By Pierce Presley
BLOG BONANZA. SPJ has added two great new blogs to SPJ.org'salready massive collection . SPJ Works allows for an even stronger connection between SPJ members and headquarters. This blog offers the staff members' perspectives on recent SPJ events. Check out the latest posts about the Scripps Leadership Institute and SPJ's Narrative Writing Workshops. While you're at SPJ Works, check out SPJ's other new blog, SPJ Varsity. This new spot offers sports writers a common place to post and discuss the latest happenings in the sports world. Check back for new additions to both SPJ Works and SPJ Varsity weekly!
STUDENT JOURNALISTS SUE. Student editors at Armstrong-Atlantic State University's newspaper, The Inkwell, filed suit Monday against the Savannah, Ga., university, saying it had slashed the paper's budget in retaliation for critical coverage and chilled their expression of First Amendment rights. In March, the paper's budget was cut 27 percent while other student organizations received consistent or increased funding. Read the entire story by the Student Press Law Center. SPJ sent a letter to the administration opposing the budget cuts but didn't hear back from the university. FOI FYI blogger David Cuillier is on the story, with advice for students in similar circumstances.
SPORT SHOPS WHITE, MALE. A survey performed for the Associated Press Sports Editors shows that newspaper sports departments and sports Web sites are not as diverse as other newsroom departments. APSE members received a 'C' grade for racial hiring practices and an 'F' for gender hiring practices. Read the entire article to review the official numbers the survey returned.
ATLANTA OR BUST. Registration for the 2008 SPJ Convention & National Journalism Conference is now open. The program will take place Sept. 4-7 in Atlanta. Surf over to SPJ's Convention page to register or get information about programming, hotel and travel, a roommate request and most other conference details. Early registration rates run through July 28 and are only $185 for professional members and $135 for students, advisers and retirees. Room rates at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta are $160 through Aug. 6 or until the room block fills. Go ahead! Register today!
HIT THE EXPO FOR NEW BLOOD. Is your company looking to hire some fabulous new journalists? Do you have a program or service that would benefit from meeting nearly 1,000 journalists? If so, consider being part of the Journalism Expo at the 2008 SPJ Convention & National Journalism Conference. Recruiters and exhibitors gain access to close to 1,000 journalists from all walks of the profession. Please contact Heather Porter or visit the Journalism Expo page for more information.
CASH FOR CONVENTION. Applications are currently being accepted for the Robert D. G. Lewis First Amendment Award. SPJ and the Lewis family present this award to a student member of SPJ who has demonstrated outstanding service to the First Amendment through the field of journalism. Please visit the awards page for complete details or contact Heather Porter. The $500 cash award must be used toward attending the 2008 SPJ Convention & National Journalism Conference in Atlanta. The application deadline is July 14.
TRY STORYTELLING AT ITS BEST. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Tom Hallman Jr. will share the art of storytelling during a Narrative Writing Workshop, July 26, at the University of Richmond in Richmond, Va. The program is $40 for SPJ members and $60 for non-members. Lunch is included. Late fees apply for registrations received less than two weeks before the workshop. For complete details or to register, visit SPJ's Narrative Writing Workshops page or call Programs Coordinator Heather Porter at (317) 927-8000, ext. 204.
CAMPAIGN 2008. SPJ is seeking qualified individuals to serve as officers and directors for 2008-2009. The board of directors provides vision, direction and leadership to SPJ, the nation's largest journalism organization.
Elections will be held on Saturday, Sept. 6 at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta, in conjunction with the 2008 SPJ Convention & National Journalism Conference. The following officers and directors will be elected:
— President-elect (one-year term). This person automatically becomes SPJ president the following year.
— Secretary/Treasurer (one-year term)
— Director at Large (two-year term)
— Campus Chapter Adviser at Large (two-year term)
— Campus Representatives (two seats; one-year terms). These positions include travel stipends to cover costs of student participation.
— Region 1 Director (two-year term representing Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Central/Eastern Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont)
— Region 4 Director (two-year term representing Ohio, Michigan, Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia)
— Region 5 Director (two-year term representing Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky)
— Region 7 Director (two-year term representing Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska)
— Region 8 Director (two-year term representing Oklahoma and Texas)
— Region 9 Director (two-year term representing Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming)
— Region 10 Director (two-year term representing Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington)
Please review Articles VI and VII of the SPJ bylaws for descriptions and qualifications.
Interested candidates should contact Immediate Past President Christine Tatum as soon as possible.
COVER THE POLITICIANS. Want to follow in the footsteps of Hunter S. Thompson and Mayhill Fowler? Then MySpace and NBC want you! My Space IMPACT, MSNBC.com and NBC News are choosing one citizen journalist to attend the Democratic convention and another to attend the Republican convention. Check out the Fishbowl NY blurb for more information.
TOOLS FOR REPORTING FROM CHINA. The 2008 Beijing Olympics are only one month away, and this year's games will be even more memorable than usual ... for journalists anyway. For the first time in recent history, foreign journalists have been promised the right to work freely without interference from Chinese authorities. Because of this privilege, Play the Game for Open Journalism has put together a package of tools to help journalists paint a clear and detailed picture of China and the Olympics. Learn how to find the information you'll need in China, get the number for Play the Game's Olympics journalist helpline and much more here.
EDITING NARRATIVES. From "Brave New World of Narrative" to "Editing for the Ear" to "Shaping Packages in Picas and Pixels," you'll learn how to enliven prose and work creatively with writers at the Nieman Seminar for Narrative Editors at Harvard University. Choose from more than two dozen talks, panels and hands-on workshops led by 10 of the country's best narrative practitioners, including Adam Moss, editor in chief of New York magazine; Clark Boyd from public radio's The World; David Talbot, founding editor of Salon and Jacqui Banaszynski, recognized nationally as one of the most inspiring narrative instructors. For more information and to apply, visit the seminar Web site.