By Tom Henderson
President, SPJ’s Snake River Chapter
Editorial Writer, The Lewiston (Idaho) Morning Tribune
National President, SPJ
Assistant Business Editor, The Denver Post
WEPOD. Podcast, that is. Check out SPJ’s new section of top-notch digital recordings on an array of topics. For example,Ralph Steadman, author of the recently released book, "The Joke’s Over," will keep you in stitches as he shares his memories of, and outrageous adventures with, fellow Gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson. This section is for members only — so have your site user ID and password handy. This growing treasure trove of online resources is just one more reason to tell your friends and colleagues they should join SPJ. Have a cool recording to share? Contact Quill editor Joe Skeel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
AND WHILE YOU’RE ONLINE. Check out Regional Director Ron Sylvester’s hilariously-written regional report about recent events that occurred in his neck of the woods. This is a must-read that is sure to make you laugh and think.
TO CATCH A PREDATOR. SPJ’s National Ethics Committee Chairman Gary Hill, a veteran television broadcaster and director of investigations at KSTP-TV News in Minneapolis, takes a hard look at Dateline NBC’s popular series, “To Catch A Predator.” On her blog, National President Christine Tatum notes that a man ensnared by one of the program’s stings recently committed suicide as a crew from Dateline stood outside, waiting to contact him. What do you make of the show? Share your thoughts.
Check out other j-ethics case studies you’re sure to find interesting and useful.
SPEAKING OF BLOGS.SPJ’s Legal Defense Fund Committee has debuted The Shield to keep members apprised of the latest First Amendment legal battles that SPJ supports. Log on today to learn why the auction needs you.
WE WERE THERE. SPJ was well represented at this week’s first National Ethnic Media Awards soiree in Washington, D.C. SPJ Regional Director Ann Augherton attended the event on our behalf. Here’s her summary for you:
“Wow, what an evening. It was great. And it was absolutely packed! Hillary Clinton stopped by to make a few remarks, but the room was so crowded it was hard to hear her. Our local D.C. government officials, including Eleanor Holmes Norton, spoke, and a local NBC broadcaster was the emcee. Len Downie from The Washington Post introduced a few of the winners. There were even Brazilian dancers!”
We’re delighted that SPJ’s National Diversity Committee Chairwoman Sally Lehrman served on the awards-selection committee.
SALUTE! And a hearty congratulations to National Diversity Committee member Ray Hanania, who won a New America Media Award for best commentary. Ray, an Arab-American columnist for a Jewish publication and Web site, was honored for his humorous take on some of the thorniest political issues of our time.
A SHOT AT RAISING DOUGH. Emily Sweeney of SPJ’s New England Pro chapter reports that the chapter’s Halloween benefit was a success, raising more than $800 for its scholarship fund. However, the chapter needs to raise roughly $9,000 more before it can start awarding scholarships. While looking for ways to raise that money, Emily found a neat online fundraising tool called ChipIn. The Web service could help your chapter collect money via the blogosphere. Emily explains how ChipIn works.
A SHOT AT EARNING DOUGH. SPJ’s online job bank is growing by leaps and bounds. The site features jobs in print, radio, television and online journalism. There are about 170 job openings, four internship opportunities and a cool fellowship and freelance gig. The site is updated frequently with new listings.
Remember anyone can post a job to the system for free, but only members can view the job bank with an SPJ membership ID and password. Log on today to find a rewarding opportunity.
AND FOR SOME ADDED MILEGE. As a way of introducing My NetClips to employers, MyNetClips President and SPJ member Gil Sery is offering free job board postings to all journalism employers for the month of November. List first on SPJ’s online job bank and get additional exposure from Gil and MyNetClips. And while you're perusing MyNetClips, check out the profiles and portfolios of My NetClips subscribers who are looking for journalism positions.
CAN WE GET AN AMEN? SPJ member Gregg Anderson, a former reporter for WKRC Radio in Cincinnati, is now a heading 70x7, an evangelistic Christian ministry in Highland Heights, Ky. The organization is teaming with Franklin Chapel in New Richmond, Ohio, to minister to the spiritual needs of journalists. Special worship services for journalists are being held at unconventional times (Anderson knows newsies are often working during traditional Sunday services and on religious holidays). For more information, contact Anderson at (859) 441-7097 or (513) 553-2225.
CAPITOL HILL'S REAL PARTY ANIMALS. The D.C. pro chapter’s famous (or is that infamous?) holiday party returns to one of its most popular venues, the Kiplinger Washington Collection. This is a seldom-seen museum with more than 5,000 Washington-themed prints, paintings, maps, photographs and papers depicting the architectural history of the nation’s capital city. Greeting our members will be Austin Kiplinger, chairman of The Kiplinger Washington Editors — and a 70-year member of SPJ. Kiplinger joined the Society on Nov. 1, 1936. Attendance will be limited to the first 100 people who make reservations by Nov. 30. When: 6-9 p.m., Dec. 5 Where: 1729 H St. NW Cost (includes food and drinks): $10. Contact: Bob Webb at email@example.com.
EAST MEETS WEST. SPJ’s Los Angeles chapter will co-present with the Asian American Journalists Association “Cocktails & Conversation,” featuring Duke Helfand of the Los Angeles Times and Kenneth Kim of The Korea Times. Both journalists will discuss their travels through East Asia with L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. When: 6:30 p.m., TONIGHT. Where: Chop Suey Cafe, 347 E. First St., Los Angeles. More info: See www.spj.org/losangeles.
DID SOMEONE SAY 'FREE FOOD?' Before the holiday season gets into full swing, SPJ’s Southern Arizona Pro chapter invites you for some free food and drink. What self-respecting journalist could pass up free food? The gratis fare is part of the chapter’s membership drive. National dues will be reduced to $50 for new members, and attendees will have a chance to win one of two pre-paid gasoline cards. When: 2-4:30 p.m., Nov. 18. Where: Old Chicago, 2960 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson. More info: firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE WIKI WATCH OF THE MIDWEST. Join SPJ’s Mid-Michigan chapter for a talk about Wikis (Don’t know what those are? All the more reason for you to be there.) Dave Paulson, assistant director of the Knight Center for Environmental Journalism, will discuss the center’s recent efforts to spread environmental news via Wikis. When: Noon, Nov. 21 Where: Tripper’s, Frandor Shopping Center, Lansing, Mich. Cost (includes lunch): $10 for members and students, $12 for non-members. More info: Christie Bleck, email@example.com.
BE HONORED. SPJ’s Blue Grass Pro chapter and the Kentucky Association of Government Communicators seek nominations for the Jennifer Schaaf Award. Schaaf was a government public relations professional who exemplified dedication to the public interest that taxpayers deserve and journalists expect. The winner will be a Kentucky resident who has demonstrated dedication to the public interest in the preceding fiscal year (July through June) and in their overall career. The chapter selects the winner. Deadline: No later than Nov. 30. More information and an application: Contact Patti Cross, firstname.lastname@example.org or (502) 223-8525.
OR HONOR SOMEONE ELSE. Start thinking now about the nominations you’d make for any of SPJ’s awards. Take a quick look at our roundup of local, regional and national honors.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK. Perry White provided last week’s quote. ("You know what my editor used to do to me when I brought him coffee that was too cold? He'd throw it in my face to wake me up. They call it office abuse now. But back in the glory days, we called it paying dues.")
Now try this one on for size — and collect a cool, rubber “Honor the First” bracelet from Christine Tatum if you’re the first to respond with the correct answer. Who said, "I know what happened! The Daily Star has a shot of it on their front page! You just helped the competition sell 10,000 more copies!" Send your answers to Tom Henderson at email@example.com.