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Region 10 Spring Conference: The Working Press

Members of the SPJ Student Chapter at Pacific Lutheran University recreated the Working Press for this weekend’s SPJ conference. Inviting students from around the region to participate, the Working Press site includes session recaps, speaker handouts, photos, an agenda, list of Mark of  Excellence Award winners and more. If you missed the conference, or if you attended and want to see more on sessions you missed, check it out. It is a great site with lots of useful information.

Well done, PLU!



NATAS NW Offers Scholarships: Deadline April 13

NATAS Northwest is offering three $2,500 scholarships this year to broadcast journalism students studying the field of television. The deadline to apply is April 13, 2012 so apply now!

Visit NATAS NW’s Scholarship Page for more info.


SPJ Spring Conference – Revised Agenda

Friday, March 30, 2012
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
VIP SPJ-Members Only Reception
Go Inside the Amanda Knox Case with Candace Dempsey, author of “Murder in Italy”
[Garfield Bookstore, Bistro (lobby level), 208 Garfield, Tacoma, WA]

6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Opening Night Reception
Meet, Greet and Network with Student and Professional Journalists
[Garfield Bookstore, Commons (upper level), 208 Garfield, Tacoma, WA]

Saturday, March 31, 2012

8:00 – 8:30 a.m.
[PLU Campus, University Center, Lobby Level]
Continental Breakfast including fresh fruit, coffee and tea will be served.

8:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Résumé & Clip Critiques (pre-scheduled) – Schedule is available at the Registration Desk.
[The Mast Office, Lower Level]

8:30 – 9:55 a.m.
Super Session including Welcome & Occupy Panel
Welcome by Dana Neuts, SPJ and Cliff Rowe, PLU Occupy Panel:  John Ensslin, SPJ president; Josh Wolf (Occupy Oakland); Josh Trujillo (Occupy Seattle); Hannah Hoffman (Occupy Portland); moderated by Ian Marquand, SPJ, Montana Pro Chapter President. [Regency Room, Lobby Level]

10:00 – 10:55 a.m.  (Concurrent Sessions)
How to Build What’s Next for News:  Entrepreneurial Journalism
Author Mark Briggs will discuss the intersection of journalism and entrepreneurship. It’s about the new business models for news and the startups and new projects that are flourishing around us, giving us a preview of what’s next for news. [Regency, Lobby Level]

Getting Ready for the Real World
Journalist Pia Hallenberg discusses how to prepare for your first journalism job, sharing insights into what you need to know to survive and thrive in today’s journalism world. [UC133, Lower Level]

11:00 – 11:55 a.m.  (Concurrent Sessions)
Finding a Job in the 21st Century:  What You Need to Know
Lisa Voso of The Voso Impact discusses résumé formats, video interviews, online portfolios, face-to-face communication, interview techniques and more. [Regency, Lobby Level]

Free, Cheap & Cool:  Online Tools to Enhance Your Site
Andy Perdue, Tri-City Herald, shares cool tools to draw and retain visitors to your site. [UC133, Lower Level]

12:00 – 1:15 p.m.
Mark of Excellence Awards Luncheon
Emceed by PLU student Jack Sorensen, Josh Wolf will give the keynote address followed by the regional Mark of Excellence Awards presentations by Dana Neuts and John Ensslin. [Scandinavian Cultural Center, Lower Level]

1:30 – 2:25 p.m.  (Concurrent Sessions)
The Eyes Have It:  Using Nonverbal Communication in Journalism
Retired professor Nils Rosdahl, North Idaho College [Regency, Lobby Level]

Conflict Sensitive Reporting
In this panel discussion, we’ll discuss how to properly report stories while being sensitive to newsmakers, victims and readers and staying true to the SPJ Code of Ethics “do no harm.” Cliff Rowe, PLU; author Candace Dempsey; and Paula Horton, Tri-City Herald. Moderated by Clay Holtzman, SPJ Western Washington Pro Chapter President. [UC133, Lower Level]

2:30 – 3:25 p.m.  (Concurrent Sessions)
Successfully Negotiate the Roles between Business & Journalistic Roles in Small News Organizations
Cliff Rowe, PLU; Rebecca Lovell, GeekWire; Brent Champaco,; and Jill Russell, Fisher Communications.
[Regency, Lobby Level]

