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SPJ Leads | 10/17/2018
Saudis may admit death of missing journalist; a university's struggles with journalism ethics

By Isaac Taylor, SPJ Communications Department

"The medium for journalism may be undergoing a period of change, but the need for it remains as strong as ever. The platform upon which journalists’ work is consumed is in the process of changing from a piece of paper the size of a towel to a phone screen the size of a banknote, but the power of their words remains the same." -- Journalist Rob Shaw writes for The Islanderabout the current journalism climate

WHAT'S HAPPENING

In the past week, the "disappearance" of Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who vanished after visiting his country’s consulate in Istanbul, where Turkish officials suspect he was murdered on the orders of the Saudi government, has prompted worldwide media outrage and a business backlash.

With help from journalism students, a Miami man was freed after 12 years behind bars for murder. Tony Brown’s freedom came thanks to students from the Medill Justice Project at Northwestern University, who interviewed a prison inmate who admitted Brown was not the killer.

For many in the media, analytics rule.  It's all about the clicks. It's all about how many eyeballs are exposed to any given story on the company website and how long those eyeballs stay focused on it. But decisions shouldn’t be driven by clicks, Jim Shella writes for the Indianapolis Business Review.

In this ever-changing industry,  new roles are emerging that redefine how we do journalism: audience engagement director, social newsgathering reporter, Snapchat video producer. Rachel Glickhouse writes about how journalism’s latest job title – partner manager – works in Pro Publica’s newsroom.

GET A GIG

The Society of Professional Journalists is looking for a  part-time bookkeeper who willreport to the Director of Finance. Ideal candidates work well with others and can stay organized and focused during high-level multitasking. The position is located at SPJ's headquarters in Indianapolis.

The Indianapolis Star is looking for an experienced and accomplished investigative reporter. If you are interested in journalism that makes a difference -- locally, statewide, regionally and nationally -- IndyStar is committed to doing work at the highest level.

The International Women's Media Foundation is offering a Reporters Initiative Fellowship. Fellows will report collaboratively in a variety of locations in Mexico.

LEARN SOME STUFF

The SPJ Training Program, in association with Google News Initiative, continues to offer its traveling journalism training program. “ Covering and Protecting Your Elections” is in Morgantown, West Virginia, on Friday and Denver, on Monday. To sign up or host the workshop in your city,  fill out the form or email  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 trainingor apply to becomea trainer today!

Networking for Job Search and Career Success: In this 20-minute mini-seminar, Peter Weddle explores the important role of networking in successful career self-management and how best to use it for a job search and during the business day.

Florida International University is conducting a series of studies to examine how people process news messages and the impact of these messages on perceptions and attitudes. Journalists and journalism educators are invited to participate in a research surveyon news perceptions and media literacy.

ETHICS ESSENTIALS

Journalism Ethics: Closely organized around SPJ's Code of Ethics, this edition uses real-life case studies to demonstrate how journalism students and professionals can reason through ethical dilemmas.

The University of Maryland is funding a publication that claims to be "news." Students and staff voice their concern in an opinion piece. "It fails all four tenets of the SPJ standards. It certainly fails journalism ethics.” - Sandy Banisky, senior ethics lecturer at the University of Maryland said of Maryland Today.

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Consider being a monthly donor to SPJ or the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation. Even a gift of $5 a month makes a difference in SPJ’s work to improve and protect journalism. Choose your passion and give today!

SPJ QUICK FIX

The Society of Professional Journalists, along with more than 40 other journalism and press freedom organizations,  urge the Saudi Arabia ambassador to the U.S. to launch a full investigation into the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Honor a colleague or mentor’s contribution to the profession of journalism by nominating them to be a  Fellow of the Society,the highest professional honor given by SPJ. Nominations should include a letter(s) of recommendation addressing the nominee's contributions and/or service to the profession and why the nominee is deserving of this national honor. Self-nominations are not permitted. Submit entries  here. Send questions to  program coordinator Christine Cordial.

Are you interested in joining SPJ's national board and making journalism stronger in Region 11? Check out the qualifications and apply to be our next regional director. Deadline is Oct. 24!

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  quill@spj.org or call 317-920-4786.


SPJ Leads
– Prez Tarquinio does media interviews
– Sharpen your skills with the Journalist's Toolbox
– New student chapter and new Region 11 Director

Press Notes
– Breast Cancer Awareness: Learning From Jackie Collins' Death
– Blog: CPJ joins call to oppose draft surveillance law in France
– Baboon raid temporarily forced Zimbabwe radio station off air


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