Board Meeting Agenda for December 7


Please see the agenda for the upcoming meeting Board of Directors meeting on Dec. 7.

The meeting will begin at 6 p.m., and be held at Cafe Express River Oaks,1422 West Gray, Houston, TX 77019.

We can’t wait to see you on Wednesday!



Fourth Annual Jingle with Journalists


It’s that time of year again.

The Houston Association of Hispanic Media Professionals, SPJ Houston Pro Chapter, Houston Association of Black Journalists, Houston Press Club, Asian American Journalists Association Texas Chapter, and EGMN Alumni are co-hosting the 4th Annual Jingle Bells with Journalists on Dec. 13.

The event will be held at Uforia Lounge, 5100 Southwest Freeway, Houston, Tx. 77056.

Come and celebrate the holidays by networking with the finest journalists in Houston. Entrance fee of $10 will be taken at the door for non-members.

You can find the Facebook event here.

And don’t forget about our upcoming meeting this Wednesday, December 7 at 6 pm at the Cafe Express River Oaks, 1422 West Gray, Houston, TX 77019.

We hope to see you all there!

HPD Chief to present officers’ point of view

HPD sealAcross the nation, an intense and sometimes violent debate is taking place surrounding the relationship of the police and the members of the public whom the police are sworn to protect. At the same time, the role of the press is being called into question as representatives of the press strive to cover police-related news, without interfering with legitimate attempts by the police to ensure public order and safety.

To help foster a better understanding of these issues, the Society of Professional Journalists Houston Chapter will host a discussion with Houston Police HPD chiefDepartment Chief Charles A. McClelland at 6 p.m. Feb. 18 at The Printing History, located at 1324 West Clay St.

McClelland will speak about HPD’s relationship with the news media and with the public at large as well as answer questions posed by a moderator and by attendees.

The event is free and open to journalists and members of the general public. RSVP by noon Wednesday to

Jingle Bells with Journalists mixes networking with holiday cheer

Journalists from all six Houston media organizations (SPJ Houston, AAJA, HABJ, HAHMP, EGMN & Houston Press Club) came together for the joint holiday mixer “Jingle Bells with Journalists” Dec. 11 at the newly opened El Big Bad.

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Appetizers and drinks were provided by participating media organizations for attendees.

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 Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from SPJ Houston!

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Telling the immigration story: An SPJ panel discussion

Critics have long said the U.S. immigration system is broken and badly in need of a major overhaul. But, efforts to reform the system at the national level have largely floundered, as critics of reform worry it will offer “amnesty to illegal aliens.”

The Houston Chapter of SPJ will host a panel discussion to examine ways in which the media portrays the issue of immigration reform and explore ways to better tell this complex and important story. The panel will comprise speakers with a broad range of expertise on the subject of immigration, looking at the subject from a legal point of view, as well as the perspective of big-city and small-town journalists.

Panelists include Gordon Quan, former Houston City Councilman and noted immigration attorney; Susan Carroll, immigration reporter for the Houston Chronicle; and Andy DuBois, executive editor of the Houston Community Newspapers.

The program will take place from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, inside the lobby of the University of Houston’School of Theater and Dance.

Bio information:

• Gordon Quan

Board Certified-Immigration and Nationality Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization; American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA); Chair of the Texas Chapter of AILA; Specialist in Immigration Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization; Advisory board of the Center for Immigration Research of the University of Houston; Houston City Council; Former President of the Asian Pacific American Municipal Officials for the National League of Cities

• Susan Carroll

Houston Chronicle Journalist of the Year, 2012; Houston Press Club Print Journalist of the Year, 2011; Texas Associated Press Managing Editors, First Place Freedom of Information, 2011, Feature Writing, 2011; Stanley Walker for Best Newspaper Journalism for the Texas Institute of Letters finalist, 2008, 2011; Livingston Award finalist, 2008; Arizona Associated Press Managing Editors, first place business reporting, 2005; Arizona Press Club Virg Hill Journalist of the Year, 2002 and 2003; Institute for Justice in Journalism Fellowship, 2003; AAPME first place beat reporting, 2001 and 2002

• Andy DuBois

Andy DuBois has been executive editor of Houston Community Newspapers since June 2012 and editor of its North Group for three years. He has worked for HCN for more than 12 years in various positions, including night editor, city editor, managing editor and editor of The Courier, the daily newspaper of Montgomery County. Prior to working for HCN, DuBois worked for the Brownsville Herald from 1993-99 as a sports reporter, news editor and sports editor. He also worked as the sports editor of the Bastrop Advertiser twice-weekly newspaper while a student at The University of Texas. He earned a Bachelor of Journalism from The University of Texas in 1993. He serves on the board of Leadership Montgomery County, is a member of the Conroe Noon Lions Club, and contributes to other service groups and nonprofit organizations in Montgomery County.

‘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, 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, at least 72 hours ahead of the program to discuss how to best accommodate your needs.