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Congratulations to our award winners!

Congratulations to all of the outstanding award winners in the 2012 SPJ Northwest Excellence in Journalism Contest. This annual contest honors the very best in journalism in SPJ’s Region 10 which includes Alaska, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana. This year’s contest covers work produced or published in 2012 within our region.

We received more than 1,900 entries from more than 260 news outlets and journalists representing Daily Newspapers (small, mid-sized and large dailies), Non-Daily Newspapers, Alternative Newsweeklies, Magazines, TV (two market sizes), Radio and Online.

Those entries were submitted to judges across the United States – Cincinnati, Florida, Michigan, Illinois, Kansas City and Missouri – to choose our finalists in almost 185 categories. Those winners were honored on Saturday, May 18 in ceremonies in Portland and Seattle. The William O. Douglas chapter will be presenting its awards on May 22.

Please join us in congratulating our winners!

–> 2012 SPJ NW Excellence in Journalism Contest Winners <–

Ian Marquand
, Regional Director
Dana Neuts, National SPJ Secretary/Treasurer


P. S.   For those who want to order duplicate awards or request corrections, we’ll post that info. next week.


Reg. 10 Contest Winners to be announced May 18

And the winner is…

All of the entries in the 2012 SPJ NW Excellence in Journalism Contest have been judged and the winners are in. Winners will be notified this week if they have won an award for their work. However, specific information – category and place – will not be given. That information will be announced on May 18 at awards galas in Seattle and Portland. If you are not attending one of the awards events, a complete list of winners will be posted here by 11:59 p.m. on Sat., May 18.

For more information about the events, please contact your local chapter:


Sat., May 18, 6 p.m.
Hotel Lucia, catered by Imperial
Registration $55
Contact Christian Gaston for more info.


Sat., May 18, 5 – 7 p.m.
Seattle Renaissance Hotel
Contact SPJ W Washington Pro Chapter for more info.



Great spring conference!

Timg_20130413_091031hanks to Pia Hallenberg of The Spokesman-Review, Mark Peterson of KXLY and the Inland Northwest Pro chapter of SPJ for hosting SPJ’s Region 10 spring conference in Spokane, Washington. If you weren’t able to attend or want to access some of the information shared during the event, please visit our Region 10 Spring Conference website. You’ll also find pictures, tips and more.

We also want to congratulate the Mark of Excellence Award winners. You can view a list of winners here —>2012 MOE Winners.

The 2014 Region 10 SPJ Spring Conference will be hosted by the Greater Oregon/SW Washington Pro Chapter. Stay tuned for details!

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Studio SPJ: Talking with SDX Winner Sarah Stuteville

Mon., July 2 at 1 p.m. PST

Join Studio SPJ producer Holly Fisher as she talks with Sarah Stuteville, of The Common Language Project and a member of the Western Washington Pro chapter, who won a Sigma Delta Chi Award in magazine writing for “The Return: One Marine’s story of a mission accomplished, but not really over,” which was published in Pacific Northwest Magazine. The SDX Awards Banquet will be July 20, 2012, in Washington, D.C. Read Stuteville’s story at Call in during the show at 347-857-2441.



FOI workshop comes to Bellingham (Wash.) June 29

FREE Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) workshop open to the public, journalists, students, professors — everyone, this Friday, June 29 at Western Washington University.

SPJ member David Cuillier leads this FOIA workshop at WWU, Academic West Building, Room 204, from 12:30p-5p. This is Cuillier’s Access Across America workshop where he provides guidelines and strategies on conducting FOI records requests and writing meaningful stories based on this information. Great tools and practical advice for journalists and anyone interested in what their government is up to and wants to keep officials accountable.

Cuillier, an associate professor in the School of Journalism at the University of Arizona, also happens to be a Bellingham native and WWU grad (class of 1990)!

More info here:

Contact SPJ member Frank Garred for more information or to register. Please spread the word to SPJ members and non-members.

The event is sponsored by the SPJ, Society of Professional Journalists.

SPJ award winners to be announced by 12 a.m., May 20

Congratulations to all of our award winners in the 2011 SPJ NW Excellence in Journalism Awards. If you have won an award, you and/or your media organization have already been notified. Awards will be presented to winners in the Greater Oregon and W. Washington Pro chapters this Saturday, May 19 at awards banquets. Other chapters in the region will present awards individually or at a special awards event. Contact your local chapter president for more info.

In addition, we will post the full winners’ list here by midnight, Sunday, May 20 PST.

For those on our media list, we will also send an embargoed press release by noon, Friday, May 18 PST. The list is embargoed and cannot be shared or published before Sunday, May 20 PST.

Once that list has been posted, please contact regional director Dana Neuts with questions about the awards. If there is a mistake on your award, or you want to order a duplicate trophy or certificate, please download this form and submit it to Dana Neuts by July 15, 2012. Re-orders will processed in one batch so the deadline is firm.


Helena Press Club, May 10

From Montana Pro Chapter President Ian Marquand:

The next gathering will be:

Thursday, May 10, starting at 6:00 p.m.
Downstairs at the Brewhouse (the one on Highway 12 between Benton and Last Chance Gulch across from Carroll)

If you haven’t visited the new Downstairs at the Brewhouse, you’re in for a treat. It’s a very pleasant space with wine and beer available, and it has a meeting room that’s more like a living room with very comfy furniture. I’ve reserved that room for the 10th. I’ve got a couple of things to share with you regarding SPJ, and I may even bring a special guest with me. More on that later.

Hope to see you there!

– Ian


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]



Thank You to Our Sponsors!

Region 10 of SPJ wants to thank the following media organizations for their sponsorship of our Spring Conference:
The News Tribune, The Spokesman-Review and KING5 TV and





SPJ Spring Conf: Directions, Campus Map & Parking

For those of you traveling to this weekend’s spring SPJ conference at PLU in Tacoma on March 30-31, here is some pertinent travel information for you:

Directions from I-5 North of South:

1.      Take Exit 127 for WA – 512 East toward Puyallup

2.      If coming from north of PLU, turn left onto WA – 512 East; if coming from south of PLU, turn right onto WA – 512 East.

3.      Take the WA – 7 South/Pacific Avenue Exit toward Parkland/Spanaway

4.      Turn right onto WA – 7 South/Pacific Ave South

5.      Turn right onto 121st St. South.

6.      Take the 2nd left onto Park Avenue South. University Center will be located on the right.     There is a large clock tower in front of the building as well as a Viking ship.

7.      Parking is available in the University Center Parking Lot, Harstad Parking Lot, or the Mortvedt Library Parking Lot. These will be on your left as you travel south on Park Avenue.

8.      Remember to place your parking pass on your dashboard after parking!

Conference Site:  University Center on Pacific Lutheran University Campus

We will be on the PLU campus at University Center (building 34) located across from the intersection of 122nd St. South and Park Avenue South. You can access the campus map here:

Free Parking

There is parking available in the Harstad Lot directly across the street from University Center. Download the Parking Pass here.

Questions? Problems? Call or text Dana Neuts at 360-920-1737. See you soon!




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