By Beth King
SPJ Communications Manager
NO FREE PRESS IN INDY?? In northern Indiana, a student wrote an op-ed for the Woodlan Junior-Senior High School newspaper that called for tolerance of gays and lesbians. Since the article’s publishing in January, the school’s principal has begun exercising prior restraint and has been named official publisher. Students have been refused the right to petition the school board and have moved toward online publishing. The newspaper’s adviser has been suspended. SPJ Indiana Pro Chapter President John Krull wrote a letter to the principal in support of the students. SPJ President Christine Tatum also offered support. SPJ continues to follow this matter.
VICTORY FOR KEN! The case against Hartford, Conn. freelance journalist Ken Krayeske has been dropped. Krayeske was arrested Jan. 3 while taking pictures of Connecticut Gov. M. Jodi Rell’s inaugural parade. Check out the LDF Shield for the latest information and details about other cases where journalists are embattled in First Amendment fights.
MISS TRIAL. The Greater Los Angeles Pro chapter and the Los Angeles Press Club recently hosted a reception honoring Linda “Miss Trial” Deutsch, who has covered dozens of the nation’s highest profile trials and written countless stories for The Associated Press. Check out a recap of the event. There are photos, an interview and a podcast of her talk.
AND SPEAKING OF PODCASTS. Legendary Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein were certainly no dummies. Find out the price they fetched from the University of Texas at Austin for the notes and unpublished papers they compiled during their Watergate reporting. Alicia Shepard, author of “Woodward and
Bernstein: Life in the Shadow of Watergate,” discusses her book with SPJ’s Colorado Pro chapter.
MOVING ONTO BLOGS. SPJ is pleased to announce the formation of Code Words, the National Ethics Committee blog. Log on today and read the latest entries on conflicts of interest in employment and SPJ Ethics. Check the blog often for new posts.
FRIENDS IN KOREA. Quill Editor Joe Skeel and Region 4 Director Kevin Smith represented SPJ at a special conference hosted by The Journalists Association of Korea and the International Federation of Journalists. The conference was hosted in both North and South Korea and centered on “Peace and Reconciliation of the Korean Peninsula.” Check out Joe and Kevin’s travel diary-- which includes an interesting exchange with South Korea’s former president, Dr. Kim Dae-jung.
SENSITIVE MISSION. David Burns, a member of SPJ’s International Journalism Committee, explains what it’s like to be a male journalism professor at an all-female Arab university. Read his account.
NYT WIT! SPJ National Membership Chairman David Joachim has been promoted to weekend business editor of The New York Times. Nice going, David!
FOI KUDOS. Former National Ethics Chairman Gary Hill was named recipient of the 2007 John R. Finnegan Freedom of Information Award. The award was established by the Minnesota Coalition on Government Information in 1989 and is named for John R. Finnegan Sr., a retired senior vice president and assistant publisher of the St Paul Pioneer Press. Congratulations, Gary!
PROMOTE YOURSELF. SPJ’s new Freelancer Directory will officially launch April 9. This database allows freelancers to enter contact information, provide details about their professional specialties and link hiring editors to examples of their work. The cost to showcase your work? Nada. Zilch. Nothing. It’s FREE! And it’s open to all SPJ members. If you haven’t uploaded your information, what are you waiting for? Get busy!
SPRING TRAINING. Make plans now to attend an SPJ Spring Conference in your area. These day-long professional development meetings bring journalists together to hear from industry experts on topics ranging from improving writing to leveraging technology in today’s new media climate. Networking opportunities can help to build relationships that lead to the sharing of best practices in newsrooms. Enhance yourself and your journalism career.
WHAT’S HAPPENING? SPJ national directors in Regions 2, 3, 6, 7, 10 and 11 have filed reports for the month of March to update you about what’s happening in their neck of the woods. More reports will follow soon.
GOT NARRATION? SPJ will host a Narrative Writing Workshop on June 9 at the University of California, San Diego. SPJ members may register for $35 and non-members for $50. The daylong program will help participants learn options for reinvigorating the writing craft. Questions? Contact Heather Porter at firstname.lastname@example.org or (317) 927-8000, ext. 204.
