By Karen Grabowski
SPJ Communications Department
THERE'S STILL TIME! APPLY FOR A $2500 GRANT. The deadline to submit a proposal for a Media Credibility Chapter Grant has been extended to midnight, Eastern, on Friday, April 30. We strongly encourage you to propose a program that will bring together news consumers and journalists in a meaningful dialogue about ethics and journalism. Selected chapters will receive $2,500. In this media climate, SPJ and the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation believe it is more important than ever to create a place for citizens and journalists to come together to talk about the role journalism plays in our democracy, public concerns about perceived loss of credible and reliable journalism, and ways to discern between commentary and credible news. Help inspire and create this discourse: click here to learn more about the programs and how to get a grant.
REMEMBER: Grant proposals are due by midnight, Eastern, on Friday, April 30! Only electronic submissions will be accepted. For more information, please contact Andy Schotz.
FINAL REMINDER FOR THE STUDENT INTERNSHIP. Each year, SPJ sponsors internships for 12 bright, motivated and hardworking SPJ student journalists to staff The Working Press, a daily tabloid newspaper that covers the SPJ National Convention. Student writers, photographers and designers are invited to apply for these select positions. The postmark deadline is Friday, April 16! Apply today!
DATE TO NOMINATE. Thursday, April 15, is the postmark deadline for nominating SPJ members for the following SPJ National Awards:
Wells Memorial Key
David L. Eshelman Outstanding Campus Adviser Award
Howard S. Dubin Outstanding Pro Member Award
Julie Galvan Outstanding Graduate in Journalism Award
Regional Director of the Year Award
Please click on the awards above to learn more about how to nominate a colleague. If you have questions, contact Lauren Rochester at 317-927-8000 ext. 210.
RTDNA/SPJ CONVENTION. Enter the RTDNA/SPJ "Name that Event" Contest!
The Radio Television Digital News Association and the Society of Professional Journalists will host their first joint national journalism conference Sept. 25 -28, 2011, at the Sheraton New Orleans. Both groups are working together to bring you and all journalists the best journalism-related speakers, sessions and learning opportunities available. But to begin the collaboration, we need your help!
We are currently searching for a title for our national event. The name could be creative, inspirational, fun or practical — but we want YOU to help in the process. Share your ideas using our online entry form. You may enter as many ideas as you want until the deadline, June 1, 2010. We will announce the winner here June 30th.
By submitting your idea to our "Name that Event" contest,you will be eligible to win FREE convention registration for two years! Please contact Tara Sheehan at firstname.lastname@example.org Chris Vachon at email@example.com if you have questions. Good luck!
FROM THE SOURCE. And speaking of the joint 2011 RTDNA/SPJ Convention... Associate Executive Director Chris Vachon and SPJ Board Member Bill McCloskey were interviewed by RTDNA about the upcoming event and why they believe it will benefit members of both organizations and all journalists. Both Vachon and McCloskey were in attendance at the 2010 RTDNA Convention in Las Vegas when they were asked for a close-up. Click here to watch the videos and to read more about the 2011 event in New Orleans. It's never too early to start thinking about attending an outstanding journalism event!
TWO WEEKS TO GO. SPJ is still accepting applications for its yearlong, paid internship: the SPJ Communications Post-Graduate Internship. The ideal candidate for this position should be a recent college graduate (bachelor's or master's) with prior internship experience in communications. We're looking for someone to help put SPJ in the media spotlight and assist in growing the organization and serving Society members. Click here for application instructions. The application deadline is 5 p.m. Eastern, April 26.
TRAINING IN OKLAHOMA. The time to submit the SPJ Chapter Annual Reports is approaching quickly! It will be here before you know it, so please read the following information about the due dates and how to submit your report:
CAMPUS CHAPTERS: Your reports are due Monday, April 26.
PRO CHAPTERS: Your reports are due Tuesday, June 1.
All chapter annual reports should be submitted online. Click here to find the appropriate forms and to submit your report. If you have questions, please contact Linda Hall at 317-927-8000 ext. 203, or contact your regional director.
UPCOMING TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES. The date to register for these events is April 19 — don't delay!
Will you be in Ohio May 1? So will Jeff Cutler! Check out the Social Media Training session happening Saturday, May 1. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Cutler will dazzle you with all the ways social media can work for you and your newsroom. Learn more and register online today! The cost is only $20 — don't miss this great opportunity to meet fellow Ohio journalists and learn about the latest social media techniques and tools.
Not in Ohio May 1? How about Oklahoma? SPJ Newsroom Trainer Deb Wenger will be in the Sooner State May 1 with all the tips and tricks you need to write effectively for the Web. "Writing that Works Online" will be hosted by the Oklahoma Pro Chapter of SPJ. It's $10 for SPJ members and $20 for non-members. Space is limited. Please learn more and register online today!
Remember, the date to register for BOTH events is Monday, April 19.
CONGRATULATIONS, PULITZER WINNERS! The 2010 Pulitzer Prize winners were announced Monday. Two SPJ members, Sheri Fink and Mark Fiore, were among the winners. On behalf of the entire organization, we would like to congratulate Sheri and Mark on their honors!
Sheri Fink of ProPublica, in collaboration with The New York Times Magazine, received a Pulitzer for Investigative Reporting. Her story chronicles the dire choices doctors made for their dying patients that were left stranded by flooding after Hurricane Katrina. To learn more about Sheri's award-winning work, click here.
Mark Fiore, self syndicated, was awarded a Pulitzer for Editorial Cartooning for his animated cartoons that appeared on SFGate.com, the San Francisco Chronicle Web site. The Pulitzer judges were impressed with his "biting wit, extensive research and ability to distill complex issues (that) set a high standard for an emerging form of commentary." Read more here.
2010 AAJA CONVENTION. The Asian American Journalists Association is going Back to the Future! The organization's 21st Annual Asian American Journalists Convention is Aug. 4-7 in Los Angeles. The event features panels and workshops to strengthen journalists' skills. Learn more online.
LAST WEEK'S QUIZ. Q. What newspaper insists that news is not all "gloom and doom" and encourages its readers to share happy headlines and photos to be posted on its "Happy news" Web page?
A. The Chicago Tribune
Happily, several newspapers have a type of "Happy news" page online or in print, but the answer we were looking for is The Chicago Tribune. Thank you to everyone who submitted an answer.
We are happy to congratulate P.A. Humphrey! P.A.'s name was chosen from the group of members who answered correctly. Your prize is in the mail, P.A., thank you for playing!
THIS WEEK'S QUIZ. Q. An NPR host may have caused many of her listeners stop in the middle of their texts when she told Atlantic Wire, "I'm not on Facebook and I'm not on Twitter." In fact, she said Twitter, with "the way it scrolls and keeps scrolling... kind of drives me crazy." Name that host.
Need a hint? The spring weather has been beautiful around the country, so we hope you've taken the time to go outside and enjoy the fresh air.
Submit your answer to Karen Grabowski for a chance to win a prize.