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SPJ Leads | 3/13/2013
Happy Sunshine Week!

By Christine DiGangi, SPJ Communications Department



What have you done this week? If you said, "Fought for the public's right to know," congratulations! You're a Sunshine Week all-star.

There are still four days to get involved with this open-government initiative. Connect with @SunshineWeek and #SunshineWeek on Twitter and explore freedom of information issues.

Here's a great idea: Read the report from SPJ and the National Association of Government Communicators on mediated access to government officials.

An even better idea: Give five minutes for FOIA online. This is a project dedicated to improving government participation in an online system for making, processing and viewing FOIA requests.

Enjoy the rest of Sunshine Week!


Students! Apply for the EIJ News by Tuesday, March 19, for a chance to gain digital newsgathering experience at Excellence in Journalism 2013 (EIJ13).

Twelve interns will provide in-depth coverage of the conference through video, audio, photos, and writing stories. EIJ News is an opportunity you can't pass up if you're looking for on-the-ground journalism experience. Read more online and submit your application ASAP.


Join the Greater Philadelphia Pro chapter on "Studio SPJ" Friday at noon EDT for a conversation with Jim MacMillan, Pulitzer Prize winner and independent journalist.

MacMillan will discuss the Gun Crisis Reporting Project during the show, moderated by Philly Pro president Phil Beck.

Call 347.857.2441 to participate in the discussion. Can't listen live? All "Studio SPJ" episodes are available as podcasts. Follow this link to the show.


If you haven't nominated someone for a National SPJ Honor, make sure you do so this week. Nominations for the public awards are due Wednesday, March 20. (Nominations for members-only honors are due in April, so double check the deadlines!)

These are due in a week: Distinguished Teaching in Journalism | Ethics in Journalism | Fellows of the Society | First Amendment Award | Historic Sites in Journalism | Sunshine Award

Email with any questions.


Want a yearlong SPJ membership -- for free? Check-out Generation J's logo makeover contest. The committee wants a new logo and wants to open the contest to designers (and aspiring designers). Head over to the blog to check out what they want, and see them on Pinterest for some inspiration. Hurry -- the contest ends March 15.


The Ted Scripps Leadership Institute is coming to Denver this summer, June 14-16. SPJ members in Region 9 -- Colorado, Wyoming, Utah and New Mexico -- are encouraged to apply for this rewarding experience.

What goes on at Scripps? Take a look at what we did last weekend in Indianapolis with the leaders from Region 5. The attendees will surely tell you how valuable they found the program.

Scripps visits only four of the 12 regions each year, so now is your chance to attend this program, learn about your strengths and invest in your chapter as a source of journalism excellence in your community. The deadline to apply is April 12.


Many of us experience frustration and bewilderment every time a new instance of plagiarism crops up.

Let's talk about it.

The National Summit on Plagiarism and Fabrication will take place April 5 in St. Louis, where representatives from many prominent news organizations will gather to tackle the problem. The groups are SPJ, the American Copy Editors Society, Associated Press Media Editors, the Online News Association, the American Society of News Editors, the Canadian Association of Journalists, the Radio-Television Digital News Association, and Local Independent Online News Publishers.

The summit is free, but you must RSVP.


By designating the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation, SPJ's supporting foundation, as a beneficiary in your will, life insurance, retirement or other estate plans, you can provide a lasting legacy for the future of journalism.

The Foundation returns thousands of dollars back to the journalism community in support of both SPJ and other journalism organizations that benefit SPJ members. The Foundation is a 501(c)3 charity, and gifts are tax deductible.

For more information, visit the website or contact Chris Vachon at 317.927.8000 x207.


SPJers in the NYC area: Remember to take advantage of the SPJ discount to "NEWSical the Musical." Tickets are regularly $86.25, but SPJ members can attend for $51.25 (all performances except Saturday) or $55.25 (Saturday performances). Click this link to get the discount.


In what year was the first AP Stylebook published?

Answer: 1953. It says so in the foreword.

And the winner is ... Susan Dawson-O'Brien! Susan is a pro member in Oklahoma City.


The AP added an entry to its stylebook last week. A spokesman said the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., was a factor in adding the entry. What is it?

Submit your answer to Christine DiGangi.

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