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Volunteers needed for Philadelphia schools’ Project Mastery

Philadelphia Youth Network (www.pyninc.org) has a new and exciting volunteer opportunity for the busy professional who has a knack for writing. Partnering with the School District of Philadelphia on their new initiative, Project Mastery, PYN is seeking established writers and other professionals interested in using their skills to help the students of our city succeed. During the yearlong curriculum, students will be challenged in their English Language Arts classes with new material and educational approaches with the goal of keeping students engaged and giving them the tools to produce remarkable work. See the attached document for a fuller description of the program and how volunteers will help make that happen through reviewing and guiding student work. Participants can sign up for any and all of the five units that they are qualified … Read entire article »

Filed under: Local SPJ Blog

A manifesto for the simple scribe – 25 commandments

Former Guardian science editor, letters editor, arts editor and literary editor Tim Radford has condensed his journalistic experience into a handy set of rules for aspiring hacks. It applies to journalists (and would-be journalists) everywhere–and to the new phenomenon, the “citizen journalist.”  Radford is a freelance journalist. He worked for The Guardian for 32 years, becoming – among other things – letters editor, arts editor, literary editor and science editor. He won the Association of British Science … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, Local SPJ Blog

Join or support your local SPJ chapter

You are invited to join the Society of Professional Journalists and the Greater Philadelphia Chapter by sending your completed membership application form (Downloadable PDF form). For more information, visit the SPJ Membership Center. For $20 (Students: $10), enhance your role in one of the nation’s largest journalism communities as a chapter supporter. If you are principally engaged in journalism, or if you have ever been a member of an SPJ chapter, you are eligible. The chapter holds events that explore or celebrate journalism. In addition to workshops, panels and … Read entire article »

Filed under: Chapter FYI

Michael Days speaks at 2010 SPJ awards banquet

Michael Days, executive VP and editor of the Philadelphia Daily News was the keynote speaker duirng 46th annual Excellence in Journalism awards program by the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists July 15, 2010. The event was held in the Philadelphia Inquirer building, 400 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, Since joining the paper 25 years ago he has served as managing editor, deputy managing editor, and was named editor in 2005. Under his leadership the paper has won numerous awards, including the Pulitzer Prize … Read entire article »

Filed under: Chapter News, Featured

Hochman speaks at 2009 SPJ awards banquet

Stan Hochman, columnist and beat writer for the Philadelphia Daily News, was the keynote speaker during the 45th annual Excellence in Journalism awards banquet on June 18, at the Downtown Club in Philadelphia. The SPJ awards recognize the best in professional journalism in 49 categories, covering print, radio, television, newspapers, photography and online. journalism in the Philadelphia area and adjacent metropolitan areas in 2008. Hochman has been part of Philadelphia’s journalistic landscape for 50 years. He joined the Daily News … Read entire article »

Filed under: Chapter News, Featured

SPJ Supports Petition to Supreme Court Asking for Openness in Civil Cases

INDIANAPOLIS – Leaders of the Society of Professional Journalists are urging the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a case seeking to extend the constitutional right of access to court records and proceedings in civil cases. SPJ has signed on to an amicus brief, initiated and authored by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, in support of a petition filed by the New York Law Publishing Company, The Legal Intelligencer and the Pennsylvania Law Weekly, which … Read entire article »

Filed under: SPJ News and Updates

Bill Marimow delivers keynote speech at SPJ Awards banquet

Bill Marimow, Pulitzer prize winner and editor and executive vice president of The Philadelphia Inquirer, was the keynote speaker during the 43rd annual Excellence Journalism awards banquet on Thursday, June 14, 2007, at the Downtown Club in Philadelphia. The SPJ awards recognized the best in professional journalism in 49 categories, covering print, radio, television, newspapers, photography and online. journalism in the Philadelphia area and adjacent metropolitan areas in 2006 Marimow has more than three decades of reporting background … Read entire article »

Filed under: Chapter News, Featured

New York photographer shares memories of 9/11

David Handschuh, a longtime photographer for the New York Daily News, who was one of the first on the scene taking pictures of the attack on the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, recounted his experience on that day, during a special event Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2006, in Wilmington, Del. The event, “September 11: Photographs and Memories,” which was hosted by the Delaware Press Association, included gave a multimedia presentation focusing on some of Handschuh’s images. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Chapter News

Jenny Spinner speaks at SPJ Awards Banquet

The annual SPJ awards banquet was held on Thursday, June 8, 2006, at the Down Town Club, atop the Public Ledger Building at Sixth and Chestnut Streets. The guest speaker was Jenny Spinner. Jenny, a St. Joseph’s University assistant English professor, is co-author with her sister, Jackie, a Washington Post reporter, of Tell Them I Didn’t Cry: A Young Journalist’s Story of Joy, Loss and Survival in Iraq. Jackie covered the war for nine months and ended her tour as Baghdad bureau chief. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Chapter News

Ben Franklin’s printing shop plaque rededicated

Despite steady rain, descendants of Benjamin Franklin and members of the SPJ Greater Philadelphia Pro chapter were among more than two dozen people at a ceremony to rededicate a plaque marking Benjamin Franklin’s printing shop as a “Historic Site in Journalism” in Philadelphia on April 8, 2006. It was from this site, near the northeast corner of Second and Market Streets, that Franklin printed his newspaper, the Pennsylvania Gazette, and the “Poor Richard’s Almanack,” the most … Read entire article »

Filed under: Chapter News