By Karen Grabowski
SPJ Communications Department
WE NEED YOUR HELP! Odds are you've seen our messages and e-mails about the SPJ National Awards we are so proud to give to our members annually. We need your help to honor the men and women who contribute to both the Society and to the profession. Please read about the national awards and nominate those you believe should be recognized by the entire organization. Click on the links to learn more about the award and how to submit a nomination (self-nominations are accepted). The postmark deadline to nominate is April 15.
The Wells Memorial Key is the highest honor SPJ bestows upon a member for outstanding service to the Society over a period of years.
The David L. Eshelman Outstanding Campus Adviser Award is presented annually to the person who has made an exceptional contribution to the campus chapter for which he or she serves as SPJ adviser.
The Howard S. Dubin Outstanding Pro Member Award salutes individual members who have made significant contributions to their SPJ chapters and regions.
The Regional Director of the Year Award honors an outstanding SPJ regional director for exceptional service and contributions to their region and the Society during the preceding year.
KNOW AN OUTSTANDING STUDENT? We will honor an SPJ student member for his/her outstanding service to the First Amendment with the Robert D.G. Lewis First Amendment Award, which recognizes a student member who has demonstrated exceptional service to the First Amendment thorough journalism. The award was created to honor Robert D.G. Lewis who was SPJ President in 1985-86, National FOI Chairman in 1978-83 and a Wells Key Recipient in 1980. Through the generosity of the Lewis family, the award recipient will be given assistance with his/her attendance to the SPJ Convention & National Journalism Conference in Las Vegas this October. If you know a student who you would like to nominate, please do so by June 13. Learn more about the award and how to nominate a student (or yourself) here. Contact Lauren Rochester at 317-927-8000 ext 210 if you have questions.
WRITERS IN THE WEST... ...Should check out the SPJ Narrative Writing Workshop in Santa Clara, Calif., Saturday, May 8! Editors and reporters looking to reinvigorate their writing craft are invited to attend the event May 8 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The day is filled with tips for creating exciting news stories and is led by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Tom Hallman Jr. Learn more about the workshop and how to register online.
GET PAID TO INTERN FOR SPJ. SPJ is now accepting applications for its yearlong, paid internship: the SPJ Communications Post-Graduate Internship. The ideal candidate for this position should be a recent college graduate (bachelor's or master's) with prior internship experience in communications. We're looking for someone to help put SPJ in the media spotlight and assist in growing the organization and serving Society members. Click here for application instructions. The application deadline is 5 p.m. Eastern, April 26.
HERE'S A TIP. The Web content for the March/April issue of Quill magazine will be posted Thursday, April 1. Be sure to go online to the Quill site to see a Web-only piece that delves into a recent ethical debacle involving the Church of Scientology and St. Petersburg Times.
THEY LOVED IT. YOU CAN, TOO! SPJ Regions 2, 3, 5 and 8 hosted successful SPJ Spring Conferences this past month where journalists in respective areas enjoyed outstanding professional development sessions, top-notch speakers and opportunities to meet and learn from new people. On the weekend of April 9-10, six more regions will host conferences. If your conference hasn't already passed, find your region's event today and register to come! Happening April 9-10:
Region 1: The Big Apple will host the Region 1 Spring Conference. Register here and contact Rebecca Baker with questions at 914-694-5064.
Region 4: The Region 4 Spring Conference will be in Cleveland, Ohio, at the Cleveland Marriott Downtown at Key Center. Register online and contact Anthony Kozlowski for more information.
Region 7: Journalists in Region 7 are meeting at the Doubletree Omaha Downtown in Omaha, Neb., for their spring conference. Register online and contact Heather Porter at 317-927-8000 ext. 204 if you have questions.
Region 9: If you're in Region 9, your spring conference will be in Denver, Colo., at the Denver Press Club. Register online and contact Sara Crocker at 303-426-6000 with questions.
Region 10: In the Northwest, the Region 10 conference will be held in Seattle, Wash., at the Bell Harbor International Conference Center. Learn more information here and contact Hilary Reeves at 206-351-2751 if you have questions.
Region 12: Journalists in Region 12 will meet in Knoxville, Tenn., at the Holiday Inn Downtown. Learn more information, register and contact Amanda Womac if you have questions.
WE'LL STILL WAIVE. 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.
SPJ CALENDAR. Don't want to wait for our weekly update to learn about upcoming events? Check out the SPJ national Event Calendar online. We feature both SPJ and journalism-related events. Write to firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like to share something for the calendar.
SERVE ON THE BOARD. Don't forget that we are currently accepting applications from candidates who wish to serve as officers and directors for 2010-11.
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. All individuals seeking a national board position must complete a declaration form, submit a photo and complete a board questionnaire that will be distributed to all voting delegates. The declaration form is a new component to the candidacy requirements, so please carefully 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 Chairman Dave Aeikens and Executive Director Joe Skeel as soon as possible if you are interested. Good luck!
PERSON OF INTEREST. An interesting journalist to follow is CBS Radio's Mark Knoller. Knoller is a White House reporter for CBS Radio who The Wall Street Journal's Elizabeth Williamson called "the unofficial keeper of presidential data." Williamson writes that Knoller's "database is the work of a self-described hoarder, filing milestones and minutiae of the American presidency." Knoeller keeps everything the presidents do on record, from the days they spend away from the White House (and where they go) to the number of speeches delivered (how many times a teleprompter was used) to the number of countries and states they visited (Obama has visited all 50 states, but only 28 as president). White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer referred to him as the "unofficial historian of the White House." He's also the second-most followed CBS personality on Twitter after Katie Couric. Follow him for the nitty-gritty West Wing updates @markknoller.
LAST WEEK'S QUIZ. Q. Google recently redirected traffic to its Google Hong Kong service in response to the Chinese government's censorship mandate. Name the Chinese-language search engine that, based in Beijing, was once Google's rival in the country but is now dominating the market.
Congratulations to Jannon "J.J." Barrow from the University of California, Berkeley. Keep an eye on your mailbox for your prize from SPJ, J.J. Thanks for playing everyone! Ready for another round of trivia? Read on.
THIS WEEK'S QUIZ. Q. This April, astronaut Clayton Anderson will embark on one of the final Space Shuttle missions. When he goes, he will be taking two illustrations by a cartoonist who hails from his home state of Nebraska. Name the cartoonist.
Submit your answer to Karen Grabowski for a chance to win a prize.