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SPJ Leads | 6/6/2012
Chapter leadership, technology and SPJ

By Abby Henkel, SPJ Communications Department


WEEKEND FOR SPJ LEADERS. Chapter leaders converged in Indianapolis last weekend for the 17th annual Ted Scripps Leadership Institute. Forty-four participants from across the country learned about the fundamentals of chapter leadership through a mix of sessions focused on interpersonal and organizational leadership skills, as well as sound chapter management practices.

Congratulations to the "Scrippsters" class of 2012! We've posted some of our favorite pictures to Facebook, so be sure to check them out and tag your SPJ friends.

TECH TOOLS CAN KNIT SPJ CLOSER. This week President John Ensslin blogged about technology and how SPJ can use it to better communicate with members near and far. To start, John plans to hold virtual town hall meetings with each region this summer.

Read more about the great things our organization is doing and plans for a tech-savvy future on his blog, Freedom of the Prez.

EIJ12 ON SPJ MEMBER RADIO. Now is the time to start thinking about attending the Excellence in Journalism conference, Sept. 20-22 in Ft. Lauderdale. If you're still on the fence, tune in to Your SPJ Membership radio on Monday, June 18 at 1 p.m. ET for a special EIJ12 episode. You can also listen to the podcast later.

Host Sarah Bauer will chat with Sonny Albarado, the conference chair and national president-elect, as well as some members who have attended in the past. They'll discuss sessions, speakers, events, and ways members can get involved. You'll also learn useful registration and hotel information.

Stream the show or download the podcast here. You can call in the show and add your questions or thoughts to the discussion by calling 347-857-2441.

JOBS WEBINAR. Even in this economy, there are still good jobs for journalists, but in places you might not think to look. In this webinar, students and recent graduates will learn how to find jobs, apply for them, and separate themselves from the competition.

Join us Wednesday, June 13 at 11 a.m. ET for SPJ's first webinar, hosted by national board member Michael Koretzky. Limited spots are available, so register here today.

Koretzky is Region 3 director and a former at-large director. He is a former hiring editor at a Top 50 newspaper company, national website, and international magazine. For the past 15 years, he's also run a weekly media job list in one of the nation's largest markets. Learn all the lessons he had to discover the hard way.

SPJ AWARDS AND FELLOWSHIPS. June 22 is the deadline to apply for the Pulliam First Amendment Award and Pulliam Editorial Fellowship from the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation, and we want you to apply (or spread the word):

Eugene S. Pulliam First Amendment Award: Established by the SDX Foundation, the Eugene S. Pulliam First Amendment Award recognizes, with a $10,000 award, accomplishments on behalf of First Amendment freedoms by an individual, group of individuals or an organization.

Eugene C. Pulliam Fellowship for Editorial Writing: The Pulliam Editorial Fellowship awards $75,000 to an editorial writer to help broaden his or her journalistic horizons and knowledge of the world. Provided by the SDX Foundation, the annual award can be used to cover the cost of study, research and/or travel in any field.

SCHOLARSHIPS TO EIJ12. You'll find invaluable training at EIJ12. But if you can't come up with the funds to attend, we can help. SPJ and the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation offer several scholarships and fellowships to help people attend the Excellence in Journalism 2012 conference. Deadline for all scholarship applications is June 11.

Terry Harper Memorial Scholarships: Terry Harper, former executive director of SPJ, passed away in 2009 after a two-year battle with brain cancer. In honor of Terry's efforts to improve SPJ and the entire journalism community, the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation set up a memorial fund following his death. This scholarship is available for up to five recipients.

Robert D.G. Lewis First Amendment Award: From the generosity of the Lewis family, the award is given each year to a student SPJ member who has demonstrated outstanding service to the First Amendment through the field of journalism. The award assists a student with his/her attendance to EIJ12.

Diversity Leadership Fellows: This fellowship is an opportunity for SPJ members from underrepresented backgrounds to learn about the inner workings of SPJ through training on the Society's mission, culture and operations. The goal of the program is to increase the participation of diverse SPJ members within national committees and on the national board of directors. The fellowship includes an expense-paid (registration, travel and hotel) trip to the EIJ conference and mentoring sessions with members of the Diversity Committee. SPJ members who come from underrepresented backgrounds (e.g., person of color, LGBT, disabled) are encouraged to apply.

