By Andrew M. Scott
SPJ Communications Department
QATAR STUDENT CHAPTER DOC EVENT. Three students from Northwestern University in Qatar recently screened their first documentary film, "Broken Records a study of Arab hip hop culture." The event was sponsored by Qtel Virgin Mobile Services and 51 East, and was organized by the SPJ student chapter in Qatarwas organized by the SPJ student chapter in Qatar, which is the Society's first international chapter.
Learn more about the chapter's roots:
SPJ goes international: A student chapter is born in Qatar
Northwestern Qatar's new SPJ chapter looks to fight for a free press
SCHOLARSHIPS FOR EXCELLENCE IN JOURNALISM CONFERENCE. Want to attend the joint SPJ/RTDNA conference in September but need help paying your way?
This year SPJ will award up to five scholarships in memory of Terry Harper, SPJ's executive director from 2002-09. The Terry Harper Memorial Scholarships willassist SPJ members in attending this year's SPJ/RTDNA Excellence in Journalism 2011 conference Sept. 25-27 in New Orleans. One of Terry's highest priorities was developing strong professional development opportunities for SPJ members. Click here for more information and to apply.
The Diversity Leadership Fellows program seeks to stimulate increased diversity of SPJ leadership. Fellows begin by attending the Excellence in Journalism conference and then work on a yearlong immersion and education program and participate in a mentor program. Click here for more information and to apply.
The application deadline for both scholarships is June 13.
SPRING TRAINING. SPJ's Spring Conferences are quickly approaching! Be sure to register soon for the conference in your area. Training and professional development sessions abound. Networking opportunities at the conferences allow participants to build relationships that can lead to sharing newsroom best practices. Enhance yourself and your journalism career by attending a Spring Conference in your area. Find a Spring Conference near you. Not sure of the region in which you live or work? Click here for a map.
LAST CHANCE FOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SURVEY. SPJ wants to help you take 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.
ON THE BLOGS. The SPJ Blogs Network is active with trends and advice to help today's journalists. From chapter development, freelancing tips, industry news from around the world, digital media help, and more written by SPJ committee members and staff, the network has you covered. Here is a look at some recent posts:
The Independent Journalist: "Freelancers, Remember to Love Yourselves This Valentine's Day!"
It's that time of year again-the flowers and the candy, romantic dinners and wordy cards, the Hallmark holiday of love-Valentine's Day. When planning your love-fest dinners, dates and surprises, don't neglect the ever-so-important relationship with your career. Just like a... (Read more)
Net Worked: "Google Charts Part 2 of 2: Motion Charts"
Now let's talk about Google Motion Charts a more in-depth way to compress and display tons of data in one easy, interactive, moving chart. This How-To is really an overview to introduce you... (Read more)
First Draft: "How to be prepared for journalism training"
Being able to attend trainings, especially ones lasting more than a few days, is a privilege in this business. So, when you are able to attend them or selected to attend them, I think you need to treasure every minute of them and most importantly be prepared. (Read more)
Journalism and the World: "Criticism of Indian media ethics"
The following linked item is a blistering attack on the lack of ethics in the Indian media by an Indian commentator. Oh, does some of this sound familiar to U.S. ears as well? (Read more)
See the full blog network list here.
TOOLS FOR BUSINESS JOURNALISTS. Marion Street Press, publisher of SPJ's upcoming Journalism Ethics: A Casebook of Professional Conduct for News Media, has launched its first subscription website, fiwords.com -- The Financial Writer's Stylebook Online. As an essential business journalist's reference tool, fiwords.com contains searchable business and financial terms by word or industry categories, with new terms added and updated daily and an editorial advisory board of 20 business writing pros.
Subscriptions are normally $12 a year but Marion is offering SPJ members three months of free access to fiwords.com. Learn more by following this link.
SUNSHINE SUMMIT IN OHIO. Planning is coming along for the Ohio University SPJ and RTDNA chapters' "Ohio Sunshine Summit," bringing together student journalists and professionals from Ohio and beyond to discuss press freedom issues confronting student journalists.
The program will include a series of panels, guest speakers and breakout sessions that will educate journalists throughout Ohio about current laws, university policies and how to protect their rights as student journalists.
The event is Feb. 26 at the Walter Hall Rotunda on the campus of Ohio University. For more information and to register, see the summit website or engage on Twitter: @OHSunSummit.
HURRY the registration deadline is Feb. 20 at 5 p.m. ET.
REPORTERS INSTITUTE. Since 2007, SPJ has held the Reporters Institute program to benefit early-career journalists. Graciously funded by the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation, the program brings 36 reporters together for three days of training, networking and camaraderie. The Institute was developed by industry trainers and young journalists who were dealing with the same challenges participants face every day. Those in years 1-3 of their career are invited to apply for the June 12-15 (broadcast and video) or July 10-13 (writing) programs.
Here's what several 2010 participants said:
"Throughout all of the sessions, discussions, meals and critiques, there was a constant energy a pulse, a passion for journalism, for bettering ourselves as reporters and as public servants. I will now return to my newsroom with new perspectives and new tools to do the powerful, important, impactful work I've always dreamed of doing." Alex Villarreal, Voice of America (photo)
"When I arrived in Florida, I was nervous because I could immediately see that I was surrounded by serious talent from around the country. Once I was here and the program began, I felt really comfortable. I would recommend this program to my peers because I know it would help them grow." Robert Guzman, TV Azteca (photo)
Read what other participants from 2010 had to say here. Learn more about the Institute and apply on the SPJ website.
DEPAUL DIVERSITY PROGRAM AND TWITTER CHAT. The DePaul University chapter is sponsoring a panel discussion titled "Who's News? Achieving Diversity in Media Coverage & the Newsroom." Also sponsoring and participating in the event are DePaul's Korean Student Organization, Inter-Tribal Student Organization and Act Out.
The panel will take place Thursday, Feb. 17, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Karen Kring of the Association for Women Journalists will moderate the event. Joining her will be diversity panelists:
Leena Saleh, DePaul Documentary Project & United Muslims Moving Ahead
Rashanah Baldwin, New Expressions Teen Newspaper & WVON 1690 AM Talk of Chicago
Adam Kessel, Inter-Tribal Student Organization and the American Indian Center of Chicago
Brianna Montague, Act Out & Black Student Union
Kristen Aguirre, DePaul University graduate journalism student
Mike Reilley will live tweet the event. Submit questions and join the discussion on other diversity topics. Follow the event on Twitter with hashtags #spjdiversity or #spjchat. For more, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
LAST WEEK'S QUIZ. What is the name of the new tablet-only "newspaper" that was released last week? Extra Credit: Whose brainchild is it?
A. The Daily, which is the brainchild of Rupert Murdoch and News Corp.
And the winner is...
John P Ferre' of Louisville, Ky. Congrats, John!
THIS WEEK'S QUIZ. What New York Times reporter recently wrote an in-depth business article shedding light on "black-hat" search engine optimization practices?
Submit your answer to Andrew M. Scott.