By Andrew M. Scott
SPJ Communications Department
CHAPTER GRANTS. SPJ will invest $5,000 to fund local chapter programs during 2010-11, and your chapter could receive up to $500 for your program or activity. All fully chartered SPJ chapters in good standing with the national organization are eligible to submit a grant proposal. Your chapter must have filed a 2009-10 annual report by the stated deadline to be eligible.
Chapters have until Sept. 15 to apply. Read more HERE for complete details on eligibility and the easy three-step application process.
LAW & ORDER: LDF. "In the city of Indianapolis, the dedicated efforts of the Society of Professional Journalists continue to aid in defending freedom of speech through a unique account that can be tapped for providing journalists with legal or direct financial assistance, known as the Legal Defense Fund. This is that fund. DUN! DUN! ..."
The Legal Defense Fund is one of many resources SPJ maintains to help journalists and news outlets protect their press freedoms. It's integral to the Society's mission of "improving and protecting journalism," and we want you covered before you end up in a Dick Wolf "Law and Order" spin-off.
To raise money for the fund, SPJ will hold the Legal Defense Fund Auction during the 2010 SPJ Convention & National Journalism Conference in Las Vegas. Of course, an auction requires items to auction off. Now is your chance to help fellow journalists (or yourself) by donating an item or service to the auction, which has silent and live components. Be sure to fill out and submit this form when sending items to SPJ Headquarters.
The deadline to submit is Sept. 1.
For more about the LDF and the auction, e-mail Lauren Rochester or call 317-927-8000 ext. 210 with questions.
Thank you in advance for helping SPJ protect journalists like you!
ACES REGIONAL ONE-DAY WORKSHOP. The student chapter of the American Copy Editors Society at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln will host a regional one-day workshop aimed at professionals and students.The workshop includes sessions on ethics, social media and refreshers on basic editing skills, and it will be held Saturday, Oct. 9, in Lincoln.
Student sessions will emphasize resume tips and building an online brand. Visit the ACES website to learn more and register.
CONVENTION Q & A. This week on The Road to Vegas, the SPJ Convention blog, speaker Jacqueline Charles does a Q&A with John Ensslin on her experiences as a Caribbean correspondent for The Miami Herald. Charles was one of the first reporters on the scene in 2008 when back-to-back storms destroyed Cabaret, Haiti. Her coverage won her "International Journalist of the Year" from the National Association of Black Journalists.
Charles will speak at the professional development session Haiti Earthquake: Covering the Tragedy with No End in Sight during the 2010 SPJ Convention & National Journalism Conference Oct. 3-5 in Las Vegas.
Don't forget about the early-bird registration rates (available until Sept. 8):
SPJ Member: $185
Student/Post-Grad Member: $135
With speakers like Charles, the professional skills you learn in Vegas WON'T stay in Vegas.
SOCIAL MEDIA FELLOWSHIP. The 2011 Kiplinger Fellowship is all about social media. Fifteen lucky journalists who land this gig will spend a week at Ohio State University March 9-16 honing their social media skills and learning about the joys of SEO, strategic tweeting and other wonders of the Web.
Fellows don't have to pay anything — it's all free! The Kiplinger Foundation even pays your travel and lodging. If you're interested, then fill out this online application. The deadline to apply is Nov. 30, 2010.
HOME IMPROVEMENTS. Thanks to a generous gift, SPJ Headquarters was able to create a reading room in the building's front lobby, where bound issues of Quill from 1923-96 are on display. The funds were provided by Sigma Delta Chi Foundation board member Sue Porter, who works as Vice President for Programs at the Scripps Howard Foundation.
Thanks to Sue, Scripps Howard, and all of our generous members and chapters, we've been able to make some cosmetic improvements at SPJ Headquarters.
Earlier this year, we installed a mural (courtesy of the North Central Florida Pro chapter) in the conference room. In the future, we hope to add more bookcases to the reading room, a rug, artwork and send Quills from 1997 to present off to the bindery to complete our collection. If you or your chapter is interested in helping to spruce up National HQ, please contact Executive Director Joe Skeel at email@example.com.
THANKS TO OUR AWESOME FOI INTERN. This week marks the final days in Indianapolis for our summer Pulliam/Kilgore FOI Intern April Dudash. For the past 10 weeks, she has researched FOI issues for Quill, revamped the SPJ Shield Law page and put together the online Campus Access Center, among other projects. Much of her work will be on display in the Sept/Oct issue of Quill, the annual FOI edition.
A May graduate of the University of Florida, April now leaves SPJ HQ to enter the job market. Good luck, April! Wish her well in her last few days: firstname.lastname@example.org.
LAST WEEK'S QUIZ. The Newseum in Washington, D.C., currently holds the most comprehensive collection of Pulitzer Prize-winning photographs ever assembled. Among those on display, "Serious Steps," featuring presidents John F. Kennedy and Dwight D. Eisenhower, was the winner of the 1962 Pulitzer in photography. Who captured this iconic moment and for what bureau of The Associated Press? Just for extra credit, what date was the photo published?
A. Paul Vathis shot "Serious Steps" while working for the AP's Harrisburg, Penn., bureau. The photo was published April 22, 1961.
And the winner is...
Daniel Callahan, of the Mohave Valley Daily News. Congrats, Daniel!
THIS WEEK'S QUIZ. What is the name of the award-winning journalist and former producer of "CBS Evening News with Dan Rather" who shares his experiences of September 11, 2001 through the epic poem "Bikeman"? Just for extra credit, what author and style of writing inspired his narrative?
Submit your answer to Andrew M. Scott.