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And the Region 10 contest is live

Whew – it’s been a bit of a steep learning curve here, but we should be good to go. To enter the 2013 SPJ Region 10 Excellence in Journalism contest please visit

The categories and entry prices are the same as last year. The deadline is February 19 – please meet the deadline. Please.
Some of you have a three-day weekend coming up and the stuff you are submitting was already published – please don’t procrastinate.

We have a new contest coordinator. Her name is Lorna Walsh and she is a communications professional here in Spokane. She was one of a handful of people who were interested in the job, and we are looking forward to working with her.
For now, your best contact for contest questions is Regional Director Pia Hallenberg – reach her at

We received more than 2,000 entries last year and are excited to see what you will be sending us this year. Remember, only entries published and broadcast in 2013 are eligible.

Happy hump day, Region 10

I’m your newly elected Region 10 director, I work fulltime at The Spokesman-Review, and I’ve been involved with SPJ since 1996 when I was a journalism student at Eastern Washington University.
I give SPJ credit for how I landed my very first job at The Inlander, because I had already met the people who decided to hire me back in 1998 at several SPJ programs #ReasonToJoinSPJ
Over the years I’ve put on a ton of programs, lectures, cocktail hours and spring conferences – we had a great spring conference here in Spokane in April – and I’ve attended national conventions in almost every part of the country, where I’ve met amazing people and learned lots #ReasonToJoinSPJ
Now, I’m uncertain to what the purpose is of this blog – except it’s a way for me to communicate with a geographically huge region without starting an email storm. I suppose the purpose will become clear?
I would LOVE to hear from you, Region 10ers, whenever you have programs or meetings or gatherings, no matter where you are in the region. Let’s share program announcements – getting together with our peers is another #ReasonToJoinSPJ
The best way to reach me is via email:
You can follow my not very active Twitter here:

And join my much more active Facebook here:
I’ve also claimed a Region 10 Facebook page here – – it’s in its virgin state. Please like it so we can have a central place of communication. (Those of you who already belong to the Region 10 Facebook group: please consider migrating to the fan page – creating a group page was a tactical mistake)

All the best – Hope your hump day is a good one.

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.



Excellence in Journalism 2011: Recap

Thanks to everyone who was able to attend this year’s annual SPJ conference. For those who didn’t, here are the highlights of the Excellence in Journalism 2011 conference (i.e., EIJ 2011).

For the first time, SPJ combined its conference with RTDNA, a move that boosted attendance from 800 to about 1,300! Held at the Sheraton in New Orleans, the mood at the conference was enthusiastic, and NOLA greeted conference guests with wonderful music, fabulous food and friendly hospitality.

Instead of the sometimes overdone “future of journalism” panels, this conference focused on all of the great things going on in the media world today including video storytelling with Al Tompkins of The Poynter Institute and Les Rose of CBS News LA Bureau; mobile tools for journalists with Damon Kiesow,; ethics, diversity and social media programs; a supersession with CNN’s Soledad O’Brien; keynote with Jeff Fager of CBS News; awards programs and more.

And, as always, SPJ held its usual committee meetings, business meetings, leadership sessions and diversity mentor program. SDX also held its semiannual board meeting and subcommittee meetings.

Of particular note are the following changes to how SPJ operates:

– The one-member, one-vote bylaws amendment passed, granting ALL active members of SPJ the right to vote for candidates running for SPJ office.

– Effective January 1, professional dues increase to $75 from $72. Student and graduate dues increase to $37.50 from $36. Click here for additional information regarding the increase.

– SPJ membership voted to condemn the use of the terms illegal alien and illegal immigrant.

The national SPJ board voted in favor of replacing the chapter Star Ranking system in favor of a simpler ranking system. Note:  I will provide more info. on these changes to chapter leaders once the final language has been approved.

– The Helen Thomas Lifetime Achievement Award will remain retired.

