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SPJ Leads | 8/27/2014
SPJ HQ is leaving for Music City!

By Taylor Carlier, SPJ Communications Department


For your information, SPJ Headquarters will be closed from Sept. 1 to Sept. 5. We're off to historic Nashville, Tenn., organizing some amazing journalism training at the Excellence in Journalism conference.

If you have an urgent concern, please contact SPJ Communications Coordinator Taylor Carlier


Can't make it to Excellence in Journalism? You can still hear about all of the networking, education and fun happening in Music City.

This year's organizers - the Society of Professional Journalists and the Radio Television Digital News Association are all over social media.

The best way to hear all about EIJ is by following the Twitter hashtag #EIJ14

You can also click the links below to engage with us on...

Facebook: Excellence in JournalismSPJRTDNA

Twitter: @spj_tweets@rtdna

Instagram: @spj_pics, @rtdna_pics

...and follow EIJ coverage through our student news teams.

EIJ News

Twitter: @eij_news


Visit the Hotel/Travel page for last minute details you'll need to know about navigating Opryland and where to find EIJ14 registration once you get to Nashville!  The property is huge, so bring your walking shoes and check out the hotel map before you arrive to start getting the lay of the land.


EIJ attendees: We've just released our best EIJ app yet! You can view the complete event schedule, keep your pulse on the most popular sessions and events, receive announcements, earn points and badges (and a PRIZE!) and network with other journalists right from inside the app.

If you're already registered for EIJ, you received a welcome email last week with all the info and your own personal download information (be sure to use that for personalized messages!) If you're not going, but just want to jump on the app, you can download right from your device at

Questions about the app? Contact Chapter Coordinator Tara Puckey via email ( or phone, 317.920.4784.


Every year, the Campus and Professional Chapter of the Year are chosen, along with the Circle of Excellence award winner. Monday, the campus and professional chapter finalists were announced, along with the winners of the Circle of Excellence award.

Campus Chapter Honorees

Annually, each of SPJ's 12 Regional Directors selects one chapter in his or her region that has performed outstanding service to the Society, their campus and the journalism profession. SPJ will name and honor the National Campus Chapter of the Year at the Student Union event atExcellence in Journalism 2014, Sept. 5 in Nashville, Tenn. Until then, take a look at the finalists.

Professional Chapter Finalists and Circle of Excellence Winners

The Society of Professional Journalists has distinguished nine of its professional chapters as the
Circle of Excellence, a collection of awards that recognizes outstanding work in five areas: First Amendment/freedom of information, professional development, chapter communications, diversity and campus relations.

Awards are given to two chapters in each category: one large chapter, of 75 or more members, and one small chapter, of fewer than 75 members. Here is a list of the honorees.

SPJ has also selected six finalists for the Chapter of the Year award. The Society annually honors two chapters, a large chapter of 75 or more members and a small chapter of fewer than 75 members, for their commitment to SPJ's mission and exceptional chapter programming.

The chapters will be recognized and the chapter of the year winners will be announced during the Professional Chapters Leaders Sessions at Excellence in Journalism 2014.


The August Volunteer of the Month is Sharon Dunten. She spearheaded the formation of an SPJ chapter in Georgia. Congratulations, Sharon! Read more about her here.

If you know of a great SPJ volunteer to nominate, email Robyn Davis Sekula


All members are encouraged to review candidates for national office, who will be elected by the SPJ membership. Click here for bios of people who have declared their candidacy.

The SPJ Board Meeting will be held during EIJ from 9 a.m.-noon on Thursday, Sept. 4. The Opening Business Session will take place after from 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m. The Closing Business Session is Saturday, Sept. 6 from 3 p.m.-5 p.m. You'll receive your electronic ballot via email at the close of the Opening Business Session and can vote until 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 6.

All members have a say in SPJ's national leaders. Make sure you're ready for the electronic vote in September by having a valid email on file with SPJ HQ. Not sure or need to update it? Contact Chapter Coordinator Tara Puckey at


Studio SPJ kicked off its "Road to Nashville" series of podcasts that are previewing the upcoming Excellence in Journalism 2014 conference on Sept. 4-6.

Ken Paulson was the first guest on the first podcast which aired on Thursday, Aug. 21.

Read the full press release about Studio SPJ's new series and/or listen to the broadcasts live.


