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SPJ Leads | 10/17/2012
Inside look at Google and traveling training

By Tara Puckey, SPJ Communications Department



Only $35 for breakfast, lunch and journalism training? You got it. JournCamp takes place in Chicago on Nov. 9 and includes a day of sessions on entrepreneurial journalism, social media development and engagement, personal branding and data use in journalism. Read about the trainers and sessions, and register online before Nov. 2.


Here's a quick look at some great digital resources and stories out there this week:

Ever wondered what happens when Google "thinks" about your questions? No more pondering, because now you can see right into the depths of their data centers.

Instagram isn't journalism? Richard Koci Hernandez, journalist and multimedia producer, disagrees and made a case with a video-essay advocating for modern photography with a (ironic) vintage feel.

Now that the iPhone 5 has made its way into your loving arms, you should use it to read the story about some serious undercover journalism to get the inside scoop on its creation - a reporter for the Shanghai Evening Post infiltrated the Foxconn factory, spent 10 days inside and spilled it all.

The public is buying into journalism, one Kickstarter project at a time. For example, DecodeDC, a radio project aimed at covering Washington in a new way, has less than 72 hours left for backers to buy in and is only a few thousand away from the goal line.


SPJ's own Dave Cuillier is going to Chapel Hill on Nov. 8 to be part of "One Generation Under Hazelwood," intended to call attention to the upcoming 25th anniversary of the Supreme Court's Hazelwood decision. The Court's ruling rolled back rights of student journalists in public schools and even in some public colleges. The event aims to begin a national conversation about whether the heavy level of censorship unleashed by Hazelwood really is healthy for journalism education, for school climate, and for the learning of civic values. Interested? Register before Nov. 2.


If you're an SPJ leader, we hope you've heard of the Ted Scripps Leadership Institute. This year it's hitting the road on a tour of regions around the country, making its way to your backyard. Check out the changes and look for more information

about 2013 locations coming soon. Or, check out highlights from the 2012 Scripps program in Indianapolis.


SPJ mourns the loss of Frank Grossman, who passed away on Sept. 30. A member for 63 years, Grossman belonged to the Houston Pro chapter.


The Chicago Headline Club is proud to announce the launch of, a McCormick Foundation-funded initiative of the Chicago Headline Club and the Better Government Association, to provide a comprehensive resource for journalists, bloggers, community activists and others to effectively use the Illinois Freedom of Information Act.


What powers you through your day? Share a pic of your favorite drink on Instagram with the hashtag #journojuice by Oct. 24. The picture with the most likes wins! And keep an eye on our Instagram feed (spj_pics) to sneak a peek at the prize.


Unfortunately, our partnership with Bank of America is ending at the end of this year. Members can continue to use their card without interruption, although SPJ will no longer receive any funds with use, and will notice after January that all trademarks on the card will be removed.


According to the Student Press Law Center, there have been 21 reports of student-newspaper thefts in 2012. Why is newspaper theft a crime?

Answer: Newspaper, even free student papers distributed on campus, cost money to publish, making it a crime - along with a very effective form of censorship. Check out what SPLC says about newspaper theft and how to report it.

And the winner is ... Veronica Craker, a member from the William O. Douglas Pro chapter in Washington. Congratulations, Veronica! We know you'll love your prize!


A journalist in Nigeria recently won a landmark case after being beaten while reporting. The victory is the largest award for any journalist since the country's independence and sets a clear precedent. Who is the journalist and what was he covering?

Submit your answer to Christine DiGangi.

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