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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

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


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!


Annual Meeting Thursday!

SPJlogoThe Minnesota Professional Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists is holding its 2014 Annual Meeting on Thursday, June 26.

Members and anyone interested in the chapter’s work are welcome to attend.  Included in the meeting will be an update on the chapter’s activities, leadership and finances as well as the announcement of the results of the 2014 Board of Directors Election.  Please bring any thoughts, comments or “new business” for the chapter to consider in its 2014-15 year.

When:  Thursday, June 26 – 6:30 p.m.

Where: Grumpy’s Downtown
1111 Washington Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55415

*Lot parking and street parking available.

Questions? Please contact us:

After the trauma: The challenges of covering traumatic events on and off the job

SPJ_MJC_MWJCMidwest Journalism Conference Kickoff Event

Thursday, March 27 | 7:00 p.m.

Murphy Hall Auditorium, University of Minnesota
206 Church St. SE, Mpls


From covering mass shootings to daily crime stories, reporting on traumatic events can be challenging for journalists, professionally and personally. Join CCTV anchor Mike Walter and Star Tribune reporter Paul McEnroe – both former Ochberg fellows with the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma – as they discuss reporting on traumatic events. They will be joined by local psychologist Jenna Bemis and State Patrol trooper Dan Lewis to talk about how they, although in a different professions with different objectives, also interview people after traumatic events and cope personally with the job’s emotional stress.

The event is free and open to all journalists, including those attending the Midwest Journalism Conference. Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will also be provided.

Parking is available in the Church Street parking garage on campus, a short walk to the Murphy Hall auditorium.

This event is sponsored by the Minnesota Society of Professional Journalists and the Minnesota Journalism Center.  The 2014 Midwest Journalism Conference kicks off on Friday morning in Bloomington.  For more information and to register, visit:

This is free but please register online: