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SPJ Leads | 8/2/2017
Press Freedom tracker launch; Feedback wanted on proposed bylaws changes

By Anna Gutierrez, SPJ Communications Department

"Asking intimate questions of strangers and powerful people is always going to be frightening. But you can't be a journalist if you can't handle the fear."- Julia Dahl, on what she learned about journalism working at the New York Post

WHAT'S HAPPENING

SPJ joins more than 20 press freedom organizations announcing the launch today of the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker, a new website dedicated to documenting press freedom abuses across the United States. The site will serve as a repository for data at a time when journalists in the U.S. are facing hostility, legal charges, assault, and other forms of harassment.

Some editors and producers shared their decision-making process for choosing what to quote from Anthony Scaramucci's interview with Ryan Lizza. Let's hope the next White House communications director lasts more than 10 days.

The Athletic, a local sports start up, is foregoing advertising on its websites and instead is relying only on subscribers. So far, it has raised $5.4 million and scooped up Sports Illustrated's former top editor Paul Fichtenbaum.

Some news organizations are taking hyperlocal coverage to the next level and using apps like Nextdoor to connect with readers block-by-block. They're sharing practical articles about local matters -- new businesses, crime involving nearby residents, rent prices and road improvements.

SPJ joins NPPA and seven other organizations in posting a letter concerning news coverage interference at the Capitol. The letter states the actions go against both the First and Fourth Amendment rights, and are inconsistent with the Privacy Protection Act of 1980.

ETHICS ESSENTIALS

Fox News is being sued by Rod Wheeler. He's claiming the channel collaborated with a supporter of the president and the White House to make up a (now-retracted) story that connected Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich to Wikileaks. SPJ Ethics Chair Andrew Seaman says, "If the allegations are found to be true, the actions are likely to be one of the most significant breaches of the public's trust in the history of modern journalism."

"Journalism tourism" has been making a splash in headlines lately. The Los Angeles Times is now offering shorter trips to Chicago and Dubai for a fraction of The New York Times' trip cost. Seaman says, "journalists going along with people paying a lot of money is sort of a conflict."

GET A GIG

Investigative Reporters and Editors is hiring a full-time training director to help journalists bolster their investigative and data skills. IRE is based at the University of Missouri, but the trainer can work remotely. Apply by Aug. 8.

Come work at SPJ headquarters! We're hiring someone who loves news and follows current trends while looking to the future of the industry to be our education manager. Deadline to apply for this full-time position is Friday, so don't delay!

Cincinnati Public Radio is hiring a digital editor to be responsible for executing the newsroom's digital strategy. This person will work with the news director and vice president of content to create a digital plan. Send your resume and cover letter by Aug. 17.

LEARN SOME STUFF

Beloved WWII battlefield reporter Ernie Pyle will be honored in a free public event Thursday at the  New Mexico Veterans' Memorial Park in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The Society of Professional Journalists Rio Grande Chapter, in collaboration with the  University of New Mexico Communication and Journalism Department, are issuing a proclamation to recognize Aug. 3 as National Ernie Pyle Day.

GIVE A LITTLE

We need your help securing items for our Legal Defense Fund Auction at Excellence in Journalism 2017. You can donate journalism and campaign memorabilia, original artwork, autographed books, newsroom T-shirts and other like items to support free speech. The deadline to donate items is Friday. Need more info? Contact fundraising coordinator Katie Hunt.

SPJ QUICK FIX

Delegates will consider and vote on resolutions at EIJ17 and we want to make sure yours are heard. If you have resolutions to submit, please send them to Committee Chair Sonny Albarado before Aug. 23. This will allow the committee ample time to prepare before the Closing Business Meeting on Sept. 9.

Read more about the  proposed bylaws changes and  governance structure of SPJ before delegates take a vote at EIJ17 in September. Have feedback? Let us know what you think about these changes here.

SPJ and 32 other journalism and open government organizations sent a letter urging the Senate Commerce Committee to hold a hearing on the media landscape in the United States. "We believe now is the time to reaffirm the importance of a free and unfettered press, which has been a cornerstone of democracy for the past 240 years," the groups say in the letter.

Virginie Nguyen Hoang, a photojournalist in Egypt, wrote about overcoming challenges of being a woman abroad in journalism in the latest International Journalism Community's #PressFreedomMatters series post.

Meet this year's recipients who were given Terry Harper Memorial Scholarships to attend EIJ17. Harper was SPJ's executive director from 2002 to 2009.

EIJ17

Have you registered for Excellence in Journalism 2017 yet? The registration deadline is two weeks away! You get a discount on the regular registration rate for being a member of SPJ! Register for EIJ and book your hotel room by Aug. 15.

Join us at noon EDT Aug. 15 for a Twitter chat ( #EIJChat) with Robert Hernandez where we'll discuss last-minute EIJ questions and what you'll learn at Robert's sessions.

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– How to handle racist words, images and violence in coverage
– EIJ registration deadline in one week
– Press Freedom tracker launch

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– Breast Cancer Awareness: Learning From Jackie Collins' Death
– Blog: CPJ joins call to oppose draft surveillance law in France
– Baboon raid temporarily forced Zimbabwe radio station off air

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