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Notes from Indianapolis

SPJ Board Meeting 2010, Indianapolis. Yours truly, George Daniels & Sally Lehrman

This time last weekend I was in a conference room with my esteemed colleagues of the Society of Professional Journalists Board of Directors, the great SPJ headquarters staff, and a few members of the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation board.

Here are a few highlights that will certainly affect members in our region and nationwide:

Regional Director:  I will not be running for regional director again. Kelsey Volkmann, president of the St. Louis Pro Chapter and a web editor at the St. Louis Business Journal, has thrown her hat into the ring.  Go Kelsey!  Elections are in October at the regional meeting at the national convention in Las Vegas, speaking of which…

Oct. 3-5, 2010: Is the national SPJ Convention. Several changes on tap…

  • You’ll notice that instead of starting on a Friday and going through Sunday, we’ll be kicking things off Sunday and running through Tuesday.  Those who want to attend the Sigma Delta Chi awards banquet should note it is taking place on Saturday, Oct. 2 – before the official start of the conference.
  • Sept. 8 is the deadline for early bird registration. $185 for professionals, $135 for students. Hotel rate for Planet Hollywood (formerly the Aladdin) is $129 a night.
  • Cool new feature:  Leadership sessions for both professional and student chapters on Sunday, from 1-3 p.

SPJ & RTDNA in New Orleans! Sept. 25-38, The Sheraton New Orleans (around the corner from the French Corner). RTDNA is the leading organization for electronic journalists (radio, TV, online, digital, etc). They’ve been holding their national convention with the National Association of Broadcasters in Las Vegas for a number of years.  You can win BIG by helping to find a name for the convention.  Here’s how.  Deadline is June 1.

Star Ranking Rewards.  SPJ used to provide four-star chapters with 20% discounts on SPJ merchandise. We can no longer do so, since SPJ now uses a third party company which takes orders directly.

Annual Report Deadline. For student chapters it remains April 26.  For pro chapters it will no longer be a hard and fast deadline, due June 1. Instead, the deadline will float a bit (not to far from June 1), to be no closer to the national convention than 90 days.

Transitional/Hardship Dues Waiver.  We will continue this program to help journalists remain part of SPJ as they deal with evolving employment situations.  The waiver allows you to avoid paying for 6 months of dues once you receive a renewal notice.

Diversity Leadership Program is Back! I was one of the first class of fellows to benefit from this.  Basically, as a fellow you work on projects that will increase diversity in the organization media.  Fellows get free travel, registration, and accommodation for the upcoming convention.  Deadline to apply is June 13.

The SPJ website. Big makeover coming soon!  The site will be easier to navigate and interact with. And, look for some great new training videos available to members.  Videos feature great instructors and easier to follow tutorials on a wide variety of multimedia basics.  The SPJ online Career Center is getting a major upgrade, too, with more resources in one place than ever before.  Look for all of this in early May.

That’s all for now, folks. Please let me know if you have any questions, suggestions or ideas:


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