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A new round of Chapter Grants dishes out more cash

Congratulations to the three chapters who were awarded Chapter Grants this month! Each chapter was awarded up to $500 to put on their unique, amazing and brilliant journo program. Once they’ve finished, we’ll post a recap here so you can steal some great ideas.

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Grants were awarded to the following chapters:

1. Louisville Pro

2. Oklahoma Pro

3. Kennesaw State University

Congrats again! Now go do great stuff!

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SPJ DePaul receives funding for Twitter training

Congratulations to SPJ DePaul for receiving $500 from a November Chapter Grant to help fund their upcoming program, Twitter for Journalists with Mark S. Luckie. The manager of journalism at Twitter, Luckie will visit the campus in late January to do multiple sessions depending on experience levels.

Here’s what SPJ DePaul had to say about the program:

A Knight study released in late 2011 showed that only one in four high school journalism students get any online media training before starting college. Even fewer know Twitter. This training would help our younger members get the fundamentals they need and learn how to use the medium in a professional, ethical manner.

The advanced training would help our more experienced student members learn how to embed Twitter into not only their reporting but also how to use Twitter’s API (application programming interface) to build social media tools into their blogs and websites.

Sounds like a great program! Congratulations again!

And for the rest of you chapter leaders out there – don’t forget your chapter can also receive $500 to fund a unique, creative program. The next Chapter Grant deadline is Dec. 5, so hurry and apply today!

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Money, money, money

Doesn’t that just make you want to sing? Free money! Well, kind of.

SPJ knows that your chapter is bursting with great ideas for interactive, energetic and unique programming. We’re sure your ideas about diversity, ethics, access and advocacy are brilliant. And because of that, we want to make sure those ideas translate into real-life, amazing chapter programs.

So – we’re offering your chapter some cash. Up to $500, to be specific.

Check out all the details about Chapter Grants and apply for the first cycle – the deadline is Aug. 8 so start getting those ideas together. As always, if you have questions, email Tara Puckey, Chapter Coordinator.

 

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Poker and ethics?

Looking for a program to stick on your chapter’s summer schedule? Think about Ethics Hold’em. SPJ student board member Gideon Grudo just wrapped up an incredibly successful run of the classic game of cards – with a twist.

Here’s what SPJ member and Region 3 Director Michael Koretzky had to say about the event:

Summer is slow at student newspapers, but Gideon and the University Press EIC Ryan Cortes and the Florida Atlantic University newspaper adviser Dan Sweeney hosted more than a dozen folks.

FAU adviser Dan Sweeney deals everyone in at one of the two poker tables set up in the University Press newsroom on July 6. Photo by Michelle Friswell, University Press.

Ethics Hold’em was created in 2007 by SPJ South Florida and funded by a national SPJ ethics grant. In a nutshell, it’s Texas Hold’em played with specially printed decks – the face of each card contains an entry from the SPJ Code of Ethics. Some entries are repeated and if you find a match, you win extra chips.

Koretzky nailed the bottom line:

Hopefully, you’ll learn by osmosis.

If your chapter is interested in playing Ethics Hold’em, Grudo has extra decks at the ready, along with the rules. He’ll even chat with you about the details, so contact him with questions.

Ante up, folks.

 

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