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SPJ Leads | 1/25/2012
MOE Awards, Reporters Institute

By Abby Henkel, SPJ Communications Department

STUDENT AWARDS ENTRIES DUE TODAY. Entries for the Mark of Excellence Awards are due today, Jan. 25, by midnight. Don't wait another minute to enter your best reporting from 2011 for a national award. With categories in print, radio, television and online journalism, students in all media and all U.S. colleges are encouraged to compete.

SPJ members may enter for $9 per entry. Enter online here. Contact Lauren Rochester with questions at or 317-927-8000 ext. 210.

NEW ETHICS EXPLAINER: CHECKBOOK JOURNALISM. SPJ's Ethics Committee is preparing a series of position papers this year to explain in greater depth important points addressed in the Code of Ethics. The newest explainer — on checkbook journalism — is available here.

The checkbook journalism paper adds to the previous statements on using the SPJ Code and political involvement of journalists. More topics will be highlighted in the coming months and catalogued on the position papers page here. Their purpose is to expand upon the principles put forth in the Code of Ethics.

If you have ethics inquiries, committee members are available to review questions. See the Ethics Hotline page for more information.

REPORTERS INSTITUTE: JUNE 10-13. The SPJ Reporters Institute is a three-day, hands-on training program for journalists in their first three years of work. Since 2007, this program designed by industry trainers and young journalists has prepared participants for the challenges and decisions they will face in the field.

This year's RI will take place June 10-13 at the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla. The cost is $300 plus travel. For more information, click here.

Applications are due March 15. Please contact Heather Dunn with more questions at or 317-927-8000 ext. 204.

RUN FOR SPJ OFFICE. The work SPJ accomplishes is made possible by incredible volunteers who step up as leaders. You can be one of those leaders. We are seeking qualified individuals to serve as officers and directors for 2012-13. To run for the national board, candidates must be national SPJ members in good standing and have demonstrated commitment to SPJ. Please review the nomination and candidacy information at

At Excellence in Journalism 2012, Sept. 20-22 in Fort Lauderdale, elections will be held for the following positions:

— President-elect (elected every year)
— Secretary-Treasurer (elected every year)
— At-Large Director (two-year position)
— Campus Adviser At-Large (two-year position)
— Student Representative (two positions, elected every year)
— Directors for regions 1, 4, 5, 7, 8 and 9 (two-year position)

Read more about the available positions and how to nominate a colleague or yourself. While there is no deadline to declare, any candidate wishing to have his/her candidacy announced in Quill magazine must meet a June 18 copy deadline. Contact Nominations Committee Chairwoman Hagit Limor and Executive Director Joe Skeel as soon as possible if you are interested. Good luck!

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING. SPJ's Executive Committee will meet at 9 a.m. ET, Saturday, Jan. 28 in Charlotte, N.C. To see the issues Society leaders will discuss, download the agenda and meeting materials. The meeting will be streamed live on SPJ's Ustream channel.

VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH. Trent Nelson, a Utah journalist, is the SPJ volunteer of the month for January. Nelson helped the Utah Headliners chapter move its annual journalism contest online.

"As someone who has spent a few Saturdays helping sort contest entries, I know what a difference it can make to a chapter to have this process streamlined," SPJ President John Ensslin said. "The hours of volunteer time that are freed up can go for other useful pursuits."

Nelson was nominated by Region 9 Director Don Meyers. "Trent is not only a great journalist, but a technical whiz," Meyers said. "He devised an online contest entry system for our chapter that removed 99.9 percent of the headaches from running the contest. Thanks to Trent, sorting entries went from a day-long affair to a half-hour activity after a board meeting."

The volunteer of the month award goes to SPJ members who have made a significant contribution of time and effort to their chapter. Know of a volunteer who would be deserving of this award? Contact John Ensslin at

SDX AWARDS REMINDER. Don't forget to prepare your entries for the Sigma Delta Chi Awards, SPJ's national awards contest for professional journalism. Entries are due Thursday, Feb. 9. More information is at Contact Lauren Rochester with questions at or 317-927-8000 ext. 210.

NEW MEMBER PROFILE. SPJ President John Ensslin is reaching out to new members and welcoming them to SPJ. Each week in Leads, we'll feature one new member. Please give a warm welcome to...

Kylie McGivern

McGivern is studying broadcast journalism at the University of Missouri. Her favorite news source is CNN, and her favorite journalist is Lisa Ling. Her favorite journalism movie is "All the President's Men," and the last book she read was "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo."

Why did she join SPJ? "I'm a member of RTDNA and wanted to become a part of the SPJ community as well," she said.

We're glad you've joined the SPJ community, Kylie. We hope you find it beneficial in your studies and career. Welcome to all of SPJ's new members!

