By Andrew M. Scott
SPJ Communications Department
CELEBRATE THE BEST. SPJ's National Honors celebrate a variety of accomplishments in the journalism field, including commitment to ethics and open government and to excellence in journalism education. Nominate someone today for one of the following honors:
Fellow of the Society
An honor bestowed upon journalists for extraordinary contributions to the profession.
Historic Site in Journalism
Honors individuals, news organizations and places of national historic journalism interest.
Distinguished Teaching in Journalism Award
Honors an outstanding journalism educator who has made a significant contribution to the profession and/or journalism education, and to maintaining the highest standards of the profession.
First Amendment Award
Recognizes extraordinarily strong efforts to preserve and strengthen the First Amendment.
Recognizes those making important contributions in the area of open government.
Ethics in Journalism Award
Honors reporters, editors or news organizations that distinguish themselves by performing in an outstanding ethical manner as defined by the SPJ Code of Ethics.
NEW REUTERS WIRE SERVICE. Yesterday Reuters announced the launch of a new American wire service that has already been well-reported and well-analyzed. Poynter writer Rick Edmonds gives seven quick thoughts on what is in the deal for Reuters and its first client, Tribune Co., and what the new service may mean for readers and the rival Associated Press.
WHAT'S YOUR PEEVE? For the past few weeks we've been collecting journalists' pet peeves — stuff sources do and say, bad typos, news industry goof-ups, clichés, and other things that really irk today's professionals, professors, students and audiences. So we want to know, what's your journalism pet peeve? While you're at it, what's your holiday-time journalism pet peeve?
Join the conversation here on Facebook or by using the #jpeeve hashtag on Twitter.
RECOGNIZING TRAUMA JOURNALISM. The Dart Awards for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma recognizes exemplary journalism on the impact of violence, crime, disaster and other traumatic events on individuals, families or communities.
In addition to the Dart Center's longstanding commitment to newspaper and radio, the Dart Awards also welcome entries from North American television, online-only news publications, online productions, independent productions, magazines and magazine websites.
Now in their 17th year — the Dart Awards reward and inspire effective, ethical and in-depth trauma reporting across media boundaries. Judges will select up to four award winners, each of whom will be recognized with a $5,000 prize.
The application deadline is Jan. 25, 2011. For more information, follow this link.
ON THE BLOGS. One of SPJ's resources is the SPJ Blogs Network. The network ranges from chapter development, ethics, collegiate development, digital trends, education and more written by SPJ committee members. Here is a look at some of the latest entries in the past few days:
First Draft: "Will the Internet kill TV news?"
For the past several years, two forces have challenged traditional news mediums: the recession and the Internet. From talking with news directors and executive producers, the economic slump is... (Read more)
Networked: "Harness the resources of the Web"
The Internet puts the rapidly changing world at the fingertips of every journalist. However, with the seemingly endless stream of information, it is easy to feel overwhelmed — and potentially miss... (Read more)
Journalism and the World: "China: Media under attack as a public nuisance"
A professor at Peking University seems to think that any media outlet that runs a story critical of a government agency should be sued and shut down. (Read more)
The Campus Copy: "10 Tips for building better resumes"
Like some news stories, a resume seems to be something that is never perfect and that you are never done writing. The good news is that a resume should be a "working document" that needs to be... (Read more)
Freedom of the Prez: "'First they came...' a Modern-Day Witch Hunt"
I'm arming myself with some super-thick skin for the slings and arrows sure to follow. These words will result in my being called names from "sympathizer" to "traitor" to "un-American" and worse. (Read more)
See the full blog list here.
OPPORTUNITIES. SPJ is constantly looking out for ways to help members' careers. A staple to your membership is the affinity programs that help your career and personal life. All members have an opportunity to expand their freelancing work with Helium and Demand Studios.
Rewards and opportunities for SPJ members at Helium
Helium.com offers ongoing freelance gig opportunities from thousands of publishers partnered with Helium, and all SPJ members who join its community of writers are granted the status of Professional Writer.
To read more about Helium and the numerous benefits it provides to SPJ members, follow this link.
Demand Studios is hiring freelance writers & copy editors
Every month thousands of freelancers write for Demand Studios, creating useful and interesting content read by millions of people a month. Writers see their byline and articles on top websites and media brands.
To read more about Demand Studios and how you can take advantage of these opportunities, follow this link.
FREE WORKSHOPS FOR BUSINESS BEATS. The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism is providing two area workshops for those on the business beat. In the Center's upcoming workshop series, USA Today database editor Paul Overberg and Arizona State University Knight Chair Steve Doig will help you find enterprising local business stories in newly released census and other government data.
Sign up today for this free daylong workshop in either Philadelphia Jan. 31 or Dallas April 7. The Dallas session precedes the annual Society of American Business Editors and Writers Conference April 7-9.
THE PERFECT STOCKING STUFFER. Give the gift that gives back this holiday season! Order "Journalism Ethics: A Casebook of Professional Conduct for News Media." Closely organized around the SPJ Code of Ethics — the news industry's widely accepted "gold standard" of journalism principles — this updated edition describes the connection between excellent journalism and ethical journalism.
With nearly 50 case studies written by professional journalists, this fourth edition focuses on real-life situations in an informal, accessible style that makes it the perfect read for professional and collegiate journalists.
Shipping begins February 2011.
Order today. SPJ members receive 20 percent off retail price! Act soon. The discount offer ends January 15, 2011.
Click here to order online from Marion Street Press.
LAST WEEK'S QUIZ. Author Richard Sambrook recently published a book titled "Are Foreign Correspondents Redundant?" for the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism. What journalism role has Sambrook played over the past 30 years, and who does he work for today?
A. Richard Sambrook was a journalist and news executive with BBC for 30 years. Today, Sambrook works with Edelman PR Firm.
And the winner is...
Sue Ellen White of Langley, Washington. Congrats, Sue!
THIS WEEK'S QUIZ. What 2-year-old journalism start-up will, as of Jan. 1, start paying the writers who have helped turn the site into a culture and media must-read with half a million monthly visitors?
Submit your answer to Andrew M. Scott.