By Abby Henkel
SPJ Communications Department
SPRING CONFERENCES 2012. SPJ's Spring Conferences are daylong professional development meetings bringing area journalists, students and journalism educators together in one place to hear from industry experts on topics ranging from improving writing to leveraging technology in today's new media climate. Each of SPJ's 12 regions will host a spring conference. Click here to find the conference in your area.
EIJ11 SESSION COVERAGE. Thanks to everyone who took part in the Excellence in Journalism 2011 conference! We're already looking forward to EIJ12 in Ft. Lauderdale. In the mean time, please enjoy online audio streaming of some EIJ11 sessions, open to all members. Whether you missed just one of these sessions or the entire conference, this is your chance to catch up on outstanding professional training.
More sessions will be added in the coming weeks, so stay tuned! You can also find recaps of every session, including breakouts, super sessions and pre-conference workshops, from RTDNA.
SPJ CHAPTER GRANTS. SPJ is pleased to announce 2011-12 Chapter Grant recipients. In the coming months, 11 chapters will put on programs with help from funding by the SPJ Chapter Grant program. Read more about each funded program. If you have questions, please reach out to the contact person listed under each program description.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT. The September/October issue of Quill is out and ready for your reading and viewing pleasure. It's the annual freedom of information issue, with contributions from Morgan Watkins and Clarissa Pintado, SPJ's summer Pulliam/Kilgore FOI interns.
Read the September/October Quill:
— In the fully functional digital e-magazine version
— On the web at the Quill website, where SPJ members have access to the full archive
Note: Student members automatically receive only the digital issue of Quill. If you would like to "opt-in" to receive the print AND digital versions, please contact editor Scott Leadingham at firstname.lastname@example.org. There's no extra charge, but we ask that you help lower our costs of returned mail by keeping us up to date on your inevitably frequent address changes. Current members can update address information by logging in to the SPJ website here.
VIDEOS ON DEMAND. Sometimes you need a crash course in public records requests or basic training in video techniques. Maybe you are jumping into the world of freelancing or social media but don't know where to start. Fear not: SPJ has you covered with SPJ Videos on Demand. It's like Pay-Per-View but only better, because it's free to all members.
Use your member login information to enjoy these fine training sessions, brought to you by SPJ members and staff. Don't have an SPJ online member account yet? Click here to register.
BLOG NETWORK. SPJ has a network of national and regional blogs. Be sure to take time to browse through the posts on all the blogs for thoughts and tips on everything from regional activities and national conferences to freelancing and digital journalism. Here are some of the latest updates:
— Census Data 101 from Emily Sweeney, staff reporter at The Boston Globe
— Pushing back against the journalism brain drain by SPJ President John Ensslin
— The Wild West of Freelancing: Advice from the Pros by freelance journalist and Region 10 Director Dana Neuts
NOMINATE A VOLUNTEER FOR RECOGNITION. Breaking news: Without volunteers, there would be no SPJ. President John Ensslin has established the Volunteer of the Month awards, a simple way to recognize the hard work of SPJ volunteers. Read about Mike Reilley, this month's honoree.
You can help thank a volunteer for service to SPJ by nominating a member for Volunteer of the Month. Email John Ensslin at email@example.com with the name of your nominee and why that person should be considered.
LAST WEEK'S QUIZ. What new scandal at News Corp. this week has nothing to do with phone hacking? (Name the primary person involved.)
Answer: The Wall Street Journal attempted to boost European circulation numbers by allowing investors to buy the papers in bulk for as little as 1 cent per copy. Andrew Langhoff, European managing director for the WSJ's parent company News Corp., resigned over the issue.
And the winner is... Abby Kleckler, president of Loyola University's student chapter. Congratulations, Abby! Your limitless knowledge of news will be rewarded with an SPJ Leads Quiz prize that is equally astounding.
THIS WEEK'S QUIZ. A recent study compared the positive and negative media coverage that each presidential candidate has received in this election cycle. According to that study, what candidate has received the most negative coverage?
Submit your answer to Abby Henkel.