SPJ wants to make sure everyone is in the loop, has the 411 and gets the low down about one of the largest national journalism conferences, so we hosted an EIJ14 Twitter chat at 2 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Aug. 26 to answer your questions. Our first EIJ14 Twitter chatwent swimmingly and the most recent one might have been even better. Check them both out and keep using #EIJ14 on Twitter!


SPJ statement about alleged execution of American photojournalist James Foley

SPJ is relieved American freelance journalist Peter Curtis was released, hopes trend will continue


Part three: critiquing the code of ethics by Andy Schotz

SPJ board meets by Skype, debates code of ethics by Andy Schotz

West Coast dissection: an ethics code critique by Andy Schotz

Get Free Money for your Chapter Event! by Rebecca Baker

Expand your freelance network - join SPJ's freelance community! by Dana Neuts


SPJ's National Board met at 7 p.m. ET Aug. 20 via Skype to discuss the addition of a digital community and its recommendation for the Code of Ethics revision. The feed was recorded and is available here.

The board voted in favor of recommending the new version of the Code of Ethics at EIJ14. Region 2 director Andy Schotz took time to write his recap of the meeting and the decisions here.

At EIJ14 SPJ's national board will meet from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. CT on Thursday, Sept. 4 and Sunday, Sept. 7. Both meetings' agendas can be found here and will be live streamed at


Thanks to all who donated items to be auctioned off during EIJ14. If you're attending the conference, you'll have the chance to purchase someincredible items (large and small) during the SPJ Legal Defense Fund auction. Plus, the money raised goes to a very important cause -- the legal fees of journalists who find themselves having to defend their First Amendment rights in court.

The silent auction will take place during the Journalism Expo, and the live auction is on Saturday, Sept. 6 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. before the SPJ President's Installation Banquet. Be sure to check @spj_pics on Instagram and @spj_tweets on Twitter as we announce more auction items this week.

The third live auction item announcement will be made Friday via SPJ's social media channels.


Join us at 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT Thursday, Aug. 28 for a free (that's right, FREE!) webinar on finding a digital approach to doing enterprise stories.

Journalists traditionally think of enterprise as a long Sunday story in the newspaper or a special report for TV (particularly during sweeps). Increasingly, we need to think digital-first in our planning of enterprise stories: What are the right tools and the right time for telling your big stories? All reporters, editors, managers, news directors and everything in between will benefit from hearing how to shape thinking toward a digital-first approach.

Trainer: Steve Buttry (@stevebuttry), longtime newspaper editor, former digital transformation editor at Digital First Media, and currently instructor of journalism at Louisiana State University.


Gearing up for EIJ14 and need to make sure you are following all of the conference's recruiters, speakers, trainers and staff? Then check out ourEIJ14 Twitter list of the who's who for the Sept. 4-6 conference in Nashville, Tenn. Follow journalists, professors, j-schools and companies who are all a big part of EIJ14. Also, stay involved on all social media by using#EIJ14.


Delegates will consider and vote on resolutions at Excellence in Journalism 2014 and we want to make sure that yours is heard. If you have resolutions to submit, please send them to Committee Chair Sonny Albarado at before Sept. 4. This will allow the committee ample time to prepare before the Closing Business Meeting on Sunday, Sept. 6.


Join 600 media leaders and overseas reporters at the International Center for Journalists 30th Anniversary Awards Dinner, DC's premier international journalism event. Martin Baron, executive editor of The Washington Post, will deliver the keynote. Wolf Blitzer, anchor of CNN's "The Situation Room," will return as master of ceremonies. Lesley Stahl of CBS News' "60 Minutes" will be recognized with the Founders Award for Excellence in Journalism. Outstanding investigative reporters from Nigeria and Mexico will receive the Knight International Journalism Award.

For more information, click here.


What two journalists were the first to be detained and to write about their detainment during the coverage of the Ferguson protests?

Answer: Wesley Lowery of the Washington Post and Ryan Reilly of the Huffington Post

And the winner is ... Zach Cohen of the Georgetown University Chapter. Congratulations!


What American freelance journalist was released on Sunday after being held for two years in captivity in Syria?

Submit your answer to Taylor Carlier.

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– Blog: CPJ joins call to oppose draft surveillance law in France
– Baboon raid temporarily forced Zimbabwe radio station off air

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