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Posted in Uncategorized, tagged colorado pro, Denver Press Club, fundraising, Journalism, journalists, news, newspapers, politics, Society of Professional Journalists, sp, SPJ, students on May 6, 2014| Leave a Comment »
By Ed Otte
“Follow the money” is a popular saying from the 1976 movie “All The President’s Men.” It was also the message at a May 1 program about transparency and open government at the Denver Press Club.
Nancy Watzman of the Sunlight Foundation and Sandra Fish with the Journalism & Women Symposium explained how to research election campaign finances. “Tools for Journalists: Following the Colorado Money” was cosponsored by JAWS and the Colorado Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.
“The primary races will be really important,” Fish said. “A lot of money will be coming in for those and a lot of money will be spent on ballot initiatives. With the resources available on the Sunlight website and the (Colorado) Secretary of State website, you’ll find useful information for many stories.”
Watzman’s PowerPoint demonstration showed the various categories and links available on the Sunlight site at http://www.SunlightFoundation.com.
“The Realtime Federal Campaign Finance tracker gives you up-to-the-minute filings,” she said. “Political Ad Sleuth shows you who’s buying airtime for political ads. Old-fashioned reporting can find some of the funding sources for the groups that buy ads, the ‘grassroots’ funding sources.
“Scout is another really, really useful tool. It searches for key phrases in legislation and will send you email and text alerts on specific issues.”
Fish said following campaign donation activity is important because “Amendment 27 changed the playing field, shifting power from candidates and parties. It sharply regulates how much money you can give to campaigns. Now, 527s and IE (Independent Expenditure) Committees are powerful here.”
Amendment 27 was passed by 66 percent of Colorado voters in 2002. It was designed to curb the influence of special interest groups by limiting the amounts and types of political contributions.
The Tracer link on the Colorado Secretary of State’s website (www.sos.state.co.us) “will help you with stories about cash,” Fish said. “Who’s buying TV ads. Who gives the most? It can sort to see who’s given the most in an election cycle. For example, you can see who spent money, and how much, in the 2010 GOP governor races.”
Watzman encouraged journalists to look at additional training opportunities, including free webinars and other online tools, on the Sunlight Academy link on the Foundation’s website. She also explained that the nonprofit, nonpartisan organization’s name comes from a 1913 quote by Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis: “Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants.”
“That’s why,” she said, “we believe in making government accountable and transparent.”
Posted in Uncategorized, tagged awards, colorado pro, contest, CORA, Denver Press Club, Journalism, newspapers, open records, pulitzer, Region 9, scholarship, Society of Professional Journalists, SPJ, Television News, Top of the Rockies on April 26, 2014| 5 Comments »
What a fantastic night at the Denver Press Club Friday for the SPJ Region 9 Top of the Rockies journalism competition Awards reception. Congratulations to all the winners (all 450 of you!) Here the results in an Excel file. judgments-results-528.1395761152
We will mail certificates to you folks who couldn’t make it (hopefully in the next week). Thanks to everyone for making it a great contest.
Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Dave Philipps of The (Colorado Springs) Gazette received the Journalist of the Year award Friday from the Colorado Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.
The award was one of four special honors announced at the chapter’s annual awards ceremony at the Denver Press Club. The contest awards went to journalists in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.
Philipps won the 2014 Pulitzer on April 14 for his series “Other Than Honorable” that examined how soldiers injured during war were being discharged with no benefits. The SPJ award was for the same stories which were published in The Gazette in May 2013.
“Dave Philipps would be the first to tell you there are many others deserving of this award. But his work exemplifies the best of what we all endeavor to do,” said Jim Anderson , news editor Denver’s AP bureau and Colorado Pro board member.
“As the Gazette put it in an editorial on Dave’s work: ‘Philipps is just the latest in a distinguished line of reporters proving that investigative journalism is alive, well and in demand. … When the Pulitzer Committee chooses the best in mass communication, it looks for examples of research and storytelling that expose truth and bring about constructive public policy,” Anderson said. “Dave Philipps has done just that.”
7News received the SPJ First Amendment Award for the Denver TV station’s ongoing series titled “Contrary to the Public Interest” about problems with Colorado’s open records laws.
“It was an ambitious, and important, project. During months of investigations, Channel 7 found that — while Colorado’s open records laws are supposed to keep government officials accountable — getting documents can mean paying huge fees or becoming tangled in expensive legal battles,” said Cara DeGette, board member.
SPJ’s Keeper of the Flame Award, which recognizes a distinguished career in journalism, went to Westword editor Patty Calhoun.
“Westword, which started 37 years ago as a feisty alternative newspaper, is now a journalistic institution and a respect member of Denver’s media landscape,” said Gil Asakawa. “Patty Calhoun, one of the founders, is the editorial vision behind Westword, and has trained dozens of journalists — like me — on the job.”
Colorado Mesa University assistant professor Eric Sandstrom received the SPJ Journalism Educator of the Year Award.
Sandstrom was cited for his contributions to the school’s journalism program as faculty adviser to the campus newspaper and for his work in the classroom. He also was instrumental in establishing a student SPJ chapter in 2012 at the Grand Junction university. Prior to joining CMU in 2007, Sandstrom worked at newspapers in Ohio, Illinois and Nebraska and taught at Kent State University and Cleveland State University.
