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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 Generation J, 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. The Society of Professional Journalists will inspire you to improve and protect journalism.


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FOI step-by-step guides

If you're unfamiliar with FOIA laws or just need some guidance, we can help.

FOI for students
FOI for pros

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.

FOI for students: A step-by-step guide
FOI for pros: A step-by-step guide

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Journalists Are Thankful For

Post by Mike Brannen It may be cliche, but this is a good weekend to take time and recognize all the things TV newscast producers should be thankful for. Without these things, it would be much harder to get our job done. Email/Cell Phones It is hard to fathom how reporters and managers successfully communicated between each other without a cell phone or email access. Veteran journalists somehow gathered information and interviews in the field, came back to the station, and filed a report, despite having very little conversation with a manager or editor. >Continue reading Journalists Are Thankful For

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– Journalists Are Thankful For
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– SPJ Generation J: Our Next Chapter
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