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By Andrew M. Scott
SPJ Communications Department
FIRST AMENDMENT NOMINATIONS DUE FRIDAY. The Eugene S. Pulliam First Amendment Award honors a person or persons who have fought to protect and preserve one or more of the rights guaranteed by the First Amendment. The recipient wins $10,000 and is presented an engraved crystal at the Excellence in Journalism 2011 conference in New Orleans. The honoree receives transportation to and lodging at the event. Learn more about the award and how to apply here.
Hurry! Apply now — the postmark deadline is July 1.
PULLIAM FELLOWSHIP APPLICATIONS DUE FRIDAY. The deadline for the Eugene S. Pulliam Fellowship for Editorial Writing is also July 1! The fellowship awards $75,000 to an editorial writer or columnist to help broaden his or her journalistic horizons and knowledge of the world. The money can be used to cover the cost of study, research and/or travel in any field.
Last year, New York Times columnist Jim Dwyer used the fellowship award to travel the Middle East, Asia and Africa to observe countries that exercise tight control over Internet content and access. With his research, he is writing a book on the relationship of human rights to the Internet and privacy.
LIVE RADIO CHAT ON NATIONAL CONFERENCE. Join RTDNA and SPJ Thursday, 2 p.m. ET for a live 30-minute radio chat on BlogTalkRadio to discuss this year's Excellence in Journalism Conference in New Orleans, Sept. 25-27.
Joining the radio chat are SPJ President Hagit Limor, RTDNA Chairman Mark Kraham, and RTDNA Chairman-Elect Kevin Benz.
We will answer any questions you have about the conference. Visit excellenceinjournalism.org for all conference-related information. Have a question? Call in during the show to contribute to the conversation. Call (347) 324-3176.
Click here to join us on Thursday!
ANDY CARVIN TO SPEAK AT CONFERENCE. NPR Social Media Desk Senior Strategist Andy Carvin will be among the many distinguished journalists speaking at Excellence in Journalism 2011 in New Orleans. Carvin is known for his extensive coverage of the recent uprising in the Middle East.
Read more about Andy via his bio on NPR or this feature from the Washington Post — and stay tuned for more announcements about convention highlights, programs and speakers. You can also read highlights from our June 2 #spjchat session with Carvin on Storify.
WILL WRITE FOR FOOD CALL FOR APPLICANTS. The third annual, award-winning program Will Write for Food is open for business. The program allows up to 20 college journalists to take over a homeless shelter's newspaper in South Florida. The project will take place during Labor Day weekend and focus on providing a much-needed voice to the area's homeless population.
See full details about the project and how to apply.
LATEST FROM THE TOOLBOX. The Journalist's Toolbox is a free site provided by SPJ that contains thousands of links helpful for reporters, editors, educators or anyone else doing research. Edited by former Los Angeles Times reporter and DePaul University instructor Mike Reilley, the site is organized by beats and industry topics such as Public Records, Crime, Legal Issues, Science, Environment, Journalism Jobs, Sports and more. Check out some of the latest resources added just yesterday:
Twitter Resources: Twitter for Newsrooms features resources from the team at Twitter on how to integrate it into daily coverage. Also, the KDMC Twitter for Journalists page offers helpful tips and links. Find more resources on the Toolbox's Twitter page.
Newspaper Map: Twitter has been buzzing about this new tool. Look up newspapers on this global map: NewspaperMap.com.
Dangerous Weather/Flooding Resources: Covering severe storms this spring and summer? Use resources on the Toolbox's Weather page.
Legal Resources: A must-bookmark: the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press Digital Journalist's Legal Guide.
Investigative Journalism/Politics: Influence Explorer, a site from The Sunlight Foundation, OpenSecrets.org, and the Project on Government Oversight, tracks voting trends of politicians. It's a great first-stop for tracking conflicts of interest or investigating a politician.
NEW VIDEOS RELEASED ON ECAMPUS. We've released our latest series of eCampus: On Demand training videos. These 10 new additions to the eCampus library focus on open records access and freelancing resources. The open records series will help you understand and break through barriers in receiving records. Our series on freelancing will guide participants through beginners' tips and critical steps in operating a successful freelancing business.
Check out this sample video, featuring SPJ Freelance Committee Chairwoman Dana Neuts on business tips for freelancers.
The eCampus videos build on the previous group, released in 2010, on video and social media/Web skills. All are free to current SPJ members by using your username and password for the SPJ website.
If you don't yet have website access, or have forgotten your information, click here to register.
CHOOSE SPJ FOR YOUR SUMMER FASHION STATEMENT. Looking for some new digs for your summer attire? Find some "swag" from SPJ's online merchandise store. The store has everything from t-shirts to polos to light jackets. The store has other merchandise, too, including travel mugs, bracelets, fleece jackets, key chains, notepads and more.
Browse the store.
THE 1909 SOCIETY. By designating the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation as a beneficiary in your will, life insurance, retirement or other estate plans, you can provide a lasting legacy to provide for the future of journalism.
The Sigma Delta Chi Foundation gratefully acknowledges the 31 members who have included SDX in their wills and estate plans. Learn more about the program and how to become a member of the 1909 Society.
WE WANT YOUR FEEDBACK. Throughout the year; SPJ seeks nominations for its highest national honors. The awards seek to honor individuals and groups that have impacted the journalism field in the past year. SPJ welcomes you, its members, to view national honors candidates and leave comments for the SPJ Executive Committee's consideration. The identities of those offering comments will not be disclosed outside of the SPJ executive board and the headquarters staff. Click here for a full list of the candidates and to be directed to the feedback form.
LAST WEEK'S QUIZ. What editor was recently elected to the Pulitzer Prize Board and will be among those choosing the winners for the 2012 Pulitzer Prizes?
A. Margaret M. Sullivan
And the winner is...
Al Leeds of Washington, D.C. Congrats, Al!
THIS WEEK'S QUIZ. Even at a public meeting, journalists aren't always free to report a story as they see fit. What two reporters were arrested at a Taxi Commission meeting in Washington, D.C last week? (Hint: FYI, read up on your FOI.)
Submit your answer to Andrew M. Scott