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SPJ Leads | 12/29/2010
Fellowships, training and the call for programs


By Andrew M. Scott
SPJ Communications Department

REPORTERS COMMITTEE FELLOWSHIP. The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press is seeking an experienced reporter and editor to serve as its Reporters Committee Journalism Fellow. The recipient will write, edit and design for the Committee publications and website.

Applicants must have three years experience as a reporter, editor and designer for print or on-line publications and a strong interest in free press issues. The fellow also will be able to audit a college-level course on First Amendment/media law.

A cover letter, resume, references, news clips and design samples should be mailed by March 1 to the Committee's Executive Director, Lucy A. Dalglish, or to

Learn more about the fellowship here.

DEADLINE IN 4 DAYS: CALL FOR PROGRAMS! Share your professional wisdom and build on your personal brand! Submit a program idea for the SPJ/RTDNA Excellence in Journalism 2011 conference, Sept. 25-28 in New Orleans. The Call for Programs is almost over, 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.

We are seeking proposals that:

contain leading-edge information
emphasize training, learning and performance
are "how-to" and hands-on
focus on skill-building
provide personal development strategies
comprise no more than two presenters

Hurry because the deadline is NEXT WEEK! Proposals will be accepted until Jan. 2.

TRAINING EVERYWHERE. Need to boost your journalism skills? We've got you covered regionally, nationally and digitally!

SPJ is proud to provide The site is devoted to helping journalists everywhere find the training they need by providing a centralized location for journalists seeking information about professional development opportunities. You can use the website directly or by visiting the SPJ Training page.

The Training page is the Society's main hub for other professional development resources available to journalists, including Training on Demand: eCampus. This SPJ members-only collection of online video vignettes shares insight for today's fast-paced, multi-platform journalism.

And don't forget about Journalist's Toolbox, presented by SPJ. The Toolbox keeps journalists current with the latest online resources available for any beat.

SPRING CONFERENCES COMING. SPJ's Spring Conferences are daylong professional development events that bring area journalists, students and journalism educators together for top-notch training.

Networking opportunities at the conferences allow participants to build relationships that can lead to the sharing of the best practices in newsrooms. Enhance yourself and your journalism career by attending a Spring Conference in your area. Find a Spring Conference near you.

FREE WEBINAR ON EDITING BUSINESS STORIES. With smaller staffs and tighter deadlines, journalists are increasingly called on to be experts on all things great and small. The Reynold's Center is offering a free Webinar that aims to bring business copy into your comfort zone or at least closer to it by exposing the biggest pitfalls editors and reporters face in dealing with business topics.

What You Will Learn:

When is a foreclosure not a foreclosure?
Is there a difference between percentage and percentage point? Why should it matter?
What do I absolutely need to know about earnings?
How can I translate business jargon into understandable terms?

You can attend the interactive session at either noon or 4 p.m. EDT on March 29. The webinar is geared to editors, copy editors and reporters who do not specialize in business news but who are called upon to edit or write business stories.

Learn more about the webinar by following this link.

ON THE BLOGS. The SPJ Blogs Network is constantly active with frequent trends and advice to help journalists. The network ranges from chapter development, ethics, collegiate development, digital trends, education and more written by SPJ committee members. Here is a look at some of the latest entries in the past few days:

First Draft
"Making your internship interesting & worthwhile
Three years into broadcast and I have already had the pleasure and sometimes pain of working with close to a dozen interns. Internships are important and students should take advantage of them. (Read more)

The Independent Journalist
"How to keep the freelance fire going"
Writing and reporting alone, often at the risk of rejection, can take a lot out of you. Throw sales, marketing, invoicing, collecting and business planning into the mix and burnout starts brewing. Setting yourself on fire occasionally is one thing; kindling your efforts daily is another... (Read more)

Journalism and the World
"RSF Internet Enemies List: Few Surprises"
The hostility governments in places such as Burma, China, Cuba exhibit toward freedom of speech, press and expression is well documented. What I like about the RSF Internet list is the detail it provides about those governments. (Read more)

See the full blog list here.

LAST WEEK'S QUIZ. What holiday Christmas TV special celebrates its 45th anniversary this year?

A. A Charlie Brown Christmas. Did you know that network executives criticized the special as a failure before it even aired? It was criticized for being too religious; for featuring contemporary jazz, an offbeat choice for a cartoon, and for not having a laugh track. It was even criticized for using the voices of real children. Good Grief! But in the end, the holiday special was an instant classic with viewers and reviewers alike.

And the winner is...

Whitney Bryen of Golden, Colo. Congrats Whitney!

THIS WEEK'S QUESTION. What is your "journalism" New Year's resolution for 2011? We'll share the best of the best next week.

Submit your answer to Andrew M. Scott.

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