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By Andrew M. Scott
SPJ Communications Department
THERE'S AN APP FOR THAT. The 2010 SPJ Convention and National Journalism Conference is at your fingertips for your time in Vegas with the Convention Mobile App. Create your personal schedule before you arrive; find local restaurants; get maps of the exhibit floor and meeting rooms; get details on the exhibitors, recruiters, sponsors and speakers; receive important on-site updates; and follow #SPJ10 on Twitter.
Download the app now onto your smartphone by going to http:/j.mp/spj2010.
STILL TIME! Missed the Convention early bird registration rates? It's OK because you can still make the pre-registration deadline and save money!
With just over a week left until the deadline, register now for great programs, workshops, recruiters and the Expo! The professional development skills you learn in Vegas WON'T stay in Vegas!
FIND YOUR STORY. We're inviting Pittsburgh-area reporters and editors to step out of the inverted pyramid and into the art of storytelling at the upcoming Narrative Writing Workshop, Nov. 13 at Wyndham Pittsburgh University Place.
Through SPJ's Narrative Writing Workshops, participants will learn options for reinvigorating the writing craft. Join Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and reporter Tom Hallman Jr., from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a day filled with tips for creating excitement in news stories. Click here for registration information.
The freestyle conversation with Hallman includes discussion on:
— Defining narrative writing
— Reporting for narrative
— Long form narrative storytelling
— How you can apply narrative techniques to your daily reporting
— Strategies for your newsroom
Have a special project in the works? Share it! Participants can send Hallman a sample of their work in advance of the workshop. Tom will critique the work and discuss it with the rest of the class. Registration for the workshop ends Nov. 1. The cost for SPJ members is $45 and includes breakfast and lunch.
To learn more about the program and Hallman, see the NWW page. If you have any questions, please e-mail Heather Porter at email@example.com.
THE 2010 PULLIAM AWARDS. Last month, we announced winners of the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation's two annual Pulliam Awards.
Jim Dwyer, columnist for The New York Times, is the 2010 recipient of the $75,000 Eugene C. Pulliam Fellowship for Editorial Writing.
Dwyer is the first columnist to win the award under its expanded guidelines, broadening eligibility to include columnists in addition to editorial writers. He will be recognized Sept. 25 during an awards luncheon at the 64th annual National Conference of Editorial Writers convention in Dallas.
Read the full announcement here.
Renee Dudley is the winner of the Eugene S. Pulliam First Amendment Award for her work exposing a South Carolina state law that closed all emergency medical service records.
Dudley's work for the 22,000-circulation Island Packet of Bluffton, S.C. won the $10,000 award. Judges chose Dudley for her dedicated work upholding First Amendment rights. Dudley, who now works for the Post & Courier in Charleston, S.C., will be honored during a banquet Oct. 5 at the SPJ Convention & National Journalism Conference.
Read the full announcement here.
CAMPUS CHAPTER EXCELLENCE. We're pleased to honor a select group of campus chapters for their outstanding work. Among 11 chapters recognized, Ohio University was named national Outstanding Campus Chapter of the Year.
Annually, each of SPJ's 12 Regional Directors selects one chapter in his or her region that has performed outstanding service to the SPJ, their campus and the journalism profession. From these 12 chapters, one chapter is selected by the Vice President for Campus Chapter Affairs as the Outstanding Campus Chapter of the Year.
The regional honorees are:
Region 1: Rutgers University
Region 2: Appalachian State University
Region 3: University of Florida
Region 4: Ohio University
Region 5: Eastern Kentucky University
Region 6: St. Cloud State University
Region7: University of Iowa
Region 8: None
Region 9: Colorado State University
Region 10: Pacific Lutheran University
Region 11: Arizona State University
Region 12: University of Mississippi
Read the full press release here. Congrats to all 11 chapters!
SHAPING THE INTERNET. The Internet has had a profound impact on the journalism industry. More information is available at the touch of a button than ever before, but this has brought the challenge of distinguishing trustworthy sources from rumor mills. Soon the Internet will undergo a significant change to its structure.
The letters to the right of the dot in a Web address (e.g. ".com") will offer new choices for Internet users, spanning a wide variety of topics, brands, and geographies. The following survey asks your opinion on a new region of the Internet that would be designed specifically for the reporting of news and information.
As a member of the nation's largest and most broad-based journalism organization, you are asked to help shape this future. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey and have your voice heard.
Access the survey here.
KEEP LEARNING WITH SCRIBD. As the SPJ Digital Media Committee's year comes to a close, its members are hard at work putting together Part 2 of The SPJ Digital Media Handbook. Their goal is to have Part 2 available before the 2010 Convention in Las Vegas.
As homage to Scribd for housing the handbook's content and making it accessible to journalists around the globe, committee chairwoman Hilary Fosdal recently recommend some other incredible resources that can be found for FREE on Scribd. Check out all the great resources listed here on the committee's blog.
CORRECTION. The previous edition of SPJ Leads noted that the live and silent auction for the Legal Defense Fund will be held during the Opening Night Reception on Oct. 3.
The live auction will be held during the opening night reception on Oct. 3 and the silent auction will be Sunday and Monday during the Journalism Expo.
LAST WEEK'S QUIZ. To keep the fun "rolling" with our Las Vegas Convention trivia... In 1996, what Vegas entertainers celebrated their 25,000th performance and 15,000th performance?
A. In 1996, Siegfried and Roy celebrated their 15,000th performance and Wayne Newton celebrated his 25,000th show.
And the winner is...
David Sheets of St. Louis and James Rutherford of Las Vegas. It was apparently a tough one. Congrats, guys!
THIS WEEK'S QUIZ. The Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino (the 2010 Convention venue) isn't the only "hot spot" on the Vegas strip. The first "mega resort" hotel and casino in Las Vegas opened in 1989 at a cost of $630 million. What is the name of the resort?
Submit your answer to Andrew M. Scott.