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By Karen Grabowski
SPJ Communications Department
INTERN AT CONVENTION! Get invaluable, hands-on print experience at the 2009 Convention and National Journalism Conference in Indianapolis. A page designer position has opened up for The Working Press, the annual Convention newspaper. This year's Convention is set for Aug. 27-30 in Indianapolis. The selected intern will need to arrive in Indianapolis by 2 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 26 and the internship ends Sunday, Aug. 30. For complete details and application requirements visit http://www.spj.org/workingpress.asp. E-mail your application materials to firstname.lastname@example.org by July 15. (Please note: We are only accepting applications from page designers at this time). Contact Heather Porter with questions.
STRIKE WHILE THE IRON IS HOT! Early registration for Convention ends Aug. 2 and reduced rates at The Westin are available until Aug. 5. For more information and to register, please visit our Convention Web site.
CONVENTION AUCTION WILL NOW HONOR TERRY. The SPJ Executive Committee voted on June 27 to give the proceeds from this year's annual auction — which historically have gone to the Legal Defense Fund — to help fund the lasting tribute to former executive director Terry Harper. The tribute will honor Terry's legacy and the mission of SPJ, which he influenced so strongly. The details of the tribute will be announced at the 2009 Convention and National Journalism Conference in Indianapolis.
Please consider donating to the auction. Items may be sent to Awards Coordinator Lauren Rochester at: 3909 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46208. Items should arrive in Indianapolis by July 31. We are unable to accept items on-site. Please submit the auction form with your donation. For more information, contact Lauren at email@example.com or at 317-927-8000 ext. 210.
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE WRAP-UP. It was a busy weekend in Minneapolis for the SPJ executive board members June 26-28. In addition to changing the focus of the annual auction, the board discussed plans to move forward with the search for the next executive director and a joint 2011 convention with the Radio-Television News Directors Association. Members are encouraged to read about the meeting detailed in the President's Memo on our Web site.
GIVE BACK, BE A MENTOR. Whether the media is struggling or is at the peak of success, we are all in this together. Share your insight with a rising journalist. SPJ's Mentor Match-Up program needs mentors. We have several mentees on a waiting list and we'd like to match these eager journalists as soon as possible! We specifically need mentors with experience in photography, TV, radio and new media. Please visit http://www.spj.org/mentor.asp for complete details and a link to the online mentor application.
BEST THINGS IN LIFE ARE FREE(LANCE). The Sunshine State is shedding a little light on a dark situation. In Miami, the South Florida SPJ chapter will provide a freelance career workshop for those who have been displaced from full-time careers in journalism or for anyone who wants to take charge of their freelancing career. Three successful local freelance journalists and editors, Oline Cogdill, Brett Graff and Tristram Korten, will host the session Thursday, July 16, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Miami-Dade Public Library main branch. For more information, please contact Alana Roberts at 702-523-4111 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
MINNESOTA MAKES HISTORY. On June 26, 2009, Hubbard Broadcasting and KSTP-TV went down in history books as a Historic Site in Journalism. The SPJ award is bestowed annually to one nationally recognized news organization, people or landmark — and the company founded by Stanley E. Hubbard in 1923 was more than deserving of the honor. As the honorary plaque notes, "With a reputation as an industry leader, Hubbard Broadcasting's list of 'firsts' in technology, journalism, advertising, community service and broadcast innovation stretches all the way from the long-ago to the yet-to-be." This is the first time the award was given in Minnesota, and the SPJ executive board was on hand to share in the festivities.
YOUTUBE GIVES US JOURNALISM 101. Just when you thought YouTube was only good for funny videos to go viral, Google launched a YouTube channel called Reporters' Center: helping you report the news. The hub features well-known journalists, such as Bob Woodward, Katie Couric, Scott Simon and Nicholas Kristof, giving advice on reporting the news. Woodward gives tips on investigative journalism, Couric discusses how to conduct a good interview and others share tips and insight on citizen journalism and journalism ethics. The venture gives the public a behind-the-scenes glimpse of journalism and journalists' lives, the raw (see Kristof's tips on covering global humanitarian crisis) and the true. YouTube also encourages journalists with reporting experience to upload their own "how-to" videos to share with the world.
FRED BROWN SHARES AIR WAVES AND ADVICE. SPJ's very own Fred Brown took on ethics and citizen journalism with the podcast Digital Trends, sharing his knowledge and past experiences. An ethics expert and the current Ethics Committee vice chairman, Brown spoke on many issues related to citizen journalism, social media and ethics. Giving a nod to SPJ's Citizen Journalism Academy, Brown stressed that "if you want to be regarded as a reliable source you need to be ethical ... the biggest part of being ethical is being accurate."
LAST WEEK'S QUIZ. Our quiz last week highlighted a distinguished man in journalism, Eugene S. Pulliam. When asked who his well-known relative is (outside of his father), several members hit their reply buttons furiously, not only answering correctly, but providing humorous anecdotes and quotes from Eugene S. Pulliam's nephew: former Vice President Dan Quayle. Congratulations to Scott McClesky, Managing Editor of Complinet, for answering the fastest and with style. A big thank you goes out to everyone who answered, especially those who included jokes...
THIS WEEK'S QUIZ. Care to try again? We hope you will, because this week's quiz requires some pop thought...
Indiana has been in the news lately and the focus has been Gary, the childhood home of the deceased "King of Pop" Michael Jackson. Upcoming action-packed movie "Public Enemies" also placed some focus on Indiana when Johnny Depp and film crew took over Crown Point, Ind., for a few days. But it is in the heart of the state, in Indianapolis, that we will hold our 2009 Convention. For this week's quiz, name three famous people from Indianapolis.
Submit your answer to Karen Grabowski.