Archive for February, 2012


Ted Scripps Leadership Institute

Good afternoon,

For SPJ student and professional chapters to be successful, they must do the right thing in the right way.  The Ted Scripps Leadership Institute helps participants learn how to do just that by offering a mix of sessions focused on interpersonal and organizational leadership skills, as well as sound chapter management practices.

The program is aimed at those who will be serving as chapter president during the 2012-2013 year.  Please encourage your incoming chapter president to apply.

This is an invitation-only program. Applications will be reviewed and invitations will be extended to no more than 50 participants.  The application deadline is March 15. All applications must be submitted using the online application form.

Participants’ travel, lodging, and meal costs are provided. Incidentals and spending money are the responsibility of the participant.  Each selected participant will be required to make an investment of $100 in their training upon acceptance into the program.

Chapter Elections

So we may update our information, please email me the month your chapter holds elections each year.

Best Wishes,

Heather Dunn
Director of Events
Society of Professional Journalists

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On Demand

Good afternoon,

SPJ’s On Demand training sessions are available online to all members at any time and are included as part of membership.  They are also a great resource when you think about chapter programming.  Consider planning a program around one of the videos and then have someone speak who can expand on the topic with equipment overviews or other hands-on training.  Since they are available to members only, they are also a great recruitment tool. Show prospective members one of the videos. If they like what they’ve seen, hand them an application and tell them they can view the others once they sign up for membership.

Newest videos
FOI Acquiring Records: 10 Must-Have Documents, Learning FOI Law, Effective Requests, Overcoming Denials and Dealing with Data
Freelancing: Generalizing Versus Specializing, Finding Work, Freelancing as a Business, Parts I-III

Additional topics include:
— Using Social Media Tools
— Basic Video Techniques
— Using Blogs and Video

Follow this link to see all available sessions.

New videos on personal branding and mobile newsgathering are set to be taped in early March!  Look for them to make their debut online later this spring.

Best Wishes,
Heather Dunn
Director of Events
Society of Professional Journalists

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