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By Andrew M. Scott
SPJ Communications Department
WE'RE TALKING 'BOUT YOU, FREELANCERS! Join host Sarah Bauer, SPJ Membership Committee chairwoman, and Dana Neuts, SPJ Freelance Committee chairwoman, Thursday, Dec. 9, on BlogTalkRadio for a 30-minute call-in program to discuss the many SPJ benefits available to freelancers. Learn more about the Freelance Committee's projects, resources and more.
Listen by live streaming from BlogTalkRadio.com or on the embedded player on SPJ.org.
Next Episode: Thursday, Dec. 9, 1 p.m. EST
Call-in Number: 347-857-2441
Got a question about freelancing? Call in during the show to contribute to the conversation!
Can't listen in live? No worries — we've got you covered! Listen to this and past episodes in the archives at BlogTalkRadio.com/SPJ.
SPJ BENEFITS: SO EASY A CAVEMAN CAN DO IT. Just by being a member of SPJ, you may be eligible for an 8 percent savings on top of Geico's already competitive rates. By visiting GEICO.com, you can obtain a free, no-obligation rate quote. Geico can also help you obtain competitive rates on homeowner's, renter's, condo, motorcycle, boat, PWC, ATV and RV insurance.
Follow this link to learn more about the other great affinity programs that come with your SPJ membership!
HOT OFF THE PRESSES! SPJ is constantly at work fighting for First Amendment freedoms, upholding journalism ethics and training for the future of the profession. Here is a look at some of the latest news releases SPJ has issued:
"SPJ president urges AP to continue internship programs"
AP officials last week confirmed they were considering dropping their internship program as part of an overall restructuring AP chief executive officer Tom Curley called a "business transformation." A final decision is expected this month... (Read more)
"SPJ supports Evergreen Freedom Foundation's battle for public records"
The Society of Professional Journalists is granting the Evergreen Freedom Foundation $1,000 for its pursuit of records regarding a ferry accident last year at Seattle's Colman Dock. The case is set go before the state appellate courts to determine whether a Federal regulation can be used to override the Washington State Public Records Act, keeping the documents sealed... (Read more)
Read more of the latest news from SPJ by following this link.
HOWARD NATIONAL COLLEGIATE REPORTING COMPETITION. This collegiate reporting competition awards nine aspiring journalists a 14-day guided study tour in Japan, an area of special interest to Roy W. Howard. The competition honors the memory of the journalist who led United Press International from 1912-1920 and Scripps Howard Newspapers from 1922-1953.
Winners of the 2010 competition traveled to Japan from June 17-27. During their trip the group met with journalists in print, broadcast and online journalism to talk about and see the latest in new media technology.
In Tokyo, the group visited Asahi Shimbun, a newspaper with the second largest circulation in Japan. Other visits included Hiroshima and the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum; the Imperial Palace grounds; Mainichi Broadcasting System, a television station in Osaka; and Ryoan Temple, which has a famous Zen rock garden. At the end of the trip, the students were honored with an awards ceremony and received Roy W. Howard medallions on an evening cruise in Tokyo Bay.
Learn more about the 2010 trip and view a YouTube video of the trip highlights. For information about the program, contact Sue Porter, vice president/programs, Scripps Howard Foundation at 1-800-888-3000 ext. 3030 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHERE CAN OUR INTERNSHIPS TAKE YOU? SPJ's Pulliam/Kilgore Freedom of Information Internships are incredible ways to spend your summer. One intern works at SPJ Headquarters in Indianapolis while the second works with SPJ's First Amendment legal counsel in Washington, D.C.
The paid internships expose students to freedom of information issues, writing for Quill magazine, advocacy efforts, journalism legislation and a variety of other SPJ programs and initiatives. Get hands-on experience that is sure to boost your résumé. Apply soon! The deadline is Jan. 14, 2010.
SHOW YOUR BEST WITH AN SDX! The Sigma Delta Chi Awards honor professional journalism excellence in all media: print, art/graphics, radio, television, online, newsletters and research. Not only is this honor a great award to hang in the office or home, but honorees are also featured in Quill.
The entry deadline is Feb. 9, 2011.
Recipients are presented their awards during the Sigma Delta Chi Awards Banquet during the Excellence in Journalism: 2011 conference in New Orleans Sept. 25-28. Follow this link to see pictures from the 2010 banquet.
So with a plaque, magazine feature and a banquet in your honor, what are you waiting for? Submit your work today! All work must have been published or broadcast in 2010. SPJ members only pay $60. The non-member fee is $100.
See all the categories, rules and information on the submission process at the SDX Awards page.
STUDENTS: MARK YOUR CALENDARS. Annually, SPJ recognizes the best in student journalism. That time is upon us, so mark your calendars to enter your best work in the Mark of Excellence Awards by the deadline: Jan. 26, 2011.This competition honors student journalism in print, radio, television and online categories. Our easy-to-use online submission format makes all the difference in time, mailing expenses and convenience.
All work must have been published or broadcast in 2010. The entry fee for SPJ members is only $9. See all the categories, rules and information on the submission process at the MOE Awards page.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: NOV/DEC QUILL. The Nov/Dec issue of Quill is out and ready for your enjoyment. Print copies are on the way (if they haven't arrived already). But don't forget to read online, too. There are two ways to enjoy online:
— Digital Quill, the fully functional e-magazine. Read it here.
— On the Web at the Quill site.
In this issue:
— The University of Colorado-Boulder shot across the figurative bow with the late-August announcement of a potential "discontinuance" of its journalism school. In light of that, is it a new day or dark day in journalism education? Read the story.
— Hyperlocal news sites like Patch.com are popping up all over the country — and boosting journalism employment. Is it sustainable or a fleeting trend? Read the story.
— Sure, adjunct and other teaching gigs seem attractive. But do you really have the technical and digital skills to enter the classroom? Read the story.
— A remembrance of past SPJ President Phil Record, a 55-year member whose presidency helped steer SPJ out of financial difficulty. Read the story.
— 10 questions with Tracy Record, co-founder and editor of West Seattle Blog. Read the interview.
And don't forget the regular slate of Toolbox columns on topics from ethics to diversity to digital media, all aimed at giving you tips on becoming a better journalist.
CALLING ALL PROGRAM IDEAS! Do you have a unique and insightful journalism program you can't wait to share? Then submit it for the SPJ/RTDNA Excellence in Journalism: 2011 conference, Sept. 25-28 in New Orleans. The Call for Programs has started, and we want YOUR ideas. Help make the joint 2011 conference with the Radio Television Digital News Association an educational and inspiring experience. Submit your proposal today. Proposals will be accepted until Jan. 2, 2011.
LAST WEEK'S QUIZ. What late 19th and early 20th century journalist was born November 30th? During his career, he wrote for many publications including The Buffalo Press, The New York Times and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
A. Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) celebrated his 175th birthday this past Tuesday.
Paul L. Haydenof Duluth, Minn. Congrats, Paul!
THIS WEEK'S QUIZ. Author Richard Sambrook recently published a book titled "Are Foreign Correspondents Redundant?" for the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism. What journalism role has Sambrook played over the past 30 years, and who does he work for today?
Submit your answer to Andrew M. Scott.