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SPJ Leads | 5/1/2014
San Diego JournCamp + Ethics update

By Ellen Kobe, SPJ Communications Department



April has passed, and with it, so has Ethics Month. But there are still ways to get involved with journalism ethics:

Give Code of Ethics feedback

As you've probably heard by now, the Ethics Committee is working on revising the SPJ Code of Ethics, last updated in 1996. We've released a first draft online, and we'd like your input on what else should change. Read the changes, and let us know what you think should be added, deleted, changed, questioned, debated, etc. Place comments below the blog post or email Ethics Committee Chairman Kevin Smith at Ethical journalism is vital to our society. Let's hold all journalists to high standards.

Ethical chapter events

Last week, the SPJ chapter at Florida International University and SPJ Florida co-hosted an SPJ Ethics Hold'em event. Attendees reflected on the current SPJ Code of Ethics as they played Texas Hold'em with special SPJ playing cards. Each card has a bullet point from the current code, giving the game an interesting twist.

The student newspaper at Barry University also hosted a similar event, sponsored by Region 3.

Would you like a deck of Ethics Hold'em playing cards to compete with your chapter? Contact Region 3 Director Michael Koretzky.

Ethics conference in Wisconsin

The Center for Journalism Ethics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison will address the issues facing 21st-century journalism in a world of Wikileaks, NSA sweeps, corporate cooperation, drones and data mining, at its sixth annual conference.

Titled "Surveillance, Security and Journalism Ethics," the conference will be held Friday, May 2, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Union South. You can register for the event on site. Information on speakers and panelists is available online.


Victor Hernandez, CNN News Futurist, will conduct a breakout session at JournCamp San Diego Friday, May 16.

The session, "Rapidly Changing News Media Landscape: Where the 'Hockey Puck' is Headed," is the first workshop during the daylong training event at the Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter. Registration is $45 for SPJ members ($65 for nonmembers) and includes breakfast and lunch. Journalism, breakfast AND lunch - what could be better?

More details and the registration site are available at Questions? Email Education Director Scott Leadingham or call him at 317.920.4788.


The SPJ Board of Directors met last weekend in Indianapolis. Missed it? You can still read all of the meeting documents online, as well as watch recorded video of the meeting. All members are encouraged to ask questions and discuss the issues in the comments section. As always, the board is open to your ideas and input.


Are you retired or about to retire from the full-time journalism field? Even though you're not hitting the streets searching for a good story anymore, you can still be involved with SPJ. The industry needs veteran insight from experienced journalists like you.

Sign up for a retired membership at a great yearly price: $37.50. You must be 62 years or older.

Stick with the organization, and we'll keep you connected to the industry you've cared about for years. For questions about membership, contact Director of Membership Linda Hall at 317.920.4790 or email her at


Check out the updates made to Journalist's Toolbox in April. The online site provided by SPJ gives journalists the resources they need to produce great work. This month, you'll find tips for reporting on current issues, such as Pew's recently-issued State of the News Media 2014, as well as updates to the data visualization, digital verification and mobile journalism sections. Head on over to the site and gain a variety of skills today.


Ken Bunting, a member of SPJ since 1993, died April 19. A member of the Western Washington Pro chapter and a former member of the SDX Foundation board, Bunting was a former executive editor of the Star-Telegram in Fort Worth, Texas, and Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Shortly before his death, he left his job as executive director of the National Freedom of Information Coalition. You can read his obituary in the Star-Telegram.


A reporter was kidnapped by militia in Eastern Ukraine this week. What organization did the reporter work for?

Answer: VICE

And the winner is ... Margaret Carmel, a student in the Virginia Commonwealth University chapter. Congrats!


Which newspapers did the Baltimore Sun Media Group purchase this week?

Submit your answer to Ellen Kobe.

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