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SPJ Leads | 11/27/2012
It's a great day to support journalism

By Christine DiGangi, SPJ Communications Department



We are all familiar with Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but did you know about Giving Tuesday? Seriously -- it's legit. And it's today! You can check it out at #GivingTuesday or the Giving Tuesday Facebook page.

In the spirit of Giving Tuesday, it seems appropriate to kick off the Sigma Delta Chi (SDX) Foundation's end-of-year giving campaign. Last year, contributions to the Foundation provided support to incredible SPJ programs and services like:

grants to SPJ chapters to assist them in providing training to local members
— workshops on open records to journalists through the Access Across America tour, an outreach program that strives to increase diverse representation at the national SPJ leadership level
— training in mobile newsgathering, ethics and many more topics for journalists in their newsrooms, in their cities and at the national SPJ convention
— fostering excellence in journalism through awards programs
— support to the Student Press Law Center (SPLC) and to National Freedom of Information Coalition (NFOIC)

As you arrange your end-of-year charitable giving, be sure to include SPJ and the SDX Foundation in your plans. Your contribution helps thousands of journalists and is tax deductible, so donate before the end of 2012.

If you have questions, feel free to contact SDX Foundation President Robert Leger at or Associate Executive Director Chris Vachon at


The online radio program "Studio SPJ" will feature a 30-minute conversation with author and professor Paula Poindexter on Friday, Dec. 7 at noon EST. She will discuss changes in Millennials and the way they engage with news sources. Poindexter wrote a book on the subject.

To learn more about Poindexter and the radio program, you may read this news release on the SPJ website. Listeners can tune in for the live program and call with questions, and the show will be available as a podcast after the live episode concludes.


Chapter-grant applications are due next week! SPJ prides itself on strong chapter programming, and we want to hear your ideas for improving and protecting journalism at a local level. Your chapter could receive $500 to host something great! Submit applications by midnight Dec. 5, and direct any questions to Chapter Coordinator Tara Puckey at or 317.927.8000 x215.

Several chapters have earned grants for their spectacular ideas, and we know there are more out there. Read about the requirements for the grant online, and apply ASAP.


Excellence in Journalism 2013, the training conference co-hosted by SPJ, RTDNA and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, is looking for program ideas and proposals. The conference takes place Aug. 24-26, 2013 in Anaheim, but it's not too early to suggest your favorite speaker or topic.

Have a specific program proposal? Submit it here. Have a looser idea but a general topic or speaker you'd like to see at EIJ? Submit it here. In either case, do it soon. The call for program proposals and ideas closes on Jan. 2.


Improve and protect journalism: there are many ways to do it, and honoring outstanding work from 2012 is one way we fulfill that mission.

We want you to submit your work for professional honors like Sigma Delta Chi Awards or the New America Award, which acknowledges journalism valuable to the immigrant and ethnic communities in the U.S. Students should enter the Mark of Excellence Awards to show their abilities as the next generation of journalists.

We also need judges to review the spectacular entries we receive. No matter your experience level, it is likely that you or your chapter can volunteer to judge SPJ honors.

To help with awards judging, please email Awards Coordinator Lauren Rochester, or call 317.927.8000 x210.


Loop21, a digital publishing company that covers African American issues, is having a Twitter conversation at 8 p.m. EST. The topic is "whether or not black journalists and people in general should be free to write stories that take an objective look at the record of black politicians, including President Obama."

Loop21 has invited several people and organizations to the tweetup, and Soledad O'Brien plans to participate. To join the discussion, respond to the messages sent from @theloop21 using the hashtag #L21blackmedia.


Last week's Leads included the wrong link to Lynn Walsh's blog post "6 Things to Do When They Just Won't Call You Back." The piece is on RTDNA's website.


Why was the cover of the Nov. 21 New York Post controversial?

Answer: This cover, shown in the Post's archives, is controversial because of the graphic photo it displays. It is a photo of a partially naked man suspected of working for Israel being dragged through the streets of Gaza City by a motorcycle.

And the winner is ... Leila Gray, the public communications manager at the University of Washington School of Medicine. She is also a member of Western Washington Pro. Congrats, Leila!


The Supreme Court upheld a ruling that prevented a state from prosecuting under its Eavesdropping Act people who recorded police officers. Which state?

Submit your answer to Christine DiGangi.

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