It’s Society of Professional Journalists San Diego Chapter board election time!

Would you like to serve on the SPJ board of directors? If you are a member of the society, you are eligible to run for the board.

The board meets monthly to plan SPJ events, run the annual awards contest and weigh in on issues concerning journalists, among other things.

The election will be held in June. If you’d like to run for the board, please submit your bio (150 word limit) by June 5 via email to Joe Guerin at guerin_joe@yahoo.com (subject line: SPJ Election)

Election results will be announced in early July.

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.

Who should win our important awards for being a window and a wall in 2016?

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For the third straight year, San Diego SPJ will be handing out two important awards to recognize the most helpful and least helpful sources from public agencies in 2016.

The Window Award will go to the public official or agency that most prioritized transparency and the public’s right to know in 2016.

The Wall Award will go to the public official or agency that made it hardest for journalists to do their jobs in 2016, ignoring requests or otherwise compromising the public’s right to know.

Your nominations are key to our selection process. Give us your nominations here.

We’ll give out both awards in the spring, along with our prestigious annual Sunshine Award, which recognizes individuals and groups for making important contributions in the area of open government. Stay tuned for event details. And thanks for taking part in this invaluable exercise of ours to protect the public’s essential access to information.

 

Holiday party like a journalist. Join all San Diego journalism clubs on Monday, Dec. 12.

We’re teaming with other San Diego media groups to host a fun, free and low-key holiday party at Athens Market Taverna downtown. Join us for appetizers, drinks and a good time.

DATE: Monday, Dec. 12, 2016

TIME: 6-8:30 p.m.

LOCATION: Athens Market Taverna
109 W F Street
San Diego, CA 92101

COST: Free admission includes appetizers. No-host bar.

RSVP: Email sdpressclub@cox.net.

HOSTS: San Diego SPJ, San Diego Press Club, San Diego Association of Black Journalists, San Diego chapters of Asian American Journalists Association, National Association of Hispanic Journalists, Online News Association, Pacific Southwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences

PARKING: Macy’s in Horton Plaza validates parking for three hours with no purchase.