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SPJ Leads | 11/10/2010
Schieffer, awards, deadlines, grants, training!


By Andrew M. Scott
SPJ Communications Department

YOUR ON-AIR CONNECTION TO THE SOCIETY. SPJ's new online talk program on BlogTalkRadio, hosted by Membership Committee member Holly Fisher, is LIVE on the "digital" airwaves again this week. The topic this month will be chapter programming with national secretary-treasurer and reporter John Ensslin.

Holly will also talk about SPJ's latest on-demand training resource, eCampus, as a member benefit as well as upcoming awards opportunities for professional and collegiate members.

Next Episode: Thursday, Nov. 11, 1 p.m. EST
Call-in Number: (347) 857-2441

If you have a question you want answered, now is your chance to log in, listen and participate! Visit this page or use the embedded player on the SPJ website to listen. You can also catch up on previous episodes.

BOB SCHIEFFER ON PHIL RECORD. CBS News anchor Bob Schieffer recently ended an episode of "Face the Nation" with a special tribute to his longtime mentor and friend Phil Record.

"He taught me everything I know about being a reporter and a lot of what I know about life. And we were friends for more than half a century," Schieffer said of the past national SPJ president. "TV personalities and well-known bylines come and go, but reporters like Phil Record at newspapers across our country are the reason journalism evolved into what it became in modern America: the crucial source of independently gathered, accurate information that citizens can compare to the government's version of events."

Watch the full segment here.

A feature and full obituary on Record will be in the upcoming November/December issue of Quill.

AWARDS GALORE. It's that time of year again prepare your best work for recognition in journalism awards contests. That's clearly more important than any other obligations the next two months ...

And no matter your place in the industry student, professional, ethnic media, etc SPJ likely has an award and category appealing to you, such as:

Mark of Excellence Awards:

This competition honors student journalism in print, radio, television and online categories. Our easy-to-use online submission format makes all the difference in time, money and convenience.

All work must have been published or broadcast in 2010. And, with an entry fee of $9 for SPJ members, getting your work recognized won't necessitate another loan.

See all the categories, rules and information on the submission process at the MOE Awards page. And don't forget to mark the deadline for entries: Jan. 26, 2011.

Sigma Delta Chi Awards:

Dating back to 1932, the Sigma Delta Chi Awards honor professional journalism excellence in all media: print, art/graphics, radio, television, online, newsletters and research. Continuing this year are categories for non-daily publications and specialty news websites, among others. And, the streamlined online submission process will save you time and money.

All work must have been published or broadcast in 2010. Winners will be honored at the Excellence in Journalism 2011 conference in New Orleans Sept. 25-28.

See all the categories, rules and information on the submission process at the SDX Awards page. The entry deadline is Feb. 9, 2011.

Please consider entering your work in one of these competitions, and encourage your journalism friends and colleagues to do the same. For questions on any SPJ awards, contact Lauren Rochester at 317-927-8000 ext. 210 or

YOU BE THE JUDGE. Help SPJ recognize excellence in journalism! Volunteer to judge the Mark of Excellence or Sigma Delta Chi Awards, two awards contests that recognize the best work published or broadcast in 2010. The MOE Awards honor the best collegiate journalists and the SDX Awards honor outstanding work by professionals.

For questions, contact Lauren Rochester at 317-927-8000 ext. 210 or

EAST TENN. HOSTS SOCIAL MEDIA ETHICS TRAINING. Speakers James Pilcher, business reporter for the Cincinnati Enquirer, and Jack Greiner, attorney for the Enquirer and a partner at the Cincinnati firm Graydon Head, will focus on how journalists can still apply traditional ethical standards to social media platforms.

"There is a national conversation taking place about the ethics of social media and how journalists use these tools in their reporting," Amanda Womac, ETSPJ president-elect, said. "We want to help journalists and other individuals using social media develop these platforms while still keeping the SPJ Code of Ethics at the core of their reporting."

For more information, e-mail Amanda Womac or call (865) 406-2964.

EXPLORING CURRENT ISSUES WITH 'NEWS NOW' The DePaul campus chapter has produced a Project Watchdog video titled "News Now" that explores current issues and topics in journalism.

The video, produced from interviews with speakers and attendees at the 2010 SPJ Convention in Las Vegas, is posted to the .chapter's YouTube channel

CALLING ALL PROGRAM IDEAS! Do you have a stellar journalism program you can't wait to share? Then submit it for the 2011 SPJ/RTDNA Excellence in Journalism Conference, Sept. 25-28 in New Orleans. The Call for Programs has started, and we want YOUR ideas. Help make the joint 2011 conference with the Radio Television Digital News Association educational and inspiring. Submit your proposal today. Proposals will be accepted until Jan. 2, 2011.

TRAINING WHILE BUILDING DIVERSITY. The International Center for Journalists, with the support of the Ford Foundation, is accepting applications for its newest program: The Ford Foundation Minority Journalists Program for International Reporting.

Eight minority journalists will be part of a training session in Washington, D.C. on how to become a foreign correspondent. Following training, participants will be sent on reporting assignments overseas to the location of their choice for up to three weeks.

Applicants must present a project proposal in their application, detailing the reporting project they would be interested in pursuing. The deadline for submitting applications is December 13th. For further information, please refer to the program website. Contact Marta Lopez at for more information.

SEJ PROVIDES FUNDING FOR NEW VENTURES. The Society of Environmental Journalists' Fund for Environmental Journalism is accepting applications for grants of up to $2,500 to help underwrite environmental reporting projects and entrepreneurial ventures.

The purpose of the Fund is to provide incentives and support to qualified journalists and news organizations to enhance the quantity and quality of environmental journalism. Read about the origin of the Fund for Environmental Journalism.

Any United States, Canada or Mexico-based journalist working independently or on the staff of either a for-profit or non-profit news organization is eligible to apply for an FEJ grant. Click here to read the SEJ eligibility requirements.

The application deadline is Nov. 15, midnight, local time, for all forms, materials and payment to be submitted. For more details, please read the FEJ Program Guidelines.

LAST WEEK'S QUIZ. According to Reporters Without Borders' Press Freedom Index 2010 report, 47 members of the press in what country are under arrest and being tried in court, while more than 700 criminal and civil cases involving journalists are ongoing? Hint: The country's penal code contains 27 articles that limit press freedom.

A. Turkey

And the winner is...

Cathy Siegner, Gary T. Coles and Doug Schlatter. The three were the only people to correctly answer this one. Additional kudos goes out to Doug for his correct answers to the quiz nearly every week. Congrats, everyone, and great job!

THIS WEEK'S QUIZ. What NPR duo recently won the AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Award and why?

Submit your answer to Andrew M. Scott.

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