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SPJ Leads | 8/14/2013
Elections + LDF Auction

By Ellen Kobe, SPJ Communications Department



Candidates for SPJ's national board will be speaking to the membership during EIJ13 at the Opening Business Meeting on Saturday, Aug. 24 beginning at 2 p.m. Can't make it? Don't worry - you can watch all the speeches LIVE on SPJ Election Central. And, if you can't catch them live, we'll have them available later, too.


This week, there were a few opportunities to listen to SPJ members talk about important issues in the media. Missed them? You can still listen to the webcast recordings.

Studio SPJ: Click here to listen to the newest episode of Studio SPJ. M.E. Sprengelmeyer talks with Rio Grande SPJ chapter member Laura Paskus about his experiences reporting for the now extinct Rocky Mountain News, owning his own small community newspaper, and believing that "the future of print is print."

National Press Club: On Monday, the National Press Club hosted a debate about the role of federal public affairs offices. Panelists included members Carolyn Carlson, past national SPJ president and assistant professor of communication at Kennesaw State University, Kathryn Foxhall, a freelance reporter, and Linda Peterson, national FOI Committee Chairwoman and managing editor of The Valley Journals of Salt Lake. Watch the debate here.

The Jim Bohannon Show: Click here to listen to Linda Peterson, Carolyn Carlson and Kathryn Foxhall continue their discussion from the National Press Club on this D.C. late night talk show.


If you're attending our Excellence in Journalism conference, be sure to download the EIJ mobile app for free on Apple or Android devices. The EIJ13 app is the all-in-one tool for attendees who want everything at their fingertips. It acts as a map, social-media hub, calendar and notebook. The home screen makes browsing an easy task, and you can connect with other attendees by submitting your contact information. For help downloading on an iPhone, read our step-by-step guide.


As a member, you have special access to our On Demand training videos, which have a growing list of topics including basic video techniques, freelancing as a business and accessing public records. Now you can add one more to the list: data visualization. See the new videos here on SPJ's eCampus ("Where journalists go to know.")

SPJ member Andy Boyle, a Chicago Tribune news developer (and comedian), will guide you through the finer points of getting data online and presenting it in a user-friendly format. As with all popular things involving the Internet and videos, there are copious references to cats.

See more SPJ training opportunities here.


Thanks to all who donated items to be auctioned off during EIJ. If you're attending the conference, you'll have the chance to purchase some incredible items (large and small) during the SPJ Legal Defense Fund auction. Plus, the money raised goes to a very important cause - the legal fees of journalists who find themselves having to defend their First Amendment rights in court.

The silent auction will take place during the Journalism Expo, and the live auction is on Monday, Aug. 26 at 6:30 p.m. Look at our Flickr album of some of the items in the silent auction, and be sure to check @spj_pics on Instagram as we announce our live auction items this week.


Who bought The Washington Post this week, and what is this person's claim to fame?

Answer: Jeff Bezos, the founder and CEO of, Inc., bought The Washington Post.

And the winner is ... Linda Deutsch of the Los Angeles Pro Chapter. Congrats!


Which newspaper ended its online paywall this week?

Submit your answer to Ellen Kobe.

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