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SPJ Leads | 2/11/2010
Journalism awards, training opps and tools just for you


By Karen Grabowski
SPJ Communications Department

SDX AWARDS DEADLINE. Friday is the initial deadline to submit entries for the Sigma Delta Chi Awards. However, submissions may be completed online ( until 11:59 p.m. Pacific, Tuesday, Feb. 16 (for you East Coasters, that's 2:59 a.m. Eastern, Wednesday, Feb. 17). The portal will be left open until that time to allow entrants to finish uploading their work. Please take careful note of the closing time.

If you have any questions about the rules or the awards categories, please contact Lauren Rochester at (317) 927-8000 ext. 210. Our new online submission process makes entering easy and efficient, but please don't wait until the last moment! Our server becomes very busy with entrants' activities. We strongly encourage you to submit your entries before the final day.

SERVE ON THE BOARD. We're still seeking qualified individuals to serve as officers and directors for 2010-11. This is a fantastic opportunity to really get involved with SPJ!

To run for the national board, candidates must be national SPJ members in good standing, have demonstrated commitment to SPJ, and provide proof of employer support for SPJ activities. All individuals seeking a national board position must complete a declaration form, submit a photo and complete a board questionnaire that will be distributed to all voting delegates. The declaration form is a new component to the candidacy requirements, so please carefully review the nomination and candidacy information on the SPJ Web site.

At the SPJ Convention & National Journalism Conference, Oct. 3-6 in Las Vegas, elections will be held for the following positions:

Adviser at Large
Director at Large
Student Representative (two positions open)
Regional Director in Region 1, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9

Read more about the available positions and how to nominate a colleague or yourself. While there is no deadline to declare, any candidate wishing to have his/her candidacy announced in Quill magazine must meet a June 18 copy deadline. Contact Nominations Committee Chair Dave Aeikens and Executive Director Joe Skeel as soon as possible if you are interested. Good luck!

SPRING CONFERENCE UPDATE. Have you checked our site recently to see if there are updates to your region's spring conference? Region 12 (encompassing Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee) recently listed its Web site and registration information to our conference page. The Region 12 conference is April 9-10 in Knoxville, Tenn. and will consist of timely programs that focus on environmental reporting issues, sports journalism, social media and more! No matter where you are, there will be a conference near you. Don't miss this opportunity to network and learn with your local colleagues.

TOOLS FOR YOU. The Journalist's Toolbox is full of resources that help journalists do their jobs. Have you checked out the updates lately? Mike Reilley, the site's creator and administrator, works hard to provide relevant content to journalists like information regarding Toyota's recent recalls. Keep checking back for the new resources! And you can always follow the Toolbox on Twitter: @journtoolbox.

TOOLS FROM ICFJ. The International Center for Journalists recently published two guides to help journalists cover disaster and deal with trauma. Click here for the resources. ICFJ is a non-profit organization that aims to advance quality journalism worldwide.

TOOLS CONDENSED. We made another list of real-time tweets! This time, the list consists of tweets from those who discuss journalism industry issues, people like former E&P writer Joe Strupp, Poynter's Romenesko, and the fine folks at Nieman Lab. Check out the list on the SPJ Works blog.

DO YOU PUT THE 'NEW' IN NEWSROOM? Then this program is for YOU. The SPJ Reporters Institute is for journalists who have just graduated or are in the first three years of their career. An exceptional training program held at The Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla., the institute was created by industry professionals and young journalists who know and understand the issues you face and want to help you succeed. There are two programs one for print journalists and one for broadcast journalists that focus on ethics, FOI, diversity and the new media trends that seem to change daily in this fast-paced profession. SPJ encourages all early career journalists to consider applying. Applications will be accepted until March 1. Contact Heather Porter with questions.

ATTENTION CHAPTER LEADERS. Professional and student chapter presidents for 2010-11 are strongly encouraged to apply for the 2010 Ted Scripps Leadership Institute, June 4-6 in Indianapolis. The institute helps participants learn how to help their chapters be successful with sessions on interpersonal and organizational leadership skills, as well as sound chapter management practices. The only cost to you is an investment of $100 all travel, lodging and meal costs are provided for this fantastic opportunity. The program is open to only 50 participants, so apply online today! The deadline to apply is March 16.

