Welcome to SPJ Leading Edge, a blog built just for chapter leaders. Youll find tools and information to help build, grow and sustain active and successful chapters, the very backbone of SPJ. Well highlight programs, provide best practices for things like finance and governance and answer some of the most popular leadership questions. Contact Tara Puckey, SPJ Chapter Coordinator, for anything and everything chapter related.
Posts Tagged ‘Excellence in Journalism’
By Tara Puckey, SPJ Chapter Coordinator | December 21st, 2012
That’s right, it’s here – The SPJ J-Mart.
Load up just in time for the holidays with tons of SPJ and Sigma Delta Chi products,
ranging from T-shirts to hoodies, plates to posters, flask necklaces to water bottles, and we’ve even included a few items for those of you who want to show some SPJ spirit by dressing your kids (furry or otherwise) in some cool gear.
At the new store, you choose your logo and your product and it’s delivered right to your door. You’re supporting SPJ’s missions by shopping with us so really, it can’t get any better.
Keep an eye on the store though, because we’ll be adding more logos in the future. We’ll release some new EIJ13 products and as if you didn’t feel SPJ VIP enough, we’re releasing a few special edition logos that will only be available for a limited time. We know you’re excited!
What are you waiting for? Shop now!
By Tara Puckey, SPJ Chapter Coordinator | September 22nd, 2012
Maybe you’re checking out this list as you amble out of one of the Chapter Leaders Sessions at Excellence in Journalism 2012. Or, maybe you’re a chapter leader who couldn’t quite make it to the conference, but are diligently checking up on everything SPJ while lounging at home in your pajamas on a Saturday.
Either way, here’s the list of helpful web tools that were shared during the session at EIJ12. Did we miss something? Was one of these tools helpful in a way we didn’t mention? Share by commenting below or sending an email – we’d love to hear it!
- Ticketbud - Ticket sales. Organizers pay a flat fee, regardless of the amount of tickets they sell (free events are FREE). Event pages can be customized and can be formatted to include an easy option for sponsorship. Random goodwill fact: any events benefiting cancer are FREE.
- MailChimp – Easy to use, sharp looking, custom way to send emails to chapter members and other journalists in the community. Great Forever Free plan, which should suit most chapter needs. Plays nice with social media and has an incredibly cute monkey as a mascot.
- A blog – We’ve forever heard from chapters that it’s hard to get a website or blog going, but the reality is that the web is where current and future members are going to find you. So try any number of these free (with paid options, of course) tools: WordPress, Tumblr, Blogger, Posterous, Snackwebsites… the list goes on and on. Something, if regularly updated, is better than nothing.
- Finances are complicated for us as individuals, let alone managing those of a non-profit organization of journalists (who aren’t inquisitive and curious at all…). As a leader, you obviously have to find what will work for your individual chapter, but checking into something like FreshBooks, a cloud accounting service, might be helpful. With this tool, more than one person can “see” the finance situation, creating better checks and balances.
- Meetup.com – Consider listing your chapter and events on Meet Up, a site for people to find connections by interest and location. Also consider using the tool to find similar journalism organizations in your area and suggest a partnership for an event or two.
These are just a few tools that might help keep your chapter connected and cut down volunteer hours. Do you have a great suggestion? Share it with other leaders by posting a comment or email it!
By Tara Puckey, SPJ Chapter Coordinator | September 6th, 2012
Mark your calendar now, or better yet, favorite the session in your handy EIJ12 app!
Professional chapter leaders, I’ll see you on Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m. to talk programming, membership, communication and more. And campus leaders, show up on Saturday from 12 to 2 p.m. Interested in advising a campus chapter but you’re a pro? Head to both! Post-grad member trying to figure out how to connect with young professionals in a pro chapter? Head to both! No matter what, I’d like to see you there!
But don’t come empty handed. Bring some of your favorite chapter ideas and materials to share with others. Have a board member handbook? Bring it along! Have a great flyer you just created for an amazing program? Bring that, too!
You shouldn’t wait for the session to participate! I want to hear your burning questions about SPJ leadership and chapter growth and development. Fuel the discussion before we even get there! Comment on this post, share your question on Facebook or post to Twitter using the hashtags #EIJ12 and #SPJleaders.
By Tara Puckey, SPJ Chapter Coordinator | June 21st, 2012
That’s it, folks! Soon, you can tear off the June calendar page and chuck it across the room. Another month down.
In that month, what did your chapter accomplish? Did you host a room full of new reporters and introduce them to the joys of everything FOIA? Was there a mixer to celebrate new members or those still hanging in there? Tell us what happened in June. Inquiring minds want to know.
We’ll share first. Here’s a list of some things we thought you should know for the weeks ahead:
- Maybe you missed it in Leads, so I’ll tell you again: SPJ is on Pinterest! Visual learning works best for some people, so we wanted to make sure they had something to break up the monotony of all those words. Best part? You can see all the great things chapters are working on around the world – video, audio and photo examples of everything SPJ stands for. History buff? Check out some of the photos we found from old conventions and events. We’re also pinning new items about EIJ12, so be sure to follow us.
- Are you getting your chapter excited about Excellence in Journalism? Your SPJ Membership just broadcast an inside peek at EIJ12 – including tips and tricks about attending dynamite sessions, early-bird pricing and the location. In case you didn’t know, it’s sunny Florida, right on the beach. Share the show with your chapter members so they are prepared for sun, sand and journalism, of course.
- President John Ensslin is holding a series of virtual Town Hall meetings over the coming weeks. He’ll chat with each region about questions, concerns and everything SPJ. Make sure your chapter is well informed by attending one of the scheduled meetings.
- Elections for national officers will be conducted in a new way this year – one member, one vote. Encourage all your chapter members to visit SPJ’s Election Central, where we explain the changes and the process. It’s also the location where you’ll find information about candidates (coming soon) and view the updated Campaign Guidelines. Most importantly, ask each of your members to update their email address with headquarters.
- Speaking of updating – here’s the most important part of this post, so if you haven’t read anything up to this point, you should start now.
The Leading Edge is a tool for chapter leaders. Leaders aren’t necessarily defined by their title, so to me (a humble Chapter Coordinator), I think anyone you view as a leader within your chapter should be receiving this information, which comes in email form beginning again in July.
The catch? Headquarters has to know that they’re a leader. The first “new” Leading Edge (with a nifty new look, if you’ve received previous editions) will go out in July so send your leadership contact information today. Or call me with it at (317) 927-8000, ext. 215. Smoke signals, Morse code or Pony Express are all okay, too.
There, you can stop reading again – if you pat yourself on the back for volunteering your time, energy and effort into journalism and SPJ. We appreciate you!
By Tara Puckey, SPJ Chapter Coordinator | June 18th, 2012
As a leader, it’s your job to make sure that your members have all the information they need to take advantage of the great things SPJ offers.
So make sure that you know everything there is to know about Excellence in Journalism, coming up in September. Tune in live today at 1 p.m. EST or listen later on demand to Your SPJ Membership: Excellence in Journalism 2012 Preview.
On this episode: Join Join National Membership Committee Member and Your SPJ Membership Host Sarah Bauer, as she chats with 2012 Convention Chair Sonny Albarado. We’ll talk about what you can expect to see at the Excellence in Journalism 2012 Convention, September 20-22 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. We’ll also give you the low-down on registration, hotel accomodations and how you can take advantage of early-bird pricing! Tune in! If you’d like to call in and participate in the show, the call-in number is (347) 857-2441.