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SPJ Leads | 12/5/2012
Updates to the Journalist's Toolbox and an Instagram contest!

By Christine DiGangi, SPJ Communications Department



Excellence in Journalism 2013, the training conference co-hosted by SPJ, RTDNA and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, is looking for program ideas and proposals. The conference takes place Aug. 24 to 26, 2013 in Anaheim, Calif., but it's not too early to suggest your favorite speaker or topic.

Have a specific program proposal? Submit it here. Have a looser idea but a general topic or speaker you'd like to see at EIJ? Submit it here. In either case, do it soon. The call for program proposals and ideas closes on Jan. 2.


The Ted Scripps Leadership Instituteis coming to Region 5 from March 8 to 10. If you're a member in Illinois, Indiana or Kentucky, apply for one of SPJ's best development programs and enhance your leadership skills.

The program, which previously brought SPJ leaders to Indianapolis once a year, will now travel to four regions every year in order to reach more members. Each chapter is encouraged to send two to three members of its board to Scripps, and applications for the Region 5 program must be submitted by Dec. 15.

Email any questions to Tara Puckey, SPJ chapter coordinator, or Susan Stevens, Region 5 director. You may also call Tara at 317.927.8000 x210.

Don't miss this chance to invest in yourself. To find out more about the Ted Scripps Leadership Institute, visit the SPJ website, and explore the highlights from the 2012 institute.


"Studio SPJ" is this week! Join the conversation with Paula Poindexterat noon EST Friday, Dec. 7, to discuss the changes in news consumption among different generations. You can listen to the program live or enjoy the podcast at a later date by visiting "Studio SPJ" on Blog Talk Radio.

To learn more about Poindexter and the radio program, you may read this news release on the SPJ website.


It's a new month, and with that the Journalist's Toolbox has new resources. For December, the first winter month, it has an updated list of weather resources (though many reporters have yet to need cold-weather tips).

Also in this update, the List of Newspapers directory for global news sites, state-by-state prison-access policies, mobile apps from the U.S. government, a new tool for interactive storytelling and much more.


A group of a dozen Delaware journalists met Nov. 27 at Radio Station WDEL/WSTW near Wilmington to discuss launching a new SPJ Delaware Chapter. A steering committee will meet Dec. 11 to plan a professional development event and recruitment of professional and college-student members from around the state.

The group hopes to have enough members organized by spring to petition for chapter status at the April SPJ national board meeting. Anyone interested in helping start the Delaware chapter should contact Chris Carl, WDEL director of news and programming (; Nichole Dobo, News Journal statewide education reporter ( or Ashley Barnas, News Journal lead video producer (


Join the holiday fun on Instagram by showing off your workspace decorations! Post a picture of your office, cubicle or workspace decked-out with holiday cheer, and use the hashtag #spjholidesks.

The contest runs from today, the 5th to next Wednesday, Dec. 12. The picture most-liked by Instagram users will receive a special SPJ gift in the mail.

What are you waiting for? Cut out some paper snowflakes and start Instagramming!


Frank LoMonte, director of the Student Press Law Center and SPJ member, wrote a piece for highlighting two free speech issues that surfaced this week.

The first, #freetotweet, is a scholarship program from 1forAll for young people who post "creative and inspiring" messages on Twitter, using the program's hashtag.

The next is quite thought provoking: states' limits on high school students' tweets. Do you know the laws in your state? Read more about the issue by visiting


The Supreme Court upheld a ruling that prevented a state from prosecuting under its Eavesdropping Act people who recorded police officers. Which state?

Answer: Illinois. The Chicago Tribune covered the outcome.

And the winner is ... Carrie Buchanan, adviser to the John Carroll University chapter. Congratulations!


Name the two publications most-recently shuttered by News Corp.

Submit your answer to Christine DiGangi.

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