SPJ journalism conference early-bird discount expiring soon. Register today.

Register today for the 2017 Society of Professional Journalists’ western region conference being hosted by the San Diego SPJ chapter in April. Spots are filling up and the early-bird registration deadline is Friday, March 24. Sign up today! Come celebrate and improve professional and student journalism across California, Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii, Guam and the Mariana Islands as proud members of Region 11, one of SPJ’s biggest regions.

Journalists have great challenges ahead of them, and our speakers and attendees are meeting them head-on, starting with our keynote speaker, NPR’s All Thing Considered and Embedded podcast host Kelly McEvers. We have 37 speakers in all.

Like all good journalists on deadline, you’re no doubt procrastinating on registering for the conference, which is being held April 28 and 29 at Humphreys Half Moon Inn in San Diego. Here’s a good reason not to wait: a free Google Tools preconference training is available to just 25 people, on a first-come, first-serve basis. You must register for the conference to sign up for the Google Tools training. You can do so here. Here’s another great incentive to register today: That early-bird registration is fast approaching.

More conference info can be found here.

Now Accepting Entries for the 2017 Awards Contest

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Calling all winners! San Diego SPJ is now accepting entries for our 2017 contest.

Find all the information on how to enter — including this year’s wildcard award — here.

Contest entries will be accepted until midnight on Monday, April 10. Those submitted by midnight on Monday, April 3 will get $5 off their entry fees in every category but our top and special awards. We are also accepting applications for three $900 scholarships through Monday, April 10.

The winners will be officially announced in mid- to late-May or early June. Winners’ names will be listed on our SPJ San Diego Pro Chapter website at http://www.spjsandiego.org. Winners will not learn which categories they have won until the awards banquet in July. A complete list of winners with categories will be posted on our website following the awards banquet.

Report Card on the Media Is Back

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Our annual Report Card on the Media usually makes news — remember the “800-pound man in fuzzy slippers”? — and this year should be no different.

Come to this year’s panel on Thursday, March 16 to hear the subjects of big news stories this year give their takes on the coverage, and describe what it’s like to be on the other side of the microphone or notepad or keyboard.

The Panelists:

Marquis Parks, an El Cajon activist who helped organize many of the protests after a police officer shot and killed Alfred Olango.

Nicole Capretz, director of the Climate Action Campaign, which has been involved in San Diego’s Climate Action Plan, SANDAG’s transportation plan and fights with SDG&E.

Jan Goldsmith, the former San Diego City Attorney, who really needs no introduction.

Michael McConnell, a homeless advocate who manages a Twitter account and Facebook page devoted to homeless news.

Please join us as they grade the media (including you!).

For related news before the event and live tweets during the discussion, follow @GradeTheMedia on Twitter. Join in the conversation that night using the hashtag #spjgtm.

Where: TV Studio at San Diego City College (1313 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101)
The closest parking lot is at C and 14th. After parking, walk east on C street to a driveway. Walk up the driveway and into the building facing you, called the “C” building. Go straight through the orange breezeway doors and the TV Studio is there.

When: Thursday, March 16. Mixer at 6 p.m., panel at 6:30 p.m.

Admission: Free, and we will provide light refreshments. Please RSVP here.

Students can get career help at SPJ San Diego’s resume workshop

Join San Diego’s Chapter of SPJ for a Resume Workshop!

Who: News editors and college students
What: Editors review student resumes and provide feedback
When: Thursday, Feb. 2, 6-8 p.m.
Where: On campus at San Diego State, hosted by School of Journalism & Media Studies, located in the Professional Studies and Fine Arts Building (PSFA), Room 358.

Featured Editors:
Chris Jennewein, Times of San Diego
Kris Vera Phillips, KPBS
Sara Libby, Voice of San Diego
Donna Stewart, NBC San Diego
Joe Guerin, KPBS
Radvile Rinkeviciute, San Diego Union-Tribune

The event is free and there will be free pizza! Please RSVP here:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/san-diego-society-of-professional-journalists-resume-workshop-tickets-30907589432

To purchase a visitor parking permit: https://aztecs.t2hosted.com/cmn/auth_guest.aspx
(closest visitor parking located in Parking Structure 12).