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8 things you should know about SPJ, or how to get free money for programs

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This past weekend was our regional conference and the national board meeting. Most of you headed to San Francisco for a super weekend of programs and networking and that amazing San Francisco food. I went to Indianapolis for the full-day board meeting and a lot of Starbucks. Sad face emoji. I wish I could have been in both places at once. Below are some of the highlights from both events, and here again are all the winners from the Region 11 Mark of Excellence college journalism awards.

First, a HUGE thank you to SPJ NorCal for putting on such an amazing conference, to the San Francisco Chronicle’s Audrey Cooper and KQED’s Holly Kernan for a terrific keynote conversation and to all the panelists and attendees for creating such energy in each session. And a HUGE thank you to SPJ President Dana Neuts and the national board for a thoughtful day of deliberation and progress in the name of journalism. And for drinks after.

Here are a few scenes from the regional conference, courtesy of Twitter.

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Now here are eight things you should know.

1) Our regional leaders’ meeting in San Francisco had representation from San Diego, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Las Vegas and the Sacramento State student chapter. Part of the discussion was that San Quentin (!) wants to start a chapter. This prompted some jokes about lifetime SPJ membership and the Society of Prison Journalists, but all kidding aside, I was happy to hear the prisoners are occupying their time by exploring our industry. More info on that as it develops.

2) There is interest in a regular presidents’ conference call or better yet Skype conversation. I’ll try to start that in May. Our likely first order of business will be discussing how and when SPJ chooses annual convention cities. Our lineup the next three years is Orlando for EIJ15, New Orleans for EIJ16 and Anaheim for EIJ17. Future sites have yet to be chosen but the board directed staff in Indianapolis this weekend to broaden its search criteria to include host cities with hotel room rates of up to $250 or $260 a night and to continue moving the convention around the country. The thought behind the increased room rates is that bigger cities, even at greater costs, might attract more convention-goers and a wider, more electric mix of panelists. The board stressed that since a third of our national conference attendees are students, there must be an effort to control costs and pick dates that work best for students (i.e. not summer or early September.) Because of TV sweeps months, Jewish holidays and factors such as the timing of  regional conferences and chapter awards banquets, our national conventions will likely continue to be held in mid- to late September, but staff is exploring options there, too. I’d like to hear from each chapter — and unaffiliated Region 11 members — about preferences for convention cities, room rates, times and more. So let’s discuss that in our first president’s conversation. SPJ staff expects to make a recommendation for EIJ2018 prior to our convention in Orlando in September so I figured it’s best not to wait to discuss it. [Another great idea: Register for that convention now! It takes place Sept. 18-20. And it’s going to be awesome.]

3) Speaking of unaffiliated members, the board directed SPJ president-elect Paul Fletcher to explore how to give the 41 percent of our members nationally who are not in chapters a stronger voice at the annual convention and throughout the year. (Coincidentally, Region 11 also breaks down 59 percent chapter members and 41 percent unaffiliated members.) Fletcher is forming a task force and will examine a range of options on how to address this issue. Speaking of chapters, please join me in welcoming Region 11’s newest: the student chapter at California State Polytechnic University, which the SPJ board added this weekend.

4)  Looking ahead, the Valley of the Sun chapter in Phoenix is already planning NEXT YEAR’S regional conference. The board has dates picked out (April 1-2, 2016), a likely venue (the Heard Museum, on light rail with its own stop from the airport and plenty of hotels within walking/rail distance!) and half the programming plotted out already. Nice work, Phoenix! Looking further ahead, Las Vegas is the likely location for the 2017 regional conference and San Diego is gearing up to host the 2018 gathering. Great planning, everyone. You have your work cut out for you to top the excellent effort that San Francisco put into planning and throwing such a great party.

5) The names of some candidates for the next SPJ board cycle were announced in Indianapolis. New candidates have until about a week before EIJ15 to announce their candidacy. So far, there are only two contested elections (secretary-treasurer and at-large director). Yes, I intend on running again, but I encourage anyone interested in being a candidate to contact Sonny Albarado, past president of SPJ and this year’s nominations chair, or click here for more info.

6) Chapter grants, which SPJ has doled out in the past (in our region, for instance, to Phoenix and Hawaii), are changing. The good news is the regional directors have $1,000 for chapter grants (so if you have a great program you believe would benefit from a cash infusion, please email me the details and your pitch). But the bad news is that conventional chapter grants were removed from the FY2016 budget because of staff concerns they were difficult to manage and too few chapters made requests. I tried to get the regional directors to advocate for retaining them at a regional directors meeting Saturday, but the suggestion didn’t catch on because other directors figured we should see how requests (and awards) go for the pot of money we control. So apply today!

