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LAID-OFF? WE'LL WAIVE DUES. SPJ continues to offer its six-month dues waiver to current members who have been laid-off as a result of the economy and dramatic industry changes. To see if you qualify for the waiver, and to submit a request, please download this form and return it to SPJ headquarters:
Society of Professional Journalists
Eugene S. Pulliam National Journalism Center
3909 N. Meridian St.
Indianapolis, IN 46280
We hope you will consider this opportunity if applicable. We are so appreciative of your support, and we will continue to do all we can to support you.
SIGMA DELTA CHI AWARDS DEADLINE. After Friday, Feb. 5, you will have one week to submit your work for a chance to be nationally recognized with a Sigma Delta Chi Award. If you have any questions about the rules or the awards categories, please contact Lauren Rochester at (317) 927-8000 ext. 210. Our new online submission process makes entering easy and efficient, but please be aware that the closer we get to the deadline the busier our server becomes with entrants' activities. Submit your work today!
QUILL FOR YOU. AND YOU, AND YOU, AND YOU. The January/February issue of Quill magazine is hot off the press and on the way. But don't fret, if you can't wait to read it in print, you can always read online at the Quill Web site. While you're there, see some great Web-only video content, such as advice to those wanting to freelance internationally or tips on turning your digital SLR camera into a full video-recording tool.
And that's just on the Quill site. Quill is also available in a fully-functional e-magazine format that closely mirrors the print-reading experience. See the latest issue, and the archive, here.
SPJ REMEMBERS WALTER LISTER. SPJ recently learned of the death of longtime SPJ member Walter Lister, a print and broadcast journalist who died Dec. 30, 2009. He spent 17 years at the New York Herald Tribune and was a producer with CBS News for 25 years. Lister served in the Army Air Corps and was hired as a reporter after World War II but joined CBS News during the 1962-63 newspaper strike. He won numerous awards for his work including four Emmys and a Peabody. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to CUNY Graduate School of Journalism Student Scholarship Fund, Attn: Future Journalists Fund in Honor of Walter Lister, 219 West 40th Street, New York, NY 10018.
FOLLOW SPJ CHAPTERS LIVE. Here's a handy way to breeze through some of what's happening with SPJ chapters: this real-time list of tweets from SPJ chapters updates all the time. SPJ member and social media guru Monica Guzman highlighted this function on the blog she maintains for SeattlePI.com. Guzman explains how the widget works and how you can make your own. So check out our live list of SPJ chapter tweets and think about how you can make the tool work for you. And if your chapter has a Twitter account and isn't on the list, just follow @spj_tweets to be added.
A WORKSHOP OUT WEST. Pulitzer Prize winner Tom Hallman Jr. is heading to California this summer to host his successful SPJ Narrative Writing Workshop in Santa Clara, Calif. If you will be in the area on May 8, you will not want to miss this fantastic program! Hallman opens your mind to creative options for the newsroom and new ways to approach traditional journalistic writing. The cost to attend, which includes breakfast and lunch, is $40 for SPJ members and $60 for non-members. Visit the workshop Web site for more information and to see a sample video of a previous workshop. Please register online by May 4.
(And don't forget that there is a Narrative Writing Workshop in the D.C. area on April 3. Register online by March 30!)
SPRING CONFERENCES UPDATE. No matter where you are in the country, there will be a SPJ Spring Conference in your region! Please continue checking the conference Web page for updates. In fact, Region 1 (encompassing Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, Central/Eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey) just launched its spring conference Web site. Region 1 hosts its conference April 9-10, so keep visiting the Web site for new updates!
Don't know your region? Click here to find out.
TRAINING FOR NEW JOURNOS. The SPJ Reporters Institute is for journalists who have just graduated or are in the first three years of their career. An exceptional SPJ training program held at The Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla., the institute was created by industry professionals and young journalists who know and understand the issues you face and want to help you succeed. 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 consider applying. Applications will be accepted until March 1. Contact Heather Porter with questions.
