By Karen Grabowski
June 11, 2009
SPJ Communications Department
A LASTING TRIBUTE TO TERRY HARPER. Terry Harper's leadership, stewardship and passion helped make SPJ the vibrant organization it is today. SPJ will create a lasting tribute to Terry that will honor his memory and recognize his valuable years of service. SPJ President Dave Aeikens appointed a three-person committee of SPJ leaders who will determine how to respect and uphold Terry's strong legacy. The committee intends to announce its decision at the SPJ Convention in Indianapolis, Aug. 27-30.
If you would like to contribute to the Terry Harper Memorial fund, you may send a check or donate online. Please make checks payable to the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation and mail to:
Terry Harper Memorial Fund
3909 N. Meridian Street
Indianapolis, IN 46208
LOVE FOOD, WINE AND TRAVEL? The International Food, Wine and Travel Writers Association will pay you to enjoy and write about food, wine and travel. The IFWTWA offers a scholarship to experienced writers who are interested in becoming Food, Travel, Wine or Culinary Travel writers. A cash prize and a membership to IFWTWA are included in the scholarship.
The IFWTWA is a group of international writers and was founded in Paris in 1954. The purpose of the organization is to further the research, travel, education, writing and publishing efforts of food, wine, travel and culinary travel journalist members in all media. The deadline to submit an application is Aug. 15, 2009 before noon. Visit here for more information on the scholarship and how to apply.
COMPETE FOR AN OLYMPICS SYMPOSIUM. A McCormick Foundation Specialized Reporting Institute symposium on "Covering Chicago's 2016 Summer Olympic bid" will be hosted by DePaul University Sept. 13-15. All journalists from any medium are encouraged to apply. Attendees become McCormick Fellows who will have direct access to experts, speakers, a bus tour of venue sites and panels on related subjects. The symposium is a valuable, resume-building opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge of a world-class city and its convergence with the world's premier sports event.
Funding from the McCormick Foundation will underwrite the seminar, travel (mileage reimbursement or economy airfare) and lodging expenses of selected participants. The deadline to apply is Aug. 7, 2009. For more information on the symposium and how to apply, please call 773-325-7585 or visit their Web site.
A TISKET, A TASKET, FILL UP A BASKET! Each year at the SPJ Convention, the Legal Defense Fund auction raises thousands of dollars to support legal efforts in the fight for open records and proceedings. Please be part of the process by getting your chapter involved or by being involved individually.
In addition to asking for individuals to donate items for the auction, we would like local chapters to assemble a Regional Basket of goodies that in some way showcases your geographical area. Chapters may fill the basket with anything, but we ask that you please value it between $50 and $75. Popular baskets from the past included Kentucky Blue Grass Chapter's "Fine Kentucky Bourbon" and William O. Douglas Pro's "Kona Wine and Treats." Have fun, be creative and think about all the money that can be raised to protect the First Amendment.
Please ship assembled baskets and other donations to Lauren Rochester at national headquarters at 3909 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46208. She can be reached at 317-927-8000 ext. 210 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Items must be received no later than July 31; we are unable to accept items on-site at the convention. Please include a donation form with your item.
GET A WORD IN. There's still time to be heard. Every SPJ member is encouraged to comment on the members and professionals nominated for honors such as the Sunshine Award, Ethics in Journalism Award and Helen Thomas Lifetime Achievement Award. Recipients will be honored at the President's Installation Banquet at the Convention. Log on to SPJ.org to see the nominees and offer your thoughts. (Note: Requires username and password. For your security, SPJ staff does not have access to forgotten passwords.)
BE ON THE BOARD. June 18 is the last day to submit your candidacy biographies for board positions for inclusion in Quill. SPJ encourages all eligible members to consider running for one of 13 open seats, ranging from student representative to president-elect. All open positions are elected at the 2009 Convention. The term of office begins Saturday, Aug. 29, 2009, following the installation banquet. See all the details about the positions and declaring candidacy at the SPJ Web site.
SEARCH COMMITTEE. SPJ President Dave Aeikens announced today that an eight-person committee will begin the search for the next executive director. In a letter to SPJ, SDX board members and committee leaders, President Aeikens introduced the committee and laid out the intended plans for the search that will start in July. To learn more, please see the news release on the SPJ Web site.
TIME IS RUNNING OUT TO WIN $10,000. The Founding Fathers viewed the basic freedoms guaranteed in the First Amendment not as a luxury, but as a necessity. That is why the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation funds the Eugene S. Pulliam First Amendment Award for efforts of a group or an individual. The award honors those who have fought to protect and defend the First Amendment and all its components. Please nominate your colleagues, or feel free to nominate yourself. With a prize of $10,000, the recognition is truly a prestigious honor and will be presented during the SPJ Convention. Transportation and lodging is provided for the winners. Submit nominations by July 1. See the SPJ Web site for complete details and an application.
LAST WEEK'S QUIZ. Last week's quiz honored Terry, and we so appreciated your wonderful thoughts and condolences. Maker's Mark is a favorite around here, and there is much respect given to those who share it! The distiller is Bill Samuels, Sr., the original founder and creator of Maker's Mark, who began his dream when he bought Burk's Spring Distillery in Happy Hollow, Ky. Congratulations to Michael Drudge from San Antonio, Texas, for answering correctly!
THIS WEEK'S QUIZ. We are excited to have CBS News' chief foreign affairs correspondent Lara Logan at the 2009 SPJ Convention. She will speak at the Mark of Excellence Awards Luncheon that will honor top student journalists for their work. Among many accomplishments, Logan has covered the war in Iraq and was the only journalist from a U.S. network in Baghdad when the U.S. military entered the city.
Interestingly, there is a great deal of analysis and coverage of foreign journalists in Iraq, but Iraqi journalism — like who they are, the freedoms they do or do not have — seems to get less attention. Ten days after the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003, Israa Shakir wrote for the first edition of the Iraq Today newspaper. According to the Washington Post, in 2005 Iraq Today was a broadsheet published daily with a circulation of more than 5,000. Can you name another newspaper published in Iraq?
Submit your answer to Karen Grabowski.