October: movies, convention and contest

Welcome to fall.

We are thrilled to be sponsoring the upcoming premiere of a powerful documentary about Anna Politkovskaya, an investigative journalist for Moscow’s newspaper Novaya Gazeta, who was murdered at age 48 for simply doing her job.

"A Bitter Taste of Freedom" will be screened at the Denver Film Fest.

The film, by one of Russia’s most celebrated filmmakers Marina Golovskaya, is part of the upcoming 34th Starz Denver Film Festival in Denver. The SPJ-sponsored screening is Saturday, Nov. 12 at 12:15 p.m. at the Tivoli.

We have a bloc of tickets for the film, and they are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. SPJ member cost is $11.50 per ticket. Secure your ticket today by contacting SPJ President Cara DeGette @ cdegette@gmail.com.

Now, some more great news. During the September national convention in New Orleans, Denver was selected as the site of the 2012 SPJ Region 9 Spring Conference. We are working with the newly revived Auraria student SPJ chapter to secure space on the Auraria campus. The conference, scheduled April 13 and 14, 2012, should be jam-packed with great programs, training and networking opportunities for student and pro journalists alike.

Colorado SPJ is planning to host the annual Top of the Rockies regional contest reception to coincide with the regional conference.

More details to come as planning gets underway.

Finally, we are already planning a repeat of last year’s wild and successful SPJ holiday party at the Denver Press Club in December — complete with an invigorating guest speaker. Stay tuned, and we’ll update you on details as they are finalized.

We look forward to seeing you at an event soon. As always, let us know how we can better serve you by emailing us at news@spjcolorado.com, or contacting a board member through spjcolorado.org. Also, make sure to check out and “like” our Facebook page, at Colorado SPJ Pro. The SPJ family is posting journalism-related news there quite often, so join in the discussion!