By Beth King
SPJ Communications Manager
A VOTE FOR SUNSHINE. In an effort to track both how and where presidential candidates stand on access issues, the National Sunshine Week Campaign is on a mission. Read what former Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.) and New Mexico democratic Gov. Bill Richardson say they'll do to preserve openness and government transparency if elected in 2008.
HELP FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT. Throughout the year, the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation does a lot to improve and protect journalism throughout the country and in your own back yard. As 2007 draws to a close, register your tax-deductible gift and renew your commitment to ethics and excellence in journalism for 2008.
WHAT'S YOUR NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION? Every year, it's always the same. We'll vow to eat better, exercise more, gossip less. But, what about being a better journalist? SPJ's Region 11 director Sonja Smith asks fellow Generation J members to tell how and what they will do in 2008 to improve and protect journalism.
GAWKER GOING TRADITIONAL? SPJ Member Kemal Wallace reports that gossip site Gawker.com is looking to hire as it positions itself as a traditional news organization. Get the details on SPJ's Technolo-J blog.
DIVERSITY WITHOUT BORDERS. National Diversity Committee Member Gwendolyn Mariano discusses in ?Who's News how the BBC illustrated its commitment to diversity by covering a story in another part of the world.
FREE SPEECH IN CHINA? Text messaging has become a force to be reckoned with in China. International Journalism Committee Member Dan Kubiske explains why on SPJ's Journalism and the World blog.
MISSING FILES. The Los Angeles Police Department is once again providing "star treatment." This time, the department tried covering some of the details about Mel Gibson's drunken arrest, including his anti-Semitic tirade. According to an independent agency investigation, police snuck the remarks and other negative facts about Gibson in a "supplemental" report that was not made public. It only came to light when someone leaked the report to TMZ. Get all the facts on FOI FYI.
IMPASSIONED TEACHINGS. SPJ Journalism Education Committee Chairman Ernie Wiggins references an article by Pamela L. Caughie that compares teaching to talk shows. Read it on SPJ's blog, Classrooms and Newsrooms.
SPRING TRAINING. SPJ's Spring Conferences are day-long professional development meetings bringing area journalists, students and journalism educators together in one place to hear from industry experts on topics ranging from improving writing to leveraging technology in today's new media climate. Get information on a conference near you.
SPJ INTERNSHIPS AVAILABLE. SPJ is accepting applications for summer internships in Indianapolis and Washington, D.C. Two students will be selected for the Pulliam-Kilgore Freedom of Information internships. One will be stationed in Washington, D.C., and the other will spend 10 weeks in Indianapolis. Both interns will research and write about access issues. Or, how about trying your hand at communications and public relations work for SPJ? A third student will be selected for SPJ's Archibald Communications internship. Applications for all three internship opportunities are due Jan. 5. Complete details and applications: Visit SPJ's Web site.
LOCAL NEWS, NEXT STEPS. The recent SPJ Cleveland Pro program "Local News, Next Steps" was recorded on video and posted to the NEOhio.org web site. See how this chapter is using the Web to their advantage - and learn a little something about local news along the way.
WHAT DRIVES DETROIT? On the eve of the Detroit Auto Show press preview week, the fourth annual "What Drives Detroit" seminar will update key economic issues facing America's automobile industry, including the aftereffect of the Big Three-UAW contracts, powertrain and fuels, the pessimistic projection for auto sales, and the up-tick in value for used cars. This daylong seminar for journalists is presented by the Foundation for American Communications (FACS) and SPJ. Cost: Free with breakfast and lunch included. More info and to register: Visit The FACS Web site.
WORLD MEDIA OUTLOOK. David Marash, Washington bureau chief of Al-Jazeera, will analyze the current state of world media and the U.S. response to the new information universe at a public media roundtable discussion sponsored by the Cleveland Council on World Affairs. When: Jan. 22, Donahue Auditorium at John Carroll University's Dolan Center for Science and Technology. Cost: Free. For more information, contact Linda Clark, Director of Global Programming, Cleveland Council on World Affairs, (216) 781-3730, ext.125.
GET SOME GREEN. Entries are now being accepted for the 58th annual Green Eyeshade Awards. The competition recognizes outstanding journalism in 11 southeastern states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia. More information is available at SPJ.org or by e-mailing awards administrator Sarah Prickett at firstname.lastname@example.org.
GET RECOGNIZED NOW. Each year, the Society honors individuals and groups who have made important contributions to journalism in various ways. Members are encouraged to nominate worthy individuals from their community and/or chapter. Visit SPJ's Awards page for a list of honors and corresponding nomination deadlines. Please contact Heather Porter at (317) 927-8000, ext. 204 with questions.
CONGRATS TO CRAIG! Honolulu Star-Bulletin reporter and assistant editor Craig Gima has received a Kaiser Mini-Fellowship in Global Health Reporting for 2008. Presented by the Kaiser Family Foundation, the program is part of Kaiser's broader effort to encourage in-depth reporting and inform the public on the medical, social, economic, political and cultural implications of major public health issues in the U.S. and around the world. Gima will research the potential international replication and marketing of family health clinic programs in Vietnam.