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SPJ Leads | 9/27/2012
New SPJ leadership and EIJ12 recap

By Christine DiGangi, SPJ Communications Department



We're back from Fort Lauderdale, and we have exciting things to share from the Excellence in Journalism Conference! Thanks to everyone who came to the conference, and if you couldn't make it, please be aware of the resources we have posted online. If a session provided a handout, you may download it from the website, and we compiled information from each day on Storify. Don't forget to look at what our student journalists produced with The Working Press and the RTDNA student press, and there's an EIJ12 Pinterest board to explore, too.

If you attended the conference, please remember to fill out the survey you received. Your comments help us create a better experience for you and your convention-attending colleagues.


Thank you to all who participated in the inaugural One Member, One Vote elections. We received 830 votes, which means just more than 11 percent of SPJ members voted.

As a result, SPJ has some new leaders: Dave Cuillier, president-elect; Dana Neuts, secretary-treasurer; Neil Ralson, vice president of campus chapter affairs; Carl Corry, director at-large; Mary Kenney and Meg Wagner, campus representatives;  Kym Fox, re-elected as campus adviser at-large;  Rebecca Baker, Region 1 director; Patricia Gallagher Newberry, Region 4 director;  Susan Stevens, Region 5 director; David Sheets, Region 7 director; Eddye Gallagher, Region 8 director; Donald Meyers, re-elected as Region 9 director.


You can relive Excellence in Journalism by browsing hundreds of pictures from the weekend (or you can live vicariously through them). We had more than 600 entries for the Instagram contest, which can be viewed by searching the hashtag #EIJ12 in the app.

SPJ congratulates Tess Vigeland for winning the EIJ12 Instagram contest and a registration for EIJ13 in Anaheim, Calif.! This is the winning picture.


The Legal Defense Fund live and silent auctions at Excellence in Journalism 2012 generated more than $8,300! Thank you everyone who participated, because your help means we can support journalists defend press freedoms.


The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research announced a new, one-year journalism fellowship that will focus on the economics of aging and work. The 12-month residential fellowship is at the headquarters of NORC at the University of Chicago.

Ray Boyer of the research center says the fellow will have the opportunity to write stories for the Associated Press on issues related to the aging American workforce, learn research-based enterprise reporting, work with economists at the University of Chicago and participate in an original NORC survey on retirement-planning. Read the full announcement.


The SPJ San Diego Pro chapter hosted a forum on the "dos and don'ts" of covering suicide Sept. 13, during Suicide Prevention Week. Ken Stone, a member of the chapter, shares some tips:

Suicide prevention experts said reporters should not suggest a single precipitating cause or give details of the suicide method. They also encouraged reporters to include warning signs and crisis hotlines in coverage of suicide.


"The Places We've Been: Field Reports from Travelers Under 35" seeks non-fiction submissions from writers 35 and younger. The deadline is Oct. 15 and the maximum word count is 5,000 words. For more information, visit the publication's website.


In 2012 so far, there are 38 confirmed deaths of journalists. Which country is the deadliest for journalists this year?

Answer: Syria. Here are the numbers.

Ana-Klara Anderson! Ana-Klara is a litigation associate in Tampa, Fla., with Thomas & LoCicero, which focuses on business litigation, media and intellectual property law. Congratulations.


Name the publication that this week quoted non-existent students in a story on the college bar scene.

Submit your answer to Christine DiGangi.

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