Congratulations to our national Mark of Excellence winners!

Congratulations to a multitude of winners and finalists from our region in the national SPJ Mark of Excellence competition, the best in student journalism across the country!

First-place national winners at the Student Union event at Excellence in Journalism 2014 (EIJ14) in Nashville, Tenn., Sept. 4 to 6.

The full list is in this news release sent May 6, 2014:

http://www.spj.org/news.asp?ref=1245

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2014 Regional Conference Recap

April 21, 2014

If you missed it, sorry! Chicago’s Region 5 conference drew 140 of your colleagues and friends, plus about 30 presenters. Ethics was the afternoon focus, with three afternoon sessions: the Ethics AdviceLine advisers, the head Northwestern University’s Medill Watchdog, and an intense discussion of the Code of Ethics and how it might be changed. A Chicago Ethics Report has been submitted to the national committee involved in updating the code. The morning kick-off was a welcome by SPJ President-Elect Dana Neuts and talk about innovations in journalism, followed by sessions on everything from social media (with nationally famous Jeff Cutler) to financial advice to how to better copy edit and proof your own writing. Three sessions were focused on students: discussions of their best programs and what life after graduation will bring.

The conference was not all serious matters. We opened with a reception at Billy Goat’s Tavern, with about half the conference-goers getting free drinks. Many in Chicago for a first or rare visit saw the sights and sampled Chicago-style deep dish pizza.

Thanks to all who attended and all who helped make this a success, They include our sponsors: the Chicago Headline Club, Chicago Sun-Times, Daily Herald, Ball State University, Indiana University, Northwestern University, Columbia College, Loyola University and Robyn Davis Sekula. Looks like we came out ahead by several thousand dollars. The money is available for campus chapter programs. Apply to Region 5 Director Susan S. Stevens, susanstevens@aol.com.

Congratulations to our Mark of Excellence Awards winners and finalists! To even reach the finals, the quality of journalism had to be exceedingly high. Winners are posted on our Region 5 blog. See http://blogs.spjnetwork.org/region5/?p=380. National winners will be announced in September at the Excellence in Journalism Conference.

Also, you can find out how to get duplicate & corrected certificates on the blog site at http://blogs.spjnetwork.org/region5/?p=378

Congratulations to Sigma Delta Chi Awards winners from our region!
General Column Writing (Daily Circulation of 100,001+)
Matthew Tully
The Indianapolis Star
Magazine Investigative Reporting (Regional/Local Circulation)
Getting Away with Murder — Noah Isackson & David Bernstein
Chicago Magazine

If you are not a member of SPJ, signing up gets easier all the time. Go to http://www.spj.org, look for “join in” in yellow in the top line, and follow the prompts. We now can bill you monthly – cheaper than a Chicago-style pizza! At that site, you also will find information about your local chapter. You will find your membership invaluable. Plus, we need your support and service to continue SPJ as the best journalism organization in the world!

Lost & Found … Left at the Chicago conference: a Makayama stand or somethingorother for perhaps a notebook. Contact susanstevens@aol.com to claim your belonging.

Maybe we will meet again this fall at the Excellence in Journalism Conference? Maybe our region will sweep the Mark of Excellence Awards! Extensive information on EIJ: Sept. 4-6 in Nashville, Tenn. and much more is at http://www.spj.orgIt is a very convenient travel destination for us. And, as you plan where you’ll invest your professional development time and money, we highly encourage you to fit EIJ into your schedule and budget.

Here’s why SPJ Region 5’s blog is “Take Five”

Have a great summer!
Susan S. Stevens
SPJ Region 5 director
Chicago Headline Club and CHC Foundation secretary

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Chicago Ethics Report

SPJ Code of Ethics: Chicago Report

The following suggestions and comments regarding the 2014 overhaul of the 1996 SPJ Ethics Code come from the April 12 SPJ Region 5 conference in Chicago.

OVERVIEW

Questions posed of the proposed code improvements:

1. Does this suggested revision of the code cover the essential guiding pinciples of our profession in concise and efficient language?

2. Is this suggested revision of the code helpful to journalists to improve and maintain their professional standards?

3. Will these proposed changes maintain and improve the public’s trust of journalists and their work?

Generally, the proposed code changes are an improvement over the 1996 document, but they are still riddled with redundancies and must be further simplied and distilled. For example, the preamble could be boiled down to this: Justice and good government require an informed public.

Journalists should serve the public with fair, accurate and comprehensive information reported with integrity. This code sets forth our Society’s principles and standards in the practice of professional journalism.

One suggestion: The preamble must include as one of the code’s raison d’etres “to protect the public’s right to know.”

Items of concern NOT addressed in the proposed changes:

1. Is it ethical for reporters covering events, issues and people to – in print or on broadcasts – to analyze, comment and critique those events, issues and people and still maintain a fair and objective journalistic status?

2. Is the use of music and other forms of emotional manipulation an ethical use of journalistic tools when used in video reports?

3. Is there a role for dramatic re-enactments — in essence “faked footage” — in serious journalism?

4. What mechanism(s) exist(s) to enforce the revised code once it becomes adopted? Should there be an appeals process for those journalists who believe they are innocent of charges of ethics code breeches?

Other suggestions and ideas

The code should be a call for journalists everywhere to unite as a single community and watch each other’s backs, rather than always viewing each other as “the competition” and setting up barriers between journalists.

Seasoned professionals understand the broad concepts of an ethics code, but student journalists need specific and concrete rules to fully understand what constitutes an ethical breach, e.g. Do not pick information and photos off the Internet and put them in your reports even in they appear to be public domain and real information. Verify the facts and be certain of copyright infringements before publication.

Respectfully submitted,

DANN GIRE Chicago Daily Herald
Region 5 of SPJ

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Congratulations! Mark of Excellence Awards list

INDIANAPOLIS — The Society of Professional Journalists gladly recognizes the 2013 Mark of Excellence Awardswinners from Region 5. The MOE Awards honor the best of collegiate journalism from a calendar year.

SPJ’s Region 5 comprises Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky. Honorees received award certificates April 12 at the Region 5 Spring Conference in Chicago. First-place winners will move on to the national MOE competition among category winners from the 12 SPJ regions.

National winners will be notified in the late spring and will be recognized at Excellence in Journalism 2014 (EIJ14) in Nashville, Tenn., Sept. 4 to 6. The awards are judged by professionals with at least three years of journalism experience.

The awards honor the best in student journalism. As such, judges were directed to choose only those entries which they felt were outstanding work worthy of such an honor. If the judges determined that none of the entries rose to the level of excellence, no award was given. Any category not listed has no winner.

School divisions are based on student enrollment, which includes both graduate and undergraduate enrollment: Large schools have more than 10,000 students and small schools have fewer than 9,999 students.

See the list below for details on the Region 5 winners, and direct any MOE Awards questions to Awards Coordinator Chad Hosier: awards@spj.org and 317.920.4791.

Note: The list reflects the spelling and titles submitted in the award-entry process.

