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SPJ Leads | 2/26/2014
High school essay contest + Volunteer of the Month nominations

By Ellen Kobe, SPJ Communications Department



SPJ is accepting nominations for the National SPJ Honors, the annual awards that recognize remarkable efforts to perpetuate informative, ethical journalism.

The awards are Distinguished Teaching in Journalism, Ethics in Journalism, Fellows of the Society, Historic Sites in Journalism, and the Sunshine Award. Nominations for these honors must be submitted by March 21. Each link provides an award description and details on how to make a nomination. These honors are open to the public.

We also have awards for SPJ members only. Know an outstanding pro member, campus adviser, regional director, graduate or someone who has done great service for the society? These people deserve recognition - nominate them by April 18.

If you have questions, please email Awards Coordinator Chad Hosier at or call 317.920.4791.


It's a 500-word essay, and it could produce $1,000. That's a pretty sweet deal.

Next Friday, March 7, is the deadline for SPJ'S High School Essay Contest. All students have to do is write about the importance of independent news media, have a teacher sign the entry form and mail everything to SPJ HQ. You can find all these and more details online.

If you have questions, email Awards Coordinator Chad Hosier at


It's nearly springtime. You're itching to get out and about. So take a little trip to your SPJ Regional Conference.

In March, April and May, journalists are meeting up in their regions to take advantage of intensive workshops, sessions and conversations about emerging journalism trends and crucial developments in the industry's practices.

Again, those conferences start in March, so check the schedule, find the date of your Spring Conference and register to go. You'll be glad you did.


Do you know an SPJ volunteer who consistently goes above and beyond the call of duty? Maybe someone with great program ideas, stellar bookkeeping skills or tireless energy to fight for press rights? If so, please send us your nominee's name, chapter, email address and why your think he or she deserves to be out SPJ Volunteer of the Month. There are no special rules to win, except the volunteer must be an active member of SPJ. Help us show some SPJ LOVE. Send your nominations by March 10 to president-elect and membership chair Dana Neuts at Watch SPJ Leads and out social media channels when we announce the winner!


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


Check out the updates made to Journalist's Toolbox in February! 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 Winter Olympics, as well as updates to the mobile journalism, teaching tools and Twitter sections. Head on over to the site and gain a variety of skills today.


The UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism invites professional print, broadcast and online journalists in the United States to apply to its fourth annual New York Times Institute on Immigration Reporting from May 1 to 4.

The 20 applicants selected as New York Times Fellows will learn about the new dynamics of America's immigration debate and the country's changing demographics. The intensive training is designed for reporters and editors who have some background on immigration and seek to enhance their knowledge and skills.

The 2014 seminar will focus on the impact of the growing Latino and Asian-American electorate on current immigration reform efforts in Congress. Participants will receive hands-on training in demographic analysis and working with Census data on voter registration and turnout; hear up-to-the-minute assessments of legislation in play in Washington and the power dynamics behind it; examine this year's political debate in the context of history, current immigration law, state-federal battles and recent developments in immigration enforcement.

To learn more about The Changing Face of America, visit The application deadline is March 10, 2014. Click here to apply.


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

Answer: Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores

And the winner is ... Sally Bahner from the Connecticut Pro chapter. Congrats! Your prize will arrive soon!


What daily newspaper company recently bought a competing alt weekly in its market?

Submit your answer to Ellen Kobe.

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