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SPJ Chapter Grants:
2009-10 Recipients

The following chapters received Chapter Grants to fund programs that will take place in 2009-2010.

Student Chapters

Colorado State University
The SPJ@CSU chapter will conduct a Journalism Fest at the Lory Student Center on February 4, 2010. The program will offer a great video presentation on history's finest journalists and acts of journalism, a speaker to discuss why the Fourth Estate remains fundamentally critical to this democracy and will encourage participants to sign a petition supporting both college and professional journalism.
Contact: Holly Wolcott

Eastern Kentucky University
The EKU student chapter will conduct a two-part program and workshop. The first program will be focused on environmental reporting and is scheduled for November 13, 2009. The second part on Kentucky’s Open Records Law will take place in spring 2010.
Contact: Deborah Givens

Ithaca College
The chapter will bring Jon Glass, a professor at Syracuse University's Newhouse School, to campus. Glass will speak about new forms of interactive storytelling, including producing and writing for multimedia in ways that extend beyond just photo slideshows, videos, and podcasts. With his expertise, he will discuss how participants can tap the Internet's potential in not only disseminating stories but also in utilizing all forms of multimedia to tell stories. Students will then practice these skills and use this advice by producing multimedia. We will bring in an Ithaca College professor to teach the technical aspects of Soundslides, Final Cut Pro, and how to make an interactive Google map. Students will work with a partner the following day to put together an entire multimedia web package for show and tell in the evening. The program is scheduled for February 2010.
Contact: Allison Musante

University of Mississippi
Each year the School of Journalism hosts two journalism weeks (one fall/one spring) - well-known journalists from Charles Overby to Shepherd Smith appear on campus and talk about the issues facing journalism. This year, the chapter will take advantage of the new YouTube Reporters Center outlet to post a series of "how-to" segments based on interviews with these visitors. The program will take place in April 2010.
Contact: Deb Wenger

Virginia Commonwealth University
The chapter will present a one-day comprehensive program for print, broadcast and online journalism students. The program will offer workshops designed to improve the reporting, writing, design and layout skills for student journalists. Preference will be given to members of the Virginia Commonwealth University student chapter of SPJ and students enrolled in VCU’s School of Mass Communications (Approximately 1,200 students). However, invitations will be issued to SPJ student chapters from surrounding universities. Workshops will be led and presented by Virginia Commonwealth University professors in the School of Mass Communications, along with local and regional career professionals. The workshop will take place on April 7, 2010.
Contact: Bonnie Davis

Professional Chapters

Alabama Pro
The program, In the Journalists Cubicle, is modeled after the television show on Bravo, Inside the Actor's Studio. For the program, the chapter will bring in journalists from across the state, region and possibly nation, to talk to our chapter members and other journalists in the area. The idea is to host the event at area colleges/universities and select a student to be the primary interviewer of the journalist. After that student conducts the interview that he or she would have several weeks to prepare for, we'll open the floor for questions from other students and other journalists in attendance.
Contact: Jenn Rowell

Cleveland Pro
The Cleveland Chapter Board of Directors will create a program they believe can contribute to the national discussion and help define a new business model for journalists. In November, 2009, they plan to announce an Entrepreneur Journalist Competition and support program for journalists in SPJ’s Region 4 (Ohio, Michigan, western Pennsylvania and West Virginia). The support program is designed to: each journalists how to re-invent themselves without giving up the profession they love; create and preserve journalism jobs; contribute to the national discussion on the future of journalism; create a database of successful entrepreneurs and their ideas to encourage/educate others; create a database of tools and resources for new journalism ventures, acquiring funding and other support; generate ideas for current news organizations to re-tool and solidify financial positions and preserve jobs
Contact: Tony Kozolowski

New England Pro
The "Investigative 2.0" training sessions will show journalists the latest investigative reporting techniques. Attendees will learn about databases, spreadsheets, mapping programs, and other tools that will help them uncover stories. The program will take place in May 2010.
Contact: Emily Sweeney

New York Deadline Club
In March 2010, the chapter will host a hands-on workshop where mid-career journalists could "cross-train" to tell multimedia stories on the Internet. For example, visual journalists could teach print people how to shoot video and take photos; print journalists could teach visual journalists how to conduct interviews and write news stories; web journalists could teach print and visual journalists how to make iMovies and produce online news packages. The main objective is to offer journalists the multimedia training they may not receive from their employers — especially if they are freelancers.
Contact: Rebecca Baker

Western Washington Pro Chapter
The chapter will hold a continuing education series which provides skills-based training to local journalists. This year, the program will address multimedia topics and other skills that journalists need to have in today's competitive media environment. Speakers will include SPJ board members and University of Washington faculty. Among those who have already confirmed: Monica Guzman, SeattlePI.com; Clay Holtzman & George Erb, Puget Sound Business Journal; Dana Neuts & David Volk, freelancers; Alex Johnson, MSNBC.com
Contact: Dana Neuts

William O. Douglas Pro
The Northwest Video Workshop will offer two training options. Over a two-day boot camp environment, the large group or 'intermediate group' of up to 32 participants will learn techniques for everyday video interviews, field equipment handling and potential ethical pitfalls through the video production schedule. The second group or 'advanced group' of up to 14 participants will work three days to hone existing interview, shooting, audio and editing skills pursuing a real world story. Both groups will convene from their own work rooms for some of the seminar discussions and sessions.
Contact: Mai Hoang

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