SPJ picks interim executive director p.10

By: Editorial Staff David H. Cox, editor of The Tribune-Star in Terre Haute, Ind., until he was recently downsized by Thomson Newspapers, takes over as temporary executive director of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Monday, Feb. 1.
Cox is the interim replacement for Dennis Norris, who resigned Jan. 14 after eight months as executive director of the largest association for U.S. journalists. Greencastle, Ind.-based SPJ also set Feb. 1 as the deadline for applications for the permanent position.
"We've set a very aggressive time line. We've tentatively scheduled interviews for Feb. 19 or Feb. 26," says president Wendy S. Myers, editor of Veterinary Economics magazine in Lenexa, Kan.
SPJ secretary/treasurer Ray Marcano, metro editor of the Dayton (Ohio) Daily News, is chairing the five-member search committee.
Post leads all in EPpy entries
Washingtonpost.com, The Washington Post's online service, is a finalist in a record seven categories in the 1999 EPpy Awards Competition.
EPpy winners will be announced at the Interactive Newspaper Conference in Atlanta on Feb. 19.
The EPpy Awards honor the best work by the newspaper industry in the online/Internet field. Editor & Publisher Interactive, the new media division of Editor & Publisher Co., sponsors the awards.
"We believe this is the strongest group of finalists in the history of the EPpy Awards," says Colin Phillips, publisher of Editor & Publisher.
"The improvements in the quality of the entries each year is a testament to the newspaper industry's focus on the Internet," he continued.
The 1999 EPpy Awards will be presented at a dinner event at the Hyatt Regency, Atlanta, on the last night of the conference.
Nearly 400 entries were submitted for this year's EPpy Awards.
Thirty judges have been evaluating the online services since mid-November. The conference runs Feb. 17-20.
For a full list of the EPpy nominees, see E&P's Web site, www. mediainfo.com.

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