By Abby Henkel, SPJ Communications Department
MOE AWARDS: ONE WEEK LEFT. Students: you have one more week to enter the Mark of Excellence Awards, which honor the nation's best collegiate journalism. Entries are due Wednesday, Jan. 25. With categories for everything from breaking news reporting to television sports photography and best student magazine, you're sure to find a category to enter your best work from 2011. See last year's winning entries.
SPJ members may enter for $9 per entry; the fee for non-members is $18. Enter online here. Remember, advisers may enter for their students but must use each student's member ID to receive the member discount. For questions, contact Lauren Rochester at firstname.lastname@example.org or 317-927-8000 ext. 210. Good luck!
EIJ12 PROGRAMS: WE NEED YOUR ADVICE. Only two days remain to send your feedback on program proposals for the Excellence in Journalism 2012 conference. This is your chance to help shape THE journalism event of the year! Help your colleagues have the best experience possible. Click here to read the proposals and share your feedback on the online form by Friday. Thank you!
EIJ12 REPORTING INTERNSHIP . SPJ is now accepting applications for reporting positions on The Working Press staff, the news team that covers the Excellence in Journalism conference. Collegiate student reporters, editors, photographers and designers are invited to apply for these select internships. This year's conference is set for September 20-22 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
In exchange for your talent, great ideas and stellar reporting, SPJ provides convention registration and hotel accommodations for all selected TWP interns. EIJ12 is a conference you won't want to miss; apply for a position on The Working Press and be a part of the action! See last year's TWP reporting here.
The application deadline is April 19. Click here for more information. Please contact Lauren Rochester with questions: email@example.com.
PROGRAM IDEA OF THE WEEK. Western Washington Pro: How to Build a News Community
The Western Washington Pro chapter has hosted a Continuing Education Series of programs for several years. SPJ members may attend for free, while non-members pay $10 admission. For a program on building a news community, you can invite local media professionals such as news anchors, bloggers and reporters to present a panel discussion on building local support for locally produced news. Have a chapter member moderate the discussion, asking questions about citizen engagement, social media and digital journalism. Encourage event attendees to tweet during the program using a special hashtag to keep the discussion active and engaging. Click here for a summary of the event. Contact Dana Neuts, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Has your chapter put on a great program recently? If so, email the program name, basic information and contact information to Heather Dunn, email@example.com, for consideration as one of our program ideas of the week.
If you're looking for all the program ideas featured weekly in SPJ Leads, click here.
SPJ BLOGS NETWORK. Latest updates from the SPJ blogs network:
— Which style guide do I use? by Freelance Committee Chairwoman Dana Neuts
— Should I go to j-school? Google's answer by Generation J Committee member Andrew Seaman
— How to get a newspaper editor's attention by Freelance Committee member and sports editor David Sheets
— Quality vs. SEO by Generation J Committee member David Brandt
— HOORAY FOR US! SPJ reached 9,000 Twitter 'followers'! (Why we or you shouldn't care) by Quill editor Scott Leadingham
See all blogs at the SPJ blogs network main page.
FREE TRAINING IN BUSINESS JOURNALISM. Jump-start your business coverage and career with free training in business journalism this spring from the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism.
Journalists can learn at their desks with the center's free, live Webinars on topics such as investigating private companies and nonprofits and using LinkedIn to find sources, plus understanding local economic studies, municipal bonds, business editing, financial statements and economics.
The center also has free regional workshops in Lexington, Ky., and Fort Worth on uncovering the best local business stories. It offers free workshops on tracking companies' influence on politics before the Investigative Reporters and Editors conferences in St. Louis and Boston.
Plus, the center provides free self-guided training, beat basics and daily tips off the news at BusinessJournalism.org. To suggest topics for training or host a workshop, contact Executive Director Linda Austin at 602-496-9187.
JOURNALISM LAW CRASH COURSE FELLOWSHIP. Loyola Law School, Los Angeles is accepting applications until Monday, March 5 for its seventh-annual Journalist Law School fellowship, a four-day crash course on constitutional, civil and criminal law taught by law professors, jurists and attorneys. Fellowships will be competitively awarded to 35 journalists and will cover instruction, lodging, meals and one-half of travel expenses for the May 30-June 2 workshop. More than 200 reporters, editors and producers have completed the program since 2006.
Learn more at www.lls.edu/cjp/jls or by contacting Brian Costello, deputy director of communications, at firstname.lastname@example.org, 213-736-1444 or 310-902-9560.
MOLLY NATIONAL JOURNALISM PRIZE. Recognizing Superior Journalism in the Tradition of Molly Ivins:
Through March 16, 2012, journalists or publishers may submit an article or series of related articles/columns published in 2011 in a U.S. print or online journal telling the stories that need telling, challenging conventional wisdom, focusing on civil liberties and/or social justice, and embodying the intelligence, deep thinking and/or passionate wit that marked Molly's work.
Complete guidelines for The Molly National Journalism Prize ($5,000 for winner; $1,000 for two honorable mentions), sponsored by The Texas Observer, are here.
LAST WEEK'S QUIZ. Jon Stewart of "The Daily Show" took what news program to task this week for a segment involving what can basically be described as making prank phone calls?
Answer: CNN's "Early Start" got slammed for waking up a member of the Kennedy family at 5 a.m. and accidentally calling someone else and claiming to be the FBI. Watch the clip here.
And the winner is... Gerald McLeod, SPJ member and publications manager at the Texas County & District Retirement System. Congratulations, Gerald! We decided not to take the "Early Start" route to contact you about your triumph -- hope that's ok. Look for an official SPJ Leads Quiz Prize coming soon to your mailbox!
THIS WEEK'S QUIZ. What national newspaper published an admittedly "composite photo" on the cover last week?
Submit your answer to Abby Henkel.