The Excellence in Journalism 2012 conference is the second annual national conference hosted jointly by SPJ and the Radio Television Digital News Association, complete with three days of training and networking, and we hope you will be able to attend. EIJ12 will take place Sept. 20-22 at the Marriott Harbor Beach Resort and Spa in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Members receive a significant discount on conference registration; in addition, SPJ and the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation offer several scholarships and fellowships to help members attend the conference.
The deadline to apply is June 11.
Terry Harper Memorial Scholarships: Terry Harper, former executive director of SPJ, passed away in 2009 after a two-year battle with brain cancer. In honor of Terry’s efforts to improve SPJ and the entire journalism community, the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation set up a memorial fund following his death. This scholarship is available for up to five recipients.
Robert D.G. Lewis First Amendment Award: From the generosity of the Lewis family, the award is given each year to a student SPJ member who has demonstrated outstanding service to the First Amendment through the field of journalism. The award assists a student with his/her attendance to EIJ12.
Diversity Leadership Fellows: This fellowship is an opportunity for SPJ members from underrepresented backgrounds to learn about the inner workings of SPJ through training on the Society’s mission, culture and operations. The goal of the program is to increase the participation of diverse SPJ members within national committees and on the national board of directors. The fellowship includes an expense-paid (registration, travel and hotel) trip to the EIJ conference and mentoring sessions with members of the Diversity Committee. SPJ members who come from underrepresented backgrounds (e.g., person of color, LGBT, disabled) are eligible to apply.