Thursday, November 12, 2009

Call for entries announced for SPJ’s annual Sigma Delta Chi Awards in journalism

The Society of Professional Journalists is pleased to announce it is accepting entries for the Sigma Delta Chi Awards, a contest that recognizes the best in the journalism profession. The SDX Awards honor excellence in print, radio, television, newsletters, photography, online and research. The awards program dates back to 1932 when the Society first honored six individuals for contributions to journalism.

NEW THIS YEAR: Entrants can submit their work online. The new format allows journalists to enter their work easily and efficiently.

To be eligible for SDX Awards, work must have been published or broadcast during the 2009 calendar year. SPJ members may enter the SDX Awards for $60. The non-member fee is $100. Winners will be honored at the 2010 SPJ Convention & National Journalism Conference in Las Vegas Oct. 3-6. Contest rules and categories can be found here.

The entry deadline is Feb. 12, 2010. Visit the SPJ Awards site for more information and to enter.

Direct questions to Awards Coordinator Lauren Rochester at (317) 927-8000 ext. 210 or in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi, SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to a well-informed citizenry; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and protects First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. For more information about SPJ, please visit
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Saturday, November 7, 2009

Teen Tackles Unusual "Job" - Writes Book Featuring Vanishing Towns of Rural Georgia

While other teens hope for a high school job bagging groceries or working in a local retail outlet, Andy Kite has done something unusual. He spent his entire summer traveling to small towns in rural Georgia, interviewing long-time residents, and photographing each town's most interesting sites. Each trip began with a visit to the local public library, and research continued after returning home. This "job" produced the book, Vanishing Towns of Rural Georgia (2009 Andy Kite) which is out today.

Vanishing Towns of Rural Georgia is a history and photography book. It is aimed at people of any age who enjoy small town Americana. Carefully written, photographed, edited, and entirely produced by this 16 year-old, the book highlights 14 "dying" Georgia towns including Auroria, Boneville, Buckhead, Chauncey, Cohutta, Culloden, DeSoto, Elko, Kite, Newton, Norristown, Omaha, Penfield, and Sharon. The book contains detailed information, historic anecdotes, and photographs of what these places are like today. It portrays the author's deep love of and curiosity about the rural South.

Andy Kite is an eleventh grade student at Etowah High School in Cherokee County, Georgia. He also attends Kennesaw State University in the Joint Enrollment Honors Program. Andy is available for interviews and may be contacted at the numbers above.

Books are available for individual or bulk purchase from:

Indigo Publishing Group, LLC
Henry S. Beers, Publisher
435 Second Street, Suite 320
Macon GA 31201
Vanishing Towns of Rural Georgia
ISBN: (13 digit) 978-1-934144-64-0
(10 digit) 1-934144-64-9
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