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SPJ Leads | 5/22/2013
Education opportunities + SPJ President's take on shield law

By Ellen Kobe, SPJ Communications Department



SPJ President Sonny Albarado posted a blog called "On Shame and Shield Law" regarding the Obama administration's decision to encourage Congress to put the shield law back on their agenda. In the upcoming days, SPJ will be updating our shield law page to keep you informed about the law and any progress.


The Sigma Delta Chi Awards banquet takes place on Friday, June 21, in Washington D.C. The awards recognize the best in professional journalism categories covering print, radio, television, newsletters, art/graphics, online and research. Anyone is invited to attend. Order tickets here.


Greg Linch, local investigations editor at The Washington Post, will conduct a breakout session at JournCamp D.C. Saturday, June 22.

The session, "Talking Tech: Learning the Language(s) of Web Developers - and Then Some Code," is one of the first breakout sessions during the daylong training event at the Westin Hotel City Center in Washington. Registration is $35 for SPJ members ($55 for nonmembers) and includes breakfast and a boxed lunch. Journalism, breakfast AND lunch!

More details and the registration site are available at


Sponsored by UNITY Journalists for Diversity

New U Loft, a start-up business-plan boot camp is coming to Excellence in Journalism 2013 (EIJ13), the national conference of SPJ, RTDNA and NAHJ. The bootcamp will take place Friday, Aug. 23, and Saturday, Aug. 24. The program has an application and selection process. The application will be available soon. To learn more about New U, click here or contact New U co-directors Doug Mitchell ( or Alli Joseph (


Sponsored by American Society of News Editors

The Minority Leadership Institute will provide leadership and management training to 15 mid-level editors and business executives from news organizations during EIJ13, which is in Southern California from Aug. 24 to Aug. 26. Sessions will take place Friday, Aug. 23 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, Aug 24 from 8 a.m. to noon. For information about the application and selection process, please direct all questions to Arnie Robbins at

IN MEMORY        

Ann DeMatteo, a former Connecticut SPJ board member, died Sunday, May 19, in New Haven, Conn. According to a news story from the New Haven Register, DeMatteo was a beat reporter at the New Haven Register for 34 years and served as managing editor of the  Middletown Press.


SPJ's communications manager Christine DiGangi will finish her time at headquarters Friday. Ellen Kobe started as communications coordinator Monday and will assume Christine's duties upon her departure. Ellen is a recent graduate of DePauw University and has interned at Indianapolis Monthly, The Oregonian, the United Nations World Food Program and the Indianapolis Business Journal. You can reach her at or 317-927-8000 ext. 205.


How many media organizations joined the letter from the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press to the Department of Justice?

Answer: Fifty-one media organizations, including SPJ, joined the letter from the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press to the Department of Justice. Read the letter here.

And the winner is ... Wesley Juhl from Las Vegas! Congratulations.

To keep Oklahoma residents updated about the location of this week's tornadoes, journalists and meteorologists turned to social media. Name one of the streets that news organizations tweeted out.

Submit your answer to Ellen Kobe.

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