7) SPJ updated and expanded its job bank! Good luck finding work, if you’re looking!

8) For more about the national board meeting, please read SPJ President Dana Neuts’ thorough recap. Of note in Dana’s post is this section about our 2016 national convention destination:

The board discussed how to handle the proposed Marriage & Conscience Act now in committee in Louisiana. The board will send a letter to the Louisiana legislature citing its concern about the bill which addresses religious and moral beliefs, unlike other religious freedom legislation being considered in other states. Our hope is that the bill will be defeated. If not, SPJ will have to reconsider hosting its 2016 spring board meeting, and SPJ and its partner RTDNA will have to discuss the implications for EIJ16, both scheduled for New Orleans next year. President-elect Paul Fletcher and secretary-treasurer Lynn Walsh will work on the letter to the legislature and share it with the board for input by the end of this month. We will also share it with RTDNA, and they will vote on whether or not they wish to sign the letter as well.

Board member Bill McCloskey noted at the national board meeting that the Louisiana Legislature’s final day of the session is in June so we’ll know before too long the bill’s fate.

That’s a wrap. Go out and do good work.

Congratulations to all our Region 11 2014 college journalism award winners

I am very pleased to announce the 2014 Mark of Excellence Award winners from Region 11. The complete list of honorees is below.

Each year, the MOE Awards honor the best of collegiate journalism around the country and in Region 11, from Arizona, California, Nevada and Hawaii.

Honorees received their award certificates on Saturday morning at the Region 11 Spring Conference in San Francisco. I’m in Indianapolis for Saturday’s national SPJ board meeting (and will report back to you soon on both it and our spring conference) so I missed the MOE ceremony. But I asked the emcee to read the following remarks on my behalf:

I’m sorry I couldn’t be here to congratulate each and every one of you in person, so please accept my deep appreciation not only for joining SPJ this weekend to celebrate all this excellent reporting but also for jumping into journalism in the first place, for joining what David Carr, our great media critic and champion, called our “grand, grand caper.”

This weekend is a celebration FOR journalists, but also OF journalists, of those at this conference and those who cannot be. Think of The New York Times’ David Carr and other journalists we lost this year. Think of The Washington Post’s Jason Rezaian, jailed in Tehran since July, and other reporters held against their will. Think of those on foreign soil and those reporting for duty in Arizona, Nevada, California and Hawaii.

“Being a journalist, I never feel bad talking to journalism students because it’s a grand, grand caper,” Carr’s quote goes. “You get to leave, go talk to strangers, ask them anything, come back, type up their stories, edit the tape. That’s not gonna retire your loans as quickly as it should, and it’s not going to turn you into a person who’s worried about what kind of car they should buy, but that’s kind of as it should be. I mean, it beats working.”

Carr’s right, of course. It does. So have fun this weekend. Celebrate your good work, then go do more of it. Congratulations, one and all.

The first-place winners named in San Francisco will move on to the national MOE competition among the 12 SPJ regions. National winners will be notified in the late spring and will be recognized at Excellence in Journalism 2015 (EIJ15) in Orlando, Florida, Sept. 18 to 20. (Yes, you can register now for that conference.)

Entries were judged by professionals with at least three years of journalism experience.

Please direct any MOE Awards questions to Awards Coordinator Abbi Martzall: awards@spj.org, and 317-920-4791.

Note: The following list reflects the spelling and titles submitted in the award-entry process.

Art / Graphics

Breaking News Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students

Winner: Stenner street standoff – by Morgan Butler, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Finalist: UC students protest tuition increase – by Stephen De Ropp, University of California, Santa Cruz

Finalist: Businesses, community members respond to passage of religious service refusal bill – by Connor Radnovich, ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism

 

Breaking News Photography (Small) 1-9,999 Students

Winner: Students protest police brutality – by Max Westerman, Santa Clara University

Finalist: Clay promises consistent policy enforcement – by Jeremy Bloom, Occidental College

 

Editorial Cartooning

Winner: Distrust among faculty and administration deepens – by Anthony Mata, City College of San Francisco

Finalist: Really metro, Not again; Smokers light up off campus; Dream weaver – by Jose Tobar, Los Angeles City College

 

Feature Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students

Winner: Wake of the storm – by Neil Bedi, UCLA

Finalist: Camp Texas – by Jim Tuttle, ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism

Finalist: A story of ALS – by Connor Radnovich, ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism

 

