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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.


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.



Oregon/SW Washington SPJ Pro Hosts “Building a Better Journalist”

Yesterday the Oregon/SW Washington Pro Chapter of SPJ held its annual fall conference. This year’s theme:  “Building a Better Journalist.” Held on the University of Oregon – Portland campus, the daylong conference focused on new tools and skills that journalists can use to enhance their current skill set and prepare them for a rapidly changing journalism world. The programs included:

– PR Industrial Complex  (moving from journalism into PR)
– Essential Online Databases for Every Beat
– Writing Workshop
– The Wild West of Freelancing
– So You Want to be an Investigative Reporter…
– Coverage From Afar
– Money, It’s a Drag
– Smartphone Photography and Video
– Building a Better Rolodex
– Talking Tablets
– Gathering Sources, Scoops and Tips from Social Media
– Docs on Deadline

More than 70 journalists, including panelists, attended the conference. In addition to the informal networking, Marion Street Press was on hand with a supply of journalism-related books to entice the participants. Never one to walk away empty-handed from a book sale, I bought a book on specializing as a freelancer.

Though Portland was a busy place with the marathon and Occupy Portland going on, the conference was worth the drive. At $35 for SPJ members, it was a bargain too.

Well done, Aaron Mesh, chapter president, and the SPJ volunteers and board members who put on the conference!


It was a BEAUTIFUL fall Saturday in Portland, so don’t ask me why this is the only photo I took. Duck feet in the bathroom stall. Go Ducks!



The Northern Light Hosts Open Access Workshop in Anchorage on June 24

David Cuillier, the Freedom of Information Committee chairman for the Society of Professional Journalists, will give an open access workshop at the invitation of The Northern Light, a student media organization at the University of Alaska Anchorage, at noon Friday, June 24 in Room 201A in the Professional Studies Building on the UAA main campus, 3211 Providence Drive, Anchorage, Alaska. All working members of the media are invited to attend.

Cuillier has been an SPJ newsroom trainer since 2005. He researches and teaches classes in accessing public records at the University of Arizona School of Journalism in Tucson. He is the co-author of “The Art of Access: Strategies for Acquiring Public Records.”

The Northern Light publishes a newspaper weekly during the school year and twice a month during the summer session in addition to a website year-round. It has won accolades on the state and national level.

For more information or to register for the workshop, contact Paola Banchero at the Dept. of Journalism and Public Communications at the University of Alaska Anchorage at 907-786-4194 or via email.

Early Bird Registration Deadline for Reg. 10 Conference: March 15

Don’t wait to book your hotel room for the SPJ Region 10 Conference, April 8-9 at Washington State University Tri-Cities!

The deadline for a special conference rate at the Red Lion Richland Hanford House is Tuesday, March 15. The cost is $104.95 per night (single/double) and is good for April 8 and 9.

With many other events, including a big sports tournament, going on the same weekend, don’t take a chance on the lodging and book NOW!


The hotel is at 802 George Washington Way, Richland, WA 99352.

To take advantage of the rate:

* Make your reservation by calling 1-800-RED-LION (1-800-733-5466) and ask for the Society of Professional Journalists group rate.

* Make your reservation online by logging on to The discounted rate will be shown under the Special Rates box on the right-side search bar of the page. You can adjust the check-in/check-out dates and the number of guests on the same search bar.

Book today.

REMINDER: Conference registration deadline is coming up!

The deadline to register is Tuesday, March 15. After that date, rates will go up by $10. To register, please go to the conference site:

The conference will offer sessions for students and professionals in broadcast, online and print including:

* Tucson and Lakewood shootings: lessons in accuracy and ethics

* Pulitzer Prize-winner Tom Hallman Jr. of The Oregonian

* Technology and the frazzled journalist

* WSU Edward R. Murrow College of Communication Dean Lawrence Pintak

* Hyperlocal in the digital age

* Résumé critique

* How I got the story: A look at the award-winning KING 5 series “Waste on the Water” with investigative reporter Susannah Frame

This conference is hosted by the William O. Douglas SPJ Chapter and is being held with support from: Washington State University Tri-Cities, Washington News Council, Intersect, Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business, Central Washington University, Spencer Hatton and Wine Press Northwest.

