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SPJ Leads | 5/8/2014
SPJ job opening and Diversity Leadership Program

By Ellen Kobe, SPJ Communications Department



Join SPJ and Muckrack next week for a Twitter chat to discuss the SPJ Code of Ethics revisions.

@MuckRack is partnering with SPJ to host a special #muckedup chat in order to get feedback on SPJ's code of ethics in this evolving digital age. So, check out a first draft of the latest Code update here and tune in to next week's #muckedup armed with feedback.

The chat take place at 8 p.m. ET, Tuesday, May 13. You can follow along on Twitter using #muckedup and look for tweets from the main SPJ Twitter account, @SPJ_Tweets.

Questions? Contact Lynn Walsh, Ethics Committee member, at or @LWalsh on Twitter.


Want to work for the nation's largest most broad-based journalism organization? We're looking for a full time communications strategist to join our hardworking staff.

Your duties will include:

- Monitoring and helping SPJ engage in state, local and national issues that threaten the journalism profession and its impact on democracy.

- Establishing and executing plans for communicating with internal and external audiences, especially in relation to SPJ's activities and advocacy efforts.

- Keeping SPJ leaders and staff current on issues related to the Society's missions and goals.

Sound fun? Visit our website for more information about the gig, as well as application details. The deadline is May 31. If you have questions, contact Executive Director Joe Skeel at


Hey, Region 1 members, join us in Hartford, Conn., July 18 to 20 for the Ted Scripps Leadership Institute, an SPJ boot camp designed to identify your leadership skills and help you better work with those around you. Our most recent graduates of the program left with great ideas and a new outlook on leadership after our event in Kansas City, Mo. Check out our website to see a detailed schedule of events, plus information on how to apply.

Questions? Contact Chapter Coordinator Tara Puckey at or 317.920.4784. We can't wait to see you in Hartford!


P. Kim Bui, digital journalist and co-founder of #wjchat, will conduct a breakout session at JournCamp San Diego Friday, May 16.

The session, "Beyond Twitter and Facebook: Digital Media Apps and Tools You Can Use Now," is during the second session of the daylong training event at the Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter. Registration is $45 for SPJ members ($65 for non-members) and includes breakfast and lunch. Journalism, breakfast AND lunch - what could be better?

You'll also hear about narrative storytelling techniques from Pulitzer winner Tom Hallman Jr., investigative and data reporting techniques, and honoring your digital photography skills. In short, a LOT of training (and food) for a little money.

More details on the full day and registration are available at Questions? Email Director of Education Scott Leadingham or call 317.920.4788.


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.


The Diversity Leadership Program, held during the annual Excellence in Journalism conference, helps to foster a stronger belief in SPJ and encourages involvement within the organization's leadership.

Apply by Monday, May 12 for a chance at:

- A free EIJ convention registration
- Four-night stay at the convention site, the Opryland Hotel
- Airfare to Nashville, Tenn. (up to $300)
- One ticket each to the SPJ President's Banquet and RTDNA Paul White Reception.

For details, see the Diversity Leadership Program page of the SPJ website.


The Georgia Pro chapter and the Eatonton Messenger are co-sponsoring an inexpensive, thought-provoking journalism event, Nuts & Bolts Journalism. It will highlight the Georgia Open Records and Open Meetings Act with Carolyn Carlson, assistant professor of communications from Kennesaw State University. David Hazinski, associate professor of digital and broadcast news at the University of Georgia's Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication will speak on the challenges of digital multimedia journalism while news organizations consider convergence within the industry.

This workshop will help journalists understand how to navigate journalism in 2014 and take another look at how they collect and distribute news for their newsrooms and readers. Lunch is included in the ticket price ($10 for members / $15 for non-members).

Register online. For questions, email


Which newspapers did the Baltimore Sun Media Group purchase this week?

Answer: The Capital and the Carroll County Times

And the winner is ... Mark Trueblood, member of the Florida Pro chapter. Congrats!


Which well-known film director dropped a lawsuit with Gawker this week?

Submit your answer to Ellen Kobe.

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