Here comes the SPJ President–the Mixer–Saturday, Oct. 1!

We are excited that the SPJ national President Lynn Walsh will continue the tradition and make her first visit to a local chapter with us!  The food, adult beverages and fun will happen at two of our members’ home.  Lynn will talk about the SPJ goals for 2016-2017, and she will highlight this past year’s accomplishments.

See the details below:

Where:  Paul & Paula LaRocque’s home; 1301 Sylvan Ct.
Arlington, TX 76012

When:  Saturday, Oct. 1, 6-9 p.m.

Cost: $10 or a dish to share–need to contact Kay Pirtle at pirtlemk@yahoo.com for the list of food/drink items available to bring. We need ice tea, ice, desserts and green salads.

SPJFW Summer Mixer coming to Fort Worth

It’s time for the SPJFW Summer Mixer!  This event features lots of networking opportunities and feasting on Eddye Gallagher’s scrumptious beef brisket, Buddy Jones’ delectable grilled pork tenderloin (Kim Pewitt-Jones’) husband, adult beverages, water, tea, soft drinks and lots of “fixins'” from attendees.

  • When:  Saturday, July 9 from 6-9 p.m.
  • Where:  Paul & Harriet Harrell’s home, 2102 Pembroke Drive, Fort Worth
  • Cost:  $10 per person or a side dish from the list (email Kay Pirtle at pirtlemk@yahoo.com for the list)  If you are not bringing a side dish from the list, you can pay here
  • RSVP:  Please let us know by July 7 if you are coming, so we can have enough drinks and side dishes for everyone. 

Please join us for this networking event with no agenda other than fun socializing. 

Google News Lab event draws more than 70 pros, students

Some Washington Post journalists gathered information through Google’s News Lab for an article about how Star Wars Darth Vader and the Jaws shark ranked higher in the polls than any Republican presidential candidates.  SPJ/Google trainer Sammaruddin Stewart used this as one of his examples during a workshop about using Google’s online toolbox for journalists Saturday morning at UT Arlington.

The workshop included training about information that can be gathered for news and feature articles as well as for communication campaigns and graphic design through News Lab such as public data, trends and surveys. These are available in moving charts, graphs and other useful graphics.

About 70 students and professionals attended the two-hour workshop, and some said they were so excited about the training, they are ready to attend another one–but they want more next time–an all-day event.

Google News Lab Event attendees focused on learning the new tools Photos by Yamil Berard

Google News Lab Event attendees including UTA Communication Department faculty member Julian Rodriguez, TCC Director of Student Publications Eddye Gallagher and UTA Director of Student Publications Beth Francesco focused on learning the new tools.   Photo by Yamil Berard

SPJ Fort Worth and the Hispanic Communicators of DFW, the local chapter of NAHJ, co-sponsored the free event locally.  This is the second event held in the Metroplex as part of a series of workshops provided free to SPJ and NAHJ chapters throughout the country. The first was sponsored by HCDFW in March.

 

 

See video highlights of this event on our Facebook page–click here.

Professionals and students came from many areas of the Metroplex for this event such as TCU Center for Community Journalism Director Dr. Tommy Thomason. Photo by Yamil Berard.

Professionals and students came from many areas of the Metroplex for this event such as TCU Center for Community Journalism Director Dr. Tommy Thomason. Photo by Yamil Berard