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SPJ Leads | 1/15/2014
Awards + Nashville JournCamp + Executive Committee meeting

By Ellen Kobe, SPJ Communications Department


SPJ is committed to honoring excellence in journalism in order to promote a free society and thriving industry. That's why the organization offers students and professionals the opportunity to have their work recognized regionally and nationally. Check out the options below and enter today!

Questions? Join us for a Twitter chat TODAY at 3 p.m. EST. Tweet your questions and comments with either #SDX13 or #MOE13. @SPJ_Tweets, Awards Coordinator @ChadEHosier and Awards & Honors Chair @AndrewMSeamen will be ready to answer.

MOE Awards for students

SPJ honors exceptional student journalism with the Mark of Excellence Awards, but the deadline is only a week and a half away. Explore the award categories to see if your work or journalism produced by your students fits the criteria, and enter online at by Friday, Jan. 24.

SDX Awards for professional journalists

Enter your best work from 2013 in the Sigma Delta Chi Awards for a chance to have it recognized as some of the best professional journalism of the year. The deadline for submissions is Feb. 7, so don't put off those entries any longer. There are several categories, many of which have divisions for smaller and larger outlets, and you can explore those details online. Submit your entries online at

SPJ Awards

SPJ also offers many public and member awards for distinguished journalists. Although these deadlines are further into the future, you can get your nominations together before crunch time. For more information, visit the awards section of SPJ's website.

Public Awards (deadline March 21):

Distinguished Teaching in Journalism Award
Ethics in Journalism Award
Fellows of the Society
First Amendment Award
Historic Sites in Journalism
Sunshine Award
Robert D.G. Lewis First Amendment Award

Member Awards (deadline April 18):

Howard S. Dubin Outstanding Pro Member Award
David L. Eshelman Outstanding Campus Adviser Award
Julie Galvan Outstanding Graduate in Journalism Award
Regional Director of the Year Award
Wells Memorial Key


If you live near Nashville, Tenn., you're in for a treat: great journalism training. On Saturday, Jan. 25, we're bringing you SPJ JournCamp, a fun day of professional development plus FREE breakfast and lunch. We haven't heard of a better deal since newspapers cost 25 cents.

Topics covered will include technology trends, social media tools, narrative writing, web coding and telling stories with photos. Plus, you'll learn these skills from all-star journalists Elise Hu of NPR, Lane DeGregory of the Tampa Bay Times, Andy Boyle of the Chicago Tribune and Samaruddin Stewart, a 2013 Stanford Knight Fellow.

But hurry - you only have one more week to register online by Jan. 20! The cost is $35 for SPJ members and $55 for non-members. Encourage your journo friends and colleagues to join you.

Look online for more details about the schedule and location. Questions? Contact Director of Education Scott Leadingham at 317.920.4788.

P.S. - Nashville JournCamp will be a great preview of Excellence in Journalism 2014, also in the "Music City."


SPJ's Executive Committee will be meeting at 9 a.m. EST Saturday, Jan. 18 in Nashville, Tenn. A copy of the agenda and meeting materials is available online, and the meeting will be streamed live on SPJ's Google+ page. Contact President Dave Cuillier or Executive Director Joe Skeel with any questions.


A lot of categories have been updated to the Journalist's Toolbox, an online site provided by SPJ to give journalists the resources they need to produce great work. You'll find tips for reporting current issues, such as winter weather and the Denver school shootings as well as timeless skills such as copy editing and community coverage. Plus, we always include new areas of expertise like mobile journalism and web coding. Head on over to the site and gain some skills today!


Hey Florida members, there's a great event in Plantation coming up. On Saturday, Jan. 25 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., the National Press Photographers Association is hosting a panel discussion sponsored by the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi Foundation and Broward County ACLU.

The topic of discussion, "The Right to Photograph & Record in Public," will address the following questions:

- What are the rights of citizens & the press to photograph and record in public?

- Can police seize and view those images or order them to be deleted?

- What is some of the most recent case law regarding these issues?

- How can we foster a better understanding of our respective rights & responsibilities in order to have a greater respect for the roles that everyone plays in news-gathering and free speech?

The event is free and open to the public. Click here to for more information and register online to reserve your spot.

Questions? Contact Mickey Osterreicher at


RTDNF invites college undergraduates, graduate students and working professionals to apply for one of the Foundation's many scholarships and fellowships for 2014. The application deadline is May 2, 2014.

Scholarship and Fellowship winners will be invited to the 2015 First Amendment Awards Dinner in Washington and Excellence in Journalism 2015 in Orlando, Florida.

For details about undergraduate and graduate scholarships, please visit RTDNF's scholarships page and find links to individual scholarship application information. For more about RTDNF fellowships, please visit our fellowships page.

To help you prepare to apply, be sure to look at examples of the work done by the most recent scholarship recipients.


The Africa-EU Energy Partnership invites young journalists to its 2nd High-Level Meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Feb. 12-13. Up to 10 young journalists will be selected to work together, under the guidance of the communications team at the AEEP High-Level Meeting. Those selected will have the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of Africa-EU cooperation in the energy sector and the challenges various African countries continue to face in delivering energy services to their population. They will report on the conference through press releases, social media and videos.

Applicants must be younger than 35 and have at least three years of work experience in journalism. Applications are due Sunday, Jan. 19. Visit their site online for more details.


USA TODAY put a humorous graphic called "Today's Weather" on their website Tuesday. Turns out, the design and a cleaner version of the wording was stolen from a New York writer. What is his name?

Answer: Scott Bateman

And the winner is ... Meghan Mangrum from the Mid-Florida Pro chapter. Congrats!


Which two journalists caused outrage after they wrote columns criticizing a cancer patient who blogs and tweets about her experiences?

Submit your answer to Ellen Kobe.

SPJ Leads
– From resignations to job openings – read all about it
– Early bird gets the free press
– Seek truth and report it

Press Notes
– Breast Cancer Awareness: Learning From Jackie Collins' Death
– Blog: CPJ joins call to oppose draft surveillance law in France
– Baboon raid temporarily forced Zimbabwe radio station off air

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