By Karen Grabowski
SPJ Communications Department
QUILL, GLORIOUS QUILL (HOT TEACHING AND FEATURES). Please, sir, may we have some more ... Quill? It's that time again another issue of Quill magazine is heading your way. The May/June edition is full of the normal lineup of creative and informative Toolbox columns on everything from narrative writing to ethics to digital media. And be sure to check out these must-read features:
20 Journalists to Follow
Reforming Journalism: The Rest of the Story
Downsized but not Struck Out
The Great Balancing Act: Ethical Negotiations
CUILLIER TAKES INDIANAPOLIS. Open records guru David Cuillier gave his session to Indiana reporters and editors Wednesday on the second floor of SPJ Headquarters. "We have special skills," he told the room of journalists. "Be proud of them." Without showing a sign of weariness, even after having spent the previous day presenting in Cleveland and Cincinnati, Cuillier engaged the public-record-seekers in discussions about how to access public documents, follow the money trail and pursue stories that need to be told.
Cuillier's Access Across America Tour began in Arizona and has taken him up the West Coast, across the bread basket, down the Eastern Seaboard and is now taking him back to his home in the Southwest. So far, Cuillier has taught FOIA tips to 800 journalists and citizens in 24 states. Click here to read his blog posts and see where he's going next!
CONVENTION MENTION. The 2010 SPJ Convention is mere months away! We hope you've been making plans to attend, because we have been working hard to line up outstanding sessions and speakers for you. This month, keep an eye out for special messages about the diverse professional development programs you can expect at our event in October. Programs include hot topics like using the Internet and social media to diversify your sources; journalism on the U.S.-Mexico border and effectively applying U.S. Census data.
Registration is open and the bargain early-bird prices won't be here forever. .Register today
UNDER 21? ON A BUDGET? THEN VEGAS IS STILL FOR YOU. We are very excited to host the 2010 SPJ Convention in Las Vegas, a city with water fountains that dance and a dinner you can eat 180 feet off the ground. We hope you'll take advantage of seeing the city during your free time at the conference. While Vegas is known for its gambling tables and dance clubs, there is a plethora of activities for people on a budget or who are under 21.
For those looking for entertainment outside of the bar, you can ride the Roller Coaster at New York-New York, shop and relax at the Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian, float in the air with Vegas Indoor Skydiving or get your music-fix at the House of Blues or The Joint. For a complete list of activities, click here.
For those looking to keep their chips off the table, spend time at the Bellagio Botanical Gardens, dance or stroll beneath the Fremont Street Experience Light Show or check out the four-story M&M's World attraction for a tasty tour. Many more FREE ideas are available here.
Note: Always be sure to ask for discounts, too! (For example: AAA, AARP, teacher's discounts.)
WE'LL PAY YOUR WAY. Don't forget there is a June 13 postmark deadline for three opportunities to receive assistance to attend the 2010 SPJ Convention. We are proud to honor SPJ members with these scholarships, fellowships and awards:
Diversity Leadership Fellows Program
Terry Harper Memorial Scholarships (For SPJ professional members)
Robert D.G. Lewis First Amendment Award (For SPJ student members)
MORE FOR YOUR TOOLBOX. The Journalist's Toolbox has several new resources for you, including ones about the ever-important journalism ethics and tools to help with covering the Gulf oil spill. You can find them all at journaliststoolbox.org. And please follow the Toolbox on Twitter. Nearly 80 retweets were made in the month of May join in!
SUNNY JOURNALISM. The SPJ Reporters Institute for print journalists was held May 23-26 at the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla. You may have seen tweets from the participants (#spjri) or read their blog posts on First Draft. We've received outstanding feedback about the program from the equally outstanding participants and look forward to the next Reporters Institute June 13-16 for broadcast journalists. Stay tuned!
FUTURE LEADERS OF SPJ UNITE. On Friday, SPJ leaders will gather in Indianapolis to partake in the 2010 Scripps Leadership Institute downtown. Headquarters staffers are excited to meet and work with them as they discover more about being a successful chapter leader and manager.
Before arriving, the participants shared with us why they are SPJ members. The answer from David L. Brown, a member since Feb. 27, 1961, stood out to us. Brown wrote:
As a second-generation member I began reading Quill from an early age. Later, it was a no brainer when I was invited to join SDX (as it was then) as a senior at the U. of Missouri. My membership allowed me to keep in touch with the journalism community through the years, and now I'm enjoying the challenge of helping build a new chapter in New Mexico.
Brown was kind enough to share the certificate his father received when he became a SDX member approximately 75 years ago (image top left).
FOI LINKS OF THE DAY. Get your daily dose of open records on the FOI FYI blog. As FOI Committee Chairman David Cuillier noted in his Access Across America session on Wednesday (see above), you can research FOI issues and ways to access records anytime like during the commercial breaks when you're watching TV. Plus, we make it easier for you to do: Pulliam/Kilgore intern April Dudash began posting the "FOI Links of the Day" May 27. Keep up with her and all FOI-related news here.
PAYNE AWARDS FOR ETHICS. 2010 is nearly half over and the Payne Awards for Ethics in Journalism is on the hunt for worthy nominees. Handed out by the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication, the award recognizes journalists or news organizations who have shown an exceptional commitment to ethical principles particularly when faced with social, political or economic pressure. The award was established in 1999 by Seattle broadcasting legend Ancil Payne. Past award winners have included freelancers, broadcasters and print reporters from media organizations large and small. There is also a college category for student journalists. Wall Street Journal reporter Farnaz Fassihi took home the prize in recently for her coverage of the Iranian political and social unrest, along with freelancer Scott Carney, who won for his coverage of corrupt international adoption agencies in India in Mother Jones magazine. Self-nominations and third-party nominations are welcomed. The award includes a $1,000 prize.
For a list of nomination materials and details on how to nominate a journalist, go to the award website or contact Lewis Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org or (541) 434-7038.
LAST WEEK'S QUIZ. This newspaper is located in the same city as our 2010 SPJ Convention. The paper is historically known for taking on a certain senator who used to see "red." What is the name of the paper, and what senator did it expose?
A. The Las Vegas Sun, Senator Joe McCarthy
Several entered, but only one could win. Congratulations to Paul Fletcher from Richmond, Va.! Keep an eye on your mailbox, Paul. An envelope of SPJ goodies is coming your way!
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THIS WEEK'S QUIZ. BP recently hired a new head of U.S. media relations as it looks to repair its image during the Gulf oil spill. Who is taking over the job, and what political job(s) did he/she formerly hold?
Submit your answer to Karen Grabowski.