We sent out the following announcement this morning:
“Top of the Rockies 2014 Winners:
Congratulations. One or more of your entries to the 2014 Top of the Rockies regional journalism competition was recognized as an award winner. You know the drill, we’re not going to announce exact places 1, 2 or 3 until the night of the awards banquet April 25.
Thanks again everyone for entering and hope to see you Friday, April 25 at the DPC. Certificates will be mailed shortly after that date if you can’t pick up in person.
Posted in Uncategorized, tagged 9news, CFOIC, conference, CPA, Denver Press Club, Journalism, newspapers, Society of Professional Journalists, SPJ, students, Sunshine Week, Television News on March 3, 2014| Leave a Comment »
Welcome to March everyone.
The Colorado Pro chapter has a lot going on, so read on for some great upcoming programs and a recap of our panel discussions at the recent Colorado Press Association convention.
Region 9 Conference hits Salt Lake City March 28/29.
Our Region 9 Conference will be held Friday and Saturday, March 28th and 29th in sunny Salt Lake City. There’s an outline of the conference schedule and a paypal link for people to register on the Utah Headliners’ website, utahspj.com. The cost is $25 for SPJ members (and students) and $35 for non-members.
The state of scholastic journalism.
Challenges facing scholastic journalism will be discussed at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, at the Denver Press Club, 1330 Glenarm Place. The event is free and open to the public.
The value of journalism in schools (21st century learning and skills) will be discussed by the panel as well as student publication editorial control, finances, staff recruitment and retention, and relations with college journalism programs and working journalists.
Sponsored by the Colorado Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, the program will feature four current and former high journalism teachers and advisers:
– Mark Newton, journalism teacher and media adviser at Mountain Vista High School in Highlands Ranch, is president of the Journalism Education Association.
– Jack Kennedy, executive director of the Colorado High School Press Association and JEA past president, is the former newspaper adviser at Rock Canyon High School in Highlands Ranch. He is an adjunct professor at Metro State University of Denver and Colorado State University in Fort Collins.
– Carrie Faust, Smoky Hill High School in Aurora, is the JEA Southwest Region director.
– Kristi Rathbun, Rock Canyon High School, is JEA’s state director.
Anastasiya Bolton leads Fireside Chat
9News reporter Anastasiya Bolton will be featured in a Fireside Chat at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 20, at the Denver Press Club, 1300 Glenarm Place.
Bolton, who covers crime and justice at 9News, will discuss her coverage of the Sochi Olympics at the Fireside Chat. She went to Russia in June 2013 to do pre-Olympics stories and then spent February in Sochi during the games.
A native of Moscow, Bolton came to the United States to attend college. After graduating from Southern Methodist University, she worked at TV stations in Dallas, Amarillo and Tyler, Texas, and Birmingham, Ala., before joining 9News.
The Sochi Olympics weren’t Bolton’s first return to Russia on a news assignment. While working at the Tyler station she traveled to Siberia to do stories on the plight of Russian orphans.
Bolton and photojournalist Andy Buck received a national Edward R. Murrow award in 2013 for a series on a Fort Collins woman who survived a killer. In 2007, she won a regional Emmy in Spot News for her coverage of the Safeway warehouse shooting.
Sunshine Week approaches
The Colorado Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition will present a one-hour webinar on Sunshine Week at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 4.
Sunshine Week, the annual celebration of your right to know what and why and how decisions are made by your local, state and national government, is March 16-22. The CFOIC is also sponsoring a panel discussion on “Who’s Records Are They Anyway? How to Get Your Hands on Public Records” on March 19.
The 12-year-old event is officially described as a national initiative to promote a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information. At the grassroots level, it is yearly reminder that every resident of every community has a right to know how the town board, city council, school board, county commissioners and every other elected and appointed board operates.
At the practical level, it also serves as a reminder to public officials that they are to be held accountable for their decisions and actions.
While a variety of organizations – nonprofits, libraries, schools and civic groups – participate in Sunshine Week activities, the news media are often at the forefront of open government and freedom of information projects each March and throughout the year. FOI resources and project ideas can be found on the sunshineweek.org website.
The site features a Sunshine Week Toolkit and Idea Bank.
Last fall, the Colorado Pro Chapter partnered with CFOIC to present open government programs to college students and professors at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, CU-Boulder and on the Auraria campus in Denver.
SPJ and CFOIC also conducted an open government panel session on Feb. 21 at the Colorado Press Association annual convention in Denver.
SPJ at CPA
Colorado Pro Chapter conducted two sessions at this year’s Colorado Press Association annual convention at the Westin Denver Downtown Hotel, Feb. 20.
The first was a freedom of information/open government discussion featuring panelists Jeff Roberts, executive director of the Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition; CFOIC president and First Amendment attorney Steve Zansberg; Cara DeGette, editor of Colorado Public News and immediate past president of Colorado Pro and Jim Anderson, The Associated Press news editor for Colorado, Montana and Wyoming, and ethics chair of the SPJ Colorado Pro Chapter.
The second SPJ session focused on diversity in newsrooms and in news coverage. The panelists were Denver Post director of news operations Linda Shapley; Tim Ryan, assistant news director at 9News; and Gil Asakawa, manager of student media at CU-Boulder, president of the Denver chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association, and diversity chair of the SPJ Colorado Pro Chapter.