‘Law & the Media’ seminar Jan. 28 at South Texas College of Law

“The WikiLeaks Debate” will be the topic of this year’s Law & the Media seminar at the South Texas College of Law Jan. 28.

Our panelists and speakers this year are slated to include:

  • Geoffrey Robertson, London-based lawyer for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange
  • Eric Schmitt, reporter for the New York Times
  • Lucy Dalgish, executive director of the Reporters Committee on Freedom of the Press
  • Don DeGabrille, former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Texas
  • David Adler, federal criminal defense attorney
  • And our moderator Tom Forestier, managing shareholder of the Houston office of Winstead law firm.

Journalists, communications professionals and law and journalism students get in free but registration is required (see this PDF form for registration). Attorneys can get in for $40 (with advance registration) or $50 (for same-day registration, space permitting) and get 3.0 of continuing education credits.

The cost of admission includes continental breakfast.

Registration and breakfast will be available from 8-8:55 a.m. The program starts at 8:55 and wraps up at 12:30.


Join Houston SPJ Dec. 1 for program on blogging in Houston

Blogging, Here and Now in Houston

What: The Houston Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists invites you to join us for an evening discussion of blogging.

When: Thursday, December 1, 6:30-7:30 p.m. CST

Where: Houston Public Library — Central Library downtown*, 500 McKinney St., Houston, 77002. Parking available for a modest fee in the parking garage underneath the library building.

Who: • Tom Fowler, business reporter and blogger for the Houston Chronicle and FuelFix.com, soon to be with the Wall Street Journal

• Ruth Nasrullah, SPJ Houston chapter vice president, freelance journalist and the Straight Path blogger on the Houston Chronicle website, which reflects on the experience of being an American Muslim

• Mike McGuff: Veteran Houston TV newsman and blogger on all things media-related at McGuff Blog

• Starr Spencer, prolific blogger and senior writer for Platts, the energy news and information division of The McGraw-Hill Companies

How: How has blogging progressed from its early days outside the journalism mainstream to a yet another medium in digital delivery for all journalists? How do pros use blogging to break news, run analysis, engage readers/sources, or express a personal point of view? We’ll hear from the panelists and then ask them questions, including how do you handle writer’s block, what to do with hostile comments or even spam, and what leads to inspiration?

*This program is not sponsored or endorsed by Houston Public Library. Also, if you have a special physical or communications need that could impact your participation in this event, please contact the event organizer, Katharine Fraser of the Houston SPJ at 713-828-0569 or hikatharine@gmail.com, at least 72 hours ahead of the program to discuss how to best accommodate your needs.

San Antonio college administrator wants to get paid for interviews by student newspaper

From the Express-News:

The student life director at San Antonio College told the student newspaper, The Ranger, last week that he wanted a fee to be interviewed by its reporters.

Jorge Posadas told The Ranger’s student editor Jolene Almendarez that he would answer questions via email but would not do a face-to-face interview without being paid.

“If you would like I can serve as professional source on the subject of student affairs and we can set up a professional consulting contract and we can negotiate an appropriate fee,” Posadas wrote via email.

In a phone interview Monday, Posadas called his response “inappropriate” and said he had misinterpreted the paper’s request for information about budget issues as a request for professional consulting.

Meet fellow journalists, meet your new chapter officers — and let us pay your dues — at Oct. 20 happy hour

Meet your fellow Houston journalists, hang out with your new Houston Pro Chapter officers and take advantage of our special membership discount by coming to the chapter happy hour on Oct. 20.

The party kicks off at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20 at El Xuca Xicana in Midtown, 2416 Brazos St., Houston, 77006. (Google Map and directions at this link.)

Special membership discount details: We’ll pay the local dues (a $20 value) to the first five people to show up whose membership has lapsed in the past year or so. We’ve got a list, and we’re aiming to kickstart the chapter again, so we want you back!

Questions? Contact us at jennifer@texaswatchdog.org or 281-656-1681.

New slate of officers elected for Houston Pro

From the message sent out tonight by outgoing chapter president Erwin Seba:

Here are the results of the election of officers for the Houston Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists for the 2011-2012 term.

President – Jennifer Peebles
Vice President – Ruth Nasrullah
Treasurer – Lucretia Cardenas
Secretary – Katharine Fraser

These officers begin their term on Sept. 7.

I’m sure you wish them every success. I do sincerely hope they receive the same amount of support you all have given me.

Houston Pro Chapter happy hour Aug. 10!

Hang out with fellow journalists when the Houston Pro Chapter puts on a summertime happy hour Aug. 10.

Let’s get together for a reprieve from the hot weather for food and drink.

Come to catch up, chat and pitch ideas for chapter activities. The early arrivals can enjoy treats on us.

Who: Society of Professional Journalists Houston Professional Chapter

What: Chapter get-together

When: 5:30 p.m.-?

Where: El Xuco Xicana, 2416 Brazos (corner of Bremond and Brazos), Houston

R.S.V.P. to Katharine Fraser, chapter secretary, hikatharine@gmail.com

Photo by flickr user emyduck, used under a Creative Commons license.