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SPJ Leads | 10/10/2012
An abundance of tools and training

By Christine DiGangi, SPJ Communications Department



Your SPJ membership entitles you to a free download of "On Your Own: A Guide to Freelance Journalism," which was recently published by SPJ's Freelance Committee. This 77-page collection includes tips and best practices from experienced freelancers, and you can get your digital copy by logging in on the SPJ website and going to It is a great resource, so take advantage of this membership perk!


Engage with other media professionals at JournCamp next month. The program is in Chicago on Nov. 9 and includes a day of sessions on entrepreneurial journalism, social media development and engagement, personal branding and data use in journalism. Read about the trainers and sessions on SPJ's website, and register online.

The event takes place at Navy Pier and costs $35 for SPJ members. Cost is $55 for non-members.


Submit your application for a chapter grant by the end of today to be considered for this cycle! Read more about past programs and applicant criteria, and send questions to Chapter Coordinator Tara Puckey.


Feeling the need to hone your journalism skills? Visit SPJ's eCampus to view dozens of resources: on-demand training videos on topics like personal branding, smartphone journalism and freedom of information requests; links to journalism-training sites and a calendar of coming professional development opportunities.


SPJ headquarters highly prioritizes communication within the Society, among its members and with all media professionals. There are several platforms we like to use for member engagement -- Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Flickr, LinkedIn and, most recently, Tumblr.

It is our goal to serve SPJ members to the best of our ability and effectively connect with members every day. If there are other outlets you think we could use to effectively connect with members, we want to hear from you. Engaged members make us a strong organization!


The Indiana Library Federation is hosting a workshop before its annual conference in Indianapolis. With the goal of bringing together librarians and journalists to discuss freedom of information, the pre-conference workshop will consist of round-table discussions about how the two professions can work together to provide information to a democratic society.

The event is Monday, Nov. 12 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Indiana Convention Center. It costs $50 and includes lunch. For further information, please contact Intellectual Freedom Committee Chairman Evan Davis of the Allen County Public Library at or (260) 421-1215.


In industry news, you may have read that another student journalist was caught plagiarizing/fabricating this week. Where does that student go to school? (Bonus if you quote from the SPJ Code of Ethics in your answer.)

Answer: Penn State. Here's what Poynter had on the situation.

And the winner is ... Doug Schlatter! Doug also quoted from the SPJ Code of Ethics in his correct answer: "Never plagiarize." Congratulations, Doug, and your SPJ prize is on the way.


According to the Student Press Law Center, there have been 21 reports of student-newspaper thefts in 2012. Why is newspaper theft a crime?

Submit your answer to Tara Puckey.

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