By Andrew M. Scott
SPJ Communications Department
AWARDS DEADLINES APPROACHING. The Mark of Excellence Awards contest deadline — Wednesday, Jan. 26 — is less than a week away. Students, submit your best work from 2010 for a chance to be nationally recognized. The past-midnight hours and sweat you put in reporting on the community and world around you deserve to be honored. Enter online as soon as possible! If you have questions, please contact Awards Coordinator Lauren Rochester at (317) 927-8000 ext. 210.
And to all you pros out there, don't forget about your awards contest deadline. Sigma Delta Chi Awards submissions are due Friday, Feb. 9.
PLANTING SEEDS OF PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT. SPJ's Spring Conferences are daylong professional development meetings bringing area journalists, students and journalism educators together in one place to hear from industry experts on topics ranging from improving writing to leveraging technology in today's new media climate. Save the date for the Spring Conference in your area! Visit the website for a listing of dates/locations for all 11 events. If you have questions about a specific event, please get in touch with the contact listed.
CALLING LEADERS FOR FELLOWSHIP AND TRAINING. Applications for the 2011 Ted Scripps Leadership Institute, June 3-5 in Indianapolis, are now being accepted. Professional and student chapter presidents for 2010-11 are strongly encouraged to apply. The program helps participants learn how to make their chapters successful with sessions on interpersonal and organizational leadership skills, as well as sound chapter management practices.
The only cost to you is an investment of $100 — all travel, lodging and meal costs are provided for this fantastic opportunity. The program is open to only 50 participants, so apply online today! The deadline to apply is March 16.
NORTHWEST EXCELLENCE IN JOURNALISM CONTEST. Region 10 recently announced its call for entries for the 2010 Northwest Excellence in Journalism contest. The contest honors exceptional journalism published or produced in 2010 in Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Idaho and Montana in all forms of media (print, online, radio and TV).
To learn more and enter online, please visit the Region 10 Blog. For questions, contact contest administrator Ruth Pettis at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-781-8097 or Region 10 Director Dana Neuts at email@example.com or 360-920-1737.
CHATTING ABOUT PERSONAL BRANDING. Make the best of your time on Twitter by joining this week's #SPJchat Twitter chat on building a journalist's brand online. The chat features a list of big panelists who can help you learn what techniques will help you start or continue building your online persona.
— Darren Rovell, sports business reporter, NBC Universal
— Jennifer Gaie Hellum, recent graduate, ASU Cronkite Journalism MA Program
— Morgan Siem, Social Media Strategist at Media Two Interactive, UNC alum
The chat begins Thursday, Jan. 20 at 8 p.m. ET and will last approximately 90 minutes. SPJ DePaul University chapter adviser and Journalist's Toolbox editor Mike Reilley will moderate. For details on how to participate in the weekly chats and a schedule of upcoming topics, visit spjdepaul.com
ON THE BLOGS. The SPJ Blogs Network is constantly active with frequent trends and advice to help journalists. The network ranges from chapter development, ethics, collegiate development, digital trends and more written by SPJ committee members and staff. Here is a look at some of the latest entries in the past few days:
The Independent Journalist: "Making your internship interesting & worthwhile"
Love hurts. That is — love of yourself — enough to put yourself out there in a positive way. Good self-marketing is probably the toughest part of being a freelancer. Journalists have been taught from day one to... (Read more)
Net Worked: "How to participate in a Twitter chat"
Twitter chats are a great way to converse on a topic while sharing the dialogue with a large audience. And unlike the chat rooms that were so popular years ago, Twitter chats leverage the power of your existing social network while still providing a come-and-go environment for casual chatters and dedicated listeners. (Read More)
SPJ Works: "Hashtags for journalists"
Twitter is an exciting place for new and seasoned journalism professionals to come together and share ideas and opportunities. One key to optimizing your Twitter experience is to take... (Read more)
Journalism and the World: "Local-Global: China investments in the States. Where are the U.S. media?"
Why is it that it takes the BBC to do a story about how Chinese investments in the United States create jobs? (Read more)
See the full blog list here.
D.C. CHAPTER EVENTS. One of SPJ's oldest chapters turns 75 this year! The D.C. Pro chapter will celebrate at the Kiplinger Washington Editors Building in Washington, D.C., on Friday, Feb. 4, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The event's host, Austin Kiplinger, also is celebrating 75 years of SPJ. There is no cost to attend.
The chapter is also about to host part two of its three-part series on journalism ethics. D.C. was one of nine chapters to receive Sigma Delta Chi Foundation grants as part of a national effort.
Visit the D.C. Pro website for more details. For both events, RSVP to D.C. Pro Vice President Julie Asher at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
REYNOLDS FELLOWSHIP. The Reynolds Journalism Institute is now accepting applications for the 2011-12 class of Donald W. Reynolds Fellows. In a time of tumultuous and exhilarating change in journalism, what would you do with eight months, a generous living stipend and a chance to collaborate with some of the brightest minds in media today?
The program has created a network of journalists and scholars who have led the way in journalism. Learn more about the program and past fellows by following this link. Send your proposal and resume to Executive Director Pam Johnson at email@example.com.
LAST WEEK'S QUIZ. What Sigma Delta Chi Foundation board member will soon release the soft-back edition of his critically acclaimed book depicting an unsettling situation in which the American birthright of fact-based, reported news is in danger while calling arms to fight to keep the core of news intact? Extra credit: What's the name of the book?
A. Alex Jones, who wrote Losing the News: The Future of the News that Feeds Democracy
And the winner is...
Kathy Gurchiek of Alexandria, Va. Congrats, Kathy!
THIS WEEK'S QUIZ. What journalism industry magazine celebrates its 50th anniversary this year?
Submit your answer to Andrew M. Scott.
Correction: In our previous question about ProPublica, the word "advertising" was accidentally misplaced with the word "adverting" due to an auto-correct setting. Thanks to Joe Young for catching it.