By Abby Henkel
SPJ Communications Department
EIJ 2011 EARLY BIRD DEADLINE. TODAY, Aug. 31, is the deadline for early bird registration rates for the Excellence in Journalism conference. Don't put it off a second longer! SPJ members who register by midnight PST receive the best possible rates for the journalism event of the year! Click here for information on registration rates, and register now. Remember, today is the last day to purchase the registration package.
5 MORE REASONS TO ATTEND EIJ 2011. Still on the fence? Not sure the conference has what you need? Here are some reasons members are getting excited about EIJ 2011:
1. Networking opportunities with fellow journalists and industry leaders, including the Opening Night Reception sponsored by CNN, the Faces and Voices of NOLA event, sponsored by AFTRA, and the Student Union.
2. The Journalism Expo, where you'll find more than 40 booths from a wide range of exhibitors and organizations, the BookMart, the Legal Defense Fund silent auction and the Wi-Fi Zone sponsored by the Associated Press.
3. Opportunities to get out and about by signing up for newsroom tours, a post-Katrina levee tour, and a community service project. Or stay in the Sheraton and get your résumé, videos or writing critiqued.
4. Speakers from leading journalism and media organizations, including NPR, Poynter, Facebook, Google, ESPN, ABC, CNN, CBS, AP and the Federal Communications Commission. Read through the speaker bios, and check out the breakout sessions and workshops they'll be leading. You don't want to miss hearing from Super Session speaker Andy Carvin or keynote speaker Jeff Fager, or seeing Linda Ellerbee and Lara Logan accept their awards.
5. New Orleans! Take some time to enjoy the cultural attractions and exciting night life of The Big Easy. Check out our list of everything you won't want to miss in the city.
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.
SHERATON ROOMS BOOKED. The room block at the Sheraton for Excellence in Journalism 2011 is sold out.
You may try to get a room at the Sheraton outside the block. As well, there are two nearby hotels that may have availability. The Westin is two blocks away from the Sheraton, and the Marriott is across the street from the Sheraton.
NOTE: There is a home New Orleans Saints game on Sunday, Sept. 25 at noon. As a result, hotels are either sold out or are charging a higher rate for rooms the night of Saturday, Sept. 24.
FIND A ROOMMATE. Do you have a room booked, and are willing to share it with a roommate to split costs? Or maybe you're still looking for a hotel room? Visit our roommate board and make a post or contact someone looking for a roommate.
eCAMPUS SPJ ON DEMAND TRAINING VIDEOS. SPJ has a collection of training videos available to all members, included as part of your membership. Check out our eCampus video series for training in freelancing, acquiring records, video techniques, social media tools and more.
HISPANIC MEDIA FARES BETTER THAN THE AVERAGE. Spanish-language radio, television and magazines have stability and growth over the past year, in spite of the English-language media's downward trend, the Pew Research Center found in its Project for Excellence in Journalism State of the News Media 2011 study. Newspapers in Spanish have lost some readership, but not to the extent of their English-language counterparts. Although the Latino population is becoming more U.S.-born, the market for Spanish-language news has increased. Read the full results of the study.
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.
LEGAL DEFENSE FUND GIVES BACK. In 2006, the Santa Barbara News-Press underwent an "implosion" after years of oppressive and coercive leadership. In protest of the newspaper owner's interference with editorial news judgment, SPJ member and then-editor Jerry Roberts resigned from the News-Press staff on July 6, 2006, along with four other newsroom employees. SPJ's Legal Defense Fund stepped in to aid the reporters, including helping to defend Roberts in a $25 million lawsuit. Roberts and the four other newsroom staff received SPJ's Ethics in Journalism Award that year.
Roberts recently made a generous donation to SPJ's Legal Defense Fund, explaining that "SPJ was enormously helpful to me and I'm eternally grateful for it." We are grateful to Jerry Roberts for passing on the assistance so that journalists can continue to defend press freedoms.
You, too, can make a positive impact on journalists facing legal affronts to freedom of speech and the press! The LDF is seeking in-kind donations for the annual live and silent auctions, which will take place at the Excellence in Journalism conference, Sept. 25-27 in New Orleans. There is still time to mail your item for the auction — the donation deadline has been extended to Friday, Sept. 9.
Auction items can 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!
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 — NATURAL DISASTERS. For reporters covering the aftermath of Hurricane Irene, the Journalist's Toolbox, brought to you by SPJ and DePaul University professor Mike Reilley, has a great page just for public safety issues. Find resources on natural disasters, nuclear and oil disasters, transportation safety, and more.
The 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks is coming up soon. The Journalist's Toolbox offers resources and links for reporters. Also see The Associated Press' stylebook for reporting on 9/11.
The Journalist's Toolbox is a free resource from SPJ providing links and tips for journalists on dozens of topics.
JOURNALISM INTERACTIVE 2011. This national conference will explore the intersection of digital media and journalism education. Join hundreds of journalists and educators to learn how social and mobile media are transforming curricula and newsrooms.
J/i is about action and participation, with two full days of interactive workshops, provocative panels and prominent speakers from the news industry, tech companies and the academy. The event takes place Oct. 28-29, 2011, at the University of Maryland. The early bird registration deadline is Sept. 8. Click here for more information.
WORKSHOP: REPORTING ON INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE. The Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma of the Columbia Journalism School invites SPJ members to a free professional training workshop Oct. 21-22 in New York City. The workshop, "Out of the Shadows," will give journalists access to top clinical, research and policy experts in the fields of intimate partner violence, dating abuse, sexual violence and prevention.
There is no cost to attend this workshop, though a short application is required. Application deadline is Sept. 26, 2011. Click here for more information.
LAST WEEK'S QUIZ. Who tweeted over 1,200 times last weekend? (Hint: You might meet this person in September in New Orleans...)
Answer: NPR's Andy Carvin (@acarvin) tweeted 1,201 times last weekend while covering the Libyan revolution.
And the winner is... Hal Davis of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Congratulations, Hal! You are the winner of what critics are calling the greatest SPJ quiz prize since last week.
THIS WEEK'S QUIZ. Which photojournalist, severely injured last year in Afghanistan, is exhibiting his photographs this week in France?
Submit your answer to Abby Henkel.