By Andrew M. Scott ~ February 9, 2011 ~ SPJ Communications Department
SDX AWARD DEADLINE TODAY. Time is running out to enter the Sigma Delta Chi Awards! The entry deadline is TODAY, Feb. 9, at 11:59 PM ET. The program recognizes excellent journalism in print, radio, television, newsletters, art/graphics, online and research. With numerous categories, your work could be nationally recognized.
Visit the SPJ Awards site for more information and to enter.
SPJ'ERS INVITED TO COLLEGE MEDIA CONVENTION. The Spring College Media Convention, March 13-15, sponsored by College Media Advisers, will feature a keynote and interview Q&A with Helen Thomas. She will speak on her controversial 2010 remarks about Israel that led to her retirement and the eventual SPJ board of directors' vote to retire the Helen Thomas Lifetime Achievement Award.
Read more about the keynote here.
In addition to the speech, the convention will feature many sessions on career building and skills training for student journalists. SPJ national student representative Tara Puckey will present the session "50 sites in 50 minutes," and local New York chapter members will give resume and clip critiques.
Convention director and SPJ South Florida chapter president Michael Koretzky is offering for SPJ members to attend the Helen Thomas session at no cost. And SPJ student members can attend the entire convention at a discounted price. If interested, contact Koretzky at firstname.lastname@example.org or 954-292-7515.
A VIEW FROM THE GROUND IN TUNISIA AND EGYPT. With protests against longstanding governments in Tunisia and Egypt dominating news cycles over the past month, the world has seen how drastically different press freedoms are in those countries compared to the United States and other democracies. Freelance journalist Mike Elkin, based in Madrid, recently witnessed demonstrations in both countries and wrote for Quill magazine online.
One newspaper editor summarized the state of Tunisian journalism before the ouster of Ben Ali, saying of the government: "We were not free to write about anything. They forced us to publish their propaganda. Journalism was intellectual prostitution."
Read that story and all the features, tips and training content from the January/February issue of Quill here.
HELP US CREATE NEW PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES. SPJ wants to help you take your professional training to the next level in 2011! To help make that happen, we need you to take just a few minutes to participate in a brief survey from the Professional Development Committee.
The questions focus on training, particularly skills you think you may need to succeed in the future. By answering just nine questions, we can better develop programs to make your SPJ membership more valuable.
Access the survey here. Thanks for your time and participation.
EXCELLENCE IN JOURNALISM CONFERENCE INTERNSHIPS. SPJ is seeking 12 interns for The Working Press, a daily tabloid newspaper and online news site that will cover the Excellence in Journalism: 2011 conference. Collegiate student reporters, editors, photographers and designers are invited to apply for these select positions. This year's conference is set for September 25-27 in New Orleans.
Selected interns will need to arrive in New Orleans on Saturday, September 24 and attend a mandatory 2 p.m. staff meeting. The internship ends Wednesday, September 28, at Noon. Read more about The Working Press internship online for complete details and application information. Contact Heather Dunn with questions.
WEBINAR ON REDISTRICTING COVERAGE. Join the National Press Foundation for a free, one-hour webinar from 2-3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18, on congressional and state legislative redistricting. Two national experts will address policy, politics and reporting about this complex, every-10-years process that goes to the heart of our representative democracy. The seminar will also introduce new, open-source software that allows you to analyze proposed maps, or even create your own.
Learn more here.
AMERICAN INDIAN JOURNALISM INTERNSHIP. The American Indian Journalism Institute is offering a concentrated 10-day journalism course and paid summer internships for college students. The institute is funded by the Freedom Forum, an organization promoting employment diversity in America's newsrooms. AIJI students may be eligible for three hours of college credit if they successfully complete the class, which is taught at the Freedom Forum's Al Neuharth Media Center on The University of South Dakota's Vermillion campus.
Applications are welcome from any American Indian college student planning to work in journalism. In its first 10 years, more than 170 students have completed the program. AIJI graduates compete for six-week paid internships as reporters, copy editors, photographers and multimedia journalists in daily newsrooms and with The Associated Press. The internships begin in July. Apply by March 1. Click here for more information and application instructions.
HYPERLOCAL REPORTING WITH #SPJCHAT. Tweet with us by joining this week's #SPJchat Twitter chat — Thursday, 8 p.m. ET, on hyperlocal journalism. This week's list of panelists definitely know the hyperlocal scene.
— Monica Guzman of Intersect
— Andrew Huff of Gapers Block
— Susan Mernit of Oakland Local
— Brad Flora of Windy Citizen and NowSpots.com
— Heather MacDonald
The chat 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, see spjdepaul.com.
SPJ MEMBERSHIP ON THE 'RADIO'. We've got school spirit, how 'bout you!? Tune in to SPJ's monthly podcast, "Your SPJ Membership," at 1 p.m. ET Thursday, Feb. 10, for ways to make the most of student memberships and chapter involvement.
Join host Holly Fisher of the Membership Committee and Tara Puckey, one of SPJ's national student representatives, as they discuss benefits available to student members. Listen in at BlogTalkRadio.com for a 30-minute program.
Have a question? Call in during the show to contribute to the conversation. Call 347-857-2441. If you can't listen live, review archived shows here.
LAST WEEK'S QUIZ. What university recently landed a four-year, $4.2 million grant for an effort it hopes will improve the digital tools used by journalists and other information providers? Extra credit: Name the foundation that provided the grant.
A. Northwestern University was awarded a four-year, $4.2 million grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
And the winner is...
Daniel Callahan of Bullhead, Ariz. Congrats, Daniel!
Added kudos for answering correctly go to Northwestern Alumna Beth Lipoff and current student Alan Yu!
THIS WEEK'S QUIZ. What is the name of the new tablet-only "newspaper" that was released last week? Extra Credit: Whose brainchild is it?
Submit your answer to Andrew M. Scott.