Friday, December 7, 2012
We're looking forward to hosting this conference and showing the region how much talent there is in South Central Texas. National, local and state-wide experts will be present, and our goal is to make sure you can take the knowledge you learn back to your workplace.
Sign up now to lock in the early bird rate ($100 for non-members, $90 for members, $50 for students), and reserve your room at the Marriott Plaza San Antonio by April 3 to take advantage of our discounted group rate of $139, plus tax. The early bird registration rate increases April 29.
See you soon!
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
We've had a great few months together, from the first event featuring Rick Casey to Gridiron and happy hours, and we're looking forward to many more. Members, potential members, media community supporters: Please let us know if you can make it, we'd love to see you!
516 Brooklyn Ave.
5:30 - 7:30 p.m., 11/29
Monday, October 22, 2012
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
We see the images every day - scantily-clad women, young girls' faces caked in make-up, female role models whose brawn is focused upon much more than their brains. But how does the media's portrayal of females affect the lives of girls?
Miss Representation, an award-winning documentary written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, explores that issue. Through interviews with teenagers, the audience sees how stereotypes about women continue to thrive in the media and worm their ways inside of girls' minds, changing the way they see themselves. Expert interviews with members of the media and politicians (Condoleezza Rice, Margaret Cho, Nancy Pelosi, Rosario Dawson, Katie Couric and Lisa Ling, to name a few) drive the point home - although these images surround us every day, many of us have become immune to them.
Join the San Antonio chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists for a movie night on the International Day of the Girl, Oct. 11. We'll open up Room 101 of the Longwith Radio Television Film building on the San Antonio College campus around 6 p.m. and start the film at 6:30 p.m. A short discussion will follow.
This event is free to members and students, and a suggested $5 donation will be collected at the door for all others. Space is limited, so please RSVP.
Sunday, September 9, 2012
Last night's Gridiron show was a fantastic success. We're still counting cash, but it looks like we'll be able to hand out about $8,500 in scholarships from the money we raised in ticket sales. Revenue from the ads we sold in the program cover costs of running the show, which add up.
|Gridiron 2012 cast preforms show finale. Photo by Colleen Pence|
We filled the Watson Fine Arts Center with an engaged, entertained audience and had a blast. There are so many people and organizations to thank, but at the top of my list are: the San Antonio Express-News, for printing the programs; Joaquin Herrera, for designing the show's logo, tickets and program; co-producers Nora Lopez and David Elizondo, the SPJ board, video-masterminds and the cast and crew - including police Chief William McManus and county Judge Nelson Wolff - who sacrificed time, money and maybe a little dignity; our extremely talented director Gloria "G.L." Liu and the staff at the Watson center who were insanely accommodating. Without Starline Costumes, we'd have had no squirrels...or Mayan costumes or fedoras or so many other props and outfits.
Thank you also to the audience for supporting Gridiron. We will be selling DVDs of the show in the near future, and if you're interested in a copy, email Eva Ruth (firstname.lastname@example.org). Our videos now live on a YouTube channel, so feel free to share them. I've posted the Mayor's iPhone video below.
We can't wait to make next year's show even better.
-Eva Ruth Moravec
Saturday, September 8, 2012
-Eva Ruth Moravec
Sunday, September 2, 2012
It's obvious that we're having a blast getting ready for this year's Gridiron show...but one thing is still missing: YOU!
As Sept. 8 approaches, I just wanted to remind everyone that ticket prices go up at the door. To lock in the $20 rate (quit your complainin', money goes towards scholarships for journalism students), buy online. We'll also be raffling off a Kindle Fire during Act II, but you must be present to win.
If you're uncomfortable with buying things online but still want to take advantage of the pre-sale rate, there are plenty of cast members who have tickets for sale for cash or check. Send me an email (email@example.com) to work out the details. T-shirts will be sold at the show for $10, cash or check-only.
It's been a while since the hilarious, media-written/produced/preformed Gridiron show took the stage, so please help us spread the word and remind people what a great time it is! We'd love to fill the Watson Fine Arts Center theater, a lovely facility on the St. Philip's College campus at 1801 Martin Luther King Drive, and can't wait to see you there!
Make sure you keep an eye on our YouTube channel for special multimedia surprises.
-Eva Ruth Moravec
Friday, August 10, 2012
|Professor Joey Senat speaks to journalists Thursday night.|
Saturday, August 4, 2012
In honor of our first day of rehearsals, I wanted to spread the word about our upcoming Gridiron show, "Rumor Has It." The show parodies local and national news, and newsmakers, and it will leave you in absolute stitches.
