By Christine DiGangi, SPJ Communications Department
As an SPJ member, you know how hard the Society fights for government transparency and open records. You should also know that SPJ operates with this same spirit.
Members may view the organization's IRS 990 Forms at http://www.spj.org/legal.asp. Also on this page you will find the organization's original articles of incorporation and the prior year's audited balance sheet. Lastly, should you ever have questions about the Society's operations, please feel free to contact Executive Director Joe Skeel.
INTERN WITH SPJ
Like journalism? Media law? Freedom of information? Yes, yes, yes!
SPJ is accepting applications for its annual (paid!) Pulliam/Kilgore Freedom of Information Internship program. Two students or recent graduates will work on FOI-related topics, one at SPJ headquarters in Indianapolis, the other with SPJ's legal counsel in Washington, D.C.
The application deadline is Jan. 24, 2013.
Interns should be familiar with journalism industry issues and have an interest in writing about and researching freedom of information-related topics. The Indianapolis intern will be a current (or recently graduated) undergraduate or graduate student. The D.C. intern has most often been a current law student with a background or undergraduate education in journalism. Get more information and application instructions here.
Questions: Email Scott Leadingham or call 317.640.9304.
In addition to the two internships outlined above, SPJ has another opportunity for recent graduates: the yearlong Communications Postgraduate Internship.
The ideal candidate should be a recent college graduate (bachelor's or master's) with prior internship or student media experience in communications and/or journalism. We're looking for someone to help put SPJ in the media spotlight and assist in growing the organization and serving Society members.
The full-time position, based in Indianapolis, includes competitive salary, excellent benefits and paid leave.
Application deadline is 5 p.m. ET, Feb. 15, 2013. The anticipated start date is June. 1, 2013, and will last one year from the start date.
For a more detailed description, see the job posting in the student section of SPJ's website. Direct questions to Tara Puckey (email or call 317.927.8000 x 215).
HIGH SCHOOL ESSAY CONTEST
High school students could win a $1,000 scholarship by entering SPJ's High School Essay Contest. The topic for the 500-word essay is "Why is it important that we have news media that are independent of the government?"
The essay and entry form must be postmarked by March 7 and sent to SPJ headquarters:
High School Essay Contest
Society of Professional Journalists
3909 N. Meridian St.
Indianapolis, IN 46208
The writers of the second- and third-place entries receive a $500 and $300 scholarship, respectively.
Questions? Visit the information page online, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 317.927.8000 x210.
Attention newsroom managers and employees: SPJ is happy to announce the newest membership option -- Newsroom Memberships!
A Newsroom Membershipis the best way to show a commitment to producing high-quality, ethical journalism. It shows you support the missions of SPJ and gives your staff the opportunity to become part of the nation's largest and most broad-based journalism association.
Whether you're a student media group, a community paper or a digital newsroom, a Newsroom Membership gives you access to SPJ's amazing training, networking and resources. And for chapters, this membership option can be a great tool for recruiting journalists at local news organizations!
SPJ offers three levels of Newsroom Memberships -- Bronze, Silver and Gold -- and you can learn more about what each package has to offer by visiting the Newsroom Membership information on SPJ's website.
Please contact chapter coordinator Tara Puckey if you have questions about Newsroom Memberships. She can be reached via email or at 317.927.8000 x215.
Jan. 24: Mark of Excellence Awards for student journalism. Explore the award categories to see if your work or journalism produced by your students fits the criteria, and enter online at awards.spj.org by Thursday, Jan. 24.
Feb. 7: Sigma Delta Chi Awards for professional journalism. There are several categories, many of which have divisions for smaller and larger outlets, and you can explore those details online. Submit your entries online at awards.spj.org.
Feb. 7: New America Award honors public-service journalism that highlights issues in the immigrant and ethnic communities in the U.S. If your work provides such a service, review the details online, and postmark your submission by Thursday, Feb. 7.
The Society of Professional Journalists remembers two longtime members who recently passed away: Robert J. Doherty and Perrin Jones. Doherty joined SPJ in 1946 and was a member of the Chicago Headline Club. Jones, of the Arkansas Pro Chapter, joined SPJ in 1961.
SPJ SPRING CONFERENCES
Gather with the journalists in your region at SPJ's Spring Conferences! The conferences are daylong professional development meetings bringing area journalists, students and journalism educators together in one place to hear from industry experts on a wealth of topics.
Get available details -- including dates, locations and contacts -- for all 12 regions by clicking here.
BUSINESS & FINANCIAL JOURNALISM AWARDS
UCLA Anderson School of Management and the G. and R. Loeb Foundation invite business, financial and economic journalists from print, online and broadcast media to submit entries for the 2013 Gerald Loeb Awards for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism in 14 competition categories.
The Loeb Awards began in 1957 with the mission to recognizing writers, editors and producers who make significant contributions to the understanding of business, finance and the economy for both the private investor and the general public. Submissions will be accepted online only at loeb.anderson.ucla.edu until Friday, Feb. 1, 2013.
AWARDS FOR FOOD JOURNALISM
The Association of Food Journalists is accepting entries for its award competition, and the winner in each category receives a $300 prize. Information on rules, categories and entry procedures is available on the organization's website. The postmark deadline is March 1.
LAST WEEK'S QUIZ
An anti-censorship demonstration erupted in China and online after propaganda officials interfered with an editorial in what newspaper?
Answer: The Southern Weekend, also called the Southern Weekly.
And the winner is ... Josclynn Brandon! Josclynn is a student member at DePaul University.
THIS WEEK'S QUIZ
What is the origin of the online publication Ink and Fangs?
Submit your answer to Christine DiGangi.