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SPJ Leads | 2/5/2014
Awards deadlines, KC Scripps + watchdog reporting workshop

By Ellen Kobe, SPJ Communications Department



Remember back in college when you had to ask your professor for an extension on your assignment because you spent too much time in the newsroom? Now, we're not even making you ask!

Due to inclement weather across the country, we're extending the deadline for Sigma Delta Chi Awards entries and New America Award entries. To submit an SDX award, do so at by Monday, Feb. 10 at midnight EST. New America Award entries can be submitted here:

Questions? Contact Awards Coordinator Chad Hosier at or 317.920.4791.


SPJ is accepting nominations for the SPJ Honors. Each award highlights attributes valuable to the journalism community, and we know many journalists and organizations deserve such recognition. We need you to tell us about them.

Take a look at the honors and think of whom you want to acknowledge:

SPJ members-only awards | Deadline April 18

Dubin Pro Member
Eshelman Campus Adviser
Galvan Graduate
Regional Director
Wells Memorial Key

Public honors | Deadline March 21

Distinguished Teaching in Journalism
Ethics in Journalism
Fellows of the Society
First Amendment Award
Historic Sites in Journalism
Sunshine Award
Lewis First Amendment


The deadline for the SPJ High School Essay Contest is next month. Encourage high school students to submit a 500-word essay for a chance at a $1,000 scholarship.

The topic is "Why is it important that we have news media that are independent of the government?" and submissions are due March 7.


Hey, Region 7, tomorrow (Feb. 6) is the deadline to sign up for the Ted Scripps Leadership Institute in Kansas City, Mo., March 7-9. Scripps is an awesome SPJ program that teaches you how to be an effective leader!

All you have to do is fill out this online form and cover travel expenses - we take care of the rest! Come to Kansas City, Mo., for a fun and enlightening weekend. Visit the Scripps program site for more details and check out our recaps from the 2013 programs.


Do you have reporters or editors on your staff who would benefit from training to help them produce enterprise and investigative stories? Thanks to a grant from the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation, the SPJ is working with Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) and the New England Center for Investigative Reporting (NECIR) to offer a two-day Watchdog Reporting Workshop for journalists in Philadelphia on March 24-25.

We're looking for two reporters, editors or producers from your newsroom who you believe have the desire and the potential to do in-depth investigative stories. No previous investigative reporting experience necessary. This workshop will teach the basics including how to mine the internet for information that leads to compelling stories, how to crunch data, how to conduct an investigative interview and how to investigate businesses and nonprofits.

If your team is chosen, there will be follow-up training opportunities (Google meet-ups, webinars, etc.) and ongoing story consulting for a limited period of time. The sessions and the follow-up training are free. You'll be responsible for any travel costs.

To nominate a team for this opportunity, complete this form by the end of the day Feb. 17, 2014.


The Louisville Pro chapter received a grant from the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation to bring in Loren Tapahe, publisher of the Arizona Native Scene, to speak on Challenges and Opportunities in Native American Journalism. Join them for the program on Feb. 17 at 7 p.m., at Interactive Media Lab, 124 N. First St., Louisville, Ky. The event is free and open to the public. More info:


On Tuesday, Feb. 11, Mickey Osterreicher, general counsel for the National Press Photographers Association will host an event called "The Right to Photograph and Record in Public" in Honolulu, Hawaii. The program will address First and Fourth Amendment rights, search and seizure, exigent circumstances, federal civil rights lawsuits against police agencies as well as an analysis and update on the most recent cases and court rulings dealing with these issues. Osterreicher also will discuss the coextensive right of both the press and the public to photograph and record as well as provide practical advice regarding the best ways to handle these situations. Check out the event web page for more details.


Andy Carvin, the former senior strategist for NPR who was offered a buyout from the organization in November, has announced his next career move. What is it?

Answer: Andy Carvin will join the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia Journalism School as a fellow. Also, Poynter just wrote a story today that said he will be joining First Look Media part time until his fellowship is complete.

And the winner is ... Jennifer Austin from the Minnesota Pro chapter. Congrats!


Yesterday was the 10th anniversary of what social media network?

Submit your answer to Tara Puckey.

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