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March 10, 2021 • General Journalism
Covering Coronavirus: Fighting the 'Infodemic'

The pandemic has unleashed a tsunami of misinformation, lies and half-truths capable of proliferating faster than the virus itself. In our next webinar, we'll delve into what one of our speakers has termed 'the natural ecology of bullshit' -- how to spot it, how it spreads, who is most impacted, and how to counter it. And we'll discuss reporting examples, strategies and story ideas that incorporate these insights and effectively communicate to diverse audiences. Our panel includes Professor Carl Bergstrom of the University of Washington, Dr. Melissa Clarke, an emergency medicine physician and leader in population health for Fortune 500 companies, academia and hospitals, and Rae Ellen Bichell, a Colorado Correspondent for Kaiser Health News.

More information: https://centerforhealthjournalism.org/content/covering-coronavirus-fighting-infodemic

Contact: Chinyere Amobi

Tagged under: Coronavirus, Ethics, Diversity, Freelancing, International Journalism, Students, Educators, Journalism Training, Webinars, Digital Journalism, Free Events

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March 15, 2021 • General Journalism
Sunshine Week: Press freedom, investigative journalism and opening closed doors

March 15 kicks off Sunshine Week, a time when journalists and news organizations promote open government and 'sunshine' laws that require government business to be publicly accessible.

As part of Sunshine Week, the National Press Club Journalism Institute and the National Press Club's press freedom team will host a discussion on public access to information and the role that investigative journalism plays in restoring public trust, with practical advice from Associated Press global investigations editor Ron Nixon and The Markup president Nabiha Syed, moderated by CQ Roll Call senior writer John Donnelly.

Participants will learn:

- How to overcome obstacles and access government information
- Methods for diversifying investigative teams and what/who journalists investigate
- Ways news organizations are addressing escalating threats to journalists

More information: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Seeri3LpSNCy6rvSDNhrfw

Contact: Julie Moos

Tagged under: Coronavirus, Freedom of Information, International Journalism, Journalism Training, Digital Journalism, Sunshine Week, press freedom

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March 15, 2021 • General Journalism
Workplace Integrity: Do You Qualify as an Ally? (Especially Now)

Join the Power Shift Project's Jill Geisler for a free Workplace Integrity webinar that provides practical insights for men who want to be allies to women, people of privilege who want to do more to fight inequity and powerful individuals who want to be better advocates for change.

More information: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_BIRfUKq-R2mp1MG3FNBygQ

Contact: SPJ Communications

Tagged under: Coronavirus, Diversity, Journalism Training, Webinars, Free Events

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March 15, 2021 • SPJ National
The Jim Bohannon Show

SPJ National President Matthew T. Hall and Freedom of Information Committee Chair Haisten Willis join Jim Bohannon to kick off Sunshine Week and discuss FOI Day, James Madison's birthday.

More information: https://www.jimbohannonshow.com/

Contact: Jennifer Royer

Tagged under: Coronavirus, Freedom of Information, Free Events, SPJ President, Sunshine Week

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March 16, 2021 • SPJ Community (International)
A Global Look at Freedom of Information laws

Join SPJ FOI Committee chair Haisten Willis as he moderates a discussion with Helen Darbishire from Access-Info and Adam Marshall from Reporters Committee for Free Press as they compare and contrast freedom of information laws in Europe and the US. And the future of FOI laws in the world.

More information: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_aSWaLwdjQ2m7UpM0u-gAEg

Contact: International Community

Tagged under: Coronavirus, Freedom of Information, International Journalism, Students, Educators, Webinars, Free Events

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March 18, 2021 • SPJ National
Informing the public on the promise and perils of algorithms

This SPJ Sunshine Week panel will discuss the growing issue of government use of algorithms to make major decisions, such as determining education funding, who gets a covid-19 vaccine first, and even predicting risk of reoffending for people with criminal records. These algorithms are often biased, far from transparent and created by private contractors that refuse to disclose their origins citing trade secrets.

Our panel of journalists and subject matter experts will discuss the intricacies of the issue and its growing importance in American society.

Specific topics will include:
* How algorithms are constructed, and the big decisions that are now being left to them.
* The best ways for reporters to learn about and inform the public of the issue.
* How bias is baked into algorithms, and why it's so important that their use becomes more transparent.
* How journalists and journalism advocacy organizations can push for transparency in algorithms, and how some already are.
* How to make artificial intelligence less biased.

