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Back to SDX roots

SPJ President John Ensslin spent the weekend in Greencastle, Ind., on the beautiful campus of DePauw University, the very birthplace of Sigma Delta Chi.

Take a look at some shots of Ensslin with the students – more to come soon!

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May 15: Annual reports due TODAY, new Chapter Coordinator

Dear chapter leaders,

Today’s issue includes some goodies. First I’d like to introduce to you SPJ’s newest staff member, Tara Puckey. A member for several years, including building a chapter in college and serving a term on the national board, Tara joins us as SPJ’s first-ever Chapter Coordinator. She is here to develop and implement strategies for stronger chapters across the country, and given her experience, we know she’ll make a great addition to the staff.

In fact, Tara is taking over the role that I was going to start here at SPJ, until my partner was offered a job in another city that was just too good to pass up. So I’ll be leaving SPJ in mid-June, but until then I’ll be working with Tara and hiring/training the new Communications Coordinator.

Contact Tara with all your chapter questions at tpuckey@spj.org. She’ll be seeing many of you at the Scripps Leadership Institute next month.

Annual Reports Due TODAY
As you know, annual reports for pro chapters are due today, May 15. File yours online here. The online form will close at midnight, so please contact Linda Hall at lindah@spj.org if you have questions or miss the deadline.

Excellence in Journalism marketing
Excellence in Journalism, SPJ’s annual journalism conference hosted jointly with RTDNA, is a hugely valuable event for journalists new and experienced, members and non-members alike. Your efforts to promote the conference to your chapter members will help us hit home the message that EIJ is the place to be this September. Please include the short blurb below and one of these EIJ ads on your chapter’s website or e-newsletter. Thanks!

Excellence in Journalism 2012, hosted by SPJ and RTDNA, is a three-day journalism conference packed with cutting-edge professional development sessions, outstanding programs with some of the best in the business, and opportunities to network, learn and share with journalists from around the country. We invite you to explore the website and join your colleagues in Ft. Lauderdale this Sept. 20-22.

Remember, all previous Leading Edge emails are stored on the Leading Edge blog.

Have a great week!

Sincerely,

Abby Henkel
SPJ Communications Manager
317-927-8000 ext. 215
ahenkel@spj.org

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May 1: EIJ scholarships, annual report deadline

Dear SPJ chapter leaders,

Happy May Day! Here are your leadership updates from HQ.

ANNUAL REPORTS

Yesterday (April 30) was the deadline for campus chapters to submit their annual reports. Pro chapters have until May 15. Linda was swamped with calls all day yesterday, so if you have questions, please contact her sooner rather than later! Call 317-927-8000 ext. 200 or email lindah@spj.org.

NEW OFFICERS

Included in your annual report should be a list of your chapter’s officers. However, if you are holding elections this summer or later, those officers might change. Please update us as soon as officers change, because that is the only way we know whom to contact. Email ahenkel@spj.org or lindah@spj.org.

EIJ SCHOLARSHIPS

SPJ and the SDX Foundation are pleased to offer these competitive scholarships to help members and other journalists attend the Excellence in Journalism conference. Please encourage your members to apply!

Terry Harper Memorial Scholarships: Former Executive Director Terry Harper passed away in 2009 after a two-year battle with brain cancer. In honor of Terry’s efforts to improve SPJ and the entire journalism community, the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation established a memorial fund. With a generous outpouring of support, the Society can now proudly provide scholarships to Excellence in Journalism 2012.

Diversity Leadership Fellows Program: As we face the many challenges of an evolving industry, strengthening SPJ’s diversity efforts is more important than ever. The goal of the Diversity Leadership Fellows program is to increase the diversity participation of SPJ members within national committees and on the national board of directors.

Robert D.G. Lewis First Amendment Award: 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 our annual convention.

Remember, all previous Leading Edge emails are stored on the Leading Edge blog.

Have a great week!

Sincerely,

Abby Henkel
SPJ Communications Manager
317-927-8000 ext. 215
ahenkel@spj.org
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April 17: Reminders

ANNUAL REPORTS are due soon. Have you finished yours? Have you started it? Conducting an annual report helps you, your board, your regional director and HQ staff understand the overall health of your chapter. It helps us identify areas of need for chapter strength and growth.

