By Abby Henkel, SPJ Communications Department
By Abby Henkel
SDX AWARD WINNERS. We're excited to announce winners of the 2011 Sigma Delta Chi Awards. With a record number of entries this year, SPJ congratulates the winners and thanks all entrants for participating. Names and links to the winning entries are here, or you can skip to each category:
SPJ-ONA JOURNCAMP. Join SPJ and ONA as we team up to bring JournCamp to the Phoenix area. You'll find training and tools in all areas of digital journalism. Learn about SEO techniques and Google tools, accessing public records on the fly, sharpening your visual storytelling and mobile reporting skills, and understanding entrepreneurial journalism in this one-day, skills-based workshop for all journalists including students.
Click here to register online. Registration will be limited to 120 people, so don't delay!
When: Friday, May 18
Where: Walter Cronkite School of Journalism
Cost: $20 for SPJ or ONA members, $40 for non-members. Fee includes breakfast and lunch.
Registration deadline: May 14
The program, part of SPJ's Training Place program, is made possible by a grant from the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation.
EIJ WORKSHOPS. Before the Excellence in Journalism conference officially kicks off, you can get in-depth training in a half-day or full-day workshop on Sept. 20. Click here to read more about these workshops:
Video Storytelling Bootcamp
New Directors Bootcamp
Great Bosses Bootcamp
Tracking Companies' Influence on Politics
Unlock Your Potential
EIJ12 will take place Sept. 20-22 at the Marriott Harbor Beach in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Register here and take advantage of early bird rates PLUS significant SPJ member discounts.
SPJ MEMBERSHIP RADIO TOMORROW. Join Holly Edgell Thursday at 1pm ET as she hosts Your SPJ Membership on SPJ Blog Talk Radio. She'll be talking with SPJ President John Ensslin about 1) reaching out to journalists overseas for membership, and 2) the possibility of reviving the Society's institutional membership for news organizations. Joining them will be David Sheets, president of the St. Louis Pro Chapter and Freelance Committee member, who will provide his top tips for freelancers.
Stream the show live here.
SPRING CONFERENCES: FINAL WEEKEND. This weekend is the final time for regional spring conferences. You still have time to register for the conferences in Indianapolis (#SPJR5) and Denver (#SPJcolo).
Click here for more information on all the conferences, including great reporting and summaries on previous conference sessions.
"HOW I GOT THAT STORY" -- FREE WEBINAR. That's right free. Can't beat that. SPJ members are invited by the Scripps Howard Foundation to participate in a free webinar in its "How I Got That Story" series Wednesday, April 18.
Issac Wolf, national reporter for Scripps Howard News Service, will present on the topic of "Stamping Out Fraud," and recount his experience using public records to obtain information on food stamp fraud. He'll cover:
Tips for turning a spreadsheet into a story
Indentifying a "business" owner
Workarounds when public records officers say "no."
Register by 5 p.m. ET April 17.
THE WORKING PRESS: DUE 4/19. Applications are due April 19 for The Working Press, a daily tabloid newspaper and online news site covering Excellence in Journalism 2012. Collegiate reporters, designers, editors and photographers are invited to apply for these select positions. In addition to mentoring from experienced journalists, accepted interns receive complimentary conference registration and hotel lodging, and must be available in Ft. Lauderdale Sept. 19-23.
Find out what it's like to be a TWP intern. Applications must be emailed or postmarked by April 19. Members and non-members are welcome to apply, so please spread the news (especially to the designers in your newsroom)!
SPJ MEMBER AWARDS DEADLINE. The deadline to nominate a fellow volunteer for an SPJ member honor is Tuesday, April 17. Please take time to nominate an outstanding colleague. Without the service of dedicated members, SPJ could not accomplish so much every year. Thank you!
SPJ BLOGS NETWORK. Latest updates to the SPJ blogs network:
Keep those tweets short and sweet by Digital Media Committee member David Sheets
My dream newsroom layout: Shape of things to come? by SPJ President John Ensslin
Additional tips on better self-editing by Freelance Committee member David Sheets
News coverage of Native Americans: It's all about context by Diversity Committee member Sally Lehrman
CNN's latest race study prompts timely discussion by Diversity Committee member George Daniels
Mining your membership & other thoughts after the SPJ Region 7 Spring Conference by Membership Committee chairwoman Holly Edgell
Ethics questions are a way of life by John Ensslin
FUN FACT: ANNUAL REPORT DEADLINES APPROACH. Don't forget to make sure your chapter's annual report is submitted before the deadline: April 30 for campus chapters and May 15 for pro chapters. Start working on it now to make sure you have all the information you need. Contact Linda Hall with questions at email@example.com.
VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH. David Sheets, president of the SPJ St. Louis Pro chapter, is SPJ's volunteer of the month for April. He is a writer and editor for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and its electronic alter ego
STLtoday.com. David is a regular contributor to SPJ's Networked and Independent Journalists blogs. He also is editing SPJ's forthcoming Freelance Guide.
"David was such a clear choice for this honor," said SPJ President John Ensslin. "He is an outstanding volunteer and a key contributor to the Freelance and Digital Media committees."
Region 7 Director Kelsey Volkmann nominated David for the award.
"Dave's passion and commitment to SPJ are inspiring," Kelsey wrote. "He has taken the role of chapter president to a whole new level: Not satisfied with simply attending this year's Region 7 conference, he volunteered as a presenter for not just one, but two amazing workshops," she added.
"Everyone raved about his morning session, 'Using Social Media to Find Sources, Break News and Attract Attention,' and then everyone furiously took notes during his afternoon session, 'Taking the Plunge into Freelancing.' On top of all that, David has helped grow the St. Louis chapter's membership by a third and single-handedly redesigned the chapter's website."
The SPJ volunteer of the month award honors the Society's unsung heroes, the folks who move our organization forward every day.
Do you know someone who would be a worthy candidate for this award? If so, contact John Ensslin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HERO OF THE 50 STATES ANNOUNCED. Toby Nixon, president of Washington Coalition for Open Government (WCOG) and a city council member in Kirkland, Wash., has been selected for induction into Heroes of the 50 States: The State Open Government Hall of Fame for 2012.
Nixon, who also served in the Washington House of Representatives from 2002-06, is only the second elected official to be selected for the State Open Government Hall of Fame. During his time as a Washington legislator, he sponsored 13 bills supporting more open government and also served as a ranking member of the House Committee on State Government Operations and Accountability, which under his leadership passed 17 election reform bills.
The award is administered by the National Freedom of Information Coalition and SPJ.
LAST WEEK'S QUIZ. What recently fired TV host compared himself to a chandelier?
Answer: Keith Olbermann compared himself to an expensive chandelier, apparently to make the point that Current TV, which fired him recently, wasn't the right home: "You know if you buy a $10 million chandelier, you should have a house to put it in, and just walking around with a $10 million chandelier isn't going to do anybody any good. And it's not going to do any good to the chandelier." More from CBS News.
And the winner is... Ward Silver, chief executive of Southwind Digital Productions, Inc., and a member of the Atlanta Pro chapter. Congratulations, Ward! Sorry we can't send you an expensive chandelier, but sources say the Official SPJ Leads Quiz Prize is even better.
THIS WEEK'S QUIZ. News came this week that Facebook will buy social photo-sharing service Instagram for a reported $1 billion, prompting comparisons to the value of what news company? Name the news company and its reported value.
Submit your answer to Abby Henkel.