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SPJ Leads | 7/18/2012
Chapter grants and get to know your SPJ board candidates

By Christine DiGangi, SPJ Communications Department



SPJ's Executive Committee will meet at 9 a.m. ET, Saturday, July 21 in Washington, D.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.


2012 is the first year for the one member, one vote election process, so it is important to get to know your potential officers. Candidate bios are now online, including some audio interviews. Voting will take place electronically during Excellence in Journalism Sept. 20-22. Additional instructions will arrive via email, so make sure that information is up to date.

If you're interested in running but have yet to declare your candidacy, find out what it takes to run and contact Tara Puckey with any questions via email or at 317-927-8000 ext. 215.


John Ensslin, the president of SPJ, will be a guest on The Jim Bohannon Show at 11 p.m. ET on Friday, July 20 to discuss current journalism issues. If you'd like to listen, check out this list of stations on which the show can be heard.


The Milwaukee Pro chapter is in the process of restarting and recruiting members. Come to a kickoff meeting Wednesday, July 25 at 6 p.m. CDT at the Buffalo Wild Wings in Wauwatosa, Wis. (2635 North Mayfair Road, near Mayfair Mall). Pass along this information to any journalists you know in the Milwaukee area - it's a great opportunity to learn about SPJ and learn about the budding chapter.

Direct any questions regarding the Milwaukee Pro revival to Region 6 director Amanda Theisen.


Take advantage of the opportunity to hear three Pulitzer Prize winners at Excellence in Journalism 2012.

The conference, co-hosted by SPJ and the Radio Television Digital News Association, features programs by Pulitzer-winning writers Rick Bragg, Lane DeGregory and Connie Schultz.

Edward R. Murrow award-winners Lee Powell and Boyd Huppert are also presenting at the conference in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. from Sept. 20 to 22.

See the full conference schedule online, and don't forget to register before the Aug. 28 early bird discount deadline!


SPJ will award grants of up to $500 for chapter programming or events from August until May 2013. We love our chapters and want to help them improve their activities when they have great ideas on how to do so. Write a proposal and share your creativity. The grants will be awarded in 10 cycles, the deadlines for which can be viewed here, in addition to the notification dates.

Get the full details online, see how chapters have used grants in the past and direct all questions to Tara Puckey via email or at (317) 927-8000 ext. 215.


SPJ's Charlotte chapter has organized a seminar with experienced reporters, academics and insiders to help journalists prepare for the Democratic National Convention, Sept. 4 to 6 in Charlotte, N.C. The seminar is July 28 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at UNC Charlotte Center City, and a schedule is available on the chapter's website.

To register, visit Students and SPJ members pay $15, and non-members pay $25.


If you're a chapter leader, be sure to check out SPJ Leading Edge, a blog built just for you. You'll find tools and information to help build, grow and sustain active and successful chapters, the very backbone of SPJ. On the blog, you'll find program highlights, answers to pressing leadership questions and tips for strong chapter finance and governance. It's worth a browse if you're committed to maintaining a strong chapter.

This week's highlights from the SPJ Blog Network:

Errors in reporting SCOTUS health care ruling remind us of the speeding bullet of journalism | Freedom of the Prez, by John Ensslin

Why Ann Wilmer remains an SPJ member | SPJ Garden Center, by Holly Edgell

Wacky FOI denials: Dead giraffes have privacy rights | FOI FYI, by Whitney Evans


Get in your entry for the 2012 Barlett and Steele Awards for Investigative Business Journalism, which offer $8,000 in prizes.

Named for two-time Pulitzer Prize winners Don Barlett and Jim Steele, the sixth annual awards celebrate the best in print and online investigative business journalism.

Entries must have appeared in print or online in the year ended June 30, 2012. Aug. 1 is the deadline to apply online.

For more information, visit the details page on, or contact Reynolds Center President Andrew Leckey through email or at (602) 496-9186.


Which Alabama newspaper announced this week it would eliminate its Monday edition?

Answer: The Anniston Star. Read the paper's story on its publisher's decision.

And the winner is ... Sandhya Kambhampati! Sandhya is a student at the Ohio University E.W. Scripps School of Journalism and will be the president of the university's SPJ chapter this year. Congrats!


The New York Times this week named Margaret Sulivan its next public editor (ombud), the first woman to fill the role. Sullivan recently wrote (in a media review journal) about her experience with what controversial coverage topic while she led The Buffalo News?

Submit your answer to Christine DiGangi.

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