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SPJ Leads | 4/23/2014
Pulliam awards open + submit annual reports

By Ellen Kobe, SPJ Communications Department



SPJ will accept applications for the Eugene S. Pulliam First Amendment Award and the Eugene C. Pulliam Fellowship for Editorial Writing through June 22.

A bit more about these awards:

First Amendment Award: Recognizes, with a $10,000 award, accomplishments on behalf of First Amendment freedoms by an individual, group of individuals or an organization. Read more.

Fellowship for Editorial Writing: Awards $75,000 to an editorial writer to help broaden his or her journalistic horizons and knowledge of the world. Provided by the SDX Foundation, the annual award can be used to cover the cost of study, research and/or travel in any field. Read more.

These awards are presented by the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation, SPJ's supporting foundation. If you have any questions, please contact Awards Coordinator Chad Hosier at or 317.920.4791.


Registration is open for the Excellence in Journalism conference from Sept. 4 to 6, and we couldn't be more excited to host you and a thousand other journalists in Nashville, Tenn. EIJ gives you a full three days of networking and stellar programs to hone your skills. Plus, it's a lot of fun! Need proof that EIJ is worthwhile? Check out what we learned at EIJ13 through the recap website, the EIJ News site and the Storify roundups of each day.

Questions about EIJ14? Contact Director of Events Heather Dunn at or 317.920.4782. See ya'll in Music City.


We're celebrating another successful year in journalism on June 20 at the National Press Club in Washington D.C., and we would like you to join us. Tickets are available to purchase online.

Thank you to our newest Platinum sponsor, The Wall Street Journal. If you're interested in sponsoring the event, there are a wide range of options for companies, organizations and individuals.

Questions? Contact Awards Coordinator Chad Hosier at or 317.920.4791.


FYI: SPJ's national Board of Directors meets this weekend in Indianapolis. All meeting documents are available online, if you're curious. will host a live stream of the event starting at 9 a.m. EST. All members are encouraged -- before and during the meeting -- to ask questions and discuss the issues in the comments section. The board will be following the discussion thread while the meeting takes place.


Chapter Leaders: It's time to tell us all the great things your chapter has done this year! Annual Report forms are available online and are due, along with bylaws, bank statements and other required documents, by May 30 (both campus and pro chapters). Don't forget to keep your information somewhere else, too, so it's always available for your chapter records. Questions? Contact Tara Puckey at or 317.920.4784.


Congratulations to Steve York of the Louisville Pro Chapter of SPJ who has been named our April SPJ Volunteer of the Month! York was nominated by chapter president Robyn Sekula for being the backbone of the board. In addition to operating the chapter's annual contest, he moved the contest from paper to online last year. York also helps organize the chapter's annual trivia night, shoots photos to promote the chapter's events and is always willing to lend a hand whenever needed.

"Our chapter would not be what it is without Steve," Sekula said.

Now retired, York spent 33 years at WAVE TV (NBC) in Louisville, Kentucky. He started at WAVE in 1978 as a "one man band," serving as both a reporter and a photographer, shooting, writing and editing his own stories. He covered everything from tobacco farming and coal mining to train derailments and marijuana busts. In 1975, he was named assignment editor, a job he calls the toughest in the newsroom. After 12 years on the desk, York was promoted to assistant news director until he retired in July 2011.

"It was an exciting and rewarding career, and I feel like I worked with the best people in the news industry," he said.

York has served on the Louisville Pro chapter board for seven years, including a year as president. For the last five years, he has coordinated the annual Metro Louisville Journalism Awards contest.

Congratulations to York for his dedication to quality journalism and for supporting the Louisville Pro chapter! He's a great role model for other SPJ leaders and volunteers.

Do you know an SPJ volunteer who consistently goes above and beyond the call of duty? Send us your nominee's name, chapter, email address and why you think he or she deserves to be out SPJ Volunteer of the Month. The volunteer must be an active member of SPJ. Send your nominations by May 10 to president-elect and membership chair Dana Neuts at


The SDX Foundation has partnered with For Journalism to offer online classes on various topics, including data visualization, data science/statistics, mapping and web coding. The topics that For Journalism has initially proposed are meant to address technical skills that journalists need to have in an increasingly digital and Web-first industry.

Ultimately, this type of training is available from different sources, but what differentiates For Journalism from others is its comprehensive scope. The courses aren't meant to be one-time events such as webinars, but rather long-term classes that take participants from beginning to end. Lessons will include e-textbooks and virtual study groups with peers. In this sense, courses will be more like a semester-long college class than a one-hour lunchtime webinar.

Visit and start learning today!


Last week, a Washington Post reader posted a comment online in response to an article about Heartbleed. What information did he release to the public?

Answer: All of his login passwords.

And the winner is ... Karly Free! Free is a student at with the Loyola University-Chicago chapter. Congrats!


A reporter was kidnapped by militia in Eastern Ukraine this week. What organization does the reporter work for?

Submit your answer to Ellen Kobe.

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