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SPJ Leads | 1/9/2013
Announcing Newsroom Memberships

By Christine DiGangi, SPJ Communications Department



Attention newsroom managers and employees: SPJ is happy to announce the newest membership option Newsroom Memberships!

A Newsroom Membership is the best way to show a commitment to producing high-quality, ethical journalism. It shows you support the missions of SPJ and gives your staff the opportunity to become part of the nation's largest and most broad-based journalism association.

Whether you're a student media group, a community paper or a digital newsroom, a Newsroom Membership gives you access to SPJ's amazing training, networking and resources. And for chapters, this membership option can be a great tool for recruiting journalists at local news organizations!

SPJ offers three levels of Newsroom Memberships Bronze, Silver and Gold and you can learn more about what each package has to offer by visiting the Newsroom Membership information on SPJ's website.

Please contact chapter coordinator Tara Puckey if you have questions about Newsroom Memberships. She can be reached via email or at 317.927.8000 x215.


SPJ's Executive Committee will be meeting at 9 a.m. PST Saturday, Jan. 19, in Anaheim, Calif., the site of Excellence in Journalism 2013. A copy of the agenda is available online, and the meeting will be streamed live via SPJ's UStream channel. Contact President Sonny Albarado or Executive Director Joe Skeel with any questions.


The University of Maryland and the University of Florida are pleased to partner with SPJ to bring Journalism Interactive 2013 to Gainesville, Fla., from Feb. 8 to 9.

The training-focused conference will feature topics such as Adobe Premiere vs. Final Cut, fact checking social media (which will be covered by SPJ's Jeff Cutler), mobile tools and mobile reporting.

Generation J committee leader Lynn Walsh will also be presenting a session on how to build your personal brand as a young journalist.

Everything you need to plan your trip, including airport options and a rental car discount, should be available on the conference website, and SPJ members receive a $25 price reduction on registration.


SPJ honors exceptional student journalism with the Mark of Excellence Awards, but only about two weeks remain before the submission deadline.

Explore the award categories to see if your work or journalism produced by your students fits the criteria, and enter online at by Thursday, Jan. 24.


Enter your best work from 2012 in the Sigma Delta Chi Awards for a chance to have it recognized as some of the best professional journalism of the year! The deadline for submissions is Feb. 7, so don't put off those entries any longer. There are several categories, many of which have divisions for smaller and larger outlets, and you can explore those details online. Submit your entries online at


Journalism is a public service, and SPJ has an award that specifically honors reporting that highlights issues in the immigrant and ethnic communities in the U.S.

If your work provides such a service, consider entering for the New America Award. Details are available online, and submissions must be postmarked by Thursday, Feb. 7.


Like journalism? Media law? Freedom of information. Yes, yes, yes!

SPJ is accepting applications for its annual (paid!) Pulliam/Kilgore Freedom of Information Internship program. Two student or recent graduates will work on FOI-related topics, one at SPJ headquarters in Indianapolis, the other with SPJ's legal counsel in Washington, D.C.

The application deadline is Jan. 24, 2013.

Interns should be familiar with journalism industry issues and have an interest in writing about and researching freedom of information-related topics. The Indianapolis intern will be a current (or recently graduated) undergraduate or graduate student. The D.C. intern has most often been a current law student with a background or undergraduate education in journalism. Get more information and application instructions here.

Questions: Email Scott Leadingham or call 317.640.9304.


The Sunlight Foundation will present "Datafest" a bicoastal hackathon for journalists, j-school students, faculty and programmers Feb. 2 and 3 at Columbia University in New York and Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif. Join into create apps and websites that show what 2012's political spending spree will mean for policy this year and beyond.

Registration is free and you can sign up now online. It'll be online too at so anyone can participate. Learn more about the program on the Sunlight blog.


Enter the Al Nakkula Police Reporting Contest for work published in 2012 by reporters at U.S. newspapers, wire services and online news sources. Entry deadline is Feb. 1, 2013. Entry fee is $75. Contest sponsored by University of Colorado Journalism & Mass Communication and the Denver Press Club. Details are available on the university's website.


The Council on Foreign Relations is seeking applicants for the 2013-2014 Edward R. Murrow Press Fellowship. The application deadline is March 1, 2013.

One CFR resident fellowship is awarded each year to a distinguished foreign correspondent or editor. The Edward R. Murrow Press Fellow spends nine months full time in residence at CFR's headquarters in New York. The program enables the fellow to engage in sustained analysis and writing, expand his or her intellectual and professional horizons, and extensively participate in CFR's active program of meetings and events.

Visit the fellowship's website for information on eligibility and terms of the award. For more information, contact or 212.434.9740.


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.

Answer: Putnam County.

And the winner is ... Mary Anne Weber, a freelancer from Virginia and member of the D.C. Pro chapter!


An anti-censorship demonstration erupted in China and online after propaganda officials interfered with an editorial in what newspaper?

Submit your answer to Christine DiGangi.

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