Any questions please contact Mai Hoang, president of the William O. Douglas SPJ Chapter, the hosting chapter, at or at 509-834-0272.

A special thanks to our event sponsors:

  • Intersect
  • Washington News Council
  • Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business
  • Central Washington University
  • Spencer Hatton
  • Washington State University Tri-Cities
  • Wine Press Northwest



    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.

    Look Out Vegas, Here We Come!

    The SPJ National Convention is just over a month away. This year the conference will be held in Vegas and I, for one,
    am grateful to see it on this side of the Mississippi. Visiting the East Coast was great, but Vegas is a little closer to home
    for me. This year’s program proves to be new and different too, which also has me excited. For those of you planning on attending, here are some additional resources you might find helpful:

    SPJ Blog:  The Road to Vegas

    Convention Registration (early bird registration ends Sept. 8, 2010)

    Schedule at a Glance

    Free Activities in Vegas

    Activities for the 20 & under crowd

    I’ll be attending the convention as a member of the board, as well as to participate in a number of sessions. Look for me during the Pro Chapter Leadership brainstorming session, Regional Business Meeting, Opening and Closing Business Meetings, and Freelance Workshop. Want to connect while in Vegas? You can reach me via email or on my cell phone (voice or text) at 360-920-1737.

    Hope to see you there!

    ~ Dana Neuts, regional director

    Greater Oregon/SW Washington Pro Chapter Hosts Fall Conference Oct. 9-10

    The Greater Oregon/SW Washington Pro Chapter is hosting its fourth annual fall conference on Saturday, October 9 with a bonus, hands-on program on October 10.

    Our heavyweight lineup so far includes: Duane Bosworth, Davis Wright Tremaine; Bryan Denson, The Oregonian; Mark Horvit, IRE/NICAR; Nigel Jaquiss, Willamette Week; Cheryl Phillips, The Seattle Times; Anna Werner, KPIX-San Francisco

    Here’s the link for more information and registration.

    More speakers are being posted on a weekly basis. Marshall Kirkpatrick from Read Write Web just confirmed as the speaker for a BBJ session about social media. We also just got word that Portland Business Journal Editor Rob Smith will give the talk on career planning.

    2011 SPJ Region 10 Conference Date Set

    Thanks to the quick work of Mai Hoang and the William O. Douglas chapter, the date for next year’s regional SPJ conference has been tentatively set, so mark your calendars:

    April 8-9, 2011

    The region 10 conference will most likely be held in Yakima or the Tri-Cities area. We’ll announce additional details as soon as they are available!

    William O. Douglas offers Northwest Video Workshop

    The William O. Douglas chapter of SPJ is hosting a video workshop November 7 & 8 at the Yakima Herald-Republic, 114 N. Fourth St., Yakima, WA  98901.

    In addition to the local SPJ chapter, the video workshop is being hosted by the Yakima-Herald and the National Press Photographers Association. The event is also being sponsored by Canon, Apple and ThinkTank.

    The Northwest Video Workshop will offer two training options. During a two-day boot camp environment, a large group or “intermediate group” will learn techniques for everyday video interviews, field equipment handling and potential ethical pitfalls during the video production schedule. The second group or “advanced group” of up to 14 participants will work three days to hone existing interview, shooting, audio and editing skills pursuing a real world stories.  The two groups will combine for some of the seminar discussions and sessions.

    Overall workshop goals
    The sessions will help journalists of multiple skill levels develop time-saving “tool kits” to effectively cover stories while carrying multiple publication responsibilities. This workshop will provide opportunities for journalists to adapt to a rapidly changing industry.  Advanced participants will be accepted by application only by an independent committee.

    The workshop will include exceptional teachers first and foremost.  Trainers will not all be photojournalists, but will teach skills that photojournalists and reporters are sometimes weak in.  Trainers will cover ethics, building a video shooting tool kit, audio interview for storytelling tool kit, and video editing/output tool kit in Apple Final Cut Pro.

    Potential participation cost
    The cost will be about $100 each.  This is not a profit making venture, but a break-even training workshop.

    Food and accommodations
    Food will be provided on site during workshop sessions. Several hotels are within walking distance from the YH-R building and special rates will be obtained for attendees.

    For more info., contact chapter president Mai Hoang via email.


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