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By Karen Grabowski
SPJ Communications Department
$10,000 GOING ONCE, GOING TWICE. Nominate yourself or a fellow watchdog before this amazing opportunity is gone. The Sigma Delta Chi Foundation funds the Eugene S. Pulliam First Amendment Award that 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 it will be presented during the SPJ Convention. Transportation and lodging are provided for the winners. Submit nominations by July 1. See the SPJ Web site for complete details and an application.
REMEMBERING THE MEMBERS. Knowing that many journalists are victims of budget cutbacks and a changing industry, SPJ is now offering relief for laid-off members. Current SPJ members who have been laid-off can now receive a six-month membership extension at no charge. As members are the lifeblood of SPJ, your continued involvement and input is our priority. Quill magazine will be sent digitally to members who apply for this option, and SPJ asks for five hours of volunteer service in exchange. Current members requesting the benefit must fill out and submit this form.
EXECUTIVES MEET IN MINNEAPOLIS. The Executive Committee will meet June 27 in Minneapolis. All members are encouraged to view the agenda and packet materials that are available on the Web.
Speaking of SPJ leadership, do not forget that you can still nominate candidates for open SPJ board seats. The positions are elected at the 2009 SPJ Convention and National Journalism Conference, Aug. 27-30 in Indianapolis. The term of office begins on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2009, following the installation banquet. Interested candidates should contact Nominations Committee Chair Clint Brewer and Co-Interim Executive Director Joe Skeel as soon as possible. For more information about declaring candidacy or about the open seats, please visit our Web site.
LET YOUR CREATIVITY FLOW IN IDAHO. Don't miss Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and reporter Tom Hallman at the Narrative Writing Workshop in Boise, Idaho. Put new life into your words on July 25, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. You do not need to be an SPJ member to attend. The workshops are open to all reporters and editors — so tell your friends! For more information, visit our Web site or contact Programs Coordinator Heather Porter.
INVEST IN YOU. Take the next step in your career with us. SPJ's Job Bank has expanded to give its members an even greater benefit. By partnering with an outside company, Boxwood Technology, all SPJ members can now post résumés and career profiles. These profiles are accessible to registered employers and recruiters who are seeking candidates. No matter what your current career stage may be, posting your information in our secure database can give you an upper hand in this ever-changing career climate. Click here to get started.
FREE INFORMATION IS ALWAYS A GOOD THING. Reporters in search of supplemental information related to today's biggest stories need to look no further than SPJ's Journalist's Toolbox. Recently updated on June 23, the Journalist's Toolbox provides links to information that is helpful to any writer covering, among many topics, the economic crisis, the military, public safety and the environment. Content previously posted on the site is also available in the archive. We have your bases covered, so don't forget to use us!
D.C. ROCKED THE AWARDS. Washington, D.C. Pro chapter members raised the bar on how award banquets should be done. In addition to honoring a number of journalists, CBS News correspondent and anchor Bob Schieffer and his band, Honky Tonk Confidential, brought the house down during the ceremony June 9 at the National Press Club.
The chapter inducted Schieffer, PBS correspondent Gwen Ifill, U.S. News & World Report correspondent Kenneth T. Walsh and veteran BNA editor Toby McIntosh into its hall of fame. Washington Post columnist Courtland Milloy was honored with the 2009 Distinguished Service Award and 18 Dateline Award winners were recognized for their excellence in journalism. For more information on the event and its winners, visit the chapter Web site.
AP PICKS UP NONPROFITS. On July 1, the Associated Press will share watchdog and investigative journalism from nonprofit organizations with its newspapers. The pilot program will last six months, during which the AP will disseminate the content from the Center for Investigative Reporting, the Center for Public Integrity, the Investigative Reporting Workshop and ProPublica. Newspapers will have free access to the information through the AP's Web-based delivery system, AP Exchange. The pilot project may be extended and more nonprofit journalism organizations may also be included.
HIT THE HIGH NOTES WITH COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY. Capturing classical music and opera journalistically takes practice, practice, practice. To make that easier, the National Endowment for the Arts and Columbia University's Journalism School offers its sixth institute for journalists who specifically write about or supervise coverage about classical music. The program is designed for journalists who live and work outside the top media markets; freelancers and part-time writers may also apply. Most expenses are covered by the institute. The deadline to apply is July 23, 2009. Find more information online or by calling 202-210-9494. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for an application.
HONORING TERRY HARPER. Several initiatives will continue former Executive Director Terry Harper's legacy within and outside of the Society of Professional Journalists. One of those will be a lasting tribute to Terry's memory and recognize his valuable years of service. The plan for the tribute will be announced during the 2009 SPJ Convention & National Journalism Conference 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
LAST WEEK'S QUIZ. Last week, you had to go to our Convention Web site to find out which convention speaker was expelled from high school and college, fired from a Top 100 newspaper and nearly fined $5,000 while advising a college newspaper — and is presenting a session on career advice. Congratulations to Joanne M. Lisosky for correctly naming the mystery speaker: Florida Atlantic University professor Michael Koretzky. Michael's "Weird Careers in Journalism" session at the 2009 Convention is one you will not want to miss. In fact, you won't want to miss ANY of the sessions. See the full list of professional development programs here.
THIS WEEK'S QUIZ. This week's SPJ Leads highlights the Eugene S. Pulliam First Amendment Award, which honors anyone — from the media industry or elsewhere — who has actively defended and promoted the First Amendment. The award is named for Pulliam because he was well-known for consistently supporting activities which educated the public about First Amendment rights and values. But Pulliam began his journalism career long before that, starting his affinity for newspapers in grade school. He later attended DePauw University, where he became the president of the university's Sigma Delta Chi chapter. After serving in the Navy during and after WWII, "young Gene" worked in several positions with The Star. As most of us know, the rest is history — Pulliam was the publisher of The Star and The News until his death in 1999.
An inspirational man, Gene was not the only prominent figure in his family. Can you name his well-known relative (other than his father Eugene C. Pulliam) who also attended DePauw University and served in the military?
Submit your answer to Karen Grabowski.