By Christine DiGangi, SPJ Communications Department
APPLY FOR AWARDS
Submit your best work for the 2012 awards! SPJ is accepting applications for its Mark of Excellence and Sigma Delta Chi awards, which honor exceptional student and professional journalism, respectively.
Send in your MOE applications by Thursday, Jan. 24, and SDX applications are due Thursday, Feb. 7. Remember that your SPJ membership entitles you to reduced submission fees! Enter online at awards.spj.org.
For rules, categories and other information on the awards, visit the Mark of Excellence or Sigma Delta Chi awards sections on spj.org. Please send any awards questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
AWARDS JUDGES NEEDED
SPJ is looking for qualified volunteers to judge the Mark of Excellence and Sigma Delta Chi Awards, two national contests that recognize the best work published or broadcast in 2012. The MOE Awards honor the best collegiate journalists and the SDX Awards honor outstanding work by professionals.
MOE judges must have three years of professional experience, and SDX judges must have 10 years of professional experience and a thorough knowledge of the area they are judging.
For questions or to express your interest in volunteering, please contact Lauren Rochester at 317-927-8000 ext. 210 or email@example.com.
Thank you! These awards would not be possible without the commitment of members like you.
SOCIAL MEDIA AS JOURNALISM TOOLS
Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest -- you probably use some or all of these networks. But do you use them as journalism tools?
Each platform has a lot of potential to help -- and hinder -- journalists' work, and SPJ wants to know how media professionals balance their obligations to inform the public and maintain ethical practices. More than anything, SPJ is interested in your creative reporting methods, so share your thoughts on this Facebook post (and read the blog post there, too).
The JournCamp training event in Chicago provided dozens of resources and tips for journalists. If you couldn't come or want to look back on what you learned, you can browse a collection of tweets and resources that came out of #JournCamp on Nov. 9.
SPJ members have access to several on-demand training videos on the SPJ eCampus. Take advantage of these tools on FOI, freelancing, smartphone journalism and personal branding, among other topics, because honing your skills and maintaining your journalism education is crucial to career success.
To access the videos, visit SPJ's eCampus. After you click on a video, you'll be asked to log in. Don't forget about this membership perk! These videos give great ways to stay fresh in between training conferences.
MEMBER HANK RUPPEL
Henry "Hank" Ruppel, an SPJ member since 1950, passed away Sept. 15. He was 82. Ruppel graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in journalism and worked in Tallmadge, Ohio, as a journalist with Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co., according to his obituary in the Akron Beacon Journal Online. He was a member of the Cleveland Pro Chapter.
WRITING WORKSHOP IN WASHINGTON
The Association of Alternative Newsmedia will present a workshop for writers Nov. 15 to 17 in Washington, D.C. The sessions also cover digital journalism, social media and FOI, to name a few. The workshop's schedule and registration information is online.
SOCIAL MEDIA ETHICS
Join a discussion with DC Web Women on the increase of social-media and the ethical dilemmas it brings. The group, along with SPJ, will present "Binders Full of Women: Misadventures in the Ethics of Social Media" tonight, Thursday, Nov. 15. The event is from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and there's still time to register!
LAST WEEK'S QUIZ
The Weather Channel decided to name winter storms. What did it name this week's nor'easter?
Answer: Athena. The Weather Channel adopted this practice, but the National Weather Service has not.
And the winner is ... Matthew Trotter! Matthew is an investigative producer for KJRH in Tulsa, Okla.
THIS WEEK'S QUIZ
Tom Casey, a reporter at the Hudson (NY) Register-Star, was fired after a dispute with an editor over a budget-meeting story Casey wrote. What was the nature of the disagreement?
Submit your answer to Christine DiGangi.