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SPJ Leads | 5/22/2008
Citizen journalism praised, get ready for convention!

By Beth King
Communications Manager, SPJ

CITIZEN UPRISING. SPJ Past President Christine Tatum, left, spearheaded the Society's inaugural Citizen Journalism Academy in Chicago last weekend. About 25 people registered for the event, which by all accounts was a smashing success. Read what Chicago Tribune Internet Critic Steve Johnson wrote about the groundbreaking event. Blogger MJ Tam also attended the Chicago program and offered up her perspective. Read her thoughts.

SEE FOR YOURSELF HOW GOOD IT IS. Make plans to attend the June 7 Citizen Journalism Academy in Greensboro, N.C., or the June 28 program in Los Angeles. Both workshops will explore ethics, media law, access to public meetings and records, best practices, smart writing and using technology. Cost is $25, which includes lunch and course materials. Visit SPJ's Citizen Journalism Academy page for more info and to register. Deadline is May 24 for Greensboro and June 14 for Los Angeles.

GREAT SPJ GIGS. The Society is looking for a couple dynamic and energetic people to fill entry-level positions at SPJ headquarters in Indianapolis.

— Quill Managing Editor: The Society is seeking a person to help generate content ideas while shepherding our member magazine through the production process. This person will also help keep SPJ.org fresh by managing the site's content and making regular updates. Learn more about this job at SPJ's job bank or Journalismjobs.com.

— Communications post-graduate internship: SPJ is also seeking a candidate to fill its yearlong post-grad internship for media, marketing and public relations efforts. The ideal candidate should be a recent college graduate with prior internship experience in communications. We're looking for someone to help put SPJ in the media spotlight and serve Society members. Learn more about this paid opportunity at SPJ's job bank or PRSSA's Job Center

CAMPAIGN 2008. Speaking of the board, SPJ is seeking qualified individuals to serve as officers and directors for 2008-2009. The board of directors provides vision, direction and leadership to SPJ, the nation's largest journalism organization.

Elections will be held on Saturday, Sept. 6 at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta, in conjunction with the 2008 SPJ Convention & National Journalism Conference. The following officers and directors will be elected:

— President-elect (1-year term)
— Secretary-Treasurer (1-year term)
— Campus Chapter Adviser at Large
— Director at Large (2-year term)
— Campus Representatives (two for a 1-year terms each)
— Region 1 Director (2-year term)
— Region 4 Director (2-year term)
— Region 5 Director (2-year term)
— Region 7 Director (2-year term)
— Region 8 Director (2-year term)
— Region 9 Director (2-year term)
— Region 10 Director (1-year unexpired term)

Please review Articles VI and VII of the SPJ bylaws for descriptions and qualifications.

Interested candidates should contact Immediate Past-President Christine Tatum at ctatum@spj.org as soon as possible. Although there is no deadline to throw one's hat into the ring, any candidate wishing to have his/her candidacy announced in Quill must meet a June 18 copy deadline.

AND SPEAKING OF CONVENTION.... Registration is now open for the 2008 SPJ Convention & National Journalism Conference in Atlanta. This year's conference is sure to have something for everyone. Check out the growing list of professional development programs where you can find everything from photojournalism for reporters to tips for covering Latinos. And don't forget SPJ's Half-Day Training Workshops. More information on these educational opportunities is coming soon.

COLLABORATION ROCKS! Karen Frillmann from WNYC, New York Public Radio, and Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska of the Polish Daily News were awarded SPJ's New America Award for the series, "Polish Immigrants in a Changing City." This is the fourth year for the award, which honors public service journalism collaborations that include ethnic media in order to explore and expose an issue of importance to immigrant or ethnic communities in the United States. The duo will be presented with their award at the Society's annual Sigma Delta Chi Awards banquet July 11 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

KUDOS TO TOMORROW'S LEADERS. The national winners of the 2007 Mark of Excellence Awards were announced May 19. This year, collegiate journalists submitted more than 3,400 entries in 39 categories. Find out who ranks among the best in student journalism.

HIGH HOPES. Three scholarship winners have been named for SPJ's 2008 High School Essay Contest. Congratulations to Mark Brouch of Aurora Central Catholic High School in North Aurora, Ill; Evan Rich of Jericho High School in Jericho, N.Y., and Danna Seligman of Newbury Park High School in Newbury Park, Calf. Hundreds of public, private and home-schooled students in Grades 9-12 submitted essays on the topic, "Why Free News Media Are Important."

DESPERATE SECRETS. Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is finding it hard to keep up with his lies that have been exposed through public records. Now he wants to try to hide more by proclaiming all text messages sent on city equipment as secret. Read commentary from National FOI Chairman David Cuillier on FOI FYI.

FREELANCE NEWS. Just a few short weeks in office, National Freelance Committee Chairwoman Amy Green is hard at work. Find out what's on her mind at the Independent Journalist. She's talking about everything from gas mileage, insurance for independent journalists and innovative ideas for convention programs. Have ideas? Log on today and join her conversations.

SHINING LIKE DIAMONDS. SPJ blogger and member Jon Marshall this week highlights the outstanding work of Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter Mark Johnson for his series "Green Machine: The Making of Biodiesel and Engineers," which followed the lives of five Marquette University seniors as they completed their final senior project and in the process, experienced their coming of age. Marshall also profiles New York Times Reporter Edward Wong on his story "In Rubble, Couple Clung to Each Other, and to Life" that discussed the aftermath of the devastating Chinese earthquake. Have a story tip for Jon? E-mail him at newsgems@sbcglobal.net.

UNPAID EXPERIENCES. The days of interning for free are here to stay, suggests Generation J Committee member Aiesha Little on First Draft. But, a nonpaid internship can not only provide good experience, but also other benefits such as free subscriptions and parking. Find out what she's thinking and consider contributing to the discussion.

STORY TELLING AT ITS BEST. SPJ will host Narrative Writing Workshops on June 14 at the University of Florida and June 21 at the University of Houston. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Tom Hallman Jr. will lead the workshops and share the art of storytelling. Programs will be from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and cost $40 for SPJ members and $60 for non-members. Lunch is included. Late fees apply for registrations received less than two weeks before each workshop. For complete details or to register, visit SPJ's Narrative Writing Workshops page or call Programs Coordinator Heather Porter at (317) 927-8000, ext. 204.

ETHNIC MEDIA TRAINING COMING TO IDAHO. Join SPJ's National Freedom of Information Chairman David Cuillier for a training program in Moscow, Idaho, at the University of Idaho, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 21. The program aims to strengthen reporting and information gathering skills with training on the use of public records. Additionally, sessions will focus on covering tribal governments, including how to access public records on reservations and Native lands. Cost is $10 and the first 25 people to register will receive a complementary six-month SPJ membership. The registration deadline is May 31. Act now. For more information, e-mail program coordinator Becky Tallent.

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