is 3909 N. Meridian St. Indianapolis, IN 46208. When mailing your donation, please include this donation form.
STUDENT REP & REGION 11 DIRECTOR CHOSEN
At a SPJ board meeting Monday, it was decided that Matt Hallwill serve as the interim Region 11 Director and Brett Hall will serve as an interim Student Representative until EIJ14. Read through a blog post by SPJ President David Cuillier with the voting tallies and the decision process. Also, take a look at the other candidates running for elections that will be decided upon at EIJ14.
In an attempt to fight against journalists being detained without cause, SPJ wrote a press release Friday. In the press release, SPJ called for the release of a Washington Post journalist and other journalists in Iran without an explanation from the government. Read the press release here and get the background information about the situation here.
REGISTER FOR EIJ14 BY AUG. 20
Missed the early bird registration deadline? No worries, you still have time to get the pre-conference registration deadline pricing.
Register for Excellence in Journalism 2014 by Aug. 20 to spend $100 less than at-the-door registration.
CHOOSING YOUR NEW LEADERS
All members are encouraged to review candidates for national office, who will be elected by the SPJ membership. Click here for bios of people who have declared their candidacy. Interested? You can still run for an office. Contact Nominations Chair Sonny Albarado at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The SPJ Board Meeting will be held during EIJ from 9 a.m.-noon on Thursday, Sept. 4. The Opening Business Session will take place after from 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m. The Closing Business Session is Saturday, Sept. 6 from 3 p.m.-5 p.m. You'll receive your electronic ballot via email at the close of the Opening Business Session and can vote until 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 6.
All members have a say in SPJ's national leaders. Make sure you're ready for the electronic vote in September by having a valid email on file with SPJ HQ. Not sure or need to update it? Contact Chapter Coordinator Tara Puckey at email@example.com.
ATTENTION CHAPTERS: DELEGATE INFO
If your chapter hasn't received information about delegates authorized for the national convention, chances are we're missing something from you at SPJ HQ. Send Chapter Coordinator Tara Puckey an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to get things squared away.
If your chapter received an email about delegates to EIJ14, remember that the Authorization Form must be filled out before Aug. 8.
BOOK YOUR EIJ14 HOTEL ROOM
Reserve your room at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center while rooms are still available. Learn more online about the accommodations if you haven't booked yet. Conference attendees receive discounted rates at the hotel.
Looking for a roommate to share hotel costs? Visit the roommate board to leave a comment and find others who are looking for a roommate.
NEW ON DEMAND TRAINING VIDEOS
Are you a member? Then you're in luck. You have access to all of SPJ's on Demand training videos, including our most recently released series Photography 101. Educators: use this new series, or one of the seven others, for classroom training purposes.
EIJ14: 'THE DOCTOR IS IN'
Need some one-on-one or small-group feedback? "The Doctor Is In" will be a roundtable discussion at EIJ14 where you can get answers in a smaller, give-and-take group setting. At "The Doctor Is In" you can talk to experts about your areas of passion, interest and needed improvement. This is your time to get customized, individualized feedback. Topics for discussion are decided by you!
So, email suggestions to Scott Leadingham at email@example.com or tweet them to #EIJdoc by Aug. 8.
NATIONAL SECURITY JOURNALISM CONFERENCE
October 1-2, 2014 | Washington, D.C.
The Medill National Security Journalism Initiative invites journalists who cover the military, homeland security or defense matters to participate in the National Security Journalism Conference scheduled for Oct. 1 - 2, 2014, in Washington, D.C., at The Hamilton Crowne Plaza.
The invitation-only conference, limited to 30 participants, will include a briefing at the Pentagon, panel presentations and top military, administration and policy experts to broaden your expertise on national security and military issues while developing new sources and story ideas. Major themes include the future of security, new ideas on covering veterans and how to conduct effective Internet research on national security with The Washington Post's Margot Williams. It will also include hands-on work with, the latest online presentation tools and how to use them for defense stories with Miranda Mulligan of the Knight Lab. Participants will receive a $200 stipend to defray travel costs ($100 if you are within 200 miles of Washington); lodging will be provided for the nights of Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 at the at the site of the conference. Find program details and apply for registration here.
LAST WEEK'S QUIZ
What news organization reportedly laid off 17 journalists last week?
The New York Daily News
And the winner is ... Sarah Campbell of the Arkansas Pro Chapter. Congratulations!
THIS WEEK'S QUIZ
What large news organization had a reporter accused of plagiarizing a Wikipedia entry last week?
Submit your answer to Taylor Carlier.