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SPJ Leads | 8/14/2008
All About Convention: Speakers, Workshops and Awards, oh my!


Alyson Ahrns
SPJ Communications Department

IT'S ALL IN THE A.T.L.. Your last chance to get the discounted pre-registration price for SPJ's 2008 Convention & National Journalism Conference in Atlanta (Sept. 4-7) is approaching quickly. After Friday, Aug. 22, SPJ staff will be southbound and out of the office, so the higher, on-site registration fees will apply. To make sure you save yourself an extra $50 for gas money or a night out on the town in Atlanta, head to the Convention Registration page now and take advantage of the pre-registration price!

NOW OR NEVER. The deadline for the special SPJ room rate being offered exclusively to 2008 Convention attendees is only good until tomorrow (Aug. 15). Visit the Convention hotel page to reserve your room now!

Still not sure if you should attend the National Journalism Conference? Maybe these great professional development sessions will change your mind.

If not, keep reading.

SUPER DUPER SESSIONS. At this year's conference, you'll have the opportunity to learn about the changing industry from experts who understand the struggles journalists face. This year's Super Sessions feature talks with Charlayne Hunter-Gault, who made civil rights history as the first African-American woman to enter the University of Georgia and now works as a foreign correspondent for NPR; Martin Fletcher, Emmy-award winning NBC News correspondent; Rich Boehne, president and CEO of the E.W. Scripps Company; and Julia Wallace, editor of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Check out their full bios on the Convention Highlights page.

BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE. We just told you about a handful of the presenters from top media outlets such as CNN, NPR, Scripps, NBC News and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, but it doesn't stop there. Also scheduled to speak or conduct workshops are Hannah Allam, McClatchy's bureau chief in Cairo; Brett Blackledge, 2007 Pulitzer Prize winner for investigative journalism; Hank Klibanoff, co-author of "The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle and the Awakening of a Nation," which won the Pulitzer Prize in history in 2007; and Tom Hallman, Jr., a Pulitzer Prize winner considered one of the nation's premier narrative writers. To see the full list of speakers and the topics they will be covering, visit the Convention Programs page.

SUNDAY SPECIALS. If you're extending your stay in Atlanta through Sunday, Sept. 7, you should take advantage of the Half-Day Workshops SPJ has lined up. This year's schedule includes Freelancing in Today's Journalism Industry, Video for the Web and Introduction to Databases (Outside of Excel). Advanced registration is required, and space is limited. Visit the Half-Day Workshops page to reserve your seat!

SPJ AWARDS. Over the past few weeks, the Society has been announcing this year's SPJ Awards winners. Many of these winners will be recognized during convention in Atlanta, either at the Mark of Excellence Luncheon Friday, Sept. 5 or the President's Installation Banquet Saturday, Sept. 6. Join us at both events to congratulate this year's winners in person by registering today!

To read SPJ's press releases announcing this year's winners, visit the following links:
Sunshine Awards
First Amendment Awards
Ethics in Journalism Award
Lifetime Achievement Award
Distinguished Teaching in Journalism Award
Fellows of the Society
Robert D.G. Lewis First Amendment Award
Howard S. Dubin Outstanding Professional Member Awards
Julie Galvan Outstanding Graduate in Journalism Award
David L. Eshelman Oustanding Campus Adviser Award

SPJ will announce even more awards in the coming weeks. Keep checking the SPJ News page for the latest awards announcements!

CLIP CRITIQUE. The Career Development Center, open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5 and Saturday, Sept. 6, is the ideal opportunity to have your résumé, tapes, writings samples and anything else you feel is portfolio-worthy critiqued by some of journalism's leading experts. The CDC staff will help you with everything from choosing the best samples for your portfolio to offering suggestions on how to make your résumé the best one-stop shop for potential employers.

AND AFTER THE CRITIQUE. Bring your new and improved portfolio to the Journalism Expo and meet recruiters who are looking for outstanding journalists to join their newsrooms. The J-Expo opens Thursday, Sept. 4 at noon and continues through Saturday, Sept. 6. Among those exhibitors on the J-Expo floor will be The Boston Globe, Broadcast Interview Source, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, Marketwire, Inc., NPR and many more. Check out the full list and descriptions of each company on the J-Expo page.

GO BEHIND-THE-SCENES. The 2008 SPJ Convention & National Journalism Conference is packed full of exciting opportunities for journalists to improve their craft, including several behind-the-scenes tours of Atlanta's leading broadcast studios. Studios such as the sports stations of the Dickey Broadcasting Company, Georgia Public Broadcasting, WSB-TV Atlanta and Cox Radio Atlanta have been kind enough to open their doors to this year's Convention attendees free of charge! For more information and to pre-register, check out the list of tours on the Convention Highlights page. You don't want to miss this unique opportunity.

ATLANTA ATTRACTIONS. The city of Atlanta offers 2008 Convention attendees plenty of great sights and sounds to enjoy over the Sept. 4-7 weekend. Besides the attractive CNN studio tour and trip to the majestic Georgia Aquarium, comedian Kathy Griffin and the Atlanta Braves will be in town the same weekend as you. Check out all the attractions and admission information to start planning your after-hours activities today!

ON A SIDE NOTE. SPJ is hiring. We're looking for a bookkeeper. Reporting to the Controller and Executive Director, the bookkeeper is responsible for daily administrative and accounting functions. Mastery of QuickBooks is required. The successful candidate must have experience in all facets of bookkeeping, including A/P and A/R, payroll processing, bank reconciliations as well as proficiency with the Microsoft Office suite of programs. Experience with database management, especially iMIS, is a plus. For more information, go to our posting.

SPJ offers competitive compensation and a generous benefits package. E-mail your cover letter, résumé, three professional references and salary requirements to Executive Director Terry Harper.

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