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By Karen Grabowski
SPJ Communications Department
MOE OPEN UNTIL FRIDAY. Wednesday was the deadline to submit entries to the Mark of Excellence Awards. However, submissions may be completed until 11:59 p.m. EST, Friday Jan. 29. If you have any questions, please contact Lauren Rochester at (317) 927-8000 ext. 210.
AWARDS FOR PROS. Pros — you have two weeks left to submit your work for the Sigma Delta Chi Awards, the contest that honors professional excellence in journalism from 2009. The deadline to enter is Feb. 12. Read the rules and view the 2009 awards issue of Quill magazine to read about previous winners. This year, a page in Quill could be dedicated to you. Learn more about the contest categories here. Enter online today.
TAKE TWO. Two other awards honoring journalists and those who share essential information are available as well: The New America Award and the Heroes of the 50 States: The State Open Government Hall of Fame.
The New America Award honors public service journalism that explores and exposes an issue of importance to immigrant or ethnic communities in the United States. The deadline to submit is Feb. 12. The Heroes of the 50 States is a joint venture by SPJ and the National Freedom of Information Coalition that recognizes long-term contributions of individuals to open government in their respective states. The deadline to nominate a hero is Feb. 15. Learn more about both awards at the SPJ Awards page.
D.C. WRITING WORKSHOP. If you're in the Washington, D.C., area, you cannot miss this essential writers workshop. The SPJ Narrative Writing Workshop with Pulitzer winner Tom Hallman Jr. will be at The Marriott Inn & Conference Center April 3 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Learn a new approach to the traditional inverted pyramid and open your mind to creative options for the newsroom. The cost to attend, which includes breakfast and lunch, is $40 for SPJ members and $60 for non-members. See the workshop Web site for more information and to see a sample video of a previous workshop. Please register online by March 30.
INDY CONVENTION VIDEO. If you have video taken during the 2009 SPJ Convention in Indianapolis, SPJ is interested. Specifically, we're looking for video shot during the Saturday night President's Installation Banquet and its awards presentation. Please contact Scott Leadingham at 317-927-8000 ext. 211 or email@example.com if you can help with this request.
CHAPTER LEADERS NEED APPLY. Applications for the 2010 Ted Scripps Leadership Institute are now being accepted. Professional and student chapter presidents for 2010-11 are strongly encouraged to apply. The institute helps participants learn how to help their chapters be successful with sessions on interpersonal and organizational leadership skills, as well as sound chapter management practices. The only cost to you is an investment of $100 — all travel, lodging and meal costs are provided for this fantastic opportunity. The program is open to only 50 participants, so apply online today! The deadline to apply is March 16.
GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR NEW JOURNALISTS. The SPJ Reporters Institute is for journalists who have just graduated or are in the first three years of their career. An exceptional training program held at The Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla., the program was created by industry professionals and young journalists who know and understand the issues you face.
Krystal Allan participated in the program last summer and here's what she has to say:
"It was excellent. Please encourage grads who haven't quite nailed down a job to check it out!"
There are two programs — one for print journalists and one for broadcast journalists — that focus on ethics, FOI, diversity and the new media trends that seem to change daily in this fast-paced profession. SPJ encourages all early career journalists to apply. Applications will be accepted until March 1. Contact Heather Porter with questions.
SPRING CONFERENCES. It may not feel like spring yet, but we hope you're thinking about your spring plans — we are! No matter where you live, there is a SPJ Spring Conference in your region. Information on the 2010 SPJ Spring Conferences is now online. New updates have been posted, so please take the time to review your region's conference. Don't know your region? Click here to find out.
THE RIGHT TOOLS FOR THE JOB. The Journalist's Toolbox was updated Jan. 27. New resources include information on public safety, the new Apple iPad, multimedia editing tools and journalism jobs! And that sampling doesn't even scratch the surface of tools on this site. Check it out today!
A FOCUS ON JOBS. Within the past week, three new jobs were posted to the SPJ Job Bank. If you haven't already created a profile, please consider posting your resume to the Job Bank. Employers can browse those profiles whether they post a job or not. Log in today!
NATIONAL AWARDS FOR PROS & STUDENTS. The Scripps Howard Foundation is accepting entries to its National Journalism Awards. The deadline to submit is Jan. 30.
Since 1953 the Scripps Howard Foundation has recognized the best work in journalism through its National Journalism Awards, which offers awards totaling $185,000. The competition recognizes excellence in 18 categories, including categories of particular interest to SPJ members: radio and television journalism, service to the First Amendment, editorial writing, human interest writing, environmental and public service reporting, investigative reporting, business/economics reporting, Washington reporting, commentary and photojournalism. Cash prizes are $10,000 for each category with the exception of investigative reporting, which carries a $15,000 cash prize. The postmark deadline is Jan. 30; winners will be announced March 12 and honored in Tampa, Fla., April 23. Direct questions to Sue Porter at 513-977-3030.
Please note that collegiate journalism is also recognized by these awards. There is even one category of particular interest to certain SPJ student members. The college cartoonist category does not have an entry fee and offers a $10,000 cash prize.
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. Submission deadline is Monday, Feb. 1.
IMMIGRATION REPORTING PROGRAM. With immigration continuing to be a hot-button issue, the Institute for Justice and Journalism invites journalists to apply for its 2010 fellowship program, "Immigration in the Heartland." Selected Fellows will participate in a week-long conference in Oklahoma and Texas, starting April 10, focusing on immigration in the nation's interior regions and the South. IJJ covers all expenses. The application deadline is Feb. 9. Visit the Web site for more information.
JOURNALISM AND SCIENCE IN KY — A CONFERENCE. This week, the Louisville NPR member station, WFPL, launched a consortium of public radio stations throughout the region interested in producing environmental news and features. The mission of the consortium is to reach the widest possible audience to raise the level of awareness and understanding of some of the region's most pressing environmental issues, creating an editorially-driven news service unlike any other in the Ohio River Valley. To celebrate the launch, WFPL, in conjunction with Hanover College's River Institute, is organizing "Covering the Ohio River Valley: A Convergence of Scientists and Media." The conference, in Louisville on Feb. 26-27, will bring together researchers, reporters and educators to examine regional scientific and environmental issues as well as strategies for covering them. See more information on the SPJ Calendar.
LAST WEEK'S QUIZ. Name the newspaper that announced this week it will begin charging frequent readers for access to its Web site starting January 2011?
Many of you answered — and we thank you for it!
But only one could win... Congratulations, Becky Tallent! Becky is an assistant professor at the University of Idaho School of Journalism and Mass Media. She tells us that her students are crushed that the Gray Lady, The New York Times, will soon charge its online readers. Well, Becky, while we can't do much for your students, we can reward you with this prize: The Best American Magazine Writing 2009, compiled by the American Society of Magazine Editors. We hope you'll enjoy it!
THIS WEEK'S QUIZ. Three months ago, Newsday put its Web site behind a pay wall. Can you tell us how many people, according to news reports this week, have signed up to subscribe to the site under a new $5 weekly rate?
Submit your answer to Karen Grabowski for a chance to win a prize.