By Anna Gutierrez, SPJ Communications Department
"Without local newspapers, there is no one to cover City Council meetings, to investigate local politicians, or report on local high school sporting events." -- Brian Young, in an article he wrote about The Death of Newspapers.
Turns out, millennials aren't killing everything. In fact, they're making news subscriptions great again. Between 2016 and 2017, Americans ages 18 to 24 who pay for online news has increased from 4 percent to 18 percent, and Americans ages 25 to 34 rose from 8 percent to 20 percent.
Protests are the most dangerous place in America for a journalist to be, according to the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker. More and more journalists are being arrested or attacked for simply doing their jobs. This Columbia Journalism Review article breaks down journalists' rights and how to stay safe covering protests.
According to PolitiFact, President Donald Trump has mentioned "fake news" at least 153 separate times in interviews, on Twitter and in speeches. SPJ Ethics Chairman Andrew Seaman spoke with PolitiFact about "fake news" and recommended that the public consider news organizations' history and track records. "The overwhelming weight of evidence shows their journalism to be reliable and trustworthy."
LA Weekly is being sold to Semanal Media, a new entity created only to purchase the alternative weekly newspaper. Sara April, Voice Media Group representative (and LA Weekly's owner) would not say who owns Semanal or where the company is based. SPJ Ethics Chairman Andrew Seaman says, on Twitter, that this transaction is unacceptable. In previous situations like this, Seaman said "Accountability begins with knowing a messenger, which allows an audience to understand that messenger's motives and better understand the messages. To not reveal yourselves is to treat your readers with less dignity than humans deserve and with less respect than democracy should demand."
GET A GIG
SPJ is 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.
Calling all post-grads: The Scripps Howard Foundation is accepting applications for its 12-month fellowship program. This paid gig is the perfect jumpstart to your journalism career. You'll work at either Scripps News Washington Bureau/Newsy or ProPublica, and you'll focus on developing expertise in investigative reporting, engagement reporting, data reporting or multimedia storytelling. Apply by Dec. 15.
LEARN SOME STUFF
Newsroom analytics can be tricky. Learn more about effective ways to use metrics in your newsroom, like what to track and how to interpret your results, with this tool from Better News.
GIVE A LITTLE
Honor a colleague or mentor's contribution to the profession of journalism by nominating them to be a Fellow of the Society, the highest professional honor given by SPJ. Nominations should include a letter(s) of recommendation addressing the nominee's contributions and/or service to the profession and why the nominee is deserving of this national honor. Self-nominations are not permitted. Submit entries here. Send questions to SPJ Program Coordinator Christine Cordial.
SPJ QUICK FIX
Magazine editors - they're humans, too. Did you spot the typo on the September/October cover of Quill? Neither did we. We'd like to say we launched a new copy editing test feature on the cover, but we didn't. We were just so excited about the annual Freedom of Information Issue and the First Amendment, we missed it. We're sorry for the error. *Checks out schedule for American Copy Editors Society boot camps now.*
Alice Driver is working directly to fight the inequality of women in journalism. She does this by hiring women. "These experiences working with women photographers have enriched my work and pushed me to take on more physically and mentally challenging stories." Read more in this week's #PressFreedomMatters post on the SPJ International Community blog.
Need funding for programs that recruit new members? Want to revive dormant chapters, or start a new chapter? Apply for a Chapter Grant to help cover the costs. The third and final deadline for this year is 5 p.m. EDT, Nov. 30. Send your application letter to Patti Newberry.
The 2018 Excellence in Journalism Conference -- a collaboration between RTDNA and SPJ -- is ramping up planning, and we need your help to make it happen. The Call for Programs and Ideas is open and taking your thoughtful input on what you want to see at the conference. Send in your ideas by Jan. 18.