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March 4, 2024 • SPJ Local (Region 11)
Early bird rate deadline: San Diego Area Journalism Competition

The 2024 SPJ San Diego Area Journalism Competition recognizes outstanding work by San Diego-area student and professional journalists published or broadcast during the 2023 calendar year.

This year’s Distinguished Coverage Award topic is “barriers.” This may include a story or series of stories completed by a single reporter or a reporting team. The topic includes, but is not limited to: real or perceived barriers, such as physical walls, public officials putting up barriers to reporting, stories about barriers people face in finding employment, accessing health care or education, financial barriers, etc. Each outlet that produced reporting related to this topic should submit its best story, series, or segment, along with an essay of no more than 500 words on why the coverage merits recognition.

More information: https://spjsandiego.org/2024/02/12/were-now-accepting-entries-to-the-2024-san-diego-area-journalism-competition/

Contact: Wendy Fry

Tagged under: SPJ Local Awards, Journalism Awards

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March 4, 2024 • SPJ Community (International)
Journalism Ethics: Not Just a Local Thing

Join Fred Brown Chair of the SPJ Professional Standards and Ethics Committee and former Denver Post editor and columnist as he talks with Eric Wishart, editor for practices and ethics at AFP and Steven Springer, former editor for standards and best practices at Voice of America.

The discussion will look at how these news organizations with journalists from many different countries share and enforce basic rules of journalism ethics that we can all agree to.

More information: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_XK4_mZtsQCOq9VA4xziCdQ

Contact: Dan Kubiske

Tagged under: Ethics, International Journalism, Webinars

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March 6, 2024 • SPJ Committee
Membership Committee Monthly Meeting

The SPJ Membership Committee meets monthly to discuss, strategize and create opportunities for growing Society membership and make recommendations to the national board and executive director. Please join us! We welcome your ideas

More information: https://ufl.zoom.us/j/98543450141?pwd=QVc4YjdvcnA1NURWZHBMTTNrQ3Irdz09

Contact: Joanna Hernandez

Tagged under: SPJ Committees

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March 7, 2024 - March 10, 2024 • General Journalism
2024 NICAR Conference

NICAR24 offers something for everyone, from beginners to those on the cutting edge of digital reporting. We’ll offer everything from the basics on using spreadsheets, databases and online mapping to data visualization and the latest technological advances. You’ll come away with story ideas, plenty of inspiration and tools to help you overcome typical data hurdles. Bypass the budget issues in your newsroom by taking hands-on classes in free software. Get a look at what the biggest names in data-driven reporting are using to make a major impact online. Learn from the best in the business in discussions and during hands-on training sessions.

More information: https://www.ire.org/event/2024-nicar-conference/

Contact: IRE and NICAR

Tagged under: Diversity, Freelancing, Students, Educators, Journalism Training, Digital Journalism

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March 7, 2024 • SPJ National
How journalists can support the PRESS Act

Journalists’ ability to keep confidential sources and information secure is vital to newsgathering and the public’s access to information. But because there is currently no federal reporter’s shield law, journalists are vulnerable to demands for their sources and newsgathering materials in federal court. The government can also force phone and email providers to out journalists’ sources.

Thankfully, that could change if Congress passes the PRESS Act, a bipartisan federal shield bill.

Join Freedom of the Press Foundation and the Society of Professional Journalists on March 7, 2024, at 12 p.m. EST for an off-the-record virtual panel discussion explaining the PRESS Act, and why reporters and editorial boards should cover it. The panel will be followed by an on-the-record Q&A session with audience members.

This event is a part of Sunshine Week 2024, March 10-16. Sunshine Week is a nonpartisan collaboration among groups in the journalism, civic, education, government, and private sectors that shines a light on the importance of public records and open government.

More information: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_PjNDExw_R3mJLlAv-UEEYQ

Contact: Caitlin Vogus

Tagged under: Freedom of Information, Webinars

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March 8, 2024 • General Journalism
Online Harassment and Privacy Protections: What journalists need to know

From doxing to hacking, journalists around the world are subject to online harassment and abuse every day. While some of these attacks have been aimed at political journalists and those working to hold power to account, all reporters need to be on the alert for potential online harassment and attacks.

Join the National Press Club Journalism Institute for instruction on how to minimize your personal risk of online harassment and protect your private information, taught by David Huerta, senior digital security instructor for the Freedom of the Press Foundation.

More information: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_knLeo2YDR_q0whCbRMprZw#/registration

Contact: Bara Vaida

Tagged under: Freedom of Information, Freelancing, Students, Journalism Training, Webinars, Digital Journalism, Free Events

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March 13, 2024 - March 16, 2024 • General Journalism
Spring National College Media Convention

College Media Association’s next college media convention happens in the heart of Manhattan.

More information: https://Collegemedia.org/nyc24

Contact: Jackie Alexander

Tagged under: Students, Educators, Journalism Training

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March 14, 2024 • SPJ Committee
Level Up Your LinkedIn, Level Up Your Opportunities

Journalism students can join LinkedIn coaches in small-group breakout rooms for expert guidance in launching or improving their LinkedIn profiles and thus increasing their internship, networking and career opportunities.

The online event will be hosted by LinkedIn Principal Customer Service Manager Vanessa Torrez, a lead with HOLA (Hispanics of LinkedIn Alliance), and facilitated by Professor Sharyn Obsatz, journalism education chair for the Society of Professional Journalists. A team of LinkedIn professionals have volunteered to work with students.

Both the Hispanics of LinkedIn Alliance and the Society of Professional Journalists focus on helping diverse student talent succeed in their careers.

Registration link is: https://smc-edu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYsfu-qrTgqGdzyReb60UFeZTysPyaq892E

More information: https://smc-edu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYsfu-qrTgqGdzyReb60UFeZTysPyaq892E

Contact: Sharyn Obsatz

Tagged under: Students, Educators, Journalism Training, Webinars, linkedin

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March 15, 2024 • SPJ National
Application deadline: SPJ Foundation Grants

Society of Professional Journalists Foundation grants primarily support SPJ and also provide support to organizations and causes that further our mission.

More information: https://www.spj.org/foundation-grants.asp

Contact: SPJ Foundation

Tagged under: Coronavirus, Freedom of Information, Ethics, Diversity, International Journalism, Students, Educators, Journalism Training, Internships/Fellowships/Grants, SPJ Chapters, SPJ Communities, SDX Foundation, SPJ Leaders

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March 15, 2024 • General Journalism
The Appeals Process: Steps to take when your FOIA requests are denied

Public records belong to the public. So what recourse do journalists and the public have when your records requests are denied?

Join the National Press Club Journalism Institute for practical advice on the records appeals process: how to start, how to track, and how to succeed with your open records requests. Whether you are seeking federal, state, or local records, you’ll learn how to get the information you’re after (with patience, perseverance, and a plan).

This webinar is designed to help individuals who have been denied an open records request with a local, state, or federal government agency. The Freedom of Information Act, or FOIA, provides the public the right to request access to records from any federal agency. Federal agencies are required to disclose any information requested unless it falls under one of nine exemptions. State and local agencies also have open record laws governing documents produced by government agencies including lawmakers, law enforcement agencies, courts, and school districts, among others. These laws help keep citizens in the know about their government.

More information: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_r62yQuFjTo2RHvA0uRBa0g#/registration

Contact: Bara Vaida

Tagged under: Freedom of Information, Students, Journalism Training, Webinars, Digital Journalism, Free Events

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March 18, 2024 • General Journalism
Entry deadline: 2024 Excellence in Features Awards presented by the Society for Features Journalism

The Society for Features Journalism's 2024 Excellence-in-Features contest is now open for submissions. First-place winners in each category will receive $300.

Learn more: https://featuresjournalism.org/2024/02/01/sfjs-annual-excellence-in-features-contest-is-open-for-submissions/

More information: https://betternewspapercontest.com/contests/find_contest

Contact: Alice Short

Tagged under: Coronavirus, Diversity, Freelancing, Students, Educators, Digital Journalism, Journalism Awards

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March 22, 2024 • General Journalism
Career Day at the National Press Club

To help connect employers to journalists and communication professionals looking for new opportunities, the National Press Club and its nonprofit affiliate the NPC Journalism Institute will host a Career Day.

Whether you make a day of it or spend only an hour, join us to grow your network and explore your career options. Participants will meet dozens of recruiters from some of the top newsrooms and PR/communication firms in the Mid-Atlantic in the bustling exhibitor hall, which will be open all day. Recruiters will also include fellowship and academic opportunities for those exploring different career paths.

Between handshakes, attendees can refresh their professional image in our pop-up headshot studio, with photo sessions available free to ticketholders on a first-come, first-served basis. The Journalism Institute has four professional development programs planned for ticketholders.

More information: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/career-day-at-the-national-press-club-tickets-817501016547?aff=oddtdtcreator

Contact: Beth Francesco

Tagged under: Diversity, Freelancing, Students, Educators, Journalism Training, Internships/Fellowships/Grants

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March 23, 2024 • SPJ Local (Region 11)
Free public records workshop by SPJ Phoenix

SPJ Phoenix, along with the ASU campus chapters of the SPJ and the Arizona Latino Media Association (ALMA) is holding a free public records workshop. Admission is free, but RSVP is required.

Find out how to get better access to public records and meetings, and know what you can and can’t do with cameras, cell phones, tablets and other electronic devices in courtrooms and government halls at this workshop.

More information: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/getting-access-2-public-records-open-meetings-more-good-journalism-tickets-845595126787?aff=oddtdtcreator

Contact: Tim Eigo

Tagged under: Freedom of Information, Students, Educators, Journalism Training, Webinars

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March 25, 2024 - March 29, 2024 • General Journalism
Data Journalism Bootcamp - Google Sheets deep dive (In-person)

IRE’s Data Journalism Bootcamp provides a broad foundation in finding, assessing and analyzing data for anyone interested in using these skills in the newsroom. In this training you’ll become an expert in spreadsheets using Google Sheets: from importing and cleaning to analyzing and joining tables. We’ll also cover finding data sources, using public records, bulletproofing your analysis and using numbers in your stories, as well as an introduction to dataviz with exercises. Attendees are asked to bring their own laptop and pre-install some software prior to the bootcamp. If a laptop is not available, we would be happy to provide one for you. Please reach out to logistics@ire.org to make arrangements.

IRE requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and participants are expected to follow all COVID protocols in place at the host institution. Masks are encouraged.

More information: https://www.ire.org/event/march-2024-data-journalism-bootcamp-google-sheets-deep-dive-in-person/

Contact: IRE Main Office

Tagged under: Students, Educators, Journalism Training

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March 27, 2024 • SPJ Committee
Membership Committee Monthly Meeting

The SPJ Membership Committee meets monthly to discuss, strategize and create opportunities for growing Society membership and make recommendations to the national board and executive director. Please join us! We welcome your ideas

More information: https://ufl.zoom.us/j/96539850571?pwd=TkQ2NG9EMlpsa3Rmbm5XdDE3U1lFdz09

Contact: Joanna Hernandez

Tagged under: SPJ Committees

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April 6, 2024 - April 7, 2024 • SPJ National
Nomination Deadline: SPJ Fellows of the Society

This recognition honors journalists who have made an extraordinary contribution to the profession. Honorees must agree to attend the SPJ Conference. Nominations are open to anyone in the journalism community.

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

Contact: SPJ Awards

Tagged under: Coronavirus, SPJ National Awards

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April 24, 2024 • SPJ Committee
Membership Committtee Monthly Meeting

The SPJ Membership Committee meets monthly to discuss, strategize and create opportunities for growing Society membership and make recommendations to the national board and executive director. Please join us! We welcome your ideas

More information: https://ufl.zoom.us/j/92424086781?pwd=SVZtODZncGxoREVoV3JERXlNV3RGdz09

Contact: Joanna Hernandez

Tagged under: SPJ Committees

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May 3, 2024 • SPJ Community (International)
World Press Freedom Day

World Press Freedom Day is dedicated to the importance of journalism and freedom of expression in the context of the current global environmental crisis.

More information: https://www.unesco.org/en/days/press-freedom

Contact: Dan Kubiske

Tagged under: Coronavirus, International Journalism

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May 29, 2024 • SPJ Committee
Membership Committee Monthly Meeting

The SPJ Membership Committee meets monthly to discuss, strategize and create opportunities for growing Society membership and make recommendations to the national board and executive director. Please join us! We welcome your ideas

More information: https://ufl.zoom.us/j/99796792012?pwd=OUdMMm5rL2IxMVhudlBob1J6UGEzUT09

Contact: Joanna Hernandez

Tagged under: SPJ Committees

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June 8, 2024 • SPJ National
SPJ Board Meeting

Materials and a Zoom link will be posted online prior to the meeting.

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

Contact: SPJ

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June 20, 2024 - June 23, 2024 • General Journalism
2024 IRE Conference

IRE’s annual investigative journalism conference will take place in Anaheim, California. Registration includes the welcome reception, the IRE Awards Luncheon and the closing reception.

More information: https://www.ire.org/event/2024-ire-conference/

Contact: IRE

Tagged under: Freedom of Information, Ethics, Diversity, Freelancing, Students, Educators, Journalism Training, Digital Journalism

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June 26, 2024 • SPJ Committee
Membership Committee Monthly Meeting

The SPJ Membership Committee meets monthly to discuss, strategize and create opportunities for growing Society membership and make recommendations to the national board and executive director. Please join us! We welcome your ideas

More information: https://ufl.zoom.us/j/93467509619?pwd=VmdvUjBVaS9pbkRydEFpdG1qS1RVUT09

Contact: Joanna Hernandez

Tagged under: SPJ Committees

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August 5, 2024 - August 9, 2024 • General Journalism
Data Journalism Bootcamp - Google Sheets + Python (In-Person)

IRE’s Data Journalism Bootcamp provides a broad foundation in finding, assessing and analyzing data for anyone interested in using these skills in the newsroom. This version of the bootcamp is tailored for people who already have some experience working with data. We'll start with an accelerated overview of using spreadsheets to clean and analyze data, and then introduce Python, a powerful general-purpose programming language that you can use to analyze huge datasets, scrape data from the web, clean and reshape data, extract complex tables from PDF files and much more. We’ll also cover finding data sources, using public records, bulletproofing your analysis and best practices for using numbers in your stories. Attendees are asked to bring their own laptop and pre-install some software prior to the bootcamp. If a laptop is not available, we would be happy to provide one for you. Please reach out to logistics@ire.org to make arrangements.

IRE requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and participants are expected to follow all COVID protocols in place at the host institution. Masks are encouraged.

More information: https://www.ire.org/event/august-2024-data-journalism-bootcamp-google-sheets-python-

Contact: IRE Main Office

Tagged under: Students, Educators, Journalism Training

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September 26, 2024 • SPJ National
SPJ Board Meeting

Materials and a Zoom link will be posted online prior to the meeting.

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

Contact: SPJ

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