What I Wish I’d Learned in J School
Video journalist Josh Wolf initiates a Q&A session to field students’ most frequently asked questions about transitioning from journalism school to working in the journalism industry. [UC133, Lower Level]

3:30 – 4:25 p.m.  (Concurrent Sessions)
Freelancing at Different Stages of Your Career
Freelancers Barbara Clements (PLU) and Breanne Coats (Business Examiner) and Laurie Williams, executive editor of the Tri-City Herald. Moderated by freelancer Dana Neuts. [Regency, Lobby Level]

Journalism Ethics in the 21st Century
Mark Morris, photo editor, Sacramento Bee [UC133, Lower Level]

4:30 – 5:25 p.m.  (Concurrent Sessions)
Branding Yourself as a Journalist
Pia Hallenberg of The Spokesman-Review will offer tips and ideas for using social media to brand yourself as a journalist. [Regency, Lobby Level]

Covering Health Care:  Untold Stories, Untapped Resources
Health care reporting doesn’t have to be limited to stories about new procedures or health insurance. Good stories await you within federal and state agencies – even the private sector – if you know where to look. Ian Marquand, Executive Director of the Montana Board of Medical Examiners and health reporter Sharon Salyer The (Everett Daily) Herald. [UC133, Lower Level]

5:30 – 6:00 p.m.
SPJ Regional Business Meeting – Region 10
Required attendance for representatives of SPJ pro chapters. Optional for all others. Facilitated by regional director Dana Neuts.
[Room 201, Lobby Level]



William O. Douglas: It’s Your Right to Know!

Municipalities, county governments and school districts work hard to be smart with taxpayers’ money, keep streets clean and clear and educate the next generation.

But it’s important for the public to be aware of what’s going on to ensure those in the know are doing what’s right.

Find out about how to get access to public records, understand what should be discussed in public meetings, and get answers to other questions about the state’s  Public Records Act and Open Public Meetings Act.

A free forum is from 7-8:30 p.m. March 15 in the Gallery Room at the Richland Public Library, 955 Northgate Drive.

Tim Ford, open government ombudsman for the state Attorney General’s Office, will be part of a three-member panel discussion.

Joining him are Galt Pettett, general counsel for the Richland School District, and Rebecca Francik, Pasco City Council’s mayor pro tem.

The panelists will talk about their experiences — both the good and bad — answer questions about what works and what could work better, and discuss how to balance public interest and access to government with dwindling government resources.

The program is organized by the William O. Douglas Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists as part of Sunshine Week.

It is sponsored by the Tri-City Herald and the Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business.

For more information, contact Paula Horton, Tri-City Herald reporter and president of the William O. Douglas SPJ chapter, at 582-1556 or

Great Line-up of Speakers @ Reg. 10 Conference

Wow, it is hard to believe the Region 10 Spring SPJ Conference is only three weeks! We are excited to host this year’s event at Pacific Lutheran University and to offer a great line-up of speakers including author Candace Dempsey who will talk about reporting the Amanda Knox story from Italy. She’ll discuss how she talked with sources, what the “pack media” mentality is like and more. Don’t miss this great SPJ Member-Only Event the night before the conference. Journalist Josh Wolf will also be on hand to give the keynote address at the Mark of Excellence Awards luncheon and to offer a session about things he wished he learned in J school!

In addition, we’ve added two new components to the program:

Resume critiques: Contact regional director Dana Neuts now to reserve your 15 minute slot to have your resume & clips critiqued (print or online)

21st Century Resumes: Communications expert Lisa Voso of The Voso Impact will discuss the 21st century resume and video job interviewing:  what to do, what not to do, factors to be conscious of and more!

Sign up today to take advantage of the early registration fees. Discounted fees end March 15, so sign up now!

Download your register form here.


