By Anna Gutierrez, SPJ Communications Department
"Journalists play a major role in the promotion and protection of democracy and our unalienable rights, and they must be able to do their jobs freely." -- Sen. John McCain, in a column he wrote for the Washington Post.
The Los Angeles Times voted to unionize late last week. The announcement came one day after an NPR report uncovered allegations of sexual misconduct against the Times' publisher and CEO, Ross Levinsohn. The same week, Tronc hired an outside law firm to investigate the allegations of misconduct and Levinsohn is taking an unpaid leave of absence. (LA Times: 2; Tronc: 0)
The Huffington Post is changing its publishing strategy and is not accepting content that comes in from unpaid contributors anymore. Now, it will focus on opinion and personal sections -- with paid writers -- in an effort to declutter the website.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette staff members faced a difficult situation this month: They were required to run an editorial that basically "justified racism" on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. When the editorial published, readers were angry. The editorial team responded with a letter of its own -- one the Publisher refused to run -- so, the team shared the letter to Facebook and Twitter.
Michael A. Fuoco, Newspaper Guild of Pittsburgh president and enterprise reporter at the Post-Gazette, writes about the controversy in CJR. "Looking back on a dizzying, tumultuous week, we had no other option but to stand on the right side of history -- the history of our nation, our newspaper, our profession. We would do it again in a minute," Fuoco said.
GET A GIG
The Society of Professional Journalists (hey, that's us!) is hiring a part-time bookkeeper in Indianapolis. Get the details here, then apply here by 5 p.m. EST Feb. 9.
The Atlantic is looking for a journalist to hire other journalists and develop the ones currently on staff. Senior Editor, Talent Development is a full-time position based in Washington, D.C. Details here.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune is hiring a features reporter. This full-time gig is in Minneapolis. Get the details and apply.
LEARN SOME STUFF
Work-life balance is important, but it's tricky when most of our jobs are internet based. Here are some tips that may help.
GIVE A LITTLE
Applications are open for the 2018 Executive Leadership Program. ELP is a five-day professional leadership and development program that has been taught around the country for 26 years. It will be March 20-24 at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism. Learn more about the program and apply here.
Loyola Law School, in Los Angeles, is accepting applications for its 13th annual Journalist Law School fellowship -- a four-day crash course on the law. This year, areas of focus include legal issues related to immigration, presidential power, the Russia investigation and the #MeToo movement. Deadline to apply is Feb. 9. Questions? Contact Brian Costello, associate director of communications, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 213-736-1444.
SPJ QUICK FIX
Nominations are being accepted for SPJ's Black Hole Award. This award highlights egregious violations of the public's right to know. Send in your nominations by Feb. 16.
Regional conferences are coming up! Keep an eye out for communications from your regional directors about registration deadlines.
The first Scripps Leadership Institute of the year is in New York City, March 8-10. Don't miss out on this opportunity to get the skills you need to be a better leader. Deadline to apply is Friday!
Do you write about video games or the gaming industry? Know someone who does? Submit your work for the Kunkel Awards. Anyone can nominate an entry at no cost and it's super easy -- just fill out this form by 11:59 p.m. EST Friday. Questions? Contact Brittany Ferrendi.