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SPJ Leads | 7/19/2007
Convention spectacular! Step right up, Novice newsbreak

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By Jenna Wundrow
SPJ Archibald Communications Intern

Convention spectacular! Join your colleagues from across the country for the 2007 SPJ Convention & National Journalism Conference. The Convention's Opening Night Reception will include cocktails, conversation and marvelous cuisine in The Map Room at the Gig, one of Washington, D.C.'s hottest private lounges, complete with a lit floor map of the original 10 square miles of Washington, D.C. Also during the Opening Night Reception, you won't want to miss the fabulous items up for bid in the Legal Defense Fund Auction. Proceeds from this event will go to SPJ's Legal Defense Fund, a unique account that financially supports journalists waging legal battles to defend freedom of speech and the press. For pricing, a schedule of events and program details, visit www.spj.org/convention.asp.

Step right up: Be a journalism advocate and help lead the Society of Professional Journalists. Nominations are open for SPJ's national board of directors. Nominations must be received by July 30. Elections will take place during the 2007 SPJ Convention & National Journalism Conference, Oct. 4-7 in Washington, D.C. Questions? Contact David Carlson at (352) 846-0171 or carlson@spj.org.



Bound to lead: Journalists and journalism educators are encouraged to apply for a 2007 Diversity Leadership Grant! Use it to learn new skills and celebrate diversity. Start the yearlong program at the SPJ Convention & National Journalism Conference in Washington D.C., Oct. 4-7. The application deadline is July 27. For more information, visit http://www.spj.org/divleadgrant.asp.



Fact-finding frenzy: The International Reporting Project is looking for 12 U.S. editors and producers interested in learning more about the Korean peninsula. If you fit that description, apply now for the Gatekeeper Editor Trip. The trip will look at prospects for future relations between the two Koreas, as well as economic, political, cultural and religious life in the South and the North. The all-expense-paid fact-finding trip is scheduled for Nov. 2-14. Application forms are available online at The International Reporting Project Web site or by contacting IRP communications director, Sonja Matanovic, at (202) 663-7726 or by e-mail at irp@jhu.edu.



Novice newsbreak: Are you ready to be a newsroom leader? Get help, today! 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.



Offer your two cents: Throughout the year, the Society seeks nominations for its highest national honors. As a member, you can offer feedback on candidates so SPJ's executive committee is better informed while selecting honorees. To leave feedback, which will be accepted until July 29 for this year's awards, you must be logged in to the "For Members" section of SPJ's Web site. Anonymous feedback will not be accepted or reviewed. Questions? Contact Programs Coordinator, Heather Porter, at hporter@spj.org.



Free money: SPJ will invest $5,000 to fund local chapter programs during 2007-2008, and 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 2006-2007 annual report on file with the national office. Grant proposals are due by midnight, EST, Sept. 28. All proposals must be submitted using the online form. Contact Programs Coordinator, Heather Porter at with questions.



Tradition of talent: The Sigma Delta Chi Awards presentation will take place July 20 in Washington, D.C. The awards recognize the best in professional journalism in 49 categories, covering print, radio, television, newsletters, photography, online and research. Check out the complete list of the winners.



Ethics Week 2008 grants: It's not too early to start thinking about the 2008 Ethics in Journalism Week! Your chapter could receive up to $1,000 in grants for ethics programming. There is one grant available for each of SPJ's 12 geographic regions. Visit SPJ's Ethics Week page for application guidelines and to submit your proposal. Proposals must be submitted by midnight, EST, on Nov. 12. Contact Heather Porter with questions.

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