Panelists include:
* Khari Johnson, AI reporter for Venture Beat
* Michele Gilman, University of Baltimore professor and faculty fellow at the Data and Society Research Institute
* Israel Balderas, assistant professor of convergence journalism at Palm Beach Atlantic University

The panel will be moderated by Michael Savino, reporter at WFSB-TV in Hartford, Connecticut

More information: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_MuCF3PE6RzycpuaH0xg4mQ

Contact: Jennifer Royer

Tagged under: Coronavirus, Freedom of Information, Webinars, algorithms, Sunshine Week

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March 19, 2021 • SPJ National
Nomination Deadline: SPJ Ethics in Journalism Award

The Ethics in Journalism Award honors journalists or news organizations that perform in an outstanding ethical manner demonstrating the ideals of the SPJ Code of Ethics. It also honors especially notable efforts to educate the public on principles embodied in the code or hold journalists ethically accountable for their behavior. Nominations are open. Self-nomination is permitted.

More information: https://spj.org/a-ethics.asp

Contact: SPJ Awards

Tagged under: Coronavirus, Ethics, SPJ National Awards, Journalism Awards

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March 19, 2021 • General Journalism
Deadline: SPJ Houston Pro Chapter High School Essay Contest

The SPJ Houston Pro chapter honors Sunshine Week this year with an essay contest for high school juniors and seniors in greater Houston. This year's essay topic: 'What is the Freedom of Information Act and how does it help journalists research and tell important stories about government?' Contact chapter president Ruth Nasrullah for more details. To qualify, the essay must be emailed or postmarked no later than March 19, 2021.

More information: https://calendar.spjnetwork.org/displayevent.php?e=aBqTFH94pD-8386314609

Contact: Ruth Nasrullah

Tagged under: Coronavirus, Freedom of Information, Students, SPJ Chapters, SPJ Local Awards

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March 19, 2021 • SPJ National
Nomination Deadline: SPJ Sunshine Award

The Sunshine Award recognizes those making important contributions in the area of open government.

More information: https://spj.org/a-sunshine.asp

Contact: SPJ Awards

Tagged under: Coronavirus, Freedom of Information, SPJ National Awards, Journalism Awards

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March 19, 2021 • SPJ National
Nomination Deadline: Distinguished Teaching in Journalism Award

This Distinguished Teaching in Journalism Award honors a collegiate journalism educator and recognizes outstanding teaching ability, contributions to journalism, journalism education and contributions toward maintaining the highest standards of the profession.

More information: https://spj.org/a-teaching.asp

Contact: SPJ Awards

Tagged under: Coronavirus, Educators, SPJ National Awards, Journalism Awards

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March 19, 2021 • SPJ National
Nomination Deadline: Historic Sites in Journalism Award

The Society's Historic Sites in Journalism program honors the people and places that have played important roles in American journalistic history. The program dates back to 1942.

More information: https://spj.org/a-historicsites.asp

Contact: SPJ Awards

Tagged under: Coronavirus, SPJ National Awards, Journalism Awards

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March 20, 2021 • SPJ National
SPJ Board of Directors Meeting

Visit SPJ's board meeting page to download meeting materials, get livestream and call-in information (when applicable), leave comments and access related resources.

More information: https://www.spj.org/board-meeting.asp

Contact: Jennifer Royer

Tagged under: Coronavirus, SPJ Leaders, SPJ President

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March 22, 2021 • General Journalism
How to Craft Compelling Business Stories

For many writers, the most daunting part of working on a business story is actually writing it. This hour-long session will go over the most crucial steps to keep in mind when crafting a compelling story that will keep readers interested, share crucial information, and not get bogged down in the numbers and lingo one associates with business stories.

This is Part 3 of a National Association of Hispanic Journalists workshop series in partnership with Business Insider and Industry Dive.

Each training will be a workshop-style training, with a short presentation interspersed with hands-on opportunities to test skills. They will stand alone as courses, but attendees who attend all sessions will be able to build upon what they learned in the past training.

These sessions are designed as an introduction to business journalism, both for early career and experienced reporters. Our goal is to empower attendees to find, pitch and write business stories if they choose to.

More information: https://nahj.memberclicks.net/Business-Journalism

Contact: NAHJ

Tagged under: Coronavirus, Journalism Training, Webinars, Free Events, Business Journalism

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March 26, 2021 • General Journalism
AI: What's next for journalists and communicators?

