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You've finished school and are trying to make sense of the big, bad (as in good, of course) world of journalism. Now what?

Welcome to SPJ's Generation J community, where future newsroom leaders can collaborate to build newsrooms of the future. Looking for career advice? Get it or give it here. Got some industry insight? Share it. Want to rant? Fine. Trying to pick up new skills or build your portfolio? Consider this your training ground and art gallery. (All media are welcome — but know that we're featuring only the best work. So if it appears here, you're doing something right.)

Last but absolutely, positively and most certainly not least: Hang around here to stay on top of the issues that affect you and your newsroom every day. SPJ will inspire you to improve and protect journalism.

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The best opportunities come by speaking up

By Alex Veeneman for Generation J This past June, I began an interview with this simple question: “Why?” My interviewee, on the other end of the telephone line, was Ari Shapiro, the NPR correspondent who at the time was based in London, taking a brief pause from his reporting to guest host Morning Edition for a couple of weeks from Washington. I thought it would be a good opportunity to get his take on covering the UK’s most recent general election, and life as an American covering Britain, in an age where American coverage solely featured the Queen, the Duchess of Cambridge (or Kate Middleton as they’d prefer to call her) and the rest of the Royal Family. >Continue reading The best opportunities come by speaking up

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Unfamiliar with FOI laws? Need help submitting a records request? Request denied and don’t know what to do now? Just overwhelmed in general and need a place to start?

The Society of Professional Journalists seeks to maintain constant vigilance in protecting the First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and of the press and encouraging a climate in which journalism can be practiced freely. If you're unfamiliar with the laws or just need some guidance, these guides — for pros and students — can help.

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