WE NEED MENTORS. Put your experience to work by mentoring another SPJ member. Members wishing to serve as mentors should have at least five years of professional experience. Mentors who have experience in the following areas are specifically needed: publishing/book authoring, D.C. work experience, radio, television, online media and photography. Those interested may apply by visiting the SPJ Mentor page. Please contact Heather Porter with questions.

WIN MONEY, GO TO VEGAS. Are you a student interested in attending the 2010 SPJ Convention and National Journalism Conference in Las Vegas? Go for essentially free! The Robert D.G. Lewis First Amendment Award is given annually by SPJ and the Lewis family to a student member for his or her outstanding service to the First Amendment through the field of journalism. The winner is awarded $500 cash to be used to attend the conference. Convention registration and a ticket to the Mark of Excellence Awards Luncheon are also given to the honoree. If you or someone you know has shown exceptional dedication to the First Amendment, please read more about this honor and how to apply. The application deadline is June 9.

SPJ REMEMBERS DAVID J. MORROW. David J. Morrow died Feb. 1 from cancer. He was 49. Morrow was the editor-in-chief of from 2001 to 2009 when he became the first Reynolds Endowed Chair in Business Journalism at the Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada. He also worked for SmartMoney magazine, The New York Times, The Detroit Free Press and Fortune magazine. Jim Cramer, host of CNBC's "Mad Money," remembers Morrow's singing. Those in Reno remember his enthusiasm, dedication and passion for business journalism and the students who wished to pursue a career in business journalism.

NEW MASTER'S PROGRAMS AT USC. The USC Annenberg School of Journalism is accepting applications for admission into two new programs: the M.A. in Specialized Journalism and the M.A. in Specialized Journalism (the Arts). In the Master's Programs in Specialized Journalism, students design their own curriculum while also focusing on digital skills, social networking and entrepreneurship. The deadline to apply is March 5. All applicants will be considered for the Annenberg Fellowship. Learn more information online or by e-mailing Annenberg admissions at

J-CAMP FOR TEENS. The Asian American Journalism Association is holding a journalism camp for high school freshmen, sophomores or juniors July 31-Aug. 4 at Loyola Marymount University. The camp is a FREE multicultural journalism program for high school students who want to be journalists. Students will live on the university campus and get hands-on training in writing, photography, broadcasting, online media and reporting with professional journalists. Download an application here. The deadline to apply is April 2. Learn more online or by contacting AAJA National Student Programs Coordinator Nao Vang at (415) 346-2051 x102 or

MEDALS FOR MERIT. Enter the 16th Annual Casey Medals for Meritorious Journalism competition, which recognizes exemplary reporting on children and families. Not only do the awards recognize traditional print and broadcast journalism, for the first time citizen journalists and reporters from online-only news sites are eligible to apply. First-place winners receive $1,000 and will be honored at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. Casey Medalists are automatically considered for two additional $5,000 awards presented by the America's Promise Alliance. The Journalism Center on Children & Families is a non-profit training and resource center based at the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism.

OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED. SPJ National Headquarters will be closed Monday, Feb. 15 for Presidents Day. Offices will reopen Tuesday, Feb. 16, at 8 a.m.

LAST WEEK'S QUIZ. Q. Whether you're a football fan or not, you probably know that Peyton Manning is the son of famed Saints quarterback Archie Manning, which made for an interesting story this 44th Super Bowl. But do you know how many times Peyton has won The Associated Press NFL Most Valuable Player? (Hint: It's a record)

A. 4. Manning won in 2003, 2004 and 2008 before being awarded the honor again this year.

Congratulations to Melissa Domsic from Lansing, Mich.! Melissa, for you, we pulled from our archives Corydon B. Dunham's "Fighting for the First Amendment, Stanton of CBS vs. Congress and the Nixon White House." A foreword by Walter Cronkite kicks off this book, which "is an inside look at how a Congressional Committee, supported by the Nixon White House, sought to establish control over broadcast news by investigating editorial news judgment." Happy reading!

THIS WEEK'S QUIZ. Q. Google released a new product that industry analysts say is meant to compete with Facebook, Foursquare, Twitter and other similar social networking sites. Shortly after its release, journalists were blogging and tweeting about how the product could help them in the newsroom and on the scene of breaking news. Name this new offering from Google.

Submit your answer to Karen Grabowski for a chance to win an SPJ prize.

Correction:The SPJ Leads from Feb. 4 contained a typo. The headline, "LAID-OFF? WE'LL WAVE DUES," should have read "LAID-OFF? WE'LL WAIVE DUES."

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