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SPJ Leads | 6/27/2012
Defending Reno journalist, help select national honorees

By Christine DiGangi, SPJ Communications Department


CONCERN OVER TREATMENT OF JOURNALIST. SPJ President John Ensslin wrote a letter last week stating his concern over a police action toward a journalist covering a fire in Sun Valley, Nev.

Washoe County Sheriff's Office deputies pushed veteran photojournalist Tim Dunn to the ground while he took photographs of a fire for the Reno Gazette-Journal. The deputies accused Dunn, 60, of trying to impersonate a firefighter because he was wearing flame-retardant clothing, and they cited him for obstructing and resisting.

Dunn submitted a citizen complaint with the sheriff's office last week, and the Sparks police are investigating at Sheriff Mike Haley's request. Read Ensslin's letter here.

JOURNALIST'S TOOLBOX UPDATES. As the extremes of summer weather keep many people indoors, you're out there reporting on the effects of its dangers. The weather page in Journalist's Toolbox provides resources for those covering the climate, and in anticipation of the season, we put a slew of information on tornadoes at the top.

Regardless of where you are or what the weather is like, you may have some role in Olympics coverage. That's why we've updated the Toolbox with London 2012 information, as well as Olympics history.

The Toolbox is maintained by DePaul University professor Mike Reilley on behalf of SPJ. Keep up on Twitter: .@journtoolbox

EIJ12 PROGRAM TIMES ONLINE. There are a lot of reasons to be excited about Excellence in Journalism 2012 -- the beach, the great company, the auction. But if you scroll through the dozens of programs offered this year, you'll really start counting down the days (85).

We now have the times for programming online (with more on the way), so start planning! There are many opportunities to meet fellow journalists and interact with veteran trainers in all media. No matter your interests -- diversity, ethics, social media, storytelling -- you can find sessions to further your professional development. We even have a set of programming specifically for newsroom leaders. See the list of EIJ12 programming here, and check the schedule to see how they line up.

FEEDBACK FOR HONORS NOMINEES. SPJ members can give feedback on candidates nominated for the Society's highest national honors. The comments better inform the SPJ Executive Committee that selects honorees. Log in to the For Members section of the SPJ website to provide feedback. Don't forget to put your SPJ member number on the form. The identities of those offering comments will not be disclosed outside of the Executive Committee and staff.

Click here to see candidates and express your thoughts. Friday, June 27 is the last day to participate. For a complete list of the awards and their eligibility requirements, please follow this link.

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

REGIONS 1 AND 7 TOWN HALL MEETINGS. SPJ President John Ensslin had virtual town hall meetings with Regions 9 and 10 last weekend, and he'll make his next virtual stops in Regions 1 and 7 on Saturday, June 30.

You can participate in meetings by phone or watch, listen and ask questions online via GoToMeeting. 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 1 talks at 11 a.m. EDT and Region 7 meets at 1 p.m. EDT. Find out when your region has a meeting and see the region in which you reside here.

DONATE TO LDF AUCTION. The Legal Defense Fund supports journalists waging legal battles to defend the freedom of speech and the press, and each year we hold an auction to support the fund.

There are many ways to contribute: Offer someone a professional service, donate a gift card, send a homemade good to be auctioned, put together a "journalist's survival kit." Get creative and help us support journalists' First Amendment rights.

The deadline for donations is Aug. 17. Please send donations, along with the donation form, to:

Society of Professional Journalists
Attn: LDF Auction
3909 N. Meridian St.
Indianapolis, IN 46208

Thank for supporting your fellow journalists and for helping SPJ improve and protect journalism.

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.

BLOG UPDATES. Recent updates to the SPJ Blogs Network:

Nobody asked me, but... On Alec Baldwin, Carl Kasell and other important SPJ and journalism topics | Freedom of the Prez, John Ensslin
Goodbye & hello in broadcast news | First Draft, Jacqueline Ingles
Texas photojournalist missing in Mexico | Journalism and the World, Butler Cain
New directions, new platforms, New Orleans | SPJ Garden Center, Holly Edgell
Recent Obama administration whistleblower protections are a welcome change of course | FOI FYI, Whitney Evans

GETTY ARTS JOURNALISM FELLOWSHIP. The USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism is accepting applications for its USC/Getty Arts Journalism program. For 11 days, 15 journalists will rethink and explore ways journalists report on the arts. It all happens in Engine 30, a pop-up newsroom and experimental arts journalism project.

The program, which runs Nov. 8-18, seeks arts journalists, designers and developers committed to using their skills to imagine and create new and innovative ways of reporting on arts and culture. Most costs are covered by the fellowship, and further details are here.

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

Answer: The Newseum. Here's a take on the episode.

And the winner is... Paul Fletcher! Paul is publisher and editor-in-chief of Virginia Lawyers Media. Congrats, Paul.

THIS WEEK'S QUIZ. Nora Ephron, a writer and filmmaker, died Tuesday. She was also a journalist. What newspaper did she work for in the 1960s? BONUS: To what award-winning journalist was she once married?

Submit your answer to Christine DiGangi.

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