By Andrew M. Scott
SPJ Communications Department
DEADLINES FOR SPRING CONFERENCES. Many registration deadlines for SPJ's Spring Conferences are within the next two weeks! Register soon for the conference in your area. Training and professional development sessions abound. Enhance yourself and your journalism career!
Find a Spring Conference near you. Not sure of the region in which you live or work? Click here for a map.
SPJ MEMBER RECOGNIZED. The Charleston Regional Business Journal recently announced its 2011 class of Forty Under 40. The annual awards recognize the professional success and community involvement of 40 people younger than 40 years old who are making their mark on the region's business community.
Among those selected is SPJ's own Holly Fisher, past chairwomen of the national Membership Committee. Congrats, Holly!
ACCURACY IN JOURNALISM WITH #SPJCHAT. Tweet with us by joining this week's #SPJchat Twitter chat — Thursday, 8 p.m. ET. This week's chat will focus on accuracy and journalism with Regret the Error's Craig Silverman.
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.
MULTIMEDIA EDITING PROGRAM. The Maynard Institute's Multimedia EditingProgram, June 1-30, provides in-depth and hands-on instruction covering the breadth of digital media tools: video, audio, blogging, slideshows, tagging, databases, basic HTML, analyzing the success of your Web strategy, using social networking to draw more people to your site and an overview of content management systems. Strong copy editing skills, including headline writing for print and online, and design are emphasized throughout the program. Fellowships for this program are available to journalists at U.S.-based newspapers with a circulation of less than 50,000. For more information, please visit the Multimedia Editing Program page.
The application deadline is April 15.
TENN. PROGRAM ON JUSTICE AND MEDIA. The East Tennessee chapter is hosting an all-day conference on "Justice, Media and the People's Right to Know — Inherent Tensions and Practical Implications in a Free Society." The event will be held on April 1 at the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy.
The program is free and designed for journalists, citizens and public records administrators.
Registration is required and must be received by March 25.
JOURNALISTS PORTRAYED IN FILM. As part of National Ethics Week, April 24-30, and the kick-off to the SPJ Region 11 Conference, the Los Angeles chapter and national Ethics Committee will host an event Thursday, April 28, to spotlight how journalists are portrayed in movies and TV. Ethics Committee members will speak about the role of ethics in modern newsrooms and discuss SPJ's newly released and updated book, "Journalism Ethics: A Casebook of Professional conduct for News Media."
See the chapter website for more.
CHAPTER HELPS START SCHOLARSHIP. Journalism leaders from across Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky will come together Monday, April 4, to remember the career of late Cincinnati Enquirer reporter and editor Jim Knippenberg. The event will officially launch fundraising for the newly created Jim Knippenberg Society of Professional Journalists Scholarship Fund at the University of Cincinnati.
When fully endowed, the fund will provide a $2,500 scholarship each year to a journalism student at UC, where Knippenberg studied and taught. He earned two degrees from UC: a bachelor's in literature in 1968 and a master's in education in 1971. He had taught a journalism course on reviews and columns at UC since the mid-90s.
WORKING PRESS 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, Sept. 25-27 in New Orleans. Collegiate student reporters, editors, photographers and designers are invited to apply for these select positions. Please click here for complete details and application information.
TRAINING IN CHICAGO. Join fellow journalists for an SPJ training session April 2 from 1-3 p.m in the Windy City. The topic is Writing that Works Online, and we're happy to have San Francisco Yahoo editor Pueng Vongs as the speaker. The cost to attend is $25. Space is limited, so register today by visiting the training page on the SPJ website. Contact Heather Dunn at 317-927-8000 ext. 204 with questions.
SHOWCASING OUTSTANDING MEMBERS. Annually, we recognize students, advisers and professional members who play a vital role in the Society's fight to improve and protect journalism. Nominate a deserving member today for one of the following honors:
Wells Key: SPJ's highest honor, a member is judged each year to have served the Society in the most outstanding fashion during the preceding year or over a period of years. That individual is honored with a jeweled key.
Howard S. Dubin Outstanding Pro Member Award: The award salutes individual professional members who have made significant contributions to their SPJ chapter.
Julie Galvan Outstanding Graduate in Journalism Award: The award honors a graduating student in journalism who is outstanding in his or her class on the basis of character, service to the community, scholarship, proficiency in practical journalism and significant contributions to his or her SPJ chapter.
David L. Eshelman Outstanding Campus Adviser Award: The award honors individuals who have done an outstanding job serving as SPJ campus adviser and who have contributed to their chapters and the national organization over an extended period of time.
Regional Director of the Year Award: Honors an outstanding regional director for outstanding service and contributions to their region and the Society in the most outstanding fashion during the preceding year.
2011 PAYNE ETHICS AWARD WINNERS. The New York Times and Stanley Nelson, editor of The Concordia (La.) Sentinel, are recipients of the 2011 Payne Awards for Ethics in Journalism.
A news release announcing the awards explains:
"The New York Times will receive the award for its handling of controversial material released by Julian Assange on the whistle-blowing WikiLeaks website in 2010, including classified government documents about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as U.S. State Department diplomatic cables. The judges cited Executive Editor Bill Keller and The Times for the paper's deliberate and thoughtful process in treating Assange as a source, rather than a partner, in maintaining their journalistic independence while consulting with the U.S. government before publishing sensitive information; and in explaining its process to the public.
"Stanley Nelson will receive the Payne Award for his investigation into the murder of Frank Morris, a black Ferriday businessman, in 1964. The murder had been ignored by law enforcement for more than 40 years. The Sentinel investigated the murder as well as another cold case — both allegedly the work of the Ku Klux Klan — for three years, publishing nearly 200 stories."
The Payne Awards for Ethics in Journalism recognize journalists "who demonstrate an extraordinary commitment to ethical conduct, even when faced with economic, personal or political pressure." The Award carries a $5,000 cash prize. More information about the Payne Awards, including a list of past winners, is available at payneawards.uoregon.edu.
LAST WEEK'S QUIZ. What former TIME magazine editor said: "Journalism can never be silent: that is its greatest virtue and its greatest fault. It must speak, and speak immediately, while the echoes of wonder, the claims of triumph and the signs of horror are still in the air."
A. Henry Anatole Grunwald
And the winner is...
James Upshawof Sisters, Ore. Congrats, James!
THIS WEEK'S QUIZ. The New York Times asked Twitter to stop a feed designed to distribute links to the Times' online content. What was the stated reason the Times used to justify its request? What is speculated as another reason? (Hint: The name of the Twitter account in question is a clue.)
Submit your answer to Andrew M. Scott