Status is important – don’t lose it!
They’ve asked that our chapters file their annual Form 990’s by Dec. 15. That’s a little over a month away, so mark your calendars or, better yet, just get it over with.
Those chapters whose annual gross receipts are normally $50,000 or less can electronically submit Form 990-N, also known as the e-Postcard. It’s quick and painless and you’ll want to do it ASAP. Otherwise, after three consecutive years of not filing your chapter will automatically lose its tax-exempt status.
Return to sender?!
At SPJ HQ, we know how badly everyone wants to get their bright and shiny SPJ card in the mail when they join, so we get sad every time our friendly postal worker brings back a stack of returned cards. Plus, it costs us money that we could be spending on other awesome journalism training programs, which makes us extra sad.
So do us a solid and remind members that if they’re pulling up the stakes to move, let us know ASAP. We’ll be grateful, they’ll be grateful and our post office will probably be grateful, too.
It’s a major award!
Sorry, we just couldn’t help ourselves since the holidays are right around the corner. Anyway, we’re really talking about actual major awards – our Sigma Delta Chi Awards and the Mark of Excellence Awards, which honor outstanding professional and student journalism, respectively.
Please take a few minutes to pass on deadline information to your chapter members:
Sigma Delta Chi Awards: Opened Nov. 3 and closes Feb. 6
Mark of Excellence Awards: Opened Nov. 3 and closes Jan. 23
Questions about awards can be sent to our Awards Coordinator, Abbi Martzall (firstname.lastname@example.org, 317.920.4791).
SPJ Leads just got a makeover
Looks aren’t everything, but they’re certainly going to help Leads, our members only weekly emails.
A whole new feel will still bring you the same great news about SPJ programs, industry news and other insider info.
So what does this mean for you? A few things you need to know about the spiffy new Leads:
- If your chapter does cool stuff, be sure to tell us about it by Monday each week so we can feature it in Leads on Wednesday (we can’t guarantee to include everything we receive so send early and send often)
- When you submit info, send it to Taylor Carlier, our Communications Coordinator, email@example.com
- Include a short (as in 200 words or less) write up
- A graphic or photo (required)
Chat with the law
You know communication is key. Because of that, we’re asking chapters across the country to open constructive dialogue with law enforcement officers in their communities. It’s imperative that those sworn to protect and serve do their jobs without jeopardizing the journalist’s responsibility to the public.
So talk it out.