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SPJ Leads | 10/4/2012
Enjoy training in Chicago at JournCamp!

By Christine DiGangi, SPJ Communications Department



The Society of Professional Journalists has honored several exceptional journalists and news organizations in the last month.

Among them, Robert Leger received the Wells Memorial Key, the highest honor for an SPJ volunteer. Leger, assistant editorial page editor at the Arizona Republic, joined SPJ in 1985 and served as SPJ president from 2002 to 2003. At the President's Installation Banquet last month, Leger received the jeweled key as a symbol of his dedication to the Society.

At the banquet, Dana Neuts received the Regional Director of the Year award in recognition of her outstanding work as the Region 10 director, one of 12 regional directors for the Society. Read more about Neuts' award here.

SPJ also named its Julie Galvan Outstanding Graduate in Journalism, a graduate in journalism who stands out in his or her service to a campus chapter, community and the profession. Breann Schossow graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 2012 and received this year's award. Read more online about Schossow's achievements.


Maintaining and enhancing your skill set is essential to a successful career, and JournCamp presents opportunities to do so. Join SPJ in Chicago on Nov. 9 for day of sessions on entrepreneurial journalism, social media development and engagement, personal branding and data use in journalism. Read about the trainers and sessions on SPJ's website, and register online.

The event takes place at Navy Pier and costs $35 for SPJ members. Cost is $55 for non-members.


John Finnegan, a member of SPJ (Minnesota Pro) since 1947, passed away Tuesday after a struggle with cancer. He was 87. Finnegan served as editor of the St. Paul Pioneer Press for 15 years and was known nationally as an advocate for open-meeting and open-government laws, and a freedom of information award in Minnesota bears his name. Finnegan's obituary can be read on the Pioneer Press' website.


SPJ headquarters is accepting another round of chapter grant applications. One of these grants (up to $500) will help a chapter conduct a program to educate, connect and energize local journalists -- apply, and it could be your chapter!

Strong chapter programming contributes to the success of the national organization, and we are eager to hear your ideas. Submit a program proposal by the Oct. 10 deadline, and send any questions to Chapter Coordinator Tara Puckey at


Another month has ended, which means the Journalist's Toolbox has updates to announce.  Updated topics include Election 2012, mobile journalism, free speech, and teaching journalism, among many others.

The Journalist's Toolbox is maintained by Mike Reilley, adviser of the SPJ DePaul chapter, and is a fantastic resource for journalists at any point in their career. Don't forget it when journalism questions pop up!


The Student Press Law Center and Education Week magazine are co-sponsoring a 25-year retrospective on Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier. That case reduced First Amendment protection for journalists in public schools, and it has recently been applied to college and graduate students. The event is Nov. 8 to 9 at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

Frank LaMonte, executive director of the Student Press Law Center, says, "The symposium will bring together victims of censorship with leaders in the fields of education, journalism and civic engagement to take stock of the impact of Hazelwood on learning and school climate."


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

Answer: The New York Times. Read all about it.

And the winner is ... Brandon Ballenger! Brandon is treasurer of the SPJ South Florida chapter and works as a freelance writer.


In industry news, you may have read that another student journalist was caught plagiarizing/fabricating this week. Where does that student go to school? (Bonus if you quote from the SPJ Code of Ethics in your answer.)

Submit your answer to Christine DiGangi.

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