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Sue Kopen Katcef
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Bio (click to expand) Sue Kopen Katcef is an award winning reporter who's currently the Broadcast Bureau Director for the Capital News Service operated by the Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland. Sue has been a member of SPJ since 1974 (when it was still Sigma Delta Chi) while a student at the University of Maryland. She is a past president of the Maryland Pro Chapter and a former long-time board member of the Washington, D.C. Pro Chapter. She has previously served on the SPJ national board as a campus adviser at-large and is currently SPJ's National Vice President of Campus Chapter Affairs. Sue has served on SPJ's Awards & Honors Committee for a number of years. As chair of the committee, Sue led the panel in what is now an on-going review of both the MOE and SDX awards to try and contemporize both contests. Sue has submitted MOE entries (on behalf of her students) as well as judged and coordinated (regionally) the Mark of Excellence contest and served as a judge for many years of the Sigma Delta Chi contest.

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Student Research Guidelines: How SPJ can help students

SPJ is more than happy to help student journalists. We welcome research questions as students pursue studies inside and outside the classroom. We offer a variety of resources and professional experts that are available, but try as we may, our services are not available 24/7/365 - specifically those of our hard-working volunteer experts and committee members. While we recognize those limitations, we will do all we can to assist students. In order to gain that assistance, we ask that students please follow these three guidelines:

1. Please submit your questions early.
SPJ asks that students submit any questions to national headquarters or SPJ committees two weeks before the due date of the project/test/paper/etc. This will give staff or volunteers enough time to answer your questions effectively and comprehensively. Please do not call the day of or the day before a paper or project is due. If you have a research question about journalism ethics, please e-mail ethics@spj.org. All other questions may be sent to askspj@spj.org.

2. Please submit thoroughly researched questions only.
If you have questions for a research paper or project you are completing, please show in your questions to SPJ that you have a thorough knowledge of your subject. SPJ staff and volunteers are not responsible for reciting or directing you to research and studies that have already been published. We are happy to provide insight and deeper analysis, but we ask that you demonstrate an understanding of the basic principles you are studying and discussing in your paper or project.

3. Please limit your calls to the Ethics Hotline.
Please do not call the Ethics Hotline with a question for a research paper or project. The Ethics Hotline has two main purposes: First, it is intended to assist professional journalists with ethical dilemmas they face in the workplace. Second, the Hotline may be used by students who encounter ethical dilemmas while working for student media outlets. If you do not fall in those two categories, we ask that that you not use the Hotline.

If you have any questions about the guidelines, please contact SPJ at (317) 927-8000.

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