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SPJ Region 7 launches 2016 SPJ fellowship for student/recently graduated SPJ members

For the past several months, a group of SPJ leaders has been working behind the scenes to develop an SPJ Region 7 fellowship exclusively for SPJ student members and members who have graduated recently.

That fellowship is becoming a reality thanks to a generous grant from the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation.

I am thrilled to announce the SPJ Region 7 Fellowship will launch in summer 2016.

Fellowship recipients will help with the daily journalism tasks of two nonprofit news organizations (either the Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism, based at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa, or Omaha Public Radio, based in Omaha, Nebraska). They will also work on larger capstone projects to be published at his/her host news organization’s discretion.

After the fellowship’s summer portion has ended, recipients will present sessions at the most convenient SPJ spring regional conference in 2017.

Thanks to a grant from the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation, the fellowships will include a stipend of $1,333.33 per month and funds for recipients to use for travel to present SPJ Spring regional conference sessions.

Our selection committee, composed of SPJ professionals from across the country, will choose two fellows who live in Region 7 or are students at/recent graduates of a university within the region. We’ll place one fellow at each organization for three months — beginning in mid-May 2016.

Fellows will meet weekly to discuss their capstone progress. These meetings will also serve as a brown-bag discussion series with journalism professionals to discuss the state of media, answer questions about the news business and more.

The organizing committee established four criteria for eligibility…

  • Fellows must be enrolled in or have graduated from an accredited university within Region 7 (Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas) or be resident of a state within the region studying or have graduated from an accredited university outside Region 7.
  • Students who have earned or are earning undergraduate degrees AND graduate degrees will be considered.
  • Fellows must be members of the Society of Professional Journalists and in good standing with the organization. Applicants’ SPJ membership numbers from the national office will be required on the application form.
  • Fellow applicants who have graduated from their institution will be considered up to 18 months after commencement.

Applications and additional details will become available in the fall. Look for more information soon! Until then, feel free to email me any questions you have about the fellowship.

This fellowship would not be possible without the support of the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation. Visit SPJ.org to learn more about how you can support the foundation.

Region 7 journalists head to Omaha for professional development

Journalists from across the region traveled to Omaha March 27-28 for the 2015 Society of Professional Journalists Region 7 Spring Conference.

Journalists from across the region traveled to Omaha March 27-28 for the 2015 Society of Professional Journalists Region 7 Spring Conference.

The Society of Professional Journalists Region 7 2015 Spring Conference came to a close Saturday at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Journalists from Missouri, Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska made the trek to Omaha for a weekend of professional development. Organizers held conference sessions about social media, digital, work/family balance and more.

Journalists Mariah Stewart, John Beaudoin, Chase Snider and Ashley Jost discussed their coverage of the protests and police action in Ferguson, Mo. during the SPJ Region 7 conference's keynote presentation.

Journalists Mariah Stewart, John Beaudoin, Chase Snider and Ashley Jost discussed their coverage of the protests and police action in Ferguson, Mo. during the SPJ Region 7 conference’s keynote presentation.

Rob McLean, region 7 director for SPJ, said those who attended the conference had an opportunity to network with colleagues and get a leg-up on their next job hunt.

“One of the best parts about being an SPJ member is the opportunity to make new journalism connections and friends,” McLean said. “As the industry continues to change, those connections can be invaluable when journalists are looking for their next gig.”

The event ended with the regional Mark of Excellence Awards Saturday afternoon, where SPJ recognized the best journalism at the collegiate level within the region.

 

Journalists enjoy conversation at the SPJ Region 7 Spring Conference meet-and-greet March 27.

Journalists enjoy conversation at the SPJ Region 7 Spring Conference meet-and-greet March 27.

Journalists enjoy conversation at the SPJ Region 7 Spring Conference meet-and-greet March 27.

Journalists enjoy conversation at the SPJ Region 7 Spring Conference meet-and-greet March 27.

Journalists enjoy conversation at the SPJ Region 7 Spring Conference meet-and-greet March 27.

Journalists enjoy conversation at the SPJ Region 7 Spring Conference meet-and-greet March 27.

Marjorie Sturgeon and Jonathan Garcia served on a panel, moderated by Sherrie Wilson, about digital in the newsroom.

Marjorie Sturgeon and Jonathan Garcia served on a panel, moderated by Sherrie Wilson (right), about digital in the newsroom.

Region 7 Career Connection, 10.13.14

Each week, The Heartland Beat will post four journalism jobs from within the region.

Check back next week for a new list of journalism jobs from around the Society of Professional Journalists’ Region 7!

Region 7 Career Connection, 09.23.14

Each week, The Heartland Beat will post four journalism jobs from within the region.

Check back next week for a new list of journalism jobs from around Region 7!

Does your newsroom have a job you would like listed on the Region 7 Career Connection? Email Region 7 Director Rob McLean with the information.

Broadcasters win Regional Murrow Awards

The Radio Television Digital News Association announced its regional Edward R. Murrow Award winners today. RTDNA’s Region 5 corresponds exactly to our Region 7.  By the way, SPJ & RTDNA are joining forces for a national conference in 2011! Stand by for more information on that.

So, here are the winners in IA, KS, MO and NE.

Congratulations to all!

Radio, Large Market

Overall Excellence
KMOX-AM – St. Louis, MO
KMOX Overall Excellence
Listen to the winning entry

Audio Breaking News Coverage
KCUR-FM – Kansas City, MO
Breaking News
Listen to the winning entry

Audio Continuing Coverage
WOI-AM – Des Moines, IA
The Day the Music Died
Listen to the winning entry

Audio Feature Reporting
KMOX-AM – St. Louis, MO
The Bait Shop
Listen to the winning entry

Audio Reporting: Hard News
KMOX-AM – St. Louis, MO
Judge Jimmy Edwards
Listen to the winning entry

Audio Investigative Reporting
KMOX-AM – St. Louis, MO
Downfall of a State Rep
Listen to the winning entry

Audio News Series
KMOX-AM – St. Louis, MO
Culture of Corruption
Listen to the winning entry

Audio Newscast
KMBZ-AM – Kansas City, KS
Kansas City’s Morning News
Listen to the winning entry

Audio Sports Reporting
KWMU-FM – St. Louis, MO
Big Business in Midsummer Classic
Listen to the winning entry

Use of Sound
KMOX-AM – St. Louis, MO
History of St. Louis Rock & Roll
Listen to the winning entry

Web site

KWMU-FM – St. Louis, MO
stlpublicradio.org

Radio, Small Market

Overall Excellence
KTTS-FM – Springfield, MO
KTTS Overall Excellence
Listen to the winning entry

Audio Breaking News Coverage
KFDI-FM – Wichita, KS
Sheriff Deputy Murder
Listen to the winning entry

Audio Continuing Coverage
KFDI-FM – Wichita, KS
Justin Thurber Capital Murder Trial
Listen to the winning entry

Audio Feature Reporting
KBIA-FM – Columbia, MO
The Green Report
Listen to the winning entry

Audio Reporting: Hard News
KANU-FM – Salinas, KS
New Options For Traumatized Soldiers
Listen to the winning entry

Audio News Series
KSMU-FM – Springfield, MO
Dairy Farmers
Listen to the winning entry

Audio Newscast
KTTS-FM – Springfield, MO
KTTS Need to Know News
Listen to the winning entry

Audio Sports Reporting
KBIA-FM – Columbia, MO
Toughest Guy in Basketball
Listen to the winning entry

Use of Sound
KBIA-FM – Columbia, MO
The History Behind Bells
Listen to the winning entry

Web site

KTTS-FM – Springfield, MO
KTTS.com

Writing
KTTS-FM – Springfield, MO
KTTS Writing Entry
Listen to the winning entry

Television, Large Market

Overall Excellence
KSDK-TV – St. Louis, MO
KSDK Overall Excellence
Watch the winning entry

Video Breaking News Coverage
KMBC-TV – Kansas City, MO
I-70 Turnpike Tornado
Watch the winning entry

Video Continuing Coverage

KSHB-TV – Kansas City, MO
Save Your Home
Watch the winning entry

Video Feature Reporting
KSDK-TV – St. Louis, MO
Senior Prom
Watch the winning entry

Video Reporting: Hard News
KCTV – Kansas City, KS
Liberty Bus Crash: The NTSB Files
Watch the winning entry

Video News Series
KMOV-TV – St. Louis, MO
East St. Louis Police Investigation
Watch the winning entry

Video Newscast
KSDK-TV – St. Louis, MO
Church Shooting
Watch the winning entry

Video Sports Reporting
KSDK-TV – St. Louis, MO
Deaf Baseball Camp
Watch the winning entry

Use of Video
KCTV – Kansas City, KS
Behind the Curtain
Watch the winning entry

Writing
KSDK-TV – St. Louis, MO
Mike Bush – Writing
Watch the winning entry

Television, Small Market

Overall Excellence
KCCI-TV – Des Moines, IA
KCCI Overall Excellence
Watch the winning entry

Video Breaking News Coverage
WHO-TV – Des Moines, IA
River Rescue
Watch the winning entry

Video Continuing Coverage
WHO-TV – Des Moines, IA
Lexie’s Smile
Watch the winning entry

Video Feature Reporting
KCCI-TV – Des Moines, IA
Bud’s Gym
Watch the wining entry

Video Investigative Reporting
KWCH – Wichita, KS
FactFinder 12 Investigation: Small Smiles
Watch the wining entry

Video Reporting: Hard News
KYTV – Springfield, MO
VA Suicide
Watch the winning entry

Video News Documentary
KCRG-TV – Cedar Rapids, IA
Epic Surge
Watch the winning entry

Video News Series
WHO-TV – Des Moines, IA
13 Cares
Watch the winning entry

Video Newscast
KCCI-TV – Des Moines, IA
News Channel 8 at 6
Watch the winning entry

Video Sports Reporting
KOMU-TV – Columbia, MO
Tiger Toilets
Watch the winning entry

Use of Video
WHO-TV – Des Moines, IA
Crossroads
Watch the winning entry

Web site

KTKA-TV – Topeka, KS
KTKA.com

Writing
KCRG-TV – Cedar Rapids, IA
Mark Geary Writing Composite
Watch the winning entry

Regional Excellence

Congratulations to students at the following schools! They have placed in the Region 7 Mark of Excellence Awards. We will announce 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places in each category at a special luncheon during regional conference April 9-10 in Omaha. First place winners are automatically entered into the national Mark of Excellence competition. See you there!

Kansas State University

General Column Writing-4 Year College/UniversityGeneral News Reporting-4 Year College/University

The University of Kansas

Best Affiliated Web Site-4 Year College/University; Best All-Around Daily Student Newspaper- 4 Year College/University; Breaking News Reporting-4 Year College/UniversityBreaking News Reporting-4 Year College/UniversityFeature Writing-4 Year College/UniversityGeneral News Reporting-4 Year College/UniversityIn-Depth Reporting-4 Year College/UniversityTelevision Feature-4 Year College/UniversityTelevision General News Reporting-4 Year College-University

The University of Iowa

In-Depth Reporting-4 Year College/UniversityOnline In-Depth Reporting-4 Year College/UniversitySports Writing-4 Year College/UniversityTelevision In-Depth Reporting-4 Year College/University

Iowa State University

Best All-Around Daily Student Newspaper- 4 Year College/University; Best Student Magazine-4 Year College/UniversityBreaking News Reporting-4 Year College/University; Editorial Writing-4 Year College/UniversityFeature Writing-4 Year College/University;
General Column Writing-4 Year College/UniversityGeneral News Reporting-4 Year College/UniversityPhoto Illustration-4 Year College/University

Creighton University

Best All-Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper-4 Year College/University; Photo Illustration-4 Year College/University

Drake University

Best Student Magazine-4 Year College/UniversityBest Affiliated Web Site-4 Year College/University; Best Affiliated Web Site-4 Year College/University; Non-Fiction Magazine Article-4 Year College/UniversityPhoto Illustration-4 Year College/University

Truman State University

Best All-Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper-4 Year College/UniversitySports Column Writing-4 Year College/University

Baker University

Best All-Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper-4 Year College/UniversityOnline Feature Reporting-4 Year College/UniversityOnline Sports Reporting-4 Year College/UniversitySports Column Writing-4 Year College/University

Missouri State University

Television Feature Photography-4 Year College/UniversityTelevision Feature-4 Year College/University

St. Louis Community College

Best All-Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper-2 Year/Community CollegeSports Writing-2 Year/Community College

Missouri Southern State University

Editorial Writing-4 Year College/University

The University of Missouri

Radio Feature-4 Year College/University; Radio In-Depth Reporting-4 year College/University; Radio News Reporting-4 Year College/University; Radio Sports Reporting-4 Year College/University; Online Sports Reporting-4 Year College/University; Sports Writing-4 Year College/University; Non-Fiction Magazine Article-4 Year College/University; Online Feature Reporting-4 Year College/University; Television Breaking News Reporting-4 Year College/University; Television Feature-4 Year College/University; Television General News Reporting-4 Year College-University; Television In-Depth Reporting-4 Year College/University; Television Sports Photography-4 Year College/University; Television Sports Reporting-4 Year College/University

The Other Shoe Drops in Dodge City, KS

The Dodge City Globe has fired Claire O’Brien, the reporter who found herself in the eye of a legal storm over her refusal to reveal the identity of a confidential source. Here’s an excerpt from the AP story (via the Topeka Capital-Journal):

Reporter Claire O’Brien said her firing on Friday from the Dodge City Daily Globe stems from comments she made to media outlets after she was found in contempt for failing to appear at an inquisition, the Kansas equivalent of a grand jury.

O’Brien told reporters at the time that the newspaper’s corporate owners had refused to pay for her legal representation and scuttled her efforts to find independent legal help unless she testified claims that GateHouse Media Kansas Holdings, which owns the newspaper, has denied.

On Sunday, O’Brien said she was fired in “retaliation” for making those public comments.

Claire will be a featured speaker at the SPJ Region 7 Conference, in a “super-session” on Saturday, April 10 at the Doubletree Hotel in Downtown Omaha.

Dodge City — Update

The showdown over a confidential source in Dodge City is over, although the larger issue of journalistic ethics versus Kansas state law is not.  Reporter Claire O’Brien is no longer being fined $1,000 a day for contempt, but this excerpt from the Kansas City Star sums it up pretty well:

“Hopefully it will show the Legislature how hopelessly tangled this situation can become without a clear statute showing the way,” O’Brien said after the hearing.

Doug Anstaett, executive director of the Kansas Press Association, said his group has been approached by some legislators who want to help. He said the KPA will work with them in the coming weeks to make sure Kansas joins the 35 other states with a shield law to protect reporters.

“This episode has awakened members of the Kansas Legislature to the sad fact that reporters have no protection under state law,” Anstaett said in a phone interview. “Who is going to go out on a limb as a reporter if the courts and prosecutors are just going to be standing there with a chain saw to destroy the very tools a reporter uses to report the news?”

If reporters don’t have the ability to talk to people anonymously, valuable investigative reporting will go away, he said.

We have invited Ms. O’Brien to talk to fellow journalists at the upcoming Region 7 Conference in Omaha.  She’s a passionate, dedicated journalist with a story to tell.

Showdown in Dodge City

Have you heard about Claire O’Brien, a reporter at the Dodge City Daily Globe in Kansas?  Ms. O’Brien finds herself fighting Kansas prosecutors over her decision not to reveal information from a confidential source.  She spoke to me at length about her case via telephone this morning.  Going forward, I plan to keep members posted.  In the meantime I wanted to let you all know SPJ is keeping tabs on the case. For one thing, our Legal Defense Fund Committee chair David Cuillier is already in touch with Ms. O’Brien and the attorney for the Daily Globe and publisher Gatehouse Media about a letter in support of her cause.

Ms. O’Brien was supposed to testify at what Kansas calls an “inquisition” today, but there has been a postponement.  She told me she did what reporters do in the course of their duties; she gave her word to a source linked to a murder case.  Now she’s willing to go to jail to protect that source and live up to her ethical commitments.  Still, she’s only human and seems to have given her obligations and actions plenty of thought.  Here are two quotes she gave the Associated Press:

“If I truly felt I had information about the murder of a human being on which part of a case could turn, it would be very sobering,” O’Brien said. “I would have to think long and hard and I am not sure I would withhold that, but the fact is I am absolutely sure in my mind the prosecutor is bullying me.”

And:

“I think the reporter’s only currency is her word  and I really did give it,” O’Brien said. “Every time I try to work myself through giving the information, I just can’t imagine myself being able to compromise my professional reputation to that extent. … Who would trust me again?”

Ms. O’Brien has been working for the paper for about nine months.  She moved to Kansas from Illinois after layoffs at her Gatehouse paper there.  Originally from Boston, Ms. O’Brien has twelve years of reporting experience under her belt.  She is understandably unnerved by her situation; the Kansas Supreme Court is going to look at her case.  She wonders what her decisions will mean for her career down the line.  While she’s willing to go to jail, she’s hoping it doesn’t come to that.

This is a complex case with very broad implications.  I hope to interview the Gatehouse Media attorney William Hurst for his take.  Again, I will keep you all posted on this.

Teach journalism in Region 7

Found these on the AEJMC web site:

IOWA

Drake University: Assistant Professor of Multimedia Journalism

University of Iowa: Assistant Professor of Health Communication/Digital Communication

University of Iowa: Assistant Professor of Visual News/Digital Communication

NEBRASKA

University of Nebraska-Kearney: Assistant Professor of Communication (Advertising/Public Relations)

MISSOURI

Maryville University: Assistant Professor in Media

University of Central Missouri: Assistant Professor of Communication in Public Relations

St. Louis University: Assistant Professor of Multiplatform Journalism

Found these on various other sites:

University of Kansas:  Stauffer Professor

St. Louis Community College (Missouri): Instructor/Assistant Professor, Digital Media & Graphic Design

Maryville University (Missouri) : Assistant Professor, Graphic and Interactive Design

St. Charles Community College (Missouri): Adjunct Faculty

Southern Illinois University: Assistant Professor, Convergent Communications & New Media

Fontbonne University (Missouri): Assistant Professor of English (non-fiction writing and journalism)

Grand View University (Iowa): Assistant Professor of Communication (Photography)

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