The William O. Douglas SPJ Pro Chapter is having a question and answer session with local media, mental health professionals and advocates on how the media reports on mental illness. The event is scheduled for 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 23 at the Richland Public Library, 955 Northgate Dr.
The program is free and open the public.
Barbara Mead, Vice President of Behavioral Health at Lourdes Medical Center
Nan Bopp, President of the Tri-City chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
Ken Robertson, Former Tri-City Herald Executive Editor.
Whitney Ward, KEPR TV news anchor.
Those who attend are asked to bring a nonperishable food to donate to the Tri-Cities Food Banks.
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Get tips on how to access public records and use them to produce record-based stories from a Freedom of Information expert.
SPJ’s Ian Marquand will provide strategies for getting public records to help improve your reporting and how to overcome denials and exorbitant copy fees.
The program is at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17 at the Union-Bulletin, 112 S. First Ave., Walla Walla.
There’s no cost for journalists to attend. The only requirement is to RSVP by Aug. 10 by emailing spjwod.org.
Space is limited, so don’t delay!
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The chapter is now accepting applications for the Laurie J. Williams Scholarship. The scholarship, worth $500, is given annually to any student from Eastern Washington majoring in journalism at any college or university.
The application can be downloaded by clicking here.
The deadline for this year’s scholarship is June 15, 2012.
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We had a great turnout and an informative discussion at the Open Government Forum at the Richland Public Library on March 15.
The crowd, which included a mix of elected officials and public employees, came armed with questions and left better informed.
A big thanks goes out again to our panelists, Rebecca Francik, Pasco mayor pro tem; Galt Pettett, Richland School District general counsel; and Tim Ford, open goverment ombudsman with the state Attorney General’s Office.
The chapter also would like to thank the Tri-City Herald and Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business for sponsoring the event.
We’d also like to thank those who brought donations for the Tri-Cities Food Bank.
Here’s a copy of the handout provided by Tim Ford at the March 15th Open Government Forum. It provides information on how to contact him, the Sunshine Committee and a Legislative update.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )
Municipalities, county governments and school districts work hard to be smart with taxpayers’ money, keep streets clean and clear and educate the next generation.
But it’s important for the public to be aware of what’s going on to ensure those in the know are doing what’s right.
Find out about how to get access to public records, understand what should be discussed in public meetings, and get answers to other questions about the state’s Public Records Act and Open Public Meetings Act.
A free forum is from 7-8:30 p.m. March 15 in the Gallery Room at the Richland Public Library, 955 Northgate Drive.
Tim Ford, open government ombudsman for the state Attorney General’s Office, will be part of a three-member panel discussion.
Joining him are Galt Pettett, general counsel for the Richland School District, and Rebecca Francik, Pasco City Council’s mayor pro tem.
The panelists will talk about their experiences — both the good and bad — answer questions about what works and what could work better, and discuss how to balance public interest and access to government with dwindling government resources.
The program is organized by the William O. Douglas Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists as part of Sunshine Week.
It is sponsored by the Tri-City Herald and the Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business.
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Want to get an inside look at how the New York Times runs?
Join us for SPJ Movie Night, where we’ll be showing the documentary, Page One: Inside the New York Times.
Like the title says, it gives an unprecedented look inside the New York Times newsroom by following reporters and editors at the paper for a year.
So join the fun at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 16, at the Union Street branch of the Mid-Columbia Library, 1620 S. Union Street in Kennewick.
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