By Christine DiGangi, SPJ Communications Department
THANK YOU, JERRY ROBERTS!
The Society of Professional Journalists and the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation express deep gratitude to Jerry Roberts for his generous donation to the Foundation.
Roberts, who was among nine journalists who received SPJ's ethics award in 2006 after resigning as editor of the Santa Barbara News-Press to protest the owner's interference in news decisions, has donated $50,000 in stock to the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation. He arranged the gift along with his wife and the Lawyers Alliance for Free Speech Rights, which was created to support the Santa Barbara journalists.
"I'm honored to make this donation to SPJ," Roberts said. "When I was forced to go to the Santa Barbara community and to my journalism colleagues in San Francisco to raise money to defend myself in a lawsuit in support of professional ethics, I promised I would donate part of any money I received in the litigation to organizations that fight and stand for the highest journalistic integrity, standards and values. SPJ is the clearest and most natural choice among such organizations."
The 2006 award recognized the exceptional ethical behavior of the group, which included five top editors and a veteran columnist. When they resigned, they cited sections of the SPJ Code of Ethics that call upon journalists to "distinguish between advocacy and news reporting" and to be "accountable to their readers, listeners, viewers and each other." The news release announcing the award is on SPJ's website.
The SDX Foundation supports press freedoms, integrity and ethical practices, among other pillars of journalism, and Roberts' donation will help this work continue through grants to SPJ and other journalism initiatives. Thank you!
SPRING CONFERENCE IN YOUR REGION
Gather with the journalists in your region at SPJ's Spring Conferences! The conferences are daylong professional development meetings bringing area journalists, students and journalism educators together in one place to hear from industry experts on a wealth of topics.
Get available details -- including dates, locations and contacts -- for all 12 regions by clicking here.
AWARDS DEADLINES NEXT WEEK
Reminder for pro journalists: Entries for the Sigma Delta Chi Awards must be submitted by midnight Thursday, Feb. 7. Take time to review the entry requirements and visit awards.spj.org when you're ready to enter.
Thursday is also the postmark deadline for the New America Award. Don't let this chance at national recognition slip away!
JOURNALISM TRAINING IN CLEVELAND
Join SPJ's Cleveland Pro Chapter for journalism training on Saturday, Feb. 23 at the DoubleTree Cleveland Downtown.
Improve your journalism skills and meet members of the Cleveland Pro Chapter. Members and non-members are welcome to attend. Jeff Cutler will present two sessions, the first session on online writing and the second on becoming a better listener. The cost to attend is $15 for SPJ members and $25 for non-members. The deadline to register is February 19.
NOMINATIONS FOR AN FOI 'AWARD'
SPJ's Freedom of Information Committee is accepting nominations for its annual Black Hole Award, which highlights heinous violations of the public's right to know.
The deadline for nominations is Monday, Feb. 18. The committee welcomes nominations from local SPJ chapters, SPJ members, other journalists and private citizens, and the recipient(s) will be announced during Sunshine Week, March 10 to 16. Nomination criteria are available online, and nominations should be emailed to Mike Farrell of the FOI Committee.
CHAPTER GRANT DEADLINE
It's time to award another round of chapter grants -- make sure your chapter's programming proposal is in the mix! Up to $500 of grant money is available this month, and SPJ wants to know how your chapter could use it.
Submit your application by Feb. 6 to be considered, and make sure you read the guidelines before applying.
SPJ DEPAUL HOSTS TWITTER NEWS MANAGER
Mark Luckie, manager of news and journalism for Twitter, spoke in Chicago last week as a part of SPJ DePaul and the Chicago Sun-Times' venture to bring social media training to the newsroom and classroom.
The chapter posted a text and video recap of the conversation. Make a visit and pick up some of Luckie's tips while you're on the chapter's blog.
2013 JOURNALISM HOT SPOT
Expo booths at the Excellence in Journalism 2013 conference are available! If your news organization is hiring, or if your company offers goods or services of interest to journalists, it is a good idea to reserve a spot in the Journalism Expo at EIJ13. The annual journalism conference is Aug. 24 to 26 in Southern California.
All the conference action is on the same floor as the J-Expo, meaning an expected 1,400 journalists will explore the J-Expo several times each day. Basic information for exhibitors can be found on the EIJ13 website, and you can email Jen Wafalosky to inquire about an EIJ13 expo booth and start planning for this fantastic networking opportunity!
IN MEMORY OF LOUISE D. MILLER
Louise D. Miller, member of SPJ since 1978, died Jan. 15 at age 91. Miller was a member of the Albuquerque Pro chapter -- she moved to the city in 1946 to be a journalist for the Albuquerque Tribune. She was the society page editor at the Tribune, and she later wrote for the Albuquerque Journal, according to her obituary.
SPRING JOURNALISM FELLOWSHIPS IN ASIA
The Jefferson Fellowships is a three-week program of travel and dialogue that provides a terrific opportunity for American journalists to learn about Asia through travel and from Asian colleagues. Twelve to 14 Fellowships will be awarded in 2013, approximately four to five for American journalists and seven to nine for Asia Pacific journalists. The application deadline is Feb. 28.
BUSINESS & FINANCIAL JOURNALISM AWARDS
UCLA Anderson School of Management and the G. and R. Loeb Foundation invite business, financial and economic journalists from print, online and broadcast media to submit entries for the 2013 Gerald Loeb Awards for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism in 14 competition categories.
The Loeb Awards began in 1957 with the mission to recognizing writers, editors and producers who make significant contributions to the understanding of business, finance and the economy for both the private investor and the general public. Submissions will be accepted online only at loeb.anderson.ucla.edu until Friday, Feb. 1, 2013.
LAST WEEK'S QUIZ
Eugene Patterson, former editor of the Tampa Bay Times, died Jan. 12 at age 89. Which paper was he working at when he won the Pulitzer Prize for his editorials?
Answer: Atlanta Constitution.
And the winner is ... Cathy Dausman! Cathy is a staff writer at Lamorinda Weekly in California, and she is also the first recipient of our new Leads Quiz prize!
THIS WEEK'S QUIZ
What was the first year SPJ admitted women?
Submit your answer to Christine DiGangi.