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SPJ Leads | 6/26/2014
EIJ14 Twitter Chat, SDX Banquet + Ethics Code Revision Update

By Taylor Carlier, SPJ Communications Department



SPJ wants to make sure everyone is in the loop, has the 411 and gets the low down about one of the largest national journalism conferences, so we are hosting an EIJ14 Twitter chat at 1 p.m. ET on Tuesday, July 8 to answer your questions. The conference is quickly approaching Sept. 4-6 in Nashville, Tenn., so get your Twitter typing fingers ready as we chat it up with session leaders, conference attendees, SPJ staff and more. Follow @spj_tweets for all of the chatting fun and don't forget #EIJ14.


As you've probably heard by now, the Ethics Committee is working on revising the SPJ Code of Ethics, last updated in 1996. We've released a first draft online, and we'd like your input on what else should change. Read the changes, and let us know what you think should be added, deleted, changed, questioned, debated, etc. Comment online or email Ethics Committee Chairman Kevin Smith at


The SPJ Executive Committee convened in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, June 21. If you missed it, don't worry, you can re-watch the live broadcast here or read President Dave Cuillier's blog recap of the meeting. Here are some of the meeting highlights from Dave's blog:

—The committee discussed the future of SPJ, including how to improve support for chapters, or even individual members who would like to create programs in their areas without jumping through the hoops that chapters are required to follow.
—SPJ's continued fight for a federal shield law was discussed.
—Former SPJ President John Ensslin presented the recommendations from the Futures Task Force which included extending post-graduate membership rates by a year, redesigning SPJ Leads, and offering more online training.
—President Cuillier gave an update on the Code of Ethics revision process, which is outlined online.
—The Freelance Community is nearly ready to launch and should be live within a week or two. SPJ members will be able to sign up, hold offices, share tips and network with each other.


The SDX Awards Banquet was held Friday night at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The sold-out event was attended by journalists from across the nation who watched and received about 70 Sigma Delta Chi awards for their outstanding journalistic work. Take a look at the winners and browse through all of the great photos. Congratulations, SDX award recipients!


We love to give credit to all of our amazing SPJ chapters who are fighting for journalists, and this week it happens to be the Press Club of Long Island. Three years ago, PCLI helped a videographer get charges dropped when he was wrongfully arrested. This past week the same man was awarded $200,000 in a lawsuit with Suffolk County Police, a Police-Media Relations Committee was created and it was mandated that there be an annual media relations training for officers. Read about all of the details here. Keep up the great work defending journalism, PCLI!


Do you know an SPJ volunteer who consistently goes above and beyond the call of duty? Maybe someone with great program ideas, stellar bookkeeping skills or tireless energy to fight for press rights? If so, please send us your nominee's name, chapter, email address and why your think he or she deserves to be out SPJ Volunteer of the Month. There are no special rules to win, except the volunteer must be an active member of SPJ. Help us show some SPJ LOVE. Send your nominations by July 10 to president-elect and membership chair Dana Neuts at Watch SPJ Leads and our social media channels for the announcement of our winner.


The National Center on Disability and Journalism is giving out the second annual Katherine Schneider Journalism Award for Excellence in Reporting on Disability. This contest is the first national journalism contest devoted exclusively to disability coverage. The first-place winner is awarded $5,000 and receives an invitation to speak at Arizona State University. The second-place winner receives a $1,500 award, and additional honorable mention awards of $500 may be given at the discretion of the judges.

The contest is open to print, broadcast and online entries, which must be published or aired between July 1, 2013, and June 30, 2014. The entry deadline is July 31 at 11:59 p.m. MST. Participants can apply and find more information at


Ravitch Fiscal Reporting Program at the CUNY J School is offering fully funded fellowships for reporters covering state and local issues to spend the week of Aug. 17 at the J School digging into fiscal issues. There is no tuition and the program will cover transportation, hotels and meals. Applications are due by June 30 and decisions will be made no later than July 15. Apply online. Questions? Email the program director Greg David


What ABC affiliate was granted access last week by the Washington State Supreme Court to police officers' dashcam videos?

Answer: KOMO-TV

And the winner is ... Faith Sidlow. Congratulations!


What popular Supreme Court website was denied Senate press credentials this week by the U.S. Senate Press Gallery?

Submit your answer to Taylor Carlier.

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