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By Abby Henkel, SPJ Communications Department
By Abby Henkel
SPJ ELECTION CENTRAL. It's true that there is some sort of national presidential election happening this year, but before that are the elections for national SPJ offices. Delegates at the 2011 national convention approved a bylaws change that transforms the way SPJ elects members of its national board. In the past, candidates were selected by chapter delegates. Now elections will be inclusive of all members — one member, one vote.
Run for Office
Board members help define the Society. The board of directors provides vision, direction and leadership to SPJ, the nation's largest journalism organization. Find out what positions are open this election season and how you can fill one of those seats.
— Additional information
— Special Qualifications
— Campaign Guidelines
— How to run
How to participate as a voting SPJ member
In the past, chapter delegates elected officers and board members. Now all members can cast their own vote via a new online voting system. Find out more here.
BOB EDWARDS AT EIJ12. Bob Edwards, host of "The Bob Edwards Show" and "Bob Edwards Weekend" on Sirius XM Radio, will address attendees of the SPJ President's Installation Banquet at the Excellence in Journalism conference this September when he will be named a Fellow of the Society. SPJ bestows the honor of fellow upon journalists for extraordinary contribution to the profession.
Before joining satellite radio, he hosted NPR's "Morning Edition" for 25 years, attracting more than 13 million listeners weekly. He is also the author of three books. Bob Edwards has won the duPont-Columbia Award for radio journalism, a George Foster Peabody Award for excellence in broadcasting, and the Edward R. Murrow Award for outstanding contributions to public radio. Edwards and Ariana Pekary won a 2008 Sigma Delta Chi Award for Radio Documentary. In November 2004, Edwards was inducted into the national Radio Hall of Fame.
JOBS WEBINAR: REGISTER BY FRIDAY. Even in this economy, there are still good jobs for journalists, but in places you might not think to look. In this webinar, students and recent graduates will learn how to find jobs, apply for them, and separate themselves from the competition.
Join us Wednesday, June 13 at 11 a.m. ET for SPJ's first webinar, hosted by national board member Michael Koretzky. The deadline to register is Friday, June 1, so register here today.
Koretzky is Region 3 director and a former at-large director. He is a former hiring editor at a Top 50 newspaper company, national website, and international magazine. For the past 15 years, he's also run a weekly media job list in one of the nation's largest markets. Learn all the lessons he had to discover the hard way.
WILL WRITE FOR FOOD. Labor Day weekend will mark the fourth annual Will Write for Food event, when 20 student journalists spend a long weekend reporting on a homeless shelter in south Florida and assembling an entire 24-page newspaper in 36 hours. For more information, including links to last year's staff blogs, click here. Registration information is at the bottom of the page.
SPJ AWARDS AND FELLOWSHIPS. The deadline to apply for the Pulliam First Amendment Award and Pulliam Editorial Fellowship from the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation is June 22, and we want you to apply (or spread the word):
Eugene S. Pulliam First Amendment Award
Established by the SDX 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.
SCHOLARSHIPS TO EIJ12. SPJ and the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation offer several scholarships and fellowships to help people attend the Excellence in Journalism 2012 conference. Deadline for all scholarship applications is June 11.
Terry Harper Memorial Scholarships: Terry Harper, former executive director of SPJ, passed away in 2009 after a two-year battle with brain cancer. In honor of Terry's efforts to improve SPJ and the entire journalism community, the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation set up a memorial fund following his death. This scholarship is available for up to five recipients.
Robert D.G. Lewis First Amendment Award: From the generosity of the Lewis family, the award is given each year to a student SPJ member who has demonstrated outstanding service to the First Amendment through the field of journalism. The award assists a student with his/her attendance to EIJ12.
Diversity Leadership Fellows: This fellowship is an opportunity for SPJ members from underrepresented backgrounds to learn about the inner workings of SPJ through training on the Society's mission, culture and operations. The goal of the program is to increase the participation of diverse SPJ members within national committees and on the national board of directors. The fellowship includes an expense-paid (registration, travel and hotel) trip to the EIJ conference and mentoring sessions with members of the Diversity Committee. SPJ members who come from underrepresented backgrounds (e.g., person of color, LGBT, disabled) are encouraged to apply.
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SDX AWARDS BANQUET. We hope you can join SPJ and your journalism 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 dinner and awards presentation at 7 p.m. Dress is black-tie optional.
Tickets are $75 and may be purchased here.
The winners of the 2011 SDX Awards are listed here.
Guests mingle at last year's Sigma Delta Chi Awards Banquet, honoring the 2010 award winners, in New Orleans
NATIONAL HONORS CANDIDATES FEEDBACK. Throughout the year, SPJ seeks nominations for its highest national honors. The awards seek to honor individuals and groups who have impacted the journalism field in the past year. For a complete list of the awards and their eligibility requirements please follow this link.
As a member, you have the opportunity to leave feedback on candidates so the SPJ executive committee is better informed while selecting honorees. To leave feedback, you must be logged in to the For Members section of the SPJ website and provide your SPJ membership number on the feedback form. The identities of those offering comments will not be disclosed outside of the SPJ executive board and the headquarters staff.
Click here to see the candidates and provide feedback.
If you would like more information about any nomination, please email email@example.com.
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 updates the toolbox to bring you the latest resources on all kinds of subjects. Recent updates include politics and election 2012, copy editing, and journalist arrests.
Explore the Toolbox at journaliststoolbox.org or @journtoolbox.
SPJ BLOGS NETWORK. Latest updates from the SPJ Blogs Network:
— Graduating from stereotypes: A marriage proposal by SPJ President John Ensslin
— ABC News Fellowship: Journalists of diverse backgrounds apply now by Diversity Committee member Rebecca Aguilar
— Freelancer Q&A: Do I need a business license? by Freelance Committee Chairwoman Dana Neuts
— Freelancer Q&A: Do I need a contract? by Dana Neuts
— Yes, you can... get to Excellence in Journalism 2012 on SPJ by Membership Committee Chairwoman Holly Edgell
LAST WEEK'S QUIZ. Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway acquired 63 Media General newspapers this week. But what southeastern newspaper was not included in the deal?
Answer: The Tampa Tribune. More from the Tampa Tribune.
And the winner is... S.L. Frisbie, a national member since 1966 and a member of the Mid Florida Pro chapter. Congratulations! Expect your fabulous prize any day now.
THIS WEEK'S QUIZ. In the wake of the Times-Picayune's announcement last week, what other Southern newspapers group announced they will be cutting back printing to three days a week?
Submit your answer to Abby Henkel.