– Award Winners include

Wells Memorial Key:  Al Cross
Regional Director of the Year:  Brian Eckert

– The following officers were elected to serve the SPJ national board and SPJ membership:

President:  John Ensslin
President-Elect:  Sonny Albarado
Secretary-Treasurer:  David Cuillier
Vice President for Campus Chapter Affairs:  Neil Ralston
At-Large Director:  Bill McCloskey
Campus Adviser At-Large:  George Daniels
Region 2 Director:  Brian Eckert
Region 3 Director:  Michael Koretsky
Region 6 Director:  Amanda Theisen
Region 10 Director:  Dana Neuts
Region 11 Director:  Teri Carnicelli
Region 12 Director:  Kelly Kissel
Student Representatives:  Gideon Grudo and Taylor Mirfendereski

We held a Region 10 business meeting on Sun., Sept. 25 to hold the RD election (I ran unopposed), discuss the regional contest and spring conference and hear updates from the chapters represented (W. Washington Pro, Snake River Pro, Montana Pro and William O. Douglas). We also talked about how chapters might work together in terms of support and sharing programing ideas.

Up next:  The 2012 Excellence in Journalism Conference (EIJ 2012) will be held at the Harbor Beach Resort in Fort Lauderdale, FL Sept. 20 – 22.

Student journalists, Mark of Excellence Entries due by Jan. 26

As we launched our Region 10 SPJ contest, many journalists have been asking if the NW Excellence in Journalism contest is open to students. It is only open to pros. However, SPJ’s annual Mark of Excellence awards contest is in full swing and is only open to students. The deadline is just a week away though, so get those entries in. Submit online by Jan. 26.

More info. can be found here —>  MOE awards for student journalists

2010 SPJ NW Excellence in Journalism Contest: Call for Entries

Seattle, Washington, January 17, 2011 – Today Region 10 of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) announced its call for entries for the 2010 SPJ Northwest Excellence in Journalism contest. The contest honors exceptional journalism published or produced in 2010 in Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Idaho and Montana in all forms of media (print, online, radio, and TV). Both SPJ and non-SPJ members are invited to participate in the contest.

This year’s contest is getting off to a late start so that organizers could implement a different online contest vendor this year, omniContests. The SPJ Northwest Excellence in Journalism contest is officially accepting entries today through 11:59 pm on Wednesday, February 23, 2011. SPJ Regional Director Dana Neuts, a freelance journalist in Kent, Washington, highlights several changes to this year’s contest:

— All entries except General Excellence entries must be submitted online this year.

— Entries can be paid online (preferred) or via check.

— In the Daily Newspaper category, Feature Photography has been expanded from one category to two to include both Feature Photography and Portrait Photography.

— SPJ members will receive a $5 discount on contest entry submissions, $15 for regular entries and $40 for General Excellence entries. Non-SPJ members will pay $20 and $45, respectively.

In the 2009 contest, more than 2,500 entries were received from around the region. An increased number of entries is expected this year. Entries will be submitted to out-of-state judges in March, and he Western Washington Pro and Southwestern Washington/Oregon Pro chapters will present awards to those in their area at banquets in Seattle and Portland on Saturday, May 21. The remaining awards will be announced online that evening and presented by their respective chapter leaders.

To enter the contest online, please visit For questions, please contact contest administrator Ruth Pettis at 206-781-8097 or contest coordinator Dana Neuts or 360-920-1737.

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.

Congratulations to our 2009 NW Excellence in Journalism Contest winners!

This year our 2009 NW Excellence in Journalism Contest brought in 2,500 entries from Region 10, including entries from Alaska, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana. The entries were submitted online for the first time this year, and judged online as well by journalists around the country. It was a big effort, but well worth it to be able to honor the very best in journalist in our corner of the world.

For those of you who were not able to attend the Portland or Seattle chapters’ May 22 awards banquets, or who belong to a chapter that doesn’t host an awards ceremony, we are pleased to be able to share the winners of this year’s Region 10 SPJ contest with you.

Download the winners here!

Congratulations to all of those who submitted entries this year! We are honored to work along side you!