If you have questions, please contact Lauren Rochester at or 317-927-8000 ext. 210.

SDX AWARDS BANQUET. We hope you can join SPJ and your journalism colleagues for the Sigma Delta Chi Awards Banquet. Please join us July 20 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. A reception begins at 6 p.m., with dinner and awards presentation at 7 p.m. Dress is black-tie optional.

Tickets are $75 and may be purchased here.

The winners of the 2011 SDX Awards are listed here.

SPJ DEPAUL WINS CAMPUS AWARDS. SPJ DePaul won three awards at the Eighth Annual Leadership and Involvement Celebration May 30 on the Lincoln Park Campus.

SPJ DePaul was a finalist in four categories -- more than any other student organization. The three winning entries:

Executive Board of the Year (Lauren Camplin, Meredith Gonsalves, Tabitha Hurley, Katie Karpowicz, Ewa Lyczewska and Ali Trumbull)
Outstanding Loop Campus Program of the Year (Freedom of Information Panel Discussion)
Faculty Adviser of the Year (Mike Reilley; nominated by the student exec board)

SPJ DePaul also was a finalist for Organization of the Year, an award it won in 2011.

The competition is sponsored and judged by DePaul's Student Leadership Institute and the Office of Student Involvement. There are more than 300 registered student organizations at DePaul. Congratulations!

NATIONAL HONORS CANDIDATES FEEDBACK. Throughout the year, SPJ seeks nominations for its highest national honors. The awards seek to honor individuals and groups who have impacted the journalism field in the past year. For a complete list of the awards and their eligibility requirements please follow this link.

As a member, you have the opportunity to leave feedback on candidates so the SPJ executive committee is better informed while selecting honorees. To leave feedback, you must be logged in to the For Members section of the SPJ website and provide your SPJ membership number on the feedback form. The identities of those offering comments will not be disclosed outside of the SPJ executive board and the headquarters staff.

Click here to see the candidates and provide feedback. (You'll need to log on using your SPJ member log-in info.)

If you would like more information about any nomination, please email

VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH. Lynn Walsh, a broadcast journalist and member of SPJ's South Florida chapter, is our national volunteer of the month for June.

"This was such an easy choice," said SPJ President John Ensslin. "Lynn has served in several volunteer capacities at the local and national level this year and done an outstanding job with each assignment."

Lynn works as an investigative producer for WPTV in West Palm Beach, Fla. Previously she was an investigative journalist for Texas Watchdog, a nonprofit online journalism organization in Houston, Tex. She is a graduate of Ohio University's E.W. Scripps School of Journalism.

She serves as chair of SPJ's Generation J committee, which is focused on the interests of young journalists. In that role, she represented SPJ earlier this year at a College Media Advisors conference in New York City.

Region 3 Director Michael Koretzky nominated Walsh for the award. Here's what he had to say:

"In the past month, she's contributed to the Membership Committee blog, attended the IRE conference in Boston and talked up SPJ, and trained the SPJ programming committee on virtual meetings at the request of John Ensslin. As VP for programs with SPJ South Florida, she's been an invaluable addition to the 2010 chapter of the year," Korezky said.

The Volunteer of the Month Awards honor the unsung heroes of the society who enable us to extend SPJ's core missions through their dedication, time and effort.

Do you know of someone who would be deserving of this honor? If so, send your suggestion along to John Ensslin at

LAST WEEK'S QUIZ. In the wake of the Times-Picayune's announcement last week, what other Southern newspapers group announced they will be cutting back printing to three days a week?

Answer: Advance Publications. Check out the details from Poynter.

And the winner is... Jenna DeWitt, an SPJ member since 2007. Congratulations! Check the mailbox for your fabulous prize!

THIS WEEK'S QUIZ. One little asterisk created a buzz of controversy when it graced a Saturday morning Sports cover. What paper printed the asterisk that prompted an emotional response from around the country?

Submit your answer to Abby Henkel.

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