By Abby Henkel, SPJ Communications Department
HELP CHOOSE EIJ12 PROGRAMS. With more than 100 proposals received for Excellence in Journalism 2012 programs, SPJ and RTDNA want your feedback to help select the sessions that will be presented at this year's conference. Click here to read through the program descriptions and share your thoughts.
You have until Jan. 20 to submit feedback. Commenting is not limited to SPJ and RTDNA members, so please share this link with your colleagues! Thanks for your help; we hope to see you at the conference, Sept. 20-22 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
100 YEARS OF QUILL. To celebrate the centennial of Quill magazine -- the 100th year of publication is in 2012 -- the next episode of our blogtalkradio program "Your SPJ Membership" will feature a discussion about the history and future of SPJ's signature publication. Join the live call-in program Thursday, Jan. 12, 1 p.m. ET by listening live from the blogtalkradio site. Bring questions, too. The call-in number is 347-857-2441.
SPJ INTERNSHIP: APPLY BY JAN. 16. Time is almost up to apply for a Pulliam/Kilgore Freedom of Information internship with SPJ. These summer internships are paid and last 10 weeks. One intern works at SPJ headquarters in Indianapolis, while the other joins SPJ's First Amendment legal counsel in Washington, D.C. Applicants should be students who are entering or just completing their senior year, a graduate student, or a law student with a journalism background.
The interns research and write about freedom of information issues while assisting the Society's Freedom of Information Committee and First Amendment legal counsel in preparing SPJ's annual Freedom of Information Report. Other responsibilities may include working on the SPJ website and assisting with SPJ programs and initiatives.
Applications are due Jan. 16. For more information, click here. Contact Scott Leadingham with questions at email@example.com.
TED SCRIPPS LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE. Professional and student SPJ chapter leaders will meet in Indianapolis June 1-3 to participate in the Ted Scripps Leadership Institute. Funded by the Scripps Howard Foundation, the weekend is a chance for incoming chapter leaders to meet and develop leadership skills. Learn more about the program by checking out last year's highlights. Apply by March 15.
BE AN AWARD-WINNING JOURNALIST. It doesn't take much time to enter the Mark of Excellence or Sigma Delta Chi awards contests, but national recognition lasts a lifetime. Deadlines are coming up soon Jan. 25 for the MOE Awards (college students) and Feb. 9 for the SDX Awards (professional journalists) so take a moment now to submit your best work in SPJ's largest journalism awards contests. The awards are open to all journalists, not just SPJ members, but members receive a significant discount on entry fees. For more information, visit spj.org/awards.asp. Good luck!
National SPJ honors: It's also time to nominate someone you know for a national SPJ honor. The deadline for these awards is March 20:
Distinguished Teaching in Journalism: Honors an outstanding journalism educator who has made a significant contribution to the profession and/or journalism education.
Ethics in Journalism: Honors journalists or news organizations that perform in an outstanding ethical manner demonstrating the ideals of the SPJ Code of Ethics. It also honors especially notable efforts to educate the public on principles embodied in the code or hold journalists ethically accountable for their behavior.
Fellows of the Society: Presented to journalists for extraordinary contributions to the profession.
First Amendment Award: Recognizes extraordinarily strong efforts to preserve and strengthen the First Amendment.
Historic Site in Journalism: Honors individuals, news organizations and places of national historic journalism interest.
Sunshine Award: Recognizes those making important contributions in the area of open government.
PROGRAM IDEA OF THE WEEK. Speed Networking: New York Deadline Club
This event brings together journalists and employers for a one-on-one speed networking event, like speed dating. Employers and job seekers pair up to talk for five minutes. When the signal is given (such as a bell ringing), the job seeker moves on to the next employer. This happens until job seekers have met with every employer.
Employers can be sought by speaking with HR reps and editors through career events or cold calling and emailing. Recruit job seekers through your members and through local colleges and universities, as well as local sites or newsletters for posting events. When planning this event, you need to first confirm the number of employers, and then match the number of attendees to the number of employers. If there are twice as many job seekers as employers hoping to attend, consider holding two sessions back to back, where half of the job seekers participate in the first session and half in the second.
It is important that the job seeker meets with the employer one on one. If space allows, provide a bar/reception area where the job seekers who aren't participating in the session can socialize and network. Contact Tricia Couture, firstname.lastname@example.org
Has your chapter put on a great program recently? If so, email the program name, basic information and contact information to Heather Dunn, email@example.com, for consideration as one of our program ideas of the week.
HIGH SCHOOL ESSAY CONTEST. SPJ's High School Essay Contest asks high school students to voice their opinion on the importance of independent media to our lives. This year's topic:
"Why is it important that we have news media that are independent of the government?"
The essay contest is intended to get students thinking and writing persuasively about the importance of news media in society. Please encourage the high school students you know to enter an essay (300-500 words) in the national contest. Essays are judged on a regional level and the finalists are sent to the national round of judging. The three national winners receive scholarship awards.
Essays must be postmarked by March 8. Click here for more information.
SPJ BLOGS NETWORK. Latest updates from the SPJ blogs network:
2012: The Apocalypse and the final year of journalism by Generation J Committee member Mike Brannen
Seven steps to streamline your bookkeeping by Freelance Committee Chairwoman Dana Neuts
So, are you with the band? A novice approach to covering concerts by Generation J Committee member Claudia Amezcua
EXPENSE-PAID STUDY TOUR OF JAPAN. The Scripps Howard Foundation and the Indiana University School of Journalism are offering a chance for undergraduate journalism students to visit Japan on an expense-paid trip through newsrooms and landmarks in four cities: Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Hiroshima. Tentative dates are June 15-23, 2012. View the program brochure (PDF).
Led by the IU School of Journalism's Dean Brad Hamm, the winners travel to Asia to study journalism in other cultures, visiting media organizations as well as cultural and historical landmarks. Roy W. Howard, a pioneer in international reporting and a past leader of United Press International and Scripps Howard Newspapers (plus an honorary SPJ president), also had made such journeys as a journalist, persevering to land interviews with elusive leaders.
The Roy W. Howard National Collegiate Reporting Competition is open to full-time undergraduate journalism/communication students who will be returning as students for the fall 2012 semester. The entry deadline is Feb. 29. For more information, click here or contact Sue Porter at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-800-888-3000 ext. 3030.
LAST WEEK'S QUIZ. A certain news outlet experienced an embarrassing email fiasco last week. What outlet, and what was the incident?
Answer: The New York Times accidentally emailed a subscription renewal invitation to 8 million readers, rather than the intended 300.
And the winner is... Rebecca Baker, member of the Deadline Club chapter in New York City and a reporter for the Journal News. Congratulations, Rebecca! We're not sure what you should be prouder of: being randomly selected among more than 20 correct SPJ Leads Quiz entries or being one of the only 8 million recipients of the competitive NYT Email Gaffe of 2011.
THIS WEEK'S QUIZ. Jon Stewart of "The Daily Show" took what news program to task this week for a segment involving what can basically be described as making prank phone calls?
Submit your answer to Abby Henkel.