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SPJ Leads | 11/20/2013
Chapter grants + member of the month

By Ellen Kobe, SPJ Communications Department



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 next deadline is Dec. 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 know, journalism is a critical part of our society. For the past 104 years, SPJ has dedicated itself to educating, supporting and protecting those who serve in this vital role. But we can't do that without your help.

Please take time today to donate to SPJ's educational charity: The Sigma Delta Chi Foundation.

In 2013, the SDX Foundation used tax-deductible donations from supporters and journalists like you to invest in SPJ programs across the country. These investments included:

—Direct grants to support SPJ chapter programming at the grassroots level
—A national diversity-outreach program to broaden our coalition
—Cutting-edge training programs for journalists at all levels
—Awards programs that recognize and foster excellence in journalism
—Ongoing support for the Student Press Law Center (SPLC) and the National Freedom of Information Coalition (NFOIC)

You can have monthly contributions to the Foundation automatically charged to your credit card by calling SPJ HQ Bookkeeper Sarah Beck at 317.920.4787.


Besides stuffing your face with a home cooked meal, Thanksgiving is a time to share what you're grateful for with others. What better way to celebrate the holiday than by honoring that special journalist in your life? Perhaps it's your editor who helps you better your skills. Or how about that colleague who always brings a smile to the newsroom? Maybe it's a mentor who's taught you lifelong lessons about the field.

Post an Instagram photo related to this person with the hashtag #thankajourno. It could be a shot of them working, an encouraging note they once sent you or a piece of their work in journalism - get creative! All posts will be included on our JournoDays Tumblr, and the winner will receive a prize from HQ. We can't wait to hear about everything you've learned from your fellow journalists.


Congratulations to Eva Ruth Moravec, who has been named SPJ's November Volunteer of the Month for her outstanding service to her chapter. In addition to reviving the San Antonio chapter, she is being recognized for raising scholarship money, hosting the Region 8 conference and recruiting broadcast members and freelancers to the board, among other things.

Moravec is a county government reporter for the daily San Antonio Express-News, covering Bexar County government and other local and regional political news. She spent time during the last legislative session working for Hearst's Austin bureau, and prior to joining the politics team, spent five years on the crime beat, covering breaking, investigative and enterprise news. She's a regular contributor to several San Antonio Express-News blogs and is a prolific Twitter user with more than 4,000 followers. After her first year at the Express-News, Moravec's peers selected her to win the annual Phillip True Award for online journalism. Moravec received a bachelor's of science in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin. She is also the person to blame for resurrecting San Antonio's SPJ chapter after several dormant years, and serves as the chapter president and one of three co-producers for the annual Gridiron show, which raises money for SPJ scholarships. View her portfolio on here:

We are pleased and excited to honor Moravec for her commitment to SPJ.


From Nov. 8-10, 20 SPJ leaders from Region 2 and beyond gathered in Richmond, Va., for the Ted Scripps Leadership Institute, a program designed to teach SPJ leaders how to work well together and run awesome professional and campus chapters. To hear about all the fun we had that weekend, check out our Storify recap and our most recent Tout videos. Interested in gaining leadership skills in 2014? Visit the Scripps Institute webpage for periodic updates about dates and locations.


SPJ is considering revising its Code of Ethics, and we want your feedback. Please fill out this survey and tell us how you think the Code of Ethics should be changed (or if it even needs to be altered at all). Click here to read the current Code of Ethics. SPJ will work over the next year to discuss and evaluate any ideas. Proposed changes will be presented during Excellence in Journalism 2014.


Don't you want to get involved on a local level? If you're in Louisiana, get ready, because a new SPJ chapter is headed your way. But it can't be done without you, so be sure to network with other journalists in your area today! Contact Sergy Odiduro at or 305.417.8656 to volunteer your time and talents.

If you're in the Los Angeles area, be sure to check out the LA Pro chapter's upcoming event to discuss potential changes to SPJ's Code of Ethics. The evening will start with a light dinner at 6:30 p.m. at RAND Corp. and will follow with SPJ Ethics Committee member Lauren Bartlett leading the conversation. Email to RSVP. Remember, if your SPJ chapter holds an event discussing the Ethics Code, Region 3 Director Michael Koretzky will enter your chapter in a $100 drawing. Join in on the ethical fun!


Who was hired as the anchor of CNN's media news show "Reliable Sources?"

Answer: New York Times media reporter Brian Stelter

And the winner is ... Emily Schweich from the University of Maryland College Park chapter. Congrats!

Who is planning to spend $250 million creating his own news startup organization? Hint: He is a successful businessman of an auction website.

Submit your answer to Ellen Kobe.

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