By Willie Schatz
Immediate Past President, Washington, D.C. Pro Chapter
NATIONAL FOOTBALL LOSERS? Prowling the sidelines at National Football League games soon may require photojournalists to make a major fashion statement. According to SPJ President Christine Tatum, the league has instituted a rule that will require photojournalists to wear red, vests emblazoned with the logos of advertisers, such as Canon and Reebok. Read Tatum's take. Then, take time to write NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, National Football League, 280 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10017.
9/11 AFTERMATH. New York Daily News photographer (and three-time Pulitzer nominee — but who's counting?) David Handschuh is trying to find journalists who have suffered — or fear they will suffer — health problems because of exposure to the World Trade Center site after the 2001 terrorist attacks. Handschuh is fighting to have journalists added to those groups eligible to file workers compensation claims with the state of New York. Questions? Handschuh invites you to contact him at H2Photo@Optonline.net or (212) 210-2344.
TO BUY OR NOT TO BUY? Christine Tatum writes: "I have seen just how little money news organizations have wanted to spend on decent equipment — and at a time when digital communications are so important. I hear from far too many reporters who say, 'They expect fire but give me flint to make it."' Are journalists smart to invest in their own tech equipment, or should they wait for their employers to foot all the bills? Join a thoughtful discussion about this increasingly important question.
FREEDOM FROM INFORMATION? A brawl over presidential pardons punctured the normally courtly ambiance of the Senate on the night of July 19 when discussion arose about whether President Bush should have pardoned vice presidential aide I. Scooter Libby. But there's no official record of the 47-49 vote in the daily record of congressional proceedings — or anywhere else. That's because, according to the First Amendment Center, senators agreed less than an hour later to undo their vote and pretend it had never happened.
LDF COMMITTEE AWARDS GRANT. The Legal Defense Fund committee has awarded a $200 LDF grant to Justin McLaughlin of Morgantown, W.Va. McLaughlin will use the grant to further his effort to access the West Virginia University Innocence Project's applications for assistance.
COPS. SAN DIEGO. SPJ sent a letter to San Diego Police Chief William Lansdowne, asking that he reinstate press credentials to veteran photojournalist Ed Baier. The letter identifies flaws in the department's revocation process and urges Lansdowne to make appropriate changes.
ECONOMICS 101. SPJ member Stephanie Shelton takes us on a whirlwind trip to Serbia where she conducted journalism workshops on the topic of economic reporting.
SPJ IN MOTION. Training is just a mouse click away! Check out the growing list of online training sessions and events. You'll find videos from SPJ's Spring Conferences and the D.C. Pro chapter's journalism legends dinner. Please note: To view the videos, you'll need to download Quicktime.
TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT? Journalists have been accused of getting too cozy with their sources. Now why on earth would anyone want to do that?! SPJ member Steve Hollock discusses the fine line between the press and the source.
ASIAN COLLABORATION. The Asian American Journalists Association is meeting in Miami, Aug. 1-4 at the Hyatt Regency. SPJ will be there. Membership manager Wendy Hoke will be exhibiting our wares and extolling our virtues. If you're in the vicinity, drop in and say hi or tell your friends to find Wendy.
THE SPJ CONVENTION COMETH. There's something for everyone at the 2007 SPJ Convention & National Journalism Conference, which takes place Oct. 4-7 in Washington, D.C. But, this week, we'll just hit two of the highlights. Chuck Todd, NBC News' Political Director, will address Saturday night's President's Installation Banquet. Our Mark of Excellence Awards Luncheon keynote speaker is Joie Chen, a CBS News Washington correspondent.
READ HIS LIPS. For the sake of journalism, SPJ Region 10 Director and Tri-City Herald Reporter Nate Isaacs agreed to be shot with a Taser gun. Watch the video. Nate's the guy shouting a word no family publication such as SPJ Leads would dare print.