Environmental Writers’ Workshop, April 21

Environmental Writers Workshop – Burke Museum (Seattle) – April 21, 2012

We in the Pacific Northwest are fortunate to live not only in a place where nature abounds but also to live in place where place-based writers abound. Their writing brings in not only plants and animals, but also the human inhabitants, past and present, who dwell on the land. Whether it is exploring the wonderful world of feathers, considering the myriad ways of plants and animals of the the Pacific Northwest, or pondering the life of salmon in Seattle, these authors provoke us to reflect upon our own relationship to the natural world around us. Ultimately, they are forging a new way to look at nature and to develop deeper connections to place.

For the fourth year in a row, the Burke Museum brings together a trio of outstanding writers to present a one-day workshop on writing about the environment. Award-winning authors William Dietrich, Thor Hanson, and Judith Roche will lead classroom and field-based sessions, all taking place at the Burke Museum. They bring years of experience as writers, journalists, bloggers, and teachers. Each is an attentive observer who weaves together history, science, and field time into well-crafted, thought-provoking writing about the natural and cultural world.

Judith Roche is the author of three poetry collections, most recently, Wisdom of the Body, an American Book Award winner, which was also nominated for a Pushcart. She has written extensively about our native salmon and edited First Fish, First People, Salmon Tales of the North Pacific and has salmon poems installed at the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks in Seattle. She has been Distinguished Northwest Writer-in-Residence at Seattle University, has taught at Cornish College of the Arts, and currently teaches at Richard Hugo House.

Thor Hanson is a conservation biologist, Switzer Environmental Fellow, and member of the Human Ecosystems Study Group. His most recent book is Feathers: The Evolution of a Natural Miracle. His first book, The Impenetrable Forest: My Gorilla Years in Uganda, won the 2008 USA Book News Award for nature writing. Hanson lives with his wife and son on an island off the coast of Washington State.

Bill Dietrich is a Washington state career journalist-turned novelist, who has covered the environment and science for the Seattle Times and other newspapers. He shared a Pulitzer for coverage of the Exxon Valdez oil spill and won a Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award for his book on the Northwest timber crisis, The Final Forest. His 10 novels have been translated into nearly 30 languages. He taught environmental journalism at Huxley College of the Environment at Western.

Cost is $100, which includes lunch. Scholarships are available for students.

For more information, please email or call (206) 543-5591.

Additional info at:


NW Science Writers: Science by the Dozen, Jan. 11

The Northwest Science Writers are sponsoring an event titled Science by the Dozen. Here’s what you need to know:

“Science by the Dozen”
Thurs., Jan. 12, 2012
6 to 10 p.m.
Institute for Systems Biology

$20 for NSWA members
$25 for nonmembers

Buy tickets online

Come to our annual event, “Science by the Dozen,” on Wednesday, Jan. 11 at the fascinating Institute for Systems Biology in South Lake Union. Short tours of their new building will be available at the beginning of the evening – the event is from 6-10 p.m.

Enjoy the company of authors, journalists, bloggers, writers, photographers, animators and others who care deeply about science. There will be food from Portage Bay Café, wine and beer, and very short introductions of our board of directors.

New members – we will mark your badges so the veterans introduce you around. Veterans, we are counting on you to welcome new folks who are interested in science literacy and improving their craft.

Tickets can be purchased with a credit card through our new “Members’ Zone” or by sending a check to David Ansley, NSWA Treasurer, at 13205 Madison Ave NE, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110.


Northwest Video Workshop – Jan. 27-29, 2012

Sponsored by NATAS Northwest

2012 Northwest Video Workshop
January 27-29, 2012
Seattle, Washington

John Larson
Don’t miss your chance to see and hear John Larson from Dateline NBC. Prior to joining Dateline NBC in 1994 John was a general assignment reporter for KOMO TV.

Tremendous educational opportunity!
This 3-day workshop will give you the tools you need to create your own compelling stories, from spot news and daily turns to in-depth features and investigations. When the workshop is over, you’ll be energized and eager to take your stories to the next level.

Very few seats are left! If you’re thinking about going to this event, sign up now or you’ll miss your chance.

See the Northwest Video Workshop for more details.

