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SPJ Leads | 2/29/2012
Remembering fallen journalists

By Abby Henkel, SPJ Communications Department


REMEMBERING FALLEN JOURNALISTS. The past few weeks have been rough for journalists in Syria, not to mention Syrian citizens themselves. We mourn their loss, but will always be grateful for the trails they have blazed and the information they've uncovered for the world.

SPJ President John Ensslin writes about this loss in his latest blog post, "The cruelest month: Mourning journalists killed in Syria." International Journalism Committee member Butler Cain has been sharing news and analysis on the committee's blog here. The Committee to Protect Journalists keeps a list of murdered journalists, including any confirmed information on motives and killers.

WORK FOR SPJ: JOB OPENING. SPJ is seeking a candidate to fill its yearlong Communications Post-Graduate Internship for media, writing, marketing and public relations efforts. The ideal candidate should be a recent graduate (bachelor's or master's) with prior internship or student media experience in communications and/or journalism. We're looking for someone to help put SPJ in the media spotlight and assist in growing the organization and serving Society members.

The full-time position, based in Indianapolis, includes competitive salary, excellent benefits and paid leave. Anticipated start date is June 4 and will last one year.

Read the job description and please spread the word. Application deadline is 5 p.m. ET, April 2, 2012. Contact Abby Henkel with questions at

OAKLAND MAYOR & POLICE HOLD TALK WITH JOURNALISTS. Some of the most notable incidents of the Occupy movement have happened in Oakland, Calif., including the arrest or detainment of at least twelve journalists in January. In an effort to address the treatment of journalists at these protests, Mayor Jean Quan and staff met with SPJ NorCal chapter president Liz Enochs, First Amendment lawyer Geoffrey King, Sarah Steffens of the Newspaper Guild-CWA, and Susan Mernit, publisher of the Oakland Local.

Those at the meeting discussed police treatment of journalists and the issue of press credentials, among other things. Read more about the meeting.

REGIONAL SPRING CONFERENCES. Believe it or not, spring is just around the corner. Just as exciting as the promise of flower buds and baby birds is the prospect of professional training and networking at one of 12 SPJ regional conferences.

Take a look at this list to find your conference, then make sure you register for your spot!

Holly Edgell, chairwoman of the Membership Committee, provides solid reasons for attending a spring conference.

FREE TRAVEL TO N.Y. CONFERENCE. Yes, that really says "free." Megabus has graciously offered to provide free bus tickets for people attending the Region 1 conference (March 23-24 in Stony Brook, N.Y.). Megabus has stops all over the U.S., from Boston to Omaha. Be sure to act quickly, because they're only giving away 50 tickets. Find more information here, and contact Region 1 if you're interested in this offer.

SCRIPPS LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE: APPLY BY MARCH 15. The Ted Scripps Leadership Institute helps chapter presidents learn how to be successful leaders by offering a mix of sessions focused on interpersonal and organizational leadership skills, as well as sound chapter management practices.

Chapter presidents serving for the 2012-13 term are encouraged to apply. Accepted attendees will be asked to contribute only $100 toward their tuition, which covers travel, lodging and meals.

Read more about the program, and apply online by the deadline, March 15.

SPJ REPORTERS INSTITUTE: APPLY BY MARCH 15. Created just for journalists in their first three years on the job, the SPJ Reporters Institute is three full days packed with hands-on training, essential reporting skills and hobnobbing with your peers. Read the complete Institute program here.

When: June 10-13

Where: Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Cost: $300 plus travel

Deadline: March 15. Apply online.

JOB SEARCH HELP. If you're on the hunt for a new job, here are some resources we're happy to offer to members:

Job Bank
Freelancer Directory
SPJ blog post: Interview with a station hiring manager What's he looking for in an applicant?

