By Abby Henkel
SPJ Communications Department
SPJ BOARD ELECTIONS. Chapter delegates will soon have the opportunity to shape the future of SPJ. At the Excellence in Journalism 2011 Conference, delegates will select board of directors candidates for 14 open seats. These elected board members will help lead SPJ by guiding national policy and setting priorities for the coming years. Follow this link to view a list of candidates who have come forward to run for an open seat.
All members, not just chapter delegates, are encouraged to learn more about the candidates and, if you're willing/able, give feedback to voting chapter delegates.
Regional Directors will be elected during Regional Meetings. All other positions will be elected during the conference's Closing Business Session.
Interested individuals may still declare their candidacy by running from the floor during the opening business session. For questions, contact nominations committee chairman Kevin Smith.
AWARD WINNERS. Associated Press journalists and attorneys have been awarded with the Pulliam First Amendment Award, which recognizes a person or organization that has fought to protect and preserve one or more of the rights guaranteed by the First Amendment. The award, which comes with a $10,000 prize, is given by the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation in honor of Eugene S. Pulliam, longtime Indianapolis Star publisher, SPJ/SDX supporter and First Amendment defender.
The AP staff will be honored Sept. 27 at the President's Installation Banquet during the Excellence in Journalism 2011 conference in New Orleans. See the news release.
Mark Woods of The Florida Times-Union has been awarded the Pulliam Fellowship for Editorial Writing, which awards $75,000 each year to an outstanding editorial writer or columnist to help broaden his or her journalistic horizons and knowledge of the world. The award is given by the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation in honor of Eugene C. Pulliam, father of Eugene S. Pulliam, an early member of SPJ, and former publisher of The Indianapolis Star, The Indianapolis News, The Arizona Republic and The Phoenix Gazette. See the news release.
SPJ is also pleased to honor Asra Nomani and Barbara Feinman Todd with SPJ's Distinguished Teaching in Journalism Award. Nomani and Feinman Todd are being recognized for their leadership on the Pearl Project, an investigative journalism class for undergraduate and graduate students at Georgetown University. They will be honored at the Excellence in Journalism 2011 conference. See the news release.
FIVE REASONS TO ATTEND EIJ 2011. As if you needed more encouragement, here are five reasons to attend Excellence in Journalism 2011 in New Orleans next month:
(And if you haven't yet register soon. The early-bird registration deadline is August 31. Click here for pricing and registration info.)
1. Dozens of professional development sessions that will benefit people at all levels: reporters, editors, station managers and freelancers. See the growing session list.
2. Opportunities for resume, writing, tape and clip critiques from knowledgeable, experienced journalists and trainers. See more highlights.
3. Sessions with proven industry leaders and innovators, like NPR social media strategist Andy Carvin (@acarvin on Twitter). Carvin is known for his curation of news and information coming out of uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa.
4. Exhibitors ranging from graduate school recruiters to newsroom technology developers there's something for everyone at all levels, from reporters to managers.
5. Many networking, social and volunteer opportunities through banquets, receptions, breakout sessions and a community service project with Second Harvest Food Bank. See the full conference schedule.
SURVEY SHOWS PROBLEMS IN JOURNALISM JOB MARKET. A study by the University of Georgia's Grady School shows slight improvements in the overall job market for spring 2010 graduates of the nation's journalism and mass communication programs, tempered by news of stagnant salaries and benefits. Moreover, job prospects for graduates who are racial and ethnic minorities show no improvement. The results come from the 2010 Annual Survey of Journalism & Mass Communication Graduates. Click here for the full report.
The annual survey is funded in part by the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation.
SPEAKERS AT EIJ 2011. Excellence in Journalism 2011 will offer over 40 talks and sessions with some of today's most creative and influential people in journalism. Take a look at some of the speakers who have just been added to the conference, or follow this link to see the entire list (watch in the coming weeks for additional speakers!).
