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Posts Tagged ‘grants’
By Tara Puckey, SPJ Chapter Coordinator | April 22nd, 2013
The Chapter Grant Committee decided to not award any grants this month, rolling over the $500 cold, hard cash to next month where we’ll be giving away multiple grants for amazing chapter programs.
I’m sure you all know the drill already. The deadline is May 1 and you don’t want to miss out, so apply soon!
By Tara Puckey, SPJ Chapter Coordinator | March 19th, 2013
Congratulations to two amazing chapters! They’ve both hit the jackpot with unique and creative programming, which landed them SPJ Chapter Grants that padded their wallets with $500 each.
The Minnesota Pro chapter is hosting a Journalism Film Festival, showing some of the best journo flicks to those working in the business and the general community. They hope to “discuss journalism with the broader public and raise Minnesota SPJ’s profile in the community.” Chapter members, fellow journalists and the community will likely come together during receptions at the opening and closing of the festival, engaging in conversation about journalism and media.
A chapter-in-the-works at Florida Atlantic University will receive $500 for their upcoming program, JournoSwitch, where FAU students will switch jobs and cover the playing of the 1950′s retro game, Scoop.
“Prominent pro journalists and Frank LoMonte, the executive director of the Student Press Law Center, play an old-school game while discussing the future of journalism and media law. We’ll raffle off spots in the game for journalism students.”
Sign us up!
Congrats to both chapters on great programming and FREE cash. Don’t worry, your chapter can receive some money, too. Applications are available for April and May, so hurry and apply today!
By Tara Puckey, SPJ Chapter Coordinator | November 26th, 2012
Congratulations to SPJ DePaul for receiving $500 from a November Chapter Grant to help fund their upcoming program, Twitter for Journalists with Mark S. Luckie. The manager of journalism at Twitter, Luckie will visit the campus in late January to do multiple sessions depending on experience levels.
Here’s what SPJ DePaul had to say about the program:
A Knight study released in late 2011 showed that only one in four high school journalism students get any online media training before starting college. Even fewer know Twitter. This training would help our younger members get the fundamentals they need and learn how to use the medium in a professional, ethical manner.
The advanced training would help our more experienced student members learn how to embed Twitter into not only their reporting but also how to use Twitter’s API (application programming interface) to build social media tools into their blogs and websites.
Sounds like a great program! Congratulations again!
And for the rest of you chapter leaders out there – don’t forget your chapter can also receive $500 to fund a unique, creative program. The next Chapter Grant deadline is Dec. 5, so hurry and apply today!
By Tara Puckey, SPJ Chapter Coordinator | August 20th, 2012
Congratulations to the Rio Grande and University of Miami SPJ chapters! Check out the programs listed below that they’ll be hosting with the help of funds from a SPJ Chapter Grant. If you’re interested in applying on behalf of your chapter, the next cycle deadline is September 5. Apply online today!
Rio Grande Chapter
The Rio Grande Chapter of SPJ was awarded a chapter grant to hold the program “Simplifying Science” in September.
Bringing together scientists, reporters and the public, the event will discuss better ways of communicating complex, important scientific research. It will feature a panel of four scientists and four experienced science writers, each offing tips about how scientists can communicate more effectively with the media and vice versa.
Because New Mexico is home to two national laboratories, Intel and three top research universities, the chapter realized the complexities that some reporters face when covering entrepreneurs developing cutting edge robotics, renewable energy systems, software and much more.
The chapter plans to webcast the event for members who can’t attend and will post tips and video to their website as well.
University of Miami Chapter
An August Chapter Grant was also awarded to the University of Miami SPJ chapter for their program, “Miami Representative on the National Stage.”
The chapter will invite Pia Malbran, current president of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists South Florida Chapter, to speak on television production. Her vast experience in investigative broadcasting, both on the local Miami scene as well as national outlets, will provide students and faculty with great tips of the trade and solid advice.
By Tara Puckey, SPJ Chapter Coordinator | August 8th, 2012
Today is the deadline for the first round of SPJ Chapter Grants. So if you don’t get on the ball, you’ll have to wait until the next round, which ends Sept. 5.
- Apply online
- Have plans for a unique, cool or amazing program
- Proposals should be submitted for programs occurring within 90 days of the cycle deadline
- Grant proposals must be submitted for each deadline, they do not automatically rollover
- Chapters selected will receive funds AFTER the chapter submits the required grant program recap, along with receipts, within 15 days of the completion of the program
Want some inspiration from the past? Check out what past grant recipients have done with their cold, hard cash.
Questions? Email Tara Puckey, Chapter Coordinator.
By Tara Puckey, SPJ Chapter Coordinator | July 17th, 2012
Doesn’t that just make you want to sing? Free money! Well, kind of.
SPJ knows that your chapter is bursting with great ideas for interactive, energetic and unique programming. We’re sure your ideas about diversity, ethics, access and advocacy are brilliant. And because of that, we want to make sure those ideas translate into real-life, amazing chapter programs.
So – we’re offering your chapter some cash. Up to $500, to be specific.
Check out all the details about Chapter Grants and apply for the first cycle – the deadline is Aug. 8 so start getting those ideas together. As always, if you have questions, email Tara Puckey, Chapter Coordinator.