EIJ14 Call for Programs and Ideas

Are you interested in submitting an idea or program proposal for the Excellence in Journalism 2014 conference, Sept. 4-6 in Nashville? Send us your thoughts!

Call for Programs
If you have an idea for a conference session and are interested in taking part in the convention, please submit your proposal. Use this form to submit specific program proposals with topic, content, and suggested speaker (even if yourself). Deadline for submissions: January 2014.

Call for Conference Ideas
Don’t have a specific program to propose? No problem. Use this form to submit general conference topics and speakers you’d like to see without specific program titles or descriptions. The conference programming committee will use this feedback to develop specific programs.

Information from SPJ National website, http://www.spj.org/.


Hiott named new editor of Austin’s Statesman

From the Statesman:

Debbie Hiott, who began her career at the American-Statesman as a reporting intern while in college, was named editor of the newspaper Tuesday.

“Debbie is a hard-hitting and homegrown newswoman whose brilliant career at the Statesman has seen her rise from entry-level reporter to the top journalism job in the building,” Statesman Publisher Jane Williams said Tuesday.

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.

Eagle, Advocate, Patel, Pool big local winners from Texas AP Managing Editors

Reporter Vimal Patel, photographer Smiley N. Pool, the Bryan-College Station Eagle and the Victoria Advocate have won wheelbarrows full of honors from the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors annual journalism contest.

In the Eagle‘s circulation category, Patel won star reporter of the year as well as star investigative reporter of the year, along with an honorable mention for star breaking news report of the year and a first-place award for best short feature.

For the Houston Chronicle‘s circulation category, Pool won star photojournalist of the year, star online report of the year, and a first-place award for general news photo. He also won two second-place awards and two third places.

Meanwhile, the Eagle and the Advocate each took seven first-place awards.

The Chron and the Beaumont Enterprise also did very well, each taking five first place awards also with numerous seconds, thirds and honorable mentions. The Galveston Daily News took three first-places and the Clute Facts took two firsts.

Winning at least one first-place honor were the Baytown Sun, the Conroe Courier and La Voz.

The Chron has the complete list of winners.

Houston TV stations clean up in AP broadcasters’ contest; KHOU takes eight first-places

Houston’s television stations cleaned up in the 2011 Texas Associated Press Broadcasters’ contest.

Here’s a look at who won what first-place awards:

KHOU-Channel 11: Newscast; news anchor or anchor team, Christine Haas; spot story-individual; series, Mark Greenblatt and Keith Tomshe’s “Corporations Helping Crooks”; reporter, Kevin Reece; feature editing-general news; online special content, radiation and Houston water supply report; and morning newscast.

KRIV-Channel 26: Weathercast, Jim Seibert; light feature; specialty or beat reporting, Greg Groogan, Mark Muller and Matt Matejka for “Kids’ School”;

KPRC-Channel 2: Website.

For a complete list of all the first- and second-place winners (and honorable mentions), check out the TAPB website.

Houston police chief performs CPR on, revives photographer at press conference

Houston Police Chief Charles McClelland may have saved the life of photographer Tony Morris, who collapsed during a press conference Friday. He was later giving the thumbs-up sign as his stretcher was pulled into a waiting ambulance. Video below from Chron.com, or check out this report from ABC 13’s Miya Shay.