Chicago Headline Club award banquet May 8

Felicia Middlebrooks and Greg Hinz will receive Lifetime Achievement Awards at the Chicago Headline Club’s Peter Lisagor Awards banquet for exemplary journalism May 8.

Middlebrooks has co-anchored CBS Radio/WBBM Newsradio morning drive news since October 1984. Hinz, who has covered city politics for 40 years, is chief political reporter, blogger and columnist for Crain’s Chicago Business. Their biographies follow banquet details.
Chicago Headline Club logo
Also at the Lisagor dinner:
-outstanding investigative reporting will receive a Watchdog Award, thanks to the Richard Dreihaus Foundation;
-a journalist who gives voice to the voiceless will receive the Anne Keegan Award;
-the $3,000 Les Brownlee scholarship will be announced for a college student, as will two $3,000 intern grants funded by the Chicago Headline Club Foundation; and
-Lisagor Awards winners will be announced and plaques will be presented to them.

Awards will be announced Friday, May 8, at a banquet at the Union League Club of Chicago, 65 W. Jackson Blvd. Cocktails are at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m.

Tickets are: $90 for Headline Club members, $105 for non-members, $900 for a table of 10 and $1,080 for a table of 12. Please reserve by May 1.

Tickets are available online at:
http://headlineclub.org/2015/03/19/buy-lisagor-tickets-2/
Or, email Aimee DeBat at chc.spj@gmail.com.
Mail checks to:
Chicago Headline Club/Lisagor Awards,
1349 E. Washington St., #408
Des Plaines IL 60016

Park in the adjacent garage for $10, get your ticket stamped at the Union League Club desk.

To review the list of finalists:
http://headlineclub.org/2015/03/26/and-the-peter-lisagor-award-nominees-are/

Felicia Middlebrooks has co-anchored the award winning morning-drive program for CBS Radio/WBBM Newsradio since October 1984, last year marking her 30th consecutive year in the highly competitive time slot. Her warm signature voice is synonymous with Chicago’s No. 1 morning radio newscast.

Middlebrooks’ 39-year career has been a string of firsts, including the first woman to work as a CBS Newsradio morning co-anchor and the first African American to hold such a position. She helped pave the way for women and minorities to co-anchor mornings at CBS Radio stations across the country.

Working her way through Purdue University as a steelworker, she earned a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications. At 24, she was the youngest anchor hired at WBBM, following work at several stations in her native Northwest Indiana.

As a reporter, Middlebrooks covered Nelson Mandela’s 1990 U.S. tour following his release from prison as South Africa’s apartheid regime crumbled. She reported on the aftermath of Rwanda’s 1994 bloody genocide, civil conflict in Uganda and Congo, and President Barack Obama’s historic inauguration. In 2010, she embedded with the non-profit “Hospitals for Humanity” to cover Haiti’s devastating earthquake.

Middlebrooks’ work has been honored with several Edward R. Murrow Awards for Excellence in News, including for her series “Tuskegee Airmen: On the Wings of Courage”; an Associated Press best reporting award; and a number of Peter Lisagor awards for reporting.

In 2010, Middlebrooks was named one of “50 Women of Excellence” by the Chicago Defender, and World Relief gave her a Humanitarian Award for her work in Rwanda. In 2006, she was inducted into the International Press Club’s Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame.

As an adjunct professor, she teaches journalism courses at DePaul University and Purdue University Calumet. Middlebrooks also runs her own production company, Saltshaker Productions, LLC. Her first documentary film, “Somebody’s Child: The Redemption of Rwanda” won first place for “Best Documentary Short” in the 2005 New York International Film & Video Festival.

Greg Hinz, as chief political reporter, blogger and columnist for Crain’s Chicago Business, is a must-read every day in Chicago and Illinois political circles. Hinz has covered politics in the city for nearly 40 years, matching insightful analysis with impressive source work and lively prose to break news and shed light on how law and policy is made, from City Hall to the statehouse in Springfield.

Hinz has written for Crain’s since 1996. His recent work includes revealing how then-candidate Bruce Rauner worked connections prior to his daughter being accepted into an elite Chicago high school, ties between the future governor’s firm and corrupt political fixer Stuart Levine, and the maneuvering behind the Illiana expressway. Beyond politics, Hinz focuses on policy issues that resonate far beyond the city’s business community, such as taxes, economic development, education and transportation. He’s a frequent guest commentator in the city’s public affairs forums.

