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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.


First Draft Blog:

Are public agencies finding loopholes in the law to hide public information?

By: Mike Brannen I’m bothered by something. I mean, really bothered. Public agencies are finding legal loopholes in laws to hide public information from you. This most recent case set me off. In short, Ferguson, MO city officials are charging an exorbitant amount of money for people to access public records regarding the shooting death of Michael Brown. Records, which by law, are open for any John and Jane Doe to acquire. But, to discourage access and shrink the number of people who can see it, the city is charging TEN times its usual request fee. >Continue reading Are public agencies finding loopholes in the law to hide public information?

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Mentor Match-up

New journalists often want advice and perspective from news veterans who understand much of what they’re going through. And let’s face it: News vets could certainly learn a thing or two from their younger colleagues.

New journalists often want advice and perspective from news veterans who understand much of what they’re going through. And let’s face it: News vets could certainly learn a thing or two from their younger colleagues.

SPJ’s Mentor Page Facebook Group aims to promote great journalism by introducing journalists of different experience levels and interests. The group is designed to create a networking opportunity for journalists to share ideas, experiences and goals.

Learn more, and find out how you can participate as, or benefit from, a mentor.

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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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