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SPJ Leads | 10/4/2017
Best practices for covering a mass shooting; Introducing SPJ's Snapchat Takeover program

By Anna Gutierrez, SPJ Communications Department

"It's important that parents and citizens really lobby for media literacy to be taught in schools, starting with kindergarten. We're doing our students a real disservice if we don't teach them to become critical consumers of the media." — Jean Kilbourne, author and speaker. 

WHAT'S HAPPENING

From live blogs to mobile alerts, some journalists are saying it might be time to rethink standard articles for live coverage and breaking news with different approaches to providing information.

All kinds of local reporting -- from day-to-day city hall coverage to world-changing investigations like in "Spotlight" -- is faced with extinction. In her latest column, Margaret Sullivan writes about how the local news crisis is only getting worse.

SPJ Ethics Committee Chairman Andrew Seaman says Puerto Rico's situation is not up for debate. In his latest blog post, Seaman reminds journalists to give voice to the voiceless: "Transmit the devastation. Talk to residents, first responders, doctors and anyone else who is able to articulate what their daily lives are like in the wake of the hurricane."

In light of St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Mike Faulk's arrest last week, media lawyers and news executives give some advice about how news organizations can defend journalists who are attacked or arrested while covering news.

ETHICS ESSENTIALS

SPJ Ethics Committee Chairman Andrew Seaman speaks with CNN's Brian Stelter about the ethics of news organizations reporting claims of responsibility in the wake of mass shootings and attacks. He says journalists and news organizations should report what is known, what isn't known and what is known to be false information, and shun any type of speculation.

GET A GIG

SPJ is looking for a Development Manager. Apply for this full-time gig, based in Indianapolis, by 5 p.m. EDT Friday. More info here.

SPJ is also searching for an Executive Director to lead the Society and the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation. You can find more information about the position here. Deadline to apply is 5 p.m. EDT Oct. 31.

The Houston Chronicle is looking for a data visualization developer to work with a team of producers, developers, editors and reporters to create engaging data visualizations, maps and graphics for  HoustonChronicle.com. Apply by filling out this form by Friday. Contact Rachael Gleason if you have questions.

LEARN SOME STUFF

In addition to following the SPJ Code of Ethics, which is always a good idea regardless of the story, Poynter shares some best practices for covering mass shootings in response Sunday's attack in Las Vegas. More recommendations for journalists can be found here.

GIVE A LITTLE

The SPJ Legal Defense Fund is a source of support for journalists who need legal or direct financial assistance for events where they've been attacked or arrested on the job, initiating and supporting litigation that enforces public access to government records and proceedings - basically anything that helps defend the First Amendment. Your donations can help journalists acquire competent representation or cover court and other fees. Donate now.

SPJ QUICK FIX

"In several occasions in conversation with my female friends - some working in the field of journalism and some with careers in a variety of sectors as well - a common concern always comes out in the talk: the feeling that, as women, we have to prove more than men that we are capable of the work we are doing." Read more from Elena Del Estal in this week's #PressFreedomMatters post on the SPJ International Community blog.

We're looking for energetic and fun people willing to give a behind-the-scenes look of a day in the life as a journalist to our Snapchat followers. This can be in the form of a regular work day or an event your chapter is hosting. Interested in hosting a takeover? Apply here.

Bring Google News Lab tools to your chapter or newsroom with SPJ's free training program! Request a training by filling out this form.

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SPJ Leads
– When journalists should intervene
– SPJ President starts #FreePressFriday
– Best practices for covering a mass shooting

Press Notes
– 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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Quill
SPJ Leads
The EIJ News
Press Notes
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