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SPJ Leads | 6/28/2007
We interrupt this special broadcast...


By Jenna Wundrow
Archibald Communications Intern, SPJ
Treasurer, St. Cloud State University chapter

WE INTERRUPT THIS BROADCAST... SPJ’s Web site will be down for a few hours this weekend while our site host makes some necessary system updates. The down time will be between 9 p.m. and 1 a.m. on Saturday evening, June 30. We look forward to resuming our regularly scheduled programming in the early hours of Sunday morning.

CAMPAIGN CASH. In a recent investigation, uncovered 144 journalists from ABC, FOX, CBS, NPR, NBC, MSNBC, The Wall Street Journal and The New Yorker openly contributing to political campaigns. However, journalists did not extend their openness to readers, viewers, listeners or their bosses.  In a statement released Tuesday, SPJ commended for their work in exposing unethical practices of journalists and the news media.  Read more about this issue in Editor & Publisher.

PROVIDING ETHICAL GUIDANCE. SPJ embraces ethics as a core mission to advocate the highest level of professional standards for journalists. To strengthen this mission and to help journalists make sound ethical decisions, use the following SPJ resources:

—Ethics Case Studies: By examining real-world decisions and how journalists handled them, best practices are shared and ethical practice is encouraged, in and out of the newsroom. View the list of case studies online. Then print them and open some discussion in your newsroom.

—Ethics Hotline: The Society offers counseling to journalists and members of the public who are struggling with an ethical dilemma. Professional journalists are eager to lend insight and provide direction. To reach the hotline, dial (317) 927-8000, ext. 208.

—Ethics Reading Room: View the growing list of ethical material and current news provided by Society members. Visit our online reading room and help encourage everyday ethics.

—Code Words: To engage SPJ members and the general public in discussions concerning journalism ethics, SPJ’s National Ethics Committee launched “Code Words,” a Web log hosted on Take part in the latest discussion.

—Ethics Teaching Tools: The Society’s Ethics Committee developed a module to help journalists resolve ethical conflicts during wartime and educate journalists about reporting the news.

LEGAL ASSISTANCE. The Society recently signed onto an amicus brief supporting National Geographic in Faulkner vs. National Geographic Society, a case on appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. The appeal stems from one of the many cases in the past decade relating to publishers’ rights to produce collective works. SPJ is among several journalism-advocacy organizations to offer support, arguing that publishers’ rights should be protected under the Copyright Act.

SPREAD THE WORD. The 2007 SPJ Convention & National Journalism Conference is right around the corner, and we need your help to let everyone know it is coming! Chapter leaders, please include information about the convention in your upcoming chapter meetings, newsletters and Web site. The convention is open to anyone, so communicate this learning opportunity to journalists in your newsroom and those who may not be affiliated with an SPJ chapter. The annual conference is a great introduction to the organization, so invite all the journalists you know. Get the full details, and be sure to check the convention page often for updates.  

REACH THE WORLD (THE JOURNALISM WORLD, THAT IS). Do you have a chapter program scheduled between June 25 and Dec. 31, 2007? If so, let SPJ help you get the word out through Send a quick note to Jamie Fallin at and include the following information for each scheduled event:

Program Name

Sponsoring Chapter

Brief Description

Event Location (place and address with zip code)

Cost (if any)

Contact (name, number and/or email address)

Thousands of journalists visit the site every month. They’re looking for training. You’re looking for journalists. Find them both at

YOUNG JOURNALISTS, UNITE! SPJ has a new Web portal appropriately named, Generation J. This fun, interactive resource is designed specifically for the needs of the next generation of journalists. Get reporting tips, industry insight, peer/professional advice and an exclusive look at upcoming programs and events customized to target the young journalist audience.

COLORADO BOUND. The Colorado Pro Chapter and the Metro State College of Journalism have joined forces with the American Press Institute to host, “Newspaper Next” on Friday, July 27. Located at Metro State, this all-day program will develop future business models for newspapers. For more information, visit The Colorado Pro Chapter’s Web site.

