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SPJ Leads | 5/14/2014
Fellowship opportunities + last call for SD JournCamp

By Ellen Kobe, SPJ Communications Department



Good news for our friends near San Diego: We still have several openings for JournCamp this Friday, May 16. Reserve your spot before the day of journalism training is full -- registration will be open until tonight at 11:59 p.m. PDT.

What is JournCamp, you ask? It's a full day of professional development with all-star journalists, who will teach you skills needed for today's newsrooms. Don't miss out on the fun networking opportunity, plus free breakfast and lunch. Cost to attend is $65, but members only pay $45. What a steal!

Can't join SPJ and the Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism for JournCamp? Follow #JournCamp to get the low down on everything happening during the event.

Immediately after JournCamp, we'll begin the Ted Scripps Leadership Institute, a weekend of SPJ bootcamp for our members. Follow their journey with #SPJScripps.


Yesterday, @MuckRack partnered with SPJ to host a special #muckedup Twitter chat in order to get feedback on SPJ's code of ethics in this evolving digital age.

Missed out? We've created a Storify recap of the conversation just for you. If you still haven't been able to check out the first draft of the latest Code update, it's online here.

Thanks to everyone who engaged in the conversation. With so many ideas, it was a helpful and productive discussion.


SPJ is accepting applications for the Eugene S. Pulliam First Amendment Award and the Eugene C. Pulliam Fellowship for Editorial Writing through June 22.

A bit more about these awards:

First Amendment Award: Recognizes, with a $10,000 award, accomplishments on behalf of First Amendment freedoms by an individual, group of individuals or an organization. Read more.

Fellowship for Editorial Writing: Awards $75,000 to an editorial writer to help broaden his or her journalistic horizons and knowledge of the world. Provided by the SDX Foundation, the annual award can be used to cover the cost of study, research and/or travel in any field. Read more.

These awards are presented by the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation, SPJ's supporting foundation. If you have any questions, please contact Awards Coordinator Chad Hosier at or 317.920.4791.


Looking for a shift in your career? Check out these fellowship opportunities for students and pros:

Journalists for Diversity is now accepting applications for the pilot UNITY student reporting fellowship. This is a rare opportunity for college students to develop immersive multimedia and reporting skills from all over the country. The fellowship is designed to simulate convergence journalism, technology and cross-cultural communications. Applications are due May 30. Visit this site online for more details.

Are you passionate about people and public policy? Are you curious why so many families in our country live in poverty? Nearly 50 million Americans are struggling at or below the poverty line. That's 50 million stories to tell. We will fund you to get out there and start reporting. Apply by May 31 for an Equal Voice Journalism Fellowship or Scholarship, a program of the Marguerite Casey Foundation. Read the fine print here.

The Falling Walls Science Fellowship for Journalists was created in an effort to keep the public informed on life-changing scientific breakthroughs. It is aimed at journalists and bloggers with at least three years of experience, and who hope to advance their knowledge in the area of sciences. The Fellows get the opportunity to attend the Falling Walls Lab, Falling Walls Venture and the Falling Walls Conference on 8 and 9 November 2014 in Berlin. Applications are due July 31. Visit this site online for more details.


The GEN Summit 2014 is a recurring prestigious media conference bringing together hundreds of editors, hackers, writers and media execs to hear from other industry leaders, exchange ideas, solve problems and be rewarded for their work (see who attended last year's occasion here). This year's event is taking place in Barcelona, Spain, on June 11-13. The theme "Mobile. Video. Data. Challenge the Status Quo" is designed to break new ground. Sessions and keynotes will revolve around the idea that mobile, video and data must be top-of-mind in the modern newsroom. The winners of the Editors Lab Season 13-14, Data Journalism Awards and Startups for News will be announced during the conference. Click here to find out more.


SPJ applauds the Alaska Press Club's efforts to promote freedom of information in their state. The group has approved a resolution against Alaska Senate Bill 108, "An Act relating to the confidentiality of certain records of criminal cases; and providing for an effective date." The press release from the APC says, "The Alaska Press Club firmly believes that an open legal system -- one subject to public scrutiny and held accountable -- is a healthy legal system." Read their full statement about the resolution on the APC's Facebook page.


Susanne Pagano, a member of SPJ since 1970, passed away on April 22. A member of the Houston Pro chapter, Pagano was a worked as a Houston correspondent for Bloomburg BNA, Inc. You can read her obituary in the Houston Chronicle.


Which well-known film director dropped a lawsuit with Gawker this week?

Answer: Quentin Tarantino

And the winner is ... Dan Caterinicchia, member of the Central Ohio Pro chapter. Congrats!


What is the newest digital product launched by the New York Times this week?

Submit your answer to Ellen Kobe.

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