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SPJ Leads | 6/20/2012
Awards deadlines, SPJ joins Pinterest

By Christine DiGangi, SPJ Communications Department


EIJ12 PROGRAMS FOR NEWSROOM LEADERS. Take the opportunity to develop your leadership skills through several breakout sessions at Excellence in Journalism 2012. Join discussions about being a great boss, dealing with digital ethics dilemmas and making social media a valuable asset for your newsroom.

An expanded list of sessions for newsroom leaders is on the EIJ12 website, and while you're there, learn more about the great offerings of this year's convention.

EXPLORE SPJ WITH PINTEREST. SPJ now offers Pinterest as a way to engage with members, resources and journalism culture. You can find photos of what we've been up to, awards collections, journalism tools and more through our newest social media platform, and together we can explore industry developments and trends.

Using your digital pin board, you can organize and share your interests in one place, and you'll connect with other journalists and organizations along the way.

PULLIAM HONORS APPLICATIONS DUE FRIDAY. Only two days left! The postmark deadline for the Pulliam First Amendment Award and Pulliam Editorial Fellowship from the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation is this Friday, June 22. Send in your application or tell a friend about these honors:

Eugene S. Pulliam First Amendment Award: Established by the SDX Foundation, the Eugene S. Pulliam First Amendment Award recognizes, with a $10,000 award, accomplishments on behalf of First Amendment freedoms by an individual, group of individuals or an organization.

Eugene C. Pulliam Fellowship for Editorial Writing: The Pulliam Editorial Fellowship awards $75,000 to an editorial writer to help broaden his or her journalistic horizons and knowledge of the world. Provided by the SDX Foundation, the annual award can be used to cover the cost of study, research and/or travel in any field.

Contact Lauren Rochester with questions at

REGIONS 9 AND 10 TOWN HALL MEETINGS. Members had a productive chat with SPJ President John Ensslin during the Region 5 virtual town hall meeting two weekends ago, and he will open conversation with Regions 9 and 10 this weekend.

You can dial in to the meeting with your telephone, or you can watch, listen and ask questions via your computer. For an email link to the platform, please email John. The platform can accommodate 25 people, and seats are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Region 9 talks at 2 p.m. EDT and Region 10 meets at 3 p.m. EDT. Find out when your region has a meeting and see the region in which you reside here.

FOI EXPERTS COMING TO YOU SOON. This summer, five experts in freedom of information will travel the country for SPJ's Access Across America program. We're soliciting invitations from SPJ pro chapters and newsrooms who would like a two-hour session on accessing public records, and list of scheduled stops is online.

For more information on the tour and the experts roving the country, click here.

REPORTERS INSTITUTE RECAP. Last week, 32 journalists early in their careers gathered at the Poynter Institute for three days of hands-on training at the fifth annual Reporters Institute. The days were a whirlwind of video critiques, social media critiques and networking. Speakers such as Poynter's Al Tompkins and the Denver Post's Daniel Petty covered everything from mobile newsgathering to open records.

Congratulations to all the participants, speakers and planners for a great program! We're already looking forward to next year's Institute and you can, too. Learn more about the Reporters Institute.

SEEKING SUPREME COURT TRANSPARENCY. SPJ is among several media organizations that have joined the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press in asking the U.S. Supreme Court to allow live audio and video coverage of the announcement of its decision in the three cases involving health care reform.

For more information on the initiative and to see the members of the coalition, please visit the RCFP website.

TOUGH TIMES IN JOURNALISM. Journalism may be facing difficult times, but SPJ President John Ensslin notes that news products have much content to be proud of. Take a look at his blog to read some stories he highlights as great journalism.

From freelancing to FOI issues, our blogs have a lot to offer journalists. Discover one that piques your interests.

NATIONAL HONORS CANDIDATES FEEDBACK. Throughout the year, SPJ seeks nominations for its highest national honors. The awards recognize individuals and groups who have impacted the journalism field in the past year. For a complete list of the awards and their eligibility requirements, please follow this link.

Members have the opportunity to leave feedback on candidates so the SPJ executive committee is better informed while selecting honorees. Log in to the For Members section of the SPJ website to provide feedback don't forget to put your SPJ membership number on the form. The identities of those offering comments will not be disclosed outside of the SPJ executive board and the headquarters staff.

Click here to see the candidates and provide feedback.

(Remember, you must log in.) Next week is the last week to leave feedback.

If you would like more information about any nomination, please email

SDX AWARDS BANQUET. Enjoy an evening with SPJ and the journalism community at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on July 20. The reception for the Sigma Delta Chi Awards Banquet begins at 6 p.m., with dinner and awards presentation at 7 p.m. Dress is black-tie optional.

Tickets are $75 and may be purchased here.

The winners of the 2011 SDX Awards are listed here.

PODCAST: EIJ12 RADIO CHAT. Did you miss the online radio chat with SPJ's Sarah Bauer? Listen to the podcast of her conversation with president-elect Sonny Albarado and several other members on the great benefits of attending the Excellence in Journalism conference. You'll hear more about speakers, sessions, events and ways members can get involved.

CHANGES AT SPJ HQ. SPJ's communications manager Abby Henkel will finish her time at headquarters Friday. Christine DiGangi started as a communications coordinator Monday and will assume Abby's duties upon her departure. Christine graduated from DePauw University in 2011 and worked as a copy editor for The New York Times Editing Center for the last year. You can reach her at or 317-927-8000 ext. 205.

FREE REYNOLDS CENTER WEBINARS. In one hour a day, you can expand your understanding of what's happening with the economy and learn how to adapt storytelling techniques from screenwriting and mythology to news stories. These opportunities are free webinars from the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism:

Economics 101 with NPR's Marilyn Geewax, June 26 to 28.
Telling Great Stories with NYT's Diana B. Henriques, Aug. 13.

FELLOWSHIP FOR COVERING AGING. The MetLife Foundation, with a supplemental grant from the John A. Hartford Foundation, is funding 17 fellowships for journalists who cover aging and health. Each chosen applicant will receive a stipend of $1,500 and all-expenses-paid travel to and from the Gerontological Society of America's 65th Annual Scientific Meeting in San Diego in November.

About half of the Fellows will be selected from each of two categories, ethnic media and general-interest press for generations-beat proposals. Both staff and freelance journalists are welcome to apply.

The deadline for applications is July 12. Click here for details and to apply online.

Contact Paul Kleyman with questions at 415-503-4170, ext. 133, or email

LAST WEEK'S QUIZ. The famous "third-rate burglary" of Watergate rocked the nation forty years ago. Last week, Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward teamed up for a look back at the scandal and its fallout. How long has it been since the two, once young Washington Post reporters, shared a byline?

Answer: 36 years. Read their retrospective.

And the winner is...Brittini Rachel Ray! Brittini is a student member of the University of Georgia chapter of SPJ. Congratulations, Brittini! Your fabulous SPJ Leads Quiz Prize might set a new trend on campus.

THIS WEEK'S QUIZ. Mitt Romney's campaign kicked reporters out of an event in what building on June 13?

Submit your answer to Christine DiGangi.

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