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Announcing the winners of the 2013 Sigma Delta Chi Awards

The Society of Professional Journalists is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2013 Sigma Delta Chi Awards for excellence in journalism. Judges chose the winners from 1,800 entries in categories covering print, radio, television and online. The awards recognize outstanding work published or broadcast in 2013.

Click here to see a list of winners and view their work.

Sigma Delta Chi Awards Banquet: Join Us!
The Society of Professional Journalists cordially invites you to attend the Sigma Delta Chi Awards Banquet. Follow this link to get the details and purchase tickets to the event.


SPJ JournCamp: Next stop: San Diego

SPJ is committed to bringing you training and tools in all areas of journalism. In this daylong workshop, you'll get practical, skills-based professional development that will help you be a better journalist.

Our next installment of JournCamp will take place May 16 in San Diego. Registration is open now, and you can find more details — including scheduled sessions and speaker bios — here.

SPJ JournCamp:
Next stop: San Diego

SPJ is committed to bringing you training and tools in all areas of journalism.

In this day-long workshop, you'll get practical, skills-based professional development that will help you be a better journalist.

Our next installment of JournCamp will take place May 16 in San Diego. Registration is open now.

Journcamp Recaps:
Nashville, January 2014
Minneapolis, November 2013
Washington, D.C., June 2013
Chicago, January 2012


2014 Spring Conferences this weekend: Regions 1 and 7

SPJ’s Spring Conferences are day-long professional development meetings bringing area journalists, students and journalism educators together in one place to hear from industry experts on a wealth of topics. Get available details — including announced dates, locations and contacts — right here.

April 25
Region 1: Boston, Mass.
Region 7: Overland Park, Kan.



Board meeting materials, resources and livestream

SPJ's board of directors is convening in Indianapolis on Saturday, April 26, but all members are invited to participate in the discussion online. SPJ.org will host a livestream of the event starting at 9 a.m. ET, and materials for the upcoming meeting are available here for download. All members are encouraged — before and during the meeting — to ask questions and discuss the issues in the comments section. The board will be following the discussion thread while the meeting takes place.

Board meeting materials, resources and livestream

SPJ's board of directors is convening in Indianapolis on Saturday, April 26, but all members are invited to participate in the discussion online. SPJ.org will host a livestream of the event starting at 9 a.m. ET, and materials for the upcoming meeting are available here for download.

All members are encouraged — before and during the meeting — to ask questions and discuss the issues in the comments section. The board will be following the discussion thread while the meeting takes place.


Code Words Blog:

Ethics Code Revisions – Our First Draft [Updated]

When the 2013 Excellence in Journalism National Convention ended in Anaheim, Calif. last August, the work of the SPJ Ethics Committee really began. Tasked with revising the 1996 version of the Society’s code, the 18-member committee wasted little time getting philosophically engaged. How much should we change? Shorter? Longer? Specific? More general? Keep, change or add to the guiding principles? What’s missing as we march into 2014 and beyond? >Continue reading Ethics Code Revisions – Our First Draft [Updated]

Code Words Blog: Latest Entry

Ethics Code Revisions – Our First Draft [Updated]

When the 2013 Excellence in Journalism National Convention ended in Anaheim, Calif. last August, the work of the SPJ Ethics Committee really began. Tasked with revising the 1996 version of the Society’s code, the 18-member committee wasted little time getting philosophically engaged. How much should we change? Shorter? Longer? Specific? More general? Keep, change or add to the guiding principles? What’s missing as we march into 2014 and beyond? >Continue reading Ethics Code Revisions – Our First Draft [Updated]

More from Code Words:
– Ethics Code Revisions – Our First Draft [Updated]
– Quill Flashback: 21st-Century Journalism Requires 21st-Century Code
– Quill Flashback: The Current Code is Inclusive and Flexible
– The value of an ombudsman
– The price of plagiarism



2013 Mark of Excellence Awards: Regional Winners Roundup

Results are rolling in for the 2013 Mark of Excellence Awards regional competitions! Regional winners were or will be announced at each region's respective spring conference. Once your region's results become available, you will be able to access them using the links below.

Region 2
Region 3
Region 4
Region 5
Region 6
Region 8
Region 9
Region 11
Region 12

The Mark of Excellence Awards honor the best in student journalism. The awards offer categories for print, radio, television and online collegiate journalism. Entries are first judged on the regional level. First place regional winners advance to the national competition. National winners will be showcased on spj.org.


It’s time to raise the shield!

Forty-nine states and the District of Columbia provide journalists with a “reporter’s privilege,” protecting them if a state government seeks to make him or her reveal confidential information, including the identity of a source. Some states have statutes, known as “shield laws,” and some provide the protection through case law.

There is absolutely no protection at the federal level. It’s time to pass a federal shield law.

Find out more — including how you can help us right now to raise the shield — by visiting our shield law page.

It’s time to raise the shield!

Forty-nine states and the District of Columbia provide journalists with a “reporter’s privilege,” protecting them if a state government seeks to make him or her reveal confidential information, including the identity of a source. Some states have statutes, known as “shield laws,” and some provide the protection through case law.

There is absolutely no protection at the federal level. It’s time to pass a federal shield law.

Find out more — including how you can help us right now to raise the shield — by visiting our shield law page.


EIJ14 Scholarships and Fellowships: Apply now

Terry Harper Memorial Scholarships: Terry Harper passed away in 2009 after a two-year battle with brain cancer. In honor of Terry’s efforts to improve SPJ and the entire journalism community, the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation set up a memorial fund following his death. With a generous outpouring of support, the Society can now proudly provide up to four scholarships to SPJ members to attend its annual convention. Applications due May 12, 2014.

Diversity Leadership Fellows Program: As we face the many challenges of an evolving industry, strengthening SPJ’s diversity efforts is more important than ever. The goal of the Diversity Leadership Fellows program, ultimately, is to increase the diversity participation of SPJ members within national committees and on the national board of directors. As part of the program, we bring fellowship recipients to the convention to begin a year-long immersion and education program. Applications due May 12, 2014.

Robert D.G. Lewis First Amendment Award: From the generosity of the Lewis family, the award is given each year to a student SPJ member who has demonstrated outstanding service to the First Amendment through the field of journalism. The award assists a student with his/her attendance to SPJ's annual convention. Applications due March 21, 2014.


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