Would you like to be more involved in SPJ-Alabama Pro?

Our chapter elects new officers annually, and that means it’s time for us to bid farewell to current president Meredith Cummings and welcome VP/president elect Carla Jean Whitley to the role.

That also means it’s time to select officers for the other positions. Would you like to serve our chapter as VP/president elect, secretary or treasurer? Email Carla Jean–cjATcarlajeanwhitleyDOTcom— by Aug. 5 to express your interest. Are you interested in being more involved but not quite ready to be an officer? Email us and indicate you’re interested in serving on the chapter’s board of directors. You must be a professional (not student) member of SPJ to run for office. Officers serve for one year or until a successor is elected. If multiple people express interest in these positions, we’ll hold an election. Otherwise, we’ll appoint those interested.

Speaking of, Excellence in Journalism–SPJ’s annual conference in partnership with RTNDA and NAJA–is in New Orleans Sept. 18-20. Registration fees increase after Aug. 4, so hop to it! Both CJ and Meredith would be happy to talk your ear off about why this conference is a must-attend event. (Seriously. We can talk. A lot.)Take a look at this year’s programming here. It’s only $230 for members if you sign up by Aug. 4, so seriously, what are you waiting for? We could carpool!

SPJ will review proposed bylaw amendments at EIJ. We have one delegate to represent our chapter, and in order to present the desires of the chapter, we’ll need your feedback. Review the proposed amendments here, and then let us know what you think here.

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SPJ Passes New Code of Ethics at Excellence in Journalism Conference

At the #EIJ14 Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, a new ethics code for SPJ was adopted. Over the course of a year, our own Dr. Chris Roberts helped to rewrite the code. He shared his thoughts on his own blog about the process. In case you missed it, SPJ has a recap of events. We hope you plan to join us next year for EIJ in Orlando!

Stay tuned for information about upcoming Alabama Pro Chapter officer elections, as well as events in your area. Need help, got an idea or want to share? Email SPJ Alabama Pro Chapter President at mccummings1@ua.edu or Tweet her @merecummings.

Joel Achenbach talks Deepwater Horizon on Studio SPJ podcast

The Alabama Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists hosted the April 26, 2011 episode of Studio SPJ, a podcast featuring conversations between journalists, with special guest Joel Achenbach, a Washington Post reporter who covered the BP oil leak for the Post and now has a book out about the disaster.

The book, “A Hole at the Bottom of the Sea,” begins in the hours leading up to the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon drilling platform and covers the entire scope of the efforts to cap the well, as well as the political machinations and fallout from the event.

He also addresses the process of covering an unprecedented news event and what the future might hold in our highly-engineered society. Dennis Pillion, president of the Alabama Pro Chapter, served as moderator. You can listen to the entire podcast below.

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Studio SPJ podcast with Joel Achenbach moved to Tuesday, April 26

The Studio SPJ podcast with Washington Post reporter Joel Achenbach has been rescheduled for Tuesday, April 26 at 2 p.m. Eastern.

Achenbach is the author of “A Hole at the Bottom of the Sea – The Race to Kill the BP Oil Gusher” and five other books.

His latest book tells the story of the tragic April 20, 2010 explosion that killed 11 men and sent millions of gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico from the huge drilling rig called Deepwater Horizon.

Achenbach started the Washington Post’s first blog, Achenblog, and has worked on the newspaper’s national Style magazine and Outlook staffs. He regularly contributes science articles to National Geographic.

A native of Gainesville, Florida and a 1982 graduate of Princeton University, he lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife and three children.

This episode is sponsored by the Alabama Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Chapter President Dennis Pillion will serve as moderator.

To listen to the program live or later as a podcast, go to:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/spj/2011/04/22/studio-spj-with-joel-achenbach

To call into the program live with a question, dial (347) 857-2441

Studio SPJ is a 30-minute Internet radio program that features interviews with journalists.

Join us Friday for a podcast with author Joel Achenbach

Shortly after the one-year anniversary of the BP oil spill, Studio SPJ will feature an interview with a Washington Post reporter who has written a new book about the environmental catastrophe.

Joel Achenbach, author of “A Hole at the Bottom of the Sea – The Race to Kill the BP Oil Gusher” will be our guest on Friday, April 22 at 2 p.m. Eastern.

The book tells the story of the tragic April 20, 2010 explosion that killed 11 men and sent millions of gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico from the huge drilling rig called Deepwater Horizon.

Achenbach started the Washington Post’s first blog, Achenblog, and has worked on the newspaper’s national Style magazine and Outlook staffs. He regularly contributes science articles to National Geographic.

A native of Gainesville, Florida and a 1982 graduate of Princeton University, he lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife and three children.

This episode is sponsored by the Alabama Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Chapter President Dennis Pillion will serve as moderator.

To listen to the program live or later as a podcast, go to:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/spj/2011/04/22/studio-spj-with-joel-achenbach

To call into the program live with a question, dial (347) 857-2441

Studio SPJ is a 30-minute Internet radio program that features interviews with journalists.