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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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Reflecting on EIJ and journalism

Cafe du Monde based in New Orleans, the site for the recent Excellence in Journalism conference. (Photo: Commons) The famous author E.L. Doctorow had a saying about writing: “Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing and learn as you go.” The same can be said of the Excellence in Journalism conference, which took place this week in New Orleans. Journalism, in this case, is an exploration, and you’re constantly learning as you go along. This week was a week where I was reminded of why I became a member of SPJ in the first place, from discussions on its work on pursuing an open government fresh after Immediate Past President Paul Fletcher’s letter to the editor in The New York Times, to sessions (be they keynote sessions from Martin Baron of the Washington Post and PBS talk show host Charlie Rose or educational sessions from SPJ members and others) about the enhancement of one’s craft. >Continue reading Reflecting on EIJ and journalism

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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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First Draft: SPJ’s Gen J Blog
– Reflecting on EIJ and journalism
– How weird do I want to get?
– 6 Low- to No-Cost Ways to Learn New or Improve Existing Skills
– A formidable dream: Mistakes college journalists make on their way to professional journalism

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