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SPJ Leads | 7/5/2012
Award announcement and a happy 4th of July from SPJ!

By Christine DiGangi, SPJ Communications Department



The SPJ offices were closed yesterday, July 4th, for Independence Day. So, this shortened holiday-week edition of Leads comes a day later than usual. We hope the anticipation didn't cause any undue anxiety that resulted in missed deadlines.


The Radio Television Digital News Association will honor the recipient of its Paul White Award at the Excellence in Journalism 2012 conference in Ft. Lauderdale. Jeff Fager, chairman of CBS News and executive producer for "60 Minutes," will receive RTDNA's highest honor at the conference, which runs Sept. 20-22 and is co-hosted by SPJ.

The award recognizes an individual's lifetime contribution to electronic journalism. Read RTDNA's news release on the award announcement and discover details about the Paul White Award online.


SPJ President John Ensslin has conducted chats with six SPJ regions, and the ideas and conversations occurring there have been helpful to John and the organization. This week, on July 7, he'll dial in to Region 3 at noon EDT (11 a.m. Central).

You can participate in the meeting with your telephone, or you can watch, listen and ask questions online via your GoToMeeting. For an email link to the platform, please email John. The platform can accommodate 25 people, and seats are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Find out when your region has a meeting and see the region in which you reside here.


The Sigma Delta Chi Awards Banquet is this month, and there you still have time to get your ticket. Join SPJ and the journalism community as we honor these outstanding, award-winning journalists at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on July 20. The 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.

Nora Ephron, a writer and filmmaker, died Tuesday. She was also a journalist. What newspaper did she work for in the 1960s? BONUS: To what award-winning journalist was she once married?

Answer: The New York Post. Bonus answer: Carl Bernstein. Read Ephron's New York Times obituary.

And the winner is...Don Kirk! But for two questions, we get two winners, and our second winner is Elizabeth Marie Himchak. Don is with USA Today, and Elizabeth works for the Rancho Bernardo News Journal. Congrats to you both, and don't worry, you each get your own prize. No one has to share.


This week, the Chicago Sun-Times and GateHouse Media ended their relationships with what outsourcing company?

Submit your answer to Christine DiGangi.

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