Campus chapter reports are due April 30.

Professional chapter reports are due May 15.

Remember, part of the annual report process includes a review of the chapter’s finances by a three-member committee, led by the treasurer. If you have questions on this or any other requirement for the annual report, please contact Linda Hall at lindah@spj.org or 317-927-8000 ext. 203, or contact your regional director.

FOUR-STAR REWARDS REMINDER – CONVENTION REGISTRATION

Last year’s four-star chapters are eligible for a 35% discount for two of their members for the 2012 Excellence in Journalism conference in Ft. Lauderdale this September. However, you must ask for the discount at the time of registration…not afterwards. We are unable to provide refunds for those chapters who do not give notice prior to their convention registration. Contact Linda Hall at lindah@spj.org.

TOOLS FOR LEADERS

You can find all kinds of goodies for chapter programming, membership recruitment and more in the Tools for Leaders section at SPJ.org. And all previous Leading Edge emails are stored on the Leading Edge blog.

Have a great week!

Sincerely,

Abby Henkel
SPJ Communications Manager
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March 15: Annual Reports

Dear chapter leaders,

Spring is a busy season at SPJ, so there’s a full docket of information in this edition of Leading Edge. Please read through this email and prepare yourself for all the great upcoming programs. Thanks for your continued commitment to SPJ!

Annual Reports

As you know, all chapters must file an annual report to remain in good standing with SPJ. It is wise to begin writing it early — and you probably already have most of the information you’ll need. The deadline for campus chapters is April 30, and for pro chapters the deadline is May 15. Forms can be found at spj.org/annualreports.asp. Linda Hall is always willing to answer questions; you can contact her at lindah@spj.org or 317-927-8000 ext. 203.

Scripps Deadline: TODAY

The Scripps Leadership Institute is a training weekend crafted specially for SPJ chapter presidents. All incoming chapter presidents (serving the 2012-2013 term) are encouraged to apply. Please touch base with your incoming president about submitting an application.

  • Cost: Attendees pay $100 total – SPJ funds the rest, including lodging, meals and travel expenses
  • Dates: June 1-3 in Indianapolis
  • More information: spj.org/scrippslt.asp
  • Contact: Heather Dunn at hdunn@spj.org or 317-927-8000 ext. 204

March Membership Month

To keep improving on membership recruitment and retention efforts, please send me a short description of your chapter’s event/program/efforts for March Membership Month. Even if it doesn’t take place in March, we’d like to hear what kinds of ideas chapters had for recruiting new members and keeping current members involved. I’ll be gathering this information to put together a resource guide for membership outreach. Please send the information to ahenkel@spj.org. Thank you!

Position opening: Communications Post-Graduate Intern

Exciting news: SPJ is hiring! Please spread the word to college seniors, graduate students and recent graduates who are looking for an entry-level job in communications. We’re looking for someone with a passion for writing and social media who can help spread SPJ news to members and the public. This is a one-year position, paid and with benefits. Click here for more information, including a job description and application instructions.

Note from President Ensslin

John Ensslin has asked me to share this note with chapter leaders:

Here is a link to a video the folks with Colorado SPJ produced last year called “This I know.” It’s a heartfelt testament to the power of journalism by a group of volunteers. With the exception of a crusading high school newspaper editor, they are all non-journalists.

This spring, as we move into our season of regional conferences, ethics seminars and membership events, I would ask if you could find a time and place to air this one-minute video. I realize it’s not the slickest video in terms of production values, but I think it delivers a powerful and authentic message: that journalism matters.

Yours truly,
John Ensslin

Again, thank you for all you do for SPJ and for journalism. We couldn’t do any of this without you!

Sincerely,

Abby Henkel
SPJ Communications Manager
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March 1: Chapter operations, Scripps Leadership Institute

Good afternoon!

In the coming months, you might notice some changes from HQ. Heather Dunn, SPJ’s Director of Events, will be taking on some new duties in events. At the same time, I (Abby Henkel, Communications Manager) will be taking the reins on chapter communications and strategy. I’ll be reaching out to you individually at some point, but until then, enjoy this latest edition of Leading Edge!