General News Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students

Winner: Church members pray for Liberia’s healing from Ebola – by Jessica Wardarski, ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism

Finalist: Test of strength – by Brandon Choe, UCLA

 

General News Photography (Small) 1-9,999 Students

Winner: Obama declares part of San Gabriel Mountains a national monument – by Helen Arase, University of La Verne

Finalist: Dalai Lama Makes Historical Appearance – by Malu Veltze, Santa Clara University

 

Photo Illustration (Large) 10,000+ Students

Winner: Net neutrality – by Megan Heddinger, Joseph Pack, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Finalist: Breaking the silence – by Julien Brundrett, Erin Ng, Tim Bradbury, UCLA

 

Photo Illustration (Small) 1-9,999 Students

Winner: ASU State Press – Photo Illustration – by Alexis Macklin, Arizona State University

Finalist: Santa Clara will clear the air – by Malu Veltze; Vishakha Joshi, Santa Clara University

 

Sports Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students

Winner: Shaquielle McKissic’s double-double powers ASU men’s basketball past Pepperdine – by Ben Moffat, ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism

Finalist: Cold Water Classic – by Stephen De Ropp, University of California, Santa Cruz

Finalist: Sacked for Territorial Cup – by Rebecca Sasnett, University of Arizona

 

Sports Photography (Small) 1-9,999 Students

Winner: Leopards lose third straight game – by Helen Arase, University of La Verne

 

Magazines

Best Student Magazine

Winner: Brink – by Alana Levinson, Erica Hellerstein, and Carly Nairn, University of California at Berkeley

Finalist: TUSK Magazine – by Arnold Holland / Jeff Brody, CSU Fullerton

Finalist: The Osprey – by The Osprey, Humboldt State University

 

Non-Fiction Magazine Article

Winner: Fever of unknown origin – by Brittany Patterson, University of California at Berkeley

Finalist: The Call of the wild – by Carly Nairn, University of California at Berkeley

Finalist: Chosen – by Erica Hellerstein, University of California at Berkeley

 

Newspapers

Best All-Around Daily Student Newspaper

Winner: March 3, Oct. 9, Dec. 5 issues – by Daily Bruin staff, UCLA

Finalist: Daily Titan – by Staff, Cal State Fullerton

Finalist: The Daily Californian – by Staff, University of California, Berkeley

 

Best All-Around Non Daily Student Newspaper

Winner: Three Occidental Weekly issues – by Staff, Occidental College

Finalist: The Lumberjack – by The Lumberjack, Humboldt State University

Finalist: City on a Hill Press – by City on a Hill Press staff, University of California, Santa Cruz

 

Breaking News Reporting (Large) 10,000+ Students

Winner: Wildcat clash with police officers – by Staff of The Daily Wildcat, University of Arizona

Finalist: Black Student Union members encounter racism – by JoshuOne Barnes, Santa Rosa Junior College

Finalist: UC Regents Committee approves tuition increase – by Samantha Hamilton, Pamela Avila, Susana Alvarez, University of California, Santa Cruz

 

Breaking News Reporting (Small) 1-9,999 Students

Winner: Allies, trustees clash over college policy – by Juliet Suess, Occidental College

Finalist: Race too close to call – by Collin Baker, Santa Clara University

 

Editorial Writing

Winner: Students deserve a voice – by Nathan Quast, Santa Rosa Junior College

Finalist: ASU State Press – Editorial Writing – by State Press Editorial Board, Arizona State University

Finalist: Daily Bruin editorial board – by Daily Bruin editorial board, UCLA

 

Feature Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students

Winner: UCLA, student groups combat sexual assault – by Kate Parkinson-Morgan, UCLA

Finalist: Coming up for air – by Elizabeth Case, UCLA

Finalist: Beyond stereotypes: Homeless yet hopeful in Sonoma County – by Julie Lee, Nate Voge, Jeanine Flaton-Buckley and Estefany Gonzales, Santa Rosa Junior College

 

Feature Writing (Small) 1-9,999 Students

Winner: Demystifying disabilities – by Mariela Patron, University of La Verne

Finalist: Eating disorders: It’s more than just the food – by Katie Callahan, Point Loma Nazarene University

Finalist: ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ opens in Warehouse Theater – by Maureen Wolff, Azusa Pacific University

 

General Column Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students

Winner: Americans influenced more by YA; #getoverit; Ruined by emails – by Trey Ross, University of Arizona

Finalist: Conflict of interest, academic freedom and culture of litigation – by Eitan Arom, UCLA

Finalist: Know justice, Know peace – by Salina Nasir, Cal Poly Pomona

 

