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SPJ Leads | 8/20/2014
Last day to register for EIJ14 to save $100 + SPJ and SDX news

By Taylor Carlier, SPJ Communications Department



Missed the early bird registration deadline? No worries, you still have time to get the pre-conference registration deadline pricing, which ends today.

Register for Excellence in Journalism 2014 by end of day today to spend $100 less than at-the-door registration.


EIJ attendees: We've just released our best EIJ app yet! You can view the complete event schedule, keep your pulse on the most popular sessions and events, receive announcements, earn points and badges (and a PRIZE!) and network with other journalists right from inside the app.

If you're already registered for EIJ, you received a welcome email last week with all the info and your own personal download information (be sure to use that for personalized messages!) If you're not going, but just want to jump on the app, you can download right from your device at

Questions about the app? Contact Chapter Coordinator Tara Puckey via email ( or phone, 317.920.4784.


SPJ's National Board will be meeting at 7 p.m. ET tonight via Skype to discuss the addition of a digital community and its' recommendation for the Code of Ethics revision. The feed will not be live streamed, but will be recorded and available soon here.


Studio SPJ will kick off a series of podcasts called "The Road to Nashville" that will preview the upcoming Excellence in Journalism 2014 conference on Sept. 4-6.

Ken Paulson will be the guest for the first of these broadcasts, which was rescheduled to 3 p.m. ET on Thursday, Aug. 20.

Paulson is the dean of Middle Tennessee State University's College of Mass Communication. He previously served as president of the First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University, as president of the Newseum in Washington D.C. and as editor-in-chief at USA Today.

To call into the program with questions, call 347-857-2441. Read the full press release about Studio SPJ's new series and/or listen to the broadcasts live or hear it later as a podcast.

To call into the program with questions, call 347-857-2441. Read the full


SPJ wants to make sure everyone is in the loop, has the 411 and gets the low down about one of the largest national journalism conferences, so we are hosting an EIJ14 Twitter chat at 2 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Aug. 26 to answer your questions. Our first EIJ14 Twitter chat went swimmingly and we would like this next one to be even better.

If you join in, you'll get exclusive details about new features for this year's EIJ phone app. Since the conference is quickly approaching Sept. 4-6 in Nashville, Tenn., it's time to get your Twitter typing fingers ready as we chat it up with session leaders, conference attendees, SPJ staff and more. Follow @spj_tweets for all of the chatting fun and don't forget #EIJ14.


On Thursday, SPJ reached out to journalists and the police department in Ferguson, Missouri offering assistance regarding ethics training. For journalists, SPJ reached out by reminding those on the ground through Twitter of their rights as journalists, of resources SPJ and other organizations have for them and of the ethical responsibility they have while reporting on something so sensitive.

As an organization, SPJ also released a press release stating our disgust with the treatment of journalists covering the events in Ferguson, and offering our training services for the police department there, if they choose to accept our help.


Thanks to all who donated items to be auctioned off during EIJ14. If you're attending the conference, you'll have the chance to purchase someincredible items (large and small) during the SPJ Legal Defense Fund auction. Plus, the money raised goes to a very important cause -- the legal fees of journalists who find themselves having to defend their First Amendment rights in court.

The silent auction will take place during the Journalism Expo, and the live auction is on Saturday, Sept. 6 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. before the SPJ President's Installation Banquet. Be sure to check @spj_pics on Instagram and @spj_tweets on Twitter as we announce more auction items this week.

The second live auction item announcement: A 1915 Smith Premier working typewriter.


Join us at 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT Thursday, Aug. 28 for a free (that's right, FREE!) webinar on finding a digital approach to doing enterprise stories. Register here.

Journalists traditionally think of enterprise as a long Sunday story in the newspaper or a special report for TV (particularly during sweeps). Increasingly, we need to think digital-first in our planning of enterprise stories: What are the right tools and the right time for telling your big stories? All reporters, editors, managers, news directors and everything in between will benefit from hearing how to shape thinking toward a digital-first approach.

Trainer: Steve Buttry (@stevebuttry), longtime newspaper editor, former digital transformation editor at Digital First Media, and currently instructor of journalism at Louisiana State University.


Gearing up for EIJ14 and need to make sure you are following all of the conference's recruiters, speakers, trainers and staff? Then check out ourEIJ14 Twitter list of the who's who for the Sept. 4-6 conference in Nashville, Tenn. Follow journalists, professors, j-schools and companies who are all a big part of EIJ14. Also, stay involved on all social media by using#EIJ14.


Delegates will consider and vote on resolutions at Excellence in Journalism 2014 and we want to make sure that yours is heard. If you have resolutions to submit, please send them to Committee Chair Sonny Albarado at before Sept. 4. This will allow the committee ample time to prepare before the Closing Business Meeting on Sunday, Sept. 6.


Two award winners were announcedThursday and Monday for the Pulliam Fellowship and the Pulliam First Amendment awards, respectively.

Farah Stockman, a columnist and editorial writer for the Boston Globe, was announced as the winner of the Eugene C. Pulliam Fellowship for Editorial Writing. The fellowship awards $75,000 each year to an outstanding editorial writer or columnist to help broaden his or her journalistic horizons and knowledge of the world. The award can be used to cover the cost of study, research and travel. The fellowship results in editorials and other writings, including books.

The Associated Press was announced as the winner of the Eugene S. Pulliam First Amendment Award for its fight to protect press freedom against secret U.S. government subpoenas of reporters' phone records. The award and its $10,000 prize recognizes a person or organization that has fought to protect and preserve one or more of the rights guaranteed by the First Amendment. It is given in memory of Eugene S. Pulliam, publisher of The Indianapolis Star and The Indianapolis News from 1975 until his death in 1999. He was a staunch supporter of the First Amendment. Click here for a list of previous honorees. AP also won the award in 2011 for its work uncovering documents of public interest.

Both Stockman and AP will be awarded at Excellence in Journalism 2014.


Alleged police attacks on journalists are strikes on democracy by Rob Mclean

Dear journalism student: Don't worry, be happy by Alex Veeneman

Ethics of covering suicides by Kevin Smith

The teeth sink in, and don't let go by Andy Schotz

The debate on a Twitter edit tool by Alex Veeneman


What newspaper last week made all of their employees re-apply for their jobs?

Answer: The Tennessean

And the winner is ... Eva Ruth Moravec of the San Antonio Pro Chapter. Congratulations!


What two journalists were the first to be detained and to write about their detainment during the coverage of the Ferguson protests?

Submit your answer to Taylor Carlier.

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