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SPJ Leads | 5/21/2014
Come be a student board member + join us for SDX banquet

By Ellen Kobe, SPJ Communications Department


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STUDENTS: BE ON THE NATIONAL BOARD 

Who wouldn't want the chance to be a student voice of the world's largest and most broad based journalism organization? SPJ is looking for a campus representative to serve on the national board through the beginning of September. Perks include travel to Excellence in Journalism 2014 in Nashville, Tenn., Sept. 4 to 6, where the student can connect with over 1,000 professional journalists throughout the nation and participate in the Society on a national level. Visit our website to read a full description of this member's responsibilities.

To become a part of SPJ leadership, send your resume and a response to the following question:

Young journalists are the future of this organization and the media industry in general. How can SPJ national work on rallying younger voices in the organization (whether it's to discuss the Code of Ethics, SPJ's role in the world of journalism or other issues in the Society or industry) so that SPJ stays relevant for years to come?

All files should be shared with tpuckey@spj.org on Google Drive. Get creative -- your application response can be in the form of a website, social media campaign, essay, video or any other way that effectively answers the question. And the best part? We'll share some of your creative work with the journalism world, making sure others take note of up and coming talents like yourself.

Good luck! Questions? Email Tara Puckey.

'SOMETIMES THE GOOD GUYS WIN'  

What happens when you band a large group of journalists together to fight against unjust FOI demands from the government? They produce results. On Monday, SPJers came together to produce an Internet storm after Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens demanded SPJ Pulliam/Kilgore Freedom of Information intern David Schick remove public documents from his personal blog. On Tuesday, Olens rescinded his request. You can read about everything that happened up until SPJ stepped in on David Schick's blog. The content that likely discouraged Olens from continuing his request is on Michael Koretzky's Region 3 blog and David Cuillier's Freedom of the Prez blog. Additional coverage after the hoopla is on Romenesko and the Columbia Journalism Review. As always, SPJ will continue to fight for your rights.

ETHICS CODE REVISION: A CENTRAL LOCATION

As you know, the revision of the SPJ Code of Ethics has been a hot topic lately. We've made sure you're kept up to date on the conversation by creating an ethics code revision page on the website. It has anything and everything you need to know about the code, including a detailed explanation of the revision process, a list of the ethics committee members, a place to share your thoughts and more. Join the discussion -- and don't forget to use the hashtag #SPJethics.

JOIN US FOR THE SDX BANQUET IN DC 

Come join us for the year's greatest celebration of excellent journalism at the Sigma Delta Chi awards banquet at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. on June 20. You can purchase tickets online for only $85. Join in on the fun as we recognize outstanding journalism produced all over the nation.

Interested in sponsoring the event as an individual or company? There are many options for that. Check out the different packages on our website.

Please direct all questions to Awards Coordinator Chad Hosier at chosier@spj.org or 317.920.4791.

SCRIPPS IS COMING TO CONNECTICUT

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 most recent event in San Diego. Check out our website to see a detailed schedule of events, plus information on how to apply.

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

SUBMIT YOUR CHAPTER'S ANNUAL REPORT

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 tpuckey@spj.org or 317.920.4784.

MEMBER OF THE MONTH: TOM MCKEE 

Congratulations to Tom McKee of the Cincinnati Pro Chapter of SPJ for being named our May Volunteer of the Month! McKee was nominated for the honor by Hagit Limor and James Pilcher. Limor had this to say about McKee:

Tom McKee is one of Cincinnati's longest-tenured and most decorated journalists, but he really hadn't gotten involved with the SPJ board until the last 2-3 years.

And his has been an introduction by fire. Soon after agreeing to serve as vice-president, Tom was thrust into the top job of the local chapter in February with the abrupt departure of the previous president.

But through his tireless efforts, his enthusiasm, and his collaborative leadership style, Tom has not only stabilized our chapter but has grown it and taken it further than it has been in years.

Since taking over, we have held at least five events, grown and improved our "Lunch with the Pros" sessions at local colleges and universities, increased membership, and had fun in the process. And he has stabilized and grown our board, a big feat unto itself.

We often get emails from Tom time-stamped well after midnight. He is full of ideas, but he also welcomes others' ideas as well and is just as enthusiastic about those.

McKee has worked in broadcast journalism for more than three decades, all of it with WCPO-TV in Cincinnati. He interned from Ohio University in 1973, was hired full-time in 1974 by legendary newsman Al Schottelkotte and has been a reporter, producer, assignment manager and now multi-media journalist.

One of the most challenging stories he covered was after being held hostage during the 1980 takeover of WCPO-TV by a gunman who'd just shot his girlfriend to death.  All nine employees were released unharmed.

McKee is the recipient of an Emmy Award, numerous awards in Ohio SPJ contests along with Greater Cincinnati SPJ contest recognition.

The highest honor was the 2012 Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Political Coverage on Television.  It stemmed from a series of 30 candidate profiles where citizens asked questions of politicians.

After serving for several years as Vice-President of the Greater Cincinnati SPJ Pro Chapter, McKee assumed the role as President in March of 2013.

Thanks, Tom, for your hard work and dedication! You set the bar high for other SPJ volunteers. We're proud to have you as a member!

LAST WEEK'S QUIZ

What is the newest digital product launched by the New York Times this week?

Answer: NYT Cooking

And the winner is ... April Bethea, secretary of the Greater Charlotte Pro chapter. Congrats!

THIS WEEK'S QUIZ

What mistake did an AP editor make this week while writing a photo caption online?

Submit your answer to Ellen Kobe.

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