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SPJ Leads | 1/23/2013
Mark of Excellence Awards entries due Thursday!

By Christine DiGangi, SPJ Communications Department



Mark of Excellence Awards entries are due tomorrow. Whether you're submitting your own work or encouraging student journalists to enter, note that entries must be received through by midnight EST on Thursday, Jan. 24.

These regional and national awards recognize the most outstanding student journalism from 2012 don't miss this chance to be counted among it.

Awards details | Enter | Questions? Email or call 317.927.8000.


SPJ is accepting applications for its annual Pulliam/Kilgore Freedom of Information Internship program. Two students or recent graduates will work on freedom of information-related topics, one at SPJ headquarters in Indianapolis, the other with SPJ's legal counsel in Washington, D.C. These are chances to work with issues you care about AND get paid!

The application deadline is Jan. 24, 2013. Yes, that's tomorrow.

Interns should be familiar with journalism industry issues and have an interest in writing about and researching freedom of information-related topics. The Indianapolis intern will be a current (or recently graduated) undergraduate or graduate student. The D.C. intern has most often been a current law student with a background or undergraduate education in journalism. Get more information and application instructions here.

Questions: Email Scott Leadingham or call 317.640.9304.


If your news organization is hiring, or if your company offers goods or services of interest to journalists, you should reserve a spot in the Journalism Expo at Excellence in Journalism 2013. The annual journalism conference is Aug. 24 to 26 in Southern California.

The expo floor is on the same floor as meeting rooms, so you will encounter conference attendees throughout the day. All the conference action is just steps away from you! Attendees start their conference experience at registration, which is in the same room as the expo, and there will be activities in the room to increase foot traffic.

Purchasing an expo booth is your ticket to an expected 1,400 conference-goers from all areas of journalism. Basic information for exhibitors can be found on the EIJ13 website, and you can email Jen Wafalosky to inquire about an EIJ13 expo booth and start planning for this fantastic networking opportunity!


Frank LoMonte, SPJ member and executive director of the Student Press Law Center, discussed Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier with radio host Jim Bohannon on Friday, Jan. 11. The 1988 Supreme Court ruling greatly restricted high school students' First Amendment rights, and SPLC leads an initiative to Cure Hazelwood.

Listen to the podcast of the show by visiting Jim Bohannon's website and clicking Jan. 11 on the show archives calendar.


The Press Club of Long Island will present a $1,000 Learning Disability Journalism Scholarship to a college student or high school senior this June. Eligible students include those who are in or entering a college journalism program and have a learning disability as defined by the Learning Disabilities Association of America.

Applicants must submit an essay showing how their learning disability did not dissuade them from pursuing their interest in journalism, and a nomination letter must be submitted by the student's adviser, editor, station manager or professor.


Loyola Law School, Los Angeles is accepting applications until Monday, March 4 for its eighth-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 half of travel expenses for the May 29 to June 1 workshop. Almost 250 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 (cellphone).


Two weeks remain to apply for a full scholarship for a master's in arts journalism from the USC Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism. Students in the program can earn their master's in 9 months.

All applicants accepted for admission will be considered for nomination to the Annenberg Fellowships, which provides full tuition remission, health and dental benefits and a $20,000 stipend for living expenses. More information is available on the program's website.


What is the origin of the online publication Ink and Fangs?

Answer: Former student editors at Florida A&M University started Ink and Fangs when publication of The Famuan was delayed following a libel suit.

And the winner is ... Wendy Damonte! Wendy is an evening news anchor for KTVN Channel 2 News in Reno, Nev.


Eugene Patterson, former editor of the Tampa Bay Times, died Jan. 12 at age 89. Which paper was he working at when he won the Pulitzer Prize for his editorials?

Submit your answer to Christine DiGangi.

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