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By Abby Henkel, SPJ Communications Department
GET THE EIJ12 INSIDE SCOOP. Coming up this Monday, SPJ's Sarah Bauer will host an online radio chat with president-elect Sonny Albarado and several other members on the great benefits of attending the Excellence in Journalism conference. You'll hear more about speakers, sessions, events and ways members can get involved.
Tune in Monday, June 18 at 1 p.m. ET for this special EIJ12 episode of Your SPJ Membership. Stream the show or download the podcast here. You can call in and add your questions or thoughts to the discussion by calling 347-857-2441.
PULLIAM APPLICATIONS DUE 6/22. The deadline to apply for the Pulliam First Amendment Award and Pulliam Editorial Fellowship from the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation is next Friday, June 22, and we want you to apply (or spread the word):
Eugene S. Pulliam First Amendment Award: Established by the SDX Foundation, the Eugene S. Pulliam First Amendment Award recognizes, with a $10,000 award, accomplishments on behalf of First Amendment freedoms by an individual, group of individuals or an organization.
Eugene C. Pulliam Fellowship for Editorial Writing: The Pulliam Editorial Fellowship awards $75,000 to an editorial writer to help broaden his or her journalistic horizons and knowledge of the world. Provided by the SDX Foundation, the annual award can be used to cover the cost of study, research and/or travel in any field.
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FOI RESEARCH AT SPJ HQ. Since last week, you might have noticed an increase in posts updating SPJ's FOI blog. That's all thanks to Whitney Evans, SPJ's Pulliam/Kilgore Freedom of Information summer intern. Whitney is a recent journalism graduate of Brigham Young University. Welcome aboard, Whitney!
In eight days on the job, Whitney has already rolled up her sleeves and expanded our FOI knowledge. Have a look at her posts on SPJ's FOI blog, FOI FYI:
— FOI update: Illinois city council text messages ruled public; exemption caught in Connecticut; help for Ugandan media
— Mexico and Norway: Government transparency through technology
— Changing the story behind freedom of information through peer pressure
— FOI goes on the road, mayor fined in Arkansas
— Media and FOI advocates object to proposed Department of Labor policy restricting press access
Looking for more FOI resources? Visit spj.org/foi.asp for step-by-step instructions on a variety of FOI tasks, from understanding FOI laws to dealing with a rejection to your records request.
SPJ BLOGS NETWORK. Other than the FOI posts mentioned above, here are the latest updates to the SPJ blogs network:
— Pop Tarts(R) and peanut butter: Fueling the freelance muse by Freelance Committee chair Dana Neuts
— Use Bloomberg and Disney news to deepen health coverage by Diversity Committee member Sally Lehrman
— What to do when your copyright has been violated by Dana Neuts
— Widbook: A tool for collaborative journalism by Freelance Committee member David Sheets
— Easy infographics on deadline by Digital Media Committee member Jodie Modzder
SUNSHINE LAW COURSE IN JOPLIN. Journalists, instructors, students and others wanting to learn about accessing public records (or needing a refresher course) are invited to attend the Access Across America II Project, presented by SPJ and co-sponsored by SPJ's Southwest Missouri Pro chapter and the Missouri Southern Department of Communication.
The training session will take place at Missouri Southern State University from 2-4 p.m. on Tuesday, June 26 in the fourth-floor conference room, Room 413, of the Spiva Library, 3950 E. Newman Rd., Joplin.
Topics will include accessing public records, creating ideas for record-based stories, making effective requests and developing tactical strategies to overcome denials and exorbitant copy fees. Light refreshments will be served. Click for more information.
FORMER HEADLINE CLUB PRES. DIES. SPJ mourns the death of Bob Knight, a longtime journalist and a former president of SPJ's Chicago Headline Club. After serving in the U.S. Navy, Knight worked for United Press International, covered politics for several local broadcast and print outlets in Colorado and New Mexico, and worked as a freelance journalist for more than a decade. He earned a master's degree in journalism from DePaul University at age 55 and taught journalism and English at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania. More information on Bob Knight's life is here.
CALL SPJ FOR ETHICS WISDOM. Facing a sticky ethical situation in the newsroom? Need to talk
about a tough call you've had to make? Call the SPJ Ethics Hotline for ethics advice from experienced journalists and experts in media ethics. Simply leave a message (317-927-8000 ext. 208) or send an email to email@example.com and a member of the Ethics Committee will be in touch soon.
If you have questions on certain topics, check out the ethics position papers written by members of the Ethics Committee. Topics include political involvement, plagiarism, checkbook journalism and using the SPJ Code of Ethics. For more ethics resources, visit spj.org/ethics.asp.
LAST WEEK'S QUIZ. One little asterisk created a buzz of controversy when it graced a Saturday morning Sports cover. What paper printed the asterisk that prompted an emotional response from around the country?
Answer: The St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Here's the scoop.
And the winner is...Jesse Hughes, a freelance journalist and member of the Middle Tennessee Pro chapter. Congratulations, Jesse! You won this quiz fair and square, no asterisks attached! A fabulous prize is on its way to you.
THIS WEEK'S QUIZ. The famous "third-rate burglary" of Watergate rocked the nation forty years ago. Last week, Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward teamed up for a look back at the scandal and its fallout. How long has it been since the two, once young Washington Post reporters, shared a byline?
Submit your answer to Abby Henkel.