By Abby Henkel
SPJ Communications Department
EIJ EARLY BIRD DEADLINE. Don't miss your chance to register early for Excellence in Journalism 2011 and save money! The early bird deadline for the conference is Aug. 31 -- just one week away. EIJ 2011 will be the journalism event of the year! Register now and get ready for breakout sessions, banquets and book signings, all in New Orleans, Sept. 25-27.
HIGHLIGHTS OF EIJ 2011.
— Have you checked out the great line-up of speakers?
— Browse the list of professional development sessions.
— Don't forget to look through the other cool activities available, like tours, résumé critiques, book signings and receptions!
CBS' JEFF FAGER TO DELIVER EIJ KEYNOTE ADDRESS. Jeff Fager, chairman of CBS News and executive producer for 60 Minutes, will deliver the keynote address at the Excellence in Journalism 2011 Conference, at 9:15 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 26.
Under Fager, 60 Minutes and 60 Minutes II broadcasts garnered 33 Emmys, eight Peabodys, eight Edward R. Murrow Awards, four Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University batons, three Sigma Delta Chi Awards and three Investigative Reporting and Editing Awards.
Click here to read more about Fager and numerous other speakers at EIJ 2011.
SAVE MONEY & TIME -- SLEEP AT THE SHERATON. In addition to the low registration rates, take advantage of the low hotel rates for EIJ attendees at the Sheraton. The low rates are only available through Sept. 4 or until our block of rooms is full. Click here for more information, and go here to reserve your room.
If you're looking for a roommate to cut down on costs, browse or post a comment on the roommate request board.
EIJ ON FACEBOOK & TWITTER. Learn more and engage us on the conference Facebook page. Also, keep up with Excellence in Journalism info and share your questions on Twitter by using hashtag #EIJ11.
MONEY FOR CHAPTER PROGRAMMING. SPJ will invest $5,000 to fund local chapter programs during 2011-12, and your chapter could receive up to $500 for your program or activity. All fully chartered SPJ chapters in good standing with the national organization are eligible to submit a grant proposal. Your chapter must have filed a 2010-2011 annual report by the stated deadline to be eligible. Proposals must be submitted by midnight, ET, on Sept. 15. Click here for details, and email Heather Dunn with questions.
BYLAWS AMENDMENTS AND ELECTIONS. Several amendments have been proposed to the SPJ bylaws. The potential changes would affect all members, not just voting delegates. Read the proposed amendments, and participate in the online discussion for the proposed "One Member, One Vote" and the other proposed bylaws amendments. Amendments will be voted on at the conference in New Orleans.
All members are also encouraged to review candidates for national office, who will be elected by chapter delegates at the conference.
Click here for bios of people who have declared their candidacy in advance. Interested individuals can still participate by running from the convention floor during the Opening Business Session.
JOURNALIST'S TOOLBOX. The 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks is coming up soon. The Journalist's Toolbox, brought to you by SPJ and DePaul University professor Mike Reilley, offers resources and links for reporters. Also see The Associated Press' stylebook for reporting on 9/11.
For anyone covering the Virginia earthquake on Tuesday or Hurricane Irene, the Journalist's Toolbox has a page just for public safety issues. Find resources on natural disasters, nuclear and oil disasters, transportation safety, and more.
The Journalist's Toolbox is a free resource from SPJ providing links and tips for journalists on dozens of topics.
SPJ SUPPORTS CHICAGO TRIBUNE IN FOI CASE. SPJ has joined an amicus brief challenging the University of Illinois Board of Trustees' attempt to conceal records involving preferential treatment of well-connected applicants.The brief was filed Friday in support of the Chicago Tribune after the Board of Trustees appealed a decision from the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois requiring disclosure of the material. Read the news release here.
DONATE TO LDF AUCTION. Donations are rolling in for SPJ's Legal Defense Fund Auction, a live and silent auction at the Excellence in Journalism conference that raises money for journalists who find themselves in legal trouble while defending press freedoms. Some highlights include regional goodie baskets from Indianapolis, New York and China; a director's chair signed by the journalists who reported on Watergate; and much more!
But it's not too late for YOU to donate to the auction! No donation is too large or too small. We ask that you send your items by Aug. 26 to SPJ Headquarters. Donations should be mailed to:
SPJ Legal Defense Fund Auction
3909 N. Meridian St.
Indianapolis, IN 46208
When mailing your donation, please don't forget to include this donation form.
Please contact Awards Coordinator Lauren Rochester with any questions at 317-927-8000 ext. 210. Your contribution to the Legal Defense Fund will make a significant difference in the lives of journalists across the nation. Thank you!
