Sunday, July 29, 2012

Meet the new E-N editor and open those records

Interested in how you can better utilize public records?

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.

Mike Leary
Refreshments will be provided. This event is open to both SPJ members and non-members, but please let us know you're coming by RSVP'ing here.

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

GRIDIRON cast call

The scripts are ready and Sept. 8 is approaching,
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 (

Monday, July 2, 2012

Mark your calendars!

SA Journalists! We know you’re quite busy enjoying these lazy days of summer, but there are A LOT of SPJ San Antonio events on the horizon -- and we want you to be there. Why? Because we want you to be part of this growing organization, and it will be fun, and there will be drinks and satire and, whoa, let's get to the details. 

July 12 – SPJ San Antonio Happy Hour, Part 2
Our last happy hour was a great success, so we wanted to toast SA journalists yet again. Join us from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 12, at Bar 1919 at the Blue Star Arts Complex, underneath Joe Blue’s. The bar is extending happy hour especially for us: $1 off all 19 draft beers, $1 off all well drinks, and several cocktails on special. Oh, and did I mention our wonderful conversation? This event is open to everyone -- especially anyone interested in becoming a member of SPJ San Antonio. Contact VP of membership Vianna Davila ( or email for details about joining the organization.

August 16 -- Screening, "Miss Representation"
Join us at San Antonio College for a screening of Jennifer Siebel Newsom's documentary "Miss Representation" about the media's portrayals of women, and how that has led to an underrepresentation of women in positions of power.  More details to follow, but a discussion is planned after the event. The screening is FREE!
Learn more about the film here:

Sept. 8 -- GRIDIRON!!!
San Antonio media veterans, are you weeping with joy? We thought so. Yes, the rumors are true. Gridiron, San Antonio's scintillating satire show, is back after a too-long hiatus. This time, we're taking the show to St. Philip's College, 1801 Martin Luther King Drive.

In case you're a newbie, here's the Cliff's Notes version: Gridiron is the media's opportunity to poke fun at/roast/skewer our favorite local, state, national and international newsmakers. And usually there's always a few local political celebs who make a guest appearance. 

Plus, it's all for a good cause -- Gridiron proceeds go toward college scholarships for students who want to pursue journalism. 

Side note: We not only want you to join us in the audience, we want you to join us on stage. That's right -- Gridiron is looking for scriptwriters, performers and general enthusiasts who want to be part of this very special San Antonio media tradition. Click here for more details about how to participate. More event details will soon follow.   

AND NOW ON TO 2013....

Mark your calendar with this piece of breaking news. The SPJ regional convention returns to San Antonio next May for the first time in 10 years. This means journalists from across the region (Texas and Oklahoma) will be descending on our fine city for this two day event. We'll be updating you on the program throughout the year, but start planning your trips now.  The wonderful Marriott Plaza in downtown San Antonio will be hosting us. And we can't wait to see you!

If you have a question about any of these events, or if you want to join, or volunteer, email us at And get ready for a great year of events. 

-SPJ San Antonio

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