SERVE ON THE BOARD. The work SPJ accomplishes is made possible by its incredible volunteers who step up as leaders. You can be one of those leaders. We are seeking qualified individuals to serve as officers and directors for 2010-2011. To run for the national board, candidates must be national SPJ members in good standing, have demonstrated commitment to SPJ, and provide proof of employer support for SPJ activities. Please review the nomination and candidacy information on the SPJ Web site.
At the SPJ Convention & National Journalism Conference, Oct. 3-6 in Las Vegas, elections will be held for the following positions:
— Adviser at Large
— Director at Large
— Student Representative (two positions open)
— Regional Director in Regions 1, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9
Read more about the available positions and how to nominate a colleague or yourself. While there is no deadline to declare, any candidate wishing to have his/her candidacy announced in Quill magazine must meet a June 18 copy deadline. Contact Nominations Committee Chair Dave Aeikens and Executive Director Joe Skeel as soon as possible if you are interested. Good luck!
STUDENTS: GAIN EXPERIENCE IN VEGAS. Student journalists: It's never too early to consider the incredible internship and real press experience you'll receive by covering the SPJ Convention, Oct. 3-6 in Las Vegas. Twelve positions are available for hard-working student journalists to staff The Working Press, a daily tabloid newspaper that covers the convention activities. Writers, photographers and designers are invited to apply for these select positions. The deadline to apply is April 16.
By completing the internship, students will get a convention registration and free lodging at the conference hotel, the Planet Hollywood Hotel & Casino. Click here for more details and how to apply. Please contact Heather Porter if you have questions.
ABA JOURNAL STAFFERS MAKE COVER. SPJ member Molly McDonough is a cover girl! McDonough, Assistant Managing Editor of ABA Journal, and other ABA Journal staffers are the cover story of the ASAE ASSOCIATIONS NOW February issue. The staffers' Web-savvy work improving their multimedia skills for the ABA Journal's Legal Rebels project was highlighted in the feature article that's now available online.
HALF A CENTURY OF SPJ. Fifty years ago this week, A. E. P. (Ed) Wall became a member of Sigma Delta Chi. It was Feb. 1, 1960. On Feb. 3, 2010, Ed shared this with us:
When I looked at the electronic Quill a few minutes ago I was reminded that I became an SDX member 50 years ago this week--on Feb. 1, 1960, in Honolulu. I don't remember everybody present that night, but I do remember that Bill Lederer, who wrote "The Ugly American," and Bill Ewing, managing editor of the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, were there. I was Sunday editor of the Star-Bulletin, which had recently added a Sunday edition. During the following years I became editor of the Hilo (Hawaii) Tribune-Herald, and eventually managing editor of the morning Advertiser. The year I became a member was the year SDX changed its name. I served a couple of terms as president of the Hawaii Professional Chapter. This note to you is to let you know that membership can mean a lot and last a long time.
Ed, on behalf of all of us at SPJ, mahalo.
NEW DEADLINE: LOEB AWARDS. In the past two SPJ Leads, a graf about the 2010 Gerald Loeb Awards for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism has appeared. Please note that the deadline to submit to the contest is now Monday, Feb. 8. All submissions are received online.
LAST WEEK'S QUIZ. Q. 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?
Congratulations to Angela Chen! Angela is a Master of Science candidate, Class of 2010, at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Thank you for playing, Angela! We are pleased to award you with Jean Otto's "First Love: Memoirs of a First Amendment Freedom Fighter." Otto was not only a pioneering journalist, she was the first female president of SPJ. Happy reading!
THIS WEEK'S QUIZ. As you know, we are based in the heartland of Indiana — home of the Indianapolis Colts! Needless to say, if you dropped by tomorrow, you'd see most of the staff in their blue and white (along with the majority of the city). So in honor of our proud hometown, we ask you this:
Whether you're a football fan or not, you probably know that Peyton Manning is the son of famed Saints quarterback Archie Manning , which makes for an interesting story this 44th Super Bowl. But do you know how many times Peyton has won The Associated Press NFL Most Valuable Player? (Hint: It's a record)
Please submit your answer to Karen Grabowski for a chance to win. Note: All football chatter will be forwarded to Executive Director Joe Skeel, who was present at the AFC Championship game two weeks ago. Trash talk at your own risk.