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SPJ Leads | 11/29/2007
Spreading sunshine, holiday cheer, Asia bound!


By Stephanie M. Kanowitz
Web Editor, Federal Computer Week Magazine

SPREADING SUNSHINE. In conjunction with the national Sunshine Campaign, coordinated by the American Society of Newspaper Editors, the SPJ Sunshine Network will identify key open-government issues at the local and state levels and help journalists document political candidates' views toward freedom of information before the 2008 elections. Read all about it.

WANT TO HELP? Send Freedom of Information Chairman Dave Cuillier an e-mail.

SIGHTS AND SOUNDS OF SPJ. The 2007 SPJ Convention & National Journalism Conference may have ended, but you can still enjoy many of the sessions. Log on to watch and hear streaming video, audio, podcasts and to read coverage by The Working Press. Access is free to all members, but you must have a username and password.

PLANNING AHEAD. SPJ is seeking program proposals for the 2008 SPJ Convention & National Journalism Conference, which takes place Sept. 4-7 in Atlanta. If you have an idea for a convention session and are interested in participating, visit the Call For Programs page to get the details you'll need to submit your idea. Deadline: Dec. 14.

A REAL LOOK AT THE FAKERS. Sigma Delta Chi Foundation President Steve Geimann appeared briefly on CNN on Nov. 27 and talked about federal agency employees posing as reporters at news conferences. Read the transcript.

STAY WITH US, NOW. Are you a recent grad? Maintaining your SPJ membership has just gotten easier - and more affordable. The $36 per year post-graduation rate has been extended from two years out of college to three. After that, dues are $72 per year. Get all the details from SPJ Membership Coordinator Linda Hall: (317)-927-8000, ext. 203.

COSTS OF FREELANCING. A freelance writer shares her struggles with creating her own Web site on The Independent Journalist blog. See how SPJ Member Kathy Ehrich Dowd dealt with self-promotion, decided what clips to use and designed the site. Now she just

POOR SPORTSMANSHIP. The FOI FYI Blog reports that the Illinois High School Association has banned four newspapers from taking pictures during state championship games. The Illinois Press Association has filed suit, and both groups are working toward a settlement.

TALK SHOP IN ISRAEL. The National Arab Americans Journalists Association is sponsoring a conference Dec. 3 at the Ambassador Hotel in Jerusalem on topics such as "Internet Media: Strategies and Challenges facing Internet News Web and Blog sites" and "Traditional Media: Strategies and Challenges facing coverage of the Palestine-Israel Conflict." Check out the agenda as well as getting the date and time to hear SPJ Diversity Committee Member Ray Hanania's stand up comedy live from Israel.

ENERGY CRISIS OR OPPORTUNITY? "Covering Energy Issues in the South" will be presented Thursday, Dec. 6, in Richmond, Va., by the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association and the Foundation for American Communications (FACS). Aimed at journalists who cover energy, business, the environment and government, this daylong seminar will feature some of the nation's most respected experts on energy. More information: Visit The Southern Newspaper Publishers Association Web site.

THE INTERNET OVERWHELMED. Many believe a disconnect looms between traditional Internet architecture and consumer demand as the Internet struggles to keep up with increasing multimedia and mobile Internet-based traffic. As video downloads, telephone traffic and other burdens multiply, some predict the Internet's basic technology faces collapse unless several key actions are taken soon. To address all of this, Professor Michael Kleeman of the University of California, San Diego, will present a tele-seminar at 1 p.m. Eastern time (10 a.m. Pacific) on Wednesday, Dec. 12. The 90-minute program is the first in a series of tele-seminars titled, "The Aging Internet: Confusions, Problems and Fixes." Cost: Free. More information: Visit the FACS Web site.

SDX BLING. SPJ is now accepting entries for the Sigma Delta Chi Awards, which honor excellence in professional journalism in 48 categories, covering print, radio, television, newsletters, photography, online and research. To be eligible, work must have been published or broadcast during 2007. All entries must be in English and be postmarked by Feb. 6. Each submission must include a completed entry form, entry fee and a cover letter. SPJ member fee: $60. Non-members: $100. For more information, contact Heather Porter at (317) 927-8000, ext. 204 or

NATIONAL HONORS. Each year, the Society honors individuals and groups who have made important contributions to journalism in various ways. Members are encouraged to nominate worthy individuals from their community and/or chapter. Visit SPJ's Awards page for a list of honors and corresponding nomination deadlines. Please contact Heather Porter at (317) 927-8000, ext. 204 with questions.

TRADING PLACES. The East-West Center will send seven U.S. journalists to South Korea and seven Korean journalists to America through the 4th Korea-United States Journalists Exchange, April 1-17. The theme of next year's exchange is "Bridging the Gaps in Understanding between Korea and the United States," with a focus on new leadership in South Korea and the U.S. presidential election. Interested print, broadcast and online journalists with at least five years' experience must apply by Dec. 7. Air transportation, lodging, and program-related ground transportation and meals are included. U.S. applicants should contact Marilyn Li at or by fax (808) 944-7600. Korean journalists should contact the Korea Press Foundation.

HOLIDAY HELPERS NEEDED. Colorado's pro SPJ chapter could use a few extra hands to help sort, catalog and package entries for the 2007 Best of Colorado Journalism Contest. Meet at 1 p.m. Dec. 8 on the 10th floor of the Denver Newspaper Agency, 101 W. Colfax Ave. Lunch will be provided. Contact contest chairwoman Cynthia Hessin at

HOLIDAY SPIRIT. SPJ's Cleveland professional chapter will host the 4th Annual Communicators Holiday Party on Dec. 5 from 6-9 p.m., at the Hermit Club, 1629 Dodge Court. Cost: $30 for members of the sponsoring groups and $35 for guests. Cash bar. Bring one or two unwrapped children's books, which will be donated to area schools. RSVP by 5 p.m. Nov. 30 to Cleveland pro member Tom Moore at (440) 333-7382. Reservations are required.

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