Hinz says he marks his career by mayors and political conventions. Soon after graduating from Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism, he attended both the Democratic and Republican national conventions in Miami Beach in 1972. He then started a two-decade stint with the Lerner newspaper chain, which included covering City Hall at the end of the Richard J. Daley reign through the years of Michael Bilandic, Jane Byrne and Harold Washington. He then was a political writer at Chicago magazine from 1992 until joining Crain’s. Along the way, he served as president of the local Newspaper Guild.

Previously, Hinz has won awards from the Chicago Headline Club and the Society of Business Editors and Writers. In 2014, he was named Journalist of the Year by the Chicago Journalists Association.

The Chicago Headline Club, the largest Society of Professional Journalists chapter in the country, established the Peter Lisagor Awards in 1977 to inspire Chicago-area journalists to follow Lisagor’s outstanding example and to recognize truly superior contributions to journalism. Lisagor, the Chicago Daily News’ Washington bureau chief from 1959 to 1976, was one of the nation’s most respected and best-known journalists.

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Best in Indiana Journalism banquet tickets on sale

The Indiana Pro Chapter of SPJ will host the annual Best in Indiana Journalism banquet Friday, April 24, at the Indianapolis Marriott North with registration and a cash reception beginning at 5:30 p.m. followed by the banquet and awards at 7 p.m. Great work being done by professional and student journalists around the state will be recognized.

To purchase tickets, go to: http://spjcontest.com.

Tuesday, April 14, – tomorrow – is the application deadline for the chapter’s college scholarship program, which is funded by proceeds from the contest. Make sure those top-notch college journalists you know are aware of the details. Here’s where they go to apply: http://indyprospj.org/?page_id=310

SUNSHINE WEEK PROGRAM: The full video from the chapter’s recent Sunshine Week program is now online. Links have been posted from the chapter’s Twitter and Facebook accounts, so feel free to share those posts to help spread the word (@IndyProSPJ on Twitter and Indiana Professional Chapter of SPJ on Facebook). WTHR-TV recorded the program for online use. The Indianapolis cable access channel staff also recorded the program, and it has been aired at least a couple dozen times over the past two weeks.

The link to the program is: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeHNy_LhWa7bDTg444EQiLA

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EKU hosts First Amendment Celebration April 13-16

Eastern Kentucky University’s SPJ Chapter will host the annual First Amendment Celebration April 13 through 16. Events include:

-Award-winning journalist Kathryn Foxhall speaking on “New American Censorship: Mandates that Reporters Be Monitored by Public Information Offices” 11 a.m. to noon, April 14.

-Region 5 Director Deborah Givens participating on a panel titled “A Freedom Worth Dying for? Religious Satire and the Value of Free Speech” 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. April 16.

-The always popular “No Free Lunch: Eat Free or Live Free” event April 16 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For a full schedule of events see the poster below. For more information contact Givens or SPJ EKU adviser Ginny Whitehouse at ginny.whitehouse.eku.edu.

First Amd Week Poster 2015

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Region 5 MOE winners announced

One hundred and nine Mark of Excellence Awards recognizing the best of collegiate journalism in 2014 were presented during the Society of Professional Journalists Region 5 Conference March 28 in Louisville, Kentucky.

Region 5 includes Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky.

Honorees received award certificates. 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 2015 (EIJ15) conference in Orlando, Florida, Sept. 18 to 20.

Entries are judged by professionals with at least three years of journalism experience. School divisions are based on student enrollment, which includes both graduate and undergraduate enrollment: Large schools have at least 10,000 students and small schools have 9,999 or fewer students. Congratulations to the finalists and winners.

