By Abby Henkel, SPJ Communications Department
FREE FOI TRAINING IN YOUR NEWSROOM. Want free training for your chapter in accessing public records? In the comfort of your own town? Access Across America II, a program funded by the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation and the AP, is sending FOI experts to SPJ chapters and newsrooms across the country. If you're interested in hosting a two-hour session at no cost to you contact David Cuillier, SPJ's FOI Committee chairman, no later than March 29.
AAA II is a follow-up to the 45-day 2010 Access Across America road tour, where SPJ FOI trainer David Cuillier talked with 1,009 people at 56 sessions in 32 states. For more information, including bios of the trainers, visit spj.org/aaa.asp.
There is no charge to your chapter to participate in AAA. All you have to do is provide a location, projector, screen, refreshments, photocopies of the handouts and people, of course. We provide the expert, training and fun. You can even charge, if you wish, to cover refreshments and make a little money for your chapter.
EIJ12 REGISTRATION NOW OPEN. Registration for the Excellence in Journalism 2012 conference is now open! Start planning now to join SPJ, RTDNA and more than 1,000 colleagues and experts in Ft. Lauderdale, Sept. 20-22.
Members receive a significant discount. You can also save money by registering before the early-bird deadline, Aug. 28.
TWEET YOUR SPJ PRIDE. Just for today, the Western Washington Pro chapter is encouraging all members to show their pride by tweeting why they're a member of the nation's largest and oldest journalism organization, using the hashtag #JoinSPJ.
Help us turn March into a great membership month by tweeting your SPJ pride!
SPRING CONFERENCES. Don't forget to register for your region's spring conference before it's too late. Find yours at spj.org/regionalconf.asp.
If your conference has a hashtag, please share it with us on Twitter (@spj_tweets) so we can keep up with all the great programming at conferences across the country! So far we know of #R1C12 for Region 1 (also @SPJR1C); #SPJR5 for Region 5; and #SPJcolo for Region 9. Use these hashtags to discuss conference sessions and connect with other attendees.
SPJ BLOGS NETWORK. Latest updates to the SPJ blogs network:
Five lessons (re)learned at College Media Advisers convention by Freelance and Membership Committees member Tara Puckey
Gangs, government and journalism in El Salvador by International Journalism Committee vice chairwoman Ronnie Lovler
Pew Center's State of News Media 2012: Mobile Devices & News Consumption report has good signs for journalism by Digital Committee Chairman Gil Asakawa
Is free news on tablets going to hurt paid news app attempts? by Gil Asakawa
Four tips for better self-editing by Freelance Committee member David Sheets
Biology of blog dissection 101 by Generation J Committee member Jacqueline Ingles
Journalism is not a vice by Generation J Committee member David Brandt
Study: "Illegal immigrant" most commonly used term in news stories by Diversity Committee member George Daniels
SPJ AT ZAYED UNIVERSITY. Dhabya Al Mehairi, a member of the Zayed University student chapter in the United Arab Emirates, convened a panel of female journalists to talk at the Women as Global Leaders conference hosted by Zayed. The panelists, including reporters from Bloomberg News and the Christian Science Monitor, addressed a packed room of students from the UAE and beyond.
Read more in this article written by another member of the Zayed chapter, Shamma Eid.
JOURNALIST'S TOOLBOX. The Journalist's Toolbox is a free collection of hundreds of online resources to help your reporting. The most recent updates include election 2012, severe weather, gas prices, Twitter resources and more. Take time to explore the Toolbox at journaliststoolbox.org; maybe you'll find something for your next assignment. The Journalist's Toolbox (@journtoolbox) is brought to you by SPJ and DePaul University professor Mike Reilley.
RUN FOR SPJ OFFICE. The work SPJ accomplishes is made possible by incredible volunteers who step up as leaders. You can be one of those leaders. SPJ seeks qualified individuals to serve as officers and directors for 2012-13. To run for the national board, candidates must be national SPJ members in good standing and have demonstrated commitment to SPJ. Please review the nomination and candidacy information at spj.org/callforcandidates.asp.
At Excellence in Journalism 2012, Sept. 20-22 in Fort Lauderdale, elections will be held for the following positions:
President-elect (elected every year)
Secretary-Treasurer (elected every year)
At-Large Director (two-year position)
Campus Adviser At-Large (two-year position)
Student Representative (two positions, elected every year)
Directors for regions 1, 4, 5, 7, 8 and 9 (two-year position)
Read more about the available positions and how to nominate a colleague or yourself. While there is no deadline to declare, any candidate wishing to have his/her candidacy announced in Quill magazine must meet a late-June copy deadline. Contact Nominations Committee Chairwoman Hagit Limor and Executive Director Joe Skeel as soon as possible if you are interested. Good luck!
SCRIPPS HOWARD AWARD WINNERS. SPJ was pleased to see that several members were honored in the Scripps Howard Foundation National Journalism Awards. Please give a hearty congratulations to Jamie Lucke, Lynne Perri, Dan Grech and Phil Williams.
NEW MEMBER PROFILE. Please welcome Teri Berg, an editor at CBSSports.com, as one of SPJ's newest members. Teri hails from South Florida, and joined SPJ for a number of reasons, "not least of which is that I miss interacting with thoughtful, caring, curious and engaged journalists." She hopes to meet journalists in the South Florida area, attend professional development events, and maybe even find a mentor or two.
Teri's favorite news sources are The New York Times, The Huffington Post and The New Yorker. Her favorite journalists are Seymour Hersch, Jane Mayer, Matt Bai, Ryan Lizza and Michael Lewis, and some of her favorite journalism movies are "The Cove" and "Enemies of the People." The last book Teri read was "The Swerve: How the World Became Modern" by Stephen Greenblatt.
SPJ is pleased to welcome all new members!
ONLINE TOOLKITS FROM SPJ. If you haven't spent time on SPJ.org in a while, we invite you to explore all the free resources created by experts for journalists. The FOI Toolkit is an invaluable guide to FOI law and filing a document request. For help reporting on diversity issues, check out the Diversity Toolbox or find expert sources on all kinds of topics in the Rainbow Diversity Sourcebook. You'll find much more at spj.org.
LAST WEEK'S QUIZ. A big buy-out could be on the horizon for two prominent news companies. Name both the national news outlet and the social news website rumored to be in cahoots.
Answer: CNN might be buying Mashable. More from the New York Times' Media Decoder blog.
And the winner is... Melinda Hudgins, staff writer at the Murfreesboro Post and a member of the Middle Tennessee Pro chapter. Congratulations, Melinda! When CNN gets wind of your fabulous prize, they'll probably want to buy it, too.
THIS WEEK'S QUIZ. Identify the recent federal government decision that will affect local community radio.
Submit your answer to Abby Henkel.