News from SPJ region 2

Our chapter is part of SPJ region 2, which also includes chapters from Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. Below is some information from a recent update by regional director Andy Schotz. You can find more news by clicking here

  • Region 2 conference will be held March 28-29 at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. On opening night, there will be a screening of the documentary, “A Fragile Trust,” about the Jayson Blair scandal and how it reverberated through journalism. More details about the conference, including sessions and registration, will be posted on this website.
  • There is still time to submit entries for two SPJ contests. The deadline for Sigma Delta Chi entries is Feb. 4 and more information is available at www.spj.org/a-sdx.asp. Meanwhile, Region 2 SPJers in North Carolina should consider the Green Eyeshade Awards,  which are accepting entries until Feb. 10. The contest is for  journalists in 11 southern states. Details at www.greeneyeshade.org.
  • Name Change Debate: “As you probably heard, SPJ  has been considering whether to change its name – from the Society of  Professional Journalists to the Society for Professional Journalism. SPJ gathered feedback from its members on that idea in several ways,  including a survey you should have received by email. The majority who  responded didn’t like the idea, or were at least skeptical. So, the idea has been dropped.
    However, what came out of the discussion is  something that could be more meaningful. A committee is forming to  instead look at SPJ’s future – how to strengthen the organization and  help it grow.
    We’ll talk more about that during the Region 2 conference.
    A task force that studied the name change (I was part of it) submitted its report to SPJ’s Executive Committee this month. The report can be  found at http://www.spj.org/pdf/bm/meeting-packet_1-18-14.pdf (starting  on page 18).”
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