ART/GRAPHICS

Breaking News Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students

Winner: First moments of freedom – by Annabel Edwards, The Medill Justice Project, Northwestern University

Finalist: Football tames tigers – by Kameron Casey, University of Indianapolis

Finalist: Bruce Rauner claims victory in Illinois – by Grant Myatt, DePaul University

Breaking News Photography (Small) 1-9,999 Students

Winner: ‘Cosmos’ scientist speaks at UIndy – by Ben Zefeng Zhang, University of Indianapolis

Editorial Cartooning

Winner: “Dirty laundry”; “Ebola”; “The Shopping dead” – by Audrey Meyer, Butler University

Feature Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students

Winner: ROTC members participate, reflect on field experience training – by Lionel Lim, Indiana University

Feature Photography (Small) 1-9,999 Students

Winner: Holiday Gala – by Zach Taylor, DePauw University

Photo Illustration (Large) 10,000+ Students

Winner: Best burgers of Muncie – by Max Catterson, Ball State University

Photo Illustration (Small) 1-9,999 Students

Winner: Fountain Square feature page – by Jake Fritz, Stephanie Kirkling, Kyle Weidner, James Figy and Kameron Casey, University of Indianapolis

Sports Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students

Winner: Rozier steals and storms – by Austin Lassell, University of Louisville

Sports Photography (Small) 1-9,999 Students

Winner: Sam Caravana women’s swimming – by Sam Caravana, DePauw University

MAGAZINES

Best Student Magazine

Winner: 812: The Magazine of Southern Indiana, Summer/Fall 2014 – by 812 Staff, Indiana University

Finalist: Ball Bearings Magazine, Volume 6, Issue 1 – by Ball Bearings Staff, Ball State University

Finalist: North by Northwestern Fall 2014 Issue – by North by Northwestern magazine staff, Northwestern University

Non-Fiction Magazine Article

Winner: Dear Dolly – by Jenna Fagan, Indiana University

Finalist: Corn-fed comedy – by Sarah Whaley and Madison Borgmann, Indiana University

Finalist: After the industry – by Trent Scroggins, Tyler Payne, Ball State University

NEWSPAPERS

Best All-Around Daily Student Newspaper

Winner: The Daily Northwestern – by staff, Northwestern University

Finalist: The Ball State Daily News – by The Ball State Daily News, Ball State University

Finalist: Indiana Daily Student – by Staff, Indiana University

Best All-Around Non Daily Student Newspaper

Winner: The Loyola Phoenix – by Esther Castillejo (Editor), Loyola University Chicago

Finalist: The Echo – by The Echo, Taylor University

Finalist: The DePaulia – by The DePaulia, DePaul University

Breaking News Reporting (Large) 10,000+ Students

Winner: Indianapolis man saves children from drowning – by Megan Jula, Indiana University

Finalist: Student describes experience on Purdue’s campus during shooting – by Emma Kate Fittes, Ball State University

Breaking News Reporting (Small) 1-9,999 Students

Winner: Northwestern to halt mediation plans in Ludlow suit – by Jeanne Kuang, Northwestern University

Finalist: Senior Hall broken into, Public Safety responded – by Nicole DeCriscio, Leann Burke, DePauw University

Finalist: Former Butler student killed by ISIS – by Ben Sieck and Mallory Duncan, Butler University

Editorial Writing

Winner: Our View: Daily News Editorials – by The Ball State Daily News Editorial Board, Ball State University

Finalist: Daily Illini Editorials – by Daily Illini Editorial Board, University of Illinois

Finalist: Editorials from Thorobred News – by Alexis Meza, Madalyn Holt, Traci Thomas, Ben Schroeder, Kentucky State University

Feature Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students

Winner: Homeless or not, he’s got the month of May – by Elizabeth Greiwe, Loyola University Chicago

Finalist: Liquor store Frank – by Christopher Stephens, Ball State University

Finalist: The disappeared – by Michael Majchrowicz, Indiana University

Feature Writing (Small) 1-9,999 Students

Winner: The Unspoken series – by Kari Travis, Taylor University

Finalist: Trip tours the nation – by Katie Goodrich, Butler University

Finalist: Former player Smith diagnosed with cancer – by Matthew VanTryon, Butler University

General Column Writing (Small) 1-9,999 Students

Winner: Jims Porter Columns – by Jims Porter, Indiana University Southeast

Finalist: “Diversity is not a number”; “Students should pursue their passions”; “No pay? Then don’t intern” – by Julian Wyllie, Butler University

Finalist: The bigger picture – by Abigail Pollock, Taylor University

General News Reporting (Large) 10,000+ Students

Winner: When students die – by Megan Jula, Indiana University

Finalist: Pension Typo – by Johnathan Hettinger, writer, University of Illinois

Finalist: All that glitters is not gold – by Victoria Lentz, Northern Kentucky University

