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SPJ Leads | 10/5/2011
Freelance resources, conference recap


By Abby Henkel
SPJ Communications Department

WELCOME PRESIDENT JOHN ENSSLIN. New President John Ensslin, who covers local government for The Record in Bergen, N.J., plans to focus his efforts on chapter health and membership. Read the news release here about his installation, and keep up with his blog, Freedom of the Prez.

RECAP OF EIJ11. Last week we sent all members an email summarizing the major events of the Excellence in Journalism 2011 conference. If you missed it in your inbox, you can view the recap here. Learn about the resolutions delegates voted on and the outcomes of SPJ officer elections.

Here are some quick stats:

1,332 attendees (1/3 of whom were students)
$7,830 raised in live and silent auctions for the Legal Defense Fund
More than 50 professional development sessions with more than 100 speakers

For daily coverage of EIJ11 sessions and other events, visit the homepage of The Working Press, SPJ's student journalist staff which covers the conference. Coverage by RTDNA can be found here.

EIJ11 ATTENDEE SURVEY. If you attended EIJ11 and have not yet filled out the short survey, please take a few minutes to do so this week. Your answers will help us create an even better conference next year. Thank you! Access the survey here.

EIJ 2012: SAVE THE DATE. Now is the time to start planning for next year's conference. EIJ 2012 will be in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Mark your calendar now, and start planning your budget so you can join your colleagues across the country at THE journalism event of 2012!

For daily coverage of EIJ11 sessions and other events, visit the homepage of The Working Press, SPJ's student-run news site and newspaper that covers the conference.

CALL FOR PROGRAMS: EIJ 2012. EIJ11 might have just ended, but we are already planning for Excellence in Journalism 2012 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. SPJ and RTDNA are accepting program proposals for EIJ 2012, taking place Sept. 20-22. If you have an idea for a conference session, please submit your proposal by Jan. 2, 2012.

AWARD WINNERS. During the President's Installation Banquet in New Orleans, SPJ bestowed honors on several important people. Among them was Al Cross, who received the Wells Memorial Key, the highest honor the Society bestows upon a member. Also honored that night was Brian Eckert, named Regional Director of the Year. Congratulations, and thank you both for your hard work on behalf of SPJ!

RESOURCES FOR FREELANCERS. Good news, freelancing SPJ members: Your membership opens up a trove of journalism resources. Here are a few benefits you don't want to forget:

Freelancer Directory: Adding your information to the directory is free if you're an SPJ member. Employers can search the directory by state and/or specialty. What are you waiting for? Create a profile in the Freelancer Directory.
SPJ Videos On Demand: SPJ's On-Demand video training sessions are available to all SPJ members at any time and are included as part of your SPJ membership. In addition to freelancing topics, there are also videos on acquiring records, video techniques and more.
Freelance Reading Room: A collection of the latest relevant articles from Quill, SPJ blogs and SPJ news.

Visit the SPJ Freelance Resources page for more.

SPJ CHAT THIS THURSDAY. Join the SPJ chat on Twitter, Thursday Oct. 6, 8 p.m. ET, to talk about reporting techniques with special guest Amy Merrick (@amyjmerrick) of the Wall Street Journal. Use hashtag #spjchat and make sure you keep up with @spjchat. For information on the chat schedule and how to participate, go here.

SPJ OBJECTS TO TREATMENT OF MILWAUKEE JOURNALIST. SPJ is speaking out against the treatment of a Milwaukee photojournalist arrested for filming a news story behind police lines. In a letter to Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn, SPJ objects to the arrest of Clinton Fillinger, a photojournalist for WITI Fox6Now. Fillinger was filming on a public street and not obstructing an ongoing investigation.

Read the letter here, written by Region 6 Director Amanda Thiesen, and click here for her blog post on the issue.

SPJ BLOGS NETWORK. Check out these updates to the national and regional blogs on the SPJ blogs network:

Facebook Privacy Tips: by Emily Sweeney on Networked, the SPJ digital journalism blog
On "illegal alien/immigrant": by SPJ President John Ensslin
Free-and-easy tech for your regional conference: by Michael Koretzky on Southern Drawl, the blog for Region 3
No Need to Join the Circus. Just Become a Freelance Journalist to Work for Peanuts: by Jeff Cutler on the Independent Journalist, SPJ's blog for freelancers.
A Whirlwind of Activity at EIJ11 in New Orleans! by Amanda Thiesen on Write Rite, the blog for SPJ Region 6
SPJ Diversity Committee Caps Exciting Week: by Curtis Lawrence on Who's News?, the blog for SPJ's Diversity Committee

JOURNALIST'S TOOLBOX UPDATES. The Journalist's Toolbox, brought to you by SPJ and DePaul University professor Mike Reilly, is a free resource providing links and tips for journalists on dozens of topics. Browse resources by category, or use the search function to find a specific article or topic.

Recent updates include school violence, federal government, gas prices and student resources. Visit for more. And interact with @journtoolbox on Twitter to get all the relevant updates.

CELEBRATE 100 YEARS AT OSU. SPJ has a long and stellar history at The Ohio State University. The OSU student chapter is celebrating its 100th anniversary on Friday, Oct. 28, from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Ohio Union. The event will feature Pulitzer Prize winner and Ohio State alumnus Jim Schaefer. The group will host a reception afterward, sponsored by the Central Ohio Pro chapter. Anyone interested in attending or learning more about this event is encouraged to contact Alexis Preskar at

CONGRATULATIONS, HEARST WINNER. SPJ offers its congratulations to student member Garrett Tenney, first-place winner of the Hearst Journalism Awards Program's National Television Broadcast News Championship. Tenney, of Brigham Young University, produced his winning story on the sustainable sushi movement in San Francisco.

In addition to being a Hearst Award winner, Tenney was the national winner of SPJ's 2010 Mark of Excellence award in the television feature category for his story "Secret Elixir."

'CHALK LINE' DISCOUNT FOR SPJ MEMBERS. SPJ member, Quill contributor and professional writing coach Paula LaRocque has released her first novel, "Chalk Line," a Ben Gallagher mystery. She and Marion Street Press are offering a 15 percent discount on the book to all SPJ members. Follow this link to take advantage of the discount.

Paula's tips on writing fiction (as opposed to non-fiction, as she's done for many years) are in the September/October issue of Quill. Read her column.

LAST (LAST) WEEK'S QUIZ. Last week, SPJ Leads took a sabbatical for the Excellence in Journalism conference, but this week we are back in full swing, eager to hand out what fans have been calling "a pretty neat prize."

Two weeks ago, we gave you this quiz: Jean Otto, 1979-80 SPJ president, died last week. The SPJ family lost two other former national presidents in the past 12 months. Name one and when he or she served.

Answer: Phil Record (1991-92) and Ernie Ford (1983-84).

And the winner is... Patti Cross, owner of PC Publications. Congratulations, Patti! We can't wait to thrill you with a truly stunning SPJ Leads quiz prize.

THIS WEEK'S QUIZ. What radio host/producer was recently named a MacArthur Fellow (receiving what is popularly called a "genius grant")?

Submit your answer to Abby Henkel.

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