By Beth King
Communications Manager, SPJ
CAMPAIGN 2008. Speaking of the board, SPJ is seeking qualified individuals to serve as officers and directors for 2008-2009. The board of directors provides vision, direction and leadership to SPJ, the nation's largest journalism organization.
Elections will be held on Saturday, Sept. 6 at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta, in conjunction with the 2008 SPJ Convention & National Journalism Conference. The following officers and directors will be elected:
President-elect (1-year term)
Secretary-Treasurer (1-year term)
Campus Chapter Adviser at Large
Director at Large (2-year term)
Campus Representatives (two for a 1-year terms each)
Region 1 Director (2-year term)
Region 4 Director (2-year term)
Region 5 Director (2-year term)
Region 7 Director (2-year term)
Region 8 Director (2-year term)
Region 9 Director (2-year term)
Region 10 Director (1-year unexpired term)
Please review Articles VI and VII of the SPJ bylaws for descriptions and qualifications.
Interested candidates should contact Immediate Past-President Christine Tatum at email@example.com as soon as possible. Although there is no deadline to throw one's hat into the ring, any candidate wishing to have his/her candidacy announced in Quill must meet a June 18 copy deadline.
AND SPEAKING OF CONVENTION.... Registration is now open for the 2008 SPJ Convention & National Journalism Conference in Atlanta. This year's conference is sure to have something for everyone. Check out the growing list of professional development programs where you can find everything from photojournalism for reporters to tips for covering ethnic communities. And don't forget SPJ's Half-Day Training Workshops. More information on these educational opportunities is coming soon.
WELCOME, LIZ! Liz Hansen, a journalism professor at Eastern Kentucky University, has been appointed as the new Region 5 Director. She will fulfill the remaining four months of the term vacated by Richard Roth, who resigned to pursue a position overseas with Northwestern University. Liz will oversee chapters in Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky. Hansen can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NATIONAL HONORS. Throughout the year, the Society seeks nominations for its highest national honors. As a member, you have the opportunity to leave feedback about the candidates so that the SPJ executive committee is better informed while selecting honorees. Please visit The Awards Candidates page to view the nominees and comment form. To leave feedback, you must be logged into the For Members section of the SPJ Web site and provide your SPJ membership number on the feedback form. Anonymous feedback will not be accepted or reviewed. The identities of those offering comments will not be disclosed outside of the SPJ executive board and the headquarters staff. Questions? Contact Heather Porter at email@example.com.
PLEAD THE FIRST. The Sigma Delta Chi Foundation is seeking nominations for the Eugene S. Pulliam First Amendment Award, named after journalism legend Eugene S. Pulliam. Nominations are open to any person, persons or organization in the United States or its territories who have worked to protect the basic rights provided by the First Amendment. Honorees do not have to be journalists. In fact, the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation encourages recognition of those outside the journalism profession for their First Amendment efforts and initiatives, such as, but not limited to, public officials, members of the legal profession, scholars, educators, librarians, students and ordinary citizens. The recipient is honored with a $10,000 cash award, an engraved crystal and transportation (airfare and a two-night hotel stay) to the 2008 SPJ Convention & National Journalism Conference in Atlanta to accept their award. To learn more about the award, please contact Programs Coordinator Heather Porter at (317) 927-8000, ext. 204 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
EDITORIAL MONEY. If you're looking to hone your editorial writing skills, but can't find the time to do it, apply for the Eugene C. Pulliam Fellowship for Editorial Writing. The $75,000 award will allow time for study and research to a mid-career editorial writer working at a U.S. newspaper. Apply today and gain the opportunity to take courses, study independently, travel and pursue other endeavors that enrich your knowledge of a public interest issue. Applications are due July 1. Questions? Contact Heather Porter at (317) 927-8000, ext. 204 or email@example.com.
GREAT SPJ GIGS. The Society is looking for a couple dynamic and energetic people to fill entry-level positions at SPJ headquarters in Indianapolis.
Quill Managing Editor: The Society is seeking a person to help generate content ideas while shepherding our member magazine through the production process. This person will also help keep SPJ.org fresh by managing the site's content and making regular updates. Learn more about this job at SPJ's job bank or Journalismjobs.com.
Communications post-graduate internship: SPJ is also seeking a candidate to fill its yearlong post-grad internship for media, marketing and public relations efforts. The ideal candidate should be a recent college graduate with prior internship experience in communications. We're looking for someone to help put SPJ in the media spotlight and serve Society members. Learn more about this paid opportunity at SPJ's job bank or PRSSA's Job Center
STORYTELLING AT IT'S BEST. SPJ will host Narrative Writing Workshops on June 14 at the University of Florida and June 21 at the University of Houston. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Tom Hallman Jr. will lead the workshops and share the art of storytelling. Programs will be from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and cost $40 for SPJ members and $60 for non-members. Lunch is included. Late fees apply for registrations received less than two weeks before each workshop. For complete details or to register, visit SPJ's Narrative Writing Workshops page or call Programs Coordinator Heather Porter at (317) 927-8000, ext. 204.
REACHING OUT TO CITIZENS. Make plans to attend the June 7 Citizen Journalism Academy in Greensboro, N.C., or the June 28 program in Los Angeles. Both workshops will explore ethics, media law, access to public meetings and records, best practices, smart writing and using technology. Cost is $25, which includes lunch and course materials. Visit SPJ's Citizen Journalism Academy page for more info and to register.
ETHNIC MEDIA TRAINING COMING TO IDAHO. Join SPJ's National Freedom of Information Chairman David Cuillier for a training program in Moscow, Idaho, at the University of Idaho, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 21. The program aims to strengthen reporting and information gathering skills with training on the use of public records. Additionally, sessions will focus on covering tribal governments, including how to access public records on reservations and Native lands. Cost is $10 and the first 25 people to register will receive a complementary six-month SPJ membership. The registration deadline is May 31. Act now. For more information, e-mail program coordinator Becky Tallent.
EDUCATION CAMPAIGN. The National Press Club has launched a nationwide education program to present its centennial documentary and hold a discussion among leading journalists on the First Amendment, freedom of the press and the future of journalism. The Club travels to Chicago for the next edition of The National Press Club Centennial Forum at Columbia College on June 4. Scheduled to appear are Cyrus Freidheim, president and CEO of Sun-Times Media Group; Bill Adee, associate managing editor for innovation at the Chicago Tribune; Renee Ferguson, investigative reporter for NBC News Channel 5; and Vivian Vahlberg, managing director of Northwestern University's Media Management Center. The Club initiated the program as part of its 100th birthday celebration. Can't make it, don't worry. The event will be videotaped and posted to the Club's Web site.
ROGUE COPS AND DOCUMENT-DRIVEN NEWS. National Freedom of Information Chairman David Cuillier has a document-driven news story idea. Check out FOI FYI to find out how requesting police use-of-force reports can lead to strong a great story opportunity.