Please, get your tickets today and let others know about the hilarity that is Gridiron - it's been five years, there are undoubtedly tons of people in San Antonio who've never seen a show. Remember, proceeds benefit scholarships for journalism students.
We're looking forward to entertaining you!
Sunday, July 29, 2012
Bring your notepads and questions to Access Across America II, a national SPJ program hosted by the San Antonio Express-News and featuring OSU School of Media and Strategic Communications professor Joey Senat. The FREE program, which lasts two hours, focuses on how to access public records and will include ideas for record-based stories, how to make requests more efficient and how to avoid denials and steep fees.
Introducing Professor Senat will be Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Mike Leary, the new executive editor for the SAE-N, who takes the newsroom's helm Aug. 6. Leary comes from the Philadelphia Inquirer, where he most recently was the deputy managing editor of news and investigations.
WHEN: Aug.9, 6-8 p.m.
WHERE: Meeting room at Express-News' HR building, 3rd Street at North Alamo Street
Sunday, July 22, 2012
Now we need YOU - those who dance, act and sing.
Gridiron's getting hot, don't miss your chance to strike
Cast call's at Blue Star at noon, 7/28, bring anyone you'd like!
Translation: We need people to act, dance and sing in both the live Gridiron show on 9/8 and participate in videos to be shot in advance. If you haven't heard, we're reviving the vaudeville-like live musical that pokes fun at local, state and national newsmakers, issues and events. Come by the Blue Star Brewing Co., 1414 S. Alamo St., at noon on Saturday, July 28, to read a script and find a part just for you.
Fine Print: Rehearsals in August and September will be mostly in the back room at the Blue Star Brewing Co. If you can't make it Saturday but still want to participate, email Eva Ruth (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Monday, June 18, 2012
We'd like to add two positions - a radio chair and a freelance chair - to a board that includes newspaper reporters, an editor, an academic and a TV news producer. We want to make sure we're appealing to all of our members in San Antonio, and we feel that by adding someone with freelance experience and someone who's worked professionally in radio, we can do that better.
The group meets monthly, and members typically volunteer to take responsibility for events, programming and other business evenly. Our monthly meetings are 1-2 hours.
Candidates must be active SPJ members, and we'd prefer it if you're enthusiastic, creative and reliable. If this sounds like something you'd like to do, please email Eva Ruth (email@example.com) with your name, contact information and a sentence or two about the perspective you'd bring to the board and why you are interested in joining our Mötley Crüe by July 6.
Thursday, June 14, 2012
As you may know, San Antonio's SPJ chapter has done about two decades worth of Gridiron Shows in our community to benefit college scholarships for students interested in journalism. Our show has been on hiatus for a few years, but as previously stated, it will live again this year. We’re nearly done securing a venue and plan to take the stage in early September.
Gridiron shows poke fun at local, state and national newsmakers and issues in our community. We strive to have good clean fun and entertain our audiences with performances by local media portraying various public figures in a humorous light. So, if you think you have some material that might be amusing, entertaining, sarcastic, or even downright irreverent, then please send us your work. Since we all have to make a living in this city, the identities of contributors will be protected.
- Be creative and have fun!
- Don’t be too mean or cruel. Our sources and subjects are people too.
- Please submit your scripts in 14 pt. Arial font.
- Include the following information at the top of the skit: suggested title, characters, scene or setting, and any music that may be needed.
This year, we are also accepting video submissions. These must be fully produced products that can range in length from 30 seconds to three minutes. If you are interested in submitting a video for the show, please send us a few sentences about the concept no later than August 1. Final video submissions are due by August 13.
All material is subject to approval and editing by the script committee and producers - submission is not a guarantee that your material will make the show. Please send entries to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
If so, take advantage of a discounted SPJ membership - up to three years after walking across the stage, national dues for post-grads are $37.50 annually, HALF of the regular professional membership dues. Recent grads joining SPJ also have the opportunity to pay $75 for a three-year membership.
Memberships also make great gifts! SPJ fights for its members to ensure freedom of information laws and First Amendment rights are upheld, and national and local programming keeps professionals in the know. Members may also tap into a treasure trove of Web-based training and other resources on SPJ's website, and they'll receive six editions a year of the organization's magazine, Quill.
