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Excellence in Journalism Recap

Greetings Region 10!

The annual Excellence in Journalism conference wrapped up in Anaheim on September 9. Region 10 had a handful of journalists from Washington, Oregon, and Idaho in attendance for the four-day conference. SPJ was joined by RTDNA (Radio Television Digital News Association), NAHJ (National Association of Hispanic Journalists), and NAJA (Native American Journalists Association). Headquarters reports that there were more than 1,800 people in attendance.

Two well-known journalists were honored at EIJ—RTDNA celebrated Lester Holt’s remarkable career with the Paul White Award. Holt had planned to accept the award in person, but duty called and he spoke to attendees from Florida, where he was covering Hurricane Irma. In addition, RTDNA presented the John F. Hogan Distinguished Service Award to CNN anchor and chief Washington correspondent, Jake Tapper, who gave an inspired acceptance speech defending journalism. In addition to the honors, EIJ put on dozens of excellent talks, programs, demonstrations, committee meetings, and more, plus two fascinating Super Sessions (21st-Century Reality: Covering Immigrant and Refugee Communities is for Every Journalist and Work in Progress: Pressing the President).

One of the bigger happenings at EIJ was the vote to restructure SPJ’s national board. By fall of 2019, SPJ’s national board will shrink from 23 members to nine. The streamlined board will consist of three officers, four at-large directors and two appointed directors. Read more about the the restructure process and a transition timeline found here. What does that mean for your regional director? Nothing at the moment. Once this regional director term is complete in 2019, the position becomes a “regional coordinator.” There will still be a regional coordinator caucus, and RCs will have a pipeline to the board to discuss local chapter issues. But the change should allow RCs more time to focus on their student and pro chapters.

Take a look at the nine resolutions passed by the society’s delegates at EIJ here.

Interested in attending a future EIJ conference? Start planning now—they are scheduled through 2020.

September 27–29, 2018: Baltimore, MD (Hilton Baltimore)
September 5–7, 2019: San Antonio, TX (Grand Hyatt)
September 10–12, 2020: Washington, DC (Washington Hilton)

I personally would love to see this conference come to the Northwest. Any ideas on how we can make that happen? I’ll be lobbying the search committee at HQ.

SPJ Pres. Sonny Albarado: Shame & the Shield Law

In recent weeks, Shield Law legislation has been revived and SPJ is ready to take a stand to protect reporters and the public. Here’s an update from SPJ President Sonny Albarado to tell us what that means and how we can all help.

You can find additional resources here.


Congrats to Region 10 MOE Winners!

The Society of Professional Journalists has named the national winners of the 2010 Mark of Excellence (MOE) contest. Congratulations to all of our winners, but particularly to our Region 10 winners.

–> 2010 National MOE Winners

In addition to these winners, regional winners of the MOE awards were announced in April and certificates were distributed at the April 9 regional conference in Richland, WA.

–> 2010 Regional MOE Winners

Please join us in congratulating these students on their impressive work.



Contest Deadline: Wed., Feb. 23 (11:59 pm)

The deadline to submit entries in the 2010 SPJ NW Excellence in Journalism contest is fast approaching – Wed., Feb. 23, 2011 at 11:59 pm. Please register for your free account and submit your entries today!

Please also note that Ruth Pettis and Dana Neuts, contest administrators, are getting numerous requests for assistance during this last week of the contest, so DO NOT WAIT until the last minute to ask your questions or submit your entries.

See the right hand side of this page for Quick Contest Links.

For more info., contact Ruth Pettis or Dana Neuts.


[Note:  Winners will be announced on Sat., May 21, 2011.]

SPJ Offers FOI Internships

Journalists and journalism students, are you looking for a great experience to add to your education while contributing to freedom of information efforts? Check out SPJ’s Pulliam/Kilgore Freedom of Information scholarships. One intern will work in Washington, D.C. and the other out of SPJ HQ in Indianapolis. Here’s some brief info.:

About the SPJ Headquarters Internship

The intern selected to work at the Society’s National Headquarters in Indianapolis writes for the Freedom of Information issue of Quill magazine, published annually in September. Candidates for this position should possess a strong background in writing and reporting.

