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By Abby Henkel, SPJ Communications Department
SEEKING INTERIM REGION 8 DIRECTOR. As you may have heard, Scott Cooper has resigned his positions as SPJ's Region 8 director and treasurer of the Oklahoma Pro chapter amid allegations of unauthorized use of the Oklahoma Pro chapter's checking account. Read President John Ensslin's statement.
We are soliciting candidates who would be willing to fill the Region 8 director post on an interim basis until September's election, when the region's members will have an opportunity to elect someone to fill the full two-year term. If you are interested in being a candidate for this position, please contact nominations chairwoman Hagit Limor by Saturday, June 9. The national board of directors will select an interim regional director when they meet on Saturday, June 16.
SCHOLARSHIPS TO EIJ12. SPJ and the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation offer several scholarships and fellowships to help people attend the Excellence in Journalism 2012 conference. Deadline for all scholarship applications is June 11.
Terry Harper Memorial Scholarships: Terry Harper, former executive director of SPJ, passed away in 2009 after a two-year battle with brain cancer. In honor of Terry's efforts to improve SPJ and the entire journalism community, the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation set up a memorial fund following his death. This scholarship is available for up to five recipients.
Robert D.G. Lewis First Amendment Award: From the generosity of the Lewis family, the award is given each year to a student SPJ member who has demonstrated outstanding service to the First Amendment through the field of journalism. The award assists a student with his/her attendance to EIJ12.
Diversity Leadership Fellows: This fellowship is an opportunity for SPJ members from underrepresented backgrounds to learn about the inner workings of SPJ through training on the Society's mission, culture and operations. The goal of the program is to increase the participation of diverse SPJ members within national committees and on the national board of directors. The fellowship includes an expense-paid (registration, travel and hotel) trip to the EIJ conference and mentoring sessions with members of the Diversity Committee. SPJ members who come from underrepresented backgrounds (e.g., person of color, LGBT, disabled) are encouraged to apply.
If you have questions, please contact Lauren Rochester at firstname.lastname@example.org or 317-927-8000 ext. 210.
WEIRD JOBS IN MEDIA: WEBINAR. Even in this economy, there are still good jobs for journalists — but in places you might not think to look. In this webinar, students and recent graduates will learn how to find jobs, apply for them, and separate themselves from the competition.
Join us on Wednesday, June 13 at 11 a.m. ET for SPJ's first webinar, hosted by SPJ board member Michael Koretzky. Register by June 1.
Koretzky is Region 3 Director and a former at-large SPJ director. He is a former hiring editor at a Top 50 newspaper company, national website, and international magazine. For the past 15 years, he's also run a weekly media job list in one of the nation's largest markets. Learn all the lessons he had to discover the hard way.
WILL WRITE FOR FOOD. Labor Day weekend will mark the fourth annual Will Write for Food event, when 20 student journalists spend a long weekend reporting on a homeless shelter in south Florida and assembling an entire 24-page newspaper in 36 hours. For more information, including links to last year's staff blogs, click here. Registration information is at the bottom of the page.
SDX AWARDS BANQUET. We hope you can join SPJ and your journalism colleagues for the Sigma Delta Chi Awards Banquet. Please join us July 20 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. A reception begins at 6 p.m., with dinner and awards presentation at 7 p.m. Dress is black-tie optional.
Tickets are $75 and may be purchased here.
The winners of the 2011 SDX Awards are listed here.
SPJ-ONA JOURNCAMP. Friday, May 18 was the first-ever SPJ-ONA JournCamp, held at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication in Phoenix, Ariz. Some 90 journalists came together for a day of training in all areas of digital journalism, many of whom were members taking advantage of the $20 member fee for a full day of training, networking and a tasty breakfast and lunch.
For more info on the event:
— Handouts from the sessions
— Photos on Facebook
— #JournCamp on Twitter
We were thrilled to be a part of this great day of training and look forward to possibly putting on more in the future. If you have ideas for future sessions or cities, please email Scott Leadingham at email@example.com.
CONGRATULATIONS, LUCY DALGLISH! Lucy Dalglish, executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and longtime SPJ member and volunteer leader, has been appointed dean of the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Read more here. Congratulations, Lucy!
WRITING WORKSHOP. The Consortium for Science, Policy, and Outcomes (CSPO) at Arizona State University was recently awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to conduct the second iteration the workshop "To Think, To Write, To Publish," founded on these very ideas.
Writers of all kinds as well as science, innovation and policy scholars are invited to apply to the competitive program where they will learn literary techniques and publish their work in a collection of creative nonfiction essays.
The workshop is an all-expenses-paid, two-part event, offering participants an honorarium upon completion of the program. The first part of the workshop will take place in Washington, D.C. in early October 2012 and the second in Arizona mid-May 2013.
Deadline to apply is June 15, 2012. More information is here.
CORRECTION. Last week's SPJ Leads incorrectly identified the committee name for two blog posts. Here is the corrected version:
— Choice words for harsh times by Generation J Committee member David Brandt
— Can I pique your (P)interest? by Generation J Committee member Victoria Reitano
LAST WEEK'S QUIZ. Who announced this week that he will step down as editor-in-chief of a national non-profit news outlet?
Answer: Paul Steiger will step down as editor of ProPublica.
And the winner is... Andrew Hart, a post-grad member and recent graduate of the University of Washington. Congratulations, Andrew! The fabulous SPJ Leads Quiz Prize™ is finally yours! (Oh, and Andrew: Go Cougs!)
THIS WEEK'S QUIZ. Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway acquired 63 Media General newspapers this week. But what southeastern newspaper was not included in the deal?
Submit your answer to Abby Henkel.