Will the use of artificial intelligence save journalism, be the end of news as we know it, or live somewhere in between? Francesco Marconi, who has led the development of the Associated Press and Wall Street Journal's use of AI in journalism, offers a practical perspective on the potential of these technologies.

Join the National Press Club Journalism Institute and the National Press Club's communicators team for a program featuring Marconi, who will explain how journalists and communication professionals can avoid pitfalls while taking advantage of the possibilities AI provides to develop new ways of telling stories and connecting with audiences.

More information: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_K16M524IRSufH8ISZzb29w

Contact: Julie Moos

Tagged under: Coronavirus, Ethics, Journalism Training, Webinars, Digital Journalism, artificial intelligence, AI, technology

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March 28, 2021 • SPJ National
Deadline: SPJ Chapter Grant Applications

SPJ professional and college chapters are invited to apply for grants of up to $500 for innovative programs and events that help build membership. SPJ will award chapter grants three times annually in a pilot program to distribute $12,000 in newly available funds. The board's regional director caucus will pick recipients, preferring programs that recruit new members to existing chapters, revive dormant chapters, start new chapters, or connect pro and student members.

More information: https://www.spj.org/chaptergrants.asp

Contact: Deb Kroll

Tagged under: Coronavirus, Internships/Fellowships/Grants, SPJ Chapters, SPJ Leaders

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March 31, 2021 • General Journalism
Media law for journalists: Copyrights and wrongs

Today's journalists need to check more than their facts. In this cut-and-paste digital world, journalists also need to check their rights. Join the National Press Club Journalism Institute for an overview of copyright perils and solutions, presented by three lawyers with the Media & Entertainment Law Group from the Washington, D.C. office of Ballard Spahr LLP: Chuck Tobin, Alia Smith and Mara Gassmann.

Participants will leave the program with:

- Best practices for the 'fair use' of unlicensed work
- Tips to calibrate how much is too much when quoting or using someone else's work
- Ways to quickly determine rights to an image and how to license it, even via social media

More information: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN__MoKwJPuQwOIE1ktFhyRVw

Contact: Julie Moos

Tagged under: Coronavirus, Freelancing, Journalism Training, Webinars, Digital Journalism, legal, media law, copyright, intellectual property

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April 12, 2021 • SPJ National
Nomination Deadline: Howard S. Dubin Outstanding Pro Member Award

Annually, the Society salutes individual members who have made significant contributions to their SPJ chapters. The Award honors Howard Dubin who has shown outstanding membership with his service to the Society. While he contributes great sums of time, energy and money to the national Society, Mr. Dubin continues grassroots service at the chapter level.

More information: https://spj.org/a-dubin.asp

Contact: SPJ Awards

Tagged under: Coronavirus, SPJ National Awards, Journalism Awards

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April 12, 2021 • SPJ National
Nomination Deadline: David L. Eshelman Outstanding Campus Adviser Award

The Outstanding Campus Chapter Adviser Award is presented annually to the person who has made an exceptional contribution to the campus chapter for which he or she serves as SPJ adviser.

More information: https://spj.org/a-eshelman.asp

Contact: SPJ Awards

Tagged under: Coronavirus, Educators, SPJ National Awards, Journalism Awards

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April 12, 2021 • SPJ National
Nomination Deadline: SPJ Wells Memorial Key

Annually, a member who is judged to have served the Society in the most outstanding fashion during the preceding year or over a period of years is presented SPJ's highest honor for a member, the Wells Memorial Key.

More information: https://spj.org/a-wellskey.asp

Contact: SPJ Awards

Tagged under: Coronavirus, SPJ National Awards, SPJ Leaders

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April 12, 2021 • SPJ National
Nomination Deadline: Julie Galvan Outstanding Graduate in Journalism Award

Each of the Society's campus chapters are encouraged to select one graduate in journalism who is outstanding in his or her class on the basis of character, service to the community, scholarship, proficiency in practical journalism and significant contributions to their SPJ chapter. From this group, the Society's leaders will select one graduate who is considered the most outstanding for national recognition.

More information: https://spj.org/a-galvan.asp

Contact: SPJ Awards

Tagged under: Coronavirus, Students, SPJ National Awards, Journalism Awards

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April 17, 2021 • SPJ National
SPJ's Birthday!

SPJ celebrates its 112th birthday.

