By Scott A. Leadingham
SPJ Communications Department
CONFERENCE OFFERINGS. There's plenty of info being pumped out about the upcoming Excellence in Journalism 2011 conference. Ahead of the Sept. 25-27 journalism event of the year in New Orleans, keep up with all the latest developments on:
—The conference Facebook page.
—Twitter with the official conference hashtag #EIJ11
—BlogTalkRadio with a recent podcast about what to expect at the conference
Be sure to visit the conference website and look through the schedule, travel info and highlights to expect in New Orleans. Among the highlights:
—Resume, clip and writing critiques
—Pre-conference half-and-full-day workshops with even more in-depth training on top of the program sessions
—A volunteer community service project to help Second Harvest Food Bank
—Newsroom tours of the Times Picayune and WWL-TV
—A super session with NPR social media strategist Andy Carvin, known widely for his tweets tracking uprising in the Middle East and North Africa since January.
We look forward to seeing you in New Orleans!
HARPER SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS. SPJ has awarded five Excellence in Journalism conference scholarships in memory of Terry Harper, SPJ's executive director from 2002 to 2009. See the conference scholarship page to learn more about this year's recipients and their involvement in SPJ.
DIVERSITY LEADERSHIP GRANT FELLOWS. Thanks to a grant from the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation, six SPJ members will attend the Excellence in Journalism Conference as Diversity Fellows. The goal of the Diversity Leadership Fellows program is to increase the diversity participation of SPJ members within national committees and on the national board of directors. See the conference fellowship page to learn more about the recipients.
DONATE TO THE LDF AUCTION. Annually, SPJ's Legal Defense Fund Auction raises money to offset legal fees of journalists and news outlets who are faced with subpoenas that hinder their rights. Of course, any auction requires items on which to bid, so we need your help!
The auction will be held during the Excellence in Journalism 2011 conference in New Orleans.
If you, your chapter or other organizations in your area can help, we hope you'll consider donating to the LDF Auction by sending items to SPJ Headquarters. When doing so, please include the donation form, which you can download here.
YOUR SPJ MEMBERSHIP. SPJ's Membership Committee hosts a monthly BlogTalkRadio call-in program and podcast aimed at highlighting the many benefits to SPJ membership. On Thursday, July 14 at 1 p.m. ET, join Holly Fisher as she talks with SPJ Generation J Committee Chairwoman Lynn Walsh about ways SPJ is supporting young journalists. Call in with your comments and questions: 347-857-2441. Join live and listen to past programs here.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT. The May/June issue of Quill is a few weeks past fresh, but that doesn't make its contents and tips any less useful or valuable. Be sure to check out all the feature articles and Toolbox columns, especially the cover story on journalists Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros, killed in Libya in April.
And don't forget — Quill is available in print, Web and digital e-magazine formats. Use the fully functional e-magazine here.
LOOKING FOR A CONFERENCE ROOMMATE? Want to save some cash when you attend the Excellence in Journalism 2011 conference this year? Find other conference attendees who are interested in sharing the cost of a hotel room in New Orleans by posting your request on our conference roommate listing on the SPJ Works blog.
PAPER, NOT PLASTIC. Thanks to a $500 chapter grant, the South Florida Pro chapter will soon help a student publication find out what it was like in "the old days." The University Press at Florida Atlantic University will try July16 to produce a newspaper "all on paper," without the use of computers.
Learn more about the set-up and program details here. If you'd like to learn about having a similar experience in your area, email chapter president and event organizer Michael Koretzky.
LAST WEEK'S QUIZ. July 4, 2011 wasn't just the 235th birthday of the U.S. It was also the birthday of an important piece of legislation. What legislation and how many candles were on the cake?
A. The Freedom of Information Act, which turned 45.
And the winner is ... Doug Schlatter of Yardley, Penn.
Note: A special nod goes to longtime member S.L. Frisbie, who noted the 40th anniversary of the 26th Amendment to the Constitution, lowering the voting age to 18.
THIS WEEK'S QUIZ. How did a Columbia Journalism Review blog post encapsulate — in a headline — the media coverage of a recent lunch stop by First Lady Michelle Obama?
Submit your answer to Scott Leadingham.