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SPJ Leads | 4/16/2014
SDX award winners announced + SPJ board meeting approaches

By Ellen Kobe, SPJ Communications Department



SPJ gladly announces the recipients of the Sigma Delta Chi Awards, which recognize exceptional professional journalism produced in 2013. Judges selected 85 honorees from nearly 1,800 submissions. Entries included selections from television and radio broadcasts, newspapers, online news outlets and magazines.

Links to the winning works are provided on the Sigma Delta Chi Awards section of


The SPJ board of directors is convening in Indianapolis on Saturday, April 26, but all members are invited to participate in the discussion online. will host a live stream of the event starting at 9 a.m. EST, and materials for the upcoming meeting are available to download. All members are encouraged -- before and during the meeting -- to ask questions and discuss the issues in the comments section. The board will be following the discussion thread while the meeting takes place.


Chapter Leaders: It's time to tell us all the great things your chapter has done this year! Annual Report forms are available online and are due, along with bylaws, bank statements and other required documents, by May 30 (both campus and pro chapters). Don't forget to keep your information somewhere else, too, so it's always available for your chapter records. Questions? Contact Tara Puckey at or 317.920.4784.


Do you need to rejuvenate your SPJ chapter? Do you feel lost when it comes to running chapter business? Want to become a better leader? On July 18 to 20, the Ted Scripps Leadership Institute stops in Hartford, Conn., and we invite you to join us for a weekend of everything SPJ by taking an intuitive look at your leadership style and building new relationships with other SPJ leaders. For details, check out the Scripps Hartford page, and to apply, fill out the online form by June 4.

Note: Participants in the program are responsible for travel to Hartford. Questions? Call Chapter Coordinator Tara Puckey at 317.920.4784.


SPJ is bringing great journalism training to sunny California. Join us in San Diego on Friday, May 16 SPJ for a fun day of professional development plus FREE breakfast and lunch. The program is also sponsored by the Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism at Ohio State University.

You'll learn imperative skills to being a well-rounded journalist today, including narrative writing, digital media tools, telling stories with photos and watchdog reporting from successful journalists like Tom Hallman Jr. of The Oregonian, digital journalist P. Kim Bui, former Stanford Knight Fellow Samaruddin Stewart and Doug Haddix, director of the Kiplinger Program. Plus, Victor Henandez of CNN will kick off the day by discussing the new media landscape.

Register online by Monday, May 12 for this opportunity! The cost is $45 for SPJ members and $65 for non-members. Bring along your journo friends and colleagues.

Look online for more details about the schedule and location. Questions? Contact Director of Education Scott Leadingham at 317.920.4788.


Applications for three 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 EIJ14.

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 Scholarship honors 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 Robert D.G. Lewis First Amendment Award was created to honor Robert Lewis, SPJ President 1985-86, National FOI Chairman 1978-83 and Wells Key Recipient 1980. From the generosity of the Lewis family, the award is given each year to a student SPJ member who has demonstrated outstanding service to the First Amendment through the field of journalism. The award assists a student with his/her attendance to SPJ's annual convention. To learn more and apply online, click here.


The Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Center for Business Journalism, a new initiative established at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism, will offer fellowships to accomplished business journalists starting in the spring of 2014.

The McGraw Fellowship provides editorial and financial support to journalists who need the time and resources to produce a significant story that provides fresh insight into an important business or economic topic. Currently, applications for long-form print or radio pieces are being accepted.

Typically, grants of $5,000 a month for one to three months are awarded; in exceptional cases, longer grants are considered. We'll look for applicants with a proven ability to report and execute a complex project in their proposed medium; ideally, candidates will also have a strong background or reporting expertise on the subject of their piece. The McGraw Center will provide editorial supervision during the Fellowship.

Applicants should submit a well-focused story proposal of no more than three pages through the accompanying online form. Visit the McGraw Center's website for more information.


A new online organization, whose slogan is "understand the news," launched its site Sunday. What's its name?


And the winner is ... Anna Bashuk! Bashuk is a student at American University in Bulgaria. Congrats!


Last week, a Washington Post reader posted a comment online in response to an article about Heartbleed. What information did he release to the public?

Submit your answer to Ellen Kobe.

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