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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

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Traveling training, drink of choice and fair use

Where has October gone? Before you know it, we’ll be packing up the pumpkins and bringing out the shovels. Well, at least we will at SPJ HQ in Indianapolis. Just a few quick updates before we roll into a new month:

Traveling Training

Some of you may have already attended the Scripps Leadership Institute in Indianapolis. If not, you should know it’s an amazing resource, not only for you as a leader of SPJ, but for your own professional development. The program focuses on your leadership style, working with others, effectively leading a chapter and provides tons of ideas for you to take home and share with your fellow SPJers.

While Indianapolis is an incredibly amazing city, we’ve decided to take the show on the road and bring this great program to your backyard by visiting four regions per year. We’d like to train two or three members of your chapter board, creating a mini retreat for you to process ideas, make plans and learn about working together to build a better chapter.

The website has been updated to reflect changes about the traveling gig, and applications will be accepted soon for our first location, a farewell stop in Indianapolis. Check out when the program will stop at a city near you and start thinking about what current and future leaders you’ll send off for a blissful weekend of everything SPJ.

Your drink of choice?

Instagram contests are one of our favorites. We love to see and share moments from our members. Last week we launched another contest: #JournoJuice. Upload a picture of whatever gets you through the day to Instagram with the hashtag #journojuice before Oct. 24 and win a prize. What is it? You’ll have to follow us on Instagram (spj_pics) to find out as we’ll be posing sneaky pictures of it this week.

You can check out our Pinterest board dedicated to the contest for all the glorious drinks (and mugs, cups and flowers). In the meantime, here are some of our favorites.

If anyone finds a replica of @lauranberta’s mug, please mail to SPJ HQ. Attention: Tara Puckey. No, really.

Looks like @marksluckie’s office is always fun…

Our friend @giornalista515 has some Halloween spirit!

This concoction created by Instagramer @verocraker looks, um, delicious.

 

A fair use program

The next episode of Studio SPJ will feature Patricia Aufderheide and Peter Jaszi, two American University professors who are the authors of “Reclaiming Fair Use – How to Put Balance Back in Copyright.” The program will air at 3:30 p.m. ET on Nov. 10.

Improve your understanding of fair use and how it applies to your work by listening to this 30-minute program live or later as a podcast.

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We’ll show you ours…

Our desks, that is. And we want to see yours.

SPJ is now on Instagram (@spj_pics) and we’re giving you a behind the scenes look at everything SPJ. So this week, we’ll be posting pictures of our offices at SPJ Headquarters in Indianapolis for you to judge, love and critique. Then, show us your desks – whether you’re a freelancer, broadcaster or working in a traditional newsroom – we want to see it (before you tidy up)!

Hashtag your office pictures #spjdesklove on Instagram before 4 p.m. on Friday, July 27 and the office with the most likes will be featured on our Facebook page and win a fabulous SPJ prize!

Tony, SPJ Creative Director, likes a little Batman to get him through the day. #spjdesklove

Linda, Director of Membership, recently made a shoe purchase… Crocs, anyone? #spjdesklove

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