NEWSPAPERS
Breaking News Reporting (Large)
Winner: “Redefining Freshman; Low enrollment, high hopes, cagey college” by Tyler Eagle, The Columbia Chronicle, Columbia College Chicago
Finalist: “Off the Edge of the Cliff” by Ben Gartland, The DePaulia, DePaul University
Finalist: “Coaches react to Big East departure” by Jeremy Mikula, The DePaulia, DePaul University

Breaking News Reporting (Small)
Winner: “Presidential candidate comes to Columbia” by staff, The Columbia Chronicle, Columbia College Chicago
Finalist: “DePauw and Wabash presidents partner to fight proposed amendment HJR 6” by Julie Block, The DePauw, DePauw University
Finalist: “Butler mourns America’s dog” by Taylor Meador and Marais Jacon-Duffy, The Butler Collegian, Butler University

General News Reporting (Large)
Winner: “Flags Under Fire” by Dylan Fahoome, Dylan McHugh and Michael Corio, The DePaulia, DePaul University
Finalist: “Campus mourns death of student” by Jacob Parker, College Heights Herald, Western Kentucky University
Finalist: “Living one month at a time” by Matthew Glowicki, Indiana Daily Student, Indiana University

General News Reporting (Small)
Winner: “Red ink” by Colin Likas, The Butler Collegian, Butler University
Finalist: “Consumed by drugs” by Mark Olalde and Tankiso Makhetha, The Star, Northwestern University
Finalist: “$14,738,745, and no one’s talking about where it’s going” by Adam Winay, The Butler Collegian, Butler University

In-Depth Reporting (Large)
Winner: “As a Girl Thinks” by Melanie Stone, The Daily Illini, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Finalist: “Northwestern in Qatar series” by Charles Rollet, The Northwestern Chronicle, Northwestern University
Finalist: “Faculty Special Issue” by Courtney Jacquin and Grant Myatt, The DePaulia, DePaul University

In-Depth Reporting (Small)
Winner: “A Case In Print: How A Davenport Murder Case Turned on a Fingerprint Found on a Cigarette Box” by Gideon Resnick, Stephanie Haines, Susan Du and Tori Simkovic, Quad City Times, Northwestern University
Finalist: “Students without citizenship face struggles in Indiana” by Jessie Hellmann, The Kokomo Tribune, University of Southern Indiana
Finalist: “Funding cuts to drug treatment centers mean addicts get turned away” by Annalise Frank, Raleigh News and Observer, Northwestern University

Feature Writing (Large)
Winner: “A queen comes home” by Charles Scudder, Indiana Daily Student, Indiana University
Finalist: “The only way to hold on” by Kyle Clayton, Indiana Daily Student, Indiana University
Finalist: “The Night the Dreams Died” by Tessa Duvall, NewsChannel12live.com, Western Kentucky Univerity

Feature Writing (Small)
Winner: “Punk Flock; Uncovering Chicago’s Subculture of Eccentric Nomads” by Emily Ornberg and Michael Fischer, The Columbia Chronicle, Columbia College Chicago
Finalist: “Unearthing an underground empire: Cut off the head and the body will fall” by Kaley Fowler, Rena Naltsas and Michael Fischer, The Columbia Chronicle, Columbia College Chicago

Sports Writing (Large)
Winner: “107-2: Beyond the score” by Claire Wiseman, Indiana Daily Student, Indiana University
Finalist: “Baseball: Luke Farrell evolves from great story to great pitcher” by Alex Putterman, Daily Northwestern, Northwestern University
Finalist: “1st & 10” by Ashley Scoby, The Spencer Magnet, University of Kentucky

Sports Writing (Small)
Winner: “Edge of Glory: How Phillips led Northwestern onto the cusp of the college sports elite” by Josh Walfish, The Daily Northwestern, Northwestern University
Finalist: “Silent Night” by Jeff Yoder and Kari Travis, The Echo, Taylor University
Finalist: “Barlow desires to coach after playing days” by Kyle Beery, The Butler Collegian, Butler University

Editorial Writing
Winner: The DePauw Editorial Board, The DePauw, DePauw University

General Column Writing (Large)
Winner: Evie Lichtenwalter, The Ball State Daily News, Ball State University
Finalist: Melanie Stone, The Daily Illini, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Finalist: Lindsay Kriz, College Heights Herald, Western Kentucky University

General Column Writing (Small)
Winner: Maggie Monson, The Butler Collegian, Butler University

Sports Column Writing
Winner: David Webber, The DePaulia, DePaul University
Finalist: Robby Howard, Indiana Daily Student, Indiana University Bloomington
Finalist: Julian Zeng, The DePaulia, DePaul University

Best All-Around Daily Student Newspaper
Winner: Indiana Daily Student, Indiana University
Finalist: Daily Illini, University of Illinois

Best All-Around Non Daily Student Newspaper
Winner: The Knox Student, Knox College
Finalist: The DePaulia, DePaul University
Finalist: The DePauw, DePauw University

MAGAZINE
Non-Fiction Magazine Article
Winner: “God’s Country” by Jackie Veling, 812: The Magazine of Southern Indiana, Indiana University
Finalist: “The Income Gap” by Kimberly Alters, North by Northwestern, Northwestern University
Finalist: “Taking stock” by Stanley Kay, North By Northwestern, Northwestern University

Best Student Magazine
Winner: Inside, Indiana University
Finalist: 812: The Magazine of Southern Indiana, Indiana University

ART/GRAPHICS
Breaking News Photography (Large)
Winner: “Lincoln Avenue Accident” by Brenton Tse, Daily Illini, University of Illinois
Finalist: “Take Back the Night” by Arthur Ortiz, The DePaulia, DePaul University
Finalist: “On scene after reports of an armed assailant in the Student Recreation and Wellness Center” by Taylor Irby, The Ball State Daily News, Ball State University

Breaking News Photography (Small)
Winner: “Tornadoes hit close to campus” by Kari Travis, The Echo, Taylor University

General News Photography (Large)
Winner: “Lunchtime at Camp Reveal” by Amelia Chong, Evansville Courier & Press, Indiana University Bloomington
Finalist: “Floods flummox Chicago” by Arthur Ortiz, The DePaulia, DePaul University

General News Photography (Small)
Winner: “New president envisions Columbia’s future” by Carolina Sanchez, The Columbia Chronicle, Columbia College Chicago
Finalist: “Convocation 2013 honors new students” by Carolina Sanchez, The Columbia Chronicle, Columbia College Chicago
Finalist: “UIndy inaugurates ninth president” by Kelbi Ervin, The Reflector, University of Indianapolis

Feature Photography (Large)
Winner: “Colors of Holi” by Kelly Hickey, Daily Illini, University of Illinois

Feature Photography (Small)
Winner: “Gloves on, fists up” by Timothy P. Riethmiller and Kari Travis, The Echo, Taylor University
Finalist: “Rocky Horror Picture Show” by Zefeng Zhang, The Reflector Online, University of Indianapolis

Photo Illustration (Large)
Winner: “What happened last night?” by Jonathan Miksanek, The Ball State Daily News, Ball State University
Finalist: “We’re Addicted” by Denton Dooley and Kelly Weese, Courier Student Newspaper, College of DuPage

Photo Illustration (Small)
Winner: “Low enrollment, high hopes, cagey college” by Christine Fielder, The Columbia Chronicle, Columbia College Chicago

Sports Photography (Large)
Winner: “Illini Street Jam” by Brenton Tse, Daily Illini, University of Illinois
Finalist: “IU vs. MSU College Men’s Soccer” by Amelia Chong, The Herald-Times, Indiana University Bloomington

Sports Photography (Small)
Winner: “Women’s soccer draws in season finale, pink match” by Zefeng Zhang, The Reflector, University of Indianapolis
Finalist: “Football loses at Drake, falls 2-1” by Zefeng Zhang, The Reflector, University of Indianapolis

