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SPJ Leads | 8/16/2017
How to handle racist words, images and violence in coverage; Meet our new program coordinator

By Anna Gutierrez, SPJ Communications Department

"I happened to be at the place at the time it happened, and I did my job."- Ryan Kelly, the photographer that got the photo everyone is talking about on his last day of work at the Daily Progress.

WHAT'S HAPPENING

SPJ Ethics Chairman writes that journalists should call out racism, anti-Semitism and discrimination. You can be objective without supporting that all points of view are inherently equal.

Is " advocacy journalism" a dirty phrase? Some say " advocacy journalism will be the single most crucial element to enable the necessary organizing." Atlanta-based freelance journalist Anna Simonton is looking to " movement journalism" as a way to better cover issues around social justice and create an impact.

More billionaires are buying media organizations. While private ownership has its benefits, some question the " benevolent billionaire model" in journalism.

The top trusted news sources are rebuilding trust on social media by writing about more than politics, keeping headlines objective and not withholding information on social media posts.

ETHICS ESSENTIALS

Poynter has some advice for how journalists should handle racist words, images and violence. The SPJ Code of Ethics and supporting documents and resources can also provide guidance: " Consider the long-term implications of the extended reach and permanence of publication. Provide updated and more complete information as appropriate."

GET A GIG

The Journalism Department at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo has openings for two tenure-track positions starting in Fall 2018. Apply to teach media law and ethics or broadcast and multimedia journalism by Sept. 15.

Digital journalists from diverse backgrounds with experience reporting for mobile and social platforms are encouraged to apply for the CNN Diversity Fellowship at ONA17. Four winners will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the ONA17 Conference in Washington, D.C., Oct. 5-7. Apply by Aug. 21.

LEARN SOME STUFF

The National Press Foundation is offering a free live webinar on using technology in visual storytelling Aug. 23. Graphics editors Samuel Granados and Kevin Schaul will share how their team created "The Waypoint," a project about European refugees.

Get ready to cover Monday's solar eclipse by reading up on eight mistakes first-time eclipse-chasers often make.

The Hemingway App gauges the readability of your writing and gives you suggestions to improve it. (It's free to use if you paste your content into the browser, but if you want to download the app it's going to cost you.) Try it out before you turn in your next story.

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The Sigma Delta Chi Foundation supports the educational mission of SPJ. Did you know you can turn your donation into monthly payments? Supporting journalism can fit into almost any budget.

SPJ QUICK FIX

In an effort to better execute its mission and better serve its members, the SPJ Board of Directors will be recommending that EIJ convention delegates adopt a bylaws change that would shrink the national board from 23 members to nine. Go here to find out why. Also, watch your inbox for an invitation to participate in a virtual meeting at 2 p.m. EDT, Aug. 24. We want your input.

SPJ signed onto an amicus brief with the Student Press Law Center that states cutting funds for student publications is censorship.

Corinne Redfern says emotions in journalism are often underestimated. In the latest International Journalism Community's #PressFreedomMatters post, Redfern shares why empathy in journalism is important and why it's OK to allow yourself to feel when reporting.

Congrats to SPJ member Jeff Huebner on receiving an inaugural Rabkin Foundation prize for art journalism. The Dorothea and Leo Rabkin Foundation will annually shell out $50,000 awards to art journalists and critics.

Joe Skeel, SPJ executive director, will be leaving his position, effective Dec. 1, to assume the executive director role at the Indiana State Bar Association. Congratulations Joe! You will be missed!

On a happier note, meet SPJ's new program coordinator, Christine Cordial! She holds an MPA in public management from Indiana University and a B.S. in political science from Christopher Newport University. Prior to joining the team at SPJ, Christine worked as a community liaison at HANDS in Autism in Indianapolis.

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How to help with Hurricane Irma
How to help with Hurricane Harvey; Q&A with board candidates
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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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