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By Anna Gutierrez, SPJ Communications Department
"We'll be in a much better place as a society when there are fewer female 'firsts,' and having a woman in charge -- whether in journalism or law or finance or politics -- is less notable because it is just the normal course of doing business." -- Susan Goldberg, editor in chief of National Geographic magazine, tells Margaret Sullivan in What Meryl Streep and 'The Post' can teach us about the power of being a female boss.
Ken Doctor, from the American Press Institute, refers to this year as "the year America wishes it could take a shower long enough to wash away the scum of daily mud-slinging." Here are 15 terms that sum up 2017 in news and news coverage.
Arthur O. Sulzberger Jr., 66, will retire as publisher of The New York Times on Dec. 31 and be succeeded in that post by his 37-year-old son, A.G. Sulzberger. Read more about A.G.'s goals here.
Buzzfeed Founder and CEO Jonah Peretti says the company is in one of the strongest positions to fix the relationship between media and tech, evolve to a multi-revenue model, build a portfolio of strong brands and organize for the future.
The UK Guardian readers' editor Paul Chadwick explains in a recent column how the newspaper decides what types of errors get what sort of response. When it comes to corrections or clarifications, the readers' editor office tells iMediaEthics, "judgments are made in the circumstances of each case."
GET A GIG
The Reynolds Journalism Institute is looking for its next class of fellows (individuals or news outlets) to partner on innovative projects that strengthen democracy through better journalism. There are three different types of fellowships to apply for - residential, nonresidential and institutional - and each comes with a stipend. Applications are due by Jan. 31.
Global Press, a 12-year-old international media organization, is hiring for three new full-time positions -- News Editor, Associate News Editor and Senior Visuals Editor -- based in Washington, D.C. See job descriptions here.
LEARN SOME STUFF
The Journal Media News Group, a news organization located in the northern suburbs of New York City, created a way to measure success through Impact Tracker, a custom online tool developed by its staff. "The [Impact Tracker] tool shows you the value of investigative journalism," said Investigative Editor Frank Scandale.
GIVE A LITTLE
Press freedom is under attack, and trusted journalism is needed now more than ever. You can protect press freedom and promote ethical journalism by making a gift to support SPJ and a tax-deductible end-of-year gift to the SDX Foundation today.
SPJ QUICK FIX
It's been quite the year for journalism and for SPJ. Check out some of the highlights from this year.
Applications are now open for the Ted Scripps Leadership Institute. Join us in New York City, March 8-10. Submit your application by midnight EST, Jan. 26.
SPJ Communities allow members to meet like-minded journalists and touch base with their fellow members through events, programs and online communication. Each community is led by a team of officers elected by community members. Earlier this month, the Freelance and Generation J communities held elections to select officers for the 2017-2018 year. Visit each Community's page to meet the officers and get in touch!
The SPJ Board met via Zoom call last week to discuss the future Nominations Committee and SPJ elections. You can watch the board meeting here, and get the recap here.
This is our last Leads of the year. SPJ Headquarters will be closed Dec. 25 to Jan. 2. Happy holidays from all of us at SPJ! We'll be back in your inbox in 2018.