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  • 02/13/2012 Going Deeper than Google

    9:00 am on February 7, 2012 | 0 Comment Permalink

    Tickets and info via Eventbrite page for the Society of Professional Journalists (Western Washington Chapter) Continuing Education Series

    Bring your laptop and four media professionals will show you how to get the information you need through the web. A hands-on session that takes you beyond simple searches. Scheduled presenters include Kellie Cheadle, KING-TV; Kathy Gill, University of Washington; Cheryl Phillips, The Seattle Times; Matt Rosenberg, Public Data Ferret.

    Recommended that you read Seattle Journalism Commons’ coverage of a similar presentation with Cheryl Phillips on digging deeper into data

     
  • 02/06/2012 Beyond Journalism

    9:00 am on January 31, 2012 | 0 Comment Permalink

    Tickets and info via Eventbrite page for the Society of Professional Journalists (Western Washington Chapter) Continuing Education Series

    From researching, reporting and interviewing to writing, tech know-how and critical thinking skills, journalists make great employees in just about any communications job. And in this shifting ecomony many of us are moving in that direction. So how do you leverage your years in the news room in a new job market? What can journalists bring to public relations firms, tech start-ups and nonprofits (and what should we leave behind)? What are employers looking for and how do you adjust to a new career? Join us for a panel discussion with journalists in our region that have answered those questions for themselves. This session also includes one-on-one career change counseling.

     
  • 01/30/2012 Writing for SEO

    9:00 am on January 24, 2012 | 0 Comment Permalink
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    Tickets and info via Eventbrite page for the Society of Professional Journalists (Western Washington Chapter) Continuing Education Series

    Search Engine Optimization: What it is, who does it well (and not so well) and how to make it work for you. Whether you’re a blogger, freelancer, journalism professor or newsroom reporter, everyone has to know about keywords, metadata and headlines that grab the attention of Google bots and humans alike. Learn tricks of the trade, ask those questions you’ve been afraid to ask and compete in headline writing contests with online journalists from about town in this hands-on session.

     
  • 01/23/2012 Photos for Phone with Josh Trujillo

    9:00 am on January 10, 2012 | 0 Comment Permalink
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    Tickets and info via Eventbrite page for the Society of Professional Journalists (Western Washington Chapter) Continuing Education Series

    Want to take great pictures but don’t have a bulky, expensive SLR camera? Learn how to take impactful news photos with your mobile phone from award-winning Seattlepi.com photographer (and phonographer) Josh Trujillo.

     
  • 01/09/2012, Building Community in the Digital Age

    3:42 pm on January 4, 2012 | 0 Comment Permalink
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    Tickets and info via Eventbrite page for the Society of Professional Journalists (Western Washington Chapter) Continuing Education Series

    Join Tracy Record of the West Seattle Blog, Evonne Benedict of KING 5 Seattle and Amy Duncan of My Green Lake and MSNBC’s Breaking News as they discuss what it takes for journalists to build, grow and sustain great news communities in the kick-off to the 2012 SPJ Continuing Ed Series Monday at 7 p.m. at Fisher Plaza. Moderated by Monica Guzman of GeekWire.

     
  • Holiday Scoop 2011 -- Dec. 9th

    3:43 pm on December 5, 2011 | 0 Comment Permalink
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    (tickets event is now free. Info via Eventbrite page)

    It’s back. Join your friends and colleagues as we roll out the red carpet for Seattle’s biggest journalist party of the year: The Holiday Scoop 2011.

    Our 2nd annual all-media holiday party will bring together television, radio, online and print journalists. All Puget Sound-based newsroom staffers and former staffers invited.

    Dec. 9, 2011

    The Last Supper Club

    Pioneer Square

    Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

    Ages 21 and over

    Let’s celebrate the holidays, great journalism and the successes of our local news organizations with emcees Lori Matsukawa of KING TV and Dave Ross of KIRO FM.

    Nosh on hors d’oeuvres and drink at our no-host bar.

    This event is not sponsored by any company or organization, but is being funded by private donations from your journalism colleagues, program ad sales and your donation of $20 per person. The suggested donation will rise to $30 at the door on the night of the event.

    New this year: Caption contest. Entries cost $10, and you can pay the entry fee in advance or at the party.

    Also new: Holiday Karaoke Throwdown. Does your newsroom have the pipes for our karaoke showdown? Individuals or groups can enter to compete our holiday carol karaoke competition for $40. Winner gets bragging rights.

    All proceeds will benefit the Northwest Journalists of Color Scholarship, a 25-year program for talented college students who aspire to become professional journalists.

