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2012: Ft Lauderdale

Leger honored with Wells Key

Robert Leger could barely hold back the tears that welled up as the Society of Professional Journalists presented him with the Wells Memorial Key during Saturday night’s 2012 President’s Installation Banquet.

Delegates reject review of financial records

Delegates of the Society of Professional Journalists rejected a proposal Saturday that recommends the Board of Directors establish a policy making all SPJ chapter treasurer reports available for public review upon request.

‘One member, one vote’ gives opportunity to all SPJ members

Officials said 830 votes were cast in SPJ’s first “one member, one vote” election for national officers, which accounted for about 11 percent of the 7,371 ballots emailed to members.

Banquet opens new year

Sonny Albarado raised his right hand and took the oath of office from Immediate Past President John Ensslin at the President’s Installation Banquet on Saturday night.

Auctions raise more than $8,000 for Legal Defense Fund

Free-spending attendees of the Society of Professional Journalists’ convention helped raise more than $6,000 for the organization’s Legal Defense Fund at a live auction Saturday night.

Organizations’ numbers in flux

Membership in many national organizations reflects the turbulent industry landscape, as their fortunes too have sputtered.

Behind the Scenes: A Look Inside the Newsroom

Photographs by Nikki Villoria.

With fewer board candidates, SPJ elects nontraditional leader

A candidate’s lack of a traditional journalism background and involvement in public relations reignited a sensitive issue.

Convention attendees part of live premiere of ‘Kalb Report’

Panelists hold a broad discussion about the field of journalism and issues such as budget cuts, political polarization and changes in curricula at journalism schools across the country.

New “tools” replace “expired” journalism terms

Newsrooms are much different today than they were in the good ol’ days.

Quality at risk as copy desks downsize

Budget shortfalls that have decimated managerial roles and reporting positions are also clearing out some copy desks, according to newsroom leaders around the country.

Sigma Delta Chi board proposes new gift acceptance policy

The board plans to vote in April on a gift acceptance policy outlining which types of gifts can be accepted or rejected.

Papers enlist social media, students to keep tabs on national election news

In an era of shrinking staffs and budgets, newspapers around the country are having to do more with less for this year’s election coverage. To keep up, some newspapers are using more social media and student correspondents.

SPJ seeks data on Diversity Leadership Fellows program

The Society of Professional Journalists will start surveying 30 journalists it has trained for leadership roles to find out where they are, what they’re doing or whether they’re still working in the industry.

Robert D.G. Lewis remembered as SPJ leader, FOI crusader

Top former leaders of the Society of Professional Journalists remembered one of their own, Robert D.G. Lewis, for advocating freedom of information issues.

Seen & Heard: What is your publication planning for the sesquicentennial?

Last-minute mingling

Photographs by Yasmeen Smalley The Working Press

Loss of New Orleans daily leaves void

Thousands were dismayed when news broke this spring that Advance Publications, which owns the Times-Picayune, would reduce publication to three days per week.

Qatar SPJ chapter represented

Qatar’s strict government regulation makes it difficult to practice journalism using traditional American techniques.

Seen & Heard: Is there ever justification for quote approval?

Compiled and photographed by Colin Frank The Working Press

SPJ leaders pleased despite lower convention attendance

The 1,000 attendees at the Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa in Fort Lauderdale didn’t quite top last year’s attendance, but happy organizers say they are not bemoaning the lower-than-hoped-for turnout.

Rain doesn’t dampen learning

A rainy South Florida day kept Society of Professional Journalists convention-goers inside Friday, and attendees took advantage of workshops, hustling around, vying for the best seats in the house.

Competition grows for internships without pay

The shrinking financial resources of journalism institutions have dwindled even more due to the recent recession, a development that is affecting the career options available to students.

Patch emphasizes community focus, reader interaction

There are more than 800 Patch sites around the country, and the company’s co-founder, Warren Webster, hopes to eventually have one in every community.

Puckey leads SPJ chapters with enthusiasm

Tara Puckey works closely with about 60 professional and 200 campus chapters, helping them with everything from membership drives and fundraising to creative uses of social media.

