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SPJ Leads | 6/1/2011
What We're Watching, global news coverage and Quill!


By Andrew M. Scott ~ June 1, 2011 ~ SPJ Communications Department

WHAT WE'RE WATCHING. The Society launched yet another resource on that will help you stay abreast of all things journalism. With this latest feature, What We're Watching, SPJ staffers will share their favorite videos related to journalism and the Society.

What We're Watching highlights YouTube clips that focus on SPJ events, FOI, ethics, professional development, one-on-one interviews with journalists and yes some things that shouldn't be taken too seriously.

Know of a great journalism- or SPJ-related video that is posted on YouTube? Share it with us and it may find its way onto the What We're Watching page. Email Scott Leadingham or Billy O'Keefe with a hyperlink to your submission.

GLOBAL NEWS COVERAGE ON #SPJCHAT. Join us for this week's special #SPJchat Twitter chat Thursday on Global News Coverage with NPR's Andrew Carvin (@acarvin on Twitter). Carvin is also one of the many distinguished speakers at the Excellence in Journalism 2011 conference in New Orleans this fall.

This special chat will also have a different start time: 8 p.m. Central, 9 p.m. Eastern.

For details on how to participate in the weekly chats and a schedule of upcoming topics, see #SPJchat is moderated by DePaul chapter adviser and Journalist's Toolbox Editor Mike Reilley.

NARRATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP DEADLINE SOON. SPJ is inviting reporters, editors, freelancers and everyone looking to sharpen their nonfiction writing to step into the art of storytelling at the upcoming Narrative Writing Workshop, June 25 in Minneapolis.

Through SPJ's Narrative Writing Workshop, participants will learn ways to reinvigorate their writing. Join Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Tom Hallman Jr. Have a special project in the works? Share it! Participants can send Hallman a sample of their work in advance of the workshop. Hallman will critique the work and discuss it with the rest of the class. Click here for registration information.

Apply now because space is limited and the deadline to register is June 10.

QUILL, GLORIOUS QUILL. The May/June issue of Quill is out and, as usual, chock-full of tips to help you. If you can't wait to read the print version (assuming it hasn't arrived already) you can read online (SPJ members have access to the full online archive back to 2001). In this issue:

And the Shutter Stood Still: Special Section (A tribute to fallen photojournalists Chris Hondros and Tim Hetherington).

It's All About the Training: Get What You Want, When You Want It (Learn what kind of training SPJ members want, and where to find it).

10 Questions with Andre Malok and Amy Ellis Nutt (Learn what makes these Pulitzer royalty tick).

(Not So) United (The withdrawal of NABJ from UNITY)

And, of course, there is the regular slate of Toolbox columns on everything from diversity to education to digital media. See all the columns here.

If you have questions, comments, feedback or pitches for future content, e-mail editor Scott Leadingham or call 317-927-8000 ext. 211.

MEMBER APPOINTED EDITOR OF PRAGUE DAILY. SPJ member Randy Gener has been appointed Editor-in-Chief of Prague Quadrennial Daily in the Czech Republic. In addition to producing and editing the daily newspaper, Gener has been invited to present a lecture at the Faculty of the Arts of Charles University in Prague, the oldest and largest university in the Czech Republic and one of the oldest universities in Europe in continuous operation.

Congratulations, Randy!

ATLANTA CHAPTER FOUNDER DIES. Odom Olin Fanning, a Washington-based science writer, died on May 8 of pneumonia and heart failure. He was 90. Fanning was the organizer and first president of the Atlanta professional chapter of SPJ. He created the Chapter's Green Eyeshade Awards program, which remains the largest regional journalism competition in the U.S., covering 11 Southern states.

According to a National Press Club article about the journalism icon, Fanning's long career included advocating for civil rights in the South; writing for the federal government on public health, environmental policy and marine sciences; and reporting on public health, medicine, marine science, and environmental protection issues. Fanning was also a science reporter for the Atlanta Journal and the first public information officer for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Read the full article here. For his outstanding dedication to the profession and his commitment to the values and principles for which SPJ stands, Odom's presence will be missed.

ON THE BLOGS. The SPJ Blogs Network features trends and advice to help today's journalists. From 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:

Journalism and the World: "Confronting shadows and corruption-media freedom linked"
Kudosto an Australian news team that decided to confront members of the Chinese security forces who where shadowing the journalists. (Read more)

The Independent Journalist: "Tips to Manage Your Workload"
One of the biggest challenges freelancers face is managing their workloads. Sometimes they take on too many projects ... (Read more)

Net Worked: "Build your own website for free"
More journalists these days are setting up their own websites where they can profile their work. It's one of the best ways to build your brand and display your resume online. (Read more)

First Draft: "Why Don't Journalists Do This More Often?"
Storytelling may be a lost art in local TV. While there is a sporadic collection of stations determined to keep that art of reporting alive, most seem content to present the meat and potatoes of a story, rather than treat it as a full course dinner. (Read more)

Freedom of the Prez: "Does the 'Net need newspapers? Cartoonists think so"
Ever since the Internet launched new media, nay-sayers have predicted the death of the older, long established mainstream press. Now, some in that press are fighting back in unique fashion. They're sharpening their most biting sarcasm to launch a massive campaign. (Read more)

FOI FYI: "Transparency Triumph of the Week: Nigeria's FOI bill signed into law"
Records in Nigeria are going public. President Goodluck Jonathan signed a freedom of information bill into law Saturday that will allow citizen access to public records for the first time. (Read more)

See the full blog network list here.

SAVE ON CONFERENCE EXPENSES. Do you plan on attending the joint SPJ-RTDNA national conference, Excellence in Journalism 2011, Sept. 25-27 in New Orleans? Want to save on your expenses? SPJ has two professional scholarships that are available for members.

The Terry Harper Memorial Scholarships include a conference registration, three nights at the Sheraton hotel, airfare to New Orleans and tickets to meal events. Click here for more information and to apply.

The Diversity Leadership Fellows Program supports SPJ's efforts to encourage diverse journalists to be involved with the organization in leadership roles. The program provides fellows with a conference registration, three nights at the Sheraton hotel, airfare to New Orleans and tickets to meal events. Click here for more information and to apply.

The application deadline for both opportunities is June 13.

MORE FOR YOUR TOOLBOX. The Journalist's Toolbox has several new resources for you, including some about global and online journalism, as well as those for covering religion and dangerous weather. You can find them all at Get the latest updates by following the Toolbox on Twitter.

LAST WEEK'S QUIZ. We hope you are a fan, because this question comes from a recent episode of "Jeopardy!":

Between 2001 & 2010 The New York Times won 26 Pulitzers, including one in 2009 for covering the stunning downfall of what governor? Bonus: Who was the contestant (and journalist, by the way) who got the question right? Where does he work?

A. Eliot Spitzer. The contestant who got the question right was Denis Theriault, who is a writer for The Portland Mercury. Read more.

And the winner is...

Doug Schlatter of Yardley, Penn. Congrats, Doug!

THIS WEEK'S QUIZ. We want to take a moment this week and ask you to share what makes your membership in SPJ important. We encourage you to take a moment to write in and tell us how SPJ is a part of your life and what it means to you! We'll showcase member's responses in next week's edition of SPJ Leads.

Submit your answer to Andrew M. Scott

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