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By Karen Grabowski
SPJ Communications Department
EARLY CONVENTION BIRDS GET EXCLUSIVE WESTIN RATE! Register by Aug. 5 for the 2009 Convention and National Journalism Conference in Indianapolis and receive a discounted rate at the Westin. Located downtown in the heart of the city, the Westin Indianapolis is connected to the Indiana Convention Center and Circle Center Mall by a covered sky bridge; is within walking distance from area attractions like Victory Field and Lucas Oil Stadium; and will offer an oasis of comfort and relaxation as you enjoy all our Convention has to offer. Visit our Web site for hotel and travel information. Register now and take advantage of an affordable SPJ-ONLY price!
LET SPJ PAY YOUR WAY TO CONVENTION. The Robert D. G. Lewis First Amendment Award is a $500 cash award that a student can use to attend the 2009 SPJ Convention Aug. 27-30. Students can capitalize on networking opportunities, media training and professional development programs. But don't delay! The postmark deadline is Tuesday, July 14. To apply, students should send a letter of interest documenting their service to the First Amendment and any other documentation that illustrates their service, a one-page biography, résumé and three letters of recommendation. For more application information, visit the award Web page. Contact Awards Coordinator Lauren Rochester with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or 317-927-8000 ext. 210.
INTERNSHIP STILL AVAILABLE! Students! Do not forget that there is a page designer position with The Working Press open at the annual Convention. This year's Convention is set for Aug. 27-30 in Indianapolis. The selected intern will need to arrive 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 email@example.com by July 15. (Please note: We are only accepting applications from page designers at this time). Contact Heather Porter with questions.
SPJ GOES TO WASHINGTON (D.C.). It may just be a bill, but SPJ will be sittin' on Capitol Hill next week. SPJ leaders will meet with several key legislators July 13-14 to discuss the passage of a federal Shield Law. They will focus on placing a federal shield law into the forefront of political discussion. There are two federal shield law bills pending, S. 448 and H.R. 985, both known as the Free Flow of Information Act. Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation hearings placed a further stall on the bills, so SPJ is taking a firm stance for the bills to ensure that they stay on the Senate Judiciary Committee calendar. Check out the press release on our site for more information.
Along with SPJ, a number of other organizations have joined the shield law effort, including the Newspaper Association of America, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, Radio-Television News Directors Association, and Investigative Reporters and Editors, among others. Learn more about SPJ's efforts by clicking here.
SUNSHINE AND FREEDOM. SPJ is pleased to announce the recipients of the Sunshine Award and the First Amendment Award.
Recognized for their important contributions in the area of open government, the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) earned the Sunshine Award. The First Amendment Award, which honors person(s) or organizations for their extraordinarily strong efforts to preserve and strengthen the First Amendment, are awarded to three publications: The Oklahoman/NewsOK.com, the Detroit Free Press and Marjie Lundstrom and Sam Stanton of the Sacramento Bee.
To learn more about the award winners, please read the press releases about POGO and the First Amendment Award recipients.
BOOT CAMP KICKS SKILLS INTO SHAPE. Give your skills a workout by attending the Multimedia Boot Camp taught by the Freedom Forum Diversity Institute Aug. 9-14 in Nashville, Tenn. The hands-on training program is catered to journalism educators, professionals and students seeking to hone their skills in audio, photo and video storytelling. The intensive schedule includes learning how to produce multimedia on a budget, using Adobe Photoshop, producing two video projects and more. The boot camp is modeled after the Freedom Forum's acclaimed multimedia curriculum and equals a 2-credit-hour college course.
Boot camp will be held at the Freedom Forum's John Seigenthaler Center in Nashville, Aug. 9-14. Tuition is $850 with low-cost housing available at Extended Stay/Vanderbilt. For more information and to apply, visit www.freedomforumdiversity.org. Questions? Contact Val Hoeppner at firstname.lastname@example.org or 615-426-7160.
OUR TOOLBOX IS ALL A-TWITTER. Need a one-stop-shop for numerous journalism resources immediately? Now you can find the Journalists' Toolbox on our Web site and on Twitter. Tweet with @journtoolbox and links and resources will be sent to you as fast as the click of a mouse.
INVESTIGATIVE NONPROFITS BAND TOGETHER. Charles Lewis, executive editor of the Investigative Reporting Workshop, alerted the public about the new Investigative News Network in his article published on the Nieman Watchdog Web site. Representatives from about two dozen nonprofit news organizations gathered at John D. Rockefeller's estate June 29-July 1. The group met after months of generating ideas for developing a network that would combine their abilities, initiatives and work to serve the public. The result of the "Building an Investigative News Network" conference was just that — "a new, synchronous mechanism," as Lewis put it, that is "a seismic event in the annals of American journalism." To learn more, visit American University's Investigative Reporting Workshop Web site.
PINPOINTING PROPAGANDA. If you're attending the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication convention next month, consider a special "pre-convention" workshop. The AEJMC History Division, in conjunction with the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, will offer a $15 half-day session Aug. 4 from 1 — 5 p.m. on the museum's new exhibit, "State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda." For more information, contact Janet Keefer at email@example.com.
LAST WEEK'S QUIZ. There have been many famous people who got their start in the Circle City. Congratulations to Aiesha D. Little, Associate Editor of Cincinnati Magazine, for naming Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds, Kurt Vonnegut and Vivica Fox. Other Indy celebs include Jane Pauley, David Letterman, Steve Burton, Mike Epps, Benjamin Harrison, Jim Davis, James Whitcomb Riley and, my personal favorite, Jared the Subway Guy.
THIS WEEK'S QUIZ. Jared the Subway Guy may be from Indianapolis, but he famously made many trips to Subway while attending school at Indiana University in Bloomington. He's not the only famous person to have graced Bloomington's eating establishments. President Obama, then campaigning for the Democratic Party nomination, stopped in Bloomington during the University's famed Little 500 bicycle race. Which famous restaurant/bar did he visit? And if he'd stayed in town long enough, he might have caught a screening of what movie about the "largest collegiate bike race in the United States"?
Submit answers to Karen Grabowski.