Washington journalists examine losses other than jobs In the wake of layoffs at Washington state’s largest newspaper, the Seattle Times, and the potential sale and closing of its competition, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the Western Washington Chapter in January gathered to discuss the changing industry and its effects on the public.
[b]Cincinnati hosts two programs The Greater Cincinnati chapter held a panel discussion at Northern Kentucky University in late January that focused on shifting job responsibilities due to the surge in Web content. Topics included what online readers expect from news sources; shifting investigative news online; and how print media must adapt to new technology.
June 30th, 2006 • Quill Archives, SPJ Report
SPJ Report: Benjamin Franklin print shop rededicated
Two ninth-generation descendants of Benjamin Franklin helped the Greater Philadelphia Chapter rededicate a plaque marking his printing shop as a “Historic Site in Journalism” on April 8. The plaque was originally installed in 1961, but recent modernization of the area necessitated removal of the plaque.
When I took over as president of our professional chapter last summer, I knew that one of my duties would be to boost membership. I learned quickly, though, that such a goal is not so easily accomplished. The conventional phone tree and bullying of friends and co-workers were largely ineffective in signing up new members.
June 30th, 2006 • SPJ Report
SPJ Report: SDX awards more than $200,000 to improve journalism
The Sigma Delta Chi Foundation board of directors approved grants totaling $203,400 at its April 23 meeting in Indianapolis. Grant recipients included the Society of Professional Journalists, the National Freedom of Information Coalition, the Coalition of Journalists for Open Government and the Chicago Headline Club’s Ethics Adviceline.
Guy Baehr receives final 2005 president’s award Immediate Past President Irwin Gratz tended to one final bit of presidential business at the Region 1 Conference in Newark, New Jersey in March. There, Gratz formally presented the last of his “President’s Awards” to Guy Baehr, the Society’s Honors and Awards Chairman.
June 30th, 2006 • SPJ Report
SPJ Report: SPJ gives $1,000 to Utah paper for legal battle
SPJ has awarded $1,000 from its Legal Defense Fund to the Deseret Morning News to defray legal costs associated with filing a brief in the Utah Supreme Court. The case, Deseret Morning News v. Salt Lake County, involves the paper’s right to obtain government records, which county government had sealed.
Buffalo chapter offers scholarships Student and professional journalists seeking additional academic training now can apply for college and graduate school scholarships for the 2006-07 academic year, courtesy of The Greater Buffalo International Society of Professional Journalists Chapter. To be eligible, applicants must be residents of western New York, northwestern Pennsylvania or southern Ontario, and they must attend an accredited college or university that offers journalism education.
March 1st, 2006 • Quill Archives, SPJ Report
SPJ Report: Chapters to discuss Knight Ridder sale
The dramatic and rapid changes occurring in the newspaper industry have led several SPJ chapters to call for public discussion about the future of the profession and the public service it provides. In late January, SPJ national headquarters, with the Northern California Chapter, released a statement calling for “an urgent national conversation about how to preserve public-service journalism in light of the likely sale of the Knight Ridder newspaper company.”
March 1st, 2006 • SPJ Report
SPJ Report: Society awards $5,000 for chapter programs
Over the next few months, many of SPJ’s local chapters will host professional development programs in their area. Sixteen of those programs will be funded through SPJ’s national chapter grant program, with awards totaling $5,000. Following are brief descriptions of the events funded by the chapter grant program: Truman State University will bring Pulitzer-Prize winner Leon Dash to campus March 29-30 to meet with journalism classes and give a talk for the entire campus on “Challenges of Social Justice: What is Media’s Responsibility?”