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SPJ Leads | 5/12/2010
Open call for nominations, summer interns and more


By Karen Grabowski
SPJ Communications Department

OUR SUMMER INTERNS. Two new people will join our SPJ family for summer 2010. Congratulations to Rob Arcamona and April Dudash, our SPJ Pulliam/Kilgore Freedom of Information interns! Arcamona will work in Washington, D.C., at the law offices of Baker and Hostetler. Dudash will be in Indianapolis at SPJ national headquarters working on FOI-related pieces for Quill magazine.

FREE FOOD GOES NATIONAL. The First Amendment Free Food Festival held by the SPJ chapter at University of Wisconsin, Eau Clair, gained national attention this past week. Chapter members Jenny You and Pat Doyle were on Fox News discussing the importance of the event and how it spread awareness and promoted First Amendment rights and values. The chapter program, created by SPJ South Florida Pro chapter members Michael Koretzky and Michele Boyet in 2006, is an event that allows students to symbolically sign away their First Amendment rights for free food. The festival demonstrates to participants and passersby the importance of those rights. Several campus chapters across the nation have held the event to promote and spread awareness of First Amendment rights and values. Click here to watch UWEC SPJ on Fox News!

SPJ will soon award chapter grants to help students hold their own First Amendment Free Food Festivals. Stay tuned for more details!

And for more information about the event, or e-mail him at michael@koretzky.comcheck out Koretzky's FAFFF website.

STUDENTS FIRST. The Robert D.G. Lewis First Amendment Award is given each year to a student SPJ member who has demonstrated outstanding service to the First Amendment through the field of journalism. From the generosity of the Lewis family, the award includes a scholarship that provides a 2010 SPJ convention registration, two nights at the convention hotel in Las Vegas, and a ticket to the MOE Awards Luncheon where the recipient will be recognized for his/her achievements. Applications are due June 13 and may be easily submitted online here. Contact Lauren Rochester with any questions.

$10K FOR FIRST AMENDMENT FIGHTERS. The Eugene S. Pulliam First Amendment Award is presented by the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation to a person or persons who have fought to protect and preserve one or more of the rights guaranteed by the First Amendment. Annually, an individual, a group of individuals or an organization is chosen for this award that honors its namesake and his commitment to journalism and First Amendment rights. Recipients receive $10,000, transportation to the SPJ national convention and a commemorative crystal award. Nominations are open to any and all in the U.S., and anyone can nominate candidates. Please read the complete rules and guidelines on the awards page. Nominations must be postmarked on or before July 1.

$75K FELLOWSHIP FOR WRITERS. The Eugene C. Pulliam Fellowship for Editorial Writing is intended to enable a mid-career editorial writer or columnist at a U.S. newspaper to have time away from daily responsibilities for study and research. The fellowship awards $75,000 to an outstanding journalist in editorial or column writing. Complete rules and guidelines are here. All application materials must be in English and postmarked by July 1.

HOW CAN WE HELP? The SPJ Membership Committee and SPJ headquarters staff are working to make SPJ marketing materials available for download at Committee chairwoman Holly Fisher wants to know what items you'd like to see available. Offer your suggestions on the membership blog here.

WHERE IN THE WORLD IS DAVID CUILLIER? FOI Committee Chairman David Cuillier is in Lansing, Mich., May 12, working with the Mid-Michigan Pro chapter on FOI training. The Access Across America Tour stays in Michigan until Friday, May 14, when Cuillier heads south to Findlay, Ohio.

Please click here for a full list of tour stops and read on to see David's schedule this week. Members in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama should take particular notice:

Thursday, May 13 (Michigan)

11-12 Owosso Argus-Press, Owosso, Mich. (staffers)
3-4 p.m. The County Press, Lapeer, Mich. (staffers)
6:30-8:30 p.m. Detroit SPJ pro chapter, 615 West Lafayette Blvd., Detroit, $10 for SPJ members, $12 for non-members. (Check to see if full contact info).