Oh yeah, and grads especially will appreciate the SPJ Job Bank, updated regularly.
Local fees for all members of the San Antonio Pro chapter are $10.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
SPJ President John Ensslin recently wrote to members and said that while the investigation into the unauthorized transactions from the Oklahoma Pro chapter's account continues, candidates are being sought to fill the regional director post "on an interim basis until September's election."
At that point, during the national Excellence in Journalism conference, members will be able to elect someone for the full two-year term, Ensslin's letter states. The regional director oversees 11 student and 4 professional chapters in Texas and Oklahoma, and represents those chapters on the national board.
Interested? Please contact Hagit Limor at email@example.com by June 9. SPJ's board of directors will select an interim Region 8 director at a meeting on June 16.
Thursday, May 17, 2012
According to the chapter’s news release, Cooper's resignation followed the chapter's discovery that more than $40,000 in unauthorized withdrawals had been made after chapter leadership was notified that checks were being returned due to insufficient funds.
The Oklahoman reported that Cooper referred all questions to his attorney, Ed Blau.
“My client deeply regrets his actions as detailed in the Oklahoma SPJ statement,” Blau told The Oklahoman. “Words cannot express the embarrassment and remorse my client feels as a result of his mistakes.”
A statement issued by SPJ President John Ensslin said he's appointed a three-person committee to conduct a fact-finding investigation and help chapters improve procedures to avoid a similar incident in the future.
Meanwhile, potential candidates are being solicited by national staff to fill the vacancy on an interim basis. The Oklahoma chapter's award contest will continue, and actions have been taken to protect SPJ assets, the chapter's release states.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
We have had a ton of volunteers for cast, tickets, promotions, set, costumes and music, but one thing we are lacking is someone to lead our advertising sales in the program. Ad sizes and prices will be provided, and the upcoming elections should provide plenty of potential clients.
Interested? Know someone else who might be? Please shoot me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
While pounding the pavement Wednesday on the Southeast Side where a man was shot to death the night before, I came across a woman who really would have helped my story. She heard close to 30 gunshots, we got that far, but I didn't understand her description of a witness hiding in the closet of her shed or the condition of the dead man's 1-year-old daughter, who witnessed the shooting from inside a parked SUV.
I'm embarrassed to say that after living in South Central Texas nearly all of my life, my Spanish is horrendous. Even Will Ferrell rolls his "R's" better than I do. So I ask you blog readers, do you wish you could habla? Would you help pay for and take a Spanish-for-journalists class?
Thanks for your insight.
-Eva Ruth Moravec
Monday, April 2, 2012
For those who may not know, it's a highly entertaining live parody of local and national news events, preformed in short skits by members of the media and wrapped into a performance put on to raise money for scholarships that SPJ hands out each year.
Think "Saturday Night Live" meets "Cornyation." But not necessarily in drag.
While many details are still in the works, we do know we'll have Gridiron either Aug. 31-Sept. 1 or Sept. 7-8, most likely an open dress rehearsal on Friday night and the big shebang on Saturday. We also know that we need a ton of help.
A very experienced team of writers has been formed, but they need your skits. Please submit any ideas to David Elizondo (email@example.com). To help with any of the other committees, which include ad sales, cast, music, promotion and tickets, please email Eva Ruth Moravec (firstname.lastname@example.org). All ideas will be considered but please don't get offended if your suggestion doesn't make it to the stage.
Still can't wrap your head around this whole Gridiron concept? Check out this circa-2000 clip of a fake car dealership commercial, starring cast member Mark Carillo.
Sunday, April 1, 2012
Along with adding about 10 new members, we gave out some drool-worthy door prizes, sipped scrumptious cocktails and mingled with other members of the Alamo City media. To become a member of SPJ, click here. Please watch this space for interesting and relative media news, in addition to chapter announcements and local musings.
The board has some very exciting and thought-provoking programming planned for the next few months, including the ever-popular Gridiron (late August/early September), and we've been asked to host next year's Region 8 SPJ conference (next Spring).
Want to volunteer for Gridiron? Send your name, contact info and preferred committee (music, props, costumes, cast, tickets, promotion) to email@example.com.
We're looking forward to a spectacular year!
SA SPJ board:
Eva Ruth Moravec, President
Vianna Davila, VP of Membership
Jennifer McInnis, VP of Programming
Jerry Townsend, Treasurer
Samuel Belilty, Broadcast chair
Nora Lopez, Gridiron chair