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!
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com. 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.
Again, thank you for all you do for SPJ and for journalism. We couldn’t do any of this without you!
SPJ Communications Manager