By Karen Grabowski
SPJ Communications Department
AFFORDABLE PORTLAND WORKSHOP. Don't just report the story; tell it like it is. SPJ Narrative Writing Workshops are perfect for early career reporters and front-line editors who are looking for ways to expand and improve their writing styles.
This workshop is now offered at a NEW REDUCED PRICE:
On Sat., Dec. 12, SPJ presents the workshop in Portland, Ore. Join one of the nation's premier narrative writers, Tom Hallman Jr., as he imparts his writing wisdom upon journalists for one day — and one day only! The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and reporter will lead the workshop from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Portland State University. Bring a specific project or a clean slate. Hallman will discuss several topics including strategies for your newsroom, reporting for narrative, long-form storytelling and how you can apply narrative techniques to your daily reporting. The session is open to everyone — tell your friends! Register online and learn more about the training and Hallman at the workshop Web page. E-mail Heather Porter with questions or call 317-927-8000 ext. 204.
SPRING INTO ACTION. Spring brings feelings of rejuvenation — and what better way to put more life into your journalism career than by attending one of 12 SPJ regional spring conferences? Save the date NOW for the SPJ spring conference in your area!
The conferences are daylong professional development meetings bringing area journalists, students and journalism educators together in one place to learn from industry experts. Begin 2010 by building strong career relationships and enhancing your journalism skills. Click here for dates and locations.
LOVE SPJ? BECOME A FAN! Are you on Facebook? Are you already part of the SPJ Group? Then become a Fan!
SPJ has a new Facebook Fan Page that will bring you up-to-date information straight from headquarters. Whether it's a new professional development program, breaking news about shield law or the newest industry job opening, see it all on the fan page. Visit the page and become a fan today! And, of course, SPREAD THE WORD!
BLOGGING CENTRAL. Have you kept up with the numerous SPJ bloggers? You should! Follow the blogs and join the conversation here.
David Cuillier, chairman of the FOI Committee, argues that a new agreement embedded journalists must sign goes overboard: http://blogs.spjnetwork.org/foi/?p=643
Butler Cain is in Seoul, South Korea, helping his ChungDahm colleagues report on topics such as eco-friendly cars and the future of banking for the World Knowledge Forum: http://blogs.spjnetwork.org/ijc/?p=314
Renee Petrina shared her eye-opening classroom experience when the 18- and 19- year-old students she teaches didn't bat an eye at the name Jayson Blair: http://blogs.spjnetwork.org/genj/?p=361
If you become an SPJ Facebook Fan, the SPJ Blog Network Web page will be updated on your Facebook home page automatically. The fan page will send blog updates straight to your newsfeed.
We make it easy for you to learn, share and do your job.
OWN SPJ HISTORY. For only $9.99, you can own a piece of journalism history. Order your copy of "100," the SPJ centennial book, while supplies last!
SPJ and the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation released the book to commemorate a century of improving and protecting journalism. Buy this memento and own a limited edition of the publication that captures SPJ's first 100 years. or by calling Karen GrabowskiOrder a book online at 317-927-8000 ext. 215.
Note: All current members who received the Sept/Oct 2009 print issue of Quill also received a copy of "100." If you receive only the digital issue of Quill, and therefore did not receive your copy of "100," contact Karen Grabowski if you want your free centennial book.
CONFER IN OREGON. It's not too late for Oregon and Southwest Washington journalists to sign up for the region's third annual Building a Better Journalist conference, Oct. 24 in Eugene, Ore. Learn about narrative writing, mobile reporting, video for the Web, covering business through a crisis, and building your career in this ever-changing industry. Tickets are just $25 for SPJ members, $35 for non-members. Scholarships are available for people traveling more than 50 miles to attend. Register online here.
LAST WEEK'S QUIZ. We tried a new quiz question that we hope at the very least introduced you to SPJ headquarters staff. Unfortunately, no one answered the quiz correctly.
Correct answer: The SPJ staff member who was front and center for a Snoop Dogg concert is Billy O'Keefe, our incredibly talented Web administrator.
Thank you to everyone who submitted answers!
THIS WEEK'S QUIZ. Answer this question correctly and your name will be placed into a drawing for this week's prize — a prize that has something to do with gold...
Here's this week's question:
The Pulitzer Prize Gold Medal is awarded annually to the American newspaper that wins the Public Service category. The medal that is presented for this honor was designed by sculptor Daniel Chester French. What other sculpted piece has brought French, its creator, monumental fame?
Submit your answer to Karen Grabowski.