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SPJ Leads | 6/9/2010
Last reminder let us take you to Vegas!


By Karen Grabowski
SPJ Communications Department

SPJ SUPPORTS FAU STUDENT PRESS RIGHTS. After SPJ received word that Florida Atlantic University threatened to punish a student journalist if she continued to recognize SPJ national board member Michael Koretzky as a volunteer adviser, we issued a statement to FAU administrators that we believe the student's freedoms of speech, press and assembly were being violated. Koretzky was removed as the FAU newspaper adviser and reinstated by students as a volunteer. The release (including the letter) is here.

TED SCRIPPS GRADUATES CELEBRATE SPJ. Last weekend, 43 pro and student SPJ members graduated from the annual Ted Scripps Leadership Institute, a three-day program full of leadership and chapter-building sessions. The participants learned more about themselves as leaders, participated in a fun duckpin bowling competition and left prepared with great ideas for their local chapters. There's a brief overview about the Ted Scripps weekend on our SPJ Works blog and 2010 Highlights will soon be added to the Leadership Institute page on the SPJ site, so keep checking back. Congratulations again to our Scripps grads!

REMINDER: TWO PULLIAM AWARDS AVAILABLE. The deadline is coming up fast (July 1) for two Pulliam Awards offered by the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation:

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. Learn more about the eligibility requirements and nomination packets on the SPJ website. You could win $10,000 and a trip to the 2010 SPJ National Conference in Las Vegas.

The Eugene C. Pulliam Fellowship for Editorial Writing is looking for mid-career editorial writers or columnists at a U.S. newspaper to apply for a $75,000 fellowship! This award allows the Pulliam Editorial Fellow to take courses, pursue independent study, travel or pursue other endeavors that enrich their knowledge of a public interest issue. Further information and the application are on the SPJ website.

The postmark deadline for both awards is July 1. Please contact awards coordinator Lauren Rochester at or at 317-927-8000 ext. 210 if you have questions. Good luck!

CONGRATULATIONS, WORKING PRESS STAFF OF 2010. On Tuesday, SPJ announced the 2010 staff of The Working Press, a daily tabloid newspaper that covers the SPJ National Convention. The team is comprised of 13 collegiate journalists and will be advised by Ben Kelly of The Clarion-Ledger (Miss.). Names of the internship recipients can be found in the news release on our website. Congratulations, team!

NEW BLOG GIVES AN INSIDE LOOK. We are pleased to announce that a new SPJ blog has been added to our blogosphere. "The Road to Vegas" is brought to you by the people helping put together the 2010 SPJ Convention & National Journalism Conference in Las Vegas. The posts provide an inside look, with new stories about convention planning, speakers, events and more happening each week.

NEED HELP GETTING TO CONVENTION? WE HAVE THE SOLUTION. The deadline is four days away for opportunities to receive assistance to attend the 2010 SPJ Convention. We are proud to honor SPJ members with these scholarships, fellowships and awards:

Diversity Leadership Fellows Program
Terry Harper Memorial Scholarships (For SPJ professional members)
Robert D.G. Lewis First Amendment Award (For SPJ student members)

The postmark deadline is June 13, so don't delay!

GENERATING POSITIVE FEEDBACK. The SPJ Generation J Committee blog is now writing "Good Work Wednesdays" posts that recognize young journalists who excel in their craft. Take a look at the blog, and if you would like to submit an item for Good Work Wednesdays, e-mail Aiesha Little at

OVER 900 REASONS TO VISIT THIS SITE. There are 973 events listed on, a site managed by both SPJ and the Council of National Journalism Organizations. The events range from webinars to workshops to all types of training sessions across the country. You may search by state, topic, time or training type to find training that meets your needs. Check it out here.

SPJ MEMBER HONORED WITH FELLOWSHIP. SPJ extends congrats to Tanya Ishikawa who was awarded a fellowship to a National Press Foundation program. She will join 20 fellows from around the nation in Washington, D.C. for the "Retirement Issues in the 21st Century" program from June 20 to 23. Ishikawa, a writer and editor, was awarded the fellowship based on her application including a resume, clips and a reference letter. Congratulations, Tanya!

NEW BEGINNINGS FOR ONE MEMBER. The Center for Public Integrity hired new members of its team to position the organization for growth and further excellence in public interest journalism. One of the new hires is SPJ member Ricardo Sandoval Palos, who is president of the SPJ Northern California Pro chapter. He is now the new International Consortium of Investigative Journalists project manager for CPI. Congratulations, Ricardo!

THE BEST AND THE BRIGHTEST. The 2010 Sunshine State Awards were given last week to outstanding journalists in Florida. Of the awards, SPJ South Florida President Darcie Lunsford said, ""This has been a challenging year for our profession, but in spite of that, Florida journalists rose above it to deliver the kind of top-notch journalism our communities need. The kind of stories that the Sunshine State Awards recognize exemplify the important role that the news media play in our democracy." Read more about the award winners here.

NLGJA JOURNALISM AWARDS. The 2010 National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA) Excellence in Journalism Awards recognize and reward excellence in journalism on issues related to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. Excellence in Journalism work published in 2009 will be recognized in the following categories: Excellence in HIV/AIDS Coverage, Excellence in News Writing, Excellence in Feature Writing, Excellence in Opinion/Editorial Writing, Excellence in Online Journalism, Excellence in Photojournalism, Excellence in Student Journalism, Excellence in Network Television, Excellence in Local Television and Excellence in Radio. Nominations must be received no later than 11:00 PM ET, Friday, June 25, 2010. Click here for more information or to apply.

LAST WEEK'S QUIZ. Q. BP recently hired a new head of U.S. media relations as it looks to repair its image during the Gulf oil spill. Who is taking over the job, and what political job(s) did he/she formerly hold?

A. Anne Wolmack-Kolton, the former head of Public Affairs for the US Department of Energy, and former vice president Dick Cheney's press secretary in the 2004 campaign.

The lucky winner this week is Hal Davis! Congratulations, Hal! Keep an eye on your mail for your prize.

THIS WEEK'S QUIZ. Q. A filmmaker has been asked by a major oil company to turn over 600 hours of raw footage from his recent documentary. It is argued that the filmmaker has a reporter's privilege and disclosure of the footage would "have a chilling effect on future film reporting." What is the name of this documentary, and what is the name of the oil company in question?

Remember, many will enter but few will win. In fact, only one can win! All correct answers will be placed into a drawing from which next week's winner will be chosen. Submit your answer to Karen Grabowski.

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