FREE Google Newslab Tools training Feb. 9!

We’re pleased to welcome back Holly Edgell for a new training workshop in Google News Lab tools! This FREE hands-on seminar is hosted at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9 in SIUE’s Dunham Hall,Room 2007.

Holly Edgell speaks to the 2016 SPJ Student Boot Camp about the wonders of Google Tools

Google has a suite of free tools that you can use to bring dimension, insight, context (and even fun) to your digital content. Learn about advanced searches and image search; creative interactive maps and using Google Maps to enhance your content; and how to use Google Trends to further your reporting.

Holly Edgell has more than 25 years’ experience as a journalist and journalism educator. She recently returned from Belize, after serving as communications and marketing for that nation’s National Institute of Culture & History. Before that, she was Director of Digital Media at KSHB, the Scripps television and digital property in Kansas City, Mo. Previous positions include: Community Editor at WCPO (Scripps in Cincinnati); Regional Editor for Patch/AOL in St. Louis; teaching at the Missouri School of Journalism and Florida A&M University; and news producing at several television stations around the country.

Edgell has been working in journalism since 1991, when she was hired as the first news director at Great Belize Television. News 5 was the first independent television newscast to air in Belize. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Michigan State University and earned a masters degree in media management at Kent State University. Edgell has been member of the Society of Professional Journalists since 2002 and is a former Region 7 Director. She joined the SPJ-Google News Lab training network when it launched in 2015.

Participants should bring laptops and chargers, and preferably should have downloaded Google Chrome prior to the training session.

RSVPs are encouraged! Email to reserve a seat. Limited to 40 participants. For more information, contact St. Louis SPJ President Elizabeth Donald at or on Twitter at @BNDedonald. Holly Edgell may be reached at or on Twitter at @hollyedgell.

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Join SPJ on Inauguration Day – only $45!

It’s time to #PressthePrez.

The Society of Professional Journalists is the nation’s most broad-based journalism organization, fighting on behalf of journalism and the First Amendment since 1909. The Society has fought for the Freedom of Information Act, for open government and access to government records, for the First Amendment freedoms enjoyed by all citizens, not just those of us who carry a notebook.

A professional membership normally costs $75. For a short time only, you can join at the professional level for $45. It’s our Inauguration Day special, our call to arms to protect journalism going forward.

Did you know that it was SPJ that made sure the Iran/Contra report became public?

Did you know that SPJ was instrumental in getting a Georgia journalist released when a judge he was investigating had him jailed for filing a FOIA request?

Did you know that the SPJ Ethics Code, revised in 2014, has been adopted by most of the journalism organizations in the nation and a good many overseas? That in some countries, the SPJ Code helped form the blueprint for establishing a press free of government control for the first time in their histories?

Did you know that SPJ has standing committees and online communities providing support, resources and advocacy regarding ethics, the Freedom of Information Act, diversity in journalism, the First Amendment, young journalists “Generation J”, students, educators, international journalists, digital-only journalists and more?

Did you know that SPJ is leading more than 60 other journalism organizations in a collective effort to get the Trump administration to meet with them and discuss open government, both in terms of coverage and access to records under the Freedom of Information Act?

You’ll also gain access to much-needed resources to help you in your work. The jobs boards, training webinars, networking and opportunities, reduced cost for regional and national conference registration, discounts on services like insurance, database subscriptions and office supplies, the ability to apply for journalism awards and internships…

In addition to supporting the work of the Society in Washington D.C., you’re supporting advocacy in journalism ethics, legal defense for freelance and small-organization journalists fighting for open government, continuing education and career development for journalists of all backgrounds, and much, much more.

Here in St. Louis, your support helps fund a student “boot camp” for college journalists to learn from working professionals; guest speakers and workshops for the public as well as working journalists; an upcoming media literacy program to be presented at area high schools on recognizing “fake news”; a scholarship program to assist journalism students; and much more.

Not a journalist? You can still help! SPJ has a “supporting membership” for those who want to support our mission, and to still gain some of the benefits of a pro membership. This is only $20 a year, and available all the time!

Please consider joining us, and getting involved with St. Louis SPJ on a local level. Questions? Contact chapter president Elizabeth Donald at! But hurry – the Inauguration Day special is only available for a short time!


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SPJ Happy Hour Dec. 20!

Join us at iTap in Soulard at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20! iTap allows outside food, so we will all be bringing something – but if you can’t, come anyway! There’s always plenty to go around, and iTap’s bar selection is extensive.

All are welcome, whether or not you’re a member – we’d just like to get to know you! Spouses and significant others welcome as well. Look for us toward the front!

Please RSVP at our Facebook event or by emailing chapter president Elizabeth Donald at so we can tell iTap how much space to set aside for us.

iTap: 1711 S. 9th St., St. Louis

Let’s celebrate another year together, with hopes for a terrific 2017!

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Sign up for SPJ Trivia Night!

We’re reviving one of the most fun trivia nights in St. Louis! Join the St. Louis Society of Professional Journalists next month for our biggest fundraiser of the year and a fun night of trivia (and beer)!

Doors open at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12; competition begins at 7 p.m. We award media-related merchandise prizes to the top three tables, and the fun includes a silent auction, a book sale, contests and more.

Tickets are $20 per person, or $160 for a table of eight, and include beer, wine and soda.

This year we are hosted by Nebula, located at 3407 S. Jefferson Ave., St. Louis.

Proceeds support SPJ’s scholarship fund and programming. As you know, almost all our programming is offered all journalists, not just our members; help us keep our programs open and free! For reservations or more information, email or call 314-340-8213.

Space is limited, so reserve now!

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