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September 28, 2021 • General Journalism
Freelancer Liability Panel

Too many freelance investigative journalists are asked to sign indemnity clauses that burden them with legal liabilities for sensitive stories. Even a frivolous lawsuit over a bulletproof investigation can wreak utter havoc with the freelancer's life and finances.

Yet that's the option many publishers and broadcasters are offering.

A prudent freelancer may consider: Why not just write feature stories?

As it turns out, there's an alternative. With a little savviness about contracts, unaffiliated reporters actually can protect themselves enough to contribute sensitive investigations in the public interest, as a growing number of outlets and freelancers are showing.

Join Mother Jones CEO Monika Bauerlein, former Bloomberg News Global Media Counsel Charles Glasser, freelance investigative reporter Alexandria Bordas, and FIRE executive director Laird Townsend for a lively roundtable discussion on legal liabilities and freelance contracts.

Take in decades worth of tips, tactics, and hard-won insight from every angle of freelance journalism--and be there for the unveiling of two new tools to advance the field.

Applicable to all freelance journalists--and the editors, producers, publishers, and broadcasters who work with them.

More information: https://firenewsroom.org/freelance-contracts-public-interest-roundtable

Contact: Hilary Niles

Tagged under: Coronavirus, Freelancing, Free Events, contracts, indemnity, liability, insurance


September 29, 2021 • General Journalism
WEBINAR - Covering Coronavirus: The End of the Eviction Moratorium and Pandemic Aid

The pandemic is far from over but crucial COVID-19 protections and benefits are gone. When the Supreme Court struck down the CDC eviction moratorium in August, nearly 6 million renters -- roughly 14% -- were behind on rent, about 1 million faced the imminent threat of losing their homes, and landlords across the country were still waiting for federal rental assistance promised last spring. Some local or state moratoriums and assistance programs offer renters protection -- for now. But in many states, evictions cases are jamming the courts and families are scrambling to find increasingly scarce affordable housing. The crisis is compounded by the expiration of expanded unemployment benefits, which kept some 5.5 million people from falling into poverty during the pandemic. This webinar explores the end of renter protections, unemployment benefits and other emergency relief, and what it means for the nation’s pandemic recovery and the health and well-being of low-income people, their families and their communities. Who are the tenants at greatest risk of eviction? Who’s pursuing cases most aggressively? Why isn’t aid getting to those who need it? And how can journalists best convey the desperate struggle of so many families as the social supports that kept them afloat have vanished? Panelists will share stories from the ground, explain the aid hurdles, discuss policy solutions and offer guidance on covering housing loss and economic insecurity in your community.

More information: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_I23vnGz2S4qPT29iUqORPg

Contact: Harold Pierce

Tagged under: Freelancing, Students, Educators, Journalism Training, Webinars, Free Events


September 29, 2021 • SPJ Community (Freelance)
SPJ Freelance Community Board meeting

The SPJ Freelance Community Board meets remotely, *generally* on the fourth Wednesday of each month, at 4 p.m. Eastern time.

All SPJ members are welcome to attend. For login information, email spjfreelancecommunity@gmail.com, and please include your membership number (if you know it) in the message. The same address can be used to request access to notes from prior meetings.

More information: https://calendar.spjnetwork.org/displayevent.php?e=OeP9PMg3jD-8368836864

Contact: Hilary Niles

Tagged under: Coronavirus, Freelancing, SPJ Communities


October 13, 2021 • General Journalism
Discussion with 'Forget the Alamo' book authors

The Houston SPJ chapter, in partnership with the Bay Area New Democrats, will host a discussion with Bryan Burrough and Jason Stanford, co-authors (along with Houston Chronicle columnist Chris Tomlinson), of the new book 'Forget the Alamo: The Rise and Fall of an American Myth.'

ABOUT THE BOOK: The Texas Observer wrote: 'Bryan Burrough, Chris Tomlinson, and Jason Stanford urge us to reconsider the Alamo, a symbol we've been taught to fiercely and uncritically remember...the book provides strong, provocative critiques of U.S. imperialism and colonialism. The myth of the Alamo, as we know it, is a lie. It's been a part of the lie students have learned in school, and animates the lies peddled by legislation like the 1836 Project and the critical race theory bill. But if you want to truly remember the past, you first have to forget it.'

More information: https://: band-october-meeting-10.eventbrite.com

Contact: Ruth Nasrullah

Tagged under: Coronavirus, Free Events, SPJ Chapters


October 17, 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


October 22, 2021 • General Journalism
How op-eds can amplify original voices & engage new communities

There is no shortage of opinions online, so how do news organizations choose the voices they feature on their platforms? How do they differentiate their op-eds from the noisy crowd? Who are these op-eds and guest essays intended to serve? Is their purpose to persuade or to preach to the choir, and how often do they reach the audiences they hope to inform?

Join the National Press Club Journalism Institute and a distinguished panel for a discussion of these questions and to learn tips for broadening the voices you feature and the audiences they reach.

Journalists will leave this program better able to:

- Choose voices to feature in ways that differentiate your op-eds from the noisy crowd
- Clarify each op-ed’s purpose, and use persuasive strategies that are most effective
- Identify specific audiences for op-eds and ways to know whether you’ve reached them

More information: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_eUHrnF1oQPWMCntO56FWYg

Contact: Julie Moos

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


October 27, 2021 • General Journalism
2021 RTDNA Edward R. Murrow Gala

Since 1971, RTDNA has been honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast and digital journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards. Among the most prestigious in news, the Murrow Awards recognize local and national news stories that uphold the RTDNA Code of Ethics, demonstrate technical expertise and exemplify the importance and impact of journalism as a service to the community. Murrow Award winning work demonstrates the excellence that Edward R. Murrow made a standard for the broadcast news profession.

More information: https://rtdna.informz.net/RTDNA/pages/Training

Contact: Tara Puckey

Tagged under: Coronavirus


November 5, 2021 - November 7, 2021 • SPJ National
SPJ Future Leaders Academy

Identifying, cultivating and preparing future leaders for SPJ -- that’s why the SPJ Future Leaders Academy was created.

An outgrowth of the Ted Scripps Leadership Institute, whose graduates helped shape today’s SPJ, the live Academy experience offers an opportunity for up-and-coming leaders to learn about the history, programs, and operations of the Society. It offers core training through interactive, meaningful, and practical leadership development experiences with a goal of building confidence, connections, and capacity.

An organization is only as strong as the members and the volunteers that choose to serve as leaders. You can help us make SPJ stronger while boosting your own skills and knowledge.

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

Contact: Karyn Nishimura Sneath

Tagged under: Ethics, Students, Educators, SPJ Leaders


December 13, 2021 • SPJ National
Nomination Deadline: Fellows of the Society

Fellows of the Society is the highest professional honor awarded by SPJ, for extraordinary contribution to the profession of journalism. Nominations are open to anyone in the journalism community. Winners will be honored at the Excellence in Journalism Convention.

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

Contact: SPJ Awards

Tagged under: Coronavirus, SPJ National Awards, Journalism Awards



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