ENVIRONMENTAL TRAINING. Want to learn how to cover the environment? The Knight Center for Environmental Journalism at Michigan State University will hold its 2007 Great Lakes Environmental Journalism Training Institute in East Lansing and Pellston, Mich., from June 26-30. Participants must be journalists who cover the environment at least part time and come from any of the states that border the Great Lakes. Applications must be postmarked by April 27. Cost: $95 for selected journalists. More information: Visit The Knight Center for Environmental Journalism’s Web site or e-mail David Poulson at email@example.com.
YOU BE THE JUDGE. Do you recognize talent when it hits you? Can you offer constructive feedback to students? If you answered yes to both questions, you’ll definitely want to consider volunteering your time to judge the Mark of Excellence awards. Judges are needed for broadcast and online categories. More information: Contact Heather Porter at (317) 927-8000, ext. 204, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
AWARDS SWAP. The Louisville Pro chapter is looking for another chapter to exchange contest entries. Interested? Contact Kathy Francis: email@example.com.
CONVENTION SCHOLARSHIP. Attention students! You are eligible to apply for the Robert D.G. Lewis First Amendment Award. SPJ and the Lewis family present this award annually to a student member who has demonstrated outstanding service to the First Amendment through the field of journalism. The $500 cash award must be used toward attending the 2007 SPJ Convention and National Journalism Conference in Washington, D.C.
DESERT CASH. The Arizona Press Club will award scholarships up to $1,000 each to student reporters, photographers and designers interested in the journalism profession. A total of $5,000 will be awarded this year. Applicants can be Arizona high school students entering college by Fall 2007 or students currently enrolled in an Arizona two-year college or four-year university. Recipients are chosen primarily based on the quality of their work, but financial need and other factors are considered. Deadline: March 30. More information: Contact Wendy Miller at (480) 990-9007 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
DIVERSITY MATTERS. The Newspaper Association of America is offering 16 minority fellowships for July to December 2007 designed to widen opportunities for ethnic professionals to enter or advance in newspaper management. Newspaper executives and journalism educators should nominate someone with managerial potential. Deadline: April 30. More information and applications: Visit NAA’s Web site.
MORE ON DIVERSITY. The National Health Policy Training Alliance for Communities of Color is accepting registrations for a free one-day seminar on health journalism and minority-related coverage April 27 in Atlanta. The seminar, “Health Policy Journalism Institute: Covering Health Disparities,” will discuss the role of public programs in improving access to health care and reducing racial and ethnic health disparities. It also will provide resources and strategies for covering health care policy issues in the media. Cost: Free. Registration deadline: March 30. More information and registration form: Visit The National Health Policy Training Alliance for Communities of Color Web site.
LAST CHANCE. To apply for the Archibald Communications internship, that is. One lucky student will be invited to join SPJ headquarters in Indianapolis this summer to help promote the work of the Society. Deadline to apply is tomorrow (that’s Friday, March 23). Also, the deadline for the Pulliam-Kilgore Freedom of Information internship has been extended to April 1. Complete details and applications: Visit SPJ’s Web site.
A COOL GIG…ON CAPITOL HILL. The Society will select 12 students to be part of The Working Press, a daily newspaper that will cover the 2007 SPJ Convention and National Journalism Conference from Oct. 4-7 in Washington, D.C. Interns receive a complementary convention registration, some paid meals and a hotel room. Deadline: April 17 More Information: Contact Joe Skeel at (317) 927-8000, ext. 214 or email@example.com.
GET A JOB. SPJ’s online job bank is constantly being updated with new gigs. If you’re in the market for a change, there are reporting and production openings in Florida. In California, there’s a copy desk vacancy. Log on today with your SPJ user name and password and get on your way to a better tomorrow. Have an opening in your organization? List it today.
JOB SEARCH 101. Finding a job can be tough work. And while the job seeker might be more than anxious to hear something about his application, the HR manager sorting through reams of resumes might not be quite as eager to get that response out the door. Read SPJ member Zak Stambor’s account and learn what helped set him ahead of the competition on the new Generation J site. While you’re there, be sure to check out the seven questions entry-level journalists should be asking about their careers. Have advice to share? Connect with Generation J Chairwoman Caryn Rousseau at MUCaryn@aol.com today!
OOPS! In last week’s edition, we told you about the Loyola University Law School for journalists. The school is accepting applications for 35 journalists to take a four-day crash course on constitutional, civil and criminal law taught by law professors, jurists and attorneys. However, we gave the wrong phone number. The number to call is (213) 736-1071. You also can get the full details online. We regret the error.