SPJ BLOGS NETWORK. Latest updates from the SPJ blogs network:

— Your 2012 bureau queen by Generation J Committee member Jacqueline Ingles
— What running taught me about writing by Freelance Committee member David Sheets

See all blogs at the SPJ blogs network main page.

NORTHWEST SPJ EXCELLENCE IN JOURNALISM CONTEST. SPJ Region 10 is accepting entries for the 2011 Northwest Excellence in Journalism contest. The awards honor exceptional journalism published or produced in 2011 in Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Idaho and Montana in all media (print, online, radio and TV). Entries are open to members and non-members.

Entry deadline is 9:59 p.m. PT Feb. 20. Several changes to this year's contest:

— Revisions have been made to the online portion to better reflect this evolving medium.
— This year's contest is being administered through Better Newspaper Contest. All entries except General Excellence will be submitted and judged online.
— SPJ members may enter at $20 for regular entries and $50 for General Excellence entries. Non-SPJ members will pay $25 and $45, respectively.

For more information about the contest, including rules, categories and entry instructions, please visit the Region 10 website. For questions, please contact Ruth Pettis at or 206-781-8097, or Dana Neuts at or 360-920-1737.

APPLY TO BE A REYNOLDS FELLOW. The Reynolds Journalism Institute is now accepting applications for the 2012-13 class of Donald W. Reynolds Fellows.

The Donald W. Reynolds Fellowship program provides an exciting opportunity to pursue your innovative ideas, test them with real-world experiments, use applied research to assess their effectiveness, and deliver solutions that citizens and journalists can put to use in their own communities.

RJI seeks proposals for the eight-month fellowship that will shape the future of journalism using the latest in technology and innovation. Proposals will be judged by their quality and potential for real-world impact.

Visit for more information. Please share with your friends and colleagues.

JOURNALISM LAW CRASH COURSE. Loyola Law School, Los Angeles is accepting applications until March 5 for its annual Journalist Law School fellowship, a four-day crash course on constitutional, civil and criminal law taught by law professors, jurists and attorneys. Fellowships will be competitively awarded to 35 journalists and will cover instruction, lodging, meals and one-half of travel expenses for the May 30-June 2 workshop. More than 200 reporters, editors and producers have completed the program since 2006.

Learn more at or contact Brian Costello, at, 213-736-1444 or 310-902-9560.

KOREA-U.S. JOURNALISTS EXCHANGE. The East-West Center, which promotes better relations and understanding among the people and nations of the United States, Asia and the Pacific, invites U.S. journalists for a Korean-U.S. journalists exchange in South Korea. Working print, broadcast and online U.S. journalists with at least five years of experience may apply. Journalists will visit Seoul, Pusan and Kwangju in South Korea. The program covers all air transportation, lodging, program-related ground transportation and meals for participating journalists.

During the study tour, June 12-25, participants will meet with government officials, community and business leaders, educators and students, local journalists and others to gain insights on the many diverse issues and perspectives among Americans and Koreans that shape the relationship between their two countries. After their tours, the U.S. and Korean journalists will meet for a one-day dialogue at the Korea Press Foundation in Seoul to discuss the relationship between their countries and how media coverage of U.S.-Korea issues can be enhanced.

All participants will then attend the East-West Center's 3rd International Media Conference in Seoul June 22-24.

The application deadline is Feb. 8.

For more information and applications, call 808-944-7384, email, or visit

CALL FOR ENTRIES: 2012 GERALD LOEB AWARDS. UCLA's Anderson School of Management and the G. and R. Loeb Foundation invite business, financial and economic journalists from print, online and broadcast media to submit entries for the 2012 Gerald Loeb Awards for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism in 13 categories.

The Loeb Awards began in 1957 with the mission of recognizing writers, editors and producers who make significant contributions to the understanding of business, finance and the economy for private investors and the general public. Submissions will be accepted online only at until Jan. 31.

LAST WEEK'S QUIZ. What national newspaper published an admittedly "composite photo" on the cover last week?

Answer: The Washington Post. Read more here.

And the winner is... Jennifer Karchmer, an independent journalist and member of the Western Washington Pro chapter. You can expect a valuable and undoubtedly thrilling Official SPJ Leads Quiz Prize in the next few days (full disclosure: we're biased).

THIS WEEK'S QUIZ. What news organization has a "conditions for accuracy" policy that helped prevent its journalists from reporting Joe Paterno's death before he had died (as other outlets did)?

Submit your answer to Abby Henkel.

SPJ Leads
– You want more journalism news? Here. Here’s your news.
– From resignations to job openings – read all about it
– Early bird gets the free press

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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