     
  • GeekWire Gala: The Year in Geek -- Dec. 8th

    3:42 pm on December 5, 2011 | 0 Comment Permalink
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    (Tickets and info via Eventbrite page)

    Join hundreds of movers-and-shakers in the tech community, as we take a moment to celebrate “geeks who give back.”  We’ll toast the men and women of the 2012 GeekWire calendar, and  Newsmakers of the Year, but that’s not all.  Enjoy calendar-themed activities, spirited contests, techie give-aways and the geekiest of chic nights on the town, not to mention your own complimentary copy of the coveted calendar.

    What to expect: The evening will be festive without being a formal sit-down affair; hors d’oeuvres will be passed and we’ll feature a tasty buffet.  “Heavy apps” include chicken satay, teriyaki meatball lollipops, spanikopita, mac and cheese, and more.  With your admission you’ll also receive a drink ticket from GeekWire– but wait, there’s more!  The first 100 guests to arrive with a donation for the Toys for Tots drive will also receive an extra cocktail, as will those who encounter Stormtroopers from a galaxy far, far away.

    The evening’s activities: Take a swag-studded tour of the Year in Geek.  From National Umbrella Day (February 10), to National Star Wars Day (May the Fourth be with you), play to win fabulous prizes. Attire for this gala? No need to get formal. Fancy if you like, and flying your GeekWire red, white and black is a bonus. Fame and prizes await our “best dressed guests.”

     
  • ONA - SPJ Seattle Meetup with David Horsey 11/16

    7:52 pm on November 16, 2011 | 0 Comment Permalink
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    via ONA-SPJ group on Meetup.com

    We’re excited to have been able to reschedule two-time Pulitzer winner David Horsey, who will join us at the next ONA-SPJ Seattle Meetup Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. at Jillian’s, where he’ll talk about transforming his art and journalism from print to digital. He’ll discuss how his craft of cartooning has changed, how he’s added blogging and even slideshows to his storytelling, his experiences as a nationally syndicated cartoonist with Hearst, and where he sees it all going. See more of his work at http://www.davidhorsey.com.

    This is our fifth in a series of the #Newsnext meetups, where we’re talking to interesting locals working in the digital space. If you’re interested in gathering with writers, editors, photographers, producers, developers, designers, engineers and anyone else with an interest in the production of news, Jillian’s will have a cash bar and some great space to meet with like-minded digital professionals.

     
  • Seattle student press rights hanging in the balance

    1:53 pm on November 11, 2011 | 0 Comment Permalink
    Tags: Ballard High School, Casey Henry, Education, Garfield High School, John Bowen, Kate Clark, Kathy Schrier, Katie Kennedy, Mike Hiestand, Nathan Hale, Phyllis Fletcher, Roosevelt, Seattle, Seattle School District, Student Press Rights Commission, Susan Enfield, Washington Journalism Education Association, Washington State School Directors Association

    Seattle area students and advisers meet Nov.8 to celebrate and discuss future plans.

    by John Bowen and Kathy Schrier from the Washington Journalism Education Association to the Student Press Rights Commission blog

    Principals will not have a chance to prior review Seattle School District journalism students because the school board recently withdrew its proposed and controversial policy change.

    “As a former journalism teacher, it is important for me — as I know it is for our Board — that we uphold our practice of trusting our teachers to educate our students on the rights and responsibilities that come with freedom of expression and a free press,” Interim Superintendent of Schools, Susan Enfield, a former journalism teacher and adviser, said in a press release.

    Supporters of the existing free expression policy will now have a year to convince the Seattle School District board to keep its hands off and continue to encourage students to make final decisions and have responsibility for content.

    During the first week of November as part of a system-wide policy overhaul, school officials announced they would seek to change a 2o-year policy of allowing students to make final decisions of content without prior review. The Washington State School Directors Association had recommended the new policy.

    Washington students, advisers, media groups and citizens mounted a public and active four-day campaign reporting about and speaking against the policy change.

    The press release indicated the school district would revisit the issue in 2012 to see how a policy change might fit with community values.

    Students and supporters met Nov. 8 to celebrate and plan

    Student journalists from five of Seattle’s high schools (Ballard, Garfield, Nathan Hale, Roosevelt and West Seattle) met Nov. 8 in the Nathan Hale journalism room to debrief following a promise by Seattle interim Superintendent Susan Enfield to leave unchanged the district’s current student press rights policy. The meeting followed a four-day, whirlwind campaign to thwart the passage of Policy 3220, a controversial, restrictive student press policy.

    The students came together to celebrate the immediate victory, as well as to talk about how they must work together to make sure this doesn’t happen in the future. The discussion focused on how the district policy-making process appears to be badly flawed, especially since some school board members seem to be ready to approve policies they haven’t even read.

    Students plan to create a Facebook page and a website to keep in touch with each other, as well as to co-produce an article and possible insert about procedures used to decide policies in their school district. Students hope to run the piece in all their papers at about the same time. A coalition of Seattle student journalists is now in the works with plans to meet regularly.

