Want to go to SPJ EIJ? July Elections and June Programs reminder

We hope everyone’s summer is going well. We’ve got an information-packed Newsletter, including: a chance to let Colorado Pro help YOU go to the SPJ Excellence in Journalism national conference Sept. 4; A public radio primer at a June 26 Fireside chat at the Denver Press club; July elections (call for candidates) and a chapter board member update.


SPJ’s national conference, Excellence in Journalism, is Sept. 4-6 in Nashville. As part of our commitment to professional development, the Colorado Pro chapter gives a member in good standing $500 to apply towards hotel, airfare and/or conference registration. You must be a Colorado Pro member (“in good standing” means you paid your dues for 2014! 😉 Please send us an email (president@spjcolorado.com) of why we should send you by July 15 and the board will pick a winner by July 21. The stipend will reimburse expenses; it’s not an advance.

Here’s what 2013’s winner Boulder freelance writer Jayme Moye had to say about her EIJ experience in California: “I’d say the best part of the national conference is the networking. I got lost walking to a bowling alley in Anaheim with the President of the Colorado Chapter of SPJ (Dennis Huspeni) and ended up with a board position … talked teaching positions with the University of Colorado’s Director of Journalism and Mass Communication (Christopher Braider), had lunch (and landed an assignment) with a senior editor at the Christian Science Monitor, and mentored a college student from Kentucky over burgers and fries.”


Harvest Public Media reporter Luke Runyon and KUNC reporter Grace Hood will discuss community public radio in a Fireside Chat at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 26, at the Denver Press Club, 1330 Glenarm. Admission is free and the event is open to all.

Harvest Public Media, based at KCUR in Kansas City, is a network of reporters and partner stations throughout the Midwest that covers agriculture and agribusiness. Runyon joined KUNC in Greeley in 2013 after spending two years as a reporter at Aspen Public Radio.

Since joining KUNC in 2008, Hood has won a number of state, regional and national awards. She received the Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize in 2012 from the Boston NPR news station for her series “Investigating Colorado’s Online K-12 Schools.” She also received the national Edward R. Murrow awards in 2010, 2011 and 2012 for her feature and investigative reporting.


My name is Deb Hurley. I’m the contributing editor at Evergreen Newspapers and the elections chair for the Colorado Professional Chapter of SPJ. I am calling for self-nominations for the five positions up for election on the board: four directors at-large and the secretary. Per the chapter’s bylaws, the president-elect Ed Otte, who you elected last year, will automatically become president of the chapter without a vote.

Board meetings are held once per month, and board members may attend in person or via conference call/Google hangout. Board members may reside anywhere in Colorado, and must be members in good standing with national SPJ and the Colorado Professional Chapter.

To indicate your willingness to run for a position and to serve on the board, please e-mail me (dchurley@aol.com) your name, the position you are interested in, a photo, a biography of no more than 250 words and a statement of no more than 200 words explaining why you want to be on the board. Deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, July 11.

The election information will be e-mailed to all members of Colorado Pro on July 18, and you will have until noon on Friday, July 25, to cast your ballot.

If you have any questions about the process, the duties or how you can get involved with Colorado Pro – whether as a board member or as a volunteer – please contact me at 303-601-8098 or at dchurley@aol.com or contact Dennis Huspeni at 719-648-0055 or president@spjcolorado.com


The board had three members (Otte, Cara DeGette and Vicky Gits) review the chapter’s finances for 2013/14 earlier this month. We sent the annual report to national and anticipate getting our “good standing” certification in September at EIJ. Thanks for a successful year, members.

FROM THE PRESIDENT: On a personal note, it’s been tremendous serving as your president for the past two years. There are ton of great journalists in this state who care deeply about the state and future of journalism. Your president-elect Ed Otte takes over in August and will do a fantastic job, as he did with the Colorado Press Association. After more than 5 years on the board, I’m resigning effective the end of July when my term expires. That’s for two reasons: I’ve taken job in public relations and it will give other members a chance to serve on the board and I encourage you to do so! Thank you for a rewarding two years.



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!