SPJ Announces 2009 Sigma Delta Chi Awards

In a press release today, national SPJ announced the winners of the 2009 Sigma Delta Chi Awards, including many from within Region 10. Among the 2009 winners are…

Newspaper/Wire Services

Deadline Reporting (Daily Circulation 1-50,000)
Natural Gas Explosion Destroys Half a Downtown Block,” Staff, Bozeman Daily Chronicle

Deadline Reporting (Daily Circulation 100,001+)
Four Officers Slain,” Staff, Seattle Times

Investigative Reporting (Non-Daily Publication)
WaMu’s Final Days,” Kirsten Grind, Alwyn Scott, George Erb, Puget Sound Business Journal

Feature Reporting (Daily Circulation 1-50,000)
Hospice: Learning How to Live,” Sara Schilling, Tri-City Herald

Sports Column Writing (Daily Circulation 100,000+)
John Canzano, The Oregonian

Public Service Journalism (Non-Daily Publication)
WaMu and the Foreclosure Crisis,” Kirsten Grind, Jeanne Lang Jones, Alwyn Scott, George Erb, Puget Sound Business Journal


No winners from Region 10.


Editorial Cartooning (Newspaper Circulation 100,001+ or Affiliated Website/National Magazine)
Cartoons by Jack Ohman,” Jack Ohman, The Oregonian

Editorial Cartooning (Non-Daily Publication)
Cartoons by Terrence L. Nowicki Jr.,” Terrence L. Nowicki Jr., Freelance

Feature Photography (Non-Daily Publication)
“Energizing the Fans,” Marcus Donner, Jenny O’Brien, George Erb, Puget Sound Business Journal


No winners from Region 10.


No winners from Region 10.


No winners from Region 10.


No winners from Region 10.

Online Reporting

Deadline Reporting (Independent)
Three-alarm Fire Destroys Greenwood Businesses,” Doree Armstrong, Cory Bergman, Kate Bergman, Dale Steinke,

2010 European Union – Northwest Journalist Fellowship

Entry deadline:  Friday, May 14

The European Union Center of Excellence is pleased to announce an opportunity for Pacific Northwest journalists eager to learn about and report on current developments in the European Union.

Launched in 2009, the EU-Northwest Journalist Fellowship provides the selected print or broadcast journalist the opportunity to spend a week in Brussels, the European Union’s dynamic capital, learning about the EU and pressing issues affecting European integration and transatlantic relations. The program also affords journalists the chance for research and interviews for later print or broadcast.

Professional journalists from the US Pacific Northwest and Northern California are eligible to apply. Applicants should have at least three years’ experience in media, and must demonstrate how their reporting would benefit from exposure to the European Union. In addition to the above criteria, the selection committee will give preference to applicants who propose projects which highlight links between Europe and the Pacific Northwest, and who can demonstrate a greater likelihood of having their resulting reporting published or broadcast.

Applicants for the fellowship should submit a CV and cover letter/project proposal to the EU Center of Excellence no later than May 14, 2010.

Applicants should also submit two examples of their work published or broadcast in the last two years. Application materials should be sent to the EU Center of Excellence at:

EU Center of Excellence
Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies
Box 353650
Seattle, WA 98195

The journalist for the fellowship will receive round-trip economy class airfare to Brussels, plus a living allowance of $2,000. Travel will be arranged by the EU Center of Excellence and the stay in Brussels must be completed by December 31. The staff of the EU Center will provide the award recipient with travel and logistical advice for Brussels, while the EU Delegation in Washington can help arrange meetings with EU officials as requested.

Upon their return, awardees will be invited to give an informal talk to students at the University of Washington about their time in Brussels, what they learned, and how the experience has influenced their perspective on Europe and European integration.

The EU Center of Excellence plans to offer the EU-Northwest Journalist Award again in 20101 as part of its current grant from the European Commission Delegation to the United States! Questions regarding the program can be directed to Phil Shekleton or Eva Dunn at

This lecture is free and open to the public, no registration required.

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