Top of the Rockies Contest Deadline Pushed Back

If you’ve been putting off getting your entries ready for the Top of the Rockies competition, there’s more time. Here’s a notice from the Colorado Chapter which sponsors the Region 9 competition.

The Colorado Pro Chapter board voted this week to change the deadline for contest entries from Dec. 4 to Dec. 18. Contact Region 9 Director John Ensslin at for more information. Additional information is also available The board also held a meeting Nov. 14. and voted to hand out the Top of the Rockies Awards at a ceremony April 10 during the annual Region 9 Conference to be held in Denver April 9-10. Contest Chair and Region 9 Director John Ensslin said the timing would be tight to get all entries judged by February when the awards ceremony was held last year to coincide with the Colorado Press Association’s conference and awards ceremony. The Top of the Rockies awards ceremony will be moved back to February in 2011.

Ensslin said he expected entry numbers to decrease with the end of the Rocky Mountain News. The Denver Post, for example, will this year spend about half what it did last year on this competition. More than 7,000 emails were sent out, and Ensslin said he had plans to follow up.

For complete information and entry forms, go here. You can read an earlier report on this site here.

Deadline December 1 to Apply for Fellowship

As we announced earlier, the deadline has been extended for a chance to apply for fellowships at the Medill National Security Journalism Initiative at Northwestern University. Now we have word that the deadline has been set for December 1. See the posting below or go here for the official word.

The fellowships include a $45,000 stipend plus benefits for six months for advanced study in the areas of national security, defense and civil liberties. This is a great opportunity, so if it fits your profile, why not go for it?

Nominations Open for 2010 NM Chapter Board

By John Ensslin, SPJ Region 9 Director

Dear New Mexico SPJ members,

Nominations are now open for the board of directors of the New Mexico Pro SPJ chapter.

The following officer positions are open. These are two-year terms:

Vice President (Communications)
Vice President (Development)

There also are six board seats open. These are one-year terms.

You must be an active member on the New Mexico Pro SPJ membership roster to be eligible to run.

Candidates should be prepared to attend one board meeting every other month and carry out committee assignments in between meetings.

Board membership offers an opportunity to work with other journalists on programs, membership and issues involving ethics, diversity, journalism education and freedom of information.

To submit your nomination, please e-mail election chair Deb Hurley at Include a brief biographical statement. Please specify which position you seek.

Deadline for nominations is Dec. 1.