Archive for December, 2012


Santa, fill my stocking with SPJ gear

That’s right, it’s here – The SPJ J-Mart.

 

 

Load up just in time for the holidays with tons of SPJ and Sigma Delta Chi products,

ranging from T-shirts to hoodies, plates to posters, flask necklaces to water bottles, and we’ve even included a few items for those of you who want to show some SPJ spirit by dressing your kids (furry or otherwise) in some cool gear.

At the new store, you choose your logo and your product and it’s delivered right to your door. You’re supporting SPJ’s missions by shopping with us so really, it can’t get any better.

Keep an eye on the store though, because we’ll be adding more logos in the future. We’ll release some new EIJ13 products and as if you didn’t feel SPJ VIP enough, we’re releasing a few special edition logos that will only be available for a limited time. We know you’re excited!

What are you waiting for? Shop now!

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Winter brings programming cash for two chapters

Congratulations to the two chapters receiving Chapter Grants for the month of December!

The campus SPJ chapter at Truman State University will be taking an in-depth look at crime reporting during their upcoming program “Inside look: Crime and emergency response reporting.” The chapter was awarded a $250 grant to partner with area emergency responders, including the University police, local police department and Sheriff’s office to “host a panel and a mock press conference to help the community better understand what happens during a criminal investigation as well as an emergency response situation.

The Virginia Pro chapter also received $250 for their program celebrating George Mason’s birthday. The program, which included a public reading of the Virginia Declaration of Rights and a lecture by Ashley Messenger, associate general counsel of National Public Radio, took place on Dec. 16.

Left to right, Julie Asher, Paul Fletcher, Caroline Cardwell and Brian Eckert read during a wreath-laying ceremony at the George Mason Memorial Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011.

Does your chapter want free money? There are still several opportunities to apply for one of SPJ’s Chapter Grants, where your chapter could receive up to $500 for unique and creative programming ideas. The next deadline is Jan. 9 so apply today!

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Fun journalism? No way

Taking their lead from SPJ South Florida, who hosted a “One Night Stand” a few months back, students from the SPJ chapter at the University of Arizona hosted a Zine Party of their own.

In a hypercritical world where every mistake can be magnified, analyzed, tweeted, Facebooked and Instagramed sometimes it’s nice to do something just because.

To throw yourself into something impossible to screw up — where all you have to do is try.

That’s what a small and mighty group of us did at the Arizona Daily Wildcat’s newsroom on Saturday.

Check out their full recap on their website, where you can read about those involved being “worried it would look like throw up” and the real story about behind the name Can of Beans for their zine.

Or, if you’re just as interested as I was, you can look at the end result, which they published on Issuu. My favorite? Page 5.

And, just to make sure you get a feel for the fun they had, you can check out this YouTube video.

 

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