General Column Writing (Small) 1-9,999 Students

Winner: Back to Black – by Marissa Black, Azusa Pacific University

Finalist: No rest; Hero; Halo – by Will Westwater, Occidental College

 

General News Reporting (Large) 10,000+ Students

Winner: Facing a waning future – by Virgie Hoban, University of California, Berkeley

Finalist: Research keys on building stockpiles of organs – by Patrick O’Connor, University of Arizona School of Journalism

Finalist: Students seek clarity, closure in student-professor relationship investigations – by Nicholas Palomino Mendoza, ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism

 

General News Reporting (Small) 1-9,999 Students

Winner: Looking mental illness straight in the eye – by Katie Callahan, Point Loma Nazarene University

Finalist: Housing law faces student opposition – by Mallory Miller, Santa Clara University

Finalist: Adjunct faculty unionization coverage – by Mariela Patron, Kristina Bugante, University of La Verne

 

In-Depth Reporting (Large) 10,000+ Students

Winner: Wake of the storm – by Katie Shepherd, UCLA

Finalist: Love thy sister – by Sara Grossman, University of California, Berkeley

Finalist: Central American minors pushed north by poverty, violence, hopes for refuge – by Emilie Eaton, ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism

 

In-Depth Reporting (Small) 1-9,999 Students

Winner: The courage to heal – by Katie Madden, University of La Verne

 

Sports Column Writing

Winner: Bo knows – by Kevin Bowman, UCLA

Finalist: NFL’s moral battle; NCAA; NBA’s gamble – by Joe Siegal, Occidental College

Finalist: Anaheim a cursed city ; Wildcats scratch and claw ; Arizona’s win over Oregon – by James Kelley, university of arizona

 

Sports Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students

Winner: Phoenix-area golf courses continue to struggle – by Kristen Hwang, ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism

Finalist: Athletic trainer finds lifelong friend and “Coach” at UCLA – by Andrew Erickson, UCLA

Finalist: Coaches and companions – by Aubrey Yeo, UCLA

Sports Writing (Small) 1-9,999 Students

Winner: Hoops program continues run of mediocrity – by Brendan Weber, Santa Clara University

Finalist: McFeely journeys from Ireland to Eagle Rock – by Margaret Su, Occidental College

Finalist: Constructing a program from the ground up – by Katie Richcreek, Azusa Pacific University

 

Online

Best Affiliated Web Site

Winner: MustangNews.net – by Mustang News, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Finalist: Lomabeat.com excels in student-generated content – by Loma Beat staff, The Point staff, Point Loma Nazarene University

Finalist: Spectrum – by Daily Bruin Photo staff, UCLA

 

Best Digital-Only Student Publication

Winner: The State Press – Best Digital-Only Publication – by Danielle Grobmeier, Julia Shumway, Sean Logan, Arizona State University

Finalist: Gun Wars – by News21 staff, ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism

Finalist: Scientific Tucsonan – by Scientific Tucsonan, University of Arizona School of Journalism

 

Best Independent Online Student Publication

Winner: The Downtown Devil – by Downtown Devil staff, ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism

Finalist: Intersections South LA – by Intersections South LA, University of Southern California

 

Best Use of Multimedia

Winner: Coming up for air – by Elizabeth Case, Lexy Atmore, Ryan Hansberry, Connie Chiou, UCLA

Finalist: Gun wars – by News21 staff, ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism

Finalist: Leimert Park’s Third Renaissance – by Intersections South LA, University of Southern California

 

Online Feature Reporting

Winner: A way of Life – by Laura Sposato and Yihyun Jeong, Arizona State University

Finalist: Midwives combine tradition and science to curb maternal deaths in Chiapas – by Lauren Loftus and Alex Lancial, ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism

Finalist: Stories heard around the world – by Bianca Broszus, UCLA

 

Online In-Depth Reporting

Winner: Arizona’s water future – by Cronkite News, ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism

Finalist: Downwind – by Jessica Boehm, Arizona State University

Finalist: Women emerge as a forceful voice in the business of defending firearms – by Lauren Loftus & Natalie Krebs , ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism

 

Online News Reporting

Winner: Rare illness in California afflicts children with Polio-like symptoms – by Jake Nicol Sally Schilling, Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism

Finalist: Department of Defense military gear in Arizona – by Emilie Eaton, Camaron Stevenson, , ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism

Finalist: Crisis in El Bordo: Record number of deportations contribute to homeless influx in Tijuana Canal – by Cyrus Saatsaz, San Diego State University