NEXT STOP, DENVER! Frontline reporters and editors are invited tojoin us on Saturday, July 28, at SPJ’s Narrative Writing Workshop in Denver. Join Pulitzer Prize- winning journalist and reporter Tom Hallman Jr., at Metropolitan State College for a day of narrative writing tips and techniques where you will step out of the inverted pyramid and into the art of storytelling. The workshop is limited to 40 participants, so don’t wait! Register today! Cost: $35 members, $50 non-members.

EDITORIAL FINANCING. Strengthen your editorial writing skills, study independently and research a public interest issue with the Eugene C. Pulliam Fellowship for Editorial Writing. The $75,000 fellowship offers time for study and research to a mid-career editorial writer working at a U.S. newspaper. Deadline: July 1. Questions? Contact Heather Porter at (317) 927-8000, ext. 204 or

FIRST AMENDMENT CASH. The Sigma Delta Chi Foundation will award an individual or group with $10,000 for efforts in protecting basic First Amendment rights. Nominations for the annual award may be made by anyone, inside or outside of the journalism profession. Deadline: July 1. More information: Visit or call Heather Porter at (317) 927-8000, ext. 204 or

CHAPTER MONEY. SPJ will invest $5,000 to fund local chapter programs during 2007-2008. Your chapter could receive up to $500 for your program or activity. All fully chartered SPJ chapters in good standing with the national organization are eligible to submit a grant proposal. Eligible chapters must have a 2006-07 annual report on file with the national office. Grant proposals are due by midnight Sept. 28. All proposals must be submitted online. Questions? Contact Heather Porter at (317) 927-8000, ext. 204 or

WHAT LIES AHEAD? The Journalism that Matters Consortium and The Media Giraffe Project invite you to attend a two-day workshop Aug. 7-8 in Washington D.C. The program will focus on the future of journalism. For more information and to sign up, visit the Media Giraffe Web site.

FLORIDIANS FIGHT BACK. Mike Kirsch, a former TV reporter for WFOR-TV in Miami, was arrested Feb. 14 on two felony charges. Kirsch lost his job after his investigation on law enforcement misconduct. The South Florida Pro chapter has asked police for an investigation in an effort to clear Kirsch’s charges. For the complete story, visit Miami New Times.

INTERNATIONAL CHARITY. The Sumedang Student Association for Communications and Media Studies is seeking donations of new and gently used books to build a small library. The students requested books on the topics of communication theory, mass communication, mass media, advertising, journalism and public relations. It should be noted that shipping books in this manner is not cheap. And often, there are costs associated once the materials arrive that their destination. Anyone interested in donating is encouraged to do his or her research.

If you’d like to donate, please send your books to:

Sumedang Student Association For Communications and Media Studies

PMII Warung Kalde Belakang Toko Eiger Kecamatan. Jatinangor Kabupaten

Sumedang 45363

FALLEN HEREOS. In preparation for the 9th Annual Armed Forces Sunday, the St. Mark by the Sea Lutheran Church in Palm Coast (Fla.) will be providing a special wreath dedicated to three fallen American Journalists: Daniel Pearl (The Wall Street Journal) who was abducted in Pakistan after 9/11; David Bloom (NBC News) who was imbedded with the Army’s 703rd Battalion of the 3rd Infantry Division (3ID); and Michael Kelly (Atlantic Monthly editor-at-large and The Washington Post) who was also imbedded with the Army’s 3rd Infantry Division.

HOLD ALAN JOHNSTON IN OUR THOUGHTS. BBC correspondent Alan Johnston has been held captive since March 12 when he was kidnapped on his way home from his Gaza City office. Efforts are under way to secure his release.

GET A JOB — CORRECTION. Last week, we told you about students at Bowling Green (Ohio) State University who are gearing up for the second-annual Great Lakes Journalism Job and Internship Fair on Saturday, Nov. 17. However, we goofed in providing accurate contact information. Check out The Great Lakes Journalism Job Fair Web site or send e-mail to for the most up to date information. We regret the error.

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