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Time is running out to apply for chapter grants

Time is running out to apply for a chapter grantNeed some cash for an event or program? Region 7’s chapters have until Dec. 5 to apply for the latest round of chapter grants, awarded by the national office.

The grants help fund unique, diverse and creative programming, and can total up to $500. Past grants have gone to programs on copy editing, diversity, ethics, the First Amendment, freelancing, and reporting techniques, among others.

Programs designed for the spring regional conference, however, are exempt.

All fully chartered chapters that have filed an annual report for 2011-12 are eligible, as well as new and reactivated chapters that are up to date on their paperwork with the national office.

Keep in mind though, grants are awarded only after chapters submit summary reports about their program, including receipts. Those reports and receipts are due within 15 days following the program.

So, apply now online. The deadline is midnight Eastern time on the due date.

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Tell us what you want to see at the regional conference

Sure, it’s only October, and spring seems too far down the calendar to contemplate.

But time ticks down faster than you think, and soon you’ll have to consider making travel plans for the annual Region 7 conference.

In fact, the foundation is being laid for that conference right now, with help from the leaders of neighboring Region 5 (Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana). Because St. Louis is central to both regions, we decided to convene there, and very soon we expect to announce a venue.

After that, we’ll hammer out the smaller details, such as sponsors and costs.

But the whole show isn’t up to just us: Your input is important, too. Tell us now what kinds of programs you’d like to see included at the dual regional, and maybe also mention the speakers you’d like to see present them.

Last spring, the conference in Ames, Iowa, included sessions on multimedia and mobility, social media and document searches, and helpful tips for freelancers as well as news staffs. The one-day, all-day conference even helped lay the foundations for stronger chapters in Iowa, and a new chapter in Nebraska.

Next spring, journalists from Region 7 are sure to face a host of new issues and challenges, some of which already may be taking shape. What better place then to discuss them and get valuable advice from learned SPJ colleagues and other professionals than the annual conference?

So, take a few moments to let us know now your ideas for program sessions at next spring’s conference. Send those ideas to me, David Sheets, Region 7 director, at dsheets@spj.org. If you want to discuss ideas directly, include a contact number.

Springtime may seem a long way off, but it’s really just around the corner. Help the regional conference’s planners get a jump on the calendar by adding your input to our efforts today.

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