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By Willie Schatz
D.C. Pro Chapter
CONNECTING GENERATION J. You’ve finished school and are trying to make sense of the big, bad (as in good, of course) world of journalism. Now what? Visit the new Generation J Web site, the place where future newsroom leaders can collaborate to build newsrooms of the future. Looking for career advice? Get it or give it here. Got some industry insight? Share it. Want to rant? Fine. Trying to pick up new skills or build your portfolio? Consider this your training ground and art gallery. Last but not least: Hang around the site to stay on top of the issues that affect journalists and your newsroom every day.
CALL TO ACTION! Arizona Republican Sen. Jon Kyl plans to push through an amendment that essentially would create an Official Secrets Act. The “Kyl amendment,” as it’s called, would prohibit the disclosure and publication of information “concerning efforts by the United States to identify, investigate or prevent terrorist activity.” National President Christine Tatum has a few words to say about this messed up legislation.
The Sunshine in Government Initiative, of which SPJ is a part, stated: “Virtually any story related to homeland security, the war on terror or public safety threats could fall under this broad definition. Despite lots of discussion last year about unauthorized disclosures, including several congressional hearings, there’s been no public debate about this proposal.”
Kyl wants to tack this amendment onto S. 236, an unrelated bill that addresses data mining. However, Kyl dropped his original broad language Thursday, March 1 and circulated narrower language that he intended to bring up in a committee mark-up Thursday. Sen. Russ Feingold, D-WI who is sponsoring the bill, postponed consideration of it until the committee’s next meeting.
YOU CAN HELP. Please review a list of senate judiciary members from Alabama, Arizona, California, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Vermont and Wisconsin. Call them and tell them this amendment should be rejected.
LOOKING FOR LEADERSHIP. The Ted Scripps Leadership Institute offers student and professional chapter leaders a mix of sessions focused on interpersonal and organizational leadership skills and sound chapter management practices. This all-expense-paid, weekend retreat to Indianapolis helps to promote strong leadership in the Society. More information and an application: Visit SPJ.org. Applications are dueMarch 16. Those who will be serving as chapter president during the 2007-08 year are strongly encouraged to apply. Questions? E-mail Chris Vachon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HUSTLE UP TO CASH IN. The Sigma Delta Chi Foundation is now accepting applications for the Eugene C. Pulliam Fellowship for Editorial Writing. The fellowship enables a mid-career editorial writer from a newspaper in the United States to have time away from daily responsibilities for study and research. The $75,000 cash award allows the selected Pulliam Editorial Fellow to take courses, pursue independent study, travel or otherwise enrich their knowledge of a public interest issue. Entries must be in English and applications must be postmarked by July 1. More information: Contact Heather Porter at (317) 927-8000, ext. 204 or email@example.com.
CASH IN FURTHER. Entries for the 2007 $75,000 Grantham Prize for Excellence in Reporting on the Environment must be postmarked by March 5.The prize is designed to encourage outstanding coverage of the environment, to recognize reporting that has the potential to bring about constructive change, and to broadly disseminate the winning story to increase public awareness and understanding of environmental issues.
Journalism entries on environment and natural resources produced and distributed in the United States and Canada between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31 are eligible.
Visit the Grantham Prize Web site for entry details and further information.
ARE YOU DIVERSE ENOUGH? The Metcalf Institute is also accepting applications for the 2007-2008 Diversity Fellowships in Environmental Reporting. Applications must be postmarked by April 9. The Diversity Fellowships help early career minority journalists build science reporting skills and professional connections and explore the expanding influence of the environment on all reporting beats. Six traditionally under-represented minority journalists will be invited to study marine and environmental science for one month at the University of Rhode Island and the URI Graduate School of Oceanography. The Fellows then work for nine months as a reporter covering science and the environment at one of six news outlets. The program provides a $28,000 stipend and some travel compensation. Visit the Metcalfe Institute Web site or call (401) 874-6211.
COPY EDITORS, COPY THIS. Eight full fellowships to attend the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education’s program for copy editors are available to journalists from small- and medium-size newspapers. Applications are invited from journalists who work at newspapers with circulation of 50,000 and below. Journalists from both the print and the online editions are welcome to apply.Winners will be occupied from June 1-July 12 at the Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno. The program director is Kenneth J. Cooper, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has worked as a reporter and editor at the Washington Post and the BostonGlobe. Fellowships cover tuition, room and group meals during the six-week program and include a travel stipend. Interested? (Why on earth WOULDN’T you be?) Check out the details or e-mail Evelyn Hsu at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at (703) 620-0241. But move it. Deadline is March 10.
DINE WITH THE FELLOWS. The National Association of Minority Media Executives is offering fellowships for print and broadcast managers to attend the Albert E. Fitzpatrick Leadership Development Institute on April 24-27 in McLean, Va. Offered in the spring and the fall, the institute is a three and a half-day, hands-on program for new and middle managers of color. Wanna play? Then apply by April 2. For more information, visit: The National Association of Minority Media Executives Web site or find Nancy Osborn at email@example.com or (703) 854-7179.
