2014 MN SPJ Intern Night

SPJ_InternNight1The Minnesota Society of Professional Journalists is pleased to announce our annual Intern Night program for Wednesday, October 29th at WCCO-TV in Downtown Minneapolis. This program is designed for college students and is a great opportunity to learn about applying for internships, meet internship recruiters and managers, and get a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to intern in one of the top news media markets in the country.

Date: Wednesday, October 29th
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Location: WCCO-TV, 90 S. 11th St., Minneapolis

Space is limited to the first 60 students and registration is required. This event sells out annually, so don’t delay! A waiting list will become available when the event is full.

Register online now!

Details: We recommend professional attire for this event. You may also want to bring copies of your one-page résumé. You will have the opportunity to ask questions of our panel of experts and chat with the journalists following the program.  A tour of WCCO-TV will also be offered following the event, and several WCCO folks will be available to meet and greet event attendees. Panelists represent media outlets from across the state; a full list will be available closer to the event.

Parking: Parking is available at metered spots on the street or in nearby parking ramps. Please give yourself time to find a parking spot and arrive on time to the event!

Register online now!

Questions? Interested in having your media outlet represented at Intern Night? Email us at minnesota.spj@gmail.com.

A Lesson in School Data

MnCOGI Ed data cogitationTuesday, October 21
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Rondo Public Library

Register online now!

Minnesota SPJ  is pleased to co-present a panel discussion on accessing Minnesota education information featuring journalists, FOI experts and representatives from schools.

  • What information about students and teachers is public?
  • How do you ask for public data from school districts?
  • What can you do with data once you get it?

Tuesday, October 21 11am – 1pm. LUNCH IS PROVIDED.

Rondo Public Library, 461 N Dale St, Saint Paul (Dale and University).

The event is free, but registration is required.

Sponsored by the Minnesota Coalition on Government Information and Minnesota SPJ.

Can You Beat Your Fellow Journalists at Shuffleboard?

sisyphuslogoTwin Cities journalists–SPJ members and nonmembers alike–are invited to compete in some shuffleboard and simply have an all around good time at Sisyphus Brewing, near Dunwoody College of Technology in Minneapolis.

A Sisyphus co-owner says there even will be an ever-so-modest prize for our shuffleboard winner.

When: 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 22
Where: Sisyphus Brewing, 712 Ontario Ave W, Minneapolis

Event is free. All journalists and friends welcome.


Hot off the presses: Get your new code!

If you haven’t already heard, the Society of Professional Journalists passed a new Code of Ethics for the first time since 1996 on Sept. 6 at Excellence in Journalism 2014. To celebrate updating the code, and to spread the practice of using ethics in everyday journalistic work, SPJ wants its members to have a copy of the new code.

Here are the three ways you can get your own copy:

  • You can download two sizes of the printable copy here,8.5 x 11 or 11 x 17, and print it on your own, along with the two-sided bookmark.
  • You can log on to SPJ’s J-Mart and buy a blown-up 23 x 35 poster of the Code of Ethics for your newsroom, classroom or organization.
  • You can email Communications Coordinator Taylor Carlier at tcarlier@spj.org and request an 11 x 17 poster and/or Code of Ethics two-sided bookmarks for your organization. Please put the address you want the items sent to and how many of each you would like. Mailing of these posters and bookmarks will begin in mid-October.

Whichever way you choose to get your copy of the Code of Ethics is fine with us. Just take this opportunity to get a copy, take the time to read it, refer back to it frequently and continue to uphold the high journalistic standards the Code of Ethics has been helping journalists achieve for 88 years.


Silha Lecture: Oct. 6

Minnesota SPJ members are friends are invited to the 2014 Silha Lecture!

October 6, 2014
7:00 pm Cowles Auditorium
University of Minnesota West Bank, Twin Cities Campus

“See No Evil: Why We Need A New Approach to Government Transparency”

David A. Schulz

David A. Schulz 
Partner, Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz, LLP
Co-Director of the Media Freedom & Information Access Clinic at Yale Law School

Counsel to The Associated Press, The New York TimesThe Guardian, and other investigative news organizations

On the 25th anniversary of Department of Justice v. Reporters Committee, one of the nation’s leading advocates for press access and the public’s right to know will explore the judicial and bureaucratic debilitation of the Freedom of Information Act since 9/11, and the critical need to broaden and enforce the First Amendment right of access to government proceedings and records. The discussion will consider the untapped potential of the constitutional access right and the role of the press in illuminating issues ranging from “secret law” articulated by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, to the government’s plans to prevent Guantanamo detainees from testifying publicly at their own trials, to a State’s ability to keep secret the formulas used for lethal injection executions.

This event is free and open to the public; no reservations are required.

For additional information, contact the Silha Center at 612-625-3421 or at silha@umn.edu


EBCE1EDB8CC2F0470EB3DB1849624498C195326FCDF18ED6CDCheck out AAJA-MN’s Trivia Bowl on October 16.

$100 for teams of 5. All proceeds benefit AAJA-MN’s scholarship, grant and internship program.

If you’d like to join “Team MN SPJ” email us!

More information and register your team today!