Notes of Interest:  

Upcoming non-Conn. SPJ events:

AAJA's Annual Lunar New Year Dim Sum
WHEN: 1 p.m. Sunday Feb. 7
WHERE: Hei La Moon
 88 Beach St. in Boston
COST: Free for 2010 AAJA Members
$10 for Non-members
RSVP: Secretary Cindy Atoji at

Nearby SPJ chapters

Long Island (Press Club of Long Island)
New England 
New York City (Deadline Club)
New Jersey
Pennsylvania   (Greater Philadelphia) 
Pennsylvania (Keystone State)

National journalism organizations,
publications and resources
Access Reports Freedom of Information
American Association of Sunday & Feature Editors
American Journalism Review
American Society of News Editors 
Associated Press Managing Editors
Associated Press Sports Editors
Broadcasting & Cable
Columbia Journalism Review
Committee to Protect Journalists
Editor & Publisher
First Amendment Center
Investigative Reporters & Editors
Journalism Education Association
National Association of Hispanic Journalists
National Education Writers Association
National Freedom of Information Coalition
National Press Photographers Association
National Writers Union 
Online News Association
Radio Television Digital News Association 
Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
Society of American Business Editors and Writers
The Fund for Independence in Journalism

More to come.

  Connecticut SPJ Programs, Events and Announcements:  

Figuring out teacher contracts
Central Connecticut State University, Nov. 21
They come up every few years, they play a major role in a town's budget, and they confuse the heck out of most people.

And let's face it - If you don't understand them, neither will your readers.

So SPJ is hosting a workshop to help you understand teacher contracts and the issues behind them.

It's free, simple and invaluable to your career.

Click here for details.

Information featured in our fall newsletter:
Oct. 17-18 -
Hosted by American University, School of Communication and the Investigative Reporting Workshop. Ethnic media watchdog workshops help journalists sharpen their skills, learn new approaches and add depth to their reporting. Award-winning journalists from around the country volunteer their time to provide training on topics such as the 2010 census, criminal justice, the economy, education, health care, immigration and local government. Hands-on spreadsheet software training also will be offered. 

Oct. 22 - Anthony Flint, former Boston Globe writer who was a reporter in Connecticut in the mid-'80s, talks about his book "Wrestling With Moses: How Jane Jacobs Took on New York's Master Builder and Transformed the American City." Behrakis, Northeastern University, Boston . 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sponsored by the Northeastern University School  of Journalism and School of Architecture .  For more information contact Prof. Bill Kirtz at 617.373.4045 or e-mail him at

Nov. 6 - Financial Leadership Forum 2009: From The Classroom To The Workplace. Quinnipiac University, Alumni Hall, 275 Mount Carmel Ave., Hamden
at 8:30 a.m. Keynote speaker is Guy Adami.
Sponsors: QU School of Business and Barnum Financial Group. Continental breakfast included. $50 general public, $25 students. Registration at (203) 582-5368 or online.

Nov. 13, 14 - The Knight Law and Media Program & Information Society Project invites you to attend, "Journalism And The New Media Ecology: Who Will Pay The Messengers?"

Officers elected for CT Council on Freedom
of Information:

President: Thomas B. Scheffey
Vice President: Richard Ahles
Treasurer: Mitchell Pearlman
Secretary: James H. Smith
Legislative Chairman: G. Claude Albert

For more information and to see award winners,
please click here.

Contest Winners Announced!
complete list | audio slideshow | scholarship winners

 Attorney named Helen M. Loy Award Winner

Daniel Klau, a partner in Pepe & Hazard LLP, has been named the 2009 winner of the Helen M. Loy Award.
Click here to read the full press release.

Don't Forget the Code of Ethics!

Dear Connecticut Journalists:
In the aftermath of the Wesleyan murder we should all be reminded of the SPJ Ethics Code guidelines on our coverage of these high profile cases.
The Code Says:
"Journalists should:
Balance a criminal suspect’s fair trial rights with the public’s right to be informed."

I have heard the accused in this case described as a "murderer."  As a "killer."

Stephen Morgan is neither at this point. He is a “suspect”, he is “accused”, but no trial has taken place.  There has been an arrest.  It is acceptable to write, “police say he shot…” if you are attributing carefully. 

But let the prosecutors, police, courts and defense do their work before we convict  anyone in our stories.  The First Amendment grants journalists wide latitude in doing its work. But we need to balance the public’s right to know with respect for the Sixth Amendment’s guarantee of a fair and public trial.

Jerry Dunklee
Member of the National SPJ Ethics Committee

House Bill 6670 

This awful bill continues to march forward. Would have a tremendous impact on journalists' ability to get police reports or other basic information about crimes.


To adopt proposals of the Office of the Victim Advocate providing compensation for burial expenses of homicide victims, creating a privacy exception to the Freedom of Information Act, establishing an account to fund victim service advocates, expediting criminal cases involving minors as victims or witnesses and including the Victim Advocate as a member of the Criminal Justice Policy Advisory Commission.

Click here for more information.

Steve Kalb
Immediate Past CTSPJ President


Freedom of Information Conference:
The FOI Act & The Management of E-Records:
Disclosure, Storage and Retention
Thursday, April 9 from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
Hartford Marriott Rocky Hill
For more information, please click here.

Connecticut's Untapped Writer's Market
News outlets across the state continue to shrink staff and content. But there's an untapped writer's market right here in Connecticut: Niche publications.

Did you know Catholic Digest is published in Connecticut? That WWE in Stamford has its own line of publications?

SPJ will host a panel discussion on writing for niche publications in Connecticut at 7 p.m. on April 2 at Central Connecticut State University.

For more information, please click here.

Almost Everything You Need to Know
to be a Working Journalist in 2009

Monday, March 16 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Westport Public Library
For more information, please click here.

Connecticut SPJ Seeks a Few Good Leaders!
The Nominations Committee of the Connecticut Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists is seeking nominations for all officer positions and three board positions for the 2009-2010 year.

Positions open for one-year terms are: President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. There are three other board member positions open for two-year terms.

To be considered for nomination you must be a paid national andConnecticut chapter member. All nominations should be submitted in writing to Chairman Jerry Dunklee at by March 1.

2009 High School Essay Contest
Topic: Why free news media are important
All entries should be postmarked by March 4, 2009.

Who is eligible?
All students enrolled in grades 9-12 in public, private and home schools. Students must submit original work and have a sponsoring teacher sign the contest entry form.

What is the format?
The essay should be 300-500 words and must include an entry form. Entries may be typed or handwritten but must be double-spaced.

Connecticut entries should be mailed to:
SPJ High School Essay Contest
c/o: Cindy Simoneau
Journalism Department
Southern Connecticut State University
MO 202C
510 Crescent St.
New Haven, CT 06515-1355

For more information and the entry form, please click here.

Young Journalists Unite!
@ Eli's on Whitney, lower level
2392 Whitney Avenue, Hamden
6:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 21

The industry is going through some tough times, but free pizza and good conversation could ease the pain.

Connecticut SPJ is hosting its first young journalists networking event to help young professionals from the various media platforms to meet other reporters, editors and producers from across the state.

The chapter plans to host similar events at various locations across Connecticut to help young journalists connect with each other.

At this first event, there will be a brief panel discussion with:

Jamie DeLoma, news editor,
Catie Talarski, producer, "Where We Live," WNPR
Jodie Mozdzer, schools reporter, Hartford Courant

The conversation will continue over pizza and a cash bar.

RSVP with Connecticut SPJ President 
Cindy Simoneau at