By Ellen Kobe, SPJ Communications Department
FREE WEBINAR ON DATA
That's right, free. Can't beat that. Download, analyze, visualize. For journalists, those are the three main steps in using data for news stories. On Wednesday, Dec. 18 at 1 p.m. ET, join SPJ and Jeff South for a one-hour webinar to walk you through the process using recently released data from the U.S. Census Bureau and other government agencies. We'll show you how to find and download the data from the agency's website; how to do some calculations, sorting and filtering with Excel; and then how to create an interactive chart (using a free tool called Datawrapper) for your news organization's website. Register here.
SPJ webinars are made possible thanks to support from the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation. See other SPJ educational resources here, all aimed at making you a better journalist.
SDX TAX DEDUCTIBLE DONATIONS
As you know, journalism is a critical part of our society. For the past 104 years, SPJ has dedicated itself to educating, supporting and protecting those who serve in this vital role. But we can't do that without your help.
Please take time today to donate to SPJ's educational charity: The Sigma Delta Chi Foundation.
In 2013, the SDX Foundation used tax-deductible donations from supporters and journalists like you to invest in SPJ programs across the country. These investments included:
—Direct grants to support SPJ chapter programming at the grassroots level
—A national diversity-outreach program to broaden our coalition
—Cutting-edge training programs for journalists at all levels
—Awards programs that recognize and foster excellence in journalism
—Ongoing support for the Student Press Law Center (SPLC) and the National Freedom of Information Coalition (NFOIC)
You can have monthly contributions to the Foundation automatically charged to your credit card by calling SPJ HQ Bookkeeper Sarah Beck at 317.920.4787.
GET LEADERSHIP TRAINING
Is leadership on your wish list this season? It should be, and SPJ can help! We're now accepting applications for our first Ted Scripps Leadership Institute of 2014, which takes place in warm (hopefully), sunny Texas from February 7 to 9. Current chapter leaders, future chapter leaders and members who might think about leadership with enough prompting are welcome to apply for this three-day SPJ extravaganza! Hurry - applications are due Jan. 6.
Check out how much fun past participants had by taking a peek at our 2013 recaps and find more information about the upcoming program here. Questions? Contact Chapter Coordinator Tara Puckey at email@example.com or 317-920-4784.
CHAPTER GRANTS: THERE'S STILL TIME
Congratulations to three chapters who were recently awarded Chapter Grants for their upcoming programs! DePaul University will host a symposium about women in sports journalism, Texas A&M San Antonio plans to hold a workshop about developing community news sites and Delaware Pro will host a series of hands on FOIA programs around the state. Don't forget - your chapter can apply to receive a grant, courtesy of the SDX Foundation, during our next round of applications due in February. For more information, visit the Chapter Grants section of the website.
WANTED: YOUR EIJ14 PROGRAM IDEAS
Have a cool idea for Excellence in Journalism 2014? We want it. Submit it here. The joint conference hosted by SPJ and the Radio Television Digital News Association is in its fourth year. We're looking forward to another successful year in Nashville, Tenn., Sept. 4-6. To do that, we need your program proposals. Submit them atspj.org/conv14-call.asp by January 2. Why so early? The programming committee takes extra time to review and discuss every proposal. Note that the committee is looking for proposals that are appealing to a large audience of journalists working in all media -- and are skills-based and educational in nature. We prefer skills training over panels. We look forward to seeing your ideas!
WE NEED DIVERSITY PROPOSALS
The SDX Foundation seeks proposals for a one-year, renewable project to develop new sources, update existing ones, and incorporate social media information for the SPJ's Rainbow Sourcebook, an online database and mobile app designed to make it easy for journalists to widen the narrow demographic band of sources normally found in the news.
This RFP is part of a three-year, pilot maintenance project. The maximum funding amount is $6,000 annually, but the award will be based on the scope of project and budgeted expenses. We are requesting that individuals partner with an organization, such as their own newsroom or another news organization, in order to enhance transferability and awareness. For more information about the type of project you could propose, visit our request for proposals page.
Follow this link to submit your proposal online. For questions or further information, please contact Sally Lehrman.
JOURNALISM FELLOWSHIP ABROAD
Join the Munk School for Global Affairs for a journalism fellowship unlike any other. If you are a professional or academic, you'll learn how to report on your own discipline as a specialized reporter for media around the world. And a team of experienced foreign correspondents mentors you as you actually break news for major news organizations partnered with the program.
Get your reporting career off to a fast start with clips, contacts and tons of real experience. The program lasts six weeks in Toronto, and eight-months from anywhere in the world. Read about the program, meet the alumni and current fellows, see what they've published or aired and apply!
LAST WEEK'S QUIZ
The Guardian prints a weekly newspaper of the news organization's best longform stories. What is this publication called?
Answer: The Long Good Read
And the winner is ... Minal Bopaiah from the Washington D.C. Pro chapter. Congrats!
THIS WEEK'S QUIZ
Who came in second place for TIME's person of the year?
Submit your answer to Ellen Kobe.