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SPJ Leads | 5/5/2010
National SPJ award winners and finalists announced


By Karen Grabowski
SPJ Communications Department


SDX AWARDS. SPJ announced the national winners of the 2009 Sigma Delta Chi Awards Monday, May 3. Judges chose the winners from over 1,300 entries in categories covering print, radio, television and online. The awards recognize outstanding work published or broadcast in 2009. Award winners will be honored Oct. 2 at the SDX Awards Banquet in Las Vegas. The banquet precedes the 2010 SPJ Convention & National Journalism Conference. See the full list of winners here.

MOE AWARDS. SPJ announced the 2009 Mark of Excellence Awards national winners and finalists Tuesday, May 4. More than 3,600 entries were submitted to the contest by students across the country. The awards honor the best collegiate work published or broadcast during 2009. The student journalists will be recognized Monday, Oct. 4, at the Mark of Excellence Awards Luncheon during the 2010 SPJ Convention & National Journalism Conference. View all the winners and finalists here.

Links to the regional winners of the Mark of Excellence Awards contest are currently on the SPJ homepage.

SPJ LDF SUPPORTS TRAVEL BLOGGER. The SPJ Legal Defense Fund granted a request for $2,500 to journalist Christopher Elliott, which will assist him in a libel suit. Elliott, a travel blogger, was sued by the travel company Palm Coast Travel for defamation, false light and tortuous interference with contract. Read more about the grant and Elliott's case in the SPJ press release online.

FULL ACCESS FOI. According to the Access Across America Tour Blog, Dave Cuillier has traveled 2,005 miles through 4 states to give 10 sessions to 228 people! Great job, Dave!

If you haven't been following Dave, he began in Phoenix and was last sited in Tacoma, Wash. On the day this newsletter is released, he'll still be in Washington state visiting Seattle, Kennewick and Spokane. The goal of his tour, which is sponsored by a grant by the SDX Foundation, is to give training on acquiring public records to as many journalists as possible. He will continue traveling the country providing training for chapters, newsrooms and open government coalitions until June 10. Click here to see when he will be in a city near you!

SAVE THESE DATES. You are cordially invited to what we are confident will be the journalism event of the year! Keep an eye out for your "Save the Date" e-mail about the 2010 SPJ Convention & National Journalism Conference. Mark these dates in your calendar: Oct. 3-5, 2010. More information to come...

(And don't forget to enter the RTDNA/SPJ "Name that Event" Contest! You can enter as many names as you want until June 1.)

CHAPTER ANNUAL REPORTS DUE. Pro chapters: Please don't forget that the pro chapter reports are due June 1. The guidelines and submission form are available online. We've put everything online to be easily accessible all you have to do is fill in the boxes and click "Send Report!"

FIRST AMENDMENT AWARD FOR STUDENTS. The deadline to apply for the Robert D.G. Lewis First Amendment Award is June 13. The award recognizes outstanding service to the First Amendment through the field of journalism. The recipient will receive one 2010 SPJ convention registration, two nights at the Planet Hollywood Hotel & Casino and a ticket to the Mark of Excellence Awards Luncheon on Monday, Oct. 4. Read more about the award and how to apply online. If you have any questions, please contact Lauren Rochester at or 317-927-8000 x 210.

CENSUS RESOURCES. SPJ offers a variety of resources online. One timely tool is the Census Resources for Journalists page. We've collected Census-related resources that we hope will help you to report the forthcoming research effectively. If you think we're missing something, don't be shy! Let us know.

AMY PUTS THE WRITE IN PLAYWRIGHT. Amy Wimmer Schwarb, president of the SPJ Indiana Pro chapter, was featured in the Spring 2010 Dow Jones News Fund Adviser Update. Her Scholastic Profile highlighted the importance of "Returning to the basic tenets" of journalism. In it she gave kudos to her high school journalism teacher, Bonnie Shipman, whose teachings influenced her from her beginnings at the St. Petersburg Times to her current job as executive editor of Indianapolis Monthly.

In addition to her article in the Dow Jones New Fund publication, her work with Indianapolis Monthly and her volunteering for SPJ, Schwarb wrote a play. The play, appropriately, is about the newspaper industry. Those near Indianapolis can see the production May 7-9 at the IndyFringe Theater. Local journalists Dennis Ryerson, Indianapolis Star editor; David Zivan, Indianapolis Monthly editor; and John Ketzenberger leave their pens and pencils behind for acting cameos. Come out if you're in the area!

The show times are:
9 p.m. Friday, May 7
6 p.m. Saturday, May 8
7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 9

IRWIN GRATZ: THE MAINE EVENT. We received word that one of our treasured SDX Foundation board members and past SPJ presidents will be the commencement speaker at the University of Maine at Augusta this weekend. Irwin Gratz will help lead the 600-some graduates of UMA on to the next step in their lives. Gratz has been an anchor of Maine Public Radio's "Morning Edition" since 1992 and was national SPJ president in 2004-05. He has been a dedicated member of SPJ since 1982. Gratz shared with us that he has prepared remarks about the news, space flight, dreams and limits. He also told us that he is humbled by the great honor to have been selected.

LAST WEEK'S QUIZ. Q. In this video from Abilene Christian University is a shot of a particular magazine with which SPJ is very familiar (okay, it's OUR magazine). In that issue is a reference to a particular journalist/author who is now deceased. That journalist was notable for writing about a particular sporting event, happening in May. Who is the journalist, what is the event, and what's the title of the piece ABOUT the event? (Hint: The reference comes between pages 5 and 30.)

This quiz was a bit more difficult than recent past questions, but one member persevered.

Congratulations Craig Lyons!

Craig's correct answer, Hunter S. Thomspon, the Kentucky Derby, "The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved," earns him a package of SPJ goodies. Great job, Craig keep an eye on your mail!

THIS WEEK'S QUIZ. Q. The Newseum features a moving display of the coverage of 9/11, the reconstructed desk of Tim Russert and several opportunities to buy souvenir t-shirts that proudly proclaim, "Team Cooper" and "News Junkie" (I know, I bought the latter). And on May 13, a critically acclaimed movie from 1994 will be presented with the help of two journalists. Name the movie and the two guests who will watch the film with you if you attend the affair.

Submit your answer to Karen Grabowski.

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