Friday, May 14 (Ohio)

3-5 p.m. Findlay Courier, Findlay, Ohio (staffers)

Saturday, May 15 (Kentucky)

9-11 a.m. Louisville Pro chapter, Louisville, Ky. Watch for more details.

Sunday, May 16 (Kentucky)

Day of rest/driving

Monday, May 17 (Tennessee)

11:30-1:30 Middle Tennessee Pro chapter and Tennessee Coalition for Open Government, Nashville, Tenn., Curb Event Center, Beaman A., Belmont University. Cost is $20 per person and includes a box lunch. See website for more information.

7:30-9:30 p.m. East Tennessee Pro chapter, Knoxville, Tenn., auditorium, 321 College of Communications Building, Circle Park Drive, University of Tennessee. Free for SPJ members and $10 for non-members. See more information and RSVP.

Tuesday, May 18 (Georgia-Alabama)

11:30-1:30 Georgia First Amendment Coalition, Atlanta, Ga. See website for more information.

6:30-8:30 p.m. Alabama Pro chapter, Montgomery, Ala.

Wednesday, May 19 (Georgia)

2-4 p.m. Valdosta newspaper, Valdosta, Ga. (staffers)

OHIO CHAPTER SUPPORTS OSU JOURNO. The Central Ohio Pro chapter condemned the detainment of Ohio State University student photographer Alex Kotran by university police. Kotran was detained and handcuffed after he attempted to photograph two escaped cows on April 21. While the school is not pressing charges, Kotran must face the university's Office of Student Life and possible judiciary measures from the school. The chapter wrote a letter to the university expressing its support for the student journalist saying, "there is no credible evidence that (Kotran) caused a hazard or contributed one." The chapter also encouraged the School of Communication to support Kotran. Read more about SPJ's support in The Latern article.

PCLI IN 2012. In what may be a record for advanced planning by an SPJ chapter, the Press Club of Long Island has set the date for the 2012 Region 1 Spring Conference. The conference will be held March 23 and 24 at Stony Brook University in coordination with the Stony Brook University School of Journalism. Learn more about the Press Club and the conference here. PCLI also tweets and likes Facebook.

LIKE IT OR LOVE IT. Facebook shucked its "Fans" for "Likes" instead, but the SPJ Facebook Page is still running strong! We hope you "Like" us and visit the page often for updated SPJ blog posts and other programming and industry information. Click here to "like" our page and to engage with other members and journalists around the world.

SAJA IN NJ. The South Asian Journalists Association's "SAJA Comes To You New Jersey," Saturday, May 22, is from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Graduate Student Lounge, Rutgers Student Center at Rutgers University. At the event, panelists will lead a discussion on reporting in India and the U.S. SAJA will also offer a resume critique. To sign up, send an e-mail to with subject line "SAJA NJ Resume Critique." The deadline is May 15. See the SAJA website for more information.

LAST WEEK'S QUIZ. 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.

A. "The Paper" with Maury Povich and Connie Chung

Thanks to everyone who entered this week's quiz! Thirteen members answered correctly and were entered into the drawing.

And the lucky winner is Renee Petrina!

Congratulations, Renee! Renee let us know that while "The Paper" is good, she prefers Aaron Matthews' "The Paper," a documentary that followed Penn State University's The Daily Collegian for a year. But we are pretty sure the PSU alumna is biased. Keep an eye out for your prize, Renee, it's coming to you a la snail mail.

THIS WEEK'S QUIZ. The nation's attention (and news media) is still focused on the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, but only the AP got exclusive coverage on the barge, the Joe Griffin, that carried a containment vessel that everyone hoped could contain a majority of the leak. An attempt to lower the vessel over the leak began Friday, May 7, but was thwarted the following day. But it was the AP that brought those efforts to you first. Name the AP reporter who achieved the exclusivity and who AP Executive Editor Kathleen Carroll called "incredibly persistent."

Submit your answer to Karen Grabowski.

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