General News Reporting (Small) 1-9,999 Students

Winner: Former Butler student held captive by ISIS – by Marais Jacon-Duffy and Cassie Eberle, Butler University

Finalist: Mihirtej Boddupalli package – by Paige Leskin; Rebecca Savransky, Tyler Pager; Ally Mutnick, Northwestern University

Finalist: Former DePauw University psychology professor Akshat Vyas – by Dana Ferguson Abby Margulis, DePauw University

In-Depth Reporting (Large) 10,000+ Students

Winner: Sexual assault at IU – by Investigations Staff, Indiana University

Finalist: Crime on campus – by Esther Castillejo Jordan Berger, Loyola University Chicago

Finalist: In Focus: Northwestern community evaluates culture, resources for transgender students – by Tyler Pager, Northwestern University

In-Depth Reporting (Small) 1-9,999 Students

Winner: Kentuckiana faces rising problem of drug abuse and addiction – by Ethan Smith, Indiana University Southeast

Finalist: Two student veterans share PTSD struggles – by Ethan Smith, Indiana University Southeast

Finalist: Former players allege verbal abuse, mistreatment – by Matthew VanTryon, Butler University

Sports Column Writing

Winner: Full-Court Press – by Dakota Crawford, Ball State University

Finalist: Sports column writing – by Scott Mitchell, University of Indianapolis

Sports Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students

Winner: Northwestern’s LGBT athletes struggle to find their voices amid a lacking support system – by Tyler Pager, Northwestern University

Finalist: The art of falling – by Michael Majchrowicz, Indiana University

Finalist: KeyArena turns a bigger profit than it ever did with the Sonics – by Ashley Scoby, University of Kentucky

Sports Writing (Small) 1-9,999 Students

Winner: 54 to boot – by Benjamin Schroeder, Kentucky State University

Finalist: Olympian to Trojan – by Chris Yingling, Taylor University

Finalist: Shooting for glory – by Chris Yingling, Taylor University

ONLINE

Best Affiliated Web Site

Winner: LoyolaPhoenix.com – by Esther Castillejo (Editor-in-Chief), Loyola University Chicago

Finalist: The Daily Illini – by Johnathan Hettinger, Editor in Chief, University of Illinois

Finalist: idsnews.com – by Staff, Indiana University

Best Digital-Only Student Publication

Winner: The Red Line Project – by Staff, DePaul Univeristy

Finalist: The Quad – by Omar Jimenez, Nick Petro, Max Hogan, Jack Mordell, Austin Hunter, Northwestern University

Best Independent Online Student Publication

Winner: The Quad – by Omar Jimenez, Nick Petro, Jack Mordell, Max Hogan, Austin Hunter, Northwestern University

Finalist: The Medill Justice Project – by Staff, Northwestern University

Finalist: Data/Chicago – by Staff, DePaul Univeristy

Best Use of Multimedia

Winner: World Cup 2014 Preview – by Cody Voga, David Gubala, Andrew Rodriguez, Juan Latapi and Matt Anderson, DePaul Univeristy

Finalist: Mayberry on mushrooms – by Kreable Young, Cameron Love, Western Kentucky University

Finalist: How do stories bring us together: The ASR Templeton K-6 Project – by American Student Radio, Indiana University Media School

Online Feature Reporting

Winner: Dad’s bucket – by Charles Scudder, Anna Teeter, Missy Wilson, Indiana University

Finalist: Who are the ‘satanists’ designing an Idol for the Oklahoma Capitol? – by Gideon Resnick , Northwestern University

Finalist: The new drag queens of Boystown – by Brianna Kelly, DePaul Univeristy

Online In-Depth Reporting

Winner: Harsh treatment – by Staff, Medill Watchdog, Northwestern University/Medill

Finalist: Boot camp – by Tanner Cole, Western Kentucky University

Finalist: Gameday – by Daniel Hersh, Jasper Scherer, Northwestern University

Online News Reporting

Winner: The Kenny “Zulu” Whitmore case – by Staff, The Medill Justice Project, Northwestern University

Finalist: Wrongful convictions – by Staff, The Medill Justice Project, Northwestern University

Finalist: When students die – by Megan Jula, Glory Sheeley, Mary Shown, Indiana University

