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SPJ Leads | 1/5/2011
Twitter chats, student leadership and an important message


By Andrew M. Scott
SPJ Communications Department

NOT PURSUING 'ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT' CAMPAIGN. Contrary to many references in recent days, SPJ has not engaged in any initiative to end the use of the term "illegal immigrant." One of SPJ's volunteer Diversity Committee members, Leo Laurence, wrote a blog post and an article expressing his personal opinion and reporting discussion within the committee on this topic. However, the committee did not reach any consensus, nor has national SPJ.

The views expressed by Laurence in Quill magazine, SPJ's Diversity Committee blog "Who's News," and on subsequent television programs are his personal opinion and do not reflect the views of SPJ nor its Diversity Committee.

SPJ President Hagit Limor went on Fox News' "O'Reilly Factor" Tuesday to clarify any misperceptions regarding the Society's position on the controversy. Watch the segment with Limor and Laurence by following this link.

CHAT WITH US. The first of the weekly #SPJchat Twitter chats begins Thursday, Jan. 6 at 8 p.m. ET. The topic will be online storytelling and will include three featured guests: Mark Briggs, author of "Journalism 2.0"; Washington Post National Innovations Editor Mark Luckie, author of "The Digital Journalist's Handbook "and founder of the 10000Words blog; and Mandy Jenkins, social media producer at

The chat will last approximately 90 minutes. SPJ DePaul University chapter adviser and Journalist's Toolbox editor Mike Reilley will moderate. For details on how to participate in the weekly chats and a schedule of upcoming topics, see

SPJ/RTDNA STUDENT CHAPTERS HOLD SUNSHINE SUMMIT. In February, the Ohio University SPJ and RTDNA chapters will hold their first "Sunshine Summit" to bring together student journalists and professionals from Ohio and beyond to discuss press freedom issues confronting student journalists.

At the conference, the two student groups will work to draft a policy to propose to the Ohio Board of Regents and the University System of Ohio, which will aim to standardize open meeting and open record policies in Ohio. The conference will include a series of panels, guest speakers and breakout sessions that will educate journalists throughout Ohio about current laws, university policies and how to protect their rights as student journalists.

The summit is Feb. 26, 2011, 10 a.m. 5 p.m. at the Walter Hall Rotunda on the campus of Ohio University. For more information, e-mail Taylor Mirfendereski.

REPORTERS COMMITTEE JOURNALISM FELLOW. The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press is seeking an experienced reporter and editor to serve as its Reporters Committee Journalism Fellow. The fellow will write, edit and design for the Committee publications and website. Minimum requirements: Three years experience as a reporter, editor and designer for print or online publications and a strong interest in free press issues. Salary: $40,000 plus full health benefits for a one-year fellowship beginning September 2011. The fellow also will be able to audit a college-level course on First Amendment/media law. Follow this link to learn more and apply.

DEADLINE SOON FOR ETHICS BOOK DISCOUNT. With 10 days left to receive the members discount, now is the time for ordering the fourth edition of "Journalism Ethics: A Casebook of Professional Conduct for News Media." Start 2011 right by using the book to help you in your ethical decision-making.

Closely organized around the SPJ Code of Ethics the news industry's widely accepted "gold standard" of journalism principles this updated edition uses 47 real-life case studies to demonstrate how journalism students and professionals can identify and reason through ethical dilemmas.

Shipping begins in February. Order today. SPJ members receive 20 percent off retail price! Act soon because the discount offer ends January 15.

Click here to order the book online from Marion Street Press.

ENTER YOUR BEST IN SDX. It's a new year and time for new resolutions. Seize the day by entering the Sigma Delta Chi Awards, which date back to 1932. The program recognizes excellent journalism in print, radio, television, newsletters, art/graphics, online and research. With numerous categories, your work could be nationally recognized.

Entrants can submit work through our online format, which allows you to submit easily and efficiently. To be eligible, work must have been published or broadcast during the 2010 calendar year. SPJ members may enter for $60. Contest rules and categories are here.

The entry deadline is Feb. 9, 2011. Visit the SPJ Awards site for more information and to enter. If you have any questions, contact Awards Coordinator Lauren Rochester at (317) 927-8000 ext. 210 or

STUDENTS: ENTER YOUR BEST WORK. With a new school semester filled with new beginnings, why not take a few moments to submit your work for the chance to be nationally recognized for all the hard work you did in 2010?

The annual Mark of Excellence Awards recognizes the best work of college journalists and offers categories for print, radio, television and online journalism.

Enter your work online. The contest is open to anyone enrolled in a college or university in the U.S. studying for an academic degree in 2010. SPJ members may enter for $9. Contest rules and categories are here.

The entry deadline is Jan. 26, 2011. Visit the SPJ Awards site for more information and to enter. If you have any questions, contact Awards Coordinator Lauren Rochester at (317) 927-8000 ext. 210 or

PAID FOI INTERNSHIP DEADLINE NEXT WEEK. SPJ's Pulliam/Kilgore Freedom of Information Internships are incredible ways to spend your summer. One intern works at SPJ headquarters in Indianapolis while the second works with SPJ's First Amendment legal counsel in Washington, D.C. The internships expose students to freedom of information issues, advocacy efforts, journalism-related legislation and a variety of other SPJ programs and initiatives. Get hands-on experience that is sure to boost your resume. Apply soon! The deadline is Jan. 14, 2010.

If you know journalism students who should apply, let them know! SPJ membership and experience is helpful but not required.

MEDIA COVERAGE SURVEY. University of Mississippi journalism instructor Kristen Alley Swain is conducting a research survey on media coverage of terrorism threats and events. If you are a media professional, journalism student, and/or mass communication educator, it would help if you could participate and/or pass this message along to others who might be interested.

Swain is using the confidential survey responses to help improve preparedness and U.S. news coverage of terrorism. Participation takes about 15-20 minutes, and she would be happy to send a report of the results to any interested participants when the study is finished.

Access the survey here.

SPJ CREDIT. Applying for the SPJ-Sigma Delta Chi Platinum Plus MasterCard with WorldPoints rewards is smart, simple and a great way to earn rewards. Choose the rewards that are right for you. Redemption options include unlimited cash rewards, airline travel with no blackout dates, brand-name merchandise and gift cards.

Learn more about this credit card's benefits and apply securely online. For information about rates, fees, other costs and benefits associated with the use of this credit card, read more about its Terms and Conditions.

Follow this link to learn more about the great affinity programs that come with your SPJ membership!

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

Journalism Resolutions:

"I vow to be more charitable, as a retired broadcast journalist, to the younger pros in the trenches engaged in hand-to-hand combat with print and broadcast commercial interests that annually reduce the news holes of both."
Ron Palmquist, Cape Elizabeth, Maine

"Journalism should not propagate any "ism". It should be conducted in a perfect way without any bias. It should be free from fear or favor. To me, a journalist is an unbiased ombudsman who speaks truth, verify facts before publication and practice ethics. In the new year, my resolution as a teacher is that I want to propagate 'truth' and 'fact,' the two principles which are the foundations for public journalism."
Dr.Ramakrishna Challa, Assistant Professor, Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam, India; Member, SPJ International Journalism Committee

"My New Year wish is 'For the survival of all journalists from shot and shell, whether targeted individually for assassination or covering wars around the world."'
Donald Kirk, Washington, D.C.

Thanks for your submissions!

THIS WEEK'S QUIZ. What independent, non-profit newsroom has added advertising on its site starting today to complement the funding it takes in from foundation support and reader contributions?

Submit your answer to Andrew M. Scott.

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