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SPJ Leads | 4/9/2014
Training events galore + scholarships to EIJ14

By Ellen Kobe, SPJ Communications Department



Better apps, newer gear, alternative story approaches. Mobile newsgathering continues to evolve. Pick up on the tips and tools you need to improve your smartphone newsgathering at the next SPJ webinar, Tuesday, April 15 at 1 p.m. Eastern Time. You'll immerse yourself in the best practices for reporting, editing and sharing stories across media platforms. Deb Wenger, SPJ newsroom trainer and a University of Mississippi journalism professor will lead this informative and helpful session. Registration is free, but you must sign up by Monday, April 14 at 5 p.m. ET.


SPJ is accepting nominations until Friday, April 18 for the following member awards:

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

Spread the SPJ love - give a deserving member of the Society some recognition.


If you live near San Diego you're in for a treat: great journalism training. On Friday, May 16 SPJ and the Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism at Ohio State University are bringing you JournCamp, a fun day of professional development plus FREE breakfast and lunch. You can't beat it.

Topics covered will include the new media landscape, narrative writing, digital media tools, telling stories with photos and watchdog reporting. Plus, you'll learn these skills from all-star journalists Victor Henandez of CNN, Tom Hallman Jr. of The Oregonian, digital journalist P. Kim Bui, former Stanford Knight Fellow Samaruddin Stewart and Doug Haddix, director of the Kiplinger Program.

Hurry and register online before spots are filled! The cost is $45 for SPJ members and $65 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.


The Excellence in Journalism conference is just around the corner (Sept. 4 to 6 in Nashville, Tenn.), and we have a lot of great opportunities for students and campus advisers. The early bird registration rates end July 23, when you're on summer break. Talk to your journalism peers now to make your hotel and travel plans ahead of time.

Why go to EIJ? There will be training sessions to make you a better journalist, opportunities to network with recruiters and exhibitors in the J-Expo and lots of fun to be had in Music City.

Remember: Student members get the discount to attend the conference -- only $170 if you register by the early bird deadline. Budget your time and money now. Ya'll won't want to miss a great three days of journo fun in Nashville.


Applications for three annual scholarships are due on May 12. Read more details and fill out the online application forms for a chance to finance your professional development at EIJ14.

The Diversity Leadership Program is an opportunity for members to become more acquainted with SPJ through exposure to the Society. This educational process begins at the national conference and includes a complimentary conference registration and paid travel to the event. SPJ will select six Diversity Leadership Fellows to participate in the program, which will pay for their EIJ14 expenses. To learn more and apply online, click here.

The Terry Harper Memorial Scholarship honors former SPJ Executive Director Terry Harper, who passed away on June 2, 2009 at the young age of 45 after a two-year battle with brain cancer. As executive director, one of Terry's highest priorities was the development of high-caliber training opportunities for SPJ members. In honor of Terry's lasting efforts to improve SPJ and the entire journalism community, SPJ will award scholarships to the EIJ conference thanks to a generous outpouring of support for his memorial fund. To learn more and apply online, click here.

The Robert D.G. Lewis First Amendment Award was created to honor Robert Lewis, SPJ President 1985-86, National FOI Chairman 1978-83 and Wells Key Recipient 1980. From the generosity of the Lewis family, the award is given each year to a student SPJ member who has demonstrated outstanding service to the First Amendment through the field of journalism. The award assists a student with his/her attendance to SPJ's annual convention. To learn more and apply online, click here.


The National Press Photographers Association is presenting a panel discussion called "The Right to Photograph & Record in Public" in San Diego on Tuesday, April 15 and in Los Angeles on Thursday, April 17.

The expert panelists, moderated by NPPA General Counsel Mickey H. Osterreicher, will address the following questions:

- What are the rights of citizens and 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 and responsibilities in order to have a greater respect for the roles that everyone plays in newsgathering and free speech?

Click here to see details and register for the San Diego event.

Click here to see details and register for the LA event.


Do you have reporters or editors on your staff who would benefit from training to help them produce enterprise and investigative stories?

SPJ is working with Investigative Reporters and Editors and the New England Center for Investigative Reporting to offer two-day Watchdog Reporting Workshops for journalists around Fort Worth, Texas.

We're looking for two reporters, editors or producers from your newsroom who you believe have the desire and the potential to do in-depth investigative stories. No previous investigative reporting experience necessary. These workshops will teach the basics including how to mine the internet for information that leads to compelling stories, how to crunch data, how to conduct an investigative interview and how to investigate businesses and nonprofits.

If your team is chosen, there will be follow-up training opportunities (Google meet-ups, webinars, etc.) and ongoing story consulting for a limited period of time.

The sessions and the follow-up training are free, thanks to the support from the SDX Foundation. You'll be responsible for any travel costs. We want to ensure that we work with news organizations that not only desire to do better work, but are committed to the effort.

Training will take place in Fort Worth, May 12 to 13, hosted by Texas Christian University. To nominate a team for this opportunity, complete this form by the end of the day April 18, 2014.


What did a Columbian press association send to three struggling Venezuelan daily newspapers?

Answer: 52 tons of newsprint

And the winner is ... Nate Gotlieb! Gotlieb is a student at the University of Minnesota. Congrats!


A new online organization, whose slogan is "understand the news," launched its site Sunday. What is its name?

Submit your answer to Ellen Kobe.

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