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SPJ Leads | 7/2/2014
EIJ14 Twitter Chat, Chapter Webinar + Freelance Community Launch

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. If you join in, you'll get exclusive details about new features for this year's EIJ phone app. Since the conference is quickly approaching Sept. 4-6 in Nashville, Tenn., it's time to 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.

People who will be included in the discussion: Sarah Bauer (@sarah_mn), former national committee chair; Dana Neuts (@SPJdana), SPJ president-elect; Brett Hall (@bretthall17), student chapter president; Robyn Davis Sekula (@itsrobynwithay), pro chapter president; Amy Cherry (@acherry13), pro chapter president; Derrick Hinds (@RTDNA), RTDNA communications; Kate Switchenko (@RTDNA), RTDNA director of events and awards; Scott Leadingham (@scottleadingham), SPJ director of education; Amy Tardif (@AmyTardif), RTDNA chair-elect; Tara Puckey (@tpuckey), SPJ chapter coordinator; Taylor Carlier (@taylorcarlier and @spj_tweets), SPJ communications coordinator.


Region 11 Director Elizabeth Smith resigned her seat on the SPJ Board of Directors on Tuesday. As a result, we are seeking a volunteer to fill the temporary vacancy. The selected candidate (who must live in Arizona, California, Hawaii or Nevada) will serve until Sept. 6. A new regional director will then be elected to fill the one year remaining term. Anyone volunteering for this role is strongly encouraged to run for the remaining term during the upcoming election. However, any professional member living in the states listed above is welcome to run in the Sept. 6 election. Learn about the required qualifications and get instructions to apply.


Does your chapter leadership need a refresher course on the SPJ nitty gritty? Interested in starting a chapter and need a crash course in all things SPJ? Then we have the webinar for you!

Join Chapter Coordinator Tara Puckey for a short webinar on Tuesday, July 8 at 3 p.m. ET and learn more about what your chapter should be doing to stay on track.  Sign up for the Rapid Fire: SPJ Need to Know webinar by visiting this registration form.


Same conference, lower price.

One of the largest national journalism conferences will take place Sept. 4 to 6 in Nashville, Tenn. at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center. Don't forget to register for EIJ14 before July 23 in order get a discounted price, which is $100 cheaper during early bird registration.

It also helps to be a member, so if you know someone who wants to attend who isn't a member, suggest a membership to SPJ for an even more discounted price.

See the EIJ14 pricing page for all of the ticket deadlines and details.

Can't wait to see ya'll in Music City!


SPJ is proud to announce the launch of the freelance community, which is a virtual chapter that meets online, linking SPJ members who are freelancers, no matter their locale. Currently it is in beta, software jargon for 'still in process,' because it needs more input from you.

We want this to be the most useful place for freelance journalists on the web. To get there, we want your help. Form communities within the community - freelance editors and copy editors, freelance photographers and broadcast journalists, freelance social media journalists, freelance data journalists - whatever your specialty, it's easy now for you to connect on SPJ with people who do the work you do.

The community site offers many of the great features from the previous SPJ site, but it also has new features such as a calendar of events, a revamped jobs board and community forums.

We've done a lot of work, but we won't be done until we have your input. What do you like? What's missing? What haven't we thought of? Send your thoughts to Michael Fitzgerald at or comment on our freelance message board.


You can buy pretty much any item you may want on the SPJ J-Mart. What's better than a tote bag, ornament, golf ball or hoodie emblazoned with the SPJ logo?

Answer: Even more SPJ merchandise. You can now buy Code of Ethics posters and items with new logos! There are SPJ Superman-branded calendars and posters, in addition to the new We Love SPJ line.

Take a look at


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.


You debated, we Storified. Take a look at the Great Oxford Comma Debate, which is a conglomerate of your tweets about whether or not AP style should include an Oxford comma. Spoiler alert: No official decision was reached.


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

Answer: SCOTUSblog

And the winner is ...Tim Sullivan of the San Antonio Pro Chapter. Congratulations!


How many journalists have lost their lives in Iraq since 1992? (guesstimate is acceptable)

Submit your answer to Taylor Carlier.

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