Editorial Cartooning
Winner: Audrey Meyer, The Butler Collegian, Butler University
Finalist: Abby Gross, The Reflector, University of Indianapolis

RADIO
Radio News Reporting
Winner: “Student Lobby Day” by Lise Graham, UI-7 Cable Urbana, IL, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Finalist: “Mariana Alfar Roundtable” by Anne Li, WNUR News, Northwestern University
Finalist: “Adoption Struggles” by Samira Asad, WWHR, Western Kentucky University

Radio Feature
Winner: “Resident Officer Program Begins in Peoria” by Orko Manna, Peoria Public Radio (WCBU, 89.9 FM), Northwestern University
Finalist: “City pays $400,000 to woman who says cops groped, stripped her” by Patrick Smith, Chicago Public Media, Columbia College Chicago

Radio In-Depth Reporting
Winner: “WCRD News Special Report – Jo Ann Gora Retires” by Cameron Ridle, Lisa Ryan, Danielle Ortiz and the WCRD News Team, WCRD News, Ball State University
Finalist: “9-1-1, Stuff You Pretend to Know” by Emily Wong Loi Sing, Allyssa Pollard & Martin Anguiano, American Student Radio, Indiana University
Finalist: “The West Central Conference” by WGRE News, WGRE, DePauw University

Radio Sports Reporting
Winner: “Todd Thomas” by Tim VanDuyne, 103.3 WZND Fuzed Radio, Illinois State University

TELEVISION
Television Breaking News Reporting
Winner: “Gifford Tornado” by Grace Haka, UI-7 News, University of Illinois

Television General News Reporting
Winner: “Cell Phone Videos And The Faces Behind The Camera” by Omar Jimenez, Northwestern News Network, Northwestern University
Finalist: “Divvy Bikes” by Aleksandra Bush, Good Day DePaul, DePaul University
Finalist: “Chicago Public School Closings Spark Chicago Teachers Union Three-Day March” by Leah Varjacques, Northwestern News Network, Northwestern University

Television Feature
Winner: “Crazy Deli” by Jessica Paris, Good Day DePaul, DePaul University
Finalist: “DIBS” by Tyler Carter, Good Day DePaul, DePaul University
Finalist: “DePaul Student’s Work in Africa” by Sean Boswell, Good Day DePaul, DePaul University

Television Sports Reporting
Winner: “Silent Night: New Coach. New Shooter. Same Tradition.” by Jeff Yoder, Kevin Schillinger, Kari Travis, The Echo, Taylor University
Finalist: “Northwestern Athletics Fall Sports Features” by Gregory Mroz, NNN Sports, Northwestern University
Finalist: “Kirsten Verdun” by Colin Bowen, Good Day DePaul, DePaul University

Best All-Around Television Newscast
Winner: “Northwestern News Report: 2013 Chicago Show” by Sharon Yoo, Allyson Byers, William Robinson-Smith and Sally Zhang, Northwestern News Network, Northwestern University
Finalist: “Good Day DePaul October 23, 2013” by Ronald Brown, Jessie Molloy and Gabbi Ziecina, Good Day DePaul, DePaul University
Finalist: “UI-7 News, November 19, 2013” by staff, UI-7 News, University of Illinois

ONLINE
Online News Reporting
Winner: “Schools Out: CPS Closes 50 Chicago Schools” by Joe Ruppel, Josclynn Brandon, Calvin Hahn and Angelica Robinson, The Red LIne Project, DePaul University
Finalist: “Suspended Justice” by Katie Mettler, Caitlin O’Hara and Missy Wilson, Indiana Daily Student – idsnews.com, Indiana University
Finalist: “Spotlight on Shaken-Baby Syndrome” by Staff, The Medill Justice Project, Northwestern University

Online Feature Reporting
Winner: “The end of the Waffle House” by Jessica Contrera, Emma Grdina and Anna Teeter, Indiana Daily Student – idsnews.com, Indiana University
Finalist: “Chicago: Home of a New Indie Gaming Renaissance” by Jordan Minor, Kotaku, Northwestern University
Finalist: “The Thin Red Line: The Shutdown of the Red Line South Branch” by Staff, The Red Line Project, DePaul University

Online In-Depth Reporting
Winner: “Hot Spots” by Staff, The Medill Justice Project, Northwestern University
Finalist: “Out of Control: Chicago’s Gun Violence Problem” by Staff, The Red Line Project, DePaul University
Finalist: “After the fall” by Jessica Contrera, Emma Grdina and Anna Teeter, Indiana Daily Student – idsnews.com, Indiana University

Online Sports Reporting
Winner: “Chicago Marathon Coverage” by staff, Chicago Sidelines, DePaul University
Finalist: “Wildcat lacrosse preview 2013” by staff, NBN Sports, Northwestern University

Online Opinion & Commentary
Winner: Matthew Kovac, DailyNorthwestern, Protest and ChicagoInnocenceProject, Northwestern University
Finalist: Amanda Glickman, North by Northwestern, Northwestern University
Finalist: Yunita Ong, North by Northwestern, Northwestern University

Best Use of Multimedia
Winner: “Chicago Homicides Searchable Maps” by Clayton Guse and Andrew Rodriguez, The Red Line Project, DePaul University
Finalist: “Shaken-Baby Syndrome: Perspectives on a Controversial Diagnosis” by Diane Tsai, The Medill Justice Project, Northwestern University
Finalist: “The Chicago Stumbler Tumblr” by Lindsey Murphy and Staff, The Chicago Stumbler, DePaul University

Best Affiliated Web Site
Winner: idsnews.com by staff, Indiana Daily Student, Indiana University
Finalist: ballbearingsmag.com by Hayli Goode, Aubrey Smith, Karina Lozano and Catherine Greis, Ball Bearings Magazine, Ball State University
Finalist: depauliaonline.com by staff, The DePaulia, DePaul University

Best Digital-Only Site
Winner: redlineproject.org by staff, The Red Line Project, DePaul University

Founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi, SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to a well-informed citizenry; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and protects First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. For more information about SPJ, please visit www.spj.org.

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Mark of Excellence Award duplicate order form

Duplicate order form for Mark of Excellence Awards
____________________________________________________________________________________
Regional certificates: $3.00 each + $2.00 (total) for postage = $5.00
Year:
Category:
Name(s) of award winner(s):
Title of entry:
College/ University:
Address where the award(s) should be shipped:

Number of duplicate awards:
Payment information:
Card Type: Ο Visa Ο MasterCard Ο American Express
Card # ____________________________________________
Name on the card: ___________________________________ Authorized signature ___________________________________
Expiration date and 3 Digit security code: ______________
Total $______________

Email address for receipt___________________________________________

Please call Chad Hosier at 317-920-4791 or e-mail Chosier@spj.org with questions.

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SPJ Chicago schedule: April 11-13 times and rooms

SOCIETY OF PROFESSIONAL JOURNALISTS
2014 Region 5 Spring Conference

Here is the schedule for sessions at the Society of Professional Journalists’ Region 5 Spring Conference in Chicago. Encourage your colleagues to come. All are welcome to attend, to learn and to share views. We will have newsroom tours Fri. April 11, with the opening reception at 6 p.m. at Billy Goat’s. Most of the development programs will be Saturday morning; we will have an “ethical afternoon” with you doing the work to develop a consensus about what we believe changes in the SPJ Code of Ethics should be — if any. The first thing Saturday morning is also a work-session for you. Chapters are asked to tell about their best programs so other chapters will have a wealth of new ideas.

