By Anna Gutierrez, SPJ Communications Department
"The open internet is today our main conduit for expression and information. It is our library, our printing press, our delivery truck and our town square. Journalists, academics, governments and local communities depend on it to connect, communicate and collaborate every day. And as old models for news and information evolve or decline, the internet presents opportunities for new and independent media outlets to emerge." -- SPJ, and more than 30 other press freedom groups, signed on to this letter, which was sent to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai last week.
Our friends at Nieman Lab asked influential journalists what they think is coming in the next year -- check out the predictions for journalism in 2018.
In light of the increasing sexual misconduct allegations against high-profile male journalists, the Society of Professional Journalists has compiled a list of resources for journalists everywhere. SPJ President Rebecca Baker advises journalists to demand, insist, urge and establish.
The Washington Post launched a new series to explain how journalism works in response to Poynter's Media Trust Survey.
How do you use an anonymous source? Washington Post Media Columnist Margaret Sullivan explains the mysteries of journalism everyone should know in her latest column.
GET A GIG
The Washington Times is looking for an afternoon slot editor for its universal desk. This full-time, multimedia copy-editing position is based in Washington, D.C. Apply now!
Time is running out to submit your application for the NPR Kroc Fellowship. The year-long program starts in late August/early September. Get the details here and apply by Dec. 31.
LEARN SOME STUFF
Recirculation -- the percentage of users who visit another page of your website after they finish reading their first article -- is predicted to be a key metric for news publishers in 2018. Check out ways you can increase recirculation and the best ways to measure it here.
GIVE A LITTLE
The Kopenhaver Center is conducting a national survey on The Role and Status of Women in the Communication Industries 2017, and wants SPJ members' input! Please take a few minutes out of your day to complete this survey.
If you have any questions about this survey, please contact Lillian A. Abreu of the Kopenhaver Center for the Advancement of Women in Communication at firstname.lastname@example.org or 305-919-4065.
SPJ QUICK FIX
We're getting ready for Excellence in Journalism 2018, but we need your help! If you have a program that you're interested in seeing in Baltimore, please submit an idea or program proposal by midnight EST, Jan. 18.
Know a talented high school student in need of some cash for college? Let them know about the National High School Essay Contest, sponsored by SPJ, the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation and the Journalism Education Association. All students enrolled in grades 9-12 in U.S. public, private and home schools are eligible. Entries must be submitted online or postmarked by Feb. 23. The first place winner will receive a $1000 scholarship. Find rules and submission details here.
Next week is the last week SPJ Headquarters staff will be in the office this year. If you need anything from HQ, let us know before the end of next week. We will be closed from Dec. 25 to Jan. 1 and will resume normal operation Jan. 2.