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By Ellen Kobe, SPJ Communications Department
AWARDS BANQUET SPONSORSHIP
The Sigma Delta Chi awards are open for submissions, so you know what that means - the SDX Awards Dinner will be here before you can say, "and the winner is..." Now is your chance to sign up as a sponsor for this event, which gives prestigious honors to journalists from all over the world.
There are many different levels of sponsorship, including one that's particularly fitting for our members called "Friend of SPJ." This $500 package includes two VIP tickets to the SDX Awards Dinner, two VIP tickets to the cocktail reception, recognition in the program book and a badge on your name tag.
To see other sponsorship levels, please visit our website. If you want to secure your sponsorship or have any questions, please contact Awards Coordinator Chad Hosier at 317.920.4791.
Ninety-six JournCamp attendees had a fun and insightful day of journalism training in Minneapolis on Saturday. To read about everything they learned, check out our Storify recap of the event - it's filled with informative and enthusiastic tweets. Looking to attend the next JournCamp? Stay tuned to see where SPJ JournCamp travels next!
#JOURNOWEEN CONTEST WINNER
Congrats to Katie Jacewicz, who won our #journoween Instagram contest with the photo to the right. After her photo received over 90 likes, Jacewicz was awarded a year-long professional membership with the organization. Thanks to all who submitted photos - you can view them on our JournoDays blog. Prepare to get your camera out for the holidays coming up!
FLIPPING PANCAKES FOR SPJ
Armed with a griddle and a few spatulas, the Roger Williams University chapter whipped up pancakes on October 8 in a fundraiser to benefit the chapter.
From 9 p.m. to 11 p.m., students from around campus called, emailed and texted in orders for the late night breakfast treats - $2 for two regular pancakes and $1 for one chocolate chip pancake. The campus on-site restaurant company, Bon Appétit, generously donated the pancake batter, butter, plates, utensils and napkins. Carried by bicycles or quick feet, the pancakes were delivered to campus dorms.
The team raised $227, which will fund chapter-sponsored events on campus, such as an open mic night to celebrate Freedom of Speech Week. This was the first fundraising event of the year for the RWU SPJ chapter.
MEDIA LITERACY TRAINING IN AN APP
Some people just can't tell the different between good and bad journalism. That's what News Tutor hopes to eliminate. The new mobile application is designed to help non-journalists better understand the sometimes-subtle differences between high-quality journalism and careless or partisan reporting. The app teaches "behind the scenes" work in journalism so that young consumers will begin to choose their sources more wisely. The app is available on the iPhone, iPad and iPod for $0.99. Watch this video to see a preview.
Russ Tornabene, Executive Director of the SPJ from 1981 to 1987, passed away on Oct. 22. Before SPJ, Tornabene had a 30-year career at NBC, which included many roles, such as news supervisor of the Washington bureau, manager of news operations in New York and director of news for NBC-owned stations. You can read more about Tornabene on his memorial page.
Earl Staten Browning, a member of SPJ since 1935, passed away on Oct. 23 near Charlottesville, Va. A member of the Virginia Pro chapter, Browning was a retired army colonel who served as a counterintelligence officer in occupied Germany during World War II. He later worked for the Armed Forces Radio and Television Service. You can read his obituary in The Washington Post.
The Oct. 30 issue of Leads incorrectly stated that Bob Wills was the editor and publisher of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He was editor of the Milwaukee Sentinel and publisher of The Journal when they were separate and highly-competitive newspapers. He retired before they were merged into what is now the Journal Sentinel.
Writers and Journalists Invited to Submit Entries for the Ralph Gomory Prize.
The Business History Conference (BHC) invites journalists and writers to submit their articles to be considered for the Ralph Gomory Prize. This prize is an award of $5000 presented annually to the author of an article describing and analyzing the relationship between business enterprises and the country or countries in which it operates. The BHC encourages authors of essays in print and electronic media to apply. Submissions for the 2014 prize are being accepted now. More information, including examples of past prize winners, is available on www.thebhc.org/awards/gomory.html.
LAST WEEK'S QUIZ
Which online news organization is no longer accepting pieces from one of their op-ed commentators who wrongly identified himself as a freelancer for the publication to a Pentagon media operations officer?
And the winner is ... Sarah Campbell from the Arkansas Pro Chapter. Congrats!
THIS WEEK'S QUIZ
What was FoxNews.com's top headline when they were doing routine maintenance on Tuesday afternoon?
Submit your answer to Ellen Kobe.