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SPJ Leads | 7/3/2013
Get FREE Disney Parks passes + Donate to LDF

By Ellen Kobe, SPJ Communications Department



As if Excellence in Journalism could get any better,  Disney Parks is offering two park hoppers to each conference attendee. What does that get you?

Good for one week, these passes provide access to Disneyland and Disney California Adventure for one full day of admission. To pick up your passes, wear your EIJ13 lanyard to the Disney Parks table located next to the registration desk in the Journalism Expo Hall during hours that registration is open. These tickets are valued at $139. Don't miss out on your chance to say hi to Mickey Mouse for FREE.


One of the most important events at our annual convention is the Legal Defense Fund auction. Journalists belong in the courts to find truth, not to be hindered by subpoenas challenging their rights. For years, the LDF has been a support system for those who find themselves in trouble while defending press freedoms. You can help with this important cause by donating an item to the LDF auction today. All items are accepted, from historic memorabilia to nerdy journalism trinkets and homemade crafts to brand-new electronics.

The deadline for submitting donations is July 26. Please send donations, along with the donation form, to:

Society of Professional Journalists
Attn: LDF Auction
3909 N. Meridian St.
Indianapolis, IN 46208

Questions? Contact Communications Coordinator Ellen Kobe at or 317.920.4785.


Planning to come to EIJ? You need a place to stay! Don't worry - we've got you covered. The Anaheim Marriott, our conference location, is kindly giving EIJ attendees affordable rates. But hurry: the deadline to reserve a room is Aug. 1 (or until the block is full). Click here to make your reservation today.


We had such a great time honoring journalists at the Sigma Delta Chi awards banquet in Washington, D.C., that we want to remember the night forever. Check out our Flickr photo gallery to see the outstanding journalists who received awards.


At SPJ, we're invested in our members, and we strive to provide quality benefits. We're offering you access to insurance and financial planning services through an Indianapolis-based financial services firm and consultants Harry W. Riley, III and David N. Brown. Visit our SPJ Solutions page to read about your options.


It's always important for journalists to continue building their skills - that's why we offer you the Journalist's Toolbox: a website with timely information that helps you be the best journalist you can. Our updated resources for the month of June include topics such as college mediapublic records, design and more. To get regular updates, connect with @journtoolbox on Twitter.


Ben Burns, a member of the Detroit Pro chapter since 1960, died September 9, 2012, in Grosse Point, Mich. According to a news story from Crain's Detroit Business, Burns was a former executive editor at The Detroit News and director of Wayne State University's journalism program from 1993 until a month before he passed away.

William R. Payden, a member of the Los Angeles Pro chapter since 1971, died June 5, in Santa Monica, Calif. According to an obituary in the Los Angeles Times, Payden started his career as a reporter and feature writer for the Mamaroneck, N.Y. Daily News and retired in 1990 as a journalism professor and chair of the media arts department at Los Angeles Valley College.


Last week, The Oregonian in Portland, Ore., announced a transformation of the newspaper, including a change in the organization's company name, staff member layoffs, reduction of delivery and relocation of the newsroom. What media company owns The Oregonian?

Answer: Advance Publications, Inc.

And the winner is ... Janet Goetze from the Greater Oregon Pro chapter. Congratulations!


Name all three correct AP style formats of the holiday that occurs every July 4th.

Submit your answer to Ellen Kobe.

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