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SPJ Leads | 5/26/2010
What's new? Our site & 2010 Convention registration now open!


By Karen Grabowski
SPJ Communications Department

INTRODUCING THE NEW & IMPROVED SITE. We are proud to announce that we launched our new website this past weekend! We encourage everyone to peruse the site because a LOT is new. While certain basic facets of SPJ's website remain in place, the first stage of's 2010 makeover has brought numerous new ways to get around the site, stay on top of Society news and events, share content, and even take SPJ with you when you leave your computer. Click here for a brief rundown of the changes we want to highlight. Please let us know if you encounter any problems or technical glitches as you surf the site. Stay tuned more features and announcements will follow in the months ahead!

SPJ CONDEMNS CENSORSHIP OF TWO WYOMING NEWSPAPERS. On May 21, a Wyoming court issued a temporary restraining order against the Wyoming Tribune Eagle and the Cheyenne (Wyo.) Herald. SPJ leaders spoke out against the order, stating it violated the freedoms of the press and undermined the public's right to know. After the Tribune Eagle asked the judge to dissolve the order and several organizations including SPJ and the Wyoming Press Association condemned the prior restraint, the order was revoked. Read the statement SPJ released Wednesday applauding the court decision.

REGISTER FOR SPJ CONVENTION TODAY. Living large in Las Vegas, plus funding opportunities to bet your chips on!
Registration is now open for the 2010 SPJ Convention & National Journalism Conference in Las Vegas, Oct. 3-5 at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Sign up today to take advantage of early registration and get a sneak peek at some of the programming we have in store. Whatever exciting journalism lectures and training workshops happen in Vegas, stay in Vegas.

And don't forget: SPJ offers three opportunities for financial assistance to attend the convention. DEADLINE: JUNE 13.

The Robert D.G. Lewis First Amendment Award is given to a student SPJ member who has demonstrated outstanding service to the First Amendment through the field of journalism. The award winner receives a scholarship that provides a convention registration, two nights at the convention hotel and a ticket to the Mark of Excellence Awards Luncheon. Click here for more information and to apply.

This year, SPJ will award two convention scholarships in memory of Terry Harper, SPJ's executive director from 2002-09. The Terry Harper Memorial Scholarships include a convention registration, three nights at the convention hotel, airfare to Las Vegas and tickets to the convention's three ticketed meal events. Click here for more information and to apply.

The Diversity Leadership Fellows Program supports SPJ's efforts to encourage diverse journalists to be involved with the organization in leadership roles. The program provides fellows with a convention registration, three nights at the convention hotel, airfare to Las Vegas and tickets to the convention's three meal events. Click here for more information and to apply.

IMPROVISE A JAZZY CONFERENCE TITLE, WIN FREE REGISTRATION. What if the name of a national conference came from your noggin'? The Radio Television Digital News Association and the Society of Professional Journalists are co-hosting the national journalism conference next year in New Orleans, and they are looking for someone to name the event. If you have an idea, please share it using our online entry form. You may enter as many suggestions as you want until the deadline, June 1, 2010.

The winner will be announced June 30 in SPJ Leads.

By submitting your idea to our "Name that Event" contest, you will be eligible to win FREE convention registration for two years! Please contact Tara Sheehan or Chris Vachon if you have questions. No submission is too crazy.

GREAT RESOURCES FROM FOI TOUR. FOI Committee Chairman David Cuillier began his public records access tour in Arizona in April. Today he will visit the Home News Tribune and Courier News in East Brunswick, N.J. before spending the evening with the New York City Deadline Club. But on day one of the tour, he was in Phoenix sharing tips at Arizona State University. Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism Executive Director Linda Austin shared with us this link to Cuillier's presentation at the school. The link also includes Cuillier's 33-page booklet called "Unlocking the Power of Public Records." We'd like to thank Linda for sharing these resources, which are especially useful to those journalists who missed the Access Across America Tour when it came to their states.

But the tour isn't over yet! Cuillier heads to Maine and Vermont before he makes his way west via Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Missouri, Nebraska, Wyoming... click here for a complete list of tour dates, and follow Cuillier's travels on his blog!

