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SPJ Leads | 9/27/2017
Drone journalism ethics; St. Louis SPJ condemns Mike Faulk's arrest

By Anna Gutierrez, SPJ Communications Department

"But no country can have good government, or a healthy public square, without high-quality journalism - journalism that can distinguish a fact from a belief and again from an opinion; that understands that the purpose of opinion isn't to depart from facts but to use them as a bridge to a larger idea called 'truth;' and that appreciates that truth is a large enough destination that, like Manhattan, it can be reached by many bridges of radically different designs. In other words, journalism that is grounded in facts while abounding in disagreements." - Bret Stephens, columnist for The New York Times, while speaking at a journalism awards dinner in Sydney, Australia

WHAT'S HAPPENING

Here's how different networks handled President Donald Trump's comments and tweets urging NFL owners to fire players who do not stand for the national anthem.

A new project at Georgetown University, launched with the support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, is documenting and analyzing incidents around the United States in which free speech is being challenged. It's called The Free Speech Project.

The New York Times' sponsor a subscription program has provided free NYT access to more than 2 million students in more than 3,000 public schools across the U.S.

The John. S. and James L. Knight foundation announced an initiative to support the role of strong, trusted journalism as essential to a healthy democracy. Seven projects under the new Trust, Media and Democracy initiative will bring communities and journalists together to create long-term solutions to combat misinformation.

With advertising revenue declining, prominent editors stepping down and major publications being put on the market, former editors say magazines are about as useful as vinyl records and sailboats.

ETHICS ESSENTIALS

Poynter put together a code of ethics specifically for drone journalists that takes journalism and photojournalism ethics into account. It also adds legal considerations and safety concerns that come with flying drones. Check it out.

We hosted a Twitter chat with the Public Relations Society of America about Truth in Communications as a part of their ethics month. Catch up with the Storify here.

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The New Yorker's Rachel Aviv spoke with Columbia Journalism Review about finding new angles on old topics, choosing compelling characters and how she makes unbelievable stories believable. Freshen up your skills on making well-worn topics fresh.

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Just two months after getting out of San Quentin prison, Arnulfo Garcia, SPJ member and former editor-in-chief of the award-winning inmate-run newspaper the San Quentin News, was killed Saturday in a car crash. A fund has been set up to help pay for his burial expenses, with any residual funds going to support his 17-year-old daughter, Carmen.

SPJ QUICK FIX

Some SPJ members are working to create the Sunshine Community - a place for reporters and editors who use government records, data and information gathered from public meetings. The community would provide rookies and veteran journalists a FOIA home and year-round benefits. Want to get involved? Request to join the Facebook group, follow @SPJ_Sunshine on Twitter and check out the website. Contact Bob Becker with any questions.

The Ted Scripps Leadership Institute is for people just like you -- busy journalists, striving to be better leaders in their newsrooms and in the industry. The last one of 2017 is Oct. 20-22 in Pittsburgh. Are you ready to take your leadership to the next level? Apply to attend by 11:59 p.m. EDT Saturday.

Mike Faulk was covering a protest when he was knocked to the ground and pinned by a police officer. With a boot to his head, he was pepper-sprayed, arrested, held overnight in jail and has been charged with "failure to disperse." The St. Louis Society of Professional Journalists condemns his arrest and calls for the immediate dismissal of charges against Mike Faulk, and for an investigation into the events of this weekend to determine whether officers violated the Constitutional rights of Faulk or those of any other citizens. Read more from St. Louis SPJ here.

Vermont State Police introduced a new press release policy that essentially lets state troopers determine what is and isn't news. SPJ New England Chapter responded with a statement, saying this is troubling. They asked police to invite the press to be a part of the current redrafting of the policy. "Information on crime, sexual assault, armed robberies and arson are in the public's interest, and law enforcement should be working with reporters to divulge said information to the public, not hinder it."

Myrto Papadopoulous explains how the art of storytelling helped her explore life and herself as a documentary photographer in the latest #PressFreedomMatters post.

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