AWARD WINNERS. Richard (Dick) Goehler, Grover Cleveland Hall and Lane DeGregory have been named Fellows of the Society for 2011. This highest honor given by the Society is awarded for extraordinary contribution to the profession. The Fellows will be honored Sept. 27 at the President's Installation Banquet at the Excellence in Journalism 2011 conference in New Orleans. Honorees receive a jeweled key and a plaque. Click here for the full news release.
Ithaca College's Mead Loop has been honored with the David L. Eshelman Outstanding Campus Adviser Award. The award recognizes 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. Click here for the full news release.
Among 10 campus chapters being awarded for outstanding work, DePaul University in Chicago was named Outstanding Campus Chapter of the Year. Read about DePaul and the other honored chapters.
The Chicago Headline Club and the Utah Headliners have been named Outstanding Pro Chapters of the year. Each year, the national organization honors two chapters, one large and one small, as overall chapters of the year. Minnesota Pro and Washington, D.C. Pro have also been honored for large-chapter excellence; Madison Pro and St. Louis Pro share recognition for small-chapter excellence.
SPJ also issues the Circle of Excellence awards, recognizing one large and one small chapter for outstanding work during the previous year in each of the five key areas: First Amendment and FOI activity; diversity among journalists; campus relations and scholarship; professional development and continuing education; and chapter communication.
Click here for more information on all the Outstanding Pro Chapter and Circle of Excellence honorees.
WISE WORDS FROM SIGMA DELTA CHI FOUNDATION. Did you know that deciding not to have a will is effectively the same as letting the state decide the fate of your assets after your death? By designating the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation as a beneficiary in your will, life insurance, retirement or other estate plans, you can provide a lasting legacy to provide for the future of journalism.
The Sigma Delta Chi Foundation gratefully acknowledges the 31 members who have included SDX in their wills and estate plans. Learn more about the program and how to become a member of the 1909 Society.
WHAT'S NEW ON SPJ BLOGS
The SPJ blogs are a flurry of activity, covering everything from local SPJ events to national news. Click here to browse all the blogs on the SPJ network. Some recent posts:
— How to Use Facebook in Journalism. In an age when having an online "brand" is essential, this burgeoning news site, perhaps more than any social tool available, builds and bolsters a journalist's brand and may soon be one of the best places to publish timely information.
— Your First Task in Freelancing: Suck it Up. Wayne Gretzky didn't realize his hockey advice applies to journalists, too: "You miss 100 percent of the shots you don't take."
— Safety First, Story Second. Jacqueline A. Ingles tells about a reporting assignment that taught her the extent to which a reporter should go for a good story.
— Does Your Title Matter? As the technology in newsrooms continues to change, the responsibilities of each person in the newsroom are also changing. What does your title mean?
— Why Can't Minority Journalism and Communication Graduates Find Jobs Like Other Graduates? SPJ's Diversity Chair George Daniels discusses data on recent journalism graduates from a study by the University of Georgia.
— Reporting on Same-Sex Marriage in Minority Communities. SPJ's Diversity Blog offers tips for more accurate, in-depth reporting in the wake of the Suquamish Tribe's legalization of same-sex marriage.
SURVEY FINDS MORE PEOPLE SEEK GOVERNMENT OPENNESS. New results from a survey by the Media Law Resource Center and the National Freedom of Information Coalition compare government transparency in 2011 and 2009. Findings suggest that more private citizens desire and seek government accountability through open records requests, but that, due to lack of resources, news organizations are increasingly less likely to file lawsuits to enforce state and federal FOIA regulations. Click here for more information and to see the results of the survey.
STUDY JOURNALISM IN PRAGUE. Transitions Online, a non-profit committed to strengthening news media in the post-Communist countries of Europe and the former Soviet Union, invites international journalists to two intensive courses in Prague:
— Digital Journalism, Oct. 2011: This course, designed for journalists and editors, will show you how to make effective use of digital media. You'll learn how to create new content, engage readers, and increase readership.
— Foreign Correspondent Training Course, Jan. 2012: This intensive, nine-day course will show you how to break into international reporting. The course mixes classroom training sessions with a practical reporting exercise — researching, writing and filing your own story from Prague.
LAST WEEK'S QUIZ. What influential civil rights activist from New Orleans recently died?
Answer: Carlton J. Roy, Sr. died on August 6. Roy was a black businessman from New Orleans who fought segregation. Read more about Roy's life.
And the winner is...Tracy Burton, a student at Central Michigan University. Tracy, keep your eyes peeled for the SPJ prize about which journalists across the nation are talking!
THIS WEEK'S QUIZ. Who tweeted over 1,200 times last weekend? (Hint: You might meet this person in September in New Orleans...)
Submit your answers to Abby Henkel.