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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.

Mizzou SPJ hopes to connect students with employers at November event

Photo courtesy of Christina Turner

Photo courtesy of Christina Turner

By Lauren Whan

Each month, Lauren Whan, Region 7 assistant for campus affairs, will take a look at a university chapter from across the region.

COLUMBIA, Mo. — One of the largest journalism schools in the Midwest is the University of Missouri, otherwise known as “Mizzou.” With many successful journalists graduating from the university, it has become a popular place for aspiring reporters.

Mizzou started a Society of Professional Journalists chapter in 2000, and has slowly but surely built a large membership.

Chapter President Christina Turner said the Mizzou chapter has 24 official undergraduate members, 10 of whom are new to the organization. She said the chapter also has several graduate students attend meetings and support events. The chapter also has about two-dozen undergrad students who are not official card-carrying members of the national organization, Turner said.

Turner said she is hopeful they will recruit more members throughout the semester.

During the fall semester, the chapter held two get-to-know-you SPJ events.

  • A free speech event, where people could write whatever they wanted on a big poster board around campus to celebrate First Amendment rights
  • A profit-share event with a Yogoluv establishment downtown.

The Mizzou chapter now plans to hold an event in November where journalism employers can tell students what they’re looking for in future interns or new hires after graduation. This event will include a speed-dating component, where students can spend five minutes with each person from each organization discussing their specific interests.

Turner said she is also working on getting the event catered by a restaurant.

For the spring, the chapter is working on bringing in guest speakers from out-of-town to discuss emerging issues within the journalism school, documentary journalism and multimedia journalism.

“More and more, every emphasis area within the journalism school is multimedia, so we want to bring in professionals who use all these different platforms and skills to show that it is necessary to get a job in journalism these days.” Turner said.

Turner said Mizzou is launching a documentary journalism emphasis area in 2015, and the SPJ chapter is working on bringing in documentary filmmakers to discuss how documentary film and journalism intersect.

Christina Turner

Photo courtesy of Christina Turner

Turner said she has been president of the Mizzou chapter since January 2014 and will transition out of presidency in January 2015. Her future career plans are to work in television news after she graduates in May 2015.

“At this point, there are opportunities both behind and in front of the camera throughout the country and in Europe, so the specifics of what I will do and where I’ll end up are wide-open,” Turner said.

Turner joined SPJ because it seemed like a good way to meet journalism professionals and learn what the media business was really like. Her favorite moments of being a member of SPJ have been the Excellence in Journalism conferences in Anaheim and Nashville, as well as the Ted Scripps Leadership Institute in Kansas City, Missouri.

As for advice on how to improve student interest, Turner believes the regional conferences haven’t been as well-advertised to student chapters in the past.

“Making sure every student chapter is aware of the conference would help. On our chapter end, we’ll be working on getting as much of that funded by the university as possible,” Turner said.

The sponsorship would help get more SPJ members interested and able to attend the conference.

To keep up with what’s happening at the University of Missouri, follow Christina on Twitter at @CSTurner1 and visit Mizzou SPJ’s website.

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.

Muslim group works to reduce stereotypes in St. Louis media

A Muslim advocacy group is taking steps to curtail stereotypes about the faith among St. Louis area media.

But the group also urged media to do their part and research Islam well before running up against a news deadline.

Faizan Syed speaks during media breakfast in St. Louis

Faizan Syed discuses Muslim stereotypes in media Wednesday in St. Louis.

The St. Louis-based Missouri chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations announced it soon will release a media guide containing contact information for Muslims with knowledge of the issues and cultures around St. Louis and who have experience or training to deal with the media.

CAIR-St. Louis’s outreach began in earnest Wednesday during a special breakfast with invited media at Grbic Restaurant and Banquet Center in south St. Louis. CAIR also promises more media meetings like this one.

“The only time the media really try to cover the Muslim community … is when there’s an incident,” then the media leap to conclusions, explained Faizan Syed, the CAIR chapter’s executive director and leader of the breakfast discussion.

“Something happens like the protests in Egypt, then they want to contact the Egyptian Muslim community because (they think) they obviously they have connections with what’s going on in Egypt,” he said. “Or, if something happens in Pakistan, they want to cover the Pakistani community because obviously all of us have a say in how the Pakistani government works. But that’s not the case, and we want to make the experience better.”

Another problem lies in the broad belief that each Muslim can speak for every other Muslim. Syed said the city has large Albanian, Bosnian, Somali and Turkish populations that hew closely to their own cultures, while there are also large Arab, Bangladeshi, Nigerian and Pakistani populations stretching into the suburbs.

Adil Imdad, a Muslim chaplain and funeral director, underscored the importance in understanding these cultures as well as the faith.

“Because the culture of a Pakistani is very different from the culture of a Bosnian versus the culture of an African,” he said. “These are very different people joined by a single faith.”

Syed said estimates of the number of Muslims living around St. Louis range from 80,000 to 100,000, though the precise number is not known. CAIR wants to raise money for a census to answer that question.

Syed said he recalled a news conference where he asked who among the journalists knew the tenets of Islam and was answered with silence.

“This is the fundamental problem, is that you’re covering a religious community without really knowing what the religion stands for,” he said.

Indeed, the Muslim community can do more itself to meet the media’s needs, said Dr. Noor Ahmed, who’s affiliated with the St. Louis chapter of the Association of Physicians of Pakistani Descent of North America.

“I think it’s up to us Muslims to reach out to these people and help them understand us,” he said. “We have failed in that objective.”

But it helps for media to take initiative and recognize stereotypes before advancing them, especially regarding terrorist or extremist acts by Muslims.

Dr. Anjum Hassan, a professor of pathology and immunology at Washington University, explained that “people practice their faith different. People have different understandings of their faith. And that’s why people’s actions are different. … People should judge the action by the action itself and not in the context of Islam.”

Syed underscored this with the media’s persistent use of the word “Islamist” as a blanket descriptor for all Muslims no matter their behavior. He said that using the term without nuance attaches suspicion to people who are not deserving of it.

“Our first recommendation is to get rid of this word altogether,” Syed said. “Rather, if you are covering a story of terrorism or a story of extremism, you should refer to that specific person or group responsible, like ‘al-Qaeda ideology,’ or whatever the group, instead of saying ‘Islamist.’”

Doing this goes a long way toward putting a crisis in context, he continued.

“What happens after an incident is that there is no discussion among the media about what is the political reasoning or underlying factors creating these terrorists and extremists,” Syed said. “If you don’t mention the political reason, the logical assumption Americans make is that it’s the religion” that’s responsible.

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
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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
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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

Mizzou seeks broadcast faculty member

The Missouri School of Journalism seeks a journalist with extensive newsroom experience and a talent for teaching at the university level. The ideal candidate will have at least five years of television newsroom experience. Some newsroom management experience is preferred. Duties include a minimum of 30 hours per week in the KOMU-TV (NBC-affiliate) newsroom supervising the work of student reporters, anchors, newscast producers and videographers. Duties also include classroom teaching and service to the journalism school and the university.

Screening of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Hiring is expected to be completed in the spring of 2010 with a start date as soon as possible. Applications must include an academic CV or professional resume, video of recent television stories or television newscasts produced by the candidate, the names of three references in the field of television journalism, and a cover letter explaining the candidate’s interest in teaching and in students. This cover letter must also include an analysis of the television news profession’s transition from solely broadcast to broadcast and digital/internet news platforms.

Applications may be sent electronically (preferred) to hardte@missouri.edu, or by mail to Elizabeth Hardt, Staff Assistant to the Dean, Missouri School of Journalism, 120 Neff Hall, Columbia, MO 65211. If sending the application electronically, please send as a Word or PDF attachment with candidate’s last name as title.

The University of Missouri is committed to cultural diversity and it is expected that successful candidate will share this commitment. MU is an Equal Employment Opportunity/ADA institution and encourages applications from women and minority candidates.

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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