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SPJ Leads | 2/19/2014
SDX scholarships + Scripps internships

By Ellen Kobe, SPJ Communications Department



Excellence in Journalism 2014 is Sept. 4-6 in Nashville, Tenn. Join SPJ and the Radio Television Digital News Association at EIJ14 for the opportunity to expand your skills and connections as a contemporary journalist.

No matter the length of your career, taking the time to learn more and invest in your professional development will help you pursue journalistic excellence. EIJ14 gives you that opportunity.

Explore the early details on, look at the schedule and mark Sept. 4-6 on your calendar.


Applications for two of the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation's annual scholarships are due on May 12. Read more details and fill out the online application forms for a chance to finance your professional development at the Excellence in Journalism 2014 conference.

The Diversity Leadership Program is an opportunity for members to become more acquainted with SPJ through exposure to the Society. This educational process begins at the national conference and includes a complimentary conference registration and paid travel to the event. SPJ will select six Diversity Leadership Fellows to participate in the program, which will pay for their EIJ14 expenses. To learn more and apply online, click here.

The Terry Harper Memorial Scholarships honor former SPJ Executive Director Terry Harper, who passed away on June 2, 2009 at the young age of 45 after a two-year battle with brain cancer. As executive director, one of Terry's highest priorities was the development of high-caliber training opportunities for SPJ members. In honor of Terry's lasting efforts to improve SPJ and the entire journalism community, SPJ will award scholarships to the EIJ conference thanks to a generous outpouring of support for his memorial fund. To learn more and apply online, click here.


The SDX Foundation has partnered with For Journalism to offer online classes on various topics, including data visualization, data science/statistics, mapping and web coding. The topics that For Journalism has initially proposed are meant to address technical skills that journalists need to have in an increasingly digital and Web-first industry.

Ultimately, this type of training is available from different sources, but what differentiates For Journalism from others is its comprehensive scope. The courses aren't meant to be one-time events such as webinars, but rather long-term classes that take participants from beginning to end. Lessons will include e-textbooks and virtual study groups with peers. In this sense, courses will be more like a semester-long college class than a one-hour lunchtime webinar.

Visit and start learning today!


The deadline to apply for the International Center for Journalists' global reporting fellowships has been extended to Feb. 24.

U.S. journalists rarely have the time, support and funding to become foreign correspondents. But through ICFJ's global reporting fellowships, you can spend two weeks in a destination of your choice, reporting on a story for your audience, at no cost.

Don't miss your chance to bring international news home through the Bringing Home the World Fellowship and the Social Justice Reporting Fellowship.


The University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for Journalism Ethics seeks nominations for the first-ever national Anthony Shadid Award for Journalism Ethics. The award - which includes a $1,000 prize - honors a journalist (or team) whose reporting on a specific story or series best exemplifies seeking and reporting truth, minimizing harm, acting independently and remaining accountable.

The March 3 deadline is quickly approaching. For information about nominations, click here.


Students: Looking for internships? Check out these opportunities with the Scripps Howard Foundation.

The Scripps Howard Foundation is looking for curious, energetic college juniors and seniors who are studying journalism to report from Washington during the fall term. Interns are paid a stipend and provided free housing in furnished apartments.

Interns find, report and write stories for the web-based Scripps Howard Foundation Wire, take photos, create slide shows and shoot and edit video. Semester in Washington takes six interns in the 14-week fall term. Applicants with multimedia experience will be given preference.

A seventh intern works for the Hispanic Link News Service. Applicants should be juniors or seniors with previous internship experience or extensive work with student media.

The Scripps Howard Foundation Semester in Washington internship application deadline is March 15 and the internship will run Sept. 10 to Dec. 16.

The Foundation is also looking for a post-graduate, multimedia fellow. The fellowship lasts for a year, beginning in early September. The fellow maintains our website, teaches video and photography skills to the undergraduate interns using our DSLR cameras and editing software. The fellow also reports his or her own stories, creates interactive graphics and coordinates group projects. The fellowship includes a stipend of $22,155 and free housing.

The post-graduate, multimedia fellowship deadline is April 1 and the fellowship will run early September 2014 to August 2015.

For more details and to fill out an application form, go to the Scripps Howard Foundation Wire website.


According to an Irish news outlet, what successful actress recently shared that she always wanted to be a journalist, confessing that acting was originally just a way to pay for journalism school in New York?

Answer: Meg Ryan

And the winner is ... Anastasia Economides from the New York Deadline Club. Congrats! Your prize will arrive soon!


Which store has sued the Tampa Tribune, alleging inflated circulation numbers?

Submit your answer to Ellen Kobe.

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