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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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Why bookstores are paradise for journalists

Bookstores, including the Strand Bookstore in New York, are beneficial to journalists and aspiring storytellers. (Photo: Beyond My Ken/Wikimedia Commons) Recently, an independent bookseller in Minneapolis launched a Kickstarter campaign to open a bookstore. Milkweed Editions is known within the Twin Cities literary community as an independent bookseller, and announced their plans to exist in the form of a gallery. Bookstores and journalism have recently been subjected to speculation on their futures, as the digital age allows us to be accustomed to accessing information and material in new ways. >Continue reading Why bookstores are paradise for journalists

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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
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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.

FOI for students: A step-by-step guide
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– All The President’s Men and their ethics
– Supporting women studying journalism
– Why Our First TV Bosses Gave Us Our First Jobs

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