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By Andrew M. Scott
SPJ Communications Department
ANNUAL SPRING BOARD MEETINGS. This weekend, April 16 and 17, the SPJ and Sigma Delta Chi Foundation Boards of Directors will meet at the national headquarters in Indianapolis for their annual spring meetings. To see agendas and board meeting materials, click here. Feedback to board members is always encouraged. Contact information for the SPJ board is here. SDX Foundation contact information is here.
APPLICATIONS FOR POST-GRAD INTERNSHIP. SPJ is now accepting applications for a yearlong, paid position: the Communications Post-Graduate Internship. The ideal candidate for this position should be a recent college graduate (bachelor's or master's) with prior internship experience in communications, public relations or journalism. Also, a strong commitment to social media engagement is essential. We're looking for someone to help put SPJ in the media spotlight and assist in growing the organization and serving Society members. Click here for application instructions. The application deadline is 5 p.m. Eastern, April 29.
FINAL REMINDER FOR CONFERENCE INTERNSHIP. Each year, SPJ sponsors internships for 12 bright, motivated and hardworking student journalists to staff The Working Press, a daily tabloid newspaper and news site that covers the SPJ national conference, this year being held jointly with the Radio Television Digital News Association, Sept. 25-27 in New Orleans.
Student writers, photographers and designers are invited to apply for these select positions. The postmark deadline is Monday, April 18! Apply today!
In the March/April issue of Quill, the hot topic cover story is "Should SPJ Update the Code of Ethics?" But what do you have to say about updating the Code? Really, we want to know. Comment here. Or participate in either or both of these discussions this week:
ON THE "RADIO". Tune in to SPJ's BlogTalkRadio show, "Your SPJ Membership," at 1 p.m. ET Thursday, April 14 for a special show with Ethics Committee member Mark Scarp. As someone who teaches ethics, Mark will be chatting with program host Holly Fisher about the new ethics book and addressing the question in Quill about whether the code needs an update.
Listen in at BlogTalkRadio.com. Have a question? Call in during the show to contribute to the conversation (call 347-857-2441). If you can't listen live, just access the archived shows online at BlogTalkRadio.com/SPJ.
ON TWITTER WITH #SPJCHAT. Join us for this week's #SPJchat Twitter chat Thursday, 8 p.m. ET with reasons for and against updating the Code of Ethics:
— Kevin Z. Smith, SPJ's National Ethics Chairman (@spjethicschair)
— Steve Buttry, Director of Community Engagement at TBD (@stevebuttry)
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.
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 SPJ Ethics Committee will host an event to examine the images of journalists in popular culture and how those portrayals influence and affect public perceptions. The event is Thursday, April 28.
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.
AWARD GIVEN IN HONOR OF MEMBER. SPJ Regions 4 and 5 recently awarded the first Dick Goehler First Amendment Defender Award posthumously to Dick Goehler. He was an attorney for Frost Brown Todd LLC working primarily in media law. Goehler died March 15 after a battle with cancer. The award is accompanied by a $1,000 donation to the Student Press Law Center, for which he served on the board of directors. SPJ President Hagit Limor presented the award to Goehler's wife, Jerri.
In future years, the award will honor those who have done the work of fighting for the public's right to know in Regions 4 and 5, and be awarded annually at the regional conferences. The honoree will be asked to give a brief address at the appropriate regional conference and will be presented with a plaque.
TIME RUNNING OUT FOR AWARDS NOMINATIONS. Annually, we recognize students, advisers and professional members who play a vital role in the Society's fight to improve and protect journalism. The postmark deadline to nominate individuals is this Friday, April 15!
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 a regional director for outstanding service and contributions to their region and the Society during the preceding year.
SPJ's 'HOT-N-READY' PIZZA PROGRAM. The latest Program in a Box, Slice 'n' Dice, brings together students and professionals for networking, résumé critiques and grub. We've got everything you need in the "virtual" box, including directions, flyers and a sign-up sheet. There are even nifty table tents to spruce up the place. All you need to do is bring in the pros and order some pizza.
Learn more about Programs in a Box.
WHITE HALL NAMED HISTORIC SITE IN JOURNALISM. On April 12, SPJ dedicated White Hall, the former, home of Kentucky abolitionist newspaper publisher Cassius Marcellus Clay, as a Historic Site in Journalism.
"The SPJ is proud to install this, and we hope many people learn not only of his viewpoint of slavery, but how he was able to use freedom of the press and his newspaper to help change the course of our history," SPJ President Hagit Limor said during the ceremony.
Other SPJ notables in attendance included past president Al Cross and legendary Kentucky journalist and TV personality Al Smith, a Fellow of the Society.
The nomination came from the Eastern Kentucky University Department of Communication and the school's SPJ chapter.
Watch video footage from the event.
Nomination and past historic sites information is here.
LAST WEEK'S QUIZ. What organization's newest efforts are intended to be a resource for journalists who want to incorporate social media into their reporting? The project includes a journalists' meet-up program.
A. Facebook. Check out the new page here.
And the winner is...
Sean D. Carberry of Washington, D.C. and Doug Schlatter of Yardley, Penn. It was definitely a tough one, and these two were the only members who got it right. Congrats, Sean and Doug!
THIS WEEK'S QUIZ. It was recently revealed that grassroots organization US Uncut posted a fake GE press release claiming the company would return a $3.2 billion tax refund. The hoax press release duped media outlets, including The Associated Press. What organization helped train US Uncut for this prank?
Submit your answer to Andrew M. Scott