Awards ceremony honors RTDNA members

Networking benefits all

Two years into their unique partnership, the honeymoon is still on for radio, broadcast and print journalists that make up two of the country’s major journalism organizations.

Wells Key recipient settles in as dean at University of Maryland

Not everyone can say they’ve had a career as varied as the one Lucy Dalglish has forged over the past three decades.

Beat reporting evolves with Web-oriented shift in journalism

New technology, like smartphones that allow reporters to send emails, take photos and shoot video, combined with downsizing in newsrooms, is changing the way beats are structured, which ones get covered, and how beat reporters deliver the news.

Lucky bidders take home history from SPJ silent auction

The Society of Professional Journalists’ Legal Defense Fund raised nearly $2,000 from a silent auction, according to a Working Press tally.

60 years and counting, SDX treasurer continues to push ahead

Howard Dubin joined the Society of Professional Journalists in 1952 as a student at North Western University. SPJ was established in 1909. Put them together and it makes Dubin, 79, a witness to more than half of SPJ’s history.

Journalists urged to fight law shielding students’ information

Decisions have not been easy when it comes to the controversial Family Education Rights and Privacy Act, or FERPA, as it is commonly known.

Ensslin proud of past year as president despite challenges

Ensslin said he is especially proud of the SPJ’s increased use of online platforms and social media than in years past.

Nebraska journalists attempt to revive pro chapter

Katie Schubert and other journalists in the Great Plains state have been working since last month to restart SPJ’s now dormant Omaha-Lincoln professional

Florida’s fabulous palms

A few photographs to take your mind off of the dreary rain.

Seen & Heard: Who do you think will win the presidential election?

The Working Press speaks with journalists on the street.

Tweet all about it

Sree Sreenivasan – better known as @sree to more than 36,000 followers on twitter – revealed his prescription social media success to a room of students, professors and professionals.

In Web-dominated world, multimedia skills are crucial to journalists’ survival

With today’s newsrooms transforming to the digital realm, reporters are being asked to write the story, shoot and edit photos, audio and video, and to produce content for an online audience that expects to have the news delivered before the smoke clears.

SPJ conference participants mingle during opening night reception

The breeze rustled the palms and the sound of steel drums and reggae guitar riffs filled the air as hundreds of journalists gathered to mingle and take a load off at the opening reception of the Excellence in Journalism convention.

Job market for journalists still bleak, but may be improving

The good news: the journalism job market is showing signs of improvement and a search on an industry website produces a number of openings. The bad news: the job market still is very weak, compared to pre-recession numbers.

Warren Buffett optimistic about the newspaper business

When billionaire Warren Buffett shelled out $142 million earlier this year for 63 newspapers, some observers questioned why he would spend money for a group of paper-and-ink publications in a world where online readership is the fastest growing group.

Iraq War doctor attends convention as journalist

Sudip Bose, 38, is a physician, military veteran and public speaker, but he has taken on another role: journalist.

Red and Black walkout a lesson for students, publishers

The blowup at the Red and Black could hold lessons for other private papers that work with student journalists.

Auctions give convention attendees a direct line to history

Money may not buy happiness, but at the Excellence in Journalism conference, it may net you a little bit of history.

Longtime SPJ member steps into presidential spotlight

Sonny Albarado’s road to the Society of Professional Journalists’ presidency began in 1979, when he tried to create a chapter as a bureau reporter in Baton Rouge, La.

SPJ board offers oversight help after chapter’s financial scandal

Following the unauthorized withdrawal of $40,000 from an Oklahoma chapter account, the Society of Professional Journalists board of directors voted Thursday to offer financial oversight assistance to the organization’s 12 regions.

Fort Lauderdale provides a respite for convention attendees

Whether you plan on returning home with souvenirs or sunburn, there are plenty of attractions to guarantee a memorable stay in the “Venice of America.”

Big changes in store for 2012 convention

For Society of Professional Journalists’ members, the annual Excellence in Journalism conference is about change.

Day 1 in the Newsroom

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