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SPJ Leads | 10/30/2013
#Journoween + Volunteer of the Month

By Ellen Kobe, SPJ Communications Department



Halloween is this Thursday, so we're celebrating with you all week - journalism style. Show off your decorations, costumes, treats and pranks on the job or at home by posting a photo on Instagram with the hashtag #journoween. All photos will be posted on our JournoDays blog, and whoever has the most likes will receive a prize from SPJ headquarters. For inspiration, check out the ones already posted.

Bonus: If you're wearing a journalism-related costume, you'll get a like from @spj_pics. We know you're creative - document those costumes, newsroom decorations and pranks on Instagram.


Do you know an SPJ volunteer who consistently goes above and beyond the call of duty? Maybe someone with great program ideas, stellar bookkeeping skills, or who tirelessly fights for press rights? If so, please send us your nominee's name, chapter, email address and why you think he or she deserves to be our SPJ Volunteer of the Month. There are no special rules to win, except the volunteer must be an active member of SPJ. Help us show some SPJ LOVE. Send your nominations by Nov. 10 to president-elect and membership chair Dana Neuts at Watch SPJ Leads and our social media channels when we announce the winner!


89 million people in the U.S. will watch 1.2 billion online videos today!  Is your newsroom serving up the best video journalism possible?  Whether you're trying to get stronger visuals out of your smartphones or hoping to create a culture of video storytelling, SPJ's Journalism Training Program offers hands-on, on-site training for interested newsrooms.  Veteran trainers collaborate with newsroom managers to customize each workshop to meet the needs of the individual news organization.  Contact Deb Wenger or Jeff Cutler at for more information.


The Milwaukee Press Club recently inducted Bob Wills, an SPJ member since 1950, as Knight of the Golden Quill. This award is only given to outstanding journalists. In the past, Wills has been national president of SPJ, publisher and editor of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and president of Journal Communications' newspaper subsidiary. He was a founder and longtime president of the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council and was a leader in other journalism organizations and activities. Congratulations, Bob!


Collegiate journalists from around the state gathered at The Richmond Times-Dispatch Saturday, Oct. 19 for the inaugural College Media Day presented by the Virginia Pro Chapter.

About 40 students turned out to hear workshops and panels about landing jobs and internships, social media, the Freedom of Information Act, column writing, data journalism, photography, how to enter and win journalism contests and WordPress.

Speakers included journalists and educators from The Free Lance-Star, The Richmond Times-Dispatch, WJLA-TV, WAVY-TV, WTVR-TV, Virginia Commonwealth University, The University of Maryland and The Progress-Index. Twelve students also walked away with one-year memberships to SPJ, courtesy of members and friends of the Virginia Pro Chapter.


Narratively, a platform devoted to original, in-depth and untold stories that has been named one of TIME's "50 Best Websites of 2013," is seeking submissions for their "Campus Chronicles" series. Current college students can submit stories about what the college experience is really like in the form of text, video, audio photo essays or any other medium. Narratively will publish the five best submissions on its digital publication in early 2014. The selected contributors will receive a byline and payment for their pieces. For more information about submitting work, please visit Narratively's Tumblr page.


In what year was the first issue of SPJ's Quill magazine printed?

Answer: 1912

And the winner is ... Natalie Merola from the Florida International University campus chapter. Congrats!


Which online news organization is no longer accepting pieces from one of their op-ed commentators who wrongly identified himself as a freelancer for the publication to a Pentagon media operations officer?

Submit your answer to Ellen Kobe.

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