All sessions, except for the opening night reception, will be at Inn of Chicago, 162 E. Ohio St.

SATURDAY APRIL 12

8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Registration at Inn of Chicago, 162 E. Ohio St.
2nd floor corridor between conference rooms

8 a.m – 9 a.m. Buckingham Room
Your Best Programs (mandatory for chapter representatives)
This won’t be your usual boring, traditional regional business meeting. That’s because YOU will be the speakers. Share your best program ideas with your colleagues from other chapters. Try to limit your presentations to five minutes if we have a crowd. Moderator: Region 5 Director Susan S. Stevens.

9 a.m. – 10 a.m. Buckingham Room
New Trends and Innovations in Journalism
Dana Neuts, SPJ’s president-elect, will welcome all conference-goers at this session. Following the opening, NBC 5’s Station Manager and VP of News, Frank Whittaker; Scripps Fellow Emily Withrow, assistant professor at Northwestern University; Charlie Meyerson, director of Rivet News Radio and principal of Meyerson Strategy; and Dave Newbart, senior editor at DNAinfo Chicago, will tell what they see coming up in our world. Moderator: Loyola University Journalism Program Director Beth Konrad, a Chicago Headline Club board member and past president.

10 a.m – 11:30 a.m. Buckingham Room
Social Media — the Latest and Greatest
Jeff Cutler, the nation’s premier trainer of social media for use by journalists, will come in from Boston to head this session. He will help you communicate more effectively. Check out Jeff on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc. Barbara Iverson and Teresa Puente, both social media experts at Columbia College Chicago, will participate.

10 a.m – 11 a.m. Windy City Room
How to Keep Sane Covering Tragedies
“Taking home” heart-breaking stories can play havoc with reporters’ personal lives. Ways to keep an even mental keel will be offered by Dr. Sudip Bose, an expert in emergency room medicine, and Life Matters Media co-founders Randi Belisomo, a reporter for CLTV in Chicago, and Dr. Mary Mulcahey, of NorthwesternUniversity.

10 a.m – 10:55 a.m. Harbor Room
Proofread your own work
Proofreaders resemble dinosaurs, and are almost extinct. Learn to do it yourself better with the help of Jon Ziomek, a Chicago Sun-Times veteran, Al Solomon, a Chicago Tribune veteran, and Jim Benes of WBBM780 Newsradio in Chicago. All three teach in Chicago journalism programs.

11 a.m. – 11:55 a.m Harbor Room
Edit Yourself
Teresa Schmedding, of the Daily Herald and president of the American Copy Editors Society, and Maggie Walter, of the University of Missouri and member of ACES, will present this session, which will include tips on how to edit your own work, including when technology can help — and hurt — you. In these times of shrinking copy desks, this session and the next are more important than ever.

11 a.m. – 11:55 a.m. Windy City Room
Knight Lab: Innovating Journalism at the Intersection of Media and Technology

Technology is transforming media, offering new opportunities for quality journalism, storytelling and content. NorthwesternUniversity Knight Lab has been at the forefront of bringing together different disciplines to develop projects that revolutionize media. Ryan Graff will tell about some of the lab’s projects and tools as well as their student fellowship program. The lab is a joint initiative of NU’s McCormick Engineering and Medill schools.

Noon – 12:55 p.m. Windy City Room
50 Ways to Make a Freelance Living
Tips from Dana Neuts, Kent, Wash.-based freelancer and SPJ President-Elect, Robyn Davis Sekula, Louisville, Ky.-based and SPJ activist, and Chicago-based John Wasik, all successful and veteran freelancers.

Noon – 12:55 p.m. Harbor Room
SPJ/ONA DePaul Free Speech Wall
SPJ/ONA DePaul, the 2013 SPJ National Campus Chapter of the Year, shares an innovative Constitution Day program that drew in nonjournalists and can be adapted by any chapter anywhere. Adviser Mike Reilley’s executive board members will present the wall, share materials and lead a small group exercise on how to expand and improve the program.

1 p.m. – 1:55 p.m. Mark of Excellence Awards Luncheon
The best student journalism in Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois will be honored.

2 p.m. on Windy City Room
Unemployed? Underemployed? Uncertain?
“Transition benefits”
David Brown and Harry Riley of Semler Financial Services in Indianapolis, SPJ’s trusted advisers, use that term as they talk with SPJ members about financial planning. They will answer questions from journalists at all stages of their careers, including those displaced.

2 p.m. on Harbor Room
Just for students
A semisocial session with a Q-and-A about making the transition from college to being a graduate and going out into the world. Moderator: Professor Barbara Iverson of ColumbiaCollege.

2 p.m – 2:55 p.m Buckingham Room
Ethics On Call
How do we observe journalism ethics? How do we learn?
Ethics AdviceLine team members will reveal some of the most significant calls they have received at 866-DILEMMA, and tell how they worked through the dilemmas with the callers. Call-takers are David Ozar and Hugh Miller of Loyola University Chicago, Lee Anne Peck of the University of Northern Colorado and David Craig of the University of Oklahoma. Leader of this session is Casey Bukro, retired from the Chicago Tribune, helped write SPJ’s Codes of Ethics and, with David Ozar, co-founded the EAL.

3 p.m. – 3:55 p.m. Buckingham Room
When Ethics Goes Bad, Really Bad
Some egregious examples that cause the public to mistrust us will be discussed by Rick Tulsky, director of NorthwesternUniversity’s Medill Watchdog. Tulsky’s Watchdog uses interns to examine systemic institutional problems in partnership with major news media outlets including the Chicago Tribune, WGN-TV and Chicago Public Media.

4 p.m. – 5 p.m. Buckingham Room
Change the SPJ Code?
(Or, Why the SPJ Ethics Code Might Not Be as Good as Mom’s Apple Pie, the American Flag or Sex)
Study the Code — you will get a copy in the morning. Frame your thoughts. Put those thoughts on an index card and hand it to Dann Gire when you see him. We will discuss the Code as it stands now and how it might be improved. In this town hall kind of format, we want to develop a Chicago consensus on what, if any, changes need to be made in the Code. This give-and-take session will be directed by Gire, a Chicago Headline Club board member and Daily Herald film critic, who is deeply concerned about ethics.

FRIDAY APRIL 11

6 p.m. Opening reception
Billy Goat Tavern & Grill, 430 N. Michigan Ave. (at Illinois Street) lower level. First draft beer or Pepsi is on us! Get a coupon at the door from Danielle Lieber. All of the serious stuff will be Saturday, but note we have Friday newsroom tours scheduled earlier in the day Friday.

Tours: REGISTER SEPARATELY by April 9

 Sun-Times Media – Visit the Chicago Sun-Times newsroom and the rest of the Sun-Times Media offices at either 10 a.m. or 3 p.m. Friday. A maximum of 20 of you will be welcome either of those hours. If possible, Editor in Chief Jim Kirk will give you the tour. The Sun-Times is at 350 N. Orleans St. about a mile west and a little south of Inn of Chicago. To RSVP for security purposes, email Patrick Boylan at boylanpadraig@gmail.com by Wed. April 9.

