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August 29th, 2009 • 2009: Indianapolis
Speaker challenges audience with ethical questions

Sometimes Jim Burke has more ethical questions than answers. He’s heard it all on his ethical advice hotline: a journalist wondering whether to identify a sexual assault victim, an author attempting to convert Christians to atheism, a reporter interviewing a child who witnessed a murder.


August 29th, 2009 • 2009: Indianapolis
SDX celebrates 'sense of great community'

SPJ recognized the best journalism from 2008 on Friday evening, with Sigma Delta Chi Awards in 53 categories, including print, radio, television and online.


August 29th, 2009 • 2009: Indianapolis
Dispute comes to convention

Against SPJ officials’ wishes, The Indianapolis Star guild President Tom Spalding came with multicolored leaflets in hand to give a message to media giant and convention sponsor Gannett Co.


August 29th, 2009 • 2009: Indianapolis
Decline in advertising means tough times for TV

Scott Broom, a traditional “coat-and-tie” television reporter, would do anything to avoid the pink slip. So when he heard rumors of layoffs, Broom decided to reinvent himself. He now works for WUSA in Washington, D.C., writing, shooting, editing and uploading news reports.


August 29th, 2009 • 2009: Indianapolis
Chapter ranking criteria is relaxed

Wyoming Pro, a fledgling Society of Professional Journalists chapter, almost lost access to grants and risked probation when none of its members could afford to attend the Society of Professional Journalists’ conference and national convention.


August 29th, 2009 • 2009: Indianapolis
Watchdog option dropped, surprising advocates, leaders

SPJ struck Project Watchdog from the activities chapters can conduct to earn star ratings. This is because the committee has been inactive for two years and no longer exists. Surprised? You’re not alone.


August 29th, 2009 • 2009: Indianapolis
Emerson group wins sports honor

When two Emerson College broadcast students decided to cover the Boston Marathon last year, they had no idea their story would catch CNN’s attention and win national awards.


August 29th, 2009 • 2009: Indianapolis
Candidates vie for two contested positions

Dozens of delegates from Society of Professional Journalists chapters nationwide gathered Friday morning at a pre-election business meeting to listen to candidate speeches for board of directors positions.


August 29th, 2009 • 2009: Indianapolis
Watchdogs dwindling at statehouses

With budget cuts sparking job losses in journalism, more newspapers are collaborating on statehouse coverage.


August 29th, 2009 • 2009: Indianapolis
A night out in Indy

Photos by Nikki Villoria.


August 29th, 2009 • 2009: Indianapolis
Stepping out, stepping online

Many SPJ members found themselves stepping out of scheduled convention sessions on Friday and stepping into the World Wide Web to test their newly learned skills.


August 29th, 2009 • 2009: Indianapolis
Former SPJ president pushes for transparency

After a revealing statewide audit conduced by watchdog group Tennessee Coalition for Open Government, resources about open records and meetings have become available in Tennessee, and the number of requests for information has increased.


August 28th, 2009 • 2009: Indianapolis
Reception talk: Dogs, money and fire eating

Optimism was on tap along with an open bar at the opening night reception Thursday night at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art.


August 28th, 2009 • 2009: Indianapolis
Reporter, freed from iran, to speak

Roxana Saberi, the freelance journalist imprisoned in Iran from Jan. 31 to May 11, will be the keynote speaker at the Mark of Excellence Awards Luncheon at noon today.


August 28th, 2009 • 2009: Indianapolis
Society of Professional Journalists: A Centennial History

A multimedia look at the 100 years that made SPJ what it is today. Please note: Viewing this presentation requires Flash.


August 28th, 2009 • 2009: Indianapolis
New president takes office Saturday

Kevin Z. Smith couldn’t land a job 30 years ago with the student newspaper at West Virginia University. He wasn’t part of the “in group,” he said.


August 28th, 2009 • 2009: Indianapolis
Convention attendance up

While many journalism conventions this year had fewer sponsorships and attendees than in previous years, sponsorship dollars and attendees are up for the Society of Professional Journalists.


August 28th, 2009 • 2009: Indianapolis
Memorial fund to provide scholarships

Money from the new Terry Harper Memorial Fund will go to scholarships to help journalists attend SPJ programming, President Dave Aeikens announced Thursday night before an auction fundraiser benefitting the fund.


August 28th, 2009 • 2009: Indianapolis
Grieve job loss, and then move on

After getting laid off, it’s OK to sit on the couch in pajamas and eat a pint of ice cream every day for a week — as long as there’s a deadline on the pity party.


August 28th, 2009 • 2009: Indianapolis
Journalism jobs can be landed off beaten path

Community manager. Entertainment producer. Cable documentary producer. These aren’t the usual positions you go for with your journalism degree, but today’s options call for different job targets, said Michael Koretzky, who has created a job-posting Web site for journalists and was the key speaker of the “Weird Careers in Journalism” workshop on Thursday.