Online Sports Reporting

Winner: For the love of baseball – by Steven Goldstein, Northwestern University

Finalist: Chicago sidelines – by Staff, DePaul Univeristy

Finalist: World Cup 2014 Preview – by Cody Voga, David Gubala, Andrew Rodriguez, Juan Latapi and Matt Anderson, DePaul University

RADIO BROADCAST

Best All-Around Radio Newscast

Winner: Melissa Williams’ Newscast – by Melissa Williams, Illinois State University

Finalist: Haddy Badjie WWHR – by Haddy Badjie, Western Kentucky University

Finalist: WLUW Lunchtime News, March 18, 2014 – by Tony Buitrago, Stephanie Buffamonte, Joe Flaherty, Liz Greiwe, Loyola University Chicago

Radio Feature

Winner: Farmer Chris Vosters finds comfort in selling kettle corn – by Kale Wilk, Indiana University Media School

Finalist: Women spin a common thread from the inside, out – by Anu Kumar, Indiana University Media School

Finalist: Fairy art – by Haddy Badjie, Western Kentucky University

Radio In-Depth Reporting

Winner: Marijuana birds-I-view – by Tyler Bachman, Emily Pomorski, WZND News Team, Illinois State University

Radio News Reporting

Winner: Ferguson’s faithful fighters – by Haddy Badjie, Western Kentucky University

Finalist: No room to run: Sidewalk complaints – by Hillary Lindwall, Northwestern University

Radio Sports Reporting

Winner: WLUW reporting on the championship Ramblers – by Joe Flaherty, Loyola University Chicago

Finalist: Illini football teammates and friends – by Torrence Sorrell, University of Illinois

TELEVISION BROADCAST

Best All-Around Television Newscast

Winner: Northwestern News Report: Election show 2014 – by Sharon Yoo Catherine Reid, Northwestern University, Medill

Finalist: Good Day DePaul – by Daniel Kummerer Delaney Lux, DePaul University

Finalist: WKU News Channel 12: 11-18-2014 – by Brandi Ratterman, Western Kentucky University

Television Feature Reporting

Winner: GDD Wine Class – by Nicole Suarez, DePaul University

Finalist: GDD animal spa – by Sade Carpenter, DePaul University

Finalist: NU voters package – by Jesse Kirsch, Northwestern University

Television General News Reporting

Winner: ‘Shake and bake’ changing the face of the local meth industry – by Omar Jimenez, Northwestern University

Finalist: GDD heroin – by Nicole Suarez, DePaul University

Finalist: The mega-university that could have been – by Theodore Tae, Northwestern University

Television In-Depth Reporting

Winner: Towing investigation – by Cory McCauley, Western Kentucky University

Finalist: GDD sexual assault – by Maggie Gallagher, DePaul University

Television News and Feature Photography

Winner: Corvette museum sinkhole – by Daniel Blommel, Western Kentucky University

Television Sports Photography

Winner: Warren East practice – by Daniel Blommel, Western Kentucky University

Television Sports Reporting

Winner: Hardee overcomes loss of mom – by Chad Boxenbaum, University of Illinois

Finalist: GDD Brittany Hrynko – by Camille Padilla, DePaul University

 

 

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Last chance to register for Region 5 at regular conference rates

March 24 is your LAST CHANCE to register for the SPJ Region 5 conference in Louisville at the regular conference rate prices.

Host Louisville Pro Chapter members have planned a full day of sessions Saturday.

Training will cover all aspects of journalism from young pros discussing the challenges of their first jobs to a First Amendment update to multimedia projects to narrative writing to diversity in newsrooms.

You’ll find terrific opportunities for networking with pros and students alike from Chicago, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Louisville and points beyond. No matter what you want to do – from crowd-funding a book project to hiring the next great reporter to learning more about media law – you can do it with us.

The conference will take place in the heart of booming downtown Louisville, just a few blocks away from nightlife and fun for conference attendees.

An opening reception is set for Friday night and SPJ’s National President Dana Neuts will present the Mark of Excellence Awards following Saturday’s luncheon.

Conference dates: March 27-28

Location: Galt House, Louisville, Ky.

Who: Students (high school and college), educators, pros, retired folks who still want to know about the craft of journalism – all are welcome.

Be there, learn lots, do great work.