JOB FAIR IN A JAZZ CLUB. For the second year, the South Florida Pro chapter co-sponsored a media job fair for college students and hosted it in an upscale Fort Lauderdale-area jazz nightclub. More than 200 students met with 50 media professionals to land internships, freelance work and jobs. The Feb. 24 event attracted students from nine schools as far away as Orlando and media pros from newspapers, magazines, public relations chapters and broadcast outlets. For information on how your chapter can do a similar event, e-mail South Florida’s student affairs chairman Michael Koretzky at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HONOR THE FIRST. SPJ’s Northern California chapter celebrates the First Amendment at its 22nd annual James Madison FOI Awards Dinner. Join the crowd March 13 at Biscuits & Blues, 401 Mason St., San Francisco. Attendees will be entertained by Michael Krasny, Host of ‘Forum’ on KQED 88.5 FM, and Tom Vacar, Consumer Editor, KTVU Channel 2. Tickets: $50 SPJ for members and students, $70 for others and $675 for a table of 10. RSVP: By March 6 by sending a check, payable to SPJ FOI Committee, to SPJ FOI Committee, c/o First Amendment Project, 1736 Franklin St., 9th Floor, Oakland, CA 94612. Please include your name and the names of any guests with your payment, and note your choice of entrée. More information: Contact Matthew Hirsch, (415) 749-5451 or email@example.com.
ATTENTION, STUDENTS. Did ya hear about the free trips to Asia? No? Well, now you know. They’re available through the Roy W. Howard National Collegiate Reporting Competition. It offers nine winners with all-expenses paid journalism study trips to Japan and South Korea. The postmark deadline is March 31. Get an entry form and more info. Questions, contact Sue Porter, Scripps Howard Foundation’s Vice President/Programs, at (513) 977-3030 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
GIGS CLOSER TO HOME. SPJ is currently accepting applications for summer internships in Indianapolis and Washington, D.C. Two students will be selected for the Pulliam-Kilgore Freedom of Information internships and another opportunity is available in Indianapolis for the Archibald Communications intern. Application deadlines are March 15 for the Pulliam-Kilgore internships and March 23 for the Archibald Communications internship. newspaper. Complete details and applications: Visit SPJ’s Web site.
THE FIRST NEW(S) ENGLAND REVOLUTION. UMass Amherst folks are nearly ready to unveil the New England News Forum, an initiative seeded by a John S. and James L. Knight Foundation grant. They’re testing regionally a new approach for collaboration, learning — and mutual accountability — among media professionals and the civic-minded public. The inaugural April 7 daylong event at UMass-Lowell is aimed primarily at the region, but open to all. Investigate “The New(s) England Revolution: From Politics to Courtroom to Classroom,” and get the full details on how you can participate.
AND YOU THOUGHT THE ELECTIONS WERE NEXT YEAR. At press time, presidential elections were scheduled for November ‘08. But multimedia journalists can prep now by applying for a slot in The Knight New Media Center at USC Annenberg School of Communications’ “Election ‘08: Covering Politics in Cyberspace” seminar. In partnership with IRE, the April 18-21 expenses-paid event in Los Angeles will bring 20 private and public sector experts together to discuss the politics and the politicization of the Internet. Deadline: March 16. Applicants must have demonstrated multimedia reporting skills. Applications: Available at the Knight New Media Center Web site. Send to Vikki Porter, Director, Knight New Media Center, USC Annenberg School for Communication, 300 S. Grand Avenue, Suite 3950, Los Angeles, CA 90071. More info: E-mail Vicki at email@example.com or call her at (213) 437-4417.
CAN EVEN A FOI EVENT LET THE SUN SHINE IN SEATTLE? Well, the National Freedom of Information Coalition and the Washington Coalition for Open Government are giving it their best shot with the Seattle Sunshine: 2007 FOI Summit. The May 11-12 Freedom of Information summit is your best opportunity to get a clear view of the state of state FOI. Meet with access advocates to share ideas, highlight successes, and head off the latest tricks in the secrecy trade. All that plus a showing of the Lionsgate film, The U.S. vs. John Lennon, a rock documentary chronicling the FBI’s secret campaign against the outspoken Beatles frontman.
SAVE THE DATE. The 2007 SPJ Convention & National Journalism Conference will take place Oct. 4-7 at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill. This year’s convention will feature programs focusing on Campaign 2008 and Washington-related topics. Mark your calendars, and make plans now to attend.
AND SPEAKING OF CONVENTION... The Society will select 12 students to be a part of The Working Press, the convention’s daily newspaper. Interns will receive a complementary convention registration, some meals and hotel. Deadline: April 17. More Information: Contact Joe Skeel at (317) 927-8000, ext. 214 or firstname.lastname@example.org.