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SPJ immersion

That’s the best way I can think of to describe the Ted Scripps Leadership Institute – SPJ immersion.

You learn a lot about a lot, from what SPJ is and does to the psychology of leadership.

I’ll leave it at that, so as not to give away the curriculum from this coming weekend’s leadership session in Richmond, Va. I will be there as Region 2 director, sharing my SPJ experiences and wisdom.

Under the new “traveling” format for the Scripps Institute (coming to a region near you), the Richmond session will be heavy on Region 2 participants:

Christina Jackson from the Western Carolina University chapter

Keith Cannon from Greater Charlotte Pro

Jonathan Michels from North Carolina Pro

Melissa Burke from Delaware Pro

Amy Cherry from Delaware Pro

David Cabrera from the Salisbury University chapter

Minal Bopaiah from Washington, D.C., Pro

April Bethea from Greater Charlotte Pro

David Burns from Maryland Pro

Brett Hall from the University of Maryland chapter

Emily Schweich from the University of Maryland chapter


I am excited to spend some time with this Region 2 crew, several of whom I have met in person and electronically.

See you in Virginia.

The Scripps experience

If you’re new to SPJ, or not so new but thinking you’d like to get more involved…

Try Scripps.

It’s formally known as the Ted Scripps Leadership Institute. It’s a place you go to learn more about SPJ and how to lead a chapter. You also schmooze, network and make new friends.

I’ve been through the program and can attest that it’s worth your time. If nothing else, it energizes you with an ample dose of SPJ pep.

And, SPJ pays for your lodging and meal costs, thanks to the Scripps Howard Foundation.

For years, the Scripps Leadership Institute was held in Indianapolis, which is where I experienced it. Now, it’s a traveling road show that comes to you..

The fourth and final stop of 2012-13 is in – pay attention, Region 2ers – Richmond, Va., Nov. 8 through 10.

You have to apply before Sept. 23.

Every chapter should send one or two people from its board, or people who might like to serve on a chapter board at some point.

Give it a try. I’m reasonably sure you’ll enjoy it and learn plenty.



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