By Taylor Carlier, SPJ Communications Department
BOOK YOUR EIJ14 HOTEL ROOM BY FRIDAY
Reserve your room at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center while discounted rooms are still available. Learn more online about the accommodations if you haven't booked yet. Conference attendees receive discounted rates at the hotel, but the discounted rates end at 5 p.m. ET Friday.
Looking for a roommate to share hotel costs? Visit the roommate board to leave a comment and find others who are looking for a roommate.
SPJ WHITE HOUSE NEWS
On July 8, SPJ sent a letter to the White House with 37 other journalism and open government organization's signatures, urging President Barack Obama's administration to loosen Public Information Officer restrictions and encouraging public transparency. Since this letter was sent, other organizations retroactively signed on, making the number of organizations in support of this cause total to 48. The popularity of the letter and the cause also took off in the news.
After almost a month of no response from the White House, SPJ sent a follow-up letter on Aug. 5. On Aug. 11, the White House responded with a letter in which it laid out all the ways it believes it has been transparent with the media and public since Obama's inauguration.
SPJ didn't agree, so we released a statement via a press releasethat the White House's response was more of a non-response than anything.
After the fact, the force behind this cause, SPJ member Kathryn Foxhall, did an interview on the National Press Club's podcast with another SPJ Member and Director-at-large Bill McCloskey. In the interview, Foxhall talks through the entire process and the importance of keeping up the fight.
Read SPJ President David Cuillier's original blog post about the entire endeavor and keep up with any updates on SPJ's website's homepage.
REGISTER FOR EIJ14 BY AUG. 20
Missed the early bird registration deadline? No worries, you still have time to get the pre-conference registration deadline pricing.
Register for Excellence in Journalism 2014 by Aug. 20 to spend $100 less than at-the-door registration.
EIJ14 STUDIO SPJ
Studio SPJ will kick off a series of podcasts called "The Road to Nashville" that will preview the upcoming Excellence in Journalism 2014 conference on Sept. 4-6.
Ken Paulson will be the guest for the first of these broadcasts at 3 p.m. ET on Thursday, Aug. 14. Paulson is the dean of Middle Tennessee State University's College of Mass Communication. He previously served as president of the First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University, as president of the Newseum in Washington D.C. and as editor-in-chief at USA Today.
To call into the program with questions, call 347-857-2441. Read the full press release about Studio SPJ's new series and/or listento the broadcasts live or hear it later as a podcast.
EIJ14 TWITTER CHAT
SPJ wants to make sure everyone is in the loop, has the 411 and gets the low down about one of the largest national journalism conferences, so we are hosting an EIJ14 Twitter chat at 2 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Aug. 26 to answer your questions. Our first EIJ14 Twitter chat went swimmingly and we would like this next one to be even better.
If you join in, you'll get exclusive details about new features for this year's EIJ phone app. Since the conference is quickly approaching Sept. 4-6 in Nashville, Tenn., it's time to get your Twitter typing fingers ready as we chat it up with session leaders, conference attendees, SPJ staff and more. Follow @spj_tweets for all of the chatting fun and don't forget #EIJ14.
On Tuesday, SPJ signed onto a letter with other journalist and science organizations that was sent to the Environmental Protection Agency. The letter urged the government organization to stop banning leading national scientists from talking to media outlets and the public.
Read the full press release about the letter here.
Thanks to all who donated items to be auctioned off during EIJ14. If you're attending the conference, you'll have the chance to purchase some incredible items (large and small) during the SPJ Legal Defense Fund auction. Plus, the money raised goes to a very important cause -- the legal fees of journalists who find themselves having to defend their First Amendment rights in court.
The silent auction will take place during the Journalism Expo, and the live auction is at 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 6 before the SPJ President's Installation Banquet. Be sure to check @spj_pics on Instagram and @spj_tweets on Twitter as we announce more auction items this week.
The first live auction item announcement: A two-night stay at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center.
SPJ'S DIGITAL COMMUNITY
SPJ recently launched a new community examining social media journalism and digital innovations in journalism, and how these affect the practice of journalism for the future. To kick off the launch, the group started a Twitter page, @SPJdigital, and aGoogle + Page.
Want a taste of where the group is headed? Read its blog postsIf you are interested in joining or getting involved, please email SPJ member Alex Veeneman at firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet him at @alex_veeneman.
WHO TO FOLLOW FOR EIJ14
Gearing up for EIJ14 and need to make sure you are following all of the conference's recruiters, speakers, trainers and staff? Then check out ourEIJ14 Twitter list of the who's who for the Sept. 4-6 conference in Nashville, Tenn. Follow journalists, professors, j-schools and companies who are all a big part of EIJ14. Also, stay involved on all social media by using#EIJ14.
ON DEMAND TRAINING VIDEOS
Are you a member? Then you're in luck. You have access to all of SPJ's on Demand training videos, including our most recently released series Photography 101. Educators: use this new series, or one of the seven others, for classroom training purposes, to share with your educator friends or for your own enlightenment.
DIGITAL JOURNALISM TRAINING WITH ONA
Join the Online News Association in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, Aug. 23, for Supported by the Gannett Foundation, this facilitated, interactive workshop is for journalists, editors, designers, developers, tech support and those concerned about digital security in the newsroom.
The morning will include sessions on exploring digital security issues for journalists with The afternoon will focus on hands-on teamwork, taking a human-centered design approach to how journalists and technologists can create better tools and processes for enhanced digital security. Participants will tackle the design challenge "how might we create better tools and processes for enhanced digital security?"Attendance is limited to 75 people.
LAST WEEK'S QUIZ
What newspaper unit changed its name this week and what was it changed to?
Answer: Tribune Co. changed to Tribune Media Co.
And the winner is ... Art Blazer of the New York Deadline Club. Congratulations!
THIS WEEK'S QUIZ
What newspaper last week made all of their employees re-apply for their jobs?
Submit your answer to Taylor Carlier.