By Christine Tatum
National President, Society of Professional Journalists
Assistant Features Editor, The Denver Post
THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES. Check out video highlights from four of SPJ’s spring conferences. You’ll find familiar faces, valuable instruction, inspiration – and maybe even a little entertainment. This presentation is open for all to view — so please consider sharing the link and encouraging someone to join SPJ.
DELIGHTING CROWDS IN D.C. SPJ members can view highlights from the recent Dateline Awards Dinner at the National Press Club. Have your username and password handy to access this video.
Have a video to share? Alert Christine Tatum at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ODEL REPORT. SPJ’s Colorado Pro Chapter has produced a video annual report for members. Its recap of an exciting year is a powerful reminder of SPJ’s great work.
EXTRA! EXTRA! Review the latest edition of Quill magazine for an inspiring look at some of the best journalism in America. After reading his copy, SPJ member Matt Hamblen, a senior writer for Computerworld, wrote: “Some of the stories and photos picked by SPJ for the 2006 (SDX) Awards were truly moving and reminded me why I have valued being a journalist for 27 years. The awards issue and the SPJ are such a solid reminder of core values.”
LEAD ALREADY! Nominations are open for seats on SPJ’s national board and must be received by July 30. Consider getting involved.
MORE GREAT WORK. SPJ sponsors Jon Marshall’s News Gems blog, which we like to think of as the daily Pulitzer. See whom he’s praising this week — and nominate great work you spot for mention on this great blog.
OVERCOME. Layoffs and buyouts are common in today’s newsrooms. SPJ member and career coach Carla Kimbrough-Robinson recommends a strategy for dealing with upheaval.
LEND YOUR VOICE. YOUNG MONEY magazine is set to launch an Internet radio show to supplement its publication. They’re looking to interview young personalities and celebrities, aged 18-34. Want to be on the show? Contact Producer Erik Bundy at email@example.com.
GO ON! SEND IT IN! Your registration for SPJ’s national conference, coming up Oct. 4-7 in Washington, D.C. Find details about our biggest event of the year — and don’t miss deadlines for reduced rates on admission and lodging.
As an attendee at the 2007 SPJ Convention & National Journalism Conference, you can get hand-on training in:
•Ethics and responsible journalism
•Accessing and using public records
•Writing and editing high-impact stories
•Diversifying your sources and news coverage
•Leadership issues and challenges in modern newsrooms
•Plus, much more
DIVERSITY LEADERSHIP APPLICATIONS DUE SOON. The deadline for the Diversity Leadership Fellows program has been extended to July 20. The fellowship includes the cost of hotel, travel and registration for the 2007 SPJ Convention & National Journalism Conference, Oct. 4-7 in Washington, D.C.
TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT. There’s a difference between “friendly” and “friend.” National Ethics Committee Chairman Andy Schotz writes about it as he recounts the mess surrounding a Los Angeles reporter who is dating the recently separated mayor of Los Angeles.
CROSSING ANOTHER LINE? Freelance journalist Josh Wolf, the largest recipient of a Legal Defense Fund grant in SPJ history, has announced plans to run for mayor of San Francisco.
SPJ’s national ethics committee welcomes contributions to its various projects, including its dynamic blog, Code Words. Please contact Schotz at firstname.lastname@example.org to help.
GO HEELS! Kudos to two newspapers in North Carolina — the News-Reporter and Tabor-Loris Tribune — for sticking with a legal fight for public information.
CHAPEL THRILL! SPJ’s executive committee is heading to the finest place on earth (Editor’s Note: Christine Tatum is a UNC-Chapel Hill graduate. Excuse her hyperbole.) Aug. 3-4. If your chapter would like to bring something to the attention of national leaders, please contact Tatum at email@example.com. SPJ is sponsoring a free — but completely booked — “jam session for journalists” from noon to 5 p.m. If you’d like to be added to the waiting list, please contact Beth King at 317-927-8000, ext. 211 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
KUDZU LOVERS IN MOURNING. Native North Carolinian, Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist and free-speech champion Doug Marlette died Tuesday in a car accident. He was 57.
SALUTE! A hearty round of applause, please, for SPJ members appointed this week to the national awards and honors committee: Rebecca Baker of the Deadline Club in New York City, Ginni Frizzi of Pittsburgh Pro, Kit Fullenlove of Louisville Pro, Paul Gough of Connecticut Pro, Julie Slaymaker of Indiana Pro and Felix Winternitz of the Queen City Pro Chapter in Cincinnati.