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By Andrew M. Scott
SPJ Communications Department
ON THE AIRWAVES: PRESIDENT LIMOR & MEMBERSHIP. SPJ's new radio venture, hosted by Membership Committee member Holly Fisher, will feature SPJ's new president, Hagit Limor. The show will also continue providing tips on getting the most out of your membership in the nation's largest journalism organization.
If you are new to SPJ, or have always had a question you wanted answered, now is your chance to log in, listen and participate! Visit this page this page or use the embedded player on the SPJ website to listen in.
Next Episode: Thursday, October 14, 1 p.m. EST
Call-in Number: (347) 857-2441
RETURN OF THE ETHICS BOOK. SPJ is proud to release the fourth edition of "Journalism Ethics: A Casebook of Professional Conduct for News Media." Closely organized around the Society of Professional Journalists' code of ethics — the news industry's widely accepted "gold standard" of journalism principles — this updated edition uses 47 real-life case studies to demonstrate how journalism students and professionals can identify and reason through ethical dilemmas.
Shipping begins February 2011. Order today!
— SPJ members receive 20 percent off retail price
— 50 percent of proceeds go to the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation
— Marion Street Press will ship books in February
— Early order discount offer ends January 15, 2011
— U.S. orders only
Click here to order the book online from Marion Street Press.
SCRIPPS UNDERGRAD INTERNSHIPS. The Scripps Howard Foundation's Semester in Washington program is an internship program for undergraduate journalism students to write for the Scripps Howard Foundation Wire.
In addition to a strong focus on reporting and writing national news and features, the program includes visits to the U.S. Capitol, the Supreme Court, the Library of Congress, the Student Press Law Center and other journalism and government institutions.
Students can apply for one of three sessions a year: spring, summer and fall. Interns are paid a stipend and provided with free housing. The program works with universities to help students who want academic credit for the internship.
The application deadline for the 2011 spring and summer internships is Nov. 1.
Interns must be undergraduates — juniors or seniors — during the semester they are in Washington. Students with superior multimedia skills will be given preference over those without those skills.
For more details on the internship and to apply, follow this link.
A LOOK AT THE 2010 SPJ CONVENTION. Catch up on all of the excitement from this year's 2010 SPJ Convention and National Journalism Conference in Las Vegas last week! For recaps from sessions and events, follow The Working Press online edition and Twitter hashtag #SPJ10 for more from the event's attendees. You can also visit the Convention website for available session handouts.
During the convention, President Hagit Limor was sworn into office, new members to the board of directors were elected and delegates passed several resolutions. Among the resolutions were the need for FERPA reform and an opposition to checkbook journalism.
Read Hagit Limor's speech, which she gave during the President's Installation Banquet on the closing night.
Newly elected Secretary-Treasurer John Ensslin received the Regional Director of the Year award as the director for Region 9. SPJ also honored past president Irwin Gratz as the 2010 Wells Memorial Key recipient.
DEADLINE SOON FOR PITTSBURGH NARRATIVE WORKSHOP. We're inviting Pennsylvania/Ohio-area reporters and editors to step out of the inverted pyramid and into the art of storytelling at the Narrative Writing Workshop , Nov. 13 at the Wyndham Pittsburgh University Place.
Through SPJ's Narrative Writing Workshops, participants will learn options for reinvigorating the writing craft. Join Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist 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 more information and to sign up before the Nov. 1 deadline.
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. Hurry because registration for the workshop ends in three weeks!
Workshop Pricing (includes breakfast & lunch):
SPJ Members: $45
To learn more about the Workshop and Hallman, follow this link. If you have any questions, please e-mail Heather Porter at email@example.com.
TEXAS BROADCAST WORKSHOP. Make plans to head to the University of Texas-Austin campus for the Southwest Broadcast Newsroom Workshop, Oct.16, where The Radio Television Digital News Foundation and the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters will host a daylong, multi-topic newsroom seminar.
The event features some of the nation's best newsroom trainers with sessions for broadcast professionals in radio and TV newsrooms. Al Tompkins, broadcast/online group leader for the Poynter Institute, will kick off the day with a session challenging journalists' critical thinking in order to enterprise more stories.
A large contingent of the state's best broadcast journalists will present various sessions throughout the day. Concurrent session topics will focus on writing, social media, ethics, videography, enterprise reporting, investigative reporting, legal issues in newsgathering and other topics.
Workshop Pricing (includes coffee and lunch):
To learn more about the workshop or to register, follow this link.
A NEW ERA OF TRAINING BEGINS. SPJ is proud to announce the latest resource in our mission of improving journalism! eCampus is on-demand training that is readily accessible online and offers the latest inside tips in professional development.
The training provided through eCampus is geared toward teaching techniques for today's fast-paced, multimedia platform journalism. From basic video and Flip cam field reporting to aggregating information and effectively communicating online, these comprehensive sessions are perfect for the journalist on the go.
Our trainers include veteran journalists with expertise in broadcasting and social media.
These videos are the first in an expanding library and are part of our on-going efforts to provide quality services and benefits to SPJ members. eCampus is just another great perk to your membership with the nation's most broad-based journalism organization. Click here learn more and start your learning now!
On-Demand Training: eCampus is made possible through a generous grant from the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation, the educational branch of SPJ.
MICHIGAN STATE CELEBRATES 100. The Detroit and Mid-Michigan Pro chapters are among the sponsors of a journalism workshop and reception to celebrate 100 years of journalism education at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Mich. The program is also working on restarting the MSU student chapter this fall.
The event features a host of workshops related to journalism skills to include timely topics such as social media and multimedia journalism with sessions on environmental journalism, political journalism (including the upcoming gubernatorial election), documentary filmmaking and much more! The workshop will feature Emmy winners, Pulitzer winners, corporate executives and distinguished faculty.
Learn more about the event by following this link.
SCRIPPS FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITIES. Scripps newspapers are embarking on a program that will offer up to 40 people the chance to gain journalistic experience through the Scripps Fellowship Program.
The full-time positions will last either six or 12 months. Recent college graduates or other individuals with relevant journalism or Web experience can apply for the positions. In October and November, Scripps will hire promising talent in the fields of multimedia reporting, online production, Web development, Web design, user-experience analysis, copy editing and page design.
To apply for the Scripps Fellowship Program, visit the Careers section on Scripps.com and search keyword, "fellowship."
LAST WEEK'S QUIZ. Our Final Vegas Convention Quiz: In Chinese culture, the number four is considered bad luck. Business and recreational travelers from China are important to the gambling industry in Las Vegas. With this in mind, what two Vegas resorts have no tower floors that start with four? The elevators count 38, 39, 50, 51 etc.
A. Wynn Las Vegas and Rio! The trend is definitely growing as convention goers may have noticed that our venue, Planet Hollywood, also has no floors beginning with the number four.
And the winner is...
Anthony Elias, from the University of Tennessee. Congrats, Anthony!
THIS WEEK'S QUIZ. In 1721, The New England Courant is the first publication to offer readers literature in addition to news. Its publisher is the older brother of what famous U.S. founding father? For extra credit, what was the publisher's name?
Submit your answer to Andrew M. Scott.