By Christine DiGangi, SPJ Communications Department
JOURNALISTS' TOOLBOX UPDATE
It's nearly fall, which means a new school year has begun and election coverage is intensifying. This month's updates to the Journalists' Toolbox catered to these conditions, including added resources for covering conventions and Election 2012, a guide to free speech on campuses, and an array of tip sheets and tools for journalism educators. See the list of updates on the website's home page.
Mike Reilley of DePaul University maintains the toolbox for SPJ, and you can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LAST CHANCE TO RESERVE A ROOM FOR LESS
SPJ has a room block at the Harbor Beach Marriott. You can enjoy Excellence in Journalism 2012 and this ocean-front hotel knowing you got a great deal.
The hotel is the hub for everything EIJ12: the training, the networking, the critiques, and special features like "The Doctor Is In" and the special edition of "The Kalb Report." Stay at the Marriott and you won't miss a thing.
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. Reserve your room today.
TWEET YOUR WAY TO AN UPGRADE
We're giving away a SUITE UPGRADE at the Harbor Beach Marriott for Excellence in Journalism 2012!
Enter the drawing between now and Sept. 9 by tweeting "I'm registered! Beach, #journalism & #EIJ12" after you've completed registration. The remaining 97 characters are up to you. All registrants, even those who signed up months ago, are eligible.
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.
FIRST CHAPTER GRANTS AND NEXT DEADLINE
The success of SPJ lies in the strength of its chapters, which is why we want to support innovative chapter programming. Interested in earning a grant for your chapter so you can put on a superb educational event? The next deadline is Sept. 5, so tell us about your program and apply today!
The 2012 SPJ membership drive starts a next week! We've set a goal for members to engage with potential members each week -- Each One Reach One -- from Sept. 4 to Oct. 4. Chapters will be supplied with membership info for on-the-ground recruitment, and you can add your voice to the initiative by talking to your colleagues about SPJ or discussing SPJ membership on social media with the hashtag #joinspj.
Do your part to enrich the network of the nation's most broad-based journalism organization. Questions? Ask your chapter president, regional director or Membership Committee Chair Holly Edgell.
SPJ is taking a new approach when it comes to engaging with breaking news. We have compiled an Experts List of SPJ members who have made themselves available to journalists seeking information in their areas of expertise, like diversity, freedom of information, ethics and more.
We'll send advisories out when something in one of our experts' categories hits the news, and you can check out the list online.
The Society of Professional Journalists has announced the recipients of two awards in the last week. These organizations and individuals have upheld the highest standards of ethical, informative journalism, and SPJ is happy to recognize them for their accomplishments:
Bloomberg News, the Medill Innocence Project and the Republican-American were recognized for their use of public records in both national and local journalism, earning the Sunshine Award for their work. Bloomberg News received recognition for its acquisition and analysis of Federal Reserve disclosures and what they revealed about the financial crisis. Students of the Medill Innocence Project, a well-known investigative-journalism course at Northwestern University, sought out details of a homicide in Chicago, the prosecution of which did not include key witness testimony and evidence of the defendant's physical limitations. Reporters at the Republican-American fought on several occasions to open meetings and records which were of taxpayer interest, maintaining the publication's practice of prioritizing freedom of information in its coverage. Read the full news release.
SPJ also announced that Jenny Wohlfarth of the University of Cincinnati received the David L. Eshelman Outstanding Campus Adviser Award. Wohlfarth advises the student SPJ chapter at UC, and her students described her as a wonderful mentor and instructor. The news release about the award is available online.
NEED AN OFFICE?
Loosecubes, a New York City startup, has reached out to SPJ with an invitation for our members seeking workspaces. Loosecubes is a private workspace-sharing community with which you can book a free work place for the day, and SPJ members can check it out here: https://www.loosecubes.com/spj
The National Center on Disability Journalism has started a new award and will be taking submissions in 2013. The $5,000 award will recognize the "best work covering disability issues on air, in print or online." Details on this new award may be found here.
LAST WEEK'S QUIZ
What newspaper was criticized last week for its online Spanish-language initiative?
Answer: The Hartford Courant. Read more.
And the winner is ... Beth Lipoff! Beth is one of our most frequent quiz participants, so congrats on being the winner of this week's drawing! She and a few of our other members would dominate a journalism-trivia league.
THIS WEEK'S QUIZ
On what building was NFL quarterback Robert Griffin III's picture projected last week? (Yes, this relates to journalism.)
Submit your answer to Christine DiGangi.