ONE AWARD, ONE FELLOWSHIP, ONE JULY 1 DEADLINE. SPJ members still have the chance to apply for the Eugene C. Pulliam Fellowship for Editorial Writing and the Eugene S. Pulliam First Amendment Award, both offered through the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation.

The Eugene C. Pulliam Fellowship for Editorial Writing awards $75,000 to an editorial writer to help broaden his or her journalistic horizons and knowledge of the world. The annual award can be used to cover the cost of study, research and/or travel in any field.The Fellowship presentation will take place during the 2010 National Conference of Editorial Writers Convention. Learn more about the fellowship and how to apply here.

The Eugene S. Pulliam First Amendment Award honors a person or persons who have fought to protect and preserve one or more of the rights guaranteed by the First Amendment. The recipient of the award wins $10,000 and is presented the award and an engraved crystal at the 2010 SPJ Convention in Las Vegas. The honoree receives transportation to and lodging at the event. Learn more about the award and how to apply here.

The postmark deadline for each is July 1, so make sure to visit the links, download your entry form and send us your materials! For more information, contact SPJ Awards Coordinator Lauren Rochester at 317-927-8000 ext. 210.

SPJ MEMBER HONORED AT CANNES. SPJ member Mike Walter won Best Documentary Short at the celebrated Cannes Independent Film Festival. The 10-day festival showcases the best of indie filmmakers and runs alongside, but completely independent from, the Festival de Cannes. Walter's "Breaking News, Breaking Down," which ran at the 2009 SPJ Convention, earned him the official selection in the Short Film Corner and the title of Best Doc. Congratulations, Mike!

SCIENTIFIC TRAVEL OPPORTUNITIES FOR JOURNALISTS. Columbia University's Earth Institute encourages journalists to cover expeditions by Earth Institute researchers, who work on every continent and ocean. Upcoming trips are available here. Journalists may accompany scientists on a case-by-case basis; news organizations must pay for travel to sites. Unless otherwise stated, projects originate with the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. For those wishing to follow remotely, many teams post blogs on the State of the Planet pages. You can find more information and follow updates on the Media Advisory page. For more information, contact Kevin Krajick at 212-854-9729 or Kim Martineau at 845-365-8708.

JOURNALISTS STAKE CLAIM TO 'MOBILE NEWS'. News editors, mobile industry executives and academics gathered at the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute in April to brainstorm the challenges news companies face as smart phone usage sets new records for growth. By 2013 more people will access the Web by mobile device than by PC. The event, "Going Mobile: How Journalists Can Meet the Cell Phone Challenge," was sponsored by RJI and hosted by Clyde Bentley, a 2009-10 Reynolds Fellow and an associate professor of journalism at the Missouri School of Journalism. Commentary, session videos, liveblog and edited videos are now available online.

SPJ WELCOMES APRIL IN MAY. We would like to introduce you to SPJ member April Dudash, who is our summer Pulliam/Kilgore Freedom of Information intern. It's her third day at HQ and she's already hard at work on FOI issues, communications and membership initiatives. She's also delivered outstanding work in this small amount of time (see both statements concerning the censored papers in Wyoming and her first SPJ blog post). Say "hello" at

AND ROBERT IN THE WHITE CITY. The second half of the Pulliam/Kilgore internship team is in Washington, D.C., at the office of our legal counsel, Baker & Hostetler. Robert Arcamona is a law student at George Washington University and will work to compile SPJ's annual Freedom of Information report for distribution and publication later in the year. Welcome, Robert!

LAST WEEK'S QUIZ. Thanks in part to a particular Facebook group, a Pakistani court ordered authorities to block the entire social networking site until May 31. The Facebook group states that it "...believe(s) in and want(s) to defend freedom of speech and the foundation of democracy where it is threatened in the world." It also asked Facebook users to submit specific items for a contest, a contest that led to the ban in Pakistan. What are the requested items?

A. Caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad.

Congratulations to Ashley Rosenbaum! Ashley, your prize will arrive in your mailbox soon!

THIS WEEK'S QUIZ. This newspaper is located in the same city as our 2010 SPJ Convention. The paper is historically known for taking on a certain senator who used to see "red." What is the name of the paper, and what senator did it expose?

Submit your answer to Karen Grabowski.

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