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SPJ Leads | 6/22/2011
Summer training, Studio SPJ and awards deadlines


By Andrew M. Scott
SPJ Communications Department

DISASTER COVERAGE ON STUDIO SPJ. Studio SPJ, the Society's newest series of half-hour online radio programs hosted by SPJ national Secretary-Treasurer John Ensslin, features authors and newsmakers in the journalism industry. The next episode of Studio SPJ will focus on how to cover natural disasters using social media.

Guests for this program include Karen-Lee Ryan of the Tennessean in Nashville, who coordinated social media coverage that was part of their Pulitzer-nominated work on local floods, and Rick Smith of the National Weather Service in Oklahoma. The show will air June 25 at 12 p.m. ET.

This episode is sponsored by the Arkansas Pro chapter.

The show's companion blog, Liner Notes, serves as a guide for the show and is also used to celebrate and promote the best and most creative programs SPJ chapters are offering their members. Studio SPJ is one of two shows, including Your SPJ Membership, for members on SPJ's BlogTalkRadio channel.

TWO SPJ SUMMER NIGHTS WORKSHOPS LEFT. The journalism industry is constantly changing, and journalists need to learn new skills to remain relevant in the field. SPJ's Summer Nights continuing education series of workshops at national headquarters in Indianapolis is aimed at helping journalists improve their social media reporting skills.

Tuesday, June 27: Writing that Works Online
Tuesday, July 12: Connect & Communicate

Click here to see a schedule, read about each session and find out how you can participate.

TRAINING IN COLORADO. SPJ's Colorado Pro chapter and the student chapter at Auraria Campus in Denver are joining forces with Colorado Public News and Kapost to host the next Online News Association journalism training camp.

The daylong ONA Camp will teach various skills necessary to be successful in the age of digital and social media. Workshops include: workflow in a digital media newsroom, using social media -- including Facebook and Tumblr -- as branding and reporting tools, and engaging readers with interactive websites driven by visualization.

Colorado Public News will be making several sessions available online, so be on the lookout for more to come. Learn more about the workshop on the event page.

WE WANT YOUR FEEDBACK. Throughout the year; SPJ seeks nominations for its highest national honors. The awards seek to honor individuals and groups that have impacted the journalism field in the past year. SPJ welcomes you, its members, to view national honors candidates and leave comments for the SPJ Executive Committee's consideration. The identities of those offering comments will not be disclosed outside of the SPJ executive board and the headquarters staff. Click here for a full list of the candidates and to be directed to the feedback form.

PULLIAM AWARDS DUE NEXT WEEK. The deadline is next Friday (July 1) for two Pulliam awards offered by the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation:

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. Learn more about the eligibility requirements and nomination packets on the SPJ website. The award comes with a $10,000 prize.

The Eugene C. Pulliam Fellowship for Editorial Writing is looking for mid-career editorial writers or columnists at a U.S. news outlet to apply for a $75,000 fellowship. This award allows the Pulliam Editorial Fellow to take courses, pursue independent study, travel or pursue other endeavors that enrich their knowledge of a public interest issue. More information is here.

Please contact awards coordinator Lauren Rochester at or at 317-927-8000 ext. 210 with questions. Good luck!

ON THE BLOGS. The SPJ Blogs Network features trends and advice to help today's journalists. From freelancing tips, industry news from around the world, digital media help and more written by SPJ committee members and staff, the network has you covered. Here is a look at some recent posts:

The Independent Journalist: "Always Have Too Much Work, A Partially Sarcastic Column on Freelancing"
Freelancing is the dream job. Especially when you're on the outside looking in. Your friends and former colleagues who have embraced the reality of freelance always seem to be going to exotic places, dining and meeting with exciting... (Read more)

Net Worked: "Data Visualization and Infographic Sites To Bookmark"
As I work on my master's project in news infographics, I've started following several blogs and websites that have good data visualization, or tips on how to do it yourself.(Read more)

First Draft: "An open letter from the media to New York Congressman Anthony Weiner, lawmakers and all public figures"
I hope the last three weeks have been a learning lesson to you all. Mr. Weiner has chosen to resign amid the personal photos of...(Read more)

FOI FYI: "FOI Fail of the Week: Obama admin. pushes forward with another leaker case"
Despite the watering down of the whistleblower case against former National Security Agency employee Thomas Drake from felony charges to a single misdemeanor, the Obama administration is pressing forward with its next court case against a leaker. (Read more)

See the full blog network list here.

DONATE TO THE LDF AUCTION. Annually, SPJ's Legal Defense Fund Auction raises money to offset legal fees of journalists and news outlets who are faced with subpoenas that hinder their rights. Of course, any auction requires items on which to bid, so we need your help!

If you, your chapter or other organizations in your area can help, we hope you'll consider donating to the LDF Auction by sending items to SPJ Headquarters. When doing so, please include the donation form, which you can download here.

WORKING PRESS STAFF. We're excited to announce the 2011 staff of The Working Press, a daily tabloid newspaper and news site that covers the Excellence in Journalism 2011 conference. This year, a team of 12 highly motivated collegiate journalists will be in New Orleans finding stories, taking photos and designing the paper. See the list of staffers.

Congrats to these young journalists!

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.

LAST WEEK'S QUIZ. What journalism industry documentary opens June 17 at the Angelika Film Center and Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York?

A. "Page One: A Year Inside the New York Times"

And the winner is...

Carolyn Carlson of Atlanta, Ga. Congrats, Carolyn!

THIS WEEK'S QUIZ. What editor was recently elected to the Pulitzer Prize Board and will be among those choosing the winners for the 2012 Pulitzer Prizes?

Submit your answer to Andrew M. Scott

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