By Ellen Kobe, SPJ Communications Department
GET RECOGNITION (AND CASH)
So they say, early bird catches the worm - or at least the good deals. If you're planning to attend SPJ, RTDNA and NAHJ's Excellence in Journalism conference in sunny Southern California, don't wait to sign up. Register before our early bird deadline on July 25, and you'll save some cash. To explore pricing options, please visit the EIJ website.
All members are encouraged to review candidates for national office, who will be elected by the SPJ membership. Click here for bios of people who have declared their candidacy. Interested? You can still run for an office. Contact Nominations Chair John Ensslin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All members have a say in SPJ's national leaders. 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 email@example.com.
LDF AUCTION DONATIONS
One of the most important events at our annual convention is the Legal Defense Fund auction. Journalists belong in the courts to find truth, not to be hindered by subpoenas challenging their rights. For years, the LDF has been a support system for those who find themselves in trouble while defending press freedoms. You can help with this important cause by donating an item to the LDF auction today. All items are accepted, from historic memorabilia to nerdy journalism trinkets and homemade crafts to brand-new electronics.
The deadline for submitting donations is July 26. Please send donations, along with the donation form, to:
Society of Professional Journalists
Attn: LDF Auction
3909 N. Meridian St.
Indianapolis, IN 46208
Questions? Contact Communications Coordinator Ellen Kobe at firstname.lastname@example.org or 317.920.4785.
Headquarters staff and volunteers spent this past weekend training SPJ pro and campus chapter leaders at the Ted Scripps Leadership Institute in Memphis, Tenn. The workshop prepared these members to lead strong SPJ chapters, from organizing finances to hosting fun programming to engaging with their members. You can read about their experience in our Storify.
DONATING BEYOND A LIFETIME
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.
Georgiana Vines recently made this commitment to the SDX Foundation.
"The Society of Professional Journalists and Sigma Delta Chi Foundation have helped me expand my interests and skills in journalism in ways I never would have thought imaginable," said Vines, '92-'93 national president, former board member of the SDX Foundation and a Wells Key winner. "Journalists across the U.S., who also share SPJ's core missions of ethics, FOI, professional development and diversity, have become life-long friends."
For more information, visit the website or contact Associate Executive Director Chris Vachon at 317.920.4781.
SHOP SPJ 'TIL YOU DROP
At headquarters, we embrace the "Put a Bird on It" sketch by the IFC TV show Portlandia. But we prefer the SPJ logo to birds. Our J-Mart online store has everything you need - apparel, mugs, accessories, undergarments. Even items for your dogs and babies! Stock up on SPJ gear before Excellence in Journalism and wear it loud and proud in front of all your journo friends.
PICS AND PINS
Don't forget to connect with SPJ through multiple social media platforms, including Instagram and Pinterest. We add photos and pins of journalism tips, history and organization updates.
LAST WEEK'S QUIZ
Name two politicians previously involved in prostitution scandals who have announced their plans to run for office in New York.
Answer: Anthony Weiner and Eliot Spitzer
And the winner is ... Caroline Hendrie from the Washington D.C. Pro chapter. Congratulations!
THIS WEEK'S QUIZ
A fun fact headquarters staff found at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis this weekend: Journalist and 1st Amendment advocate John Seigenthaler won what prestigious award in 2011?
Submit your answer to Ellen Kobe.