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Be proactive with SPJ so you can enjoy the holiday season!

Keep your status!

It’s that time of year! Holiday bustle, good food and great friends, just like the ones at the IRS. They’ve asked that our chapters file their annual Form 990s by Dec. 15. That’s a little over a month away, so mark your calendars (or, better yet, just get it over with)!

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.

You can use this link to file.

If you have questions, contact Chrystal Parvin, Membership Coordinator.


It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

SPJ’s Mark of Excellence awards for collegiate journalism and the Sigma Delta Chi awards for outstanding professional work, open on Nov. 6.

Think you or your chapter members have what it takes to bring home this year’s top honors? Be sure to take note of the following deadlines:

Mark of Excellence Awards: Closes Jan. 11
Sigma Delta Chi Awards: Closes Feb. 19

Don’t forget about the New America Award, honoring public service journalism that explores and exposes issues of importance to immigrant or ethnic communities in the U.S. The deadline to submit for the New America Award is Feb. 19.

You can also nominate a mentor or colleague’s exceptional contributions to the profession of journalism by nominating them to be a Fellow of the Society by Dec. 1!

Questions about awards can be sent to our Program Coordinator, Christine Cordial


Get your Google on

Learn to find, analyze, interpret and visualize data in compelling new ways with SPJ’s free Google tools training. Learn more and request a training for your newsroom, classroom or chapter at: www.spj.org/google


Share on social media

We’re highlighting the importance of a free press by sharing quotes every week on social media with #FreePressFriday. SPJ President Rebecca Baker says “it’s more important than ever to remind the public about the connection between good journalism and a healthy democracy.” Get involved by using #FreePressFriday every Friday on your social channels to share your favorite quotes about free press and news stories that have made an impact in your community.

Until next time,
Chrystal Parvin
Membership Coordinator

Congrats & Annual Reports!

Chapter Cash

Congrats to another chapter for receiving a 2013-2014 Chapter Grant to fund some of their awesome programming. The Columbia University SPJ Chapter will be hosting a program about FOI issues and we’re sure it will be great. Congrats again!

Annual Reports

It’s Annual Report time for chapters, but don’t worry. We’re trying to make it as painless as possible. We’ll have the report posted soon, we’ll send you a link and you have plenty of time to complete them – both campus and pro reports are due May 30. Questions? Contact Tara Puckey at 317.920.4784.

Round 3 of Chapter Grants: More money!

Three more chapters were awarded funds from SPJ’s Chapter Grants, which provides money to chapters for unique and innovative programming, thanks to a little help from the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation.

Chapters receiving grant funds include:

  1. Rio Grande Pro
  2. East Tennessee Pro
  3. University of Maryland Campus

Didn’t get in on the money train? No worries, we’ll have one more round of grant applications. The due date for submissions is April 1 so start thinking up those great programs now!

More money for chapters

Congratulations to three chapters who were recently awarded Chapter Grants for their upcoming programs! DePaul University will host a symposium about women in sports journalism, Texas A&M San Antonio plans to hold a workshop about developing community news sites and Delaware Pro will host a series of hands on FOIA programs around the state.

Don’t forget – your chapter can apply to receive a grant, courtesy of the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation, during our next round of applications due in February. For more information, visit the Chapter Grants section of the website.

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!

Two more chapters get cash in May

Two chapters have been awarded funds for their awesome programs thanks to SPJ Chapter Grants. We ended this years program on a great note by dishing out the cash to SPJ South Florida and the Fort Worth chapter for some great ideas.

According to their grant application, “SPJ South Florida and the Miami chapter of NAHJ are following the lead of their national organizations- who are joining forces for EIJ this summer in Anaheim – and we’re sponsoring our own mini-conference on Saturday, July 13, at the Mayfair Hotel in Coconut Grove.” For more information on the event, visit their website.

The Forth Worth chapter plans to host an in-depth program about investigative journalism at the request of many of their members. They also hope to help out the community and had this to say: “By providing in depth training, the community will benefit as journalists apply theskills learned to report on the misuses and abuses as well as the beneficial events occurring in ourarea as well as beyond it for those reporters who take these skills with them into other areas.”

Either way, both chapters are set to provide quality programming with some extra in their wallets. Look for information about the next round of Chapter Grants in the future and congrats to these two great chapters!

Chapter leaders: Let’s talk web stuff

From SPJ Director at Large, Carl Corry:

In an effort to help SPJ chapters improve their all-important web presences, or to start one, please take a few minutes to fill out the survey if you’re a chapter leader. We’ll share the results.

The goal: to help bring attention to the great work you do and improve your ability to attract and retain members.

Additionally, SPJ Director at Large Carl Corry is offering to help you get started by providing one-on-one advice to any chapter. We will also host a Google+ Hangout on the subject.

Please reply by June 14.

April Chapter Grants

The Chapter Grant Committee decided to not award any grants this month, rolling over the $500 cold, hard cash to next month where we’ll be giving away multiple grants for amazing chapter programs.

I’m sure you all know the drill already. The deadline is May 1 and you don’t want to miss out, so apply soon!

A subtle reminder

Annual Reports, Annual Reports, Annual Reports, Annual Reports, Annual Reports…
Campus – May 1
Professional – May 6

I’m pretty sure you’re picking it up. As always, if you have questions – contact Tara Puckey, Chapter Coordinator, via email or phone (317.927.8000, ext. 215).

Don’t you want to be a Scrippster?

Yes, you do. Scrippsters are among the best and brightest of SPJ. Fearless leaders who spent an entire weekend learning about their leadership styles, how to better their beloved chapter and had some amazing fun, of course.

They’re participants in the Ted Scripps Leadership Institute, developed to create better leaders by offering a mix of sessions focused on interpersonal and organizational leadership skills, as well as sound chapter management practices. And in 2013, the Institute is hitting the road.

In fact, it has already made a stop in Indianapolis, taking place on a chilly March weekend. A group of devoted leaders from Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio and Nebraska gathered together to create memories and lessons that are sure to last a lifetime.

Check out their experiences!

Or, if you’re interested in more, you can always read through the Storify of the event, which captures spectacular memories, important lessons and insight into the program through the words of the Scrippsters themselves.

Then, because you’ll definitely want to be one – apply to participate in a region near you! We’ll be in Denver in June and Memphis in July. Applications are due soon, so don’t delay. Questions? Contact Chapter Coordinator, Tara Puckey, via email or phone (317) 927-8000, ext. 215.

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