 Chicago Tribune – A maximum of ten of you will be welcome at each of the Chicago Tribune news meetings at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Plan to show up at Tribune Tower 15 minutes before the meeting you prefer. After the meeting, if Editor Jane Hirt’s time permits, she will talk with you and walk you around the newsroom. To RSVP for security purposes, email Patrick Boylan at boylanpadraig@gmail.com by Wed. April 9.

NBC5 TV – 5:30 p.m. Fri. April 11. Station Manager and VP of News Frank Whittaker invites you to tour the station and watch the 6 p.m. news. Limit of 10 people. For security, you must sign up in advance: To RSVP, email PatrickBoylan at boylanpadraig@gmail.com by Wed. April 9.

You can read short biographies of our presenters at http://blogs.spjnetwork.org/region5/?p=356

To sign up for the conference go to
https://region5spj2014.eventbrite.com

To reserve your room at Inn of Chicago, 162 E. Ohio St.
call 312-787-3100, tell them you are with SPJ Region 5

Thanks to our sponsors:
Chicago Headline Club (SPJ chapter)
Chicago Sun-Times
Daily Herald
Ball State University
Indiana University
Northwestern University Medill School
Loyola University Chicago
ColumbiaCollegeChicago

 

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April 11-13 Spring Chicago conference details

Mon. March 17, 2014

Be among the professional journalists and students from across Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky who will gather in Chicago April 11-13 for the annual spring conference of the Society of Professional Journalists’ Region 5. You do not need to be a member. You do not need to live or work in these three states. All are welcome to attend, to learn and to share views. We want to develop a consensus about what we believe changes in the SPJ Code of Ethics should be – if any. And we want to share ideas about how to better our lives, our professions and our chapters. Please come – and encourage your colleagues!

 Here’s a list of oar planned sessions for the conference. We do not have specific time slots chosen yet, but generally speaking, there will be a keynote presentation at the beginning at 9 a.m., the Mark of Excellence luncheon at Noon, and three (yes—mark them) sessions on ethics in the afternoon. Chapter representatives have a mandatory 8 a.m. (sorry!) meeting.

Friday, April 11

6 p.m. Opening reception

Billy Goat Tavern & Grill, 430 N. Michigan Avenue (at Illinois Street on the lower level)

Saturday April 12

Ethics on call
How do we observe journalism ethics? How do we learn?
Ethics AdviceLine team members will reveal some of the most significant calls it has received at 866-DILEMMA, and tell how they worked through the dilemma with the callers. Call-takers are David Ozar and Hugh Miller of Loyola University Chicago, Lee Anne Peck of the University of Northern Colorado and David Craig of the University of Oklahoma. In charge of the session: Casey Bukro, retired from the Chicago Tribune, who helped write SPJ’s Codes of Ethics and with David Ozar is co-founder of EAL.

When ethics goes bad, really bad
Some egregious examples that cause the public to mistrust us will be discussed by Rick Tulsky, director of NorthwesternUniversity’s Medill Watchdog. Tulsky’s Watchdog uses interns to examine systemic institutional problems in partnership with major news media outlets including the Chicago Tribune, WGN-TV and Chicago Public Media.

Change the SPJ Code?
(Or, why the SPJ Ethics Code might not be as good as Mom’s apple pie, the American flag or sex)
Study the Code – you will get a copy in the morning. Frame your thoughts. We will discuss the Code as it stands now and how it might be improved. In this town hall kind of format, we want to develop a Chicago consensus on what, if any, changes need to be made in the Code. This give-and-take session will be directed by Dann Gire, a Chicago Headline Club board member and Daily Herald film critic deeply concerned about ethics.

Mark of Excellence Awards Luncheon
The best student journalism in Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois will be honored.

Latest trends and innovations in journalism
Dana Neuts, SPJ’s president-elect, will welcome all conference-goers at this session. Then NBC 5’s Station Manager and VP of News, Frank Whittaker, Scripps Fellow Emily Withrow of Northwestern University and others will tell what they see coming up in our world. LoyolaUniversity’s Beth Konrad will moderate.

SPJ/ONA DePaul Free Speech Wall
SPJ/ONA DePaul, the 2013 national campus chapter of the year, shares an innovative Constitution Day program that drew in non-journalists and can be adapted by any chapter anywhere. Adviser Mike Reilley’s executive board members will present the wall, share materials and lead a small group exercise on how to expand and improve the program.

Social media – the latest and greatest
Jeff Cutler, the nation’s premier trainer of social media for use by journalists, will come in from Boston to head this session. He will help you communicate more effectively. Check out Jeff on Facebook, Linked-In, Twitter, etc. Barbara Iverson and Teresa Puente, both experts at Columbia College Chicago, will participate.

Knight Labs – Innovating journalism at the intersection of media and technology
Technology is transforming media, offering new opportunities for quality journalism, storytelling and content. NorthwesternUniversity Knight Lab has been at the forefront of bringing together different disciplines to develop projects that revolutionize media. Ryan Graff will tell about some of the Lab’s projects and tools as well as their student fellowship program. The lab is a joint initiative of the University’s McCormick Engineering and MedillSchools.

50 ways to make a freelance living
Dana Neuts, Kent, Wash. based and SPJ President-Elect, Robyn Davis Sekula, Louisville, Ky.-based and SPJ activist, and Chicago-based John Wasik, all successful freelancers, will give you their tips.

How to keep sane covering tragedies
Randi Belisomo and Dr. Mary Mulcahey of Life Matters Media and Dr. Sudip Bose. Randi also is a reporter for CLTV in Chicago. Mary is at Northwestern University Hospitals. Sudip is an expert on emergency room medicine.

Edit yourself
Teresa Schmedding and Maggie Walter. Teresa, of the Daily Herald, is president of the American Copy Editors Society and Maggie, of the University of Missouri, is a member of ACES. Session will include tips on how to edit your own work, including when technology can help — and hurt — you. In these times of shrinking copy desks, this session and the next are more important than ever.

Proofread your own work
Proof readers resemble dinosaurs, and are almost extinct. Learn to better do it yourself. Jon Ziomek, Al Solomon and Jim Benes. Jim is at WBBM780 Newsradio in Chicago, Jon is a veteran of the Chicago Sun-Times, Al of the Chicago Tribune. All three teach in Chicago journalism programs.

Unemployed? Underemployed? Uncertain?
“Transition benefits”
David Brown and Harry Riley of Semler Financial Services in Indianapolis, SPJ’s trusted advisers, use that term as they talk with SPJ members about financial planning. They will answer questions from journalists at all stages of their careers, including those displaced.

Your best programs (mandatory for chapter reps)
8 a.m. Saturday — This won’t be your usual boring, traditional regional business meeting. That’s because YOU will be the speakers. Share your best program ideas with your colleagues from other chapters. Try to limit your presentations to five minutes if we have a crowd. Region 5 Director Susan S. Stevens will moderate.

Just for students
A semi-social session with a Q & A about making the transistion from college to being a graduate and going out into the world. Prof. Barbara Iverson of ColumbiaCollege will moderate.

Be sure to come in Friday night for our opening reception
6 p.m. Friday April 11 Opening reception
Billy Goat Tavern & Grill, 430 N. Michigan Ave. (at Illinois Street) lower level. First draft beer or Pepsi is on us! All of the serious stuff above is on Saturday, but note the Friday tours below.

