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By Karen Grabowski
SPJ Communications Department
AWARDS DEADLINE. The Mark of Excellence Awards contest deadline — Wednesday, Jan. 27 — is less than a week away. Students, submit your best work from 2009 for a chance to be nationally recognized. As student and SPJ board member Andrew Seaman says, "all you need is a great piece of journalism and a computer." Enter online as soon as possible! The closer we get to the deadline, the busier our server becomes with entrants' activities. If you have questions, please contact Awards Coordinator Lauren Rochester at (317) 927-8000 ext. 210.
And to all you pros out there, don't forget about your awards contest deadline. The Sigma Delta Chi Awards deadline is Friday, Feb. 12. Be sure to review the new rules and categories. Enter online here.
NEW SPRING CONFERENCE 411. No matter where you are in the nation, there will be a spring conference in your region. Information on the 2010 SPJ Spring Conferences is now online. Several regions have updated their conference information (especially Regions 2, 5, 7 and 8), so please take time to look at their pages. Don't know your region? Click here to find out.
CAN YOU KEEP UP? SPJ President Kevin Smith has joined Twitter and will be posting tweets about his activities. Follow him and see if you can keep up with our hard working prez. Since he took office in August, he's welcomed a new chapter from New Mexico; traveled all over the country to events on the future of journalism; initiated collaborative relationships with sister journalism organizations like the Committee to Protect Journalists and taken on Capitol Hill — to name a few.
And don't forget to follow the general SPJ Twitter feed: @spj_tweets.
AVAILABLE NOW: 2010 CONVENTION. The most current information about the 2010 SPJ Convention and National Journalism Conference is now available online.
One of the exciting bits of news you'll find is that the Las Vegas Sun's Rob Curley will be one of our distinguished speakers. Read about Curley, considered to be one of the most innovative folks in the biz, and more convention items on the new Convention Web site. And don't forget to keep checking back, as the site will be updated frequently.
WE NEED MENTORS. Put your experience to work by mentoring another SPJ member. Members wishing to serve as mentors should have at least five years of professional experience. Mentors who have experience in the following areas are specifically needed: publishing/book authoring, D.C. work experience, radio, television, online media and photography. Those interested may apply by visiting the SPJ Mentor page. Please contact Heather Porter with questions.
REMEMBERING GENE CHAMBERLIN. SPJ recently learned of the death of Lawrence Gene Chamberlin, a member since 1953. Chamberlin died July 20, 2009, after battling Parkinson's disease for several years. Chamberlin's wife, Margy, wrote to SPJ, "Journalism was his life." Born in Iowa, Chamberlin received a journalism degree from Iowa State University and developed a strong newspaper career. After serving in the U.S. Army, he followed a long-held dream to own a newspaper at age 30, moving his family to Mobridge, S.D., to purchase the Mobridge Tribune. During his time in South Dakota, Chamberlin and his wife established the Tribune South Dakota State University journalism internship and scholarship program. Chamberlin continued to give back to journalists and the community through his newspaper consulting business, by teaching a newspaper management course at South Dakota State University and by funding the annual Chamberlin Lecture at Iowa State. He was also inducted into the South Dakota Newspaper Hall of Fame.
NEED FOR SPEED IN CINCY. Need to perfect your elevator pitch? Greater Cincinnati SPJ's speed pitching event will give graduating college students and mid-level journalists (ages 22 to 32 ONLY) the opportunity to meet face-to-face with the hiring managers from local media outlets. It takes place on Wednesday, Feb. 3, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Cincinnati Observatory Center.
The program is the brainchild of Generation J Committee Chairwoman Aiesha Little, and her committee is currently pitching the idea to all professional chapter presidents, with the goal of getting at least 10 chapters to sponsor an event this year. Besides Greater Cincinnati, the Northern California chapter also plans to host one this May at the Journalism Expo at the University of San Francisco. If you'd like your chapter to host this program, contact your local president and/or programming chair. Contact Aiesha for more information about Gen J initiatives.
GEN-J COMMITTEE ADDS YOUTUBE CHANNEL. Another resource that came from the great minds of the Generation J Committee is the SPJ GenerationJ YouTube Channel. Questions will be posted on the channel every few weeks. The current questions focus on early careers and diversity. If you'd like to submit a question, send an e-mail to the committee. If you'd like to answer a question, you can do so on the group's channel or Facebook page.
