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By Christine DiGangi, SPJ Communications Department
Keep this in mind for your future or current job search: News organizations from across the country send SPJ job listings every week. We post them to the Journalism Jobs Community on Google+ -- if you're not keeping up with us there, you could find some great opportunities once you tune in.
We also post job leads to Twitter from time to time, and there's the SPJ Job Bank, too.
Speaking of jobs, SPJ has an opening! The Society headquarters in Indianapolis needs an Awards Coordinator, and if you're a fun, driven, smart individual in need of a job, take a look at the posting and apply.
SPJ BOARD MEETING
FYI: SPJ's national Board of Directors meets this weekend in Indianapolis. All meeting documents are available online, if you're curious.
If you have any questions or concerns about the meeting, please contact your regional director. A list of regional directors is available on the website.
TOOLS & TIPS
Five SPJ regions hosted fantastic spring conferences last weekend, and SPJ HQ is in the process of producing highlights from those programs.
Until then, make sure you take note of what we learned at the other conferences from the last few weeks by browsing SPJ's journalism training collection.
The most recent recap comes to you from Oxford, Miss., where Region 12 Conference attendees inundated the Internet with everything they learned.
CONGRATULATIONS, AWARD WINNERS!
Mark of Excellence Award winners from regions 1, 6, 9, 10 and 11 received recognition for outstanding student journalism over the weekend. Congratulations to all the honorees, and good luck to the first-place winners as they go on to the national competition!
Lists of the MOE Award winners can be found on SPJ News.
SPJ URGES RECORDS RELEASE
SPJ President Sonny Albarado and FOI Committee Chair Linda Petersen last week wrote the University of Kentucky in support of reporter Brenna Angel. The university refuses to release records Angel has requested, regarding a program under review by UK HealthCare.
Read the news release and letter from Albarado and Petersen.
HOW MUCH DO PUBLIC RECORDS COST?
This is a trick question. To read about more trickery and foolishness when it comes to records request, check out the most recent blog post from SPJ Region 3 Director Michael Koretzky: Like a couple of broken records
WELLS KEY CELEBRATION
The Milwaukee Pro Chapter will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Wells Memorial Key, the highest honor given to an SPJ member.
The award honors Chester Wells, Sigma Delta Chi's second national president, who died in 1913 while in office. Wells graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1913.
From the event invitation:
The event will take place May 31-June 1 in Madison at Union South on the University of Wisconsin campus. It will feature an address by David Maraniss, author of "Barack Obama: The Story" and "When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi;" an educational discussion about the future of journalism; a historical tribute to Wells and a special screening of "Deadline USA." Also as part of the celebration, SPJ will partner with the Wisconsin State Historical Society for a special display of historical newspaper archives.
About one-half of the living Wells Key winners and numerous national and regional SPJ and SDX officers are expected to attend.
Registration information is available online.
HEROES OF THE 50 STATES
The National Freedom of Information Coalition (NFOIC) and SPJ announced Friday selection of Brian Sonntag to Heroes of the 50 States: The State Open Government Hall of Fame.
Sonntag recently retired after serving five terms as the elected State Auditor in Washington state.
The State Open Government Hall of Fame is a joint venture by SPJ and NFOIC. It was developed by leaders in both organizations as a way to recognize long-term contributions of individuals to open government in their states.
Congratulations, Brian Sonntag!
FORMER SPJ PRESIDENT DIES
Former SPJ President Robert McCord died Sunday at age 84. He served as national president from 1975-76 and is credited as the father of Arkansas' freedom of information law.
You can read this blog post to learn more about McCord — thanks to Robert Leger for sharing.
LAST WEEK'S QUIZ
Why did News Corp. say it may make Fox content subscription-only?
Answer: The comment referenced an ongoing dispute between broadcasters and the startup Aereo, which you can read more about here.
And the winner is ... Catherine Kozak, a freelance journalist from North Carolina. Congratulations!
THIS WEEK'S QUIZ
What is the first bullet point on the SPJ Code of Ethics?
Submit your answer to Christine DiGangi.