By Anna Gutierrez, SPJ Communications Department
"We need to be less like flashlights and more like lighthouses, and shine for everyone." -- Heather Bryant, in a follow-up essay about journalism's class problem
The Virginian-Pilot holds a special place in the hearts of newspaper design nerds - but now the newspaper is considering outsourcing its design operations. Andrew Beaujon writes, " outsourcing the Virginian-Pilot's design would be a downsizing that resonated outside of the newspaper's market area."
In order to reach its goal of 10 million subscribers, The New York Times is focusing on keeping subscribers instead of searching for new ones. The Times currently has 3 million print and digital subscribers. The main reason? Replacing readers who cancel is expensive. (Related: Print-native publications are having more success with subscriptions than pure digital and broadcast outlets, according to a new report from the trade group Digital Context Next.)
Columbia Journalism Review shared an article Friday that discussed how the "Harvey Weinstein" effect is being felt in newsrooms across America, weeks after the news broke. Margaret Sullivan indirectly responded by writing, " Media companies have to address the deep-seated gender inequality that's at the root of this mess." Sullivan says until the underlying issues of gender inequality and power dynamics go away, nothing will change.
Stephen J. A. Ward explains journalism beyond the facts in the first of a two-part series. He defines "journalism of facts" and goes on to explain that journalists can't report on facts alone because "most facts are misleading unless we correctly interpret them." Ward then discusses what the public needs - impartiality in service of democratic engagement. "We need to educate journalists who can place isolated facts into meaningful context."
GET A GIG
Poynter is hiring a marketing/communications generalist. The full-time position, based in St. Petersburg, Florida, is for someone who loves to plan, write, track, analyze and optimize. You'll work closely with the Advancement Department to tell the story of the Poynter Institute and drive revenue. Details here.
Are you obsessed with politics? Apply to be the next Politics Editor at Newsweek. Newsweek is hiring an experienced, digitally-savvy editor in New York or Washington, D.C., to oversee coverage of politics and national security. This is primarily a digital position, but there are plenty of opportunities to edit and write for the magazine.
LEARN SOME STUFF
Learn to find, analyze, interpret and visualize data in compelling new ways with SPJ's Google News Lab Training. Unlock the powerful world of data journalism so you can tell deep, insightful stories in your community. Learn more and request a free training for your newsroom, classroom or chapter at: www.spj.org/google
GIVE A LITTLE
We're looking for journalists of all backgrounds to visit schools (elementary through college) to discuss the importance of journalism and the First Amendment. SPJ National President Rebecca Baker has made media literacy a priority, and set a goal for SPJ to send journalists to at least 100 schools during her year-long tenure. If you have experience as a journalist, can identify responsible journalism, share why the First Amendment was written and why it's so important, apply here.
SPJ QUICK FIX
Show us your best work: SDX entries open Monday
The SDX awards honor the best in professional journalism across print, radio, television, newsletter, art/graphic, online and research mediums in large and small categories. Work must have been published or broadcast in the 2017 calendar year. Submissions will be accepted Monday through Feb. 19. Email Program Coordinator Christine Cordial with any questions. Check out the rules and view previous years' winners here.
We launched a section on our website that highlights local, state and national government agencies that are preventing sharing critical information with the public. The page includes an interactive timeline, surveys, letters to the White House and published articles that explain the importance of journalists having access to public officials and experts. SPJ National President Rebecca Baker says, " censorship by Public Information Officer works in tandem with other assaults on free speech including restrictions on public records, threats and physical assault on reporters, prosecution of whistleblowers and threats of prosecution against reporters."
SPJ signed onto a letter to Melanie Pustay, Director of the Office of Information Policy, and the Honorable Mick Mulvaney, Director of the Office of Management and Budget, asking them to finalize and implement the proactive disclosure policy of "Release to One, Release to All" under the Freedom of Information Act. The letter states: ""Release to One, Release to All" is sound public policy that would increase government transparency and leverage the existing investment in FOIA disclosures." Read more here.
"Competence can get you anywhere. As long as you work hard and know what you're doing, people will be willing to take chances on you." Read more from Susannah George's post for the #PressFreedomMatters series on the SPJ International Community blog. George is the current head of Associated Press Baghdad Bureau.
Meet SPJ's new development manager, Katie Kowalski
Katie joins SPJ/SDX Foundation after eight years of fundraising for fraternal foundations. She is a native Hoosier and has a degree in creative writing from Ball State University. A self-proclaimed news junkie, Katie considers defending free speech and freedom of the press the most important job she could ever have. Email her to learn more about how you can support the missions of SPJ and the SDX Foundation.