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SPJ Leads | 9/1/2010
Convention, fellowships, grants & more!

By Andrew M. Scott
SPJ Communications Department

SPJ LIVE! SPJ is adding a new tool to its communication arsenal. And we can't stop talking about it.

Membership Committee Chairwoman Holly Fisher will host the first edition of SPJ's new online blogtalkradio program "Your SPJ Membership" at 1 p.m. Eastern, Sept. 9. We plan to air a new show each month to give members an opportunity to learn more about SPJ and ways they can take full advantage of their membership. Visit to tune in. Much like a traditional radio show, listeners will have the opportunity to call in and ask questions of Holly and her featured guests.

If you are new to SPJ, or have always had a question you wanted answered, now is your chance to log in, listen and participate!

REGISTER NOW, OR PAY THE PRICE. Wednesday, Sept. 8 is the early bird deadline for the 2010 SPJ Convention & National Journalism Conference, taking place Oct. 3-5 in Las Vegas! Don't miss out on the great savings at what promises to be the journalism-industry event of the year!

Looking to save even more money at the Convention this year? Want to be where the action is? Stay with us at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino and find a roommate HERE on our roommate board! You can check out what these guys and gals have already posted or you can create your own listing.

THE WINNING HAND. We've got a full deck of speakers at this year's SPJ Convention & Journalism Conference.

You can also read more on these speaker's full bios and program sessions under the programs section of the SPJ Convention Website.

— Victor Hernandez, director of domestic newsgathering, CNN/US
— Linda Deutsch, special correspondent, Associated Press
— Richard Gingras, CEO,
— Mike Toppo, senior director of news operations & production,
— Carrie Kahn, correspondent, NPR
— Mark Briggs, co-founder and CEO, Serra Media; author, "Journalism Next" and "Journalism 2.0"
— Adam Bryant, deputy managing editor — Business section, The New York Times
— Ken Irby, visual journalism group leader and director of diversity, The Poynter Institute
— MaryLynn Ryan, Southeast bureau chief, CNN
— Rob Curley, editor of the new-media division, Las Vegas Sun and Greenspun Media Group
— Kerry Sanders, correspondent, NBC News
— Jacqueline Charles, Caribbean/Haiti correspondent, The Miami Herald
— Etan Horowitz, digital media producer, CNN International
— Alexandra Berzon, reporter, Los Angeles bureau, Wall Street Journal
— Mark S. Luckie, 10,000 Words blogger; author,"The Digital Journalist's Handbook"

It just goes to show that "the professional development skills you learn in Vegas WON'T stay in Vegas!"

LDF DEADLINE EXTENDED. SPJ needs your help to make the 2010 Legal Defense Fund Auction a smashing success! The auction takes place during the SPJ Convention & National Journalism Conference and is made possible by generous donations from our chapters and individual members. The deadline to submit items has been extended until September 15.

If you have not already done so, we ask that you and your chapter send in an item to SPJ Headquarters.

Here are some clever donation ideas:

— A goody basket that includes items that make your region, state or city special.
— A trip to a fun destination
— Original artwork
— Journalism memorabilia

No item is too big or too small. We love creativity! SPJ will also promote the auction items on its website before the convention to make sure everyone knows who submitted the donation.

Lastly, if your chapter has the financial means, please consider purchasing an item to donate.

CHAPTER GRANT DEADLINE. SPJ will invest $5,000 to fund local chapter programs during 2010-11, and your chapter could receive up to $500 for your program or activity. All fully chartered SPJ chapters in good standing with the national organization are eligible to submit a grant proposal. Your chapter must have filed a 2009-10 annual report by the stated deadline to be eligible.

The deadline for proposals is just two weeks away! Chapters have until Sept. 15 to apply. Read more HERE for complete details on eligibility and the easy three-step application process.

NEW JERSEY CELEBRATES 50 YEARS. The New Jersey Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists will end a 15-month celebration of its 50th anniversary with a gala dinner on Tuesday, Sept. 14, at the Crowne Plaza, Route 1, in Edison. The dinner, which will feature addresses by past chapter presidents, will begin at 6:30 p.m. Those interested in attending should contact chapter treasurer Jane R. Primerano at

Congrats New Jersey on 50 years of improving and protecting journalism!

DOUBLE CONGRATS TO RANDY GENER. Recently, the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association announced the recipients of its Excellence in Journalism Awards. The recipient of this year's Journalist of the Year is SPJ member Randy Gener of American Theatre magazine.

Of Gener, judges said: "Some of the best journalism is being done outside of traditional newsrooms and by people covering niche areas. Gener's writing on theater, especially as it interacts with LGBT lives, is beautifully done, knowledgeable and almost lyrical in its language."

