By Karen Grabowski
SPJ Communications Department
POST YOUR RESUME. The Job Bank is one of the best resources your membership buys you — another is the Freelance Directory. Both of these resources, however, are nothing unless YOU post your profile.
Make a move for your career — present or future: Take five minutes TODAY and post your resume on the Job Bank. Or if you are looking for freelance work, post your profile on the Freelance Directory. The more profiles there are, the more attractive both resources will be to employers and editors seeking to hire. And that, of course, will lead to more jobs and freelancing opportunities from which you can choose.
If you have questions, contact Karen Grabowski.
NARRATIVE NORTHWEST. Don't just report the story; tell it like it is. SPJ Narrative Writing Workshops are perfect for early career reporters and front-line editors who are looking for ways to expand and improve their writing styles. On Sat., Dec. 12, SPJ presents the workshop in Portland, Ore. Join one of the nation's premier narrative writers, Tom Hallman Jr., as he imparts his writing wisdom upon journalists for one day — and one day only!
The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and reporter will host the workshop from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Portland State University. Bring a specific project or a clean slate. Hallman will discuss several topics including strategies for your newsroom, reporting for narrative, long-form storytelling and how you can apply narrative techniques to your daily reporting. Registration for the session is open to everyone! The cost, which includes lunch, is $60 for SPJ members and $80 for non-members.
Register online and learn more about the workshop and Hallman at the SPJ Web site. Contact Heather Porter with questions.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, COLORADO PRO! The Colorado Pro chapter is WAY over the hill! The chapter turns 60 this year, and to celebrate the landmark (as well as the national SPJ centennial), a party will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 22, at the historic Denver Press Club. SPJ President Kevin Smith and long-time members Fred Brown and Deb Hurley will be present at the festivities as featured speakers. If you're in the state, make sure you stop by for appetizers and a celebratory cake. More details on guest speakers and how to RSVP will continue to be announced on the chapter Web site. E-mail Sara Crocker or Holly Wolcott.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT... The Sept/Oct issue of Quill magazine is available and hopefully in the hands or on the computer screens of every current SPJ member. For those who prefer to read their magazine online, the Digital Quill is available as a fully functional e-magazine (complete with page-flipping sound effects). Experience Digital Quill here.
Of course, you can always read the Web-based articles at the Quill Web site. There you can also get PDF copies of the current issue and, if you're a current SPJ member, access the Quill archive.
RESTRAINED IN KENTUCKY. Kentucky journalists displayed remarkable restraint in handling rape allegations against University of Louisville coach Rick Pitino, according to the three leading reporters tracking the story. Andrew Wolfson of The Courier-Journal and Candyce Clifft of Louisville's WDRB-TV joined sports columnist Mark Story of the Lexington Herald-Leader for a panel discussion on the allegations and media fallout. The program was sponsored by SPJ's Bluegrass Professional chapter and the University of Kentucky student chapter. Read more about the panel in this online Quill article.
SPJ AT YOUR FINGERTIPS
FACEBOOK. SPJ is on Facebook where people share information about global and domestic journalism issues, SPJ chapter events and personal industry insight. Join the national SPJ Facebook Group and keep an eye out for the new SPJ Fan Page coming to a computer screen near you SOON!
LINKEDIN. SPJ member Jennifer Peebles began the LinkedIn SPJ Group that connects journalists in all mediums and at all career levels. If you're on LinkedIn, add the SPJ group to your resources on your personal page. If you are not on LinkedIn, check it out!
TWITTER. Stay up-to-date with SPJ and industry news by following SPJ on Twitter! @spj_tweets is still going strong, delivering the official tweets from SPJ headquarters in Indianapolis. Tweet us, re-tweet us — just keep tweeting away about the industry and how you're practicing journalism in your corner of the world. Recent tweets about SPJ resources and SPJ shield law efforts are hot right now!
TOOLBOX TWEETS. And speaking of Twitter, join those who have picked up on a hot journalism resource: the SPJ Journalist's Toolbox available on Twitter. Nearly 1,000 people are taking advantage of the Twitter feed that gives resources to journalists for almost any story. Most recent tweets include resources for covering the federal government, journalists to follow, resources for covering the economic crisis and more. Follow the SPJ Journalist's Toolbox here and be on the way to becoming a better journalist! And don't forget to visit the Journalist's Toolbox Web site with thousands of helpful resources.
SPJ MEMBER WINS SLA AWARD. Congratulations to SPJ member Anne Mintz, who was honored by the Special Libraries Association (SLA) for her body of work and her contributions to the information and news gathering professions. Her book, "Web of Deception: Misinformation on the Internet," remains an extremely important and valuable tool for her librarian colleagues and anyone who conducts research online — including journalists. Read more about her accomplishments, her contributions to education as a teacher and her work here. Congratulations, Anne!
LAST WEEK'S QUIZ. Last week's quiz was very popular! We suspect the popularity stemmed from a creative change in the pattern OR because we may have inadvertently promised all the correct respondents a prize. If it was the latter, please forgive our folly. The FIRST person to answer the quiz correctly won the prize this week.
The question: What is the opposite of love?
The answer: Indifference/apathy/ambivalence
The winner this week is Heather Chambers, a reporter with the San Diego Business Journal. For her correct and speedy answer, Heather wins Jean Otto's book "First Love: Memoirs of a First Amendment Freedom Fighter." Otto was the first female president of SPJ, serving in 1979-80. Congratulations, Heather!
Thank you for everyone's introspective responses.
THIS WEEK'S QUIZ. Didn't win? Try again with this SPJ HQ trivia question:
Which SPJ staff member sat in the front row of a Snoop Dogg concert? To choose your answer, visit the SPJ Headquarters staff Web page and the SDX Foundation staff page.
For this week, if you submit the correct answer to Karen Grabowski, you will be placed into a drawing for another fantastic prize. Speed is not the key this week...