By Andrew M. Scott
SPJ Communications Department
CELEBRATING COVERAGE IN DIVERSITY. The New America Award honors public service journalism in all media that explores an issue of importance to ethnic populations in the United States. Nominations are not restricted to traditional media outlets. SPJ encourages entries from all outlets, community or issue advocacy groups and others concerned with ethnic issues. Although not required, collaboration with ethnic media is encouraged and taken into account.
To be eligible, work must have been published or broadcast during the 2010 calendar year.
And, perhaps best of all, there's no entry fee! See entry rules and more information at the New America Award page. The entry deadline is Feb. 9, 2011.
TWO WORDS: PAID INTERNSHIPS. SPJ is accepting applications for summer internships in Indianapolis and Washington, D.C. Two students will be selected for the Pulliam-Kilgore Freedom of Information internships. One will be stationed in Washington, D.C. and the other will work at SPJ National Headquarters in Indianapolis.
Both interns will research and write about public records and access issues. Opportunities to try your hand at communications work for SPJ are also available.
Dive into FOI, shield law and more with this invaluable experience — and get paid! The deadline to apply is Jan. 14, 2011.
JUDGES NEEDED. It may not be American Idol, but SPJ does need YOUR help in recognizing this year's best in journalism! Volunteer to judge the Mark of Excellence or Sigma Delta Chi Awards, two prestigious contests that recognize the best work published or broadcast in 2010. The MOE Awards honor the best collegiate journalists and the SDX Awards honor outstanding work by professionals.
MOE judges must have three years of professional experience and SDX judges must have 10 years of prior professional experience and a thorough knowledge in the area they are judging.
For questions, contact Lauren Rochester at 317-927-8000 ext. 210 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SDX AWARDS. The Sigma Delta Chi Awards honor professional journalism excellence in all media: print, art/graphics, radio, television, online, newsletters and research. Not only is this prestigious honor is a great award to hang in the office or home, but honorees are also featured in Quill. Recipients are presented their awards during the Sigma Delta Chi Awards Banquet. Follow this link to see pictures from this year's banquet.
So with a plaque, magazine feature and a banquet in your honor, what are you waiting for? Submit your work today! All work must have been published or broadcast in 2010. Winners will be honored at the Excellence in Journalism 2011 conference in New Orleans Sept. 25-28.
See all the categories, rules and information on the submission process at the SDX Awards page. The entry deadline is Feb. 9, 2011.
A BOOK FOR THE HOLIDAYS! This holiday season, reward yourself by ordering the fourth edition of "Journalism Ethics: A Casebook of Professional Conduct for News Media." You can also purchase the ethics book as a great gift item for a close friend, colleague or mentor.
Closely organized around the SPJ 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! Act soon because the discount offer ends January 15, 2011.
Click here to order the book online from Marion Street Press.
PRESS CLUB HONORS DAVIS. The National Press Club will honor its 2010 John Aubuchon Freedom of the Press Award winners at a special event on Nov. 15 in the Holeman Lounge. The award, given each year to one domestic and one international recipient, honors people who have contributed to the cause of press freedom and open government.
This year's U.S. winner is SPJ member Charles N. Davis, an associate professor at the Missouri School of Journalism and former SPJ FOI Committee chairman. From 2005 until this year, Davis led the National Freedom of Information Coalition, an organization headquartered at the Missouri journalism school that funds open-government groups around the country.
A former reporter, Davis has also helped the cause through scholarly research and writing on governmental information and media law. He has won the SPJ Sunshine Award and the National Journalism Teacher of the Year from the Scripps Howard Foundation.
NOMINATIONS FOR ETHICS AWARD. The year is not over yet, but already there have been captivating ethical dilemmas in journalism in 2010.
Sponsored by the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication, the Payne Awards for Ethics in Journalism is seeking examples of journalists and news organizations that have maintained their ethical standards and reported with clarity in the face of political and economic pressure.
The Payne Awards seek entries from news organizations, individual journalists and student journalists in broadcasting, print or new media. Nominations are accepted until Feb. 25, 2011, for stories published or decisions made in 2010. Journalists and media outlets can nominate themselves or be nominated by a third party. The award carries a cash prize of $1,000.
For more information on The Payne Awards, please contact Lewis Taylor at (541) 434-7038 or visit the school's website here.
LAST WEEK'S QUIZ. What NPR duo recently won the AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Award and why?
A. Richard Harris and Alison Richards for their series "Follow the Science: Calculating the Amount of Oil and Gas in the Gulf Oil Spill" that prompted the federal government to revise the original estimates of the spill.
And the winner is...
Mike Lorz of Columbus, Ohio. Congrats, Mike!
THIS WEEK'S QUIZ. What news veteran recently spoke out about "Olbermann, O'Reilly and the death of real news"? Excerpt: "While I can appreciate the financial logic of drowning television viewers in a flood of opinions designed to confirm their own biases, the trend is not good for the republic."
Submit your answer to Andrew M. Scott.