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SPJ Leads | 3/14/2012
EIJ12 programming, Sunshine Week

By Abby Henkel, SPJ Communications Department


EIJ12 PROGRAMS POSTED. The moment you've been waiting for has arrived: Program sessions are posted for Excellence in Journalism 2012, Sept. 20-22 in Ft. Lauderdale. With titles like "FOI in the trenches," "Social media ethics" and "Unleash your inner broadcaster," there will be something for everyone at EIJ12.

Browse through the available program descriptions, but stay tuned because more will be added in the coming months!

We'd love to connect with you on Facebook and Twitter! It's not too early to get discussions going with the #EIJ12 hashtag.

SUNSHINE WEEK. This week is national Sunshine Week, a collective effort to promote dialogue on the importance of open government. SPJ joins the American Society of News Editors, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, and many other organizations and individuals as we advocate for open government and the free flow of information. Learn more about Sunshine Week efforts.

Sunshine Week events are happening across the country. Find a nearby event.

Are you a ray of sunshine? This quiz tests your FOI knowledge.

This week on Twitter, people are using the #thankajournalist hashtag to share their gratitude for the work journalists do every day to uncover and share important information. Please join us on Twitter and spread the love for freedom of information!

SUNSHINE AWARD: Do you know someone who has made important contributions to open government? Nominate an individual or a group for SPJ's Sunshine Award. Deadline is March 20.

SURVEY OF FEDERAL REPORTERS. Carolyn Carlson and David Cuillier of SPJ's Freedom of Information Committee surveyed reporters who cover federal agencies. The survey of 146 journalists found that information flow in the United States is highly regulated by public information officers, to the point where most reporters considered the control a form of censorship. Read a summary in the news release, or read the full report, published March 12.

SCRIPPS INSTITUTE: APPLY BY THURSDAY. Applications for the Scripps Leadership Institute are due Thursday, March 15. This weekend of training, June 1-3 in Indianapolis, offers valuable leadership tools for incoming chapter presidents (serving the 2012-13 term). Attendees will participate in hands-on training sessions, connect with other SPJ presidents and staff, and leave with ideas to make their chapters succeed all year.

See the program schedule, then apply online today. Funded by SPJ, participants must contribute only $100 total toward their travel, tuition and lodging.

REPORTERS INSTITUTE: APPLY BY THURSDAY. SPJ's Reporters Institute, a crash course for early-career journalists, will take place June 10-13 at the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla. This jam-packed training session develops essential skills for journalists in all media, and is open to journalists in their first three years on the job. Apply by TOMORROW, March 15. More information is at

ANNUAL REPORTS: GET STARTED EARLY. Annual reports for all chapters will be due before you know it, so get a head start today. Campus chapters must file their reports by April 30, and pro chapters must file by May 15. Forms are available here. If you have questions about the report, contact Linda Hall at or 317-927-8000 ext. 203, or contact your regional director.

SPRING CONFERENCES. Don't forget to register for your region's spring conference before it's too late! Conferences are happening in all twelve SPJ regions of the country, and are the perfect opportunity to take advantage of high-quality SPJ programming right in your area. Learn more here.

STARS & STRIPES MOVE CONCERNS SPJ. The U.S. Department of Defense has announced that Stars & Stripes, the independent news service, will be moved from its current home at the National Press Building in Washington, D.C., to Fort Meade, Md. The move is meant as a cost-cutting measure. SPJ President John Ensslin and others are concerned about the potential for interference from military staff at the base. With that in mind, Ensslin sent Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta a letter last week expressing concern over the move. Read the letter here.

BLACK HOLE AWARD 'WINNERS'. In honor of Sunshine Week, SPJ announced recipients of the second annual Black Hole Award, which exposes the most heinous violations of the public's right to know. This year's "winners" are the Georgia legislature's 2008 law and 2011 amendments for private-school tax credits, the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, and the Wisconsin state legislature. Read more here.

SPJ NATIONAL HONORS. SPJ honors outstanding journalists and educators each year with a number of national awards. Consider nominating someone you know for one of the following national or member awards.

National SPJ awards:

Fellows of the Society
Historic Sites in Journalism
Distinguished Teaching in Journalism Award
First Amendment Award
Sunshine Award
Ethics in Journalism Award

SPJ member awards:

Wells Memorial Key
David L. Eshelman Outstanding Campus Adviser Award
Howard S. Dubin Outstanding Pro Member Award
Julie Galvan Outstanding Graduate in Journalism Award
Regional Director of the Year

WORKING PRESS: INTERN AT EIJ12. SPJ is seeking 12 interns for The Working Press, a daily tabloid newspaper and online news site, who will cover Excellence in Journalism 2012. Collegiate student reporters, editors, photographers and designers are invited to apply for these select positions. Accepted interns receive complimentary conference registration and hotel lodging, and must be available in Ft. Lauderdale Sept. 19-23.

Find out what it's like to be a TWP intern. Applications must be emailed or postmarked by April 19. Members and non-members are welcome to apply.

OPEN GOVERNMENT HALL OF FAME. Nominations are still being accepted for a new inductee into the Open Government Hall of Fame. Heroes of the 50 States: The State Open Government Hall of Fame is a joint venture by the National Freedom of Information Coalition and SPJ, developed by leaders in both organizations as a way to recognize long-term contributions of individuals to open government in their states. For more information, see Please take action to nominate a worthy individual.

LAST WEEK'S QUIZ. It pays to criticize for one blogger who pointed out copy errors at a newspaper and was hired by the paper as associate copy editor. What's the newspaper, and who is the blogger turned copy editor?

Answer: The Daily Iowan offered Zachery Tilley a job (and he accepted) after he posted several notices of typographical errors in the printed campus paper. More here from Jim Romenesko.

And the winner is... Justin Snider, contributing editor for the Hechinger Report and a member of the New York Deadline Club. Congratulations, Justin! The prize for this quiz is almost as great as a job offer. Check your mailbox in the coming days for a little bit of SPJ joy!

THIS WEEK'S QUIZ. A big buy-out could be on the horizon for two prominent news companies. Name both the national news outlet and the social news website rumored to be in cahoots.

Submit your answer to Abby Henkel.

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