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 dnicklaus@post-dispatch.com or call 314-340-8213.

Space is limited, so reserve now!

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EIJ coming to New Orleans

SPJ’s national convention, Excellence in Journalism, is coming to New Orleans Sept. 18-21, the national committee is taking proposed resolutions up until Sept. 1. St. Louis Pro will be represented by chapter president Elizabeth Donald, serving as delegate. If there are issues or opinions that you would like Elizabeth to represent to the national organization, please contact her at edonald@bnd.com.

One issue in particular will likely be debated: a proposal to change SPJ’s bylaws to redefine the Associate Membership, in the hopes of encouraging more people to support our mission – people who may have a vested interest in journalism, but aren’t necessarily practicing journalism. Read President Paul Fletcher’s take on it here, and please communicate your opinions to Elizabeth as your delegate.

Ever been to EIJ? It’s a terrific opportunity to expand your skills, network with journalists from across the country, listen to leaders in the fields and find out more about how SPJ can help you and your newsroom. Headliners this year include Marty Baron, former Boston Globe editor who oversaw the real Spotlight investigation, as well as a wide variety of training sessions. This year’s conference is held in partnership with RTDNA and the Native American Journalists Association.

Earlybird registration has ended, but there are still discounts for registering in advance, so hurry to EIJ’s website! And if you can’t make it, follow Elizabeth’s Twitter account @BNDedonald as she will be live-tweeting her experience from New Orleans.

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Summer Happy Hour: Taco Tuesday!

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Mark of Excellence Awards at Region 7 conference!

Several Mark of Excellence awards went to St. Louis-area college students this weekend at the Region 7 conference!

A full list of MoE awards will be posted soon on the Kansas City Press Club website. In the meantime, here are the awards that I picked up on behalf of our St. Louis students:

• Michelle Sproat of Lindenwood University, winner for television sports photography, “Lindenwood men’s water polo hosts tournament”; and winner for television general news reporting, “Yik Yak takes Lindenwood by storm.”

• Caitlin Baker of Lindenwood University, winner for television in-depth reporting, “Stop heroin.”

• Kristine Gipperich of Lindenwood University, finalist for television in-depth reporting, “Body of Jane Doe exhumed.”

• Phil Scherer of Lindenwood University, winner for sports writing (small college), “From palm trees to cobblestones: Journeyman QB to end college career at LU.”

• Je’Nell McCrary of St. Louis Community College, finalist for general column writing (small college), “National sexual assault awareness month.”

• Phil Brahm of Lindenwood University, finalist for best use of multimedia, “Road work will cause delays on major route along Lindenwood campus.”

• Emily Adair, Phil Brahm and staff of Lindenlink at Lindenwood University, finalist for best associated website.

• Viktoria Muench of Lindenwood University, winner for general news reporting (small college), “Dorm key raise security concerns.”

There were many other awards handed out, so please visit the Kansas City Press Club in the coming days and we will add a link when the full list is posted. St. Louis Pro chapter president Elizabeth Donald accepted the Lindenwood and SLCC certificates on behalf of those who could not be there, and will distribute them to the winners as soon as possible. For lots of detail on the conference, check out #spjregion7con on Twitter!

Congratulations to the winners!

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