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SPJ Leads | 1/29/2014
Region 7 Scripps + Toolbox updates

By Ellen Kobe, SPJ Communications Department



Hey, Region 7, applications for the Ted Scripps Leadership Institute in Kansas City, Mo., are due in one week. On March 7-9, we'll provide you with great leadership training and tips on how to run a successful chapter. All you have to do is get yourself there -- the hotel and most meals are free.

Fill out this online form and come to Kansas City for a fun and enlightening weekend. Visit the Scripps program site for more details and check out our recaps from the 2013 programs.


Does your chapter have a great program you'd like to organize? Maybe you want to invite a cool speaker, have a panel discussion with news leaders in your community or teach non-journalists about the First Amendment. Whatever it is, make it happen by applying for a chapter grant!

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! 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.


We had another great JournCamp this weekend in Nashville, Tenn. Nearly 50 local journalists learned about web coding, narrative writing, mobile apps, photography, and the future of technology in journalism from successful journalists Andy Boyle, Lane DeGregory, Elise Hu and Samaruddin Stewart. To see what participants learned, check out our Storify recap of the event.


Check out the updates made to Journalist's Toolbox in January! The online site provided by SPJ gives journalists the resources they need to produce great work. This month, you'll find tips for reporting on current issues, such as the Purdue University shooting, as well as updates to the public records, online journalism and Twitter sections. Head on over to the site and gain a variety of skills today!


On Tuesday, Feb. 11, Mickey Osterreicher, general counsel for the National Press Photographers Association, will host an event called "The Right to Photograph and Record in Public" in Honolulu, Hawaii. The program will address First and Fourth Amendment rights, search and seizure, exigent circumstances, federal civil rights lawsuits against police agencies as well as an analysis and update on the most recent cases and court rulings dealing with these issues. Osterreicher also will discuss the coextensive right of both the press and the public to photograph and record as well as provide practical advice regarding the best ways to handle these situations. Check out the event web page for more details.


Apply by Feb. 3 for $1,000 fellowship to attend SABEW in Phoenix. Two $1,000 fellowships are open to full-time journalists who want to attend the Society of American Business Editors and Writers Conference in Phoenix, March 27-29.

The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism will be offering workshops on detecting corporate fraud before the conference and data visualization during it.


Since 1990, the James Aronson Awards for Social Justice Journalism have honored original, written reporting that exposes widespread injustices, underlying causes and possible reforms. This includes exposing discrimination based on race, class, gender, religion or sexual orientation; economic exploitation; violations of human rights, civil liberties or free expression; environmental degradation; and brutality to civilians in war. The deadline for entries is February 10, 2014.

The award recognizes work published in English in newspapers, magazines, newsletters and text-based online publications based in the U.S. A separate prize, the Grambs Aronson Award for Cartooning with a Conscience, recognizes the achievements of political cartoonists whose work focuses on social issues.

Nominations may be made by engaged citizens, individual reporters and cartoonists or their organizations. More information, submission guidelines and a list of past winners, is available online. Address specific questions to Founded in 1990, the Aronson Awards are administered by the Hunter College Department of Film & Media Studies and an awards committee of journalists and media critics.


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?

Answer: The Lanthorn at Grand Valley State University

And the winner is ... Art Blazer from the New York Deadline Club. Congrats!


Andy Carvin, the former senior strategist for NPR who was offered a buyout from the organization in November, has announced his next career move. What is it?

Submit your answer to Ellen Kobe.

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