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SPJ Chapter Grants:
2006-07 Recipients

The following chapters received Chapter Grants to fund programs that will take place in 2006-2007.

Student Chapters

Eastern Kentucky University: “Understanding HIPPA: Leading the way to knowledge”
The program is designed to help students and faculty, as well as the Richmond community, better understand HIPPA and the information available to the media under HIPPA regulations. Contact Bob Flynn, chapter president, for more details.

St. Cloud State University: “Reporters and Sports: Are they still on the same team?”
The program will bring together students, faculty and working journalists from Minnesota to discuss practical and ethical issue in journalism. The chapter plans to highlight a number of local sports issue that plaque Minnesota journalists. Contact Jenna Wundrow, chapter president, for more details.

The University of Mississippi: “Citizens Police Academy”
The program will take place over 10 weeks in the spring of 2007. Students will gain a working knowledge into how police officers perform their duties through sessions with officers assigned to recruitment/training, narcotics, emergency response, communications, consumer fraud, investigations and crime scene processing. The weekly sessions are not intended to train participants to be police officers, but rather to strengthen the relationship between the Oxford Police Department and journalism students. Contact Kathleen Wickham, chapter adviser, for more information.

Virginia Commonwealth University: “They Serve Best Who Serve the Truth”
The one-day comprehensive program for print, broadcast and online journalism students will offer workshops designed to improve the reporting, writing, design and layout skills of VCU journalism students. Workshops will be led and presented by VCU professors in the School of Mass Communications, along with local and regional career professionals. Contact Rebecca Mitchell, chapter president, for more information.

West Virginia University: “Young and Hot: Journalists Racing to the Top”
The series aims to expose West Virginia University’s journalism students to young, diverse and positive role models in the journalism field. The first confirmed speaker is John Fritze, a city hall reporter for The Baltimore Sun. Fritze will speak on November 30, 2006. Contact Ryan Posey, chapter president, for more information.

Professional Chapters

Greater Oregon Pro: “SPJ Goes Rural”
The series will run from the fall of 2006 to the fall of 2007 and aims to extend SPJ to working journalists who live hundreds of miles from the state’s major population centers by providing them with the resources they need to conduct journalism-related events in their own communities. Contact Wendy Culverwell, chapter president, for more information.

Inland Northwest Pro: “Getting Access to Public Records”
The program will take place in February 2007 and aims to expose new reporters to the power of public records, showing them how they can be used to build an investigation and to improve day to day stories. The program will also give veteran reporters tools to use when government agencies deny access. Contact Pia Hansen, chapter president, for more information.

NorCal Pro: “In Defense of the Student Press”
The chapter along with the Department of Journalism at City College of San Francisco will host a forum to discuss the impact of new legislation and the future role of the student press. The chapter hopes to arm students and advisers with enough information to help them challenge any attempts to curtail their right to publish, report and criticize. Contact Linda Jue, chapter president, for more information.

Pittsburgh Pro: “Pennsylvania Open Records Law”
Pennsylvania’s Open Records Law is widely considered to be the weakest in the nation. The chapter is planning a half-day workshop in the spring of 2007 where attorneys, experts from the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association and journalists will discuss the topic. Contact Ginny Frizzi, chapter secretary, for more information.

Western Washington Pro: “SPJ Fall 2006 Seminar Series”
The face of the newsroom is changing and more journalists are being asked to develop new skills to meet the demand. During the series, journalists in the region will learn how to gather and edit audio for use on the Internet, how to start a blog, how to take photos and video for the Web and how to put it together in a great multimedia package. Contact Kirsten Kendrick, chapter president, for more information.

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