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By Andrew M. Scott
SPJ Communications Department
SPJ RECOGNIZES THE BEST OF 2010. SPJ announced winners of the 2010 Sigma Delta Chi Awards Tuesday, May 10. Judges chose the winners from over 1,300 entries in categories covering print, radio, television and online. The awards recognize outstanding work published or broadcast in 2010. Award winners will be honored Sept. 24 at the SDX Awards Banquet in New Orleans. The banquet precedes the Excellence in Journalism 2011 conference. View each honoree's work on SPJ's new awards site.
Also be sure to see national winners and finalists of this year's Mark of Excellence Awards for collegiate journalists.
FREE WEBINAR ON MINING COMPANY INTELLIGENCE. Learn the tools and techniques that competitive intelligence experts use every day — and that you can use to keep tabs on the companies on your beat with Beyond Google: Mining the Web for company intelligence, May 17-18.
Presenters: Sean Campbell and Scott Swigart of Cascade Insights, a competitive-intelligence and market-research firm near Portland, Ore., that serves the technology industry.
This free Webinar is sponsored by the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.
STUDENTS FIRST. The Robert D.G. Lewis First Amendment Award is given each year to a student SPJ member who has demonstrated outstanding service to the First Amendment through the field of journalism. From the generosity of the Lewis family, the award scholarship includes a conference registration and $350 toward travel expenses to the national convention, Sept. 25-27 in New Orleans.
Applications are due June 13 and may be easily submitted online. Contact Lauren Rochester with any questions.
VETTING A SAINT ON STUDIO SPJ. Studio SPJ, the Society's newest series of half-hour online radio programs hosted by SPJ national Secretary-Treasurer John Ensslin, features authors and newsmakers in the journalism industry. The next episode of Studio SPJ will feature Denver journalist Bill Briggs on his new book "The Third Miracle — An Ordinary Man, a Medical Mystery and a Trial of Faith."
"The Third Miracle" tells the story of how the Catholic Church examined an Indiana handyman's sudden and unexplained recovery from a serious eye problem in the context of a possible sainthood candidate. The show will air May 14 at 12 p.m. ET.
This episode is sponsored by the Virginia and Washington, D.C. Pro chapters.
The show's companion blog, Liner Notes, serves as a guide for the show and is also used to celebrate and promote the best and most creative programs SPJ chapters are offering their members. Studio SPJ is one of two shows, including Your SPJ Membership, for members on SPJ's BlogTalkRadio channel.
ACCEPTING ENTRIES FOR PEARL AWARDS. Entries are now being accepted for the 2011 Daniel Pearl Awards for Outstanding International Investigative Reporting. The awards honor the world's best cross-border investigative journalism. Submissions must be postmarked no later than July 1.
Two $5,000 first-place prizes will be awarded, one to a U.S.-based reporter or news outlet, and another to a non-U.S.-based journalist or news outlet. Five additional finalists will each receive $1,000 prizes.
The awards are granted by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), a project of the Center for Public Integrity in Washington, D.C. Formerly the ICIJ Awards, the prizes were renamed in 2008 in honor of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, who was slain by militants in Pakistan in 2002.
IT'S ALL ABOUT THE PULLIAMS. In honor of SPJ's Pulliam family legacy, the Society and the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation annually present the Eugene S. Pulliam First Amendment Award and the Eugene C. Pulliam Fellowship for Editorial Writing.
The Eugene S. Pulliam First Amendment Award honors a person or persons who have fought to protect and preserve one or more of the rights guaranteed by the First Amendment. The recipient wins $10,000 and is presented an engraved crystal at the Excellence in Journalism 2011 conference in New Orleans. The honoree receives transportation to and lodging at the event. Learn more about the award and how to apply here.
The Eugene S. Pulliam Fellowship for Editorial Writing awards $75,000 to an editorial writer or columnist to help broaden his or her journalistic horizons and knowledge of the world. The money can be used to cover the cost of study, research and/or travel in any field.
The postmark deadline for both awards is July 1, so make sure to visit the links, download your entry form and send us your materials soon. For more information, contact Awards Coordinator Lauren Rochester at 317-927-8000 ext. 210.
DATABASE REPORTING ON #SPJCHAT. Join us for this week's special #SPJchat Twitter chat Thursday, 8 p.m. ET, on database reporting and data visualization with special guest Andy Boyle. Boyle is a digital developer with The New York Times Regional Media Group. 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.
LAST WEEK'S QUIZ. What is the most recent accomplishment of University of Texas journalism graduate Bill McRaven?
A. Vice Admiral Bill McRaven is the commander of Joint Special Operations Command and oversaw the mission that killed Osama bin Laden's in Pakistan.
And the winner is...
P.A. Humphrey of Burleson, Texas. Congrats, P.A.!
THIS WEEK'S QUIZ. What well-known sports cartoonist and columnist passed away Tuesday, May 10?
Submit your answer to Andrew M. Scott