    Applauded for their efforts in fighting back the passage of Policy 3220 were Katie Kennedy and Kate Clark, Ballard High School editors, who went on the attack with community flyers, letters to school board members and on-air interviews with local talk radio hosts. The group also applauded NPR reporter Phyllis Fletcher, KPLU-FM Seattle (who was in the room covering the meeting), for first discovering the proposed policy change and alerting Mike Hiestand of the Student Press Law Center, who in turn contacted the Washington Journalism Education Association.

    Fletcher shared how she discovered the information on the policy. She explained how, as part of her regular preparation for covering upcoming school board meetings, she looks at the agenda and tries to become familiar with the items for consideration. A red flag went up when she discovered the language in Policy 3220 under consideration.

    Clearly, her quick action made all the difference in preventing its passage.

    Garfield High School adviser Casey Henry shared with the group a late afternoon message to Seattle journalism advisers from Susan Enfield, in which she apologized for the “consternation” caused by the whole ordeal and promised to make sure any future revisions to the scholastic press policy in Seattle will include input from media advisers.

    Students in the room added they should be included, as well, and intend to make that known to the superintendent and the board.

    This was a close call for student journalists in Seattle Schools, with lessons to be learned about staying vigilant. In fact, the students discussed creating a session for the 2012 National JEA/NSPA Spring Convention in Seattle, a case study on four frantic days for student journalists and their supporters in Seattle that fortunately ended positively.

    Coverage from Seattle-area media

    Announcing the proposed change
    • Stop the presses, let the principal check them first
    http://www.kuow.org/program.php?id=25002
    • Seattle school board moves to censor student newspapers
    http://blogs.seattleweekly.com/dailyweekly/2011/11/seattle_school_district_moves.php
    • Proposed Seattle school-newspaper policy raises censorship concerns http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2016707090_censorship07m.html
    • Students say Seattle school board threatens censorship
    http://www.mapleleaflife.com/2011/11/05/students-say-seattle-school-board-threatens-censorship/

    Announcing the withdrawal of the proposed changes
    • Seattle public schools beats hasty retreat
    http://blog.seattlepi.com/seattlepolitics/2011/11/07/seattle-school-district-beats-hasty-retreat/
    • Students say school board ‘setting the stage for censorship’
    http://www.myballard.com/2011/11/04/students-say-school-board-setting-the-stage-for-censorship/
    • Proposed ‘censorship’ policy for school newspaper withdrawn (Ballard High School)
    http://www.myballard.com/2011/11/07/censorship-policy-proposal-for-school-newspapers-withdrawn/
    • Ballard High newspaper editor-in-chief Kate Clark on her censorship fight with the Seattle school board
    http://www.mynorthwest.com/?nid=577&a=35563
    • School board withdraws controversial proposal: free speech maintained for students
    http://my.hsj.org/Schools/Newspaper/tabid/100/newspaperid/4554/view/frontpage/Default.aspx
    • Seattle public schools withdraws controversial student newspaper oversight proposal
    http://today.seattletimes.com/2011/11/seattle-public-schools-withdraws-controversial-student-newspaper-oversight-proposal/
    • Schools back off on policing student papers
    http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2016713513_censorship08m.html
    • KUOW-FM late afternoon story/interview with Ballard editors Kate and Katie
    http://www.kuow.org/mp3high/m3u/News/20111108_PF_freepress.m3u
    • The Stranger
    http://www.thestranger.com/seattle/news-clash/Content?oid=10654053

    Other coverage
    • How Seattle journalist got school censorship scoop
    http://www.poynter.org/latest-news/als-morning-meeting/152652/how-seattle-journalist-got-school-censorship-scoop/
    • Seattle school board pulls controversial publications proposal, will revisit in 2012
    http://www.splc.org/news/newsflash.asp?id=2292
    • Seattle School District seeks to remove forum policy for prior review
    http://www.jeasprc.org/?p=4150
    • Seattle school board pulls controversial publications proposal, will revisit in 2012
    http://www.jeasprc.org/?p=4150

     
  • #NewsNext with Josh Trujillo, staff photographer at the Seattle P-I

    1:33 pm on October 1, 2011 | 0 Comment Permalink
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    Tuesday, October 4, 2011, 7:00 PM

    From the #NewsNext ONA SPJ(Online News Association & Society of Professional Journalists) collaboration. More info on Meetup.com

    This is our fifth in a series of the #Newsnext meetups, where we’re talking to interesting locals working in the digital space. If you’re interested in gathering with writers, editors, photographers, producers, developers, designers, engineers and anyone else with an interest in the production of news, Jillian’s will have a cash bar and some great space to meet with like-minded digital professionals.

    List of attendees are also on the Meetup page.

     
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