By Andrew M. Scott
SPJ Communications Department
TRAINING MADE EASY. Did you know the Television News Center is sponsoring Newscast Producer/Writer Training on Aug. 28 in Washington, D.C? With JournalismTraining.org, you'll stay in the know about national, regional and online professional development training.
Whether you're an editor, reporter, broadcaster, designer, photographer or full-time freelancer, every journalist will benefit from the easy-access training searchable at JournalismTraining.org.
This one-stop resource is full of professional development opportunities for everyone in the media industry. More than 50 different topics are available, from one-day photo illustration sessions to full week-long workshops on better writing. Search by location, topic or time of year for training that will help you advance your career and give you the tools you need to stay at the leading edge of technology.
TWO WEEKS LEFT TO DONATE. With two weeks left to donate, we need your help to raise money for the Legal Defense Fund Auction during the 2010 SPJ Convention & National Journalism Conference Oct. 3-5 in Las Vegas. Of course, an auction requires items to auction off. Now is your chance to help fellow journalists (or yourself) by donating an item or service to the auction, which has silent and live components. Be sure to fill out and submit this form when sending items to SPJ Headquarters.
The Legal Defense Fund is one of many resources SPJ maintains to help journalists and news outlets protect their press freedoms. It's integral to the Society's mission of "improving and protecting journalism," and we want you covered.
The donation deadline to submit is Sept. 1st!
For more about the LDF and the auction, e-mail Lauren Rochester or call 317-927-8000 ext. 210 with questions.
Thank you in advance for helping SPJ to protect journalists like you!
VIVA LAS VEGAS. The "Bright light city gonna set your soul on fire" when the 2010 SPJ Convention and National Journalism Conference comes to Las Vegas. With professional development programs, half-day workshops, the Journalism Expo and the Legal Defense Fund Auction, this convention promises to be the journalism-industry event of the year. The early registration deadline to get the best rates ends Sept. 8. REGISTER NOW. Click here for all the details.
And let's not forget all of the other great sights to see in the entertainment capital of the world!
We know that your budget is tight so we put together a list of free events that are sure to keep you entertained during your spare time at the convention. From the Bellagio Fountains Water Show to the Freemont Street Experience Light Show, there's never a dull moment. The Hard Rock Café Rock Memorabilia includes an entire wall devoted to the King of Rock and Roll.
Under 21 and coming to Vegas? The nightlife club options may be limited but T.J. Tranchell's convention article shares insight to some of the affordable entertainment every student member can enjoy.
And remember the most important takeaway: The professional skills you learn in Vegas WON'T stay in Vegas!
CONGRATS TO OUR SEJ WINNERS. The Society of Environmental Journalists recently announced the winners of the 2009-10 Awards for Reporting on the Environment. SEJ's journalism contest is the world's largest and most comprehensive awards for journalism on environmental topics. Among those winners, we want to send a special shout out to two SPJ members:
FIRST PLACE: Outstanding Explanatory Reporting, Print
Kuni Takahashi was involved with the Chicago Tribune's Agent Orange: A lethal Legacy, a five-part series on Agent Orange's lethal legacy explains in heart-wrenching detail how the weapons of war can keep on maiming and killing decades after hostilities end.
SECOND PLACE: Outstanding Beat/In-Depth Reporting, Radio
Lester Graham was involved with Michigan Public Radio's Coal: Dirty Past, Hazy Future, an indispensable guide to North America's most prevalent and most hidden source of energy.
Congratulations, Kuni and Lester! SEJ will honor the winners Oct. 13, 2010, at a gala ceremony in the University Center, University of Montana — Missoula, on the first day of SEJ's 20th annual conference.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT. Just in time for your back-to-school or end-of-summer reading list is the July/August issue of Quill. The annual Sigma Delta Chi Awards issue features profiles of the 88 winners in the contest that recognizes excellence in journalism. Plus, there's the regular slate of Toolbox columns on ethics, narrative writing, digital media and more.Click here for the fully-functional digital e-magazine, ready for reading on your laptop, iPad or preferred hand-held device.
Remember, if you don't like the e-magazine way of reading, you can catch all the Web-based content at the Quill website. There you'll find online-only articles not in the print or e-magazine editions. For example, check out this "Covering the Spill" piece by our summer Pulliam/Kilgore FOI intern April Dudash.
If you have feedback, questions, comments, letters, or submissions (such as chapter news or obituaries), please e-mail editor Scott Leadingham or call 317-927-8000 ext. 211. Happy reading!
FREELANCE SURVIVAL 101. The Western Washington Pro chapter is providing "everything you wanted to know about freelancing but were afraid to ask" when it hosts the fourth annual All Access Pass on Tuesday, Sept. 21 at the REI Flagship store in Seattle.
The theme of this year's event is "The Freelancer's Survival Guide" and will start by taking participants "From Proposal to Paycheck." Other sessions will discuss hidden markets, how to diversify income sources, the care and feeding of editors, financial planning for freelancers and even how journalists can stand out from the crowd by creating their own brand. The first 15 to register will also get a one-on-one session with a career coach.
Tickets are $30 for SPJ members and $40 for others. Click here for ticket information. Seating is limited and tickets won't be available at the door.
LAST WEEK'S QUIZ. What is the name of the award-winning journalist and former producer of "CBS Evening News with Dan Rather" who shares his experiences of September 11, 2001 through the epic poem "Bikeman"? Just for extra credit, what author and style of writing inspired his narrative?
A. The author of "Bikeman" is journalist Thomas Flynn. The style for which he derived his epic poem was from Dante's free style canto, "Inferno."
And the winner is...
Caroline Cardwell of Richmond, Va. Congrats, Caroline!
THIS WEEK'S QUIZ. In 1808, the first Spanish-language paper was published in New Orleans. The publication opposed Napoleon's conquest of Spain, was just four pages long and reported on news from the homeland. Printed in English and Spanish, it lasted two years. What was the name of the publication?
Submit your answer to Andrew M. Scott.