Annual Reports

All chapters must file an annual report with SPJ national. The online submission form makes it easy, but give yourself plenty of time to fill it out completely. The deadline for campus chapters is April 30; for pro chapters, the deadline is May 15. More information is here. Contact Linda Hall (lindah@spj.org, 317-927-8000 ext. 203) or your Regional Director for more help.

Chapter Elections

To improve chapter communications and enable us at HQ to serve you better, we need to know when each and every chapter holds elections for officers. Please email me with the date of your chapter’s annual elections, and if there has been an election recently, also send a list of your officers.

Scripps Institute deadline approaches

It takes one set of skills to be a fantastic journalist, but it’s another thing entirely to be a good leader of journalists. That’s why SPJ offers the Ted Scripps Leadership Institute every summer for incoming presidents (serving the 2012-2013 term).

We hope you will apply (or encourage your incoming president to apply) for the Scripps Institute, June 1-3 in Indianapolis. You’ll learn invaluable tools for chapter management and individual leadership. Attendees are asked to contribute only $100 to their tuition, which includes travel, lodging and meals. The deadline to apply is March 15, so apply online now!

National Honors

The nomination deadlines for SPJ’s national honors are quickly approaching. Take a few minutes to think about journalists in your area to see if any of the national honors apply to them. Details on how to send in a nomination are available by clicking on the link associated with each honor. Nominations are due March 20.

  • Fellows of the Society: Presented to journalists for extraordinary contributions to the profession.
  • Historic Sites in Journalism: Honors individuals, news organizations and places of national historic journalism interest.
  • Distinguished Teaching in Journalism Award: Honors an outstanding journalism educator who has made a significant contribution to the profession and/or journalism education and to maintaining the highest standards of the profession.
  • First Amendment Award: Recognizes extraordinarily strong efforts to preserve and strengthen the First Amendment.
  • Sunshine Award: Recognizes those making important contributions in the area of open government.
  • Ethics in Journalism Award: Honors journalists or news organizations that perform in an outstanding ethical manner demonstrating the ideals of the SPJ Code of Ethics. It also honors especially notable efforts to educate the public on principles embodied in the code or hold journalists ethically accountable for their behavior.

March Membership Month

If you need help or ideas for planning your chapter’s membership recruitment/retention event this month, here are some program ideas to consider. You should have also received some from John Ensslin last week.

Here are some tips on planning a journalism event from Ryan Broussard, a member of SPJ’s Gen J committee. Do you have some tips of your own? Email them to me and I’ll post them online to share.

Sincerely,

Abby Henkel
Communications Manager
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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.

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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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Resources to help you!

Good afternoon,

We’ve been working hard to put together resources that will help our chapter leaders stay on top of things.  Here are a few for you to check out.

Calendar

We’ve complied important dates all in one place.  You’ll find due dates for chapter related materials, spring conferences, convention deadlines and SPJ/SDX board meetings. Visit this page to view the calendar. We’ll update it as we become aware of new dates. Be sure to bookmark this page so you can check back often to see what’s going on.

Program Ideas

SPJ Leads has been featuring a Program Idea of the Week for the last couple of months.  All of those great ideas have been compiled in one place for you.  Visit the program ideas page for ideas from chapters across the country.  Have a great program idea you’d like to see featured?  Email it to me for consideration.

Model Bylaws

Make sure your chapter’s bylaws hit all the important points!  See a copy of the model bylaws put together by the bylaws committee here.

Downloadable Resources

Need SPJ logos or convention banner ads for your chapter website?  Check out the list of resources here.

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

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Contests

Good afternoon,

The Mark of Excellence and Sigma Delta Chi awards are open for entries. The MOE Awards honor the best in collegiate journalism, and the entry deadline is Jan. 25, 2012. Entries for SDX Awards, for professional journalists, are due by Feb. 9, 2012.

The awards cover online, print, radio and television journalism. To be eligible, work must have been published or broadcast in 2011. Both contests are open to non-members, although SPJ members receive a discount on the entry fee.

Please visit our awards site for more information, and enter online here. Good luck!

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

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