By Christine DiGangi, SPJ Communications Department
UPDATES TO THE JOURNALIST'S TOOLBOX
This month's updates to the Journalist's Toolbox are online. There are new resources for those covering the ongoing drought in the U.S., and everyone can use some additional tips for dealing with coming events like the Olympics and the Democratic and Republican national conventions.
The Toolbox is maintained by DePaul University professor Mike Reilley on behalf of SPJ. Keep up with his updates on Twitter: @journtoolbox.
SPJ PRESIDENT ON THE RADIO
Did you miss SPJ President John Ensslin's guest appearance on The Jim Bohannon Show? You can listen to a recording of the July 20 show online, during which Ensslin talks about the journalistic response to the shooting in Aurora, Colo., on the same day.
Ensslin comes in at 43 minutes and 6 seconds into the show. The two-hour program is coverage and discussion of the shooting at a midnight showing of "The Dark Knight Rises" that left 12 dead.
INSTAGRAM CONTEST #SPJDESKLOVE
We'll show you ours ... our desks, that is. And we want to see yours.
SPJ is now on Instagram (@spj_pics) and we're giving you a behind the scenes look at everything SPJ. So starting next week, we'll be posting pictures of our offices at SPJ Headquarters in Indianapolis for you to judge, love and critique.
Then, show us your desks -- whether you're a freelancer, broadcaster or working in a traditional newsroom -- we want to see it (before you tidy up)!
Hashtag your office pictures #spjdesklove on Instagram before 4 p.m. on Friday, July 27 and the office with the most likes on Instagram will be featured on our Facebook page and win a fabulous SPJ prize!
BREAKFAST WITH SPJ
Are you an adviser? Do you love SPJ? Are you also pretty fond of food? Great! We've got what you need.
We're hosting a breakfast at the 2012 AEJMC Conference in Chicago just for SPJ advisers. We'll feed you, encourage you and answer some of your burning questions about SPJ on your campuses. Topics will range from fundraising to leadership, navigating campus rules and regulations to programming ideas. We're even going to send you home with a doggy bag of resources to take back to your campus.
The breakfast is from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 11, at the Chicago Marriott. Mark it on your calendar and RSVP right away -- it's first come, first served, and spots are limited.
RSVP and direct any questions to Tara Puckey at 317-927-8000 ext. 215 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SUPPORTING FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS
What talents can you share with fellow journalists? Do you have a knack for building cover letters? Do you love producing handmade crafts? Share your skills at the Excellence in Journalism 2012 conference by donating a product or service to the Legal Defense Fund auction.
For years, the LDF has been a legal and mental support system for journalists who find themselves in trouble while defending press freedoms, and your donation will contribute to this effort. Plus, anything you donate will be displayed before more than 1,000 journalists - it's a wonderful opportunity to share your abilities while protecting crucial rights.
Contact Christine DiGangi, email@example.com or 317-927-8000 ext. 205, if you're interested in donating, or visit the LDF auction website for ideas of what to contribute.
SOCIAL MEDIA AT CONVENTION
is Sept. 20 to 22 - that's in 56 days! Co-hosts SPJ and the Radio Television Digital News Association have been busy preparing for the conference, and we hope you're as eager as we are to get to Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Keep up with the events and excitement leading up to and during the conference by checking out the hashtag #EIJ12 on Twitter and visiting the conference website: excellenceinjournalism.org.
Listen to a podcast of Studio SPJ's EIJ12 episode, and make sure you connect with SPJ and RTDNA on Facebook and Twitter (@spj_tweets @RTDNA) to get the latest on the conference. Register now if you haven't yet, and you can still get the Early Bird discount.
APPLY FOR A CHAPTER GRANT
SPJ will award grants of up to $500 for chapter programming or events from August until May 2013. We love our chapters and want to help them improve their activities when they have great ideas on how to do so. Write a proposal and share your creativity. The grants will be awarded in 10 cycles, the deadlines for which can be viewed here, in addition to the notification dates.
Get the full details online, see how chapters have used grants in the past and direct all questions to Tara Puckey via email or at (317) 927-8000 ext. 215.
COVERING THE DNC
SPJ's Charlotte chapter has organized a seminar with experienced reporters, academics and insiders to help journalists prepare for the Democratic National Convention, Sept. 4 to 6 in Charlotte, N.C. The seminar is July 28 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at UNC Charlotte Center City, and a schedule is available on the chapter's website.
To register, visit coverdnc.eventbrite.com. Students and SPJ members pay $15, and non-members pay $25.
ZINE PARTY IN SOUTH FLORIDA
In need of a reason to pull a productive all-nighter? Show up at the Riptide Hotel, 2300 North Surf Road, in sunny Hollywood, Fla., between 2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., on Saturday, Aug. 11.
SPJ's South Florida Pro chapter is hosting a One-Night Stand, a zine party open to all media professionals. Come for the fun and creative environment, but you can't leave until you've finished a zine. (What's that, you ask? Wikipedia explains.)
To register and ask questions, send an email to the event organizer.
HEALTH CARE WEBINAR
Meet Dr. Jeffrey Brenner, a doctor who is addressing the cost and quality of health care.
In a webinar offered by ReportingonHealth.org, an initiative of the USC Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism, journalists can hear about the new models for care that Brenner and other health leaders are developing and their prospects under the Patient Protection Affordable Care Act.
The webinar, co-sponsored by SPJ's Northern California chapter, lasts for one hour starting 1 p.m. ET on July 31.
Click here to register. For more information, visit the webinar's website.
A TOOL FOR MOBILE JOURNALISTS
The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press released an app the group describes as a tool that "gives reporters in the field immediate access to legal resources, particularly in situations where newsgathering or access may be stymied."
The application is free through the Apple, Google and Amazon app stores. To learn more about the program, read the Committee's news release.
TALKING ABOUT EDITING
SPJ member John Limpert, writer-at-large at The Washingtonian, has been an editor for decades, but he said he has never been able to find many resources on how to be an editor. In an attempt to fill that void, Limpert started a blog About Editing and Writing as a way to collect and distribute lessons he and others have learned as editors.
To read or contribute, visit jacklimpert.com.
LAST WEEK'S QUIZ
The New York Times this week named Margaret Sullivan its next public editor (ombud), the first woman to fill the role. Sullivan recently wrote (in a media review journal) about her experience with what controversial coverage topic while she led The Buffalo News?
Answer: The criminal backgrounds of the City Grill shooting victims, all of whom were black. Read Sullivan's reflection on the coverage.
And the winner is... Kathleen Ronayne! Kathleen is an intern on the city desk at The Buffalo News this summer and graduated from Syracuse University in May.
THIS WEEK'S QUIZ
What fast food company brought out the PR response this week in defense of accusations it had created fake Facebook accounts solely to defend itself from online criticism?
Submit your answer to Christine DiGangi.