By Abby Henkel, SPJ Communications Department
NATIONAL MARK OF EXCELLENCE WINNERS. This week SPJ announced the national winners and finalists of the 2011 Mark of Excellence Awards for collegiate journalism. View the list of winners, including links to their winning entries.
Congratulations to everyone who participated! This was the contest's most competitive year ever, with more than 4,000 entries.
ANNUAL SPRING BOARD MEETINGS. On April 28 and 29, the SPJ and Sigma Delta Chi Foundation Boards of Directors will meet at the Westin Hotel in Indianapolis for their annual spring meetings. To see agendas and board meeting materials, click here. Feedback to board members is always encouraged. Contact information for the SPJ board is here. SDX Foundation contact information is here.
CAMPUS ANNUAL REPORTS DUE MONDAY. Campus chapters: Don't forget to file your annual report by Monday, April 30. Information and the online form are here. For questions, contact Linda Hall at firstname.lastname@example.org or 317-927-8000 ext. 203, or contact your regional director.
Pro chapters must file their annual report by May 15. The pro annual report form is here.
EIJ12 HIGHLIGHTS. Besides all the great programs, speakers and exhibitors at this year's Excellence in Journalism conference in Ft. Lauderdale, attendees will have the opportunity to explore the Everglades. The excursion includes an airboat tour of the Everglades, providing a panoramic view of the environment and wildlife of this unique habitat. The tour also includes the Reptile, Swamp Yard and Exotic Wildlife Exhibits, providing close encounters with Florida wildlife.
The tour will take place on Friday, Sept. 21 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Transportation and lunch are provided in the $35 registration fee. Space is limited, so register early! Take advantage of the early-bird rates click here for pricing info.
SPJ AWARDS AND FELLOWSHIPS. Deadlines for two SPJ honors are on the horizon, and we want you to apply (or spread the word).
Eugene S. Pulliam First Amendment Award: Established by the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation, the Eugene S. Pulliam First Amendment Award recognizes, with a $10,000 award, accomplishments on behalf of First Amendment freedoms by an individual, group of individuals or an organization.
Eugene C. Pulliam Fellowship for Editorial Writing: The Pulliam Editorial Fellowship awards $75,000 to an editorial writer to help broaden his or her journalistic horizons and knowledge of the world. Provided by the SDX Foundation, the annual award can be used to cover the cost of study, research and/or travel in any field.
SPJ-ONA JOURNCAMP. Don't forget to make plans to attend the first-ever SPJ-ONA JournCamp in Phoenix next month. You'll find training and tools in all areas of digital journalism. Learn about SEO techniques and Google tools, accessing public records on the fly, sharpening your visual storytelling and mobile reporting skills, and understanding entrepreneurial journalism in this one-day, skills-based workshop for all journalists including students.
Click here to register online. Registration will be limited to 120 people, so don't delay!
When: Friday, May 18
Where: Walter Cronkite School of Journalism
Cost: $20 for SPJ or ONA members, $40 for non-members. Fee includes breakfast and lunch.
Registration deadline: May 14
The program, part of SPJ's Training Place program, is made possible by a grant from the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation.
SDX AWARDS BANQUET. We hope you can join SPJ and your colleagues for the Sigma Delta Chi Awards Banquet. Please join us July 20 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. A reception begins at 6 p.m., with the dinner and awards presentation beginning at 7 p.m. Dress is black-tie optional.
Tickets are $75 and may be purchased online here.
The winners of the 2011 SDX Awards are listed here.
PLAGIARISM PAPER. SPJ is well known for the Code of Ethics, a copy of which hangs in many newsrooms and office cubicles. But we offer many more ethics resources than just an orderly code.
One resource is position papers from the Ethics Committee, meant to expand upon and further explain certain areas of the Code. The Committee is releasing several over the course this year. The latest installment on plagiarism is now available. See the other papers released so far: Using the SPJ Code; Political Involvement; Checkbook Journalism.
JOURNALIST'S TOOLBOX. The Journalist's Toolbox is a free collection of hundreds of online resources to help your reporting. DePaul University professor Mike Reilley is always updating the toolbox to bring you the latest resources on all kinds of subjects. Recent updates include politics and election 2012, plagiarism, Twitter resources and covering people with disabilities.
Explore the Toolbox at journaliststoolbox.org or @journtoolbox.
STICK WITH SPJ AFTER GRADUATION. Lynn Walsh, chair of SPJ's Gen J committee, explains why SPJ membership is great for recent college graduates. Beyond the great post-grad member rate, Walsh shares what SPJ can do for you throughout your professional career.
ROCKIN' JOURNALISM. Last week we asked for suggestions on Twitter of journalism parody bands names/songs/lyrics using the #JournBand hashtag. We received many good responses. You can still submit yours using #JournBand. (Sorry, but Huey Lewis and the News doesn't count.)
Some of our favorites:
The Who, What, Where, When, Why and How
Walter and the Crunk Kites
Page Against the Machine
(Hat tip to Nicole Hensley, @blushresponse on Twitter, for getting the #JournBand idea ... rolling.)
SPJ MAKES FLUFFINGTON POST. We were pleased and honored last week to find SPJ mentioned in the highly regarded Fluffington Post. A cat named Pickle is reportedly seeking SPJ's help in combating the media's discrimination against cats, which is "no LOLing matter."
LAST WEEK'S QUIZ. A study published last week made some troubling assertions about news reporting compared with other careers. Identify the study and its statement on careers in journalism.
Answer: A CareerCast survey ranked newspaper reporter as the 196th "best job" out of 200. Broadcast journalist was ranked a sunny 191 out of 200. More here.
And the winner is... Patrick Erwin, a student at Truman College and new member of SPJ's Chicago Headline Club chapter. Congratulations, Patrick! Despite what the study says, I think we can all agree that you're entering a great field. In related news...
THIS WEEK'S QUIZ. A study released this week found some heartening statistics on journalism graduates' job rates compared with those of other majors. What did the researchers find about journalism grads?
Submit your answer to Abby Henkel.