SPJ Communications Department
“The press is critical for a well-functioning democracy, period.” – Quentin Kidd, political science professor at Christopher Newport University, on the sale of The Virginian Pilot to Tronc.
Charging different fees for the same public record. Citizens not allowed to use their cell phones to copy records and save money. Lack of online content about necessary information to help file a FOI request … Read more about the findings from recent state and local government freedom of information (FOI) audits done in Florida, Illinois and Tennessee.
If you’ve received more “please see how our privacy policies have changed” messages from a variety of websites lately, Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is why. Learn more about how news publishers both in and outside of Europe have prepared.
Anchorage Daily News explains “The Iditarod is important, but we also felt like it was a good vehicle to experiment with some coverage concepts that could ultimately have a more strategic payoff.” Learn how it used the Iditarod sled dog race to rethink the way it covers events.
Enraged last week by negative media coverage of Tesla, entrepreneur Elon Musk proposed a rating system where the public would vote on the credibility of individual journalists and news sites. Margaret Sullivan, media columnist for The Washington Post, explains the flaws in Musk’s understanding of how journalists do their work.
In the past week, newspaper positions have been eliminated in Texas; buyouts have been announced in Boston, and employees at three popular college sports websites were told the sites would be shuttered. Read more about each and how this is affecting the industry.
GET A GIG
Earlier this year, SPJ, in association with the Facebook Journalism Project, launched a new SPJ training program to train journalists about Facebook tools. Now, SPJ and the Facebook Journalism Project are seeking talented and digitally savvy journalists and educators who can travel to U.S. newsrooms, universities and conferences to train journalists on Facebook products and tools. See more details and learn how to apply.
Cincinnati Public Radio is looking for someone to host WVXU’s Cincinnati Edition. Learn more and apply here.
The New York Times is seeking a diligent, curious researcher, who will have the primary task of working with reporters across The Times to file FOIA requests to turn breaking news stories into investigative pieces. Learn more and apply today.
Money Map Press is seeking an associate financial editor. Learn more and apply here.
LEARN SOME STUFF
Visual journalists play an important role in increasing audience engagement. This June 11 Poynter webinar is designed to help visual journalists arrive and thrive within complex newsroom environments.
Covering immigration stories can be challenging. That’s why SPJ compiled some helpful resources in our Journalist’s Toolbox.
Are they lies? Falsehoods? Finding the right words to describe many of President Donald Trump’s statements is more complex than it often seems.
Reporters typically try not to get involved in the stories they cover, but when CNN reporter Chloe Melas experienced inappropriate conduct from Morgan Freeman, it led directly to her investigation. Meanwhile, Freeman’s attorney is demanding CNN apologize for the story, but CNN is standing by its account.
The conversation about free-expression rights for artificially intelligent communicators is coming, and the Supreme Court may be pushed to finally define who is and is not a journalist.
GIVE A LITTLE
Save the Date! SPJ’s annual Day of Giving will be June 21. Whether your heart lies in supporting the First Amendment, journalists fighting legal battles, or just supporting all journalism, take the opportunity on June 21 to support SPJ in any way you can.
SPJ QUICK FIX
Isaac Taylor joins SPJ HQ as its new communications coordinator. Isaac is responsible for updating social media posts and sending out weekly newsletters and other email communications. He graduated from Georgia Southern University and worked for a magazine, a book publishing company and several news publications before joining SPJ. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, writing and playing baseball. Welcome Isaac to the SPJ team!
Today, May 30, is the deadline for all SPJ chapters to submit their annual report forms. Make sure to submit them to Chrystal Parvin, membership manager and chapter liaison.
Learn how colleges control their employees’ abilities to interact with journalists through “censorship by PIO” and how federal labor law may be able to help. Check out the session Untying the Gags: Challenging Colleges’ “No-Media-Interview” Policies, presented by SPJ members Kathryn Foxhall and Frank LoMonte, at the AAUP Annual Conference June 13-17 in Arlington, Virginia.
The Terry Harper Memorial Scholarship — given in honor of Terry Harper, SPJ’s executive director from 2002-2009 — provides funds for up to five members to receive a conference registration, airfare, four-night hotel accommodations at EIJ18 and one ticket to the SPJ President’s Installation Banquet on Sept. 29. Get the details and apply by June 5!