By Andrew M. Scott
SPJ Communications Department
CONVENTION: LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER EARLY. IT'S YOUR FINAL CHANCE! Today, Wednesday, Sept. 22 is the last chance to pre-register for the SPJ Convention and National Journalism Conference in Las Vegas. If you're coming and haven't registered yet, do so now. Register online by midnight PST to get reduced prices before they increase to on-site fees. Don't say we didn't warn you.
GULF COAST & PITTSBURGH-AREA WORKSHOPS. SPJ invites Pittsburgh and Gulf Coast-area journalists to step out of the inverted pyramid and into the art of storytelling at the upcoming Narrative Writing Workshops.
The first workshop will take place Nov. 13 at Wyndham Pittsburgh University Place in Pittsburgh. The second workshop is Feb. 19, 2011 at The National WWII Museum in New Orleans.
Through SPJ's Narrative Writing Workshops, participants will learn options for reinvigorating the writing craft. Join Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and reporter Tom Hallman Jr., from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a day filled with tips for creating excitement in news stories. Click here for registration information.
Have a special project in the works? Share it! Participants can send Hallman a sample of their work in advance of the workshop. Tom will critique the work and discuss it with the rest of the class. Registration for the workshop ends Nov. 1.
To learn more about the program and Hallman, click here. If you have any questions, please e-mail Heather Porter at email@example.com.
RETURN OF THE ETHICS BOOK. Pre-order your copy of the 4th edition of Journalism Ethics while at the 2010 SPJ Convention and National Journalism Conference in Las Vegas. SPJ members receive 20 percent off the retail price, and half of proceeds go to the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation. The book will be available in February. See more from Marion Street Press.
SAILING TRIP AND MORE IN LDF AUCTION. The SPJ Convention will follow tradition by holding a live and silent auction to raise money for SPJ's Legal Defense Fund. Pack your checkbook and bring your credit cards to bid on the silent auction items that will be displayed in the J Expo on Sunday and Monday.
During the Opening Night Reception, a live auction will boast items such as a five-day summer sailing trip for two from the Boston area to Martha's Vineyard Island aboard a 32-foot sloop. Follow this link to see all the available items.
ALABAMA CHAPTER ON CIVIL RIGHTS PHOTOJOURNALISM. Less than a month after a late civil rights photojournalist's double life as an FBI informant was revealed, the University of Alabama SPJ chapter is re-directing the attention to the positive images that changed the course of history.
On Thursday, Sept. 22, the work of civil rights photographer Flip Schulke will take center stage at a screening of the award-winning documentary "Stills of the Movement." Schulke, who died in 2008, did more than photograph Martin Luther King, Jr. and Medgar Evers. He is credited with pioneering underwater photography, often accompanying Jacques Cousteau on expeditions.
The event falls less than two weeks after a (Memphis) Commercial Appeal investigation revealed Photographer Ernest Withers doubled as an FBI informant to spy on the civil rights movement.
COVERING THE MID-TERM ELECTIONS. The Greater Los Angeles Chapter of SPJ will have a panel of experts to examine the coverage of the 2010 mid-term election campaigns, with a focus on the California governor and U.S. Senate races. The panelists will discuss how this election is covered and the role of traditional, non-traditional and social media.
The free event takes places Sept. 23, 6:30 p.m. at Crawford Family Forum in Pasadena, Calif. Click here for more information and to RSVP.
FROM THE HANDY TOOLBOX. The Journalist's Toolbox, presented by SPJ, has made quite a few updates to its available resources for journalists. Here's a look at some of the new content:
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. From the Poynter Institute: Tools to Help You Cover Government
PUBLIC SAFETY. HealthyStuff.org looks at chemicals and toxins in products such as toys, food, etc.
MOBILE JOURNALISM. USA.gov: Mobile Apps has a handy list of which government agencies have mobile apps and mobile websites.
ECONOMIC ISSUES. From Economic.com: How the Great Recession Was Brought to an End
ENVIRONMENT/SCIENCE. ZIP Code Zoo helps you identify animals, plants, birds, butterflies and more in your area. Just type in your ZIP code.
Check out more resources in these categories, Education, Public Records, Gas Prices, Oil Spill Resources, Writing with Statistics and more by following this link!
MEDICAL J-TRAINING IN OHIO. Looking to learn more about how to research medical stories?
Join local Association of Health Care Journalists members for a free workshop in Cleveland on Oct. 9. You'll get expert hands-on and interactive instruction on using the National Library of Medicine's latest databases and research tools. The workshop will be led by NLM senior staffer Rob Logan.
Where: Cleveland Heights Public Library. 2345 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Supported by AHCJ and hosted by the Cleveland Heights Public Library, this half-day training event will teach you how to access and use various medical/government databases, how to do focused and limited information and database searches, and how to use shortcuts to find the info you need.
To register for the event or for more information, e-mail event coordinator Eileen Beal at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HONORING HUMANITARIAN EFFORTS. The Northwest Coalition Against Trafficking is accepting applications for the Jane Velez-Mitchell Award.
The award recognizes excellence in coverage of news of local, national, and international significance, with a single award for a journalist who uses the power of media and his or her position to highlight the ongoing violence against women and girls, whether domestic violence, human trafficking, kidnapping and abductions, hate crimes, or other despicable crimes and violence against women and girls.
Deadline for submissions is October 31, 2010. Click here for more information and submission details.
LAST WEEK'S QUIZ. The Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino (the 2010 Convention venue) isn't the only "hot spot" on the Vegas strip. The first "mega resort" hotel and casino in Las Vegas opened in 1989 at a cost of $630 million. What is the name of the resort?
A. The Mirage
And the winner is...
Amy Fickling of Washington, D.C. She even remembered that it was built with Wall Street junk bond money. Congrats, Amy!
THIS WEEK'S QUIZ. As far as saving money to attend the SPJ Convention in Las Vegas, did you know Nevada is one of seven states in the U.S. that does not have state income tax? What are the other six?
Submit your answer to Andrew M. Scott.