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Online Opinion & Commentary

Winner: From the Editor’s Desk – by Francesca Bessey, Will Federman, University of Southern California

Finalist: Theatrical and film commentary – by David Dixon, San Diego State Universtiy

Finalist: The Curtain Critic – by Molly Bilker, Julie Akerly, Faith Miller, ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism

 

Online Sports Reporting

Winner: Lost in the lights – by Jacob Lauing, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Finalist: Team manager series – by Daily Bruin staff, UCLA

Finalist: Landon’s last stand: The Final Home Game – by Paolo Uggetti, University of Southern California

 

Radio Broadcast

Best All-Around Radio Newscast

Winner: ARN Live Show – November 5, 2014 – by Carrie Poppy, Camile Requiestas, Victor Figueroa, Andy Vasoyan, University of Southern California

Finalist: Long Story Short – by Jonaki Mehta, Chirag Govardhan, UCLA

Finalist: The Evening Update – by KCSN News Staff, California State University-Northridge

 

Radio Feature

Winner: Me, my dad and Marvin Gaye – by Sarah Zahedi, University of Southern California

Finalist: Carl the bartender keeps Santa Monica laughing – by Victor Figueroa, University of Southern California

Finalist: Divided love: a nanny’s story – by Bryony Inge, University of Southern California

 

Radio In-Depth Reporting

Winner: Bad apps target smartphone users – by Peter Haden, Arizona State University

Finalist: Hash tag yes all women – by Daniel Max, California State University-Northridge

Finalist: College graduate career options – by Samantha Benitz, California State University-Northridge

 

Radio News Reporting

Winner: LAFD aims to recruit more women firefighters – by Sarah Zahedi, University of Southern California

Finalist: Young musicians prepare for ‘World Series of High School Bands’ – by Mariana Dale, University of Arizona School of Journalism

Finalist: The high cost of inmate phone calls – by Sukey Lewis, University of California Berkeley

 

Radio Sports Reporting

Winner: Race fans flock for the ‘Almost-Crashes’ – by Peter Haden, Arizona State University

Finalist: How draft insurance is changing college football – by Matt Levin, University of Southern California

Finalist: Coaches’ friendship transcends the playing field – by Rebecca Rankin, UCLA

Television Broadcast

Best All-Around Television Newscast

Winner: Cronkite News – by Kelsey Tardio, Brittany Ducksworth, ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism

Finalist: Valley View News – by Valley View News, California State University, Northridge

Finalist: ATVN Broadcast – by Faith Miller, Hannah Button, Christina Schoellkopf and Andrea Edoria, University of Southern California

 

Television Breaking News Reporting

Winner: Record rainfall in the desert – by Megan Thompson, ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism

Finalist: Secret Service director gets grilled – by Brittany Bade, ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism

Finalist: Same-sex marriage now legal in Arizona – by Mackenzie Scott , ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism

 

Television Feature Reporting

Winner: Broadway blues – by Rachel Witte, UC Berkeley

Finalist: Harrison McIntosh – by Christian Reina, Scott Feuerhelm, Armando Tapia, University of La Verne

Finalist: Armless athlete rides in El Tour de Tucson – by Megan Guthrie, ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism

 

Television General News Reporting

Winner: Mesa Police Body Camera – by Tara Molina, Arizona State University

Finalist: Airport pollution – by Hector Mejia, California State University, Northridge

Finalist: Investigation: Prescription pills can be gateway drug to heroin addiction – by Vivian Padilla, ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism

 

Television In-Depth Reporting

Winner: Arizona’s water future – by Vondalynn Dias, ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism

Finalist: Depression: The hidden struggle – by Jetske Wauran, University of La Verne

Finalist: Maxlove – by Eldrin Masangkay, Francesca Manto, UCLA

 

Television News and Feature Photography

Winner: Depression: The hidden struggle – by Jetske Wauran, University of La Verne

Finalist: Backyard Bike Shop- by Shayne Dwyer, Arizona State University

Finalist: Local dairy takes a page from the past for future products – by Megan Thompson, ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism

 

Television Sports Photography

Winner: The greener golf ball – by Kari Osep, ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism

Finalist: Witt twins – by Robby Baker, ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism

 

Television Sports Reporting

Winner: Concussions: It’s a girl thing, too – by Kari Osep, ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism

Finalist: Cal Poly pitcher’s love of the outdoors goes beyond the diamond – by Lisa Diaz, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Finalist: Phoenix sports Mecca – by Arianna Grainey, Arizona State University

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