HOUSTON, WE HAVE A DIRECTORY. All cliché NASA catch phrases aside, the Houston chapter released a fantastic resource for the local area: the latest edition of its Houston Area Media Directory. The directory was created by chapter volunteers, and proceeds will be used for professional development programs for area journalists — professional and student. The chapter has been publishing this directory for more than 20 years. To learn more about its production and how you can produce one for your area, contact Susanne Pagano.
NYC CAFE SPOTLIGHTS SPJ MEMBER. SPJ member Randy Gener will read a scene from his new play-in-progress in New York City next week. The reading will take place at the Nuyorican Poets Café Jan. 25, from 8:30-10:30 p.m. Gener, a New York writer, poet, editor, playwright and visual artist, returns to New York after having given a series of lectures and talks in India. He is an award-winning writer and co-founder and editorial board member of a new international Web journal, Critical Stages, which features articles and essays in English and French.
BACK IN BUSINESS. Last week, we told you about the 'exiled' bloggers who were really former writers and editors of Editor & Publisher. This week we report that E&P is back, but the former editor, Greg Mitchell, and former senior editor and staff writer Joe Strupp are not. Read Mitchell's blog post about how he heard the news. And, until we all hear otherwise, continue to read Mitchell and Strupp as they write in exile.
JOURNALISM AND ITALY: GREAT COMBO. The International Journalism Festival will be held in Perugia, Italy, April 21-25. Top names, stunning location, free entry, networking heaven. The annual Perugia International Journalism Festival is the leading journalism event in Italy. It is an open invitation to listen to and network with the best of world journalism. The atmosphere is one of informality and accessibility, designed to appeal to journalists, journalism students and those interested in the role of the media in society. Simultaneous translation into English and Italian is provided. All festival events are open to the public free of charge.
And if you need a reason to go, here is a journalism award that will be presented at the International Journalism Festival. Apply for it and you may win a way to get there:
The Digital Heretics Journalism Award invites the submission of online reportages incorporating video, audio, text, photographs, animation (or a mix of these) that make innovative use of the Internet (crowdsourcing, collaborative journalism, mash-ups, Web 2.0, etc). The reportage must have been published in 2009 and can be in Italian or English. The first prize is 2,000 euros. You do the math.
DANIEL PEARL AWARDS. The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists has extended its deadline for submissions to its Daniel Pearl Awards for Outstanding International Investigative Reporting until Jan. 31. Please visit the awards Web site to learn more about the program and how to submit an entry.
GERALD LOEB AWARDS BUSINESS JOURNALISM. UCLA Anderson School of Management and the G. and R. Loeb Foundation invite business, financial and economic journalists from print, online and broadcast media to submit entries and nominations for the 2010 Gerald Loeb Awards for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism. The Loeb Awards began in 1957 with the mission to recognize writers, editors and producers who make significant contributions to the understanding of business, finance and the economy for both the private investor and the general public. This year, the Loeb Awards are launching significant changes that embrace emerging technologies and new media. The awards submissions process will be entirely electronic and two new Loeb Awards categories have been created: Online Commentary and Blogging; and Personal Finance. Submissions and nominations for the 13 competition categories and two career achievement awards will be accepted online only at www.loeb.anderson.ucla.edu. Submission deadline is Monday, Feb. 1.
LAST WEEK'S QUIZ. Last week, we asked you about an award-winning journalists. Here, again, is last week's question:
This week, Haiti was rocked by a devastating earthquake that news organizations are reporting is affecting three million people. Miami, Fla., has one of the largest Haitian immigrant populations in the U.S., and the Miami Herald was one newspaper that immediately sent reporters and photographers to provide coverage of the tragedy. One journalist from the paper has been noted for the compassion relayed through his photography of Haiti after the country was hit by Hurricane Ike. In fact, he received a 2008 Sigma Delta Chi Award and a 2009 Pulitzer Prize for his work. Name this journalist.
The answer is Patrick Farrell.
The member who was chosen from our correct entries is Gloria Johnston, a member of the Colorado Pro Chapter. Congratulations, Gloria! You are now the proud owner of Frank A. Aukofer's book "Never a Slow Day." Aukofer is the retired Washington bureau chief of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (formerly The Milwaukee Journal). His book is part memoir and part autobiography of his adventures as a newspaper reporter in the 20th century. Happy reading!
THIS WEEK'S QUIZ. Name the newspaper that announced this week it will begin charging frequent readers for access to its Web site January 2011?
Submit your answer to Karen Grabowski for a chance to win a prize.