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SPJ Leads | 6/26/2013
Weekend in D.C., #EIJ13 deadlines + SPJ successes

By Ellen Kobe, SPJ Communications Department



You have three more days to register for some of the amazing Excellence in Journalism conference boot camps. Register by June 28 (that's this Friday), and don't miss out on the chance to participate in the following programs:

— From Local Broadcast Reporter to National Correspondent (Aug. 24): The way people consume news, information and entertainment is continuously changing. With so many options at the fingertips of consumers, correspondents must be effective and versatile storytellers. This full-day training, sponsored by CBS News, will provide participants with the necessary tools to build on existing skills in order to go from local reporter to national correspondent.
— New U Loft (Aug. 23-24): Do you have a business that is ready to reach new heights? Are you ready to learn from business and media start-up leaders? Apply for this two-day experience that uniquely increases the number of diverse idea-makers in media.
— Minority Leadership Institute (Aug. 23-24): The Minority Leadership Institute will provide leadership and management training to 15 mid-level editors and business executives from news organizations. Topics covered will include foundational leadership, personal growth, getting the best from others, leadership in time of increased diversity, and more.

These programs have a selection process, so apply today! Visit the Conference Highlights page to view additional details and application instructions for each camp.


It's that time! HQ will soon begin notifying chapters of their status and number of delegates for Excellence in Journalism. If you haven't submitted your Annual Report, you'll need to do so immediately. Contact Chapter Coordinator Tara Puckey at for more information.


SPJ's busy weekend in Washington D.C. kicked off with the SDX Awards Banquet on Friday night at the Press Club. Over 200 people attended the prestigious event to see 68 Sigma Delta Chi award-winners receive recognition for outstanding journalistic work. Congratulations, SDX award recipients!


Bright and early the Saturday morning, SPJ hosted JournCamp, a day-long training workshop. Over 100 attendees flocked into the D.C. Westin hotel to hear from some of the best trainers in the journalism community. During the lunch break, former SPJ D.C.

chapter president Julie Asher talked about the benefits of SPJ membership (many in the audience are already members!). Additionally, the chair-elect of the Radio Television Digital News Association, Chris Carl (who was also a workshop attendee) provided a few great reasons why all journalists should travel to Southern California in August for EIJ13. SPJ JournCamp is funded by the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation. To hear more about the experience, check out our Storify - an aggregation of social media from the event.


During SPJ JournCamp, the Executive Committee of the SPJ Board of Directors met. Here is a quick recap of the meeting:

— Adopted an updated investment policy in order to allow SPJ to prudently grow its cash reserves rather than having the money earn less than its potential
— Recommended new social media guidelines be adopted by the board in August
— Recommended that a request from SPJ's Education Committee for funds to conduct a high school journalism study be forwarded to the board in August and recommended that it then be forwarded to the SDX Foundation with SPJ's support
— Heard a report from Chapter Coordinator Tara Puckey that provided a baseline of data from which to make informed decisions regarding SPJ chapters
— Discussed the need for consistent SPJ branding and external communication
— Winners were selected for the many SPJ Honors that will be recognized at EIJ13


Thinking about running for office? SPJ office, that is? It's not too late! We have 13 open seats on the national board, and SPJ is looking for candidates with a variety of backgrounds to help continue improving and protecting journalism. If interested, email Nominations Committee Chairman John Ensslin at

Even if you aren't interested in running for office, you have a say in the SPJ national board. 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


Kym Fox, a member of the Texas State University-San Marcos chapter and assistant professor at the university's School of Journalism and Mass Communication, won a Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching. Please join SPJ in congratulating Kym for this esteemed honor.


The Madison Pro chapter in Wisconsin hosted a two-day celebration of the 100th anniversary of SPJ's Wells Memorial Key a few weeks ago. Check out their website to see photos and hear about the events they held during the weekend. Want to hear more about the inspiration behind the award? Watch this video about Chester C. Wells online.


What newspaper recently decided to shut down the Tumblr page that hosted all of its opinion content? Hint: This newspaper started the page about a year ago.

Answer: The Times of London

And the winner is ... Celeste LeCompte from San Francisco. Congratulations!


Last week, The Oregonian in Portland, Ore., announced a transformation of the newspaper, including a change in the organization's company name, staff member layoffs, reduction of delivery and relocation of the newsroom. What media company owns The Oregonian?

Submit your answer to Ellen Kobe.

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