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SPJ Leads | 10/2/2013
SPJ in the News + New JournCamp Location

By Ellen Kobe, SPJ Communications Department



In case you haven't noticed, SPJ has been discussed in the media a lot recently. From supporting Patch reporter Joe Hosey to pushing Congress for a shield law, SPJ is advocating for your journalistic rights. Here are some stories you might be interested in reading:

— Online reporter faces jail time over refusal to reveal sources for double murder story
— Society of Professional Journalists considers changing its name to Society for Professional Journalism
— WBEZ: SPJ President David Cuillier on reporter Joseph Hosey and shield laws
— U.S. News and World Report: Holes in Media Shield Law Worry Opponents, and Even Some Supporters


Join former president John Ensslin on Friday, Oct. 4 at 1 p.m. EST for Studio SPJ. Our guest is Seth Rosenfeld, a former reporter at the San Francisco Chronicle and San Francisco Examiner and author of "Subversives, the FBI's War on Student Radicals and Reagan's Rise to Power." He also is the winner of this year's SPJ Sunshine Award and a past winner of the SDX Foundation's Eugene S. Pulliam First Amendment Award.

This episode is co-sponsored by the Northern California Pro chapter. To call into the live broadcast with a question, call 347-857-2441. To listen to the live program or hear it later as a podcast, click here.


Hey Minneapolis (and journos nearby), JournCamp is coming your way. On November 2, join us for a daylong workshop in Blegen Hall at the University of Minnesota. You'll learn practical skills that will help you be a better journalist.

The cost is $35 for SPJ members and $55 for non-members. That's a great deal -- breakfast and lunch are included! Register for this journo fun online.

A complete schedule and details about program sessions are coming soon. For an idea of what might be in store, check out the schedule, session descriptions and trainer bios from the programs we recently hosted in Chicago and Washington, D.C.


A new study on media credentialing asks you to participate in their survey that asks journalists and others who gather and report information of public importance to provide information about their experiences in applying for and obtaining media credentials from federal, state and private entities in the United States.

The study is designed to develop a nationwide overview of credentialing practices over the last five years, in order to identify emerging norms and systemic issues in how credentials are used by government entities and private organizations to control newsgathering activity. Data from the survey can be made available to the public, used as a platform for further study and form a basis for developing measures to improve conditions for journalism as a whole.

The survey is conducted by the National Press Photographers Association, and the Digital Media Law Project at Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet & Society, together with the Investigative News Network, Free Press, Journalist's Resource and the Nieman Journalism Lab.

You can take the survey at


The Scripps Howard Foundation is looking for curious, energetic college juniors and seniors studying journalism to report from Washington during the spring and summer terms. Interns are paid a stipend and provided free housing in furnished apartments.

Interns find, report and write stories for the web-based Scripps Howard Foundation Wire, take photos, create slide shows and shoot and edit video. Applicants with multimedia experience will be given preference. There is also a position for the Hispanic Link News Service in the spring and fall.

Program dates and application deadlines:

- Spring 2014: Jan. 6 to April 11. Application deadline: Nov. 1, 2013. Program includes a stipend of $2,660 and free housing.

- Summer 2014: June 9 to Aug. 15. Application deadline: Nov. 1, 2013. Program includes a stipend of $1,900 and free housing.

- Hispanic Link interns: same deadlines, stipend and free housing

Applicants may also indicate a preference for fall. For more details and to download an application form, go to the Scripps Howard Foundation Wire website.


Dr. Lee Thornton, a former president of the Washington D.C. Pro chapter, passed away Sept. 25. According to a news story by the chapter, Thornton was a retired professor at the University of Maryland, a former correspondent for CBS News and the first African-American host of NPR's "All Things Considered."


Which U.S. President spoke at a SPJ, SDX convention? Hint: It was in Phoenix.

Answer: Gerald Ford spoke at the convention in 1974. You can see the script of his remarks here.

And the winner is ... Peter St. Cyr from the Rio Grande Pro chapter. Congrats!


What is the name of the former employee at a media animation company whose resignation video went viral on YouTube?

Submit your answer to Ellen Kobe.

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