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SPJ Leads | 6/16/2010
The SPJ grants keep coming!


By Karen Grabowski
SPJ Communications Department

CONGRATULATIONS, GRADS! SPJ sends out its heartfelt congratulations to all the SPJ student members who graduated this spring! We know this is an exciting time for you and we're very happy to be a part of it. Grads, don't forget that you can keep your $36 membership as a post-graduate member for up to 3 years after college. We hope you'll reach out to us or to your local chapters for any assistance we can provide. Best wishes for your future!

THE ACCESSIBLE DAVID CUILLIER. SPJ FOI Committee Chairman David Cuillier completed his Access Across America Tour June 10 in Arizona, his home state. To everyone who attended one of the 55 sessions Cuillier held around the country, thank you! Cuillier visited 33 states, covered 14,135 miles and talked to 1,009 people. The FOI guru said the tour "was the most rewarding experience of (his) professional life!" And based on the helpful feedback, we can confidently say that the 1,009 people Cuillier met with walked away from the sessions with a rewarding experience, too. Cuillier shares what he learned on his tour in his final blog post, be sure to read that and his previous posts.

BRINGING PRESS AND PUBLIC TOGETHER. SPJ is excited to award nine $2,500 grants for chapters nationwide to hold interactive public forums on journalism ethics. 'The Public & The Press' forums are funded by grants from the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation. The forums will bring news consumers, journalists and others together for a meaningful discussion of ethical, credible news and why it matters. SPJ and the SDX Foundation believe that it's more important now than ever to provide a platform for the public and the press to sit down together and have an open exchange of ideas. The following chapters received grants:

Chicago Headline Club
Fort Worth Pro Chapter
Valley of the Sun Pro Chapter
Washington, D.C., Pro Chapter
Snake River Pro Chapter
Press Club of Long Island
Southwest Missouri Pro Chapter
New Mexico Pro Chapter
Connecticut Pro Chapter

To learn more information about the grants and the upcoming programs, please visit the SPJ Public & The Press Web page or contact SPJ Ethics Committee Chairman Andy Schotz at

REPORTERS INSTITUTE ON TWITTER AND OTHER SOCIAL NEWS. Facebook and Twitter are still great places to join conversations about industry and SPJ news. There are social networking tools at the bottom of our new website that make it easy to share something you like or to see what others are saying on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Right now on spj_tweets, #spjri is the hot thing to follow!

Thirty early-career broadcast journalists will complete the SPJ Reporters Institute Wednesday at the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla. Since Monday, @scottleadingham (our wonderful Quill editor) has been keeping us posted on Twitter with Reporters Institute updates using #spjri.

At the Institute, journalists are attending sessions that focus on SPJ's missions of ethics, FOI and diversity as well as programs on new media and industry trends. On Tuesday, Kenneth Irby, director of diversity at The Poynter Institute, discussed theories and strategies behind diversity; and's Mike Toppo and University of Mississippi professor Deb Wenger held sessions on multimedia. Click here to learn more about the program.

SPJ CAMPUS CHAPTERS WIN FESTIVAL GRANTS. The campus chapters listed below received First Amendment Free Food Festival Grants from SPJ. The Festival is an award-winning event where students symbolically sign away their First Amendment rights in exchange for a free lunch. The program increases awareness for the importance of citizen's rights and demonstrates what it's like to be without them. Each chapter will hold its program during Fall 2010 or Spring 2011.

Indiana University-Bloomington
Indiana University/Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)
Southeast Missouri State University
Southern Methodist University
University of Florida
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
University of Arkansas
University of Maryland
Western Kentucky University
Western Washington University

For more information on the First Amendment Free Food Festival program, please visit or

APPLY FOR A PROGRAM GRANT. SPJ will invest $5,000 to fund local chapter programs during 2010-2011, and your chapter could receive up to $500 for your program or activity. All fully chartered SPJ chapters in good standing with the national organization are eligible to submit a grant proposal. Your chapter must have filed a 2009-2010 annual report by the stated deadline to be eligible. The deadline to apply is Midnight, EST, on September 15. Visit for complete details.

A FEW REMINDERS... The Journalists Toolbox is updated often. Make it one of the first resources you seek when news breaks.

The SPJ Freelancer Directory is a service we provide that brings you one step closer to being connected with an editor. As a member, you can place your profile in the database at no extra charge and your information is immediately available to all editors seeking freelancers.

The SPJ Job Bank is another service we provide to members at no extra cost, and we are continuing to build our database. SPJ also posts jobs that are listed on the News Association of America Job Bank, so you get two databases for the "price" of one!

Direct any questions regarding the above services to Karen Grabowski.

A NOTE FROM SPJ IN NYC. The Deadline Club of New York held its 2010 Annual Awards Dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel on Monday, June 7. Nearly 200 journalists and guests filled the elegant Hilton Room to hear keynote speaker Robert Thomson, managing editor of The Wall Street Journal and editor-in-chief of Dow Jones & Co., and to learn who won the club's coveted "Rube" statues. "It was an exciting evening," Deadline Club President Rebecca Baker said. "It proved that New York is truly the media capital of the country." To see excerpts from Thomson's speech and read more about the event, go to

SPJ/LA AND COVERING THE AUTO INDUSTRY. Only two days are left to RSVP for SPJ/LA's panel designed to help journalists navigate the complex issues around automotive designs, defects, trends and technologies. The panel will be held June 17 at Edmunds Inc. located at 1620 26th Street, suite 400, in Santa Monica. RSVP is required as space is limited. To make a reservation, e-mail or call the SPJ/LA hotline at (323) 259-3350.The event is free and open to all. Validated parking will be available in the Edmunds parking lot.

AAJA IN LA. The annual Asian American Journalists Association convention returns to Los Angeles for the first time in 17 years, August 4-7, at the Renaissance Hotel near the famous Hollywood & Highland entertainment complex. Our world-class program features panels and workshops to strengthen your skills in this dynamic field. Learn new technologies and techniques for investigative journalism, developing stories for multi-media platforms, covering ethnic communities and foreign coverage.

Register online or download the convention registration book, which includes travel information, convention highlights, national awards forms and more. Click here for more information.

LAST 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?

A. The name of the documentary is "Crude: The Real Price of Oil" and the oil company in question is Chevron.

The correct answer was submitted by several members (thank you!) but Tatiana Quiroga from University of Florida (Class of 2011) was the lucky winner plucked from the hat! Congratulations, Tatiana! SPJ goodies are headed your way.

THIS WEEK'S QUIZ. Q. The vuvuzela, a plastic horn that fans have been playing during the World Cup, has been the cause of disruption and annoyance during matches. How many decibels can the vuvuzela reach, and it has the potential to be louder than what power tool?

Submit your answer to Karen Grabowski for a chance to win the weekly prize. Remember, every correct entry will be placed into a drawing from which the winner will be chosen. The winner will be announced in next week's SPJ Leads.

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