SPJ offers special screening of ‘Deadline in Disaster’

Deadline in DisasterThe St. Louis Pro chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists invites you to a special screening of “Deadline in Disaster,” a documentary about the role of reporters at The Joplin Globe shortly after a devastating tornado cut through the community May 22, 2011.

The free screening will take place at noon, Thursday, July 10, in the AT&T Room on the lower level of the Missouri History Museum, 5700 Lindell Boulevard.

The documentary film, produced by Orr Street Productions and the Missouri Press Association, takes viewers behind the scenes of Joplin’s major publication and will speak of the hardships both the community and its newspaper endured following the disaster.

“High school graduation had just ended when The Joplin Globe turned its reporting coverage to the horror of the day that would define its community as one of strength and resolve in the weeks to follow,” the documentary’s website explains. “Despite one-third of the newspaper staff losing their homes and the death of their page designer, The Joplin Globe rolled the presses on the night of the storm one hour late.”

Viewers are invited to bring a brown bag lunch or order one from Bixby’s Restaurant upstairs.

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Drone demonstration spurs lofty discussion

Bill Allen, professor of journalism at the University of Missouri at Columbia, discusses the ethics of using drones in reporting while demonstrating one of the devices during a recent News at Noon session at the Missouri History Museum. Allen spoke to the audience about the perks and perils of using drones in news gathering. He presented video of several projects by Mizzou students that used drones to gather information for news reports. (Photo by David Sheets)

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Who has the right to watch us from the sky?

Bill Allen, University of Missouri

Bill Allen, Mizzou journalism professor

Many TV stations have the capability to chase stories in the sky aboard a helicopter, but now some journalists are experimenting with drone technologies — used for military surveillance — to get previously unimaginable footage. Drone technology, your privacy and the attempt of the Federal Aviation Administration to regulate this type of news gathering will be explored at the Society of Professional Journalists’ next News at Noon on Thursday, June 12.

The federal government and some states currently ban using small drones with cameras to find and cover the news. But that could change. Student journalists at the University of Missouri have demonstrated some of the possibilities for journalism.

Mizzou journalism professor Bill Allen will take a look at those results and brainstorm more potential uses for gathering the news, explaining it and serving as a watchdog on powerful institutions.

Allen will also speak on the challenges this new technology could have on the public’s understanding of privacy should drones become widely available.

Allen was a journalist for 25 years before joining the University of Missouri faculty in 2004. A specialist in science, environment and medical reporting, he holds a joint appointment in the Missouri School of Journalism and the Science and Agricultural Journalism Program of the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources.

When: Thursday, June 12
Time: Networking begins at 11:30 a.m.; program begins at noon
AT&T Room, Missouri History Museum, 5700 Lindell Boulevard, in Forest Park at DeBaliviere Avenue
Food: Bring a brown-bag lunch or order lunch from Bixby’s Restaurant on the top  floor of the museum.
Price: Free of charge

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SPJ invites you to be a leader, not just a follower

Call for leadershipThink you’ve got what it takes to be a leader? The St. Louis Pro chapter of SPJ invites you to prove it.

All of the top positions in the chapter — president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer — are up for contention this summer, with elections set for August and each officer seated by September. This provides a valuable opportunity for you to chart a course for journalism advocacy in the St. Louis region.

Chapter leaders cultivate professional and academic contacts. They hone their marketing and social media skills. They forge associations and friendships that pay big dividends in their careers.

Above all, they serve SPJ’s rich history in the region — a history stretching back more than 80 years. The St. Louis Pro chapter is among SPJ’s oldest and most prominent; it was a finalist for Chapter of the Year in 2011 and won the honor outright in 2012.

A lasting commitment to the advancement of an ethical, responsible media made those honors possible. Help continue that commitment by volunteering your time and leadership today. For more information, contact SPJ regional director David Sheets at dksheets(at)gmail.com, or call 314-971-0073.

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