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SPJ Leads | 1/3/2013
Start the new year with Studio SPJ

By Christine DiGangi, SPJ Communications Department



Today is the first of three intriguing episodes of 'Studio SPJ,' an SPJ Internet radio program!

At 1 p.m. EST, join a conversation with Jennifer Livingston, the TV anchor from Wisconsin who received attention in the fall for her on-air response to a viewer who criticized her appearance.

Tomorrow, Jan. 4, the show will feature an interview with documentary filmmaker Bernardo Ruiz at 11 a.m. EST, and Saturday's show will start at noon EST with guest Fiona Deans Halloran, a Salt Lake City history professor who has written a new biography of the legendary political cartoonist Thomas Nast.

If you don't have the chance to call in or listen to the live show, all 'Studio SPJ' episodes are available as podcasts.


The Press Club of Long Island has approved a policy establishing rules covering both financial disclosure and "openness in general." The measure, which is outlined on the PCLI website, leads the way for openness guidelines to be considered by the national organization. A financial-disclosure resolution was considered at Excellence in Journalism 2012 in September, but the topic remains a priority for many board members.

Following the closing business session at EIJ12, SPJ President Sonny Albarado tasked President-Elect David Cullier with drafting guidelines for all chapters. Those guidelines, which will include input from chapters and members across the country, will be taken up at the executive committee meeting in this month, and a proposal will be presented to the board of directors in April.

Send your feedback on what Cullier should include in the proposal for the executive committee by commenting on the blog post on the topic (in the SPJ Garden Center blog) before Jan. 15.


As 2013 begins, remember to acknowledge your journalism triumphs of the last year. Deadlines for SPJ awards seem a lot closer now that it's January, so do your hard work justice by submitting it for national recognition.

There's likely a contest that honors your type of work: SPJ celebrates outstanding student journalism with the Mark of Excellence Awards, exceptional professional work with the Sigma Delta Chi Awards and public-service journalism for the immigrant and ethnic communities in the U.S. with the New America Award.

Deadlines are as follows:
MOE: Thursday, Jan. 24
New America and SDX: Thursday, Feb. 7

You work may be among 2012's outstanding journalism. Submit your entries as soon as you can (MOE and SDX awards use this online form), then continue your work toward producing the best of 2013.


Grant money awaits! Submit your proposal for a chapter grant by Jan. 9 to be considered for the next round of grants. Your chapter may receive up to $500 to put on the kind of programming that gives SPJ chapters their immense value.

Consider what your chapter can offer the local journalism community, draft a proposal and submit it to SPJ headquarters. More than five chapters have received funding so far -- read about what they're doing and direct any questions to Chapter Coordinator Tara Puckey by email or calling 317.927.8000 x215.


SPJ believes in promoting sound journalism practices by recognizing the best work in the industry. The grueling work of a journalist, while crucial to society, attracts more criticism than praise, and the importance of positive reinforcement shouldn't be overlooked.

The awards SPJ organizes serve as a reminder of journalism's importance, and we need your help.

SPJ seeks experienced journalists to judge awards entries in magazine, radio, opinion writing and art/graphics categories. To volunteer, please email


Take a look at the new SPJ merchandise available online! We call it the J-Mart, and dozens of SPJ-branded items are available. Whether you're shopping for yourself or a friend with a lot of SPJ enthusiasm, you'll enjoy browsing what the J-Mart has to offer.

Visit the shop at, and take note that more gear is on the way.


What newspaper this week refused to name the author of a letter questioning local high school security?

Answer: The Paducah Sun.

And the winner is ... Ward Silver! Ward is the founder and chief executive of Southwind Digital Productions Inc. The first Leads prize of the new year is on its way to you in Georgia, Ward.


Name the county in New York that has said it will withhold gun-ownership information after a local newspaper published names and addresses of gun holders in surrounding counties.

Submit your answer to Christine DiGangi.

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