By Isaac Taylor, SPJ Communications Department
"Ive watched colleagues proclaim that 'fake news' attacks by President Trump, crowd chants of 'enemies' and the expulsion of CNNs Jim Acosta from the White House press room pose the greatest threats to news reporting in history. I respectfully disagree." -- John Solomon, an opinion contributor for The Hill
With so much bad news out there, we thought you'd like a positive story. A weekly newspaper in rural Oregon is thriving! Its circulation has gone through the roof despite its location.
Guess what we're not complaining about? Billionaires are still supporting journalism. Judith Neilson, a billionaire philanthropist, is funding a $100 million institute for journalism in Sydney, Australia.
As if one billionaire supