Excellence in Journalism 2018 • Sept. 27-29, 2018 • Baltimore



2006: Chicago


August 27th, 2006 • 2006: Chicago
Tatum takes the wheel

News anchor Peter Jennings inspired many of today’s journalists to enter the field. But for an adolescent Christine Tatum, now the new SPJ President, it wasn’t Jennings’s award-winning reports that caught her eye.


August 27th, 2006 • 2006: Chicago
Brewer bounds into SPJ presidency

SPJ’s new president-elect, Clint Brewer, said after his election Saturday that he plans to use the office to help make the organization a better advocate and resource for the average journalist.


August 27th, 2006 • 2006: Chicago
Annual SPJ Award recipients announced

SPJ honors journalists each year from across the nation during the President’s Installation Banquet. But this year, attendees of closing party in Chicago were reminded that while they ate salmon and steak, a colleague was sitting in a California jail cell.


August 27th, 2006 • 2006: Chicago
Fred Brown awarded Wells Memorial Key, highest SPJ award

Journalist Fred Brown, known for his humility, dapper fashion sense and peerless ethical standards, was named the 2006 Wells Memorial Key honoree Saturday night at SPJ’s Presidential Installation banquet.


August 27th, 2006 • 2006: Chicago
Defining standards for bloggers

Robert Cox, founder and president of the Media Bloggers Association, has been on a month-long mission to get journalists’ opinions about the blogosphere.


August 27th, 2006 • 2006: Chicago
Snapshot salute to SPJ 2006

Snapshot salute to SPJ 2006.


August 27th, 2006 • 2006: Chicago
In pictures: The Working Press in action

In pictures: The Working Press in action.


August 27th, 2006 • 2006: Chicago
On the street & off the cuff

Sy Adelman, 78, joined SPJ in 1950 as a student at the University of Illinois and subsequently served a quarter-century covering courts and county government for the now obsolete Chicago American. Aldeman, of Hoffman States, Ill., said he’s back to the convention after a 20-year hiatus to catch up with old friends and explore the possibility of writing a book about his reporting experiences. Here are some of Adelman’s thoughts on the profession and the convention.


August 27th, 2006 • 2006: Chicago
What do you remember about your first job?

Every journalist — even the big names — started somewhere. Tales from that first job are swapped in newsrooms, bars and conventions across the world. Whether good or bad, these war stories bond journalists. Whether the story involves monkeys or dogs, a snowstorm or never writing a story on a typewriter. Every journalist has a story to tell.


August 26th, 2006 • 2006: Chicago
Candidates make case for national offices

Tension escalated at SPJ’s opening business session early Friday morning after mudslinging and an apparent case of stage fright.


August 26th, 2006 • 2006: Chicago
Campaign fliers spark debate

Campaign literature being circulated at the convention has sparked attention, escalating the race for president-elect into a heated political battle.


August 26th, 2006 • 2006: Chicago
“One Member, One Vote” proposal goes to vote

Every SPJ member will have a voice if delegates approve an amendment to the bylaws today.


August 26th, 2006 • 2006: Chicago
Action at the auction block

Tension was high in the crowded ballroom as SPJ members put their wallets on the line for charity. Amongst the mini-bar and the chips and salsa spread, attendees kept a close eye on the competition.


August 26th, 2006 • 2006: Chicago
MOE awards honor students, help résumés

To Jamie Trudel, being honored as one of this year’s national Mark of Excellence Award winners is not only a validation for his work, but it’s an added incentive to continue his pursuit in freelance writing.


August 26th, 2006 • 2006: Chicago
Even at lunch, SPJ keeps in mind suffering journalist

The SPJ Legal Defense Fund raised an additional $950 for jailed freelancer Joshua Wolf during Friday’s MOE Awards luncheon. The event was made up mostly of young journalists, advisers and other SPJ notables.


August 26th, 2006 • 2006: Chicago
‘Retirement’ isn’t in his vocabulary

A deadly tornado in Topeka, Kan., and a simple warning — “for God’s sake, take cover” — propelled Bill Kurtis into a career in journalism. The Washburn University School of Law grad was studying to pass the bar when a friend asked Kurtis to fill in at a local TV station that day.


August 26th, 2006 • 2006: Chicago
Freedman reaches out to younger SPJ generation

During the early years of Samuel Freedman’s career as reporter for the Chicago Tribune’s Suburban Trib, his starting salary was so modest that he offered to shovel snow for his landlord in exchange for a $25 break on his monthly rent.


August 26th, 2006 • 2006: Chicago
Newsroom diversity remains an issue

It could be as simple as using the word “church” instead of “house of worship.” Or using the phrase “Islamic terrorists” instead of “Al Qaeda terrorists.” Or using the term “Jihad” as a blanket term to describe terrorists’ acts.


August 25th, 2006 • 2006: Chicago
On the street & off the cuff

Carolyn Greer, 45, journeyed from her two children and volleyball league for the chance to represent her local SPJ chapter as a delegate.


August 25th, 2006 • 2006: Chicago
Here's the nut graf redux

“I didn’t jump right off the cliff. I had a plan,” said Sally Lehrman, a freelance writer from San Francisco. Lehrman talked Friday about looking before leaping from a staff job to freelancing during the “Market Yourself as a Freelancer” seminar.