By Anna Gutierrez, SPJ Communications Department
"I'm thankful for the First Amendment." -- ABC News Reporter Cecilia Vega, during a press conference in response to Sarah Huckabee Sanders' request that reporters state what they are thankful for first before asking a question. Happy Thanksgiving!
CJR is trying to find out just how big the media's sexual-harassment and sexual-assault problem is. SPJ President Rebecca Baker predicts this will keep getting worse, but there are specific things newsrooms can start doing right now to shine a light on the problem and begin to prevent it.
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Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) introduced a bipartisan federal shield law on Nov. 14 that would protect journalists from being forced to reveal confidential sources or documents in most cases. Get the details here.
American photojournalist Alexei Wood is facing criminal trial this week on rioting charges after being arrested during protests on Inauguration Day in Washington, D.C. HuffPost is reporting this story as if this happened in another country. The editor's note reads, "Felony charges against American journalists are jarring. Our approach to this story is meant to be as well."
SPJ Ethics Committee Chairman Andrew Seaman says discussions about ethics in the workplace are absolutely necessary. The Society of Professional Journalists' Code of Ethics is clear that journalists should "expose unethical conduct in journalism, including within their organizations." Here are some tips for making those conversations a little more comfortable.
GET A GIG
The Education Writers Association is accepting submissions for the 2017 National Awards for Education Reporting through December 15. Send in your best education-related breaking news stories, investigations, op-eds, features, podcasts and videos. All category winners receive cash prizes and are eligible for the $10,000 Fred M. Hechinger Grand Prize for Distinguished Education Reporting. Visit the EWA website to learn more.
The Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia invites journalists and journalism educators to submit nominations for the 2018 McGill Medal for Journalistic Courage. The McGill Medal honors a working U.S. journalist who has exemplified journalistic courage throughout his/her career. Nominate a journalist by Dec. 18.
LEARN SOME STUFF
'Tis the season to be thankful! Here are some digital tools that journalists are thankful for. If you're already using them, you know what we mean. If not, now's a great time to start!
GIVE A LITTLE
Join us for #GivingNewsDay next week! We're raising funds and awareness about SPJ's efforts to improve and protect journalism through the First Amendment Forever Fund, the Legal Defense Fund, and the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation. You can participate by sharing stories on social media about how SPJ has helped you become a better journalist using the hashtags #GivingNewsDay and #ProtectPressFreedom.
SPJ QUICK FIX
During this season of giving, give thanks to an outstanding colleague or mentor by nominating them to be a Fellow of the Society! Nominate them by sending a letter that shares the nominee's contributions and/or service to the profession and why they are deserving of this national recognition. The deadline to submit your nomination is Dec. 1. Email program coordinator Christine Cordial with any questions.
Don't miss your last chance to apply for a chapter grant! The deadline is 5 p.m. EST Nov. 30. Apply by emailing SPJ Region 2 Director Andy Schotz. Details here.
SPJ headquarters will be closed the rest of this week for the Thanksgiving holiday; catch us in your inbox next week!