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SPJ Leads | 1/22/2014
MOE deadline two days away + apply for a chapter grant

By Ellen Kobe, SPJ Communications Department



If you're a student journalist, don't forget to submit entries for the Mark of Excellence awards by this Friday, Jan. 24. That's two days away!

SPJ is committed to promoting the future of a thriving industry and free society by honoring the efforts of young journalists. That's why we offer students the opportunity to have their work recognized regionally and nationally. Get rewarded for your hard work and add a little somethin' somethin' to your résumé!

Check out the various categories and enter online today. Questions? Email Awards Coordinator Chad Hosier at or call him at 317.920.4791.


Thank you to our most recent sponsors of the Sigma Delta Chi Awards Banquet:

Visit Indy
Columbia Journalism Review
Social Science Research Council

The SDX Awards Banquet will take place June 20 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, where winners of the prestigious SDX Awards will be recognized. If you or your organization is interested in sponsoring the event, please see our website for details. It's only $50 to be a special contributor!


Does your chapter have a cool program you'd like to organize? We can help! Four times a year, SPJ awards up to $500 to chapters who have plans for unique, diverse and creative programming geared toward anything journalism related - ethics, campus crime coverage, copy editing, you name it! The next deadline is Feb. 1, so write up your idea and fill out our form. Check out our website for more information about chapter grants. Questions? Contact Tara Puckey at or 317.920.4784.


Hey, Region 7, we're inviting you to the Ted Scripps Leadership Institute in Kansas City, Mo., March 7-9. Scripps is an SPJ program that teaches you how to be an effective leader and to run a successful chapter.

All you have to do is fill out this online form and cover travel expenses - we take care of the rest! Come to Kansas City, Mo., for a fun and enlightening weekend. Visit the Scripps program site for more details and check out our recaps from the 2013 programs.


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 it even needs to be altered at all). Or, discuss the Code of Ethics among your chapter members by leading a fun event designed by Campus Representative Lindsey Cook.

Click here to read the current Code of Ethics. SPJ will work in the coming months to discuss and evaluate any ideas. Proposed changes will be presented during Excellence in Journalism 2014.


Looking for training and great tools for teaching? Attend Journalism Interactive - April 4-5 in College Park, Md., for free!

Submit your idea for a teaching demo to the Teach-a-Thon by Jan. 31. If it's accepted, the conference will comp your registration.

You'll find all the details at

Don't have time to submit anything? All SPJ members can take a $25 discount off the Early Bird registration rate through Feb. 15. Just visit the registration page and enter code "spj2014" on the first screen of the registration form. (Look for the tiny link at the bottom, just above Eventbrite's green "ORDER NOW" button. It will say "enter promotional discount.") Your registration includes lunch on both days of the conference, a Friday night banquet and Saturday night reception.

Don't miss a chance to hear from tech trend expert Amy Webb, New York Times data expert Derek Willis or mobile news training extraordinaire Carl Corry. It's a two-day whirlwind of multimedia know-how for educators.


Robert S. Beeler, a member of SPJ since 1940, died August 30 in Rochester, N.Y. "He remained lucid, articulate and in the view of us his children, a true journalist to the end," according to his son Michael Beeler. Read his obituary in the Democrat and Chronicle.


What two journalists caused outrage after they wrote columns criticizing a cancer patient who blogs and tweets about her experiences?

Answer: Former New York Times executive editor Bill Keller and his wife, Emma Gilbey Keller.

And the winner is ... Anna Yee from the Chicago Headline Club. Congrats!


What student newspaper wrote an editorial questioning the university's motivations to place names of donors on classrooms and buildings, which resulted in the administration calling the newspaper "ignorant" in a letter to the editor?

Submit your answer to Ellen Kobe.

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