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By Pierce Presley
SPJ Member, Outlaw, Underemployed Journalist
Convention Programs... Now Online. The 2007 SPJ Convention & National Journalism Conference is now history. But you can log on to watch or hear a selection of sessions. Visit SPJ's Convention Recap page for sessions on bloggers and journalists, Scooter Libby, Duke Cunningham, and others. Check back often as more will be added.
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Ideas Wanted. Interested in submitting a program proposal for the 2008 SPJ Convention & National Journalism Conference in Atlanta? Visit our Call for Programs page for details.
Free Money. SPJ is offering $1,000 grants to chapters for Ethics in Journalism Week programming. One grant per region is available, thanks to a donation from the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation. Deadline: Nov. 12. Visit SPJ.org to access the application form. Questions? Contact Heather Porter or call her at (317) 927-8000, ext. 204.
You Be The Judge. SPJ is seeking judges for the national round of the collegiate Mark of Excellence Awards. Judging will take place in April 2008. Potential judges should e-mail Programs Coordinator Heather Porter with their area of interest (print, radio, TV or online) and a short professional bio. Judges should have at least three to five years of professional journalism experience.
Student Honors. It's Mark of Excellence time! Soon, SPJ will award outstanding collegiate journalism and journalists in 39 categories across print, broadcast and the Web. Details: Visit SPJ's Awards page. Postmark deadline is Jan. 23, 2008.
Head West. Two American Press Institute workshops will take place Oct. 26 in Arizona and Colorado. The Newspaper Next one-day regional workshop will be at Arizona State University and will focus on practical concepts, tools and processes that newspaper companies can use to navigate to a new future. Tuition: $195. The Learning Newsroom Regional Workshop will be held at Metro State College of Denver and will discuss strategies for helping journalists adapt to change. Tuition: $100.
East Meets West. Blogging in China, the 2008 Olympics and North Korea will be discussed during "Changing Dynamics in the Asia Pacific: Power Politics, Economic Might and Media Challenges," Jan. 21-23, 2008. Info, registration and deadlines: Visit the East West Center Web site or contact Susan Kreifels or (808) 944 7176.
Season Premiere. Start fall off right with Pulitzer-prize winner Jim Sheeler of the Rocky Mountain News, Mike McPhee from the Denver Post and Noelle Leavitt from the Denver Business Journal. They'll be discussing everything from wartime coverage, writing for the Web and podcast tutorials on Oct. 27. Cost: $89 for pros, $53 for students, $30 for members. Registration and more info: Visit SPJ Colorado's Web site or contact Sandra Fish at firstname.lastname@example.org or (303) 492 0523.
Global Warming. Climate change is less an argument of whether change has occurred and more of what can be done to slow or reverse the change. To help journalists report on these issues from global and community levels, the Foundation for American Communications will present "Reporting Strategies to Address Climate Change," a seminar for journalists on Nov. 8, in Nashville. The daylong seminar will provide an overview of climate change, including a report on the accelerated rate of polar cap ice melting; a look at the carbon "footprint"; and legal and policy strategies to address the problems. Complete agenda and other details: Visit the FACS Web site or call (626) 584-0010.
Blogging Blues. The Greater Los Angeles Pro chapter is presenting "How to Beat the Blogging Blues," a panel discussion Oct. 30 for working reporters about the challenges and opportunities of blogging. The panel will feature Eric Spillman, KTLA "Morning Show" reporter and author of "The News Blog" on KTLA.com; Greg Hernandez, Los Angeles Daily News reporter and author of the "Out In Hollywood" blog; and Matt Welch, Los Angeles Times assistant editorial page editor. Cost: $20 for non-members, $15 for members. More info: Visit the Greater Los Angeles Pro Web site or call (323) 259 3350.
All Aboard. Are you a front-line editor looking to get on the fast track to improving your skills? Sign up for the APME NewsTrain at The Record in Bergen County, N.J., Nov. 14-15. Michael Roberts, deputy managing editor for staff development at The Arizona Republic, and Bob Steele, Nelson Poynter Scholar for Journalism Values and Senior Faculty, Ethics, at the Poynter Institute, will lead the program. Topics include "News Ethics and Values in a Digital Age," "Media Business Insider," and "Leading in a Time of Change." Cost: $50, including lunch both days. Register online. More information: Contact Doug Clancy at (201) 646-4481 or Elaine Kramer at (412) 805-0812 .
Copy This!. The American Copy Editors Society is accepting nominations for its annual Headline Contest and Robinson Prize. The Headline Contest offers $2,250 in cash prizes. Deadline: Dec. 15. The Robinson Prize is awarded to someone whose work upholds the best in copy editing, across a range of activities. Prize: $3,000. Deadline: Dec. 1. More info: Visit The American Copy Editors Society Web site.
Religion Writing Awards. The Amy Foundation Writing Awards program recognizes creative, skillful writing that presents in a sensitive, thought-provoking manner the biblical position on issues affecting the world. To be eligible, submitted articles must be published in a secular, non-religious publication and must be reinforced with at least one passage of scripture. First prize is $10,000. Deadline: Jan. 31, 2008.