The speakers include:

  • John Larson – Dateline NBC
  • Scott Rensberger – One of the most awarded journalists in the business
  • Boyd Huppert – Reporter, KARE-TV, Minneapolis
  • Scott Jensen – Managing Editor of Special Projects, KTVA-TV, Anchorage, AK
  • John Sharify – Reporter, KING-TV; General Manager of SCCtv and Seattle Community Media; and NATAS Northwest Past President
  • Matt Mrozinski – Photojournalist, KING-TV, Seattle
  • Jeff Christian – Photojournalist, KING-TV, Seattle

The speaker biographies are on the Faculty page.

Space is limited and will sell out early. Register now to reserve your spot.


Tacoma’s PLU temporarily suspends website of The Mooring Mast

Pacific Lutheran University Students, faculty and administration are debating about the recent suspension of The Mooring Mast website on Fri., Dec. 2 in reaction to obscenities in a sports article headline. Rather than rehash the events leading up to and following the controversial incident, I’ll refer you to other media sources:

The Mooring Mast, home page of PLU’s student newspaper

The Mooring Mast:  PLU Temporarily Takes Down The Mooring Mast’s Website

The News Tribune:  PLU Temporarily Shuts Down Paper’s Site Over Profanity in Story, Headline  F-bomb in Headline at PLU Sparks Censorship, Apology


Washington Collegiate Journalism Conference: Nov. 12

University of Washington Communications Building (UW Campus – Seattle)
Co-sponsored by SPJ’s Western Washington Pro and UW Student chapters
Saturday, Nov. 12, 9 am – 3 pm

8:30 a.m.–Registration

9 a.m.—Welcome (room 120)


9:10-10:00—(Panel) Journalism in a Digital World (room 120)

Moderator: Dan Thornton, Seattle blogger and Bellevue College instructor

Panelists: Melissa Dahl,; Amy Duncan,; Mike Lewis, Patch


Reporting on Suicide with Sensitivity (room 104)

Will Mari, UW doctoral student (room 120)

10:10-11:00—Covering Pro Sports (room 104)

Danny O’Neil, Seahawks  beat  reporter for Seattle Times

Covering Crime and Courts (room 126)

Jennifer Sullivan, Seattle Times reporter and member of the team that won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news (room 104)

11:10-Noon—(Panel) Broadcast Journalism: Alive and Well (room 120)

Moderator:  Linda Thomas, KIRO -FM
Panelists : Reporter Owen Lei and Producer  Kellie Cheadle, KING 5-TV; News Director Erin     Hennessey, KPLU-FM

(Panel) Leaving Journalism, Moving to Other Careers (room 104)

Moderator: Clay Holtzman, president, Western Washington Pro chapter, SPJ
Panelists: Michael Ko, high school English/journalism teacher; Shanon Burke, Seattle Storm;     Karen Gaudette, PCC Natural Markets.

12:05-1:00—Lunch with the Pros  (rooms 126)

Conference speakers and other professional journalists have been invited to visit informally with  students during lunch.

1-2 p.m. –Status of U.S. Newspapers (room 104)

Paul Steinle and Sara Brown set out last year to visit 50 U.S. newspapers—one in each state—to assess how newspapers are re-positioning themselves to compete in the digital age.  Steinle is a retired journalism educator and former president of United Press International. Brown was a human resources executive for the Vancouver Columbian and Los Angeles Times. They presented their findings at SPJ’s national convention in New Orleans in September.

Tracking the Amanda Knox and “Barefoot Bandit” cases (room 120)

Two local journalists talk about their investigations that resulted in recently published  books. Candace Dempsey discusses her book “Murder in Italy”, the story of former UW student  Amanda Knox and her trial.  Reporter Jackson Holtz of the Daily Herald in Everett tells about the life of Colton Harris-Moore in his book “Fly, Colton, Fly.”

2-3 p.m.  What’s Next for News (room 120)

Mark Briggs, author of Journalism Next, Journalism 2.0 and Entrepreneurial Journalism: How to Build What’s Next for News. He is director of digital media at KING-5 in Seattle.

Ethics in your campus newsroom (room 104)

Oren Campbell, retired publisher/adviser, UW Daily; Jillian Beaudry, managing editor, Waitsburg Times.


Advance Registration:  $15 for SPJ members, $20 for nonmembers  (includes lunch if registered by Nov. 10)

Registration at the door:  $20

Questions? Contact Oren Campbell.




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