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SPJ Leads | 1/12/2011
Keeping you connected in new ways


By Andrew M. Scott
SPJ Communications Department

TWITTER CHATTING WITH BIG GUESTS. Make the best of your time on Twitter by joining this week's #SPJchat Twitter chat on copy editing and social media. The chat features an all-star list of participants who can help you learn the latest in applying copy editing skills in online settings.


— Andy Bechtel, University of North Carolina
— Mignon Fogarty, author of Grammar Girl book and podcasts
— Sue Bullard, University of Nebraska College of Journalism and Mass Communication
— Mark Allen, freelance writer and copy editor, ACES/

The chat begins Thursday, Jan. 13 at 8 p.m. EST and 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, visit

SPJ ON THE RADIO: MEMBER OPPORTUNITIES. Our first podcast of the New Year is all about learning and professional development. Tune in to SPJ's BlogTalkRadio show, "Your SPJ Membership," at 1 p.m. (EST) Thursday, Jan. 13.

Join host Holly Fisher and Deb Wenger, SPJ Professional Development Committee chairwoman, to learn more about SPJ's many career-building opportunities. Listen in at for a 30-minute podcast discussing the many benefits available to SPJ members.

Got a question? Call in during the show to contribute to the conversation (to join, call 347-857-2441).

If you can't listen live just access the archived shows online at

POSTMARK DEADLINE FRIDAY FOR PAID SPJ INTERNSHIPS. Don't miss the deadline for SPJ's paid Pulliam/Kilgore Freedom of Information Internships, which 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 résumé. Apply soon! The postmark deadline is Jan. 14.

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

AROUND THE WORLD IN ONE CLICK. Journalism and the World is the SPJ International Journalism Committee's blog, hard at work, covering a wide range of journalism issues and controversies on the international front. Check out the latest topics:

"Expect more 'surprises' unless reporting picks up"

Observers are shocked about how young lawyers in Pakistan are rallying behind the accused murderer of the governor of Punjab province Salman Taseer, who was an outspoken proponent of liberalism. (Read more)

"The real top stories in China and not what the country says they are"

But getting the government media masters to agree with the journalists and the people about what constitutes the top stories is something else. One of the great things about Hong Kong is that it is the only place under the rule of Beijing that has a free press and all the... (Read more)

"Belarus now sees 3-year-old son of journalist and opposition leader as dangerous"
In a move that better fits the great purges of the Soviet Union in the 1930s and 1940s, the government of Belarus after arresting most of the candidates who ran against President Aleksandr G. Lukashenko decided that... (Read more)

Journalism and the World is just one many blogs on the SPJ network, helping to keep members in the know about current events, trends, advice and what's happening in the profession. See the full blog list here.

NIEMAN FELLOWSHIP FOR FILIPINO JOURNALISTS. The Ninoy and Cory Aquino Foundation sponsor the Sandra Burton Nieman Fellowship. The foundation has announced the application process to select the first fellow for 2011. The program has agreed that the Manila-based Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility will be in charge of the selection process. The deadline for applications is January 15.

For more information, click here.

PATCH TOGETHER YOUR FUTURE IN MICHIGAN. Join the Mid-Michigan Pro chapter at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 13 to learn about, the new local news site hiring hundreds of journalists across the country. There are now 25 Patch sites operating in metro Detroit. The event will be in the meeting room at Kelly's in downtown Lansing and is free and open to non-members. RSVP on Facebook or contact Melissa Domsic at for more information.

GULF COAST-AREA NARRATIVE WORKSHOP. With beignets, Cajun cooking and the art of storytelling, SPJ's Narrative Writing Workshop in New Orleans gives journalists the chance to visit the excitement of the "Crescent City" while learning valuable lessons to improve feature-writing skills. Step out of the inverted pyramid and into the art of storytelling.

The workshop is Feb. 19, 2011, at The National WWII Museum in New Orleans.

Through SPJ's Narrative Writing Workshops, participants will learn options for reinvigorating the writing craft. Join Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and reporter Tom Hallman Jr., from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a day filled with tips for creating excitement in news stories. Click here for registration information.

Have a special project in the works? Share it! Participants can send Hallman a sample of their work in advance of the workshop. Hallman will critique the work and discuss it with the rest of the class.

Registration for the workshop ends February 4.

To learn more about the program and Hallman, click here. If you have any questions, e-mail Heather Porter at

SAVE ON TRAINING. Knowledgewebb is recognized as a leading digital tools training site by Entrepreneur Magazine, MSNBC, ReadWriteWeb and many others. Thousands of the site's members visit each day to take self-directed classes, watch training videos, attend webinars and live chats and learn about the latest trends and opportunities in social media, website development, starting small businesses, digital content and more. Start learning today!

Because of our partnership with the group, SPJ members get a 30 percent discount if they join Knowledgewebb using the promo code SPJ2011.

WEB PUBLISHING FOR INDEPENDENT JOURNALISTS WORKSHOP. The career path for many of today's journalists is merging with entrepreneurship. Journalists who once covered topical, feature and investigative news for established newspapers are becoming independent publishers of specialty blogs and hyperlocal community news sites. These sites fulfill an important role in the emerging news and information landscape.

One of the Knight Digital Media Center's newest offerings is a training workshop for journalists who have or are actively seeking to venture into online community or specialty news publishing.

The Web Publishing for Independent Journalists Workshop, March 21-25, will provide journalists with the hands-on training and tools to get started with an online publishing enterprise. This workshop is geared toward journalists who have already begun or are in the process of launching an online news venture.

Complete applications for the workshop must be received by January 28. The fellowship covers all lodging, meals, and instruction costs. Cost of travel to the workshop must be paid by the participant. Follow this link to learn more and apply.

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

A. ProPublica

And the winner is...

Nerissa Young of Huntington, WV. Congrats, Nerissa!

THIS WEEK'S QUIZ. What Sigma Delta Chi Foundation board member will soon release the soft-back edition of his critically acclaimed book depicting an unsettling situation in which the American birthright of fact-based, reported news is in danger while calling arms to fight to keep the core of news intact? Extra credit: What's the name of the book?

Submit your answer to Andrew M. Scott.

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