By Abby Henkel, SPJ Communications Department
ELECTIONS: CHANGE = OPPORTUNITY. Delegates at the 2011 national convention approved a bylaws change that transforms the way SPJ elects members of the national board.
Under the old system, chapter delegates elected officers and other board members. Now all members can vote in a new online system currently being developed. The committee working on this transition will send regular updates to members and candidates. This transition not only will move us to voting electronically, but presents opportunities for candidates to communicate to the electorate before voting and offer live streaming of candidate speeches.
Voting will take place during the Excellence in Journalism conference in Ft. Lauderdale, Sept. 20-22. We hope you'll vote regardless of your presence at the conference. If you're a member of more than one chapter, headquarters staff will let you know which is your home chapter. You will have an option to change that designation to your preference by a deadline yet to be set. Bottom line: It's "One Member, One Vote."
We're updating candidate guidelines and will release those after the current board reviews them at its April meeting. If you're interested in running for office, please contact Nominations Chairwoman Hagit Limor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By the way: Chapters will still select delegates to vote on resolutions, bylaws changes and any other issues to come before the convention. We will send more details about the new voting system as it's finalized.
The "Membership Voting" ad hoc committee:
SINGING ABOUT ETHICS. Journalism ethics isn't just for classroom discussions and printed posters hung in your cubicle.
To accompany the March/April ethics issue of Quill, we're singing about one of the most important topics in the profession.
The Columbia University chapter, known for quirky music videos of meeting minutes, have produced a fun music video and original song: "You've Got A Great Big Responsibility," based on the SPJ Code of Ethics.
Watch it, sing it, share it.
EIJ SUPER SESSIONS ANNOUNCED. We are thrilled to announce the second Super Session slated for the Excellence in Journalism 2012 conference, Sept. 20-22 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Marvin Kalb, host of the long-running "Kalb Report" radio and TV show exploring ethics and excellence in journalism, will moderate a special edition taping of "The Kalb Report" at EIJ12.Join us on Saturday, Sept. 22, for a lively, entertaining and substantive discussion led by Kalb, who has been described as the gold standard of American journalism for his distinguished career as chief diplomatic correspondent for the "CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite" and later as moderator of "NBC Meet the Press."
We'll also enjoy a previously announced Super Session led by Sree Sreenivasan, professor and dean of student affairs at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. He's a journalist and technology specialist and writes a CNET column called "Sree Tips." (Find him on Twitter @sree.)
Visit excellenceinjournalism.org to learn more about the journalism event of the year, including programming and pricing.
MEMBER AWARDS DUE 4/12. Nominations for SPJ member awards are due Thursday, April 12. If you know an outstanding pro member, student, regional director or campus chapter adviser, please take a few moments to nominate him or her for national recognition. Members work hard to create programming and advocacy for the benefit of all. A member award is the perfect way to offer thanks and congratulations on a job well done.
These awards include:
Wells Memorial Key
David L. Eshelman Outstanding Campus Adviser Award
Howard S. Dubin Outstanding Pro Member Award
Julie Galvan Outstanding Graduate in Journalism Award
Regional Director of the Year
MOE WINNERS ANNOUNCED. More MOE winners were congratulated at last weekend's regional spring conferences. Winners for the following regions are now online:
Winners for regions 5 and 9 will be recognized at MOE luncheon ceremonies April 14, with the announcement published on spj.org the morning of April 16.
SPRING CONFERENCE WEBSITES. Several regional conferences have put together websites to share information and photos from the weekend. HQ has been alerted to these fantastic sites for Region 1 and Region 10. Visit spj.org/regionalconf.asp for more links. Congratulations on a job well done!
SPJ-ONA TRAINING IN PHOENIX. Come one, come all (or at least 120 of you) to get skills-based training in Phoenix. SPJ and the Online News Association are teaming to present JournCamp on May 18 at the Arizona State University Cronkite School.
The daylong training will include sessions on entrepreneurial journalism, FOI, copyright law, visual storytelling, mobile journalism, social media engagement, and learning tech and Web coding-related terminology.
Cost, which includes breakfast and lunch, is a bargain: $20 for SPJ or ONA members, $40 for nonmembers.
Complete schedule and full session descriptions are still being finalized. But you can register now and get initial information here. Registration is limited to the first 120 participants.
This workshop, part of SPJ's Training Place program, is made possible by a grant from the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation.
THE WORKING PRESS: DUE 4/19. Applications are due April 19 for The Working Press, a daily tabloid newspaper and online news site covering Excellence in Journalism 2012. Collegiate reporters, designers, editors and photographers are invited to apply for these select positions. In addition to mentoring from experienced journalists, accepted interns receive complimentary conference registration and hotel lodging, and must be available in Ft. Lauderdale Sept. 19-23.
Find out what it's like to be a TWP intern. Applications must be emailed or postmarked by April 19. Members and non-members are welcome to apply, so please spread the news (especially to the designers in your newsroom)!
NEW RESOURCES FOR LAWSUITS. Cornell University recently launched a Consent Decree Depository, a free searchable database that includes consent decrees negotiated in Title VII race and sex discrimination class action lawsuits. Search it for details on major cases raised against U.S. companies. More information is here. Access the database at cdr.cornell.edu.
SPJ PROF AMONG TOP 300 IN U.S.. Congratulations to SPJ member Mike Foley for being named among the top 300 professors in the country by the Princeton Review. Foley is one of only four journalism professors on the list. The list was based on student surveys and ratings on ratemyprofessors.com. Foley is a professor of journalism and adviser for the University of Florida SPJ chapter.
SPJ BLOGS NETWORK. Latest updates to the SPJ blogs network:
Mega Millions: The big story vs. the lead by Gen J Committee member Mike Brannen
School with multimedia programs are training tomorrow's journalists by Digital Media Committee Chairman Gil Asakawa
Take a look: Web resources by Freelance Committee member Tara Puckey
Is "digital first" the healthy snack food fad of the media industry? by Gil Asakawa
Scenes from Occupy rallies by SPJ President John Ensslin
Presentation: Digital First Journos How we think and work by Steve Buttry and Gil Asakawa
Checking the pulse: Is hyperlocal news a failed business model? by Gil Asakawa
LAST WEEK'S QUIZ. A recent study and analysis of shared news links found that certain news outlets are popular in certain regions of the country. Identify the study and some of its findings.
Answer: A study by Bitly reviewed 4 million clicks of their shortened links and found, among other things, that NPR is popular in Oregon, the Onion in Wisconsin, and the Huffington Post in Appalachia.
We'd like to congratulate Doug Schlatter on being the only person to correctly answer last weeks' quiz. However, as he just won the week before, we can't offer him another prize this week. Who's going to defeat Doug's winning streak? Take a shot at...
THIS WEEK'S QUIZ. What recently fired TV host compared himself to a chandelier?
Submit your answer to Abby Henkel.