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Tools for SPJ Leaders
Annual Electronic Filing Requirement for SPJ Chapters
As we reported earlier, all SPJ chapters with an Employer ID number (EIN) must now file an annual return with the Internal Revenue Service. Follow this link for more details.
Regional Director Report Submission Form
As part of the new chapter reporting process, Regional Directors are required to contact each professional chapter in their region once a quarter. To read more about this decision and to access the RD report submission form, please follow this link.
Congrats to another chapter for receiving a 2013-2014 Chapter Grant to fund some of their awesome programming. The Columbia University SPJ Chapter will be hosting a program about FOI issues and we’re sure it will be great. Congrats again!
It’s Annual Report time for chapters, but don’t worry. We’re trying to make it as painless as possible. We’ll have the report posted soon, we’ll send you a link and you have plenty of time to complete them – both campus and pro reports are due May 30. >Continue reading Congrats & Annual Reports!
More from The Leading Edge:
– Congrats & Annual Reports!
– Round 3 of Chapter Grants: More money!
– More money for chapters
– A new round of Chapter Grants dishes out more cash
– Two more chapters get cash in May
Need help staying in touch with members after they join your chapter? Want to hear what other chapters are doing to keep members involved? This collection of resources, tips and templates can help.
Program Ideas for Chapters: SPJs chapters host an array of interactive, educational and fun programs that serve thousands of journalists of all experience levels and specialties each year. Take a look at these outstanding programs and consider repeating them (or adding your own special twists to them) in your area.
Programs in a Box: Is your campus chapter in need of a simple, cost efficient program to draw in members or just have fun? If so, we can help! Because we understand that sometimes the clock just moves too fast and budgets are just too small, we've created Programs in a Box to help you implement a successful program with little planning and little cash.
Follow-up Scripts: Helpful scripts to use when following up with new members after three and six months.
Grab a slice and let the pros dice. That's right, it's Slice 'n' Dice, a program that brings together students and professionals for networking, résumé critiques and grub. We've got everything you need in the "virtual" box, including directions, flyers and a sign up sheet. There are even some nifty table tents to spruce up the place. All you need to do is bring in the pros and order some pizza.
Also check out: Journalism Movie Night
About Programs in a Box
Is your campus chapter in need of a simple, cost efficient program to draw in members or just have fun? If so, we can help!
Because we understand that sometimes the clock just moves too fast and budgets are just too small, we've recently created Programs in a Box to help you implement a successful program with little planning and little cash.
Download valuable materials to assist in your SPJ leadership, including:
High-resolution SPJ and other logos
Printable SPJ Ethics Code materials
Membership brochure and application
Materials for chapter and national leaders, including training ideas, chapter leadership tips and more
The most recent SPJ/SDX annual report
Follow this link to access everything.
As a board member it is your legal responsibility to keep tight oversight on chapter funds even if you arent the treasurer.
By understanding and implementing some of the following recommendations, you can greatly decrease your exposure to misappropriation of chapter funds and other problems. Get valuable tips about income, expenses, duties, budgeting and more inside.
SPJ's chapters are the backbone of the Society. If you're interested in establishing or expanding an SPJ chapter, these guidelines will help get you started on either the professional or campus levels.
The Society of Professional Journalists is a professional organization. It is not honorary in nature, nor is it any longer a fraternity. In function and membership requirements it is concerned only with the field of journalism and the free flow of information to the public at large.
SPJ's professional chapter expansion policy establishes requirements that embrace the highest standards of professionalism. The professional chapter encourages and assists members in carrying out common objectives. It is through the chapter that individual members join in freedom of the press issues, learn of ethical problems and professional standards and enjoy fellowship of common purpose.
Before the Society's board of directors will consider chartering a new professional chapter of the Society, several requirements must be met and several steps taken. If you're interested in establishing or expanding an SPJ chapter, these guidelines will help get you started on either the professional or campus levels.
Openness and Accountability Best Practices Guide
The Society of Professional Journalists and its professional and student chapters are not government entities, but members believe in the strongest principles of transparency that the business of the members should be done before the members, inviting the members to participate. The following guidelines provide tips and recommendations for fostering openness and accountability at the local, regional and national levels of the society.
Social Media Guidelines
The Society strongly encourages its leaders and members to regularly use social media to communicate, not only among themselves, but with the broader journalism community. These guidelines are intended to help SPJ leaders and members follow accepted best practices as they use social media in carrying out the Societys missions. Source material for these guidelines came from governmental agencies, nonprofits and some of the nations largest businesses.