Deadline Extended to Apply for Casey Medals


Cover Children and Families?  The deadline for entering the 2010 Casey Medals competition has been extended one week. Entries must be received by 5 p.m. ET on Friday, March 12, 2010.

First-place winners receive $1,000 and will be honored at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. Casey Medal winners are automatically considered for two additional $5,000 awards presented by JCCF’s partner, the America’s Promise Alliance.  To enter, go here.

Plan Now to Attend Region 9 Conference

By Betsy Model, President

Save the Date!  The 2010 Region 9 All-Star Conference is April 9 & 10

The annual SPJ Region 9 – New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah – conference is coming up soon and it’s the perfect opportunity to meet with hundreds of your peers from around the region to tell tales, swap stories, giggle at gossip and, uh, learn stuff.

Workshops ranging in subject from investigative reporting techniques and specialized beat reporting to trips and tricks both in front of and behind the camera are available as are subjects like embedding with troops, newsroom morale and a crash course on social media.  There’s an opportunity to have your resume critiqued by a panel of editors (gulp!) who’ll also share interviewing technique tips and in addition to the annual Mark of Excellence Awards, there will also be presentations by a wonderful line-up of  Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists and this year’s 16th Annual Damon Runyon Award honoree is the famous political satirist P.J. O’Rourke.

The conference is open to all journalists from the four- state region (non-members can attend and they’ll get a one-year membership with their 2-day registration fee) and existing members – both Pro Chapter and Student Chapter – get some seriously deep registration discounts.  More news coming soon including hotel discounts at venues adjacent to the historic Denver Press Club, this year’s venue.  Additional info can be found online at our
host’s chapter site, here.