By Christine DiGangi, SPJ Communications Department
H.S. ESSAY CONTEST DEADLINE TOMORROW
Entries for the Society of Professional Journalists High School Essay Contest must be postmarked by tomorrow (Thursday, March 7). The first-place essay writer receives a $1,000 scholarship.
The essay must be 500 words on "Why is it important that we have news media that are independent of the government?" Make sure a teacher signs the entry form that goes with the essay.
ATTEND EIJ13 FOR LITTLE OR NO COST
Several scholarships are available for SPJ members who want to attend Excellence in Journalism 2013 (EIJ13).
The Society will select up to five Terry Harper Memorial Scholarship winners, six Diversity Leadership Fellows and one student recipient of the Robert D. G. Lewis First Amendment Award.
Each scholarship covers conference registration and some travel costs, in addition to other perks that vary by award.
Read more about each scholarship online. The deadline to apply is Monday, April 29, and you may direct any questions to Lauren Rochester at email@example.com.
(FREE!) DATA VISUALIZATION WEBINAR
It's not just for the Web folks or even the geeky numbers types. Data visualization skills are useful to all journalists working in all media.
Join SPJ trainer and Virginia Commonwealth University professor Jeff South for Data Visualization 101, a webinar on Tuesday, March 12, 1 p.m. EST. You'll learn the initial steps of how to capture, organize and present data online in a user-friendly format.
Hurry -- space is limited to the first 100 registrants. Register here.
And while you're in the mood for other skills training, check out the library of on-demand eCampus videos available only to SPJ members.
Nominations for the public SPJ Honors are due in two weeks. If you know someone or an organization that should be honored for their service to journalism, either through education, press freedoms advocacy, dedication to freedom of information or historical significance to the media, make sure you give them a chance to be recognized.
Visit the Society's website to read more about the six national honors SPJ awards to the public each year. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
SPREAD THE SUNSHINE
Next week is Sunshine Week! Join SPJ in supporting this open-government initiative from March 10 to 16 by engaging in freedom of information conversations, interacting with @SunshineWeek and #SunshineWeek on Twitter or exploring other ways of getting involved.
Take a look at the FOI resources on SPJ's website, and find out what's going on with Sunshine Week near you.
For those in the D.C. area, there's a luncheon at the National Press Club with Thomas Drake, a National Security Association whistleblower. It's March 15 at 12:30 p.m. There's also the D.C. Open Government Summit on March 13.
ETHICS READING LIST
A new round of ethics case studies is available on SPJ's website. Browse the entire collection or pick and choose what interests you:
Using the "Holocaust" Metaphor
Aaargh! Pirates! (and the Press)
Reigning on the Parade
Controversy over a Concert
Deep Throat, and His Motive
When Sources Won't Talk
NEW MEDIA TRAINING FOR EDUCATORS
Bring the best of the Society of Professional Journalists' training to your campus! Thanks to a grant from the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation, the SPJ Journalism Training Program is now available to colleges and universities.
Choose from modules on teaching about social media or mobile newsgathering -- or focus on the multimedia basics, including video storytelling and data visualization skills. Customize your day of training by contacting SPJ's Professional Development co-chairs Deb Wenger (email@example.com) or Jeff Cutler (firstname.lastname@example.org).
UPDATES TO THE JOURNALIST'S TOOLBOX
New month, new content. The keeper of the Journalist's Toolbox, the resourceful Mike Reilley, has some updates for this treasure trove of journalism tips.
The newest additions include guides on covering guns, winter weather and the flu, using public records and infographic tools.
SPJ remembers two longtime members who recently passed away. Wesley Calvert of Olympia, Wash, died Oct. 30, 2012. He joined SPJ in 1951.
James Robert Yoder was a Key Club Member of SPJ and had been with the organization for 70 years. He died Nov. 25, a month short of his 91st birthday.
LAST WEEK'S QUIZ
The International Herald Tribune will be renamed The International New York Times, the company announced this week. Which publication is older -- the New York Times or the IHT?
Answer: The New York Times. The Times was founded in 1851, and the IHT was founded in 1887.
And the winner is ... Mike Gagne of Providence, R.I. Mike is a correspondent for the Fall River Herald News and is a member of the New England Pro Chapter. The coveted Leads Quiz prize is on its way to the Ocean State!
THIS WEEK'S QUIZ
In what year was the first AP Stylebook published?
Submit your answer to Christine DiGangi.