All the news that’s fit to print about SPJ Region 5

Nov. 16, 2012

Hi SPJ members in Region 5:

Hoping that if you see “unknown sender” in your list of unopened emails that you will indeed open this. It’s your Luddite regional director, Susan S. Stevens, reporting to you fromChicago. I may be facing an AOL quirk but am going to blast ahead with this after spending a week trying to get a clean test to myself. It looks OK to a few others. Hope it does to you, too.

Hoping I reach every one of you with my new handy-dandy list of all chapters’ members! If you know of a new member in your chapter who didn’t get this, please tell me and I’ll get that member on the elist pronto. (I know how to do that.) Thanks.

Hoping that if you have any comments about my effort to keep in touch with all of you, let me know. I’ll also be posting to the Region 5 blog. There already are a couple of items aboutChicago programs. We’d all like to hear more about YOUR programs! Email your information to me and I’ll post it. (I have learned how to do this.) Thanks!

Welcome Deborah and Jon! Our region’s deputy director is the fabulous Deborah Givens ofEasternKentuckyUniversity. I am grateful that she has stepped forward to help me – and you! SinceIllinois,Indiana andKentucky are loaded with campus chapters and since I became a member of SPJ only after I graduated from college, Deborah will be a tremendous asset.

Jon Ziomek, a long-time Chicago Headline Club member who has taught at Northwestern and other schools since leaving the Chicago Sun-Times, is graciously joining Deborah in taking care of the regional Mark of Excellence competition. More about MOE below.

Mark your calendars … March 8-10 in Indianapolis will be the Ted Scripps Leadership Institute. This is for both professional chapters and student chapters. Several of you from each chapter can attend. The weekend will be packed with information to help committed chapter members become better chapter leaders. It’s only $50, thanks to major funding from the Scripps Howard Foundation. Dec. 15 is the application deadline, so don’t delay.

 Mark your calendars again … April 26-28, 2013 are the dates for the spring regional conference. It will be St. Louis, where Regions 5 and 7 will meet together at the Drury Plaza Hotel at the Arch in downtownSt.   Louis across the street. Rooms will be $129 a night, but four of you can occupy one room and all of you will get free breakfasts and cocktails (if you’re of legal age). Registration details will be along later.

Yes, Mark of Excellence … All the information you need to submit your best work to this prestigious college competition is now available. The entry deadline will be Jan. 24, 2013. Details at Society of Professional Journalists. Entries are first judged at the regional level and will be announced at our spring conference inSt. Louis. First-place regional winners will advance to the national competition.

 Free $$$ for student programs … Any of you campus chapters need $100 or so to pay for a program? No one has asked me yet. Please do! Just email me with a few details about your program plans to get the ball rolling. Keep in mind that you’ll need to save your receipts for expenditures and send them to me.

Pro chapters … Think I forgot you? Of course not! Many of your memberships expire in December. Many of you tend to put aside those letters from SPJ headquarters. Please don’t forget to renew your membership. We need you!

Best wishes for a great start of your holiday season!

Susan S. Stevens

Region 5 director

Chicago Headline Club and CHC Foundation secretary



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