By Abby Henkel, SPJ Communications Department
SDX AWARD ENTRIES DUE FEB. 9. No time to waste — entries to the Sigma Delta Chi Awards are due Thursday, Feb. 9 at midnight ET. Remember, members receive a significant discount — only $60 per entry, a savings of $40 per entry. Contest rules and categories are here. Enter online at awards.spj.org.
If you haven't yet, start your entries now and give yourself plenty of time to contact us with questions. Contact Lauren Rochester at email@example.com or 317-927-8000 ext. 210.
NEW AMERICA ENTRIES DUE FEB. 9. Entries for the New America Award must be postmarked by Feb. 9. The contest honors public service journalism on ethnic and immigrant communities in the U.S. and is free to enter. Click here for more information.
BOOTHS AVAILABLE FOR EIJ12. At the 2011 Excellence in Journalism conference, 1,300 attendees perused the Journalism Expo, home to 48 booths showcasing everything from video gadgets to journalism schools and federal agencies. Here's a list of our 2011 exhibitors.
Even if you're not in the market for a booth, maybe you know someone whose company wants to claim a presence at THE journalism event of 2012. Please share this link. If you have attended a national conference with us in the past, talk about your experience. With attendees from print, broadcast, online, wire services and beyond, the audience will be diverse and eager for the latest information in the industry.
We are also accepting sponsorships and advertisers at this time. Please spread the word; it's one way you can help us make EIJ12 affordable and packed with the programming and speakers that make it such a great conference. Thank you!
HIGH SCHOOL ESSAY CONTEST. SPJ hosts an annual high school essay contest to increase high school students' knowledge and understanding of the importance of independent media to our lives. National winners of this essay contest receive scholarship awards. This year's question is:
"Why is it important that we have news media that are independent of the government?"
Entries must be postmarked by March 8 and should be mailed to the participating chapter in the student's region. Click here for more information. Please encourage students you know to enter!
QUILL: CELEBRATING A CENTURY. The first Quill issue of 2012 brings cause for celebration: SPJ's "magazine for journalists" is now in its 100th year of publication. Not too shabby, eh?
If you haven't already, you should receive the print issue in the mail soon, and the e-magazine Digital Edition is on the way soon. But you can also read Quill online. For a bit of Quill history in this centennial time, see this explainer and request for feedback from editor Scott Leadingham.
Rather than just talking history, though, and patting ourselves on the back, we're taking a critical look at Quill and SPJ's offerings as a resource for journalists (see the previous link). In moving forward with the "next 100 years," we want to know how Quill and SPJ can better serve the digital/editorial content and educational resource needs of all members and journalists. Look for more feedback requests (blogs/online surveys) in the coming months. But don't wait for those. If you have ideas or input on how Quill and SPJ can better serve you, let us know. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
And don't miss these Quill features this month:
— Egyptian Press Struggles for its Own Revolution by Mike Elkin
— For Love of Community by Mac McKerral
— Reflections from Wheat Country by Mac McKerral
— 10 From Ten — a collection of 10 interviews with people "with some of the coolest jobs in journalism"
SPJ BLOGS NETWORK. Latest updates to the SPJ blogs network:
— Notes from the Executive Committee meeting in Charlotte by President John Ensslin
— Five tips to make journalism grad school an easy journey by Gen J Committee member Mike Brannen
— Social media coordinator and editor: mutually exclusive? by Gen J Committee member Victoria Reitano
— Five newsletters you should be getting by Gen J Committee member Victoria Reitano
SPJ MEMBER HONORED FOR CAREER. Atlanta TV news anchor Monica Pearson will be honored by the Atlanta City Council Feb. 20 for her long career in journalism. Pearson has also been a member of SPJ since 1973. Congratulations, Monica, and thank you for your service to journalism!
The ceremony will take place at noon in the Southwest Atrium of Atlanta City Hall.
DICK GOEHLER FIRST AMENDMENT AWARD. SPJ Regions 4 and 5 are accepting nominations for the Dick Goehler First Amendment Defender Award. The award was established in 2011 to honor the work and memory of Cincinnati attorney Dick Goehler of Frost, Brown, Todd in defending the First Amendment rights of journalists and citizens in Ohio, Kentucky and elsewhere.
Nominees should be working journalists, educators or attorneys working primarily in the field of media law and First Amendment issues. Nominees should reside or work in Regions 4 and 5 of SPJ. Region 4 covers Ohio, Michigan, West Virginia and Western Pennsylvania. Region 5 covers Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois. The award will be presented at the Region 4 Conference in Lansing, Mich. (March 23-24) or the Region 5 Conference in Indianapolis (April 13-14). The site will be determined by the region in which the winner lives and/or works, or where the winner can attend the conference toaccept the award.
Information and an application are at the Louisville chapter website.
Entries are due Feb. 27. For questions, contact Robyn Davis Sekula at email@example.com or 502-608-6125.
NEW MEMBER PROFILE. Welcome to Haley Michelle Behre, one of SPJ's newest members. President John Ensslin asked Haley a few questions to get to know her. She's a student at Syracuse University in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. Her favorite news sources are Human Rights Watch and The New York Times, and her favorite journalist is Nicholas Kristof. Behre recently read "The Alchemist." Her favorite journalism movies are "Capote" and "Almost Famous."
What brought Behre to SPJ? "I joined SPJ in the hopes of gaining great connections to further my career, she says. "Also, my career goal is to be able to report on human rights violations, including journalists who have been wrongfully jailed. I have joined SPJ in the hopes of potentially being able to work for the SPJ or a similar organization one day."
SPJ welcomes all new members!
EUGENE METHVIN, 59-YEAR MEMBER. Eugene Methvin, an SPJ member since 1953, died Jan. 31. Methvin lived in McLean, Va., and was an editor for Reader's Digest, where he worked for 42 years. He won the 1965 Sigma Delta Chi award for public service journalism for his article, "How the Reds Make a Riot." Methvin's work impacted federal policy, including a series of articles in the early 1970s, which helped shape organized crime legislation. In 1983, President Reagan named Methvin to the President's Commission on Organized Crime. Before joining Reader's Digest, Methvin was a fighter pilot for the U.S. Air Force and a reporter for the Washington Daily News. Read Methvin's obituary.
RTDNA FIRST AMENDMENT AWARDS. Every year, the Radio Television Digital News Association honors individuals in the field of broadcast journalism for their work on behalf of press freedom. The 22nd Annual First Amendment Awards Dinner, a black-tie event, is March 15 at the Ritz-Carlton in Washington, D.C.
The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception, followed by a 7 p.m. dinner. For table and ticket information, contact Jen Wafalosky at 216-409-8314 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
LAST WEEK'S QUIZ. Thanks to our alert readers who pointed out the error in last week's quiz, which is that it was the same as the preceding week's quiz. No quiz last week, which means no winner! But get ready for...
THIS WEEK'S QUIZ. A restaurant chain recently launched a Twitter campaign about its food. That campaign quickly turned sour and was cancelled within hours. What was the chain, and what went wrong?
Submit your answer to Abby Henkel.