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SPJ Leads | 5/25/2011
Digital training, CIA leak, conference hashtag and more!


By Andrew M. Scott
SPJ Communications Department

DIGITAL TRAINING WORKSHOPS. The Online News Association is partnering with SPJ's Colorado Pro chapter to host ONACamp, a series of free digital trainings for journalists. The training takes place on June 23 in Denver. This all-day workshop will cover the latest in multimedia, mobile, legal and business issues, free web tools, marketing through social networks, and more. Registration is at, and programming will be announced in early June.

HASHTAG CHOICE FOR NATIONAL CONFERENCE IS YOURS! RTDNA and SPJ have been polling members and other possible conference attendees this week about what our official Twitter hashtag should be for the joint Excellence in Journalism 2011 conference, Sept. 25-27 in New Orleans. If you haven't had a chance to participate, tell us now what you want the hashtag to be! There are three ways to tell us. You can vote in our Web survey, our Facebook Poll, or tweet us at @spj_tweets and/or @RTDNA.

The five choices are:


The poll will end Friday morning, May 27, and an official hashtag will be shared that afternoon.

FELLOWSHIP FROM DART. Each year, the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, based at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, selects six to ten journalists from the Americas, Europe and Australasia/New Zealand as Dart Center Ochberg Fellows. The program helps to deepen fellows' knowledge of emotional trauma and improve coverage of violence, conflict and tragedy.

Applications are now being accepted. Deadline is July 27, 2011.

NARRATIVE WRITING IN MINN. Join Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Tom Hallman Jr. on June 25for a day filled with tips for creating excitement in news stories in "The North Star State." The Narrative Writing Workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Doubletree Guest Suites Minneapolis. SPJ members can register for $45, which includes breakfast and lunch.

Learn more about the event and register. And, of course, tell your friends and colleagues! The workshop is ideal for reporters, but many people, from technical writers to retirees looking to sharpen their narrative skills have attended past programs.

SUBPOENA IN CIA LEAK CASE. James Risen, a New York Times reporter and Pulitzer Prize-winner, has been subpoenaed by the U.S. Department of Justice for the trial of a suspected government whistleblower.

No federal law exists that exempts journalists from testifying in such cases. Risen's lawyer told The Associated Press he would attempt to have a judge override the subpoena. SPJ has pushed for a federal shield law in recent years. The proposed Free Flow of Information Act would protect journalists like Risen from turning over confidential sources and notes in federal cases, though there would be certain national security exceptions.

Read more on the FOI FYI blog.

SDX AWARDS GRANT TO REPORTERS COMMITTEE. The Sigma Delta Chi Foundation has approved a grant to the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press to fund a journalists' guide to crafting and filing federal Freedom of Information Act appeals.

The guide joins the myriad Reporters Committee publications all of which are available free online that help reporters access government and public information. The new FOIA appeals publication will serve as a companion to the Federal Open Government Guide, now in its tenth edition.

Read the full press release from the Reporters Committee.

#SPJCHAT WITH KEVIN COBB. Join us for this week's #SPJchat Twitter chatThursday, 8 p.m. ET, with Overheard in the Newsroom's Kevin Cobb (@ohnewsroom on Twitter). 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

CHECK OUT MENTOR MATCH-UP. Have a question about the industry? Maybe you would like advice on how to deal with a boss or colleague. Join SPJ and the Generation J Committee's Mentor Match-up program!

The program is for members who have graduated from college. Early career journalists are encouraged to join the program and receive feedback from experienced journalists.

Learn more about the program.

ANNUAL REPORTS DUE. The deadline to submit SPJ Professional Chapter Annual Reports is approaching quickly. They are due Wednesday, June 1.

All chapter annual reports should be submitted online. Click here to find the appropriate forms and to submit. If you have questions, please email Linda Hall or call 317-927-8000 ext. 203 or contact your regional director.

LOOKING FOR A 2011 CONFERENCE ROOMMATE? Want to save some cash when you attend the Excellence in Journalism 2011 conference this year? Find other conference attendees who are interested in sharing the cost of a hotel room in New Orleans this September by posting your request on our conference roommate listing on the SPJ Works blog.

CHOOSE SPJ FOR YOUR SUMMER FASHION STATEMENT. Looking for some new digs for your summer attire? Find some "swag" from SPJ's online merchandise store. The store has everything from t-shirts to polos to light jackets. The store has other merchandise, too, including travel mugs, bracelets, fleece jackets, key chains, notepads and more.

Browse the store.

LET YOUR FIRST AMENDMENT EFFORTS SHINE. The Eugene S. Pulliam First Amendment Award honors a person or persons who have fought to protect and preserve one or more of the rights guaranteed by the First Amendment. The recipient wins $10,000 and is presented an engraved crystal at the Excellence in Journalism 2011 conference in New Orleans. The honoree receives transportation to and lodging at the event. Learn more about the award and how to apply here.

The postmark deadline for applications is July 1.

WHAT WOULD YOU DO WITH $75,000? The Eugene S. Pulliam Fellowship for Editorial Writing awards $75,000 to an editorial writer or columnist to help broaden his or her journalistic horizons and knowledge of the world. The money can be used to cover the cost of study, research and/or travel in any field.

Last year, New York Times columnist Jim Dwyer used the fellowship award to travel the Middle East, Asia and Africa to observe countries that exercise tight control over Internet content and access. With his research, he is writing a book on the relationship of human rights to the Internet and privacy.

The postmark deadline is July 1.

LAST WEEK'S QUIZ. Identify the early 20th century journalist who said the following:

"What makes a good newspaperman? The answer is easy. He knows everything. He is aware not only of what goes on in the world today, but his brain is a repository of the accumulated wisdom of the ages. He is not only handsome, but he has the physical strength which enables him to perform great feats of energy. He can go for nights on end without sleep. He dresses well and talks with charm. Men admire him; women adore him; tycoons and statesmen are willing to share their secrets with him. He hates lies and meanness and sham, but he keeps his temper..."

A.Stanley Walker of the Herald Tribune. Walker finished his quote about the "good newspaperman" by saying, "He is loyal to his paper and to what he looks upon as the profession; whether it is a profession, or merely a craft, he resents attempts to debate it. When he dies, a lot of people are sorry, and some of them remember him for several days."

And the winner is...

David Armstrong of Atlanta, Ga. Congrats, David!

THIS WEEK'S QUIZ. We hope you are a fan, because this question comes from a recent episode of "Jeopardy!":

Between 2001 & 2010 The New York Times won 26 Pulitzers, including one in 2009 for covering the stunning downfall of what governor? Bonus: Who was the contestant (and journalist, by the way) who got the question right? Where does he work?

Submit your answer to Andrew M. Scott.

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