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SPJ Leads | 12/18/2013
Headquarters holiday hours + new Georgia chapter

By Ellen Kobe, SPJ Communications Department



SPJ headquarters will be closed from Dec. 25 to Jan. 2 so that staffers can spend time with their families during the holiday season. If your need is urgent, please email Executive Director Joe Skeel at SPJ headquarters staff wishes you safe and happy holidays.


As you know, journalism is a critical part of our society. For the past 104 years, SPJ has dedicated itself to educating, supporting and protecting those who serve in this vital role. But we can't do that without your help.

Please take time today to donate to SPJ's educational charity: The Sigma Delta Chi Foundation.

In 2013, the SDX Foundation used tax-deductible donations from supporters and journalists like you to invest in SPJ programs across the country. These investments included:

—Direct grants to support SPJ chapter programming at the grassroots level
—A national diversity-outreach program to broaden our coalition
—Cutting-edge training programs for journalists at all levels
—Awards programs that recognize and foster excellence in journalism
—Ongoing support for the Student Press Law Center (SPLC) and the National Freedom of Information Coalition (NFOIC)

You can have monthly contributions to the Foundation automatically charged to your credit card by calling SPJ HQ Bookkeeper Sarah Beck at 317.920.4787.


Have a cool idea for Excellence in Journalism 2014? We want it. Submit it here. The joint conference hosted by SPJ and the Radio Television Digital News Association is in its fourth year. We're looking forward to another successful year in Nashville, Tenn., Sept. 4-6. To do that, we need your program proposals. Submit them at  by January 2. Why so early? The programming committee takes extra time to review and discuss every proposal. Note that the committee is looking for proposals that are appealing to a large audience of journalists working in all media -- and are skills-based and educational in nature. We prefer skills training over panels. We look forward to seeing your ideas!


The SDX Foundation seeks proposals for a one-year, renewable project to develop new sources, update existing ones, and incorporate social media information for the SPJ's 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.


Hey Georgia members, a pro chapter is launching near your home base. If you want to help advance journalism in the Peach State and meet your fellow Georgia SPJers, get in on the ground floor of the chapter. Our next event will be in Atlanta on Jan. 15. For more information or to find out how you can get involved, email to speak with chapter organizers Sharon Dunten and Adina Solomon. Follow @SPJGeorgia for updates.


The Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education, administered by the Online News Association, will provide $1 million in grants to teams to hack journalism curriculum. The challenge will support live news experiments that further the development of teaching hospital models in journalism education, in which innovative projects are created by teams of educators, students, professionals, technicians and researchers. Micro-grants of up to $35,000 each will be awarded to 15 to 25 projects to be completed during the 2014-2015 academic year. Deadline is Feb. 13, 2014. Apply now:


The European Journalism Centre in the Netherlands has launched a website for the Verification Handbook, a groundbreaking new resource for journalists and aid providers, offering step-by-step guidelines on how to deal with user-generated content (UGC) during emergencies.

This free-of-charge handbook will be released on Tuesday, January 28, 2014.It brings together expertise from the world's top news editors and crowdsourcing experts from the BBC, Storyful, ABC, Poynter, GigaOm, Digital First Media and Qatar Foundation's Computing Research Institute (QCRI). For more information, please take a look at the press kit on the Verification Handbook website.


Who came in second place for TIME's person of the year?

Answer: Edward Snowden

And the winner is ... Jennifer Klemmetson from the Valley of the Sun Pro Chapter. Congrats!


Why did the Harvard Crimson publish a special edition on Tuesday?

Submit your answer to Ellen Kobe.

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