SPJ BLOGS NETWORK. Latest updates to the SPJ Blogs Network:

From Utah to Guatemala and back by McKenzie Romero, president of the Southern Utah University chapter
Broadcast job hunt: Getting down to the nitty-gritty by Gen J Committee member Jacqueline Ingles
March-ing toward membership: 'Tis the season for SPJ spring conferences by Membership Committee chair Holly Edgell
The cruelest month: Mourning journalists killed in Syria by President John Ensslin
Your worry-free way to hosting a journalism event by Gen J Committee member Ryan Broussard
The promise and problem with Pinterest by Digital Media Committee member David Sheets
When war reporters are the targets by International Journalism committee member Butler Cain

SPJ NATIONAL AWARDS. SPJ honors outstanding journalists and educators each year with a number of national awards. Consider nominating someone you know for one of the following national or member awards.

National SPJ awards:

Fellows of the Society
Historic Sites in Journalism
Distinguished Teaching in Journalism Award
First Amendment Award
Sunshine Award
Ethics in Journalism Award

SPJ member awards:

Wells Memorial Key
David L. Eshelman Outstanding Campus Adviser Award
Howard S. Dubin Outstanding Pro Member Award
Julie Galvan Outstanding Graduate in Journalism Award
Regional Director of the Year

AAJA MEDIA ADVISORY. In response to the recent wave of factual inaccuracies and poor word choice in coverage of NBA player Jeremy Lin, the Asian American Journalists Association produced a resource to guide journalists in appropriate coverage of race and race-related issues. These tips are helpful in writing stories on Lin and Asian Americans, but are useful no matter who or what you're covering. Read AAJA's tips here.

WORKING PRESS: INTERN AT EIJ12. SPJ is seeking 12 interns for The Working Press, a daily tabloid newspaper and online news site, who will cover Excellence in Journalism 2012. Collegiate student reporters, editors, photographers and designers are invited to apply for these select positions. Accepted interns receive complimentary conference registration and hotel lodging, and must be available in Ft. Lauderdale Sept. 19-23.

Find out what it's like to be a TWP intern. Applications must be emailed or postmarked by April 19. Members and non-members are welcome to apply.

HIGH SCHOOL ESSAY CONTEST: MARCH 8. In SPJ's effort to improve and protect journalism, we know it's important to encourage an appreciation for press freedom in youth. The High School Essay Contest gets students thinking about the importance of independent news media and free speech. Bonus: The top three winners receive scholarships.

Topic: "Why is it important that we have news media that are independent of the government?"

Please encourage the high school students you know to enter an essay. Make sure they know the deadline is Friday, March 8. You'll be contributing to an ever more informed public.

JOURNALISM LAW CRASH COURSE. Loyola Law School, Los Angeles is accepting applications until Monday, March 5 for its seventh-annual Journalist Law School fellowship, a four-day crash course on constitutional, civil and criminal law taught by law professors, jurists and attorneys. Fellowships will be competitively awarded to 35 journalists and will cover instruction, lodging, meals and one-half of travel expenses for the May 30-June 2 workshop. More than 200 reporters, editors and producers have completed the program since 2006.

Learn more at or by contacting Brian Costello, deputy director of communications, at, 213-736-1444 or 310-902-9560.

DIGITAL JOURNALISM WORKSHOP IN PRAGUE. Modern digital journalism requires both a strong website and a strong presence on social networking platforms. Transitions Online Training is offering a course in digital journalism May 20-25 in Prague. By the end of this course, for both editors and reporters, you will have learned the latest methods in digital journalism, including digital research skills.

You will also learn different digital storytelling techniques -- multimedia, social media, data journalism and crowdsourcing -- and how to choose the right techniques for your projects. You'll learn how to make sure social media work supports your main website, and how to manage output on these multiple platforms. Find more information here.

LAST WEEK'S QUIZ. Rumors are floating that what online (and print) news outlet might establish a TV channel?

Answer: Well, we were looking for "Politico," but apparently several alert readers picked up on other possible news stations in the works. However, only Pauline Repard, reporter for the San Diego Union-Tribune and member of the San Diego Pro chapter, provided an answer that fulfilled the qualifications of the question.

So...congratulations, Pauline! Your answer of the San Diego U-T surprised and impressed our panel of expert judges. We hope you will be as thrilled by your prize as we were by your answer.

THIS WEEK'S QUIZ. What young British singer received a hefty amount of cash this week from the publishers of News of the World, News International?

Submit your answer to Abby Henkel.

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