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SPJ Leads | 9/18/2013
Chapter Benefits + Potential Name Change

By Ellen Kobe, SPJ Communications Department



SPJ is all about journalism — and leadership, too. Want to become the best leader you can be in your chapter? Join us for the Ted Scripps Leadership Institute in Richmond, Va., on Nov. 8-10. We'll teach you the ins and outs of running a successful campus or professional chapter, as well as take a serious look at your leadership style. Along the way, you'll get to network with other members and have fun! The deadline to apply is next Monday, Sept. 23. Questions? Contact Tara Puckey at or 317.920.4784.


Does your chapter have a cool program you'd like to organize? We can help! Four times a year, SPJ awards up to $500 to chapters who have plans for unique, diverse and creative programming geared toward anything journalism related — ethics, campus crime coverage, copy editing, you name it! The first deadline is Oct. 1, so write up your idea and fill out our online form. Check out our website for more information about chapter grants. Questions? Contact Tara Puckey at or 317.920.4784.


As you've probably already heard, we had an outstanding turnout at the Excellence in Journalism conference at end of August. To prove it, here are some statistics to show what a great crowd we had:

— 1,611 people attended EIJ
— 991 attendees downloaded the mobile app
— 1,151 pictures on Instagram included #EIJ13
— 13,234 tweets included #EIJ13
— 195 people attended our President's Installation Banquet


"Of" or "For?"

"Journalists" or "Journalism?"

The meaning behind these words is what members are going to consider as they decide whether or not to change the organization's name to Society for Professional Journalism. The change was proposed by Region 3 Director Michael Koretzky during the Closing Business Session at Excellence in Journalism. You can read his blog posts "More than a name change" and "Old excuses for a new name" about the topic. You can also check out the entire resolution here and read coverage by media blogger Jim Romenesko. Talk to @spj_tweets about it on Twitter — we want to hear your thoughts!


Your Studio SPJ host John Enslinn is back with another episode for you on Wednesday, Sept. 18 at 2 p.m. EST. This week's guest is Mark Segal, founder and publisher of the Philadelphia Gay News. Segal is one of the founders and former president of the National Gay Press Association and the National Gay Newspaper Guild. He was one of the speakers during a panel discussion of GLBT media at the Region 1 Spring Conference.

Wednesday's episode is co-sponsored by the South Florida chapter of SPJ. Former SPJ national board member Gideon Grudo will serve as moderator. If you would like to join the conversation or ask a question, call 347.857.2441 during the live 30-minute broadcast. Click here to hear the live program or listen to the recording of the conversation afterwards.


The Madison Pro chapter is hosting a FREE day-long workshop on Saturday, Sept. 28 called "Finding Your Best Investigative Business Story." This program is for any journalist who wants to find and pursue investigative business stories. Novice or veteran, business journalist or general-assignment reporter, you'll take away something that will help you the next time you pursue a business investigation. Click here for more information or sign up in advance.


Kenneth F. Rystrom, a member of the Greater Oregon Pro Chapter since 1952, died Aug. 4 in Eugene, Ore. According to his obituary, Rystrom was former editorial page editor of The Columbian in Vancouver, Wash., and a retired journalism professor.


What two technology/social media companies merged this week?

Answer: Storify and Livefyre

And the winner is ... Lindsey Cook from the University of Georgia. Congrats!

Last week, the Dallas Morning News hired a full-time staff art critic from the academia world. How long had it been since the newspaper had an art critic?

Submit your answer to Ellen Kobe.

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