More information: https://www.spj.org/index.asp

Contact: SPJ HQ

Tagged under: Coronavirus

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April 17, 2021 • General Journalism
Vet Your Own Story: Verification using public records databases

Need to verify the rank of a dead veteran? Have to locate a 1935 obituary? Wondering about access to New York criminal records? Trying to find the maiden name of a twice married woman? Caryn Baird, news researcher with Politifact and the Poynter Institute, will present a practical working model of public records research based on her years of experience at the Tampa Bay Times. This program is free of charge and will be held virtually.

More information: https://vet-your-own-story.eventbrite.com

Contact: Ruth Nasrullah

Tagged under: Coronavirus, Freelancing, Students, Journalism Training, Free Events, SPJ Chapters, Fact checking

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April 30, 2021 • General Journalism
Mobile Journalism Awards

The Mobile Journalism Awards competition recognizes the best mobile journalism stories being produced with smartphones and pocket cameras.

More information: https://filmfreeway.com/MobileJournalismAwards

Contact: Robb Montgomery

Tagged under: Coronavirus, International Journalism, Students, Digital Journalism, Journalism Awards, MojoAwards, Mojo, Mobile Journalism, Awards, mobile journalism awards

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June 12, 2021 • SPJ National
Sigma Delta Chi Awards

This event will be online only. More details coming soon!

More information: https://calendar.spjnetwork.org/displayevent.php?e=7sjFyftrKK-8385014766

Contact: SPJ HQ

Tagged under: Coronavirus, SPJ National Awards, Journalism Awards, SPJ President

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June 15, 2021 - June 18, 2021 • Uncategorized
Columbia Energy Journalism Initiative

The Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University is excited to announce an open call for applications for the 2021 Energy Journalism Initiative seminar, which will be held online.

Rapid shifts are underway in the energy sector, new government policies are taking shape in the U.S. and other countries and climate change is getting more attention than ever before. It is essential that journalists have the knowledge necessary to report on energy with insight and nuance. They are key to improving the dialogue around energy and environmental issues, creating a well-informed public, and helping public and private sector leaders make sound choices about our energy future.

The program is open to journalists reporting on energy and the environment for print, broadcast and online news organizations, although preference is given to those relatively new to the beat with five or fewer years on it.

More information: https://bit.ly/36OiiNQ

Contact: Bill Loveless

Tagged under: Coronavirus, Excellence in Journalism

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June 22, 2021 • SPJ National
Entry Deadline: Eugene S. Pulliam First Amendment Award

Established by the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation, the Eugene S. Pulliam First Amendment Award recognizes, with a $10,000 award, accomplishments on behalf of First Amendment freedoms by an individual, group of individuals or an organization.

More information: https://spj.org/a-pulliam.asp

Contact: SPJ Awards

Tagged under: Coronavirus, SPJ National Awards, Journalism Awards, SDX Foundation

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June 22, 2021 • SPJ National
Entry Deadline: Eugene C. Pulliam Fellowship for Editorial Writing

The Pulliam Editorial Fellowship awards $75,000 to an editorial writer to help broaden his or her journalistic horizons and knowledge of the world. Provided by the SDX Foundation, the award can be used to cover the cost of study, research and/or travel in any field.

More information: https://spj.org/a-pulliamfellow.asp

Contact: SPJ Awards

Tagged under: Coronavirus, Internships/Fellowships/Grants, SPJ National Awards, Journalism Awards, SDX Foundation

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June 26, 2021 • SPJ National
SPJ Board of Directors Meeting

Visit SPJ's board meeting page to download meeting materials, get livestream and call-in information (when applicable), leave comments and access related resources.

More information: https://www.spj.org/board-meeting.asp

Contact: Jennifer Royer

Tagged under: Coronavirus, SPJ Leaders, SPJ President

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August 15, 2021 • SPJ National
Deadline: SPJ Chapter Grant Applications

SPJ professional and college chapters are invited to apply for grants of up to $500 for innovative programs and events that help build membership. SPJ will award chapter grants three times annually in a pilot program to distribute $12,000 in newly available funds. The board's regional director caucus will pick recipients, preferring programs that recruit new members to existing chapters, revive dormant chapters, start new chapters, or connect pro and student members.

More information: https://www.spj.org/chaptergrants.asp

Contact: Deb Kroll

Tagged under: Coronavirus, Internships/Fellowships/Grants, SPJ Chapters, SPJ Leaders

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