The registration site also offers the option to join SPJ national at the same time as registering – and at a significant cost savings in comparison to attending as a non-member.

To make reservations, call the Galt House at 800-The-Galt (800-843-4258) or 502-589-5200.  The Galt House is located on the Ohio River at 140 North Fourth St., Louisville KY 40202.

For more information contact Louisville Pro Chapter President Robyn Sekula at robynds@live.com or Region 5 Director Deborah Givens at deborah.givens@eku.edu.

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Early bird deadline extended to Feb. 27 for Region 5 Louisville Conference

Galt House room reservations must be made by Feb. 25 to receive conference rate

Early bird registration has been extended until Friday, Feb. 27, for the Region 5 Society of Professional Journalists Conference set for Friday and Saturday, March 27 and 28, at the Galt House in Louisville.

Another important date to remember is Feb. 25 when the block of rooms set aside at the conference rate at the Galt House will be released. Rooms may still be available after that date at higher rates, and other hotels are located near the Galt House in the downtown area.

Early birds will save on the conference and luncheon. Rates for early bird registration are:

  • SPJ Pro Member: $110
  • SPJ Student Member: $75
  • Non-Member Pro: $155
  • Non-Member Student: $125

The registration site ( https://spjregion5.eventbrite.com ) also offers the option to pay national dues at the same time as registering – and at a significant cost saving in comparison to attending as a non-member.

To make reservations, call the Galt House at 800-The-Galt (800-843-4258) or 502-589-5200.  Special room rates are reserved under name “Society of Prof Journalists” at $145 single, $155 double, $165 triple and $175 quad. The Galt House is located on the Ohio River at 140 North Fourth St., Louisville KY 40202.

For more information contact Louisville Pro Chapter President Robyn Sekula at robynds@live.com or Region 5 Director Deborah Givens at deborah.givens@eku.edu and follow the Region 5 Blog at http://blogs.spjnetwork.org/region5/.

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Registration open for Region 5 Spring Conference in Louisville

The Galt House, Louisville, Ky.

The Galt House, Louisville, Ky.

Registration is open for the Region 5 Society of Professional Journalists Conference Friday and Saturday, March 27 and 28, at the Galt House in Louisville.

Host Louisville Pro Chapter members have planned a full day of sessions Saturday for students and professionals with topics such as investigative reporting, diversity in newsrooms, social media, funding projects with Kickstarter and freelancing. An opening reception is set for Friday evening.

The conference will take place in the heart of booming downtown Louisville, just a few blocks away from nightlife and fun for conference attendees.

SPJ National President Dana Neuts will present the Mark of Excellence Awards following Saturday’s luncheon.

Early birds who register by Feb. 20 will save on the conference and luncheon. Rates for early bird registration are:

  • SPJ Pro Member: $110
  • SPJ Student Member: $75
  • Non-Member Pro: $155
  • Non-Member Student: $125

The registration site ( https://spjregion5.eventbrite.com ) also offers the option to pay national dues at the same time as registering – and at a significant cost saving in comparison to attending as a non-member.

To make reservations, call the Galt House at 800-The-Galt (800-843-4258) or 502-589-5200. Special room rates are reserved under name “Society of Prof Journalists” at $145 single, $155 double, $165 triple and $175 quad. The Galt House is located on the Ohio River at 140 North Fourth St., Louisville KY 40202.

For more information contact Louisville Pro Chapter President Robyn Sekula at robynds@live.com or Region 5 Director Deborah Givens at deborah.givens@eku.edu.

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Spring Conference dates, programming ideas

Happy Holidays to Region 5 SPJ Members;

Spring Conference dates, programming ideas

 The holidays and end of the year always bring busy schedules, but please take time to look ahead and mark your calendars for the 2015 Region 5 Conference scheduled for Friday, March 27, to Saturday, March 28, at the Galt House in Louisville, Kentucky. President Robyn Sekula and the Louisville Pro Chapter are hosting the conference.

 Submit program suggestions by Dec. 20

We want your proposals for programming. Plans are for 12 programs, three per session with two sessions Saturday morning and two sessions Saturday afternoon. A variety of programs are sought to serve students and pros on a wide range of topics. The sessions may take any form from presentations to panels to workshops and focus on topics from diversity to technology to current issues impacting journalists. Not interested in presenting but have an idea for a topic you would like to see on the program? Send us those ideas, too.