Jose Antonio Vargas, Pulitzer Prize winner, former reporter for the Washington Post and recently self-revealed undocumented immigrant
Steve Safran, founder of Lost Remote
Jerry Ceppos, Louisiana State University's new dean of the Manship School of Mass Communication
Kim Dozier, AP correspondent who covers intelligence and counterterrorism
Steve Waldman, senior adviser to the FCC chairman
Robert Hernandez, also known as @WebJournalist on Twitter
David Cohn, Knight News Challenge winner and founder of Spot.Us
LONG ISLAND SPJ CHAPTER SPEAKS OUT AND IS HEARD. Following a statement by the Press Club of Long Island, an SPJ pro chapter, the Suffolk County Police Department has dropped charges against video journalist Phil Datz, who was arrested while filming police response to a car chase on July 29. Citing video taken at the scene, the PCLI's statement decried what was "a clear case of police abuse of authority and infringement of the journalist's First Amendment rights." Click here to see the statement, and click here for links to news stories about the incident.
DONATE TO THE LDF AUCTION. It's not too late to donate auction items to SPJ's Legal Defense Fund, an account created to help cover legal fees for journalists defending freedom of the press and speech guaranteed in the First Amendment. Items will be auctioned at the silent auction to be held Monday and Tuesday during the Journalism Expo at the Excellence in Journalism 2011 conference in New Orleans.
The LDF initiates and supports litigation that enforces public access to government records and proceedings, which can be the most expensive way to defend the First Amendment. The fund can also be a source of support for FOI hotlines, coalitions and newsletters, as well as for legislative lobbying activities aimed at enforcing public access to government records and proceedings.
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. Address donations to:
Legal Defense Fund Auction
Society of Professional Journalists
3909 N. Meridian St.
Indianapolis, IN 46208
Questions? Contact Lauren Rochester at email@example.com or (317) 927-8000 ext. 210. The deadline for donations is August 26. Thank you!
WHAT'S NEW ON SPJ BLOGS. Keep up with the SPJ blog network to get the latest information and news for journalists. Some recent highlights:
20 Toolkits for Journalists: Got some extra time to learn a new skill or two during your remaining few weeks of summer vacation? You're in luck! The Campus Copy blog has compiled a list of twenty of the best online resources for journalists.
How to stay productive even when you're not working: From the Independent Journalist, SPJ's blog for freelancers
Social media marketing tools for journalists: From Networked, SPJ's digital journalism blog
NABJ STUDY FINDS LOW NEWSROOM DIVERSITY. Last week at its annual conference, the National Association of Black Journalists announced findings from a new study. According to their data, people of color make up just 12 percent of newsroom managers but represent one third of the nation's population. Listen to the full story on NPR.
COVERAGE IN THE MIDST OF CHAOS. At the next meeting of the Kansas City Press Club, an SPJ pro chapter, Joplin Globe editor Carol Stark will discuss what it was like to manage a newsroom in the midst of one of the biggest natural disasters in recent history. Two reporters will be attending from the Globe.
When: Saturday, Aug. 27 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Trailside Center, 9901 Holmes Road, Kansas City, MO
JOURNALIST'S TOOLBOX. With all the discussions on the economic crisis, many journalists can bet on covering it in some way. Check out these latest additions to the economic crisis page of the Journalist's Toolbox, brought to you by SPJ and DePaul University professor Mike Reilley.
Carolina Business News Initiative: This list of 250 links to resources for business reporters is probably one of the most comprehensive gatherings of information for the business journalist. From the University of North Carolina COJMC.
Poynter's five-minute guide to S&P, U.S. credit rating
World Economic Outlook: A database from the International Monetary Fund that allows journalists to compare economic outlook by country & year base on the IMF April, 2010 report.
Bureau of Labor Statistics: Consumer Price Index Database: Select an item (gas, food, etc.) and track price increases nationally over time. Great quick reference for stories. You also can track it by region or major metropolitan area by using the image map and pulldown menu on this page.
The Journalist's Toolbox provides links and tips for journalists on dozens of topics, from agriculture to Twitter.
LAST WEEK'S QUIZ. A widely reported (including CNN, BCC and NPR) study involving a certain aspect of technology was shown to be a hoax this week. What did the bogus study claim to reveal?
A. That Internet Explorer users tend to have lower IQs than users of other browsers. The "study" was published by an outlet calling itself AptiQuant Psychometric Consulting Company. See an explanation by Wired, and join the conversation about the hoax on SPJ's Facebook page.
And the winner is ... Sara Crocker, Communications Specialist for the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations. Congratulations, Sara! We understand if you plan to monitor your mailbox 24/7 for your fabulous prize.
THIS WEEK'S QUIZ. What magazine published a controversial photo of a presidential candidate in the past week, and who was the person in the photo?
Submit your answer to Abby Henkel.