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By Karen Grabowski
SPJ Communications Department
WE'RE MOVING. Well, SPJ Headquarters is not moving, but SPJ Leads is moving to a new time! Beginning next week, we will send you the newsletter on Wednesday afternoons. If you would like to share anything for consideration in SPJ Leads, please do so by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org by 3 p.m. on the Monday of the week for which you'd like your copy printed.
SPRING CONFERENCE CHECK. The first SPJ Spring Conference of 2010 kicks off this weekend in Austin, Texas. Have you checked to see where the closest Spring Conference is to you? Click here to find out! The conferences are fantastic events where you will meet fellow journalists, learn from professional development sessions and a variety of speakers, and have ample opportunity to network. Don't miss the one near you.
ARE YOU NEAR SEATTLE? If so, the SPJ Region 10 Spring Conference is for you! The event will be April 9-10 at the Bell Harbor Conference Center in downtown Seattle. It is open to SPJ members and nonmembers in Alaska, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana. The conference includes skills-based sessions, keynote speakers, workshops, sessions and a journalism expo. Registration is now open! Please click here for more details and to register.
TED SCRIPPS REMINDER. Chapter leaders: If you have not submitted an application for the 2010 Ted Scripps Leadership Institute, we encourage you to submit one soon! The deadline to apply is March 16. The institute will help you help your chapters be successful with sessions on interpersonal and organizational leadership skills, as well as sound chapter management practices. The program is June 4-6 in Indianapolis, and the only cost to you is an investment of $100. We will provide airfare, lodging and meal costs. So apply online today! Learn more here, and contact Heather Porter with questions.
LIVE ON CNN. When CNN heard that three states may ban the release of 911 emergency phone calls, they called SPJ Freedom of Information Committee Chairman Dave Cuillier to weigh in on whether or not that's a good idea. Watch what he had to say in this CNN video. You can also read Cuillier's reaction to the question of whether 911 calls should be public on the FOI blog.
SPJ TRAINING GOES TO WINDY CITY. Nineteen journalists from ethnic media attended a training program Feb. 20 hosted by SPJ and Community Media Workshop in Chicago. Attendees got hands-on training with recording, importing and editing audio files for the Web. Read more about the training on the Who's News? blog. Contact Heather Porter if you would like an SPJ training session to come to you!
BLOG MUCH? If you like what you read above, read MORE! The SPJ Blogs Network consists of several blogs, all cultivating discussions on pertinent industry news. Join the conversation today.
GREAT DEEDS GET SPJ AWARDS. SPJ is proud to honor journalists and individuals who contribute to the journalism profession. The following awards do just that, and we encourage you to nominate the men and women you believe deserve recognition. Self-nomination is also permitted. Awards are presented at the SPJ Convention in October. Nominations are being accepted for the following awards until March 18.
The Ethics in Journalism Award is given annually to journalists or news organizations that perform in an outstanding ethical manner that demonstrates the ideals of the SPJ Code of Ethics. Learn how to submit a nomination here.
The Sunshine Award honors individuals and groups who have made contributions to the perpetuation and preservation of open government. Visit the Web page to learn more.
The First Amendment Award was created to recognize individuals and groups for extraordinarily strong efforts to preserve and strengthen the First Amendment. Nominees do not need to be limited to journalists; they may also include legislators, attorneys, government officials or organizations. Click here to learn how to submit a nomination.
The Distinguished Teaching Awardhonors a journalism educator and recognizes outstanding teaching ability, contributions to journalism, journalism education and contributions toward maintaining the highest standards of the profession. Anyone teaching in the field of journalism is eligible for this award. Students, former students, colleagues and department heads, as well as professionals in the field, may submit nominations. Nominate a mentor or colleague today!
SPJ CHAPTER SEEKS JUDGES. The Greater Tri-Cities (Tennessee/Virginia) Chapter is looking for another chapter to judge its annual newswriting/broadcast contest. The chapter will repay the favor in kind. So if you need judges for your contest, reach out to the Tri-Cities Chapter. E-mail Robert Houk for more information.
JOURNALIST'S TOOLBOX. Mike Reilley continues to update the Journalist's Toolbox so that numerous timely resources are available to you at the click of a button. Check out the updates here. And don't forget about the Toolbox tweets!
FOR STUDENTS: RESEARCH GUIDELINES. SPJ welcomes questions from students, and we've developed guidelines for the student seeking research help from our board, committee members or other volunteers. We wish we could answer every student's question as quickly as they come in, but we are sad to say we can't always be immediately available. There are, after all, a lot of students out there. And you all seem to have tests and projects at the same time. Every semester. But we will do all we can to help, including offering these Student Research Guidelines. We hope the guidelines will help us work with students to effectively and efficiently answer their questions.
SPJ REMEMBERS JIM PERRY. SPJ recently learned that longtime member Jim Perry died in December 2009. Perry served in the Los Angeles Fire Department and, after retiring, stayed on with the United Firefighters of Los Angeles City Local 112 as the union's newspaper editor. He had edited the Los Angeles Firefighter since 1970, was the editor of the Los Angeles Firemen's Relief Association's magazine and was the former executive editor of American Firefighter magazine. He won numerous awards within the labor press community, including more than 160 "Awards for Excellence in Journalism" from the Greater Los Angeles Press Club, International Association of Firefighters, International Labor Communication Association and the Western Labor Communications Association. A memorial for Perry is online at the UFLAC Web site.
FOLLOW THE MONEY. Education reporters, this is for you! Ever wonder how the economic stimulus money is reaching America's schools? The creators of eDmoney.org have wondered that, too. The site, created by the Education Writers Association, tracks government spending in public schools across the country. Check it out.
FOR STUDENTS: SEMESTER IN D.C.. The application deadline for the fall 2010 Scripps Howard Foundation Semester in Washington Program internships is March 15. Semester in Washington brings journalism students to D.C. for semester-long reporting internships. Interns live in furnished apartments near the National Zoo and receive a stipend to cover food, transportation and other essentials. Interns must be undergraduates — juniors or seniors — in the semester they are in D.C. For more details, visit the program Web site.
JOURNALIST LAW SCHOOL IN LA. Loyola Law School Los Angeles is accepting applications until Monday, March 22 for its Journalist Law School fellowship, a four-day crash course on constitutional, civil and criminal law taught by law professors, jurists and attorneys. Fellowships will be competitively awarded to 35 journalists and will cover instruction, lodging, meals and one-half of travel expenses for the June 16-19 workshop. More than 140 reporters, editors and producers have completed the program since 2006. Learn more at the program Web site. For questions e-mail Brian Costello, deputy director of communications, or call 213-736-1444.
LAST WEEK'S QUIZ. Q. Apple's iTunes just hit a milestone Feb. 25: the 10 billionth track was sold at the iTunes online store. Name the 10 billionth song.
A. Johnny Cash's "Guess Things Happen That Way."
Thank you to everyone who answered our quiz last week! We had a great reader response — but as you know, only one person with the correct answer can be drawn from the hat, so, drum roll please...
Congratulations Jim O'Donnell from Memphis, Tenn.! Jim, watch for a package of SPJ goodies that is being sent your way.
THIS WEEK'S QUIZ. Q. CNN reported that more aftershocks continued to ripple through parts of Chile early Thursday. These aftershocks are in addition to the more than 120 aftershocks of 5.0 magnitude or greater that have hit Chile since the 8.8-magnitude earthquake of Feb. 27, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The Chilean earthquake originated on a hot spot where one plate of Earth's crust is submerging under another plate. Name the geologic term for what the two plates are doing.
Submit your answer to Karen Grabowski for a chance to win a prize!