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:

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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