By Christine DiGangi, SPJ Communications Department
EARLY BIRD DEADLINE NEXT WEEK
We know journalists love deadline pressure, and here it is: Aug. 28 is the last day you can register at a reduced, early bird rate for Excellence in Journalism 2012. The annual conference hosted by the Society of Professional Journalists and the Radio Television Digital News Association is one of your best opportunities for top-notch industry training, and the conference is only a month away: Sept. 20 to 22.
Register now, and save some money. Check out the list of programs to see just how incredible this opportunity is, and block off your calendar for the trip to Ft. Lauderdale.
The Society of Professional Journalists has announced the recipients of three awards in the last week. Each honoree has demonstrated passion for ethical, informative journalism, and SPJ is happy to recognize these individuals for their accomplishments:
Carol Marbin Miller of the Miami Herald received the Eugene S. Pulliam First Amendment Award. Through her strategic use of public records, Marbin Miller helped expose neglect in Florida's social services, and her work has resulted in the passage of at least six laws. The award and its $10,000 prize recognize a person or organization that has fought to protect and preserve one or more of the rights guaranteed by the First Amendment. It is given in memory of Eugene S. Pulliam, publisher of The Indianapolis Star and The Indianapolis News from 1975 until his death in 1999. He was a staunch supporter of the First Amendment. Read the news release here.
Karen Gadbois has been honored with the Ethics in Journalism Award, which recognizes an individual or organization that upholds the standards and practices outlined by the SPJ Code of Ethics. Gadbois, a writer for the online New Orleans investigative news organization The Lens, published a story holding the New Orleans Police Department accountable for failing to adhere to their policy of publishing a homicide victim's criminal history. Read more about the work that earned Gadbois this honor.
The SPJ First Amendment Awards was given to Mike Hiestand, formerly of the Student Press Law Center. For more than 20 years, Hiestand gave advice to student journalists and their advisers as a project attorney at the SPLC, and he also composed media-law references and columns in the name of scholastic journalism. The
news release outlining Hiestand's role as a First Amendment advocate is on SPJ's website.
FIRST CHAPTER GRANTS AND NEXT DEADLINE
The first cycle of chapter grants has been awarded to the Rio Grande and University of Miami chapters. Congratulations! You can read about the programming these chapters will host with the help of the grants they received.
Interested in earning a grant for your chapter? The next deadline is Sept. 5, so tell us about your program and apply today!
WE'RE HASHTAG HAPPY
As EIJ12 approaches, the excitement continues to grow.
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HOTEL ON THE BEACH
SPJ has a room block at the Harbor Beach Marriott. Yes, that's an ocean-front hotel for Excellence in Journalism 2012. Book your room before Aug. 30 and enjoy this resort for a discounted price. Need a roommate? Visit the roommate board and search for a buddy.
Beach. Resort. Journalism. Discount. Reserve your room today.
WEBINAR TRAINING FROM SPJ
If you can't make the upcoming Excellence in Journalism conference, Sept. 20-22 in Ft. Lauderdale, you still have a chance to get the kind of high-caliber training EIJ12 offers.
A week before the conference begins, SPJ will present its second webinar: Mobile Newsgathering Made Easy. You'll learn the basics of how to use hand-held mobile devices as a journalistic tool.
Join us Thursday, Sept. 13 at 1 p.m. EDT. Register here. But hurry -- space on the webinar is limited.
VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH
The August SPJ national volunteer of the month is Carol Cole-Frowe, longtime member board member of our Oklahoma Pro Chapter, where she is a former president.
Carol came recommended both by Region 8 Director Eddye Gallagher and M. Scott Carter, current president of the Oklahoma chapter.
Here is what Scott had to say about Carol and her volunteer work on behalf of SPJ:
"Carol Cole-Frowe has served on the Board of Directors and as an officer for the Oklahoma Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists for many years.
"In that time, Carol helped revamp our annual contest and banquet, taking it from a small "get together" to a lavish dinner-banquet-award ceremony that annually brings in several hundred attendees.
"She has also worked tirelessly to develop programming and training events for SPJ Pro members. Carol was the lead organizer of the 2011 Region 8 Conference at the University of Oklahoma and has pushed for a more diverse board by working to include media professionals of other races and nationalities.
"Carol also developed last year's one-day workshop on covering tribal issues; she bought in legal scholars and experts from several Native American tribes to discuss how the tribes are covered by traditional media outlets.
"Carol is one of those people who never says 'no.' During May, when funds were embezzled from our chapter, Carol was my go-to board member who helped pull together a forensic review of our finances, who helped raise money and who helped address the concerns of other board members.
"She is truly a gem; Oklahoma Pro would be much less of a chapter without her."
In naming Carol as volunteer of the month, SPJ President John Ensslin said he was mindful of the chapter's discovery earlier this year that a former chapter treasurer allegedly had misappropriated chapter funds.
"The folks in Oklahoma have learned some hard and painful lessons that will serve as a wakeup call throughout SPJ when it comes to monitoring chapter funds," Ensslin said.
"But I am also mindful of the dogged work Carol has been doing since the discovery of the loss and how much effort she has devoted to setting the chapter back on the right path," he added.
The volunteer-of-the-month award honors SPJ's unsung heroes, the folks who year in and year out do the work that enables SPJ to carry out its missions of ethics, diversity, training and open public records.
Do you know someone who fits this description? If so, please forward your nominee to Ensslin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
REGIONS 2 AND 8 VIRTUAL TOWN HALLS
SPJ President John Ensslin will conduct virtual town hall meetings with members of Regions 2 and 8 on Saturday, Aug. 25. Region 2 will meet at 11 a.m. EDT, and Region 8 will start their conversation at 3 p.m. EDT.
The meeting is an opportunity to talk with John and regional leaders about issues journalists face and the state of the industry. To participate, email John for a link to the platform.
EARN DELTA MILES THROUGH MARRIOT
If you have frequent flier miles from Delta, you could benefit from buying a Marriott gift card for booking your room at Excellence in Journalism 2012! You can earn up to 10,000 miles by purchasing a card by Sept. 2, and you can visit this website for more details.
LAST WEEK'S QUIZ
What publication has announced it will publish work from Jonah Lehrer?
Answer: Wired. Read more.
And the winner is ... Dean Hockney! Dean is the publisher of the Sports Journal of Central Indiana and is a member of the Indiana Pro chapter.
THIS WEEK'S QUIZ
What newspaper was criticized last week for its online Spanish-language initiative?
Submit your answer to Christine DiGangi.