Tours: REGISTER SEPARATELY by April 9

 Sun-Times Media – Visit the Chicago Sun-Times newsroom and the rest of the Sun-Times Media offices at either 10 a.m. or 3 p.m. Friday. A maximum of 20 of you will be welcome either of those hours. If possible, Editor in Chief Jim Kirk will give you the tour. The Sun-Times is at 350 N. Orleans St. about a mile west and a little south of Inn of Chicago. To RSVP for security purposes, email Patrick Boylan at boylanpadraig@gmail.com by Wed. April 9.

 Chicago Tribune – If you are in Chicago early enough on Friday, a maximum of 15 of you will be welcome at the Chicago Tribune news meetings at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Plan to show up at Tribune Tower 15 minutes before the meeting you prefer. After the meeting, if Editor Jane Hirt’s time permits, she will talk with you and walk you around the newsroom. To RSVP for security purposes, email Patrick Boylan at boylanpadraig@gmail.com by Wed. April 9.

NBC5 TV – 5:30 p.m. Fri. April 11. Station Manager and VP of News Frank Whittaker invites you to tour the station and watch the 6 p.m. news. Limit of 10 people. For security, you must sign up in advance: To RSVP, email PatrickBoylan at boylanpadraig@gmail.com by Wed. April 9.

You can read short biographies of our presenters at http://blogs.spjnetwork.org/region5/?p=356

To sign up for the conference:
https://region5spj2014.eventbrite.com

To reserve your room at Inn of Chicago, 162 E. Ohio St.,
Phone 312-787-3100, tell them you are with SPJ Region 5
$125 rooms are available only until March 26

Thanks to our sponsors:

Chicago Headliners Club (SPJ chapter)
Chicago Sun-Times
BallStateUniversity
IndianaUniversity
LoyolaUniversityChicago
ColumbiaCollegeChicago

 

 

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Learn from these experts April 12 in Chicago

    HERE ARE ALL THE PRESENTERS FOR THE APRIL 12 CONFERENCE IN CHICAGO

Randi Belisomo is co-founder of Life Matters Media, www.lifemattersmedia.org,, a multimedia journalist, currently a general assignment reporter at WGN-TV and a contributor to Chicago Public Radio. She has a master’s degree from NorthwesternUniversity’s Medill School of Journalism and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Notre Dame. She is on numerous boards, including the Chicago End-of-Life Care Coalition and the Chicago Headline Club. She is chairperson of the Carlos Hernandez Award in Meritorious Journalism at DePaulUniversity, in honor of her late husband.

 

Jim Benes is the longtime morning editor at WBBM Newsradio. He is a lifelong resident of the Chicago area, a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago, and the recipient of a master’s degree in journalism from Roosevelt University. He teaches a course there for graduate-level students called “The State of the News Business.” Jim is the author of Season of Joy: Chicago Celebrates the Holidays, a chronology of Christmas in Chicago. It was the result of research he’s done over the years for his WBBM Christmas programs.

 

Sudip Bose, M.D., of www.TheBattleContinues.org has worked in some of the busiest emergency rooms in the country. During 15 months on the front lines of combat in Iraq, Bose was in mass casualty situations and was chosen to treat Saddam Hussein. Bose earned the Bronze Star and was named a “CNN Hero” thanks to his ability to maintain calm in situations of extreme stress. He has been featured on “Untold Stories of the ER” and “The Dr. Oz Show,” and is a frequent media correspondent.

 

Casey Bukro manages the Ethics AdviceLine for Journalists, a free service offering ethics guidance to professional journalists. Bukro retired as overnight editor of the Chicago Tribune after 45 years at the newspaper, where he was an environment and energy specialist for 33 years. He is a past national chairman of SPJ’s ethics committee, and past chairman of the Chicago Headline Club’s ethics committee. He was inducted into the Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame in 2008.

 

David A. Craig is a professor and associate dean for academic affairs in the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Oklahoma, where he has been a professor since1996. He teaches journalism ethics and graduate research courses. He is the author of two books about journalism ethics and best practices. Craig was a news copy editor at the Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader for nine years. He has a PhD in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia, a master’s degree from WheatonCollege and a bachelor’s from Medill School of Journalism at NorthwesternUniversity.

 

Jeff Cutler is a content specialist who regularly trains people across the United States on the use of social tools to share their message(s) and reach audiences. Jeff has written for NPR, The New York Post, Technology Review, Gatehouse Media and others. He has been helping people communicate for 20 years, creating content, brainstorming strategy, and training legions of newcomers and traditional media people. Find out more with a quick click on his site http://jeffcutler.com.

 

Dann Gire, Daily Herald film critic, is president and founding director of the Chicago Film Critics Association, for which he authored the organization’s ethics code. He is also a member of the Chicago Headline Club board of directors. In 2013, both the Illinois and National Journalism Education associations recognized Gire as a “Friend to Scholastic Journalism” for his work as a collegiate journalism instructor and advocate for student press rights. He has won the Headline Club’s Lisagor Award eight times, as well as awards from other journalism groups.

 

Deborah Taylor Givens joined the faculty at Eastern Kentucky University after a 20-year career as a community newspaper editor and publisher. She served as an editor with the south central Kentucky newspaper chain Al Smith Communications before, along with her husband, establishing The Butler County Banner newspaper and later purchasing The Green River Republican newspaper. She earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from BallStateUniversity, a master’s in public administration from WesternKentuckyUniversity, and a doctorate in communication from the University of Kentucky.

 

Ryan Graff is a nerd about news, ecstatic for the future of news. Formerly a Colorado-based reporter and magazine writer, he now runs communications, outreach and relationships for Northwestern University Knight Lab. It is a joint initiative of the University’s McCormick Engineering and Medill schools. Its mission is to advance news media innovation through experimentation, exploration and education. With a focus on adoption, the school develops  technology and tools that help make information meaningful as well as promote quality storytelling on the Internet.

 

Barbara K. Iverson teaches at Columbia College Chicago and is co-founder and co-publisher of Chicagotalks.org, a hyperlocal news site for Chicago. “DrBarb” started blogging in 1999. A midlife journalist, Barbara Iverson has been an elementary school teacher, an educational researcher, and a producer of interactive multimedia. occasional contributor to Poynter’s E-Media Tidbits, former vice president for technology for Association of Women Journalists, and the organizer of Chicago Bloggers Meetup. She teaches Mobile Journalism and Data Storytelling.

 

Beth Konrad is the journalism program director and professor at Loyola University Chicago. Her reporting/broadcasting experiences include positions with ABC Radio in Chicago, NBC in San Francisco, Post-Newsweek-WDIV-TV, and VP of PBS in Detroit. She is the recipient the SPJ Award for Distinguished Service in Journalism and three EMMYS for her television and public affairs reporting.  She is a board member of the Chicago Headline Club board and is the faculty advisor to Loyola’s SPJ student chapter.

 

Charlie Meyerson is a veteran multimedia journalist in Chicago. He leads the journalism team at the smartphone-based startup Rivet News Radio. He’s also an adjunct professor at Roosevelt University and an occasional contributor to WBEZ-FM, Crain’s Chicago Business and WXRT-FM, where he worked from 1979-89. Meyerson holds undergraduate and graduate journalism degrees from the University of Illinois, where he began his broadcasting career. He has consulted in content strategy through his practice, Meyerson Strategy.

