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SPJ Leads | 11/3/2010
Mourning loss of past leadership


By Andrew M. Scott
SPJ Communications Department

SPJ MOURNS LOSS OF PAST PRESIDENT RECORD. Phil Record, a 55-year member of SPJ and former national president, died October 30 in Fort Worth, Texas, where he was a reporter, editor and journalism instructor. He was 81.

Record was notable in journalism circles for an unwavering approach to ethics and moral decision making, and he used those values to guide his 1983-84 presidency of SPJ. He earned the Wells Memorial Key, the top honor given for service to the Society, in 1991.

"Mr. Record was a devout Catholic. His experience with faith gave him a moral compass that he applied to his various endeavors," said John Dycus, past president and current board member of SPJ's Fort Worth chapter. "He talked it, he lived it."

Aside from his national SPJ leadership, Record was an active local chapter member and served at various times as a board member, vice president and chapter president.

There will be a wake Thursday, Nov. 4, at 7 p.m. at St. Bartholomew Catholic Church in Fort Worth with a funeral Friday at 2 p.m. at the same church.

Thank you, Phil, for your years of service to the Society and the profession.

NJ SPJ LEADER BARTO DIES. An SPJ member for over six decades, Wilson Barto died November 1 at age 83, having spent a career in newspapers for 59 years. His various positions included beginning at the Standard Sentinel in Hazelton, Pa., and continuing as a Washington correspondent and ombudsman for the Times of Trenton (N.J.). He officially retired in 1991 from The Trentonian, though he continued to write for weekly newspapers in Pennsylvania until last September.

He helped found the New Jersey chapter of SPJ in 1959, 10 years after joining the national organization of what was then known as Sigma Delta Chi. Honoring his commitment to guiding young journalists, the chapter maintains the Wilson Barto Award for Outstanding Achievement by First-Year Reporters.

After Army service in World War II, Barto attended Penn State University and graduated with a journalism degree in 1951.

FOI INTERNSHIPS ACCELERATE YOUR CAREER. It's never too early to think about summer (even before the holidays), especially internship plans. Annually, SPJ sponsors two internships for undergraduate, recently graduated or current graduate students.

The Pulliam/Kilgore Internship program selects two dynamic young journalists and FOI advocates to write about and research freedom of information issues one of SPJ's cornerstones.

One intern will work at SPJ Headquarters in Indianapolis and the other in Washington, D.C., at the office of SPJ's legal counsel.

Oh, and did we mention it's a PAID internship? Interns make $400/week for 10 weeks in the summer. Applications are due Jan. 14, 2011. See the SPJ website for full details.

CHATTING SOCIALLY. The SPJ DePaul University chapter is doing some ethical chatting. On Thursday, Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. Central Time, join chapter members and faculty adviser Mike Reilley for a Twitter chat on social media ethics and other topics. To join, use your preferred Twitter application ( is recommended) with hashtag #spjchat.

Participating in the chat will be Steve Buttry, Director of Community Engagement for D.C. news startup TBD, and Craig Kanalley, Traffic and Trends Editor at The Huffington Post. Perhaps even Quill Editor Scott Leadingham will stop by.

MULTIMEDIA CONVERGENCE WORKSHOP. The Multimedia Reporting and Convergence Workshop, presented by the Knight Digital Media Center offers intensive training that covers all aspects of multimedia news production. Participants will be organized into teams to report on a pre-arranged story in the Bay Area, and then construct a multimedia presentation based on that coverage.

Completed applications for the January 2011 multimedia workshop must be received by November 19, at 11:59 p.m. PST.

COST: The fellowship covers all lodging, meals, and instruction costs. Cost of travel to the workshop must be paid by the applicant's news organization.

To apply for the workshop, follow this application link.

Applicants need to register with the site to begin an application (valid e-mail address required).

If you have any questions, please see the FAQ here or contact Alisha Diego Klatt, program specialist, at

AROUND THE WORLD IN FOUR DAYS. Our blog "Journalism and the World," the SPJ International Journalism Committee blog, is hard at work, covering a wide range of journalism issues on the international front.

Check out some of these latest headlines since Sunday:

New funding plan at BBC World Service raises concerns

UPDATE: Watch and learn: U.S. elections through a foreign eye

New Brazilian president supports free press in victory speech

Journalist faces more charges in Thailand

Kindle breaches the Great Firewall

Killers of Croatian journalist sentenced

For more stories on the journalism world in which we live, follow this link to "Journalism and the World."

To take a glimpse at all the other blogs in the SPJ network, click here.

ECAMPUS: IT'S CRISS-CROSS APPLE SAUCE! In our series, "Basic Video Techniques," with broadcast/video journalist and educator Deb Wenger, you'll learn about basic techniques for beginning to capture and edit video, more advanced shot composition and framing, and how to maximize Flip cam performance.

Whether you're a seasoned all-platform journalist or fresh in the workforce, the professional development training from eCampus is as easy and fun as the "Criss-Cross Apple Sauce" technique.

What's that? Click here to see for yourself.

eCampus is just another great perk to your membership with the nation's most broad-based journalism organization. Improve your skills today!

Click here to learn more about the place "where journalists go to know!"

JOURNALISM TRAINING IN PRAGUE. Czech Republic non-profit organization Transitions (TOL) is offering professional development training programs abroad in January.

The Foreign Correspondent Training Course will show journalists how to break into international reporting. The course mixes classroom training sessions with a practical reporting exercise researching, writing and filing your own story from Prague.

By tapping into the trainers' first-hand experiences, you will learn the essential skills of international reporting, including how to break into foreign reporting; finding your feet in a foreign country; when, and why, you should bypass official sources of information; common mistakes that even seasoned professionals make; and much more.

The course only has 12 openings available. To apply, click here.

LAST WEEK'S QUIZ. What is the significance of Robert Outcault in journalism? For extra credit, in what newspaper did his work originate?

A. Outcault's "yellow kid" cartoon, first published in the New York World, earned the paper and its cross-town rival to which he later moved, the term "yellow journalism" because of the non-smudge yellow color ink both papers used. The term later came to represent the sensationalism of the era.

And the winner is...

Tim Puet of the Central Ohio Pro chapter. Not only was Tim's answer correct, but he also caught an irregularity on the Internet concerning the cartoonist's true first name. Outcault's name is actually Richard. The confusion comes from various Internet entries labeling Outcault under the name Robert, including a listing on Amazon. However, closer records reveal that the cartoonist's first name is in fact Richard. Congrats, Tim!

THIS WEEK'S QUIZ. According to Reporters Without Borders' Press Freedom Index 2010 report, 47 members of the press in what country are under arrest and being tried in court, while more than 700 criminal and civil cases involving journalists are ongoing? Hint: The country's penal code contains 27 articles that limit press freedom.

Submit your answer to Andrew M. Scott.

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