 Send your ideas to Region 5 Director Deborah Givens at deborah.givens@eku.edu. If sending an idea for a program, just include the topic and any particular types of information in which you are interested. If submitting a program in which you will participate, send title, a brief description and speaker(s) list.

More conference info coming soon

Watch for more information on the Region 5 blog and through emails regarding registration, Mark of Excellence submissions and other conference news.

 

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What did you miss in Nashville? Here’s a bit!

If you didn’t get to Nashville, you missed a heck of an excellent time. The conference title, Excellence in Journalism 14, certainly lived up to its name. Scores of workshops and other presentations. Music! Food and more! Please take a close look at SPJ.org to see all the details about EIJ14, our national conference in Nashville. SPJ has a new Code of Ethics. SPJ does not have a new name. SPJ.org also has tons of other things you might well be interested in.

Several colleges and universities in our Region 5 (Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky) did us proud in the national Mark of Excellence Awards, presented Sept. 6. These are the best of more than 5,000 entries in the MoE competition.

Here are our national winners:

Feature writing, small school division
“Punk Flock: Uncovering Chicago’s Subculture of Eccentric Nomads,” by Emily Ornberg and Michael Fischer, Columbia College Chicago

Sports Writing, large school division
“107-2: Beyond the score,” by Claire Wiseman, Indiana University

Breaking News Photography, small school division
“Tornadoes hit close to campus,” by Kari Travis, Taylor University

Feature Photography, small school division
“Gloves on, fists up,” by Timothy P. Riethmiller and Kari Travis, Taylor University.

Radio In-Depth Reporting
“WCRD News Special Report: Jo Ann Gora Retires,” by Cameron Ridle, Lisa Ryan, Danielle Ortiz and the WCRD News Team, Ball State University

Television General News Reporting
“Cell Phone Videos and the Faces Behind the Camera,” by Omar Jiminez, Northwestern University

These are our national finalists:

Breaking News Reporting, small school division
“Presidential candidate comes to Columbia,” by staff of Columbia College Chicago

Radio sports reporting
“Todd Thomas,” by Tim VanDuyne, Illinois State University

Television Feature Reporting
“Crazy Deli,” by Jessica Paris, DePaul University

Best All-Around Television Newscast
“Northwestern News Report: 2013 Chicago Show,” by Sharon Yoo, Allyson Byers, William Robinson Smith and Sally Zhang, Northwestern University

Online News Reporting
“Schools Out: CPS Closes 50 Chicago Schools,” by Joe Ruppel, Joselynn Brandon, Calvin Hahn and Angelica Robinson, DePaul University

Online Feature Reporting
“The End of the Waffle House,” by Jessica Contrera, Emma Grdina and Anna Teeter, Indiana University

Online In-Depth Reporting
“Hot Spots,” by staff, The Medill Justice Project, Northwestern University

Online Opinion and Commentary
Matthew Kovac, Northwestern University

Online Sports Reporting
Chicago Marathon Coverage, by Chicago Sidelines Staff, DePaul University

Best Digital-Only Student Publication
The Red Line Project, DePaul University
For all the details and to see the winning entries, visit http://www.spj.org/moe13.asp
Also at the conference …

Deborah Givens of Eastern Kentucky University was elected your new regional director. DePaul University campus chapter adviser Mike Reilley was elected campus adviser at large. Both are now on SPJ’s board of directors.

DePaul students presented a session describing their Free Speech Wall for Constitution Day. Paul Davis, former president of both SPJ and RTDNA and now retired in Champaign, coached young journalists on their TV presentations. Andy Boyle of the Chicago Tribune explained basic technical aspects of how the internet works.

Otherwise …

Region 5 has funds available if you need a financial boost for chapter programs. We’re talking $100 or so. Send your request and an outline of your program to deborah.givens@eku.edu

Deborah will be planning the Spring 2015 regional conference. She is looking for a site, programs, etc. Please contact her if you will help.

It has been my great pleasure to serve as your regional director the last two years. I hope I helped at least some of you further your careers and our profession. Very best wishes to all of you.

— Susan S. Stevens
Departed SPJ Region 5 director
Remaining Chicago Headline Club and CHC Foundation secretary

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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:
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