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SPJ Leads | 6/6/2013
Rewards, summer camp and newsie movies

By Ellen Kobe, SPJ Communications Department



Each year, the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation recognizes two journalists for their diligent efforts in journalism. We're quickly approaching the application deadline - June 22.

The Eugene C. Pulliam Fellowship for Editorial Writing gives $75,000 to a mid-career editorial writer or columnist who is interested in taking courses, pursuing independent study, traveling or seeking out other endeavors that enrich their knowledge of a public interest issue. The recipient must publish work within 18 months of selection. For more information about how to apply, visit

The Eugene S. Pulliam First Amendment Award honors a person, group of people, or organization who has fought to protect freedom of speech. The honoree receives $10,000 and an engraved crystal as well as transportation and lodging to Excellence in Journalism. To nominate someone for the First Amendment award, visit


What sounds better than a full day of journalism training? A FUN day of journalism training that includes breakfast AND lunch.

Join SPJ's JournCamp at the Westin D.C. on June 22. Sessions will help you develop the art of narrative writing and learn web coding. Also, Megan Garber, staff writer at The Atlantic, will explain how to use digital tools to make our ideas more powerful. There's limited room, and registration closes Monday, June 17. See session details and register at Questions? Email Scott Leadingham.


It's not too late to declare your candidacy for one of the 13 available offices on the national board. SPJ is looking for candidates who represent and encompass differing backgrounds to help continue improving and protecting journalism through the great work of SPJ. Interested? Email Nominations Committee Chairman John Ensslin at

Even if you aren't interested in running for office, you're still taking an active role in shaping the Society by voting for the national board of directors. Get informed by checking out candidate information and make sure you're ready for the electronic vote in August by having a valid email on file with SPJ HQ. Not sure or need to update it? Contact Chapter Coordinator Tara Puckey at


As if we weren't excited enough for the Excellence in Journalism conference, we just added another pre-conference workshop to the mix. On Saturday, August 24 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., CBS News is sponsoring a session called "From Local Broadcast Reporter to National Correspondent." This full-day training will provide participants with the necessary tools to build on existing skills to go from local reporter to national correspondent. The program has an application and selection process, which you can read about here.

For more information on how to register for #EIJ13, visit


Since 1909, SPJ has been improving, protecting and discussing journalism. And now that we're living in the 21st century, we can blog about our favorite topic.

Here are the latest updates to the SPJ Blogs Network:

From Utah to Guatemala and back by McKenzie Romero, president of the Southern Utah University chapter
Broadcast job hunt: Getting down to the nitty-gritty by Gen J Committee member Jacqueline Ingles
March-ing toward membership: 'Tis the season for SPJ spring conferences by Membership Committee chair Holly Edgell
The cruelest month: Mourning journalists killed in Syria by President John Ensslin
Your worry-free way to hosting a journalism event by Gen J Committee member Ryan Broussard
The promise and problem with Pinterest by Digital Media Committee member David Sheets


From the drama of the Nixon resignation to the lunacy of Ron Burgundy, Americans have always loved a great newsroom story. Minnesota SPJ and Take-Up Productions are teaming up to bring you a series of five beloved journalism feature films this June at The Trylon Microcinema in Minneapolis.

Featured movies:

Network - Friday, May 31 to Sunday, June 2
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy - Friday, June 7 to Sunday, June 9
All the President's Men - Friday, June 14 to Sunday, June 16
Page One: Inside the New York Times - Friday, June 21 to Sunday, June 23
Sweet Smell of Success - Friday, June 28 to Sunday, June 30
Click here for more details.


Are you a reporter or citizens group making strides for free information on the grassroots level? Tell Pulliam/Kilgore Freedom of Information intern Kara Hackett what you're doing. She's writing weekly profiles about advocates just like you for our FOI FYI blog. If you have any questions or ideas, contact her at or 317-927-8000 ext. 213.


Today (May 29, 2013), a new edition AP Stylebook was released to mark its anniversary. How old does the AP Stylebook turn this year?

Answer: 60 years old

And the winner is ... Janet Mendler from the Detroit Pro Chapter! Congratulations.


Last week, the Chicago Sun-Times laid off their entire photo staff. Approximately how many journalists were let go?

Submit your answer to Ellen Kobe.

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