— Updating comprehensive contact lists for federal and state agencies
— Working on other FOI-related projects of the Society
— Attending and assisting with various SPJ Headquarters-related events

About the Washington, D.C., Internship

The intern selected to work in the law offices of Baker & Hostetler – the Society’s First Amendment legal counsel in Washington, D.C. – primarily works on researching and writing SPJ’s annual Pulliam/Kilgore Report. The report addresses a Freedom of Information topic of interest to journalists and attorneys. The 5,000- to 6,000-word report is distributed at the Society’s National Convention. Candidates for this position should possess a strong background in law or be able to demonstrate a solid interest in law and the ability to conduct the responsibilities required.

Other duties of the Washington, D.C., intern include:

— Writing stories for Quill magazine
— Attending hearings on Capitol Hill that are of interest to SPJ
— Representing SPJ at various Washington, D.C., events

For more info., visit SPJ online.

News from the North: Miller Security Guards Handcuff Editor Following Public Event

Thanks to Marmian Grimes, president of the Farthest North chapter, for sharing this grim news. Alaska Dispatch Editor Tony Hopfinger was handcuffed – and his evidence erased – on Sunday after questioning U.S. Senator candidate Joe Miller at a public event on Sunday.

This is precisely the reason that the Society of Professional Journalists exists – to prevent such travesties of justice from occurring and to shout them from the rooftops when they happen anyway.

Miller Security Guards Handcuff Editor Following Public Event

Resurrecting the Region 10 blog

So, folks have been asking me about our  Region 10 blog. I admit I have neglected the blog this spring. With too much to juggle, something had to give and this was it…but SPJ life is returning to normal, and I am committed to keeping this blog up to date. Want to help? Send me your chapter news, events and updates so we can learn from each other and share ideas!

Here’s a brief recap of our spring so far:

– February-March:  Approximately 2,500 contest entries were submitted to the 2009 Pacific NW Excellence in Journalism Contest, and passed on to out-of-state judges at SPJ chapters around the country.

– March 1:  Regional Director reports on individual chapters were due.

– April 10:  The Western Washington Pro Chapter hosted the spring SPJ conference in Seattle. With about 150 in attendance, the conference drew about 50% students and 50% pros, a big change from the 25%/75% split usually seen. National SPJ president-elect Hagit Limor from Cincinnati attended the conference which focused on providing skills-based training. The conference also included an awards ceremony to honor student MOE winners. Regional winners will go onto compete at the national level.

– April 17:  As regional director, I attended the national SPJ board meeting in Indianapolis where I learned about SPJ’s proposed budget for the 2010-2011 year; HQ’s plans to launch its new and improved, user-friendly website complete with video training; that the joint SPJ-RTDNA 2011 conference will be held in New Orleans; and more.

– April 20:  Added a Facebook group for Region 10. Join us here.

– April 27:  The last week of April chapter presidents were given the names of contest winners to begin making announcements. The Oregon/SW Washington and Western Washington Pro chapters host a formal banquet, while the William O. Douglas chapter will honor its winners with a less formal BBQ.

What’s new in your chapter? Send your news to me via email or post comments here.

Two chapters in Reg. 10 awarded grants

Two chapters within Region 10 – Western Washington Pro and William O. Douglas – applied for grants from National SPJ to cover upcoming programs. Both learned last week that they had been awarded their grants.

Western Washington Pro Chapter:  $500 to defray costs of its fall, eight-week continuing education series held at The Seattle Times and the University of Washington

William O. Douglas: $400 to assist with hosting Northwest Video Workshop, a two-day video workshop/bootcamp at the Yakima-Herald

Thanks to National SPJ for helping to support these innovative programs!

Dana Neuts
Region 10 Director


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