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SPJ Leads | 4/29/2015
Happy SPJ Ethics Week!

By Taylor Carlier, SPJ Communications Department


Happy SPJ Ethics Week!

Ethics Week 2015 is April 27-May 1, which is this week, and the revised Code of Ethics gives SPJ a little something extra to celebrate this year. Ethics Week is a time to recognize journalists who seek truth and report it, minimize harm, act independently, and are accountable and transparent.

From op-eds to Twitter chats to blogs to announcing supporting documentation and the code being translated into multiple languages, a lot has and will be going on this week to celebrate and educate others about ethical journalism. The ethics issue of Quill magazine is available now, and don't forget to order free posters and bookmarks of the revised Code if you haven't already (email tcarlier@spj.org with your address and request numbers).

Ways to get involved:

* Participating in the American Copy Editors Society (@CopyEditors) Twitter Chat at 4 p.m. today — Ethics: Minimizing Harm in Digital Editing #AcesChat with SPJ Ethics Committee Member David Cohn (@DigiDave).
* Participating in SPJ (@SPJ_Tweets) Twitter Chat at 4 p.m. Thursday - Being Ethical in the Aftermath of Brian Williams & Rolling Stone with SPJ Ethics Committee Chair Andrew Seaman (@AndrewMSeaman) and SPJ Ethics Committee Co-Vice Chair Monica Guzman (@MoniGuzman).
* Reading a new blog post each day on Code Words, the SPJ Ethics Committee blog.
* Reading SPJ Ethics Committee Co-Vice Chair Monica Guzman's article, Fear of Screwing Up, in the Columbia Journalism Review. And, reading SPJ Ethics Committee Chair Andrew Seaman's article he was interviewed for, How much violence do we need to see - or report?, in Newseum.
* Listening to the Jim Bohannon Show at 10 p.m. tonight to hear Fred Brown, SPJ Ethics Committee co-vice chair, discuss ethics in journalism.

The revised Code is also being translated into several other languages, and supporting documents will be linked to the Code throughout the week to provide journalists with additional guidance from the Society and other journalism organizations and experts.

Chapters getting involved:

SPJ's Press Club of Long Island is doing a couple of things to celebrate Ethics Week. They have started an Ethics Week Digital Capsule Project and are asking influential people in journalism their thoughts on ethics. Here are the first two "capsules" by Andrew Seaman and John O'Connell.

They are also conducting their first PCLI Ethics Survey this week, which you can participate in here.

JournCamp is Coming to New York

A full day of training, lunch, and a chance to meet fellow journalists and connect with knowledgeable trainers. Check. All for $35. Where do I sign up, you ask? Here.

New York area journalists, you're invited to attend SPJ's JournCamp Saturday, June 13, at DoubleTree Metropolitan Hotel. Get journalism training for only $35 for SPJ members ($55 for non-members).

JournCamp is a traveling program offering practical, skills-based learning around the country.It's made possible by the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation and the Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism at Ohio State University.
Interested? Register by June 8.

Celebrate World Press Freedom Day with an SPJ Google Hangout

Join SPJ's World Press Freedom Day celebration with a Google Hangout at 2 p.m. ET on Monday, May 4. SPJ International Community member Jennifer Karchmer will facilitate the hour-long discussion that will cover topics including: Mounting threats to journalists worldwide, U.S. government policy regarding American hostages and how can SPJ affect change toward public trust of journalists.

Follow along with the hashtags: #SPJWPFD, #WPFD2015 and #PressFreedom.
Please contact Jennifer Karchmer directly with any questions at jenniferkarchmer@live.com.

SDX, Fellows of the Society Award Winners Announced

Last week, SPJ announced the 2014 Sigma Delta Chi Award winners and Osterreicher, Dalglish as Fellows of the Society for exceptional service to journalism. Congratulations to all of the awards winners on behalf of the Society.

Join us for the SDX Awards Banquet

We're celebrating another successful year in journalism on June 26 at the National Press Club in Washington D.C., and we would like you to join us. Tickets are available to purchase online.

If you're interested in sponsoring the event, there are a wide range of options for companies, organizations and individuals.

Questions? Contact Awards Coordinator Abbi Martzall at awards@spj.org or 317-920-4791.

Give Feedback about Fellow Journalists' Nominations

SPJ Awards and Honors nomination season has officially closed for 2015. As a member of SPJ, you have the opportunity to provide feedback regarding this year's nominees. Your feedback will provide information so an informed decision can be made.

Click here (and use your SPJ member log-in information) to provide feedback by May 13.

Awards needing feedback by members include:

– David L. Eshelman Outstanding Campus Adviser Award
– Distinguished Teaching in Journalism
– Ethics in Journalism Award
– Historic Site in Journalism Award
– Julie Galvan Outstanding Graduate in Journalism Award
– Sunshine Awards
– Howard S. Dubin Outstanding Pro Member Award

SPJ News

SPJ, NPPA speak out on journalists being attacked, injured in Baltimore | April 28

Region 9 Mark of Excellence Awards winners announced in Denver, Colorado | April 27

SPJ celebrates its 13th annual Ethics Week | April 27

SPJ Region 12 Director Volunteer Position Available

Region 12 Director Tony Hernandez resigned his seat on the national SPJ Board of Directors due to moving out of the geographical boundaries of Region 12 for a new job. He plans on staying involved in SPJ in other capacities.

As a result of his move, we are seeking a volunteer to fill the vacancy. The selected candidate will serve until September 20, 2015. A new regional director will then be elected on Sept. 20.

Interested candidates must live in Tennessee, Arkansas, Louisiana or Mississippi. They cannot be a student member or an associate.

In accordance with SPJ's bylaws, the national board will appoint the temporary replacement. Interested candidates should fill out this form no later than May 15.

The volunteer selected for the temporary role will be expected to fulfill the duties of the position.

Anyone volunteering for this temporary role is strongly encouraged to run during the upcoming election. However, anyone meeting the criteria above is welcome to run for the position.

Those with questions should contact Membership Strategist Tara Puckey.

EIJ15 Registration is Open!

Registration is open for the Excellence in Journalism conference from Sept. 18-20, and we couldn't be more excited to host you and more than 1,000 other journalists in Orlando, Fla. EIJ gives you a full three days of networking and stellar programs to hone your skills. Plus, it's a lot of fun! Need proof that EIJ is worthwhile? Check out what we learned at EIJ14 through the recap website, the EIJ News site and the daily Storify roundups.

EIJ15 Scholarships, Fellowships

Applications for all EIJ15 scholarships are due by May 12. Contact Associate Executive Director Chris Vachon at cvachon@spj.org.

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.

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.

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.

SPJ Blogs Network

Ethics Week 2015: Reporting from the Internet | April 29 | By Lynn Walsh

Community engagement in the form of public news meetings | April 28 | By Taylor Carlier

Ethics Week 2015: Minimizing Harm in Times of Conflict | April 28 | By Andrew Seaman

Invite a Visiting Fulbright Scholar to Your Campus | April 28 | By Butler Cain

Ethics Week 2015: Minimizing Harm | April 27 | By Andrew Seaman

For NBC, it's more than just about Brian Williams | April 26 | By Alex Veeneman

A Look Back, A Look Ahead | April 23 | By Rebecca Baker

NLGJA: Reporting on Transgender Issues | April 23 | By Dana E. Neuts

8 things you should know about SPJ, or how to get free money for programs | April 22 | By Matthew Hall

Gannett's Online Career Fair

Gannett is hosting an online career fair, which takes place over two days - from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. EST May 5 and 6. Register online prior to the event for the day you can attend.

Properties who will be represented by a recruiting representative during the fair:

— Asbury Park Press (Neptune, NJ)
— Asheville Citizen-Times (Asheville, NC)
— Gannett Wisconsin Media (Green Bay, Appleton, Marshfield, Wisconsin Rapids)
— Media Network of Central Ohio
— Montgomery Advertiser (Montgomery, AL)
— Poughkeepsie Journal (Poughkeepsie, NY)
— Republic Media (Phoenix, AZ)
— Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (Rochester, NY)
— Springfield News-Leader (Springfield, MO)
— Tennessean Media (Nashville, Middle Tennessee)
— The Cincinnati Enquirer (Cincinnati, OH)
— The Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
— The Greenville News (Greenville, SC)
— The Des Moines Register (Des Moines, IA)
— The Desert Sun (Palm Springs, CA)
— The Journal News (Westchester County, White Plains, NY)
— The News-Press (Fort Myers, FL)

ESPN The Fellowship

ESPN proudly announces ESPN The Fellowship, a recruiting initiative designed to be pro-active in the hiring and retaining of diverse candidates, and to stay in front of sports' ever-changing multi-cultural marketplace and fan base.

The program, for college graduates with less than five years of experience, will feature individualized training within a common-core development plan of writing, interviewing, anchoring and production. The expectation is to fill two 24-month fellowship positions, each with six-month opportunities in Digital Media, Radio, International/Deportes and Studio Production. Ideally, the end of each fellowship will result in placement into a full-time position.

ESPN The Fellowship participants will receive consistent feedback and written evaluations from all four platforms, with the opportunity to fast-track the program based on ability. Mentoring relationships will also be encouraged, as will involvement in ESPN's Employee Resource Groups.

If interested, apply here.

Last Week's Quiz

In honor of the Pulitzer Prizes being announced this week, what news organization won a 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography?

Answer: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

And the winner is ... Jacqueline Jordan of the San Antonio Pro Chapter. Congrats!

This Week's Quiz

In the spirit of SPJ's Ethics Week this week, how many years has SPJ officially celebrated its own ethics week?

Submit your answer to Taylor Carlier.

SPJ Leads
– SDX Foundation changes its name
– Sign up for a Regional Conference near you
– Sign up for SPJ's Regional Conferences

Press Notes
– Breast Cancer Awareness: Learning From Jackie Collins' Death
– Blog: CPJ joins call to oppose draft surveillance law in France
– Baboon raid temporarily forced Zimbabwe radio station off air

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