By Anna Gutierrez, SPJ Communications Department
"The Society of Professional Journalists calls for the immediate release of Reuters reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, who are being detained by the Myanmar government. We agree with others who have said this is a blatant, unwarranted attack on press freedom. We support these journalists, who were doing nothing wrong, and urge the Myanmar government to release them to their families. Silencing the press is unacceptable, regardless of where in the world it happens." -- SPJ National President Rebecca Baker.
Facebook is changing its algorithm to focus on "meaningful interactions." The focus is going to shift from showing content from publishers or businesses to showing more posts from family and friends and updates that spark conversation. Find out what this means for your news organization.
Members of "The West Wing" and "Scandal" casts will reunite for a special, one-night-only reading of "All the President's Men," sponsored by the Fountain Theatre in Los Angeles, Jan. 27. The current cast includes Bradley Whitford, Joshua Malina, Richard Schiff, Ed Begley Jr., Jeff Perry and Joe Morton. The event is free, but donations will benefit SPJ.
Al Tompkins says the false alert in Hawaii over the weekend is an opportunity for journalists to explain the American emergency alert system. In this article, he lays out the technical details, processes and the history behind the Wireless Emergency Alerts system to help journalists explain it to their readers.
Words the president chooses are powerful and they enter the public domain at an increased speed. Here's how different news outlets handled publishing, or not publishing, the term Donald Trump used Friday to describe African nations and Haiti. The main argument to publish was that the language came directly from the president. SPJ Ethics Committee Member Alex Veeneman writes: "It's essential that news organizations explain their actions as to why they did or did not use the word -- as part of the call to be accountable and transparent."
GET A GIG
The Baltimore Sun is hiring an interactive designer to work on its graphics/data team. Apply by sending your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Paducah Sun, Paducah, Kentucky, is hiring a copy editor at its Page Design Center. This is a full-time position involving pagination of sports pages using Adobe In-Design CS-6. To apply, send your resume and work samples to email@example.com.
LEARN SOME STUFF
Get your Google on this semester with a free Google News Lab training provided by SPJ. You'll learn how to incorporate maps, data, trends and alerts into your reporting. Request a training here.
GIVE A LITTLE
Looking to get more involved with SPJ this spring? Check out Volunteer Square -- a space where we share volunteer opportunities for members, such as judging for awards, taking over SPJ's Snapchat for the day, speaking at local schools and sharing information via social media about SPJ's Day of Giving later this year.
SPJ QUICK FIX
SPJ President Rebecca Baker attended the Power Shift Summit, a meeting to address the problem of sexual harassment in newsrooms and to identify solutions, last week. "One solution stood out: creating a culture of respect in the newsroom. Too often, rudeness, hostility and boorishness can open the door to more serious misconduct," Baker writes. Get the rest of her recap here.
SPJ Florida got a shoutout from Poynter for its Fake News Game Show. The chapter finds that the game teaches people not just how to identify fake news, but also about the rigorousness of the reporting process. Interested in trying it with your chapter? Email Emily Bloch, SPJ Florida vice president of programming.