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SPJ Leads | 6/18/2009
Rewards available for students, reporters and convention-goers


By Karen Grabowski
June 18, 2009

TODAY AND TODAY ONLY. Today, Thursday, June 18, is the LAST day to submit your candidacy biographies for board positions for inclusion in Quill. SPJ encourages all eligible members to consider running for one of 13 open seats, ranging from student representative to president-elect. All open positions are elected at the 2009 SPJ Convention & National Journalism Conference. The term of office begins Saturday, Aug. 29, 2009, following the installation banquet. See all the details about the positions and declaring candidacy at the SPJ Web site.

A LASTING TRIBUTE TO TERRY HARPER. Terry Harper's leadership, stewardship and passion helped make SPJ the vibrant organization it is today. A lasting tribute will honor Terry's memory and recognize his valuable years of service. SPJ President Dave Aeikens appointed a three-person committee of SPJ leaders who will determine how SPJ will respect and uphold Terry's strong legacy. The committee intends to announce its decision at the SPJ Convention in Indianapolis, Aug. 27-30.

If you would like to contribute to the Terry Harper Memorial fund, you may send a check or donate online. Please make checks payable to the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation and mail to:
Terry Harper Memorial Fund
3909 N. Meridian Street
Indianapolis, IN 46208

BOB WOODWARD et al. TALK SHOP. If you are in the D.C. area — or can fly there next week — grab your reporter's notebook and jot this down: Bob Woodward, Tom Rosenstiel, Steve Coll and Rick Edmonds will explore the future of the newspaper industry during a panel discussion Thursday, June 25 from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Congressman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and Congressman Mike Pence (R-Ind.) will host the event at the South Congressional Meeting Room CVC-217. Don't miss this pivotal opportunity to hear some of journalism's biggest names and most active leaders speak about what's to come. To attend, you must RSVP to Sean Oblack in Congressman Schiff's office at or 202-226-8348.

CONNECT AND SHARE IDEAS ONLINE. The 2009 Ted Scripps Leadership Institute just ended, but there's no need to leave the inspiration in Indianapolis. Mai Hoang, interim president of the William O. Douglas Pro Chapter, has created a LinkedIn alumni group for anyone who has participated in the program, past and present. The group is designed for members to share ideas about running local SPJ chapters, networking with other local chapter SPJ leaders or to reminisce about Duck Pin Bowling. Keep the inspiration going! To join, create an account with LinkedIn and visit the page. When requesting membership, you must send Hoang a message indicating the year you participated in the program.

Samantha Allen of the Ithaca College chapter also created a Facebook group for participants of the 2009 Scripps Institute that was held earlier this month. Search for "Scripps Institute, SPJ — 2009 Indianapolis" on Facebook.

FIRST AMENDMENT ESSAYS PAY OFF. When you write this essay, the reward you could receive won't be an A, but $500 in cash! The Robert D. G. Lewis First Amendment Award is to be used to attend the 2009 SPJ Convention Aug. 27-30 where students can capitalize on networking opportunities, media training and professional development programs. To apply, students should send a letter of interest documenting their service to the First Amendment and any other documentation that illustrates their service, a one-page biography, résumé and three letters of recommendation. For more application information, visit the award Web page. Contact Awards Coordinator Lauren Rochester with questions at or 317-927-8000 ext. 210.

FUNDING FOR CHAPTERS IS HERE! SPJ will invest $5,000 to fund local chapter programs during 2009-2010, and your chapter could receive up to $500 for your program or activity. All fully-chartered SPJ chapters in good standing with the national organization are eligible to submit a grant proposal. To be eligible, a chapter must have filed a 2008-2009 annual report with the national office by the posted annual report deadline. Professional and campus chapters compete on the same level for funds. See the program Web page for complete details and a link to the online application form. Questions? Contact Heather Porter at

DON'T LET $10,000 PASS YOU BY. The Founding Fathers viewed the basic freedoms guaranteed in the First Amendment not as a luxury, but as a necessity. That is why the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation funds the Eugene S. Pulliam First Amendment Award for efforts of a group or an individual. The award honors those who have fought to protect and defend the First Amendment and all its components. Please nominate your colleagues, or feel free to nominate yourself. With a prize of $10,000, the recognition is truly a prestigious honor and will be presented during the SPJ Convention. Transportation and lodging are provided for the winners. Submit nominations by July 1. See the SPJ Web site for complete details and an application.

LAST WEEK'S QUIZ. With Lara Logan speaking at the Convention's Mark of Excellence Luncheon, last week's quiz asked readers to think about journalism in Iraq. Logan's extensive work in Iraq before and after the U.S. arrived in the country has been an integral part of CBS News' coverage. When asked to name a newspaper published in Iraq, this week's winner MIKE LORZ named not just one but 10. Congratulations, Mike!

THIS WEEK'S QUIZ. There are many more speakers to hear at the Convention --
professionals with extraordinary experience under their belts, tried-and-true advice and dedication to the future of journalism. This week's quiz honors one such speaker who you will not want to miss:

Which convention speaker was expelled from high school and college, fired from a Top 100 newspaper, and nearly fined $5,000 while advising a college newspaper -- yet he's presenting a session on career advice?

Stumped? Check the SPJ Web site for more information about Convention speakers.

Submit your answer to Karen Grabowski.

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