By Pierce Presley
SPJ member, underemployed journalist
JOURNALISM OUTSOURCING? Pasadena, California’s, 210 Freeway was recently extended when Pasadena Now editor and publisher James Macpherson decided to hire two journalists based in India to cover local city council meetings via the Internet. Read coverage from The Associated Press, The Los Angeles Times, and Newsweek. Then, get an insider’s view from Freakonomics blog editor Melissa Lafsky.
HIGH SOCIETY HONORS. The results are in and winners of the Society’s National Mark of Excellence Awards and the 2007 High School Essay Contest have been announced. Congratulations to all winners.
GET ON BOARD. Nominations are now open for SPJ national board seats. SPJ will elect 12 leaders during the 2007 SPJ Convention & National Journalism Conference, Oct. 4-7 in Washington, D.C. SPJ’s 23-member board of directors provides direction for how the organization carries out its mission to improve and protect journalism through programs such as First Amendment advocacy, educational training, and the promotion of the highest standards of ethical reporting. Visit SPJ’s Web site for a list of open seats or to learn about candidate requirements. Nominations must be received by July 30. Questions about running for office? Interested in serving or know of potential board or committee members? Contact David Carlson, immediate past president and chairman of the SPJ National Nominating Committee.
JOIN US IN D.C. Registration is now open for the 2007 SPJ Convention & National Journalism Conference in the capital city! Get preliminary details, and plan now to be there. Lodging at SPJ’s special rate is likely to go quickly, so make your reservations today.
WHAT’S HAPPENING? SPJ national directors in Regions 4, 9 and 11 have filed reports for the month of May to update you about what’s happening in their neck of the woods. More reports from other regions will follow soon.
DIVE INTO QUILL. The May issue of Quill is now available. Discover new ways to improve your craft.
BLAH, BLAH, BLOG. SPJ features a host of Web logs on the topics of FOI, ethics, diversity, international journalism, current events and more. This week, National President Christine Tatum discusses consumer affairs on Freedom of the Prez. SPJ member John Marshall highlights the best in U.S. journalism on News Gems and on FOI FYI, National FOI Chairman Joel Campbell reviews specific details concerning an FOI lawsuit filed by The Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area against the Bush administration. Log on today and get up to speed.
A SHOT AT EARNING DOUGH. SPJ’s online job bank is growing by leaps and bounds. The site features jobs in print, radio, television and online journalism. The site is updated frequently with new listings. Remember, anyone can post a job to the system for free, but only members can view the job bank with an SPJ membership ID and password. Log on today to find a rewarding opportunity.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT. Learn something new. Visit JournalismTraining.org, an online resource of training opportunities from more than 500 news organizations. It’s powered by SPJ and funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
IMPROVING HEALTH JOURNALISM. The University of Minnesota’s Health Journalism master’s program is 4 years old and wants to be sure it is offering journalists what they need. They want to hear from you about your interest in health reporting and get feedback on ideas for the program. Take a few minutes to complete an online survey by June 12.
FULBRIGHT FUTURES. The Fulbright Scholar Program is offering up to nine lecturing, research or combined awards in journalism during the 2008-09 academic year in Algeria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Egypt, India, Israel, Maldives, Syria or the West Bank. U.S. citizenship required. Deadline: Aug. 1. More information and an online application: Visit The Fulbright Scholar Program Web site.
MORE AWARDS. The National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association's Excellence in Journalism Awards recognize outstanding coverage of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues in print, broadcast, online and photojournalism. Initial publication/broadcast must have occurred between June 1, 2006 and May 31, 2007. Winners will be notified and announced by August 2007. Recognition will take place as part of NLGJA’s 2007 National Convention & 4th Annual LGBT Media Summit, to be held Aug. 30-Sept. 2, 2007 in San Diego. Deadline: Postmark by June 15. More information: Visit NLGJA’s Web site.
SOAK UP THE SUN. The National Freedom of Information Committee needs Project Sunshine Chairs in Minnesota and Michigan. Interested in volunteering? Contact Joel Campbell, National FOI Committee Chair, at email@example.com.
FOI WELCOMES AND FAREWELLS. Linda Petersen, an editor with the South Valley Journals and president of the Utah Foundation for Open Government, is the new Sunshine Chair for the state of Utah. The FOI Committee would like to thank outgoing Project Sunshine Chairs Alison Barlow Hess in Utah, Christine Uthoff in Michigan and Jeffrey Kummer in Minnesota.
Project Sunshine focuses the attention of SPJ chapters and leaders on Freedom of Information problems, issues, needs and solutions at the local, chapter and state level. State sunshine chairs also are leaders in national access debates.