By Isaac Taylor, SPJ Communications Department
"Disinformation and misinformation go beyond challenging journalists’ reputations and safety. They question their purpose and effectiveness, and they perpetuate the degradation of journalism to the detriment of civic discourse." -- Julie Posetti and Cherilyn Ireton wrote in a recent article published by Nieman Lab
EXCELLENCE IN JOURNALISM 2018
EIJ18 is next week! Even so, it’s not too late to make plans to attend EIJ18 in Baltimore. You’re welcome to register on-site, buy meal tickets and one-day passesat the registration desk inside the J-Expo!
“Telling Local Climate Change Stories that Matter: Science, Impacts and Solutions,” has additional seats available, so register today for this free training, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 26, at the Hilton Baltimore. Climate change is more than an “environmental” story. This deep dive into localized climate reporting will cover the wide variety of impacts on our health, economy, security, agriculture and more. Hear the latest research on the science, communication, impacts and solutions. Get your questions answered. See exemplary work by peers. Practice creating stories using localized reporting resources; and receive feedback that will make your climate reporting more engaging and accessible.
Do you have an idea for a resolution that SPJ delegates should consider at EIJ18 in Baltimore? If so, draft a resolution that the full convention will consider during the Saturday business meeting. Don't wait until Baltimore. Send your resolutions in now.
Join us for the Super Session "Covering the #MeToo Movement." Moderator: Debra Adams Simmons Panelists: Amy Brittain, Debra Katz and Anna North.
The EIJ18 app launches tomorrow! Visit the App Store or Google Play to download it.
Reserve your room at the Hilton Baltimore and save money. Need another reason to stay at the conference hotel? Here are two:
—Register in the room block and your name will be entered into a raffle to win reimbursement of conference registration cost. There will be three lucky winners!
—Everyone staying in the room block receives a 10 percent discount at all food and beverage outlets in the hotel.
If you think you'll need a breather, check out Caroline Escobar's yoga class Sept. 29.
Of the many events at EIJ, some of the most enjoyable and informative are the breakout sessions and workshops. All sessions are included as part of your conference registration.
A Trump effect at journalism schools? Colleges see a surge in admissions.Trump is almost certainly not the only factor. New journalism students are drawn to the reporting and storytelling power of social media and other technological developments.
Sunday front pages from North Carolina and South Carolina showed the destruction left by the slow-moving and powerful Hurricane Florence, which has killed at least 14 people, according to The News & Observer in Raleigh, North Carolina.
An AP award-winning journalist and the founding executive director of Pennsylvania’s Office of Open Records is this year’s inductee into the “Heroes of the 50 States” Open Government Hall of Fame which recognizes long-term contributions of individuals to open government in their respective states.
GET A GIG
Whether you're looking for a job or you have an opening to share, visit the SPJ Career Center. Browse new jobs, search listings, upload your resume, post jobs, search resumes and more.
The Society of Professional Journalists is offering a part-time bookkeeper position. The bookkeeper will report to the Director of Finance. Ideal candidates work well with others and can stay organized and focused during high-level multitasking.
The Wall Street Journal Pro seeks a senior editor to oversee a new product focused on one of the hottest areas of technological change: artificial intelligence. As investments in AI technologies rise dramatically in the coming years, business practices will be transformed.
The Marguerite Casey Foundation announced the opening of applications for fellowships and scholarships for journalists and journalism students spotlighting poverty in the U.S. and families working for solutions to it. The deadline to apply is Oct. 15.
LEARN SOME STUFF
The SPJ Training Program, in association with the Google News Initiative, offers a special elections training program. “ Covering and Protecting Your Elections” is in Philadelphia Sept. 25 and will travel to eight additional U.S. cities. To sign up, fill out the form or email SPJ's Training/Education Manager Monica Williams.
The Facebook Journalism Project partners with SPJ to train professionals to teach Facebook tools for journalists at conferences, workshops and newsrooms around the country. SPJ and the Facebook Journalism Project are committed to creating opportunities for journalists to learn about the ways Facebook tools can help create and share incredible works of journalism. Request a training or apply to become a trainer today!
In a new webinar from the SPJ Training Program, Lynn Walsh and Andrew Seaman of the Ethics Committee of the Society of Professional Journalists discuss tenets of ethical reporting, using SPJ's Code of Ethics as a guide.
SPJ's Code of Ethics:
—Seek Truth and Report It - "Provide access to source material when it is relevant and appropriate."
GIVE A LITTLE
SPJ is still selling First Amendment T-shirts in support of the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland, where five employees were killed on June 28. Order your T-shirt today, or make a donation directly to the Capital Gazette Families Fund. The T-shirts will also be sold at EIJ18, so look for them there!
SPJ QUICK FIX
SPJ's Journalist on Call Rod Hicks speaks with radio host Stephanie Renée of WURD in Philadelphia about media trust, the role of the free press and the importance of local news organizations.
"Every day, local journalists expose corruption and incompetence in local government; reveal the state of education in local schools; track trends in crime, housing and development; and showcase citizens who are working to improve the lives of others." SPJ President Rebecca Baker writes in her final Quill column as president.
SPJ joins Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and 19 other organizations in launching a campaign to encourage voters to ask their congressional candidates in the U.S. midterm elections where they stand on press freedom.
Get to know your SPJ Board of Directors candidates! Region 2 Director Andy Schotz asked candidates in each race to answer a short questionnaire. Here is a link to their replies, edited only to fix the occasional typo or style point. Want to know more about the election, voting process or the candidates themselves? Visit SPJ Election Central to hear podcast interviews with each of them before voting opens at EIJ18. You can vote for SPJ national officers during EIJ18, even if you're not attending the conference. You’ll receive an email with instructions on the voting process and login information for the election platform — so if you have a new email address, be sure to contact firstname.lastname@example.org to update it now!
Attention all historians, Quill lovers and hoarders: Do you have any issues of Quill from the 1920s to the early 1960s that you want to add to the Quill library at our Indianapolis headquarters? We want to preserve our history. Please let us know. Email us at email@example.com or call 317-920-4786.
"Nutshell: Meredith Corp., which purchased Time, People, Fortune and Sports Illustrated only eight months ago, is selling the 95-year-old flagship magazine of the once-mighty Time-Life empire to Marc Benioff, founder of Salesforce, and his wife, Lynne, for $190 million. Being an ignorant septuagenarian, I had to learn from the Chicago Trib story that Salesforce is a 'cloud computing pioneer.' So, now we’ll see whether the Benioffs will prove benevolent 'sugar parents,' as Amazon’s Jeff Bezos has been to the Washington Post, or if they just plan to milk Time’s advertising revenue [what’s left of it] and neglect the journalistic product, private equity style." — Robert Buckman