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SPJ Leads | 10/31/2012
NAHJ joins Excellence in Journalism

By Christine DiGangi, SPJ Communications Department



You may have already heard that the National Association of Hispanic Journalists will be joining SPJ and RTDNA for Excellence in Journalism 2013 in California -- it's an exciting development and we hope you share our enthusiasm! The conference is several months away, but you can browse the EIJ website, check the conference Facebook page and keep tabs on the Twitter hashtag #EIJ13 to find EIJ news.


SPJ is looking for qualified volunteers to judge the Mark of Excellence and Sigma Delta Chi Awards, two national contests that recognize the best work published or broadcast in 2011. The MOE Awards honor the best collegiate journalists and the SDX Awards honor outstanding work by professionals.

MOE judges must have three years of professional experience, and SDX judges must have 10 years of professional experience and a thorough knowledge of the area they are judging.

For questions or to express your interest in volunteering, please contact Lauren Rochester at 317-927-8000 ext. 210 or

Thank you! These awards would not be possible without the commitment of members like you.


Congratulations to the Ithaca College chapter and the Maryland Pro chapter for receiving October's Chapter Grants, each for $250.

Ithaca College is welcoming David Cay Johnston, a career investigative reporter and a recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for work at The New York Times, one of his many accolades. He will meet with two classes at the college and give a keynote presentation Nov. 13.

The Maryland Pro chapter is hosting "The Benefits of a Diverse Newsroom" on Nov. 9. The workshop will bring the chapter together with local institutions Salisbury University and University of Maryland Eastern Shore. David Burns of the Maryland Pro chapter says the program will challenge all SPJ members to confront journalism's dreadful past with workplace diversity and discuss the industry's present and future.

Congratulations to both chapters!


Only two days remain for JournCamp registration! This daylong collection of journalism workshops gives you the opportunity to expand your skills and enrich your career. Register by Friday, Nov. 2 -- the $35 cost includes breakfast and lunch, too!


Longtime members Adrienne Bosworth Chafetz and Joseph Mooshil passed away this year, Chafetz on March 6 and Mooshil on Sept. 7.

Chafetz joined SPJ in 1979 and was a member of the Central Ohio Pro chapter and spent much of her career with Columbus Monthly magazine. She was 74 and died of lung cancer, according to the Columbus Dispatch.

Mooshil, a sports reporter in Chicago, had been a member of SPJ for 62 years. Mooshil covered Chicago's teams for the Associated Press and belonged to the Chicago Headline Club, the local SPJ chapter.  He died at age 85 as a result of complications of chronic lymphocytic leukemia, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.


Because inaccuracies emerged during the Hurricane Sandy coverage, now is a good time for an SPJ Ethics Code refresher! "Test the accuracy of information from all sources and exercise care to avoid inadvertent error."

Here's a non-Sandy example of the importance of diligent reporting, submitted by Mark Pitsch of Madison Pro. Enjoy, and remember your ethics!


A judge ordered the FBI to pay journalist Seth Rosenfeld about $470,000 for withholding records he requested through the Freedom of Information Act. When did Rosenfeld first file FOIA requests related to this case, and what was the subject of the records?

Answer: Rosenfeld first filed a FOIA request for the records in 1981. He sought "any and all" FBI records about the University of California at Berkeley. Here's an account from Rosenfeld.

And the winner is ... Art Blazer! Art is a freelance journalist and member of the New York Deadline Club. We know it may take a while with postal service disruptions on the East Coast, but your prize is on its way.


Twitter user @comfortablysmug started the rumor that the New York Stock Exchange flooded during the storm Sandy. CNN and the Weather Channel reported the false information, and @comfortablysmug was later identified. Whose Twitter handle is that?

Submit your answer to Christine DiGangi.

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