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SPJ Leads | 10/16/2013
Career development, #Journoween and Rainbow Sourcebook

By Ellen Kobe, SPJ Communications Department



What's better than a full day of journalism training? A FUN day of journalism training PLUS breakfast and lunch. You can have it all on Nov. 2 at JournCamp Minneapolis, the next stop on our road tour of giving journalists the skills they need to be successful in today's industry.

We're bringing some of the best journalists, media professionals and educators to teach you about relevant topics: informing a self-informed public, data visualization, JavaScript, web coding, narrative storytelling, digital tools and copyright. Read more about the programs and speakers in detail.

Register online before Monday, Oct. 28 - $35 for members, $55 for nonmembers. Questions? Contact Scott Leadingham at 317-927-8000 ext. 211 or


The Sigma Delta Chi Foundation seeks proposals for a one-year, renewable project to develop new sources, update existing ones, and incorporate social media information for the Society of Professional Journalists' Rainbow Sourcebook, an online database and mobile app designed to make it easy for journalists to widen the narrow demographic band of sources normally found in the news.

This RFP is part of a three-year, pilot maintenance project. The maximum funding amount is $6,000 annually, but the award will be based on the scope of project and budgeted expenses. We are requesting that individuals partner with an organization, such as their own newsroom or another news organization, in order to enhance transferability and awareness. For more information about the type of project you could propose, visit our request for proposals page.

Follow this link to submit your proposal online. For questions or further information, please contact Sally Lehrman.


There's nothing quite as scary as being a journalist, whether it's producing a controversial story, struggling with the changing media business or getting critiqued by an editor. We want to celebrate all of your spooky moments with you this Halloween.

If you or your newsroom is doing something fun to celebrate the Halloween season, post a photo on Instagram with the hashtag #journoween. All photos will be posted on our JournoDays blog, and whoever has the most likes will receive a prize from SPJ headquarters.

Bonus: If you're wearing a journalism-related costume, you'll get a like from @spj_pics. We can't wait to see the costumes, newsroom decorations and pranks you share with your fellow journalists this month!


SPJ is considering revising its Code of Ethics, and we want your feedback. Please fill out this survey and tell us how you think the Code of Ethics should be changed (or if you don't think it should be). Click here to read the current Code of Ethics. SPJ will work over the next year to discuss and evaluate any ideas. Proposed changes will be presented during Excellence in Journalism 2014 in Nashville.


The Omaha-Lincoln Pro chapter is hosting an afternoon of resume critiques Saturday, Oct. 19 at Creighton University. One-on-one tips from editors, mock interviews with newsroom leaders and refreshments will be provided. If you're in the area and want more information, check out the event page on Facebook.


What magazine publisher is being sued most recently for not paying two interns minimum wage?

Answer: Condé Nast

And the winner is ... Adrianna Carlisle from the University of Florida chapter. Congrats!

The English language International Herald Tribune changed its name to what this week?

Submit your answer to Ellen Kobe.

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