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SPJ Leads | 5/2/2013
National student journalism awards & JournCamp in D.C.

By Christine DiGangi, SPJ Communications Department



The Society of Professional Journalists proudly honors the winners of the 2012 Mark of Excellence Awards for outstanding collegiate journalism.

Student journalists submitted more than 4,600 entries in newspaper, art/graphics, magazine, radio, television and online categories. The national winners and finalists are listed online.

The results from regional contests are listed on SPJ News, and the Region 8 honorees will be posted Monday.

Congratulations to all the winners! It's wonderful to see young journalists producing such exceptional work.


SPJ conducts JournCamps across the country, and our next stop is June 22 in the nation's capital!

Constant education is one of the best ways to maintain an exceptional journalism career, and the D.C. JournCamp offers you excellent training for little cost: $35 for SPJ members, $55 for nonmembers and that includes continental breakfast and a boxed lunch!

Read more about the event, which features trainers from NPR, The Washington Post and The AP, and register ASAP.


The SPJ board of directors chartered a new professional chapter at the board meeting two weeks ago: SPJ Delaware!

Hats off to the chapter board for all their hard work:
Amy Cherry - President
Jonathan Starkey - Vice President
Chris Carl - Treasurer
Melissa Nann Burke - Secretary
Ashley Barnas - Communications and Marketing Director
Rick Jensen - Events Director


A huge part of what we do at SPJ is standing up for journalists' rights. Here are a few recent examples of that work:

The SPJ board of directors approved three Legal Defense Fund grants: one for The Daily Reveille at Louisiana State University, one for Paul Bass of the New Haven Independent and one for The Daily Helmsman at the University of Memphis. Read more about the grants here.

SPJ President Sonny Albarado wrote a letter to Central Michigan University, highlighting a potential conflict of interest that could negatively impact the student media there.

SPJ joined a letter by the National Press Photographers Association opposing anti-paparazzi legislation in California.


We love to see fun, successful chapter programming! Here are two great examples of chapter get-togethers:

Ethics Hold'em Tournament | SPJ SoFla
"Twelve journos dared to try their hand at Ethics Hold'em, a Texas Hold'em style card game with an ethical twist," reads a summary of the event on April 24th. Who doesn't love a game of journalism ethics? South Florida Pro also posted photos to its Facebook page, so have a look at the fun they had.

Trivia Night | Louisville Pro
SPJ Louisville Pro held its annual Trivia Night contest on April 11 at a local restaurant with a sell-out crowd of about 40 people divided into eight teams participating. The Courier-Journal, Louisville Magazine, LEO (weekly) and several local television stations participated, with local FOX affiliate WDRB taking home the trophy. This is the fourth year for the contest which focuses on local history and events. A big thanks to Steve York and Kathy Francis who serve on the SPJ Louisville Pro board and coordinate the annual contest. For more information or how-to tips, email Steve York at

Fun! If your chapter does something cool or exciting, make sure you tell HQ about it. Email Chapter Coordinator Tara Puckey to have your event mentioned in Leads.


2016 may be three years away, but we're crazy excited to tell you that Excellence in Journalism 2016 is going to be in New Orleans.

SO. MUCH. FUN. Those of you who attended EIJ11 know what we're talking about.

While you're making plans to attend EIJ13 in Southern California, take note of this info for the future:

New Orleans, Louisiana
September 18-20, 2016
Sheraton New Orleans
Room Rate: $169 (Single/Double), $185 (Triple/Quad)

What? You haven't registered for EIJ13 yet? Take a minute to review the good stuff going on there, and make your plans for EIJ13, Aug. 24 to 26.


For when you have a minute or would rather spend a minute away from what you're doing:

Confessions of a Twitter holdout, by SPJ member Stephanie Yamkovenko

On 'fundamental' rights, by SPJ President, Sonny Albarado

Five things new reporters should know, by SPJ Member Ryan Broussard


As usual, we do our best to share news of our members' passing when we come across the information:

Grady Edward Clay Jr., Louisville Pro, member since 1956. Clay died in March at age 96.

Scott Aiken, Cincinnati Pro, member since 1968. Aiken died in March at age 77.

Barry Horstman, Cincinnati Pro, member since 2011. Horstman died in February at age 60.

Notices of members' death should be sent to Director of Membership Linda Hall.


The deadline is in two days, but give it a look:

Apply to learn news design at ONA dCamp in D.C., May 11.


CareerCast released its Best Jobs of 2013 list this week, with newspaper reporter receiving the worst ranking 200. What job was No. 199?

Answer: Lumberjack.

And the winner is ... Kimberly Horner, a postgrad member from Cinnaminson, N.J. Hooray, Kimberly!


Which media outlet first reported new arrests in the Boston Marathon bombing investigation?

Submit your answer to Christine DiGangi.

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