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.
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.
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.
Robert Cox, founder and president of the Media Bloggers Association, has been on a month-long mission to get journalists’ opinions about the blogosphere.
Snapshot salute to SPJ 2006.
In pictures: The Working Press in action.
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.
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.
Tension escalated at SPJ’s opening business session early Friday morning after mudslinging and an apparent case of stage fright.
Campaign literature being circulated at the convention has sparked attention, escalating the race for president-elect into a heated political battle.
Every SPJ member will have a voice if delegates approve an amendment to the bylaws today.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Carolyn Greer, 45, journeyed from her two children and volleyball league for the chance to represent her local SPJ chapter as a delegate.
“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.