By Abby Henkel
SPJ Communications Department
CONFERENCE REGISTRATION DEADLINE. You still have time to register for the Excellence in Journalism 2011 conference in New Orleans and save money! Register by Sept. 14 to take advantage of conference rates.
Do you have colleagues who might want to attend EIJ 2011, but aren't members of SPJ? They can sign up for membership at the time of conference registration to receive the SPJ member discount. Spread the word!
If you've been wondering how preparations for EIJ have been coming along, check out these facts...
— Over 1,000 people are registered.
— An overflow hotel had to be lined up. See more info on the nearby Westin overflow hotel.
— Pre-conference workshops are just about to close as they are nearing capacity. More info.
— There are 48 exhibitors in the Expo area. See the list.
We look forward to seeing many of you in New Orleans!
FIND A ROOMMATE. Do you have a room booked, and are willing to share it with a roommate to split costs? Or maybe you're still looking for a hotel room? Visit our roommate board and make a post or contact someone looking for a roommate.
EIJ ON FACEBOOK AND TWITTER. Learn more and engage us on the conference Facebook page. Also, keep up with Excellence in Journalism info and share your questions on Twitter by using hashtag #EIJ11.
BYLAWS AMENDMENTS AND ELECTIONS. Several amendments to the SPJ bylaws have been proposed. The potential changes would affect all members, not just voting delegates. Read the proposed amendments, and participate in the online discussion for the proposed "One Member, One Vote" and the other proposed bylaws amendments. Amendments will be voted on at the conference in New Orleans.
All members are also encouraged to review candidates for national office, who will be elected by chapter delegates at the conference. Click here for bios of people who have declared their candidacy in advance. Interested individuals can still participate by running from the convention floor during the Opening Business Session.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT. Sure, the July/August issue of Quill has been out for over a month, but that's no reason to forget about it. In case you missed it, check out Digital Quill, the fully functional e-magazine version.
In the July/August issue:
— Profiles of all 2010 Sigma Delta Chi Awards winners, covering art/graphics, online, print, research, television and radio journalism. Read about the winners.
— Bios and profiles of candidates for SPJ's board of directors. Elections take place at the Excellence in Journalism Conference, Sept. 25-27 in New Orleans. Learn more about the people who will lead SPJ in the coming years. Review the candidate information.
— "Ten" Q&A interview with Stephanie McMillan, a Sigma Delta Chi Award-winning syndicated cartoonist. The Fort Lauderdale, Fla., native is behind the "Code Green" comic that focuses on environmental issues. Read the full interview.
— A profile of SPJ member and Pulitzer-winning health journalist (and doctor) Sheri Fink, whose New York Times Magazine/ProPublica article "The Deadly Choices at Memorial" chronicled the events at a New Orleans hospital following Hurricane Katrina. Her father, Herschel, was a member of SPJ (then Sigma Delta Chi) in college and a prominent First Amendment attorney. Read the profile.
Note to students:
Student members automatically receive only the digital issue of Quill. If you would like to "opt-in" to receive the print AND digital versions, please email editor Scott Leadingham. There's no extra charge, but we ask that you help lower our costs of returned mail by keeping us up to date on your inevitably frequent address changes. Current members can update address information by logging in to the SPJ website here.
IT'S BACK: #SPJCHAT. After a much-deserved summer break, #SPJchat on Twitter is making its triumphant return Thursday, Sept. 8 at 8 PM ET. The weekly chat explores various topics of interest to journalists and SPJ members. This week's topic: "9/11 Coverage: What Have We Learned?"
Get more info on the chat and how to participate here. #SPJchat is moderated by Journalist's Toolbox editor and DePaul University SPJ chapter adviser Mike Reilley.
TUNE IN. The monthly BlogTalkRadio podcast series "Your SPJ Membership" continues this Thursday, Sept. 8, at 1 PM ET. Host Holly Fisher of the Membership Committee will speak with President Hagit Limor about her year in office and the upcoming Excellence in Journalism Conference. Listen live at BlogTalkRadio or come back later and listen to the archived program. Live listeners can call in and join the conversation: 347-857-2441
Be sure to review all the past programs here.
SHOW (CHAPTERS) THE MONEY. SPJ will invest $5,000 to fund local chapter programs during 2011-12, and your chapter could receive up to $500 for your program or activity. All fully chartered SPJ chapters in good standing with the national organization are eligible to submit a grant proposal. Your chapter must have filed a 2010-2011 annual report by the stated deadline to be eligible. Proposals must be submitted by midnight, ET, on Sept. 15. Click here for details, and email Heather Dunn with questions.
LEGAL DEFENSE FUND GIVES BACK. You can help journalists facing legal affronts to freedom of speech and the press! SPJ's Legal Defense Fund is seeking in-kind donations for the annual live and silent auctions, which will take place at the Excellence in Journalism conference, Sept. 25-27 in New Orleans.
There is still time to mail your item for the auction -- the donation deadline has been extended to Friday, Sept. 9.
Auction items can be mailed to:
SPJ Legal Defense Fund Auction
3909 N. Meridian St.
Indianapolis, IN 46208
When mailing your donation, please include this donation form.
Please contact Awards Coordinator Lauren Rochester with any questions at 317-927-8000 ext. 210. Your contribution to the Legal Defense Fund will make a significant difference in the lives of journalists across the nation. Thank you!
LAST WEEK'S QUIZ. Which photojournalist, severely injured last year in Afghanistan, is exhibiting his photographs this week in France?
Answer: Joao Silva
And the winner is ... Mark G. Bralley, a member of the Rio Grande chapter. Mark, we can't tell you exactly how big your prize is, but it's more grande than the Rio Grande — at least we think so.
THIS WEEK'S QUIZ. Despite being located across from the World Trade Center, and having its building evacuated, The Wall Street Journal put out a paper on Sept. 12, 2001. That edition was a Pulitzer winner, in fact. It's estimated that what percent of the WSJ's daily readers still managed to receive the Sept. 12 edition, even in the ensuing chaos following the attacks?
Submit your answer to Abby Henkel.