By Abby Henkel, SPJ Communications Department
REGIONAL SPRING CONFERENCES. The regional spring conferences are just around the corner, so sign up now for an event near you. Hear from industry experts, network with colleagues and enhance your journalism career. Find the spring conference in your area:
Region 1: Stony Brook, NY. March 23-24. Email Carl Corry
Region 2: Elon, NC. March 30-31. Email Colin Donahue
Region 3: Gainesville, Fla. March 23-24. Email Ashley Hemmy
Region 4: Lansing, Mich. March 23-24. Email Jeremy Steele
Region 5: Indianapolis, Ind. April 13-14. Email Heather Dunn
Region 6: Bloomington, Minn. March 30-31. DiersEmail Christine Page
Region 7: Ames, Iowa. March 30-31. Email Erin Fosselman
Region 8: Fort Worth, Texas. March 23-24. Email Eddye Gallagher
Region 9: Denver, Colo. April 13-14. Email Cara DeGeete
Region 10: Tacoma, Wash. March 30-31. Email Dana Neuts
Region 11: University City, Calif. March 30-31. Email Jeff Wald
Region 12: Lafayette, La. March 30-31. Email Robert Buckman
For more information on SPJ spring conferences, visit spj.org/regionalconf.asp.
FEDS FIND NO PROBLEM WITH PENTAGON-MEDIA CONNECTION
After a 2008 series of articles in The New York Times revealed connections between military analysts in the media and Pentagon staff, Congress charged the U.S. Department of Defense with launching an investigation into the ethics of what has been called a public relations program by the Pentagon. After two years, the Pentagon's Inspector General concluded that the activities complied with all regulations and directives.
When issue came to light in 2008, SPJ issued two statements:
SPJ leaders express concern over Pentagon's military domestic propaganda operation (May 9, 2008)
SPJ calls on NBC to rectify lack of disclosure of analysts' conflicts of interest (Dec. 4, 2008)
EIJ PROGRAM PROPOSALS DUE JAN 2.
There's less than one week left to submit program proposals for Excellence in Journalism 2012, a national conference co-presented by SPJ and RTDNA! Tap into everything you've learned as a journalist and a member of SPJ to help us create the best journalism conference yet.
Learn more about program guidelines. Proposals are due by Jan. 2, 2012.
GET PAID! SUMMER INTERNSHIPS WITH SPJ
SPJ's Pulliam/Kilgore Freedom of Information Internships are incredible ways to spend your summer. One intern works at SPJ headquarters in Indianapolis while the second works with SPJ's First Amendment legal counsel in Washington, D.C. These paid internships expose students to freedom of information issues, advocacy efforts, journalism-related legislation and a variety of other SPJ programs and initiatives. Get hands-on experience that is sure to boost your resume. Apply soon!
The application deadline is Jan. 16, 2012.
Note: The Indianapolis position is best suited for current or recently graduated undergraduate or graduate students in journalism or a related discipline. The D.C. position is best for current law students with a background in or knowledge of journalism and First Amendment issues.
If you know students who should apply, let them know! SPJ membership and experience is helpful but not required.
For questions, email Scott Leadingham.
SDX FOUNDATION SUPPORT
Ensuring a strong future for journalism requires the commitment of everyone in the media industry, from reporters and editors to professors, students and news consumers. A gift to the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation, the educational arm of SPJ, is one of the most far-reaching ways you can help journalists continue to thrive. Consider some recent grants by the SDX Foundation, which distributed $325,000 in 2011:
SPJ Training Place, $198,754
SPJ Chapter Programming Grants, $9,619
SPJ Diversity Committee Fellows Program, $8,300
Student Press Law Center, $7,800
Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, $13,900
See a complete list of grantees at spj.org/sdxgrants.asp.
We hope you will consider making a tax-deductible gift to the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation. For more information about the foundation, visit spj.org/sdx.asp. Click here to complete your donation today.
Thank you! SPJ and the SDX Foundation are grateful for your support.
LAST CHANCE: DUES INCREASE JAN. 1. Remember that dues for national SPJ membership will increase beginning January 1. If you renew your membership by Dec. 31, you can save a few bucks and buy an extra coffee to get you through your next assignment. Pro membership dues will raise $3 for a total of $75. Students, recent graduates and retirees will pay $1.50 more per year, or $37.50. Click here for more information on why an SPJ membership is indispensible.
Ready to renew? Click here. If you have questions about membership, please call Linda Hall at 317-927-8000 ext. 200 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SPJ BLOGS UPDATE. Check out these latest posts on the SPJ blogs network:
More journalists jailed in 2011, 44% freelancers by Freelance Committee Chairwoman Dana Neuts
FOIA compliance summary by SPJ Communications Coordinator Abby Henkel
Forbes under-30 media list: No Latinos, no blacks, and no Native Americans by Diversity Committee member Rebecca Aguilar
JOURNALIST'S TOOLBOX UPDATES. This week's updates to the Journalist's Toolbox include resources on journalist arrests, journalism jobs, the 2012 elections and Twitter. The Journalist's Toolbox, brought to you by SPJ and DePaul University professor Mike Reilley, is a free resource providing links and tips for journalists on dozens of topics. Browse resources by category, or use the search function to find a specific article or topic.
LAST WEEK'S QUIZ. What controversial information did the U.S. government ask scientists and newspapers to withhold this week?
Answer: Citing a risk of bio-terrorism, the U.S. government asked scientific journals not to publish certain information on a new strain of avian flu. Read the report from the New York Times.
And the winner is... Dean Hockney, SPJ member and publisher at the Sports Journal of Central Indiana. Congratulations, Dean! We hope no one will object to our publishing your name here, in the most widely read e-newsletter at SPJ headquarters.
THIS WEEK'S QUIZ. In November, a U.S. university launched a lab to "research the ethical, legal and regulatory issues involved in using pilotless aircraft to do journalism," according to the About page of the lab's website. What's the name of the lab, and what professor at what university established it?
Submit your answer to Abby Henkel.