 

Hugh Edmund Miller is assistant professor of philosophy at Loyola University of Chicago. His areas of specialization are: philosophy of religion, philosophical theology, history of metaphysics and contemporary French philosophy. He is the author of several articles and conference papers and at work on two book-length manuscripts: the first on the philosophy of Emanuel Levinas and the second on Hegel’s system. He regularly teaches courses in ethics and business ethics. He has served as a member of the Ethics AdviceLine for Journalists since 2002.

 

Mary F. Mulcahey, M.D., is co-founder of Life Matters Media, www.lifemattersmedia.org. She is a practicing medical oncologist with more than 10 years experience in caring for patients and families with terminal illness. She is an associate professor in the Department of Hematology Oncology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She serves on the Illinois Task Force for the Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment and on the board of the Chicago End-of-Life Care Coalition.
Dave Newbart is the Senior Editor for DNAinfo.com Chicago. Dave spent the last few years as an assistant city editor for the Chicago Sun-Times. Before that he was a reporter covering higher education and general news for the paper. Dave has a degree in political science from KnoxCollege and later studied journalism at the University of Missouri. He is a resident of Little Italy on the Near West Side.

 

Dana Neuts is a freelance writer, editor and author specializing in business, nonprofits, community and travel. Her work has appeared in The Seattle Times, Seattle Business, Seattle Met, 425 magazine, South Sound magazine, Quill, American Profile and AARP Bulletin. In addition to being the founder and publisher of iLoveKent.net, a hyperlocal blog about Kent, Wash., Dana serves as SPJ membership chair and president-elect. She’ll become president at the SPJ/RTDNA Excellence in Journalism conference in Nashville in September.

 

David T. Ozar is professor of social and professional ethics in Loyola University Chicago’s Department of Philosophy. He has taught in Loyola’s schools of medicine, nursing, business, law, education, social work and dentistry. He served as director of Loyola’s Center for Ethics from 1993 to 2006. Since the founding of the Ethics AdviceLine for Journalists in 2001, Ozar has been its co-director. He has lectured, written articles on professional issues in journalism ethics and other professions, as well as about the AdviceLine itself.

 

Lee Anne Peck is associate professor of journalism at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley where she teaches media ethics, magazine and news writing, and public relations. She was a journalist with the Moline (Ill.) Daily Dispatch, Choice Magazine of the Front Range, Fort Collins Coloradoan and Rocky Mountain News. She has a PhD in mass communications with an emphasis on ethics from OhioUniversity. Peck taught at the University of Dubovnik, Croatia, under a Fulbright grant, and also taught at Franklin CollegeSwitzerland.

 

Teresa Puente is an associate journalism professor at Columbia College Chicago where she teaches social media, digital journalism, international reporting and more. She is a former staff reporter at the Chicago Tribune and was on the editorial board at the Chicago Sun-Times. Her recent work has been published in The Guardian, The Daily Beast, The Miami Herald, and In These Times. She also writes the Chicanísima blog on ChicagoNow.com (Tribune Co.) and is the founder and editor of Latina-Voices.com.

 

Mike Reilley teaches online journalism and mobile technologies at DePaul University’s College of Communication. He and his students publish to RedLineProject.org, a mobile news site that focuses on urban issues in neighborhoods near Chicago’s Red Line El stops. Mike, a former reporter at the Los Angeles Times and a web producer at ChicagoTribune.com and WashingtonPost.com, also serves as faculty adviser to SPJ/ONA DePaul (SPJONADePaul.com). He’s the founder of the journalism resource site The Journalist’s Toolbox, which is housed at SPJ.org.

 

Teresa Schmedding is the deputy managing editor of digital operations for the Daily Herald Media Group and president of the American Copy Editors Society. She has a master’s in media management and a bachelor’s in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Schmedding led a team of representatives from major journalism organizations last year in holding the first summit to fight plagiarism and fabrication in the media. The group published an e-book, “The Truth and Nothing But” that is available free at http://www.rjionline.org/newsbooks/aces.

 

Robyn Davis Sekula is president of the Louisville Pro Chapter of SPJ. She is a Twitter addict (@itsRobynwithay), iPhone-a-holic, writer, and social media consultant. Her working life involves serving as a freelance writer, consultant and frequent speaker. She spent most of her pre-freelance career as a newspaper reporter, working as a crime and courts reporter in North Carolina, a business editor in Missouri and as a reporter at Business First in Louisville, Ky. She primarily consults with organizations and business in public relations, communications plans and social media strategy. You can find her web site at www.robyndavissekula.com.

 

Alan Solomon has been an editor and writer at four major metros: the Houston Chronicle, Philadelphia Inquirer, Chicago Sun-Times and, for 31 years, at the Chicago Tribune. Since taking an amicable buyout from the Tribune in 2008, He has taught journalism at DePaul, Columbia College and Northwestern/Medill. He is author of two books: the latest “A Century of Wrigley Field,” and continues to contribute travel stories to the Tribune and other publications.

 

Susan S. Stevens, a veteran of 23 years with United Press International, 11 with the City News Bureau of Chicago, and more than several with community newspapers and magazines, now freelances. She joined the Society of Professional Journalists in 1969, the year women were first admitted as members, and serves as SPJ Region 5 director. She has been a Chicago Headline Club officer or board member most of the time since 1988, and is currently CHC and CHC Foundation secretary. Also, she has served as an Ethics AdviceLine for Journalists committee member for 10 years.

 

Fredric “Rick” Tulsky is director of Northwestern University’s Medill Watchdog, which uses interns to examine systemic institutional problems in partnership with professional organizations that include the Chicago Tribune, WGN-TV, Chicago Public Media and the late Chicago page of The New York Times. Before joining Northwestern, he had a long career as an investigative reporter and editor at a variety of news organizations, including the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Los Angeles Times and San Jose Mercury News. He is a former president of Investigative Reporters and Editors.

 

Maggie Walter is an associate professor and interactive news editor at the Columbia Missourian. She joined the Missouri School of Journalism faculty in August 2003. Walter is faculty adviser for the MU Chapter of the American Copy Editors Society and a member of the national organization. She is a faculty member for the annual Dow Jones Newspaper Fund Missouri Editing Excellence Workshop held at MU. Before joining MU, she had various gigs at newspapers in Indiana, New Hampshire and Maine. Walter was named the 2014 Journalism Alumnus of the Year by BallStateUniversity.

 

John F. Wasik is an independent writer, speaker and journalist. He’s written 14 books on a variety of subjects ranging from ecology to retirement, including his most recent Keynes’s Way to Wealth. He writes a weekly investment column for Reuters and contributes to The New York Times, Forbes and other national publications. He has addressed crowds from coast to coast and appeared on NBC, CNBC, PBS, NPR and radio stations across the world.

 

Emily Withrow is an Assistant Professor of Journalism at Medill, teaching online publishing and interactive narrative with an eye toward immersive, multi-platform experiences. Prior to joining Medill, she was an editor at THE A.V. Club, the arts and entertainment arm of The Onion, where she wrote, edited, and managed online content, as well as devised the publication’s social media strategy.. She has worked at the McKinsey Quarterly, the Associated Press and CBS.

 

Frank Whittaker was named station manager at NBC 5 in April 2008. He added this role to his responsibilities as vice-president of news. He joined NBC 5 in June 1998, as News Director. A Chicago native, Whittaker previously worked for WLS-TV and WBBM-TV. Under his leadership, NBC 5 News has won numerous awards. He has also won five individual Chicago Emmy awards for his producing roles in spot news coverage and half-hour specials. He holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism from NorthwesternUniversity.

 

Jon Ziomek is semi-retired after working as a journalist and teaching journalism for more than 40 years. He was a Chicago Sun-Times reporter before moving into academics. He worked for 25 years at NorthwesternUniversity’s Medill School of Journalism, and for most of that time was assistant dean in charge of the editorial master’s degree programs. Since retiring from Medill, he continues to write and edit part-time, and teach at ColumbiaCollege and elsewhere.

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SPJ regional conference: Chicago April 11-13: Ethics, Social Media, Much More!

SPJ Region 5 Conference
April 11-13
Chicago, IL

Register here: https://region5spj2014.eventbrite.com
For hotel room, phone: 312-787-3100

Friday, April 11
6 p.m. Opening reception
Billy Goat Tavern & Grill, 430 N. Michigan Avenue (at Illinois Street on lower level)

Saturday, April 12
8 a.m. Opening session
Future of Journalism
Where we are going will be discussed by several experts. Welcome by SPJ President-Elect Dana Neuts.

Social Media – the Latest
Jeff Cutler, the nation’s premier trainer of social media for use by journalists, will come from Boston to head this session. Barbara Iverson and Teresa Puente, both at Columbia College Chicago, will participate.

50 Ways to Make a Freelance Living
Dana Neuts, Kent, Wash.-based freelancer and SPJ President-Elect, Robyn Davis Sekula, Louisville-Ky.-based freelancer and SPJ Louisville Pro President, and Chicago-based John Wasik, author and freelancer, will give you their tips.

How to Keep Sane Covering Tragedies
Randi Belisomo and Dr. Mary Mulcahey of Life Matters Media and Dr. Sudip Bose. Randi also is a reporter for CLTV in Chicago. Mary is at Northwestern University Hospitals. Sudip, founder of The Battle Continues, is an emergency room physician who also earned The Bronze Star on the front lines of combat of Iraq.

Copy Edit Yourself
Teresa Smedding and Maggie Walter. Teresa, of the Daily Herald, is president of the American Copy Editors Society and Maggie, of the University of Missouri, is a member of ACES. In these times of shrinking copy desks, this session and the next are more important than ever.

Proofread Your Own Work
Jon Ziomek, Al Solomon and Jim Benes. Jim is at WBBM780 Newsradio in Chicago, Jon is a veteran of the Chicago Sun-Times, Al of the Chicago Tribune. All three teach in Chicago journalism programs.

Mark of Excellence Awards
The best student journalism in Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois will be honored at our luncheon.

Ethics Afternoon: Here, Now, and in the Future
Casey Bukro, Dan Gire, the Ethics AdviceLine team and others. Casey, retired from the Chicago Tribune, helped write SPJ’s current Code of Ethics. Dan is a Chicago Headline Club board member and Daily Herald film critic deeply concerned about ethics. AdviceLine case studies will be presented, with in-depth discussions of how questions were resolved. The participants also will discuss the Code as it stands now and how it might be improved.

Transition Benefits
David Brown and Harry Riley of Semler Financial Services in Indianapolis advise SPJ members about financial planning. They will answer questions from journalists at all stages of their careers, including those displaced.

Just for Students
A sort of social session with a Q & A about making the transition from college to being a graduate and going out into the world. Barbara Iverson will be the moderator.

Your Best Programs: SPJ Region 5 meeting (mandatory for chapter reps)
We want a lot of give-and-take at our traditional regional business meeting. Share your best program ideas with your colleagues from other chapters. Try to limit your presentations to five minutes if we have a crowd. Region 5 Director Susan S. Stevens will moderate.

Thanks to our sponsors:
Chicago Headliners Club (SPJ chapter)
Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Tribune
Ball State University
Indiana University
Loyola University Chicago
Columbia College Chicago

 

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Hats off to our college chapters!

Students are our future. Let’s give hearty applause to those in our Region 5 who were honored by SPJ at the national conference: DePaul University, Indiana University, Columbia College Chicago and ButlerUniversity all won national awards. Others were among the top three.

SPJ DePaul, founded in 2010, received the National Campus Chapter of the Year award for the second time in three years and was Region 5 Student Chapter of the Year. DePaul’s The Red Line Project won the school’s first SPJ National Mark of Excellence Award with a first-place finish in the Online Breaking News Category (election 2012 coverage).

“These honors are a great testament to our chapter’s hard work, particularly the leadership of our executive board,” said SPJ DePaul adviser Mike Reilley. “Winning National Chapter of the Year once is a great feat. Twice is a reflection of our students’ consistently strong work in the field of journalism.

Judges cited the chapter’s innovative and well-attended events and programming, use of digital technologies and its increased membership. With 73 members, SPJ DePaul is one of the largest student chapters in the nation.

SPJ said DePaul’s chapter was chosen because of its recruitment drive that doubled their membership and — more importantly — plenty of quality programming that focused on all aspects of SPJ’s mission, including diversity, freedom of information and ethics. And to top off their efforts, the DePaul chapter members often shared their programs by posting interviews or portions of the programs on the chapter website or YouTube channel.

SPJ honored the DePaul University campus chapter and these others at the Student Union event at Excellence in Journalism 2013, Aug. 25 in Anaheim, Calif.

Newspapers:

Breaking News Reporting, Large School Division
National Finalist: “In the wake of the storm: Families comb through the rubble,” by Becca Clemons, University of Kentucky

General News Reporting, Large School Division
National Finalist: “Love won’t keep you safe,” by Stacey Barnes, Northern Kentucky University

General News Reporting, Small School Division
National Finalist: “Trustees expand campus police authority, hire new auditing firm,” by Matthew Cecil, DePauw University

Best All-Around Daily Student Newspaper
National Finalist: Indiana Daily Student, Indiana University

Best All-Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper, Large School Division
National Winner: The Columbia Chronicle, Columbia College Chicago

Best All-Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper, Small School Division
National Winner: The Butler Collegian, Butler University

Non-Fiction Magazine Article
National Winner:
“Living with one,” by Lindsey Erdody, Indiana University

Sports photography  large school division
National Finalist: “Taggart celebrates with team,” by Jeff Brown, Western Kentucky University

      Broadcast

Radio News Reporting
National Finalist: “Post-Election Day coverage,” by WLUW’s LunchTime News, Loyola University Chicago

Radio In-Depth Reporting
National Winner:
“Knocked Out,” by Robb Jacobson, Indiana University School of Journalism

      Online

Online News Reporting, Large School Division
National Winner: “Election Night 2012 coverage,” by staff, DePaulUniversity

Online News Reporting, Medium School Division
National Finalist: “Explosion occurs on south side of Indianapolis,” by Kaley Belakovich and Anna Wieseman, University of Indianapolis

Online News Reporting, Small School Division
National Finalist: “Villagio Fire,” by Usama Alony Hamed, Northwestern University in Qatar

Online Feature Reporting, Small School Division
National Finalist: “Maid abuse: A growing problem in Qatar,” by Abir Bouguerra, Angel Polacco and Sara Al-Darwish, Northwestern University in Qatar

Online In-Depth Reporting, Small School Division
National Finalist: “Securing Arab American vote,” by Arab Amreeka 2012 staff, Northwestern University in Qatar

 

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