Gener will be recognized at the 20th Anniversary Gala of NLGJA, held at the National Convention and 7th Annual LGBT Media Summit in San Francisco on Sept. 4, 2010.

But that's not all Gener has won recently.

The DEADLINE CLUB, the New York City chapter of SPJ, honored the best of the best in New York area journalism June 7 at the Annual Dinner of the DEADLINE CLUB AWARDS, one of New York City's most prestigious journalism awards, at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.

Gener won the 2010 Deadline Club Award for Best Arts Reporting in New York. Beating The Forward and The New York Times in the specialized writing category, Gener won for "Fomenting a Denim Revolution," which appeared in the May/June 2009 international theatre edition of American Theatre

The judges for the award said, "Randy Gener shed light into government censorship and repression of artists. He met the high standards of excellence for journalism and went above and beyond with regards to enterprise, resourcefulness, and overcoming obstacles in pursuit of the story. His article also demonstrates the ripple effect that spotlighting artistic passion can have."

Congrats Randy on your phenomenal accomplishments!

KYOTO PRIZE FELLOWSHIP. The Kyoto Prize Journalism Program provides fellowships to journalists to assist them in furthering their knowledge and ability to report in greater depth about one or more of the following prize categories: Advanced Technology, Basic Sciences, and Arts and Philosophy.

Selected journalist(s) will travel to Kyoto, Japan to attend the 26th annual Kyoto Prize Award Ceremony on Nov. 10 and subsequent laureate lectures and workshops from November 7-14. They will also be provided with opportunities to interview the Kyoto Prize Laureates in Japan.

The program is designed for professional science, technology and arts writers and editors in print, radio and broadcast media. The program provides learning experiences in the specific fields of the latest Kyoto Prize Laureates through personal seminars, sessions, interviews, lectures and workshops.

The program is designed to cover the travel and lodging expenses of journalists whose news organizations would otherwise not pay for such a trip to Japan. Journalists will gain valuable understanding and an historical context of the laureates' works and how they relate to the improvement of society. Application deadline is Sept. 19, 2010.

TRAINING IN PRAGUE. Transitions (TOL) is holding its regular winter Foreign Correspondent training course in January 2011. Every year, this course brings journalists and students from all over the world to study in Prague, Czech Republic.

Participants will get a practical introduction to international reporting, including how to break into foreign reporting, find your feet in a foreign country, pitch your ideas to editors, find the story no one else has, stay safe in dangerous and unpredictable places and more. Trainers for the course have reported for The Economist, the BBC, the New York Times and the Associated Press.

If you'd like any more information, you can click HERE to read more or contact Joann Plockova via

'HELP ME TO HELP YOU'. Ben Lewis, author of "Perfecting The Pitch: Creating Publicity Through Media Rapport," is conducting a survey of professional journalists to help in the development of his book's second edition. The book is designed to help professionals better understand how to establish working relationships with journalists.

For the first edition of the book, Ben surveyed 100 journalists to gain insight into how they like to be contacted, what works and does not work in terms of "pitching", and what are the ways in which professional sources can earn journalists' trust.

The 2010 Journalist Survey on Working With The Media is online and only takes five minutes to complete. If you have the time, please click HERE or visit If you have a colleague who would like to take the survey as well, please feel free to pass it along to them.

The survey will be closed on September 15. Once all data is collected, Ben has offered to provide SPJ with a copy of the report in downloadable format so members can see the results for themselves!

Thank you for taking the time to help with this survey. Your contribution will help ensure the professional sources we journalists rely on can become better sources!

Ben also invites any member of SPJ to contact him if they have questions about the survey. He can be reached at 301-963-7555 or you can email him.

LAST WEEK'S QUIZ. This SPJ Leads shows that you can't afford to miss this year's convention in Las Vegas. And Vegas is a "hot" spot for many of Hollywood's favorite movies; "National Lampoon's Vegas Vacation," "What Happens in Vegas," "The Hangover," and the "Ocean's" movie franchise. But here's a questions for you: In "Viva Las Vegas," starring Elvis Presley, what was the King of Rock and Roll's occupation?

A. Elvis played Lucky Jackson, a race car driver who loses money for the engine needed to compete in the Las Vegas Grand Prix.

And the winner is...

Deborah K. Perkins of Indiana University. Congrats, ­Deborah! We're sure you've won something nifty.

THIS WEEK'S QUIZ. In 1993, plans to beautify the Strip in Las Vegas included removing the world-famous "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Nevada" sign from its place south of Mandalay Bay (0.8 miles). Those who opposed the idea won, and the sign is still in its original location. (A replica was recently placed on Boulder Highway, just north of Harmon St.) Who designed the originating sign and in what year?

Submit answers to Andrew M. Scott

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– Early bird gets the free press

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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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