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SPJ Communities: Visionaries Wanted!

SPJ's communities are both an exciting new endeavor and a work in progress, and we're looking for some motivated and creative members to contribute their vision and take control of the wheel as we kick it into a higher gear in 2015. If you're interested in being a big part of SPJ's next big thing, you're invited and encouraged to express your interest in any available position.

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SPJ Freelance Community Call for Officers: Complete details and nomination form
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SPJ Communities: Visionaries Wanted!

SPJ's communities are both an exciting new endeavor and a work in progress, and we're looking for some motivated and creative members to contribute their vision and take control of the wheel as we kick it into a higher gear in 2015. If you're interested in being a big part of SPJ's next big thing, you're invited and encouraged to express your interest in any available position.

SPJ Digital Community
SPJ Digital Call for Officers: Complete details and nomination form
SPJ Digital landing page

SPJ Freelance Community
SPJ Freelance Community Call for Officers: Complete details and nomination form
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Nominations open for SPJ's
national awards

Sigma Delta Chi Awards: The Sigma Delta Chi Awards are among the premiere prizes in the profession and recognize achievement in all forms of journalism. Entries due Feb. 6, 2015.

Mark of Excellence Awards: The Mark of Excellence Awards honors the best in collegiate journalism. The annual competition offers categories in newspapers, magazines, photography, radio, television and online journalism. Entries due Jan. 23, 2015.

New America Award: SPJ's New America Award honors public service journalism that explores and exposes an issue of importance to immigrant or ethnic communities in the United States. Entries due Feb. 13, 2015.

National High School Essay Contest: SPJ wants to increase high school students’ knowledge and understanding of the importance of independent media to our lives. The top three national winners receive scholarship awards. Postmark deadline: Feb. 28, 2015.

Want to learn more about SPJ's awards? See a complete list here.


EIJ15 Call for Programs and Ideas

Are you interested in submitting an idea or program proposal for the Excellence in Journalism 2015 conference, Sept. 18-20 in Orlando? Send us your thoughts! Submissions are due by Midnight ET January 12, 2015.

Call for Programs
If you have an idea for a conference session and are interested in taking part in the convention, please submit your proposal. Use this form to submit specific program proposals with topic, content, and suggested speaker (even if yourself).

Call for Conference Ideas
Don't have a specific program to propose? No problem. Use this form to submit general conference topics and speakers you'd like to see without specific program titles or descriptions. The conference programming committee will use this feedback to develop specific programs.


SPJ is hiring. Apply today!

SPJ is the nation’s largest and most broad-based membership association for journalists. We are dedicated to the preservation of a free press as the cornerstone of our nation and our liberty. To accomplish this, SPJ hires smart, energetic individuals who are hell-bent on improving the Society’s offerings and operations while also making a name for themselves. After training, we get out of the way and give them the freedom to do just that.

Communications Coordinator
Retention Coordinator

Interested candidates can find all the details — including responsibilities, minimum qualifications and how to apply — here.


Free Webinar: Beyond Twitter and Facebook: Digital Tools for All Journalists

Yeah, we get it: Twitter, Facebook and other social media have dramatically changed news gathering and sharing. But there's so much more out there for journalists. Learn to leverage free digital tools, mobile applications and emerging technologies to help you be a more connected, engaged and well-rounded multiplatform reporter.

Free Webinar on Demand

Beyond Twitter and Facebook: Digital Tools for All Journalists

Yeah, we get it: Twitter, Facebook and other social media have dramatically changed news gathering and sharing. But there's so much more out there for journalists. Learn to leverage free digital tools, mobile applications and emerging technologies to help you be a more connected, engaged and well-rounded multiplatform reporter.

Watch now: Flash | HTML5

This webinar is available to all SPJ members at any time and is included, along with our collection of On Demand training sessions, as part of your SPJ membership.

(Not a member? Why not? Become one here!)


Net Worked:

Cuba opens its door to U.S. journalists, but be careful

A landmark diplomatic agreement between the United States and Cuba also opens a door to American journalists who encountered obstacles in glimpsing inside the closeted island nation over the past 50 years. The agreement, which President Barack Obama outlined in a televised statement Wednesday, among other things eases travel restrictions for 12 economic, legal and social purposes and includes freer journalistic activities. Stringent entrance restrictions for journalists have been in place since the United States ended diplomatic relations with Cuba in 1961 and embargoed trade in 1962. >Continue reading Cuba opens its door to U.S. journalists, but be careful

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Cuba opens its door to U.S. journalists, but be careful

A landmark diplomatic agreement between the United States and Cuba also opens a door to American journalists who encountered obstacles in glimpsing inside the closeted island nation over the past 50 years. The agreement, which President Barack Obama outlined in a televised statement Wednesday, among other things eases travel restrictions for 12 economic, legal and social purposes and includes freer journalistic activities. Stringent entrance restrictions for journalists have been in place since the United States ended diplomatic relations with Cuba in 1961 and embargoed trade in 1962. >Continue reading Cuba opens its door to U.S. journalists, but be careful

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Code Words Blog:

The Other Side: Rolling Stone’s Note

A screenshot of the editor’s note attached to a Rolling Stone story about a 2012 gang rape at the University of Virginia. (captured 12/5/2014) The managing editor of Rolling Stone added an editor’s note earlier today to the magazine’s bombshell campus rape story that was published online November 19. The story described a 2012 gang rape of a woman called Jackie at a party in the house of a University of Virginia fraternity. “In the face of new information, there now appear to be discrepancies in Jackie’s account, and we have come to the conclusion that our trust in her was misplaced,” writes Will Dana, the magazine’s managing editor, in the note, which does not specify the discrepancies. >Continue reading The Other Side: Rolling Stone’s Note

Code Words Blog: Latest Entry

The Other Side: Rolling Stone’s Note

A screenshot of the editor’s note attached to a Rolling Stone story about a 2012 gang rape at the University of Virginia. (captured 12/5/2014) The managing editor of Rolling Stone added an editor’s note earlier today to the magazine’s bombshell campus rape story that was published online November 19. The story described a 2012 gang rape of a woman called Jackie at a party in the house of a University of Virginia fraternity. “In the face of new information, there now appear to be discrepancies in Jackie’s account, and we have come to the conclusion that our trust in her was misplaced,” writes Will Dana, the magazine’s managing editor, in the note, which does not specify the discrepancies. >Continue reading The Other Side: Rolling Stone’s Note

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Welcome to SPJ's Freelance Community beta

You’re taking a bold step along with SPJ. The Freelance Community is a virtual chapter that meets online, linking SPJ members who are freelancers, no matter their locale. We want this to be the most useful place for freelance journalists on the web. To get there, we want your help.

The most powerful thing about SPJ is its breadth. No other organization takes on the biggest issues facing journalism. Now we can more easily put SPJ’s power to bear on the things we care about as individuals who make a living creating great journalism. Continue reading

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The Journalist's Toolbox

This free site from the Society of Professional Journalists contains thousands of links helpful for reporters, editors, educators or anyone else doing research.

Edited by former Los Angeles Times reporter and DePaul instructor Mike Reilley, the site is organized by beats and industry topics such as Public Records, Crime, Legal Issues, Science, Environment, Journalism Jobs, Sports and more.

The Toolbox is updated twice weekly and several times a day during prominent global breaking news events.


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