By Ellen Kobe, SPJ Communications Department
RAISE THE SHIELD - CONTACT SENATORS NOW!
Congress is considering the Free Flow of Information Act, and SPJ President Sonny Albarado is calling upon all members to take a few minutes this week to contact their two U.S. senators to urge them to pass a federal shield law. It's quick and easy. Just go to http://spj.org/shieldlaw.asp to find information about what to say to your senators via phone or email, what to post on social media and how to color the map green.
HAVE YOUR LUNCH AND GET TRAINED TOO.
Yes, you can have lunch (and breakfast) and a full day of training in Washington D.C. for a reasonable price. How reasonable? Does $35 sound good?
If so, join SPJ's JournCamp at the Westin D.C. to learn skills such as data mining and coding - both of which are becoming more important for all journalists. Also, learn from Pulitzer-prize winner Tom Hallman on how to become a better storyteller. There's limited room, and registration closes Monday, June 17. See session details and register at spj.org/journcamp.asp. Questions? Email Scott Leadingham.
The Excellence in Journalism Conference in Southern California is right around the corner. Organizations such as NPR, Patch.com,Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism and ESPN will display informational booths and do some recruiting. Click here to see the entire exhibitor list.To sign up for the three-day extravaganza of journalism education and networking, visit our registration site.
CHANGES AT SPJ
SPJ headquarters welcomes a couple new faces in the office. SPJ's Director of Awards Lauren Rochester finished her time at headquarters Friday, and Chad Hosier has taken the awards reins. You can reach him email@example.com or 317-927-8000 ext. 210. In case you missed it last week, Ellen Kobe takes over as SPJ's communication coordinator. You can reach her firstname.lastname@example.org or ext. 205.
We're also happy to welcome Kara Hackett to 3909 N. Meridian. She'll be with us over the summer as the Pulliam/Kilgore Freedom of Information intern, during which time she'll write and research about important FOI and press freedom issues. She's quite nice. Really. For an idea of what she'll be doing this summer, read herintroductory post on the FOI FYI blog. Get to know her, and stay in touch or contact her with ideas/questions. You can reach her email@example.com or 317-927-8000 ext. 213.
DISCUSSION TOPICS: SAME-SEX MARRIAGE
Interested in the future of same-sex marriage? The Columbia Journalism Review invites you to join a lively online discussion as the U.S. Supreme Court decides the fate of marriage's future. To participate, visit "Minority Reports," moderated by CJR columnistJennifer Vanasco.
LAST WEEK'S QUIZ
To keep Oklahoma residents updated about the location of this week's tornadoes, journalists and meteorologists turned to social media. Name one of the streets that news organizations tweeted out.
Answer: Many - some of which were Sunnylane Rd., 104th St., Bryant Ave., S.W. 119th St., Interstate 35, S.W. 149 St., Hudson Ave., Interstate 44.
And the winner is ... Jenifer Crane from Phoenix! Congratulations.
THIS WEEK'S QUIZ
Today (May 29, 2013), a new edition AP Stylebook was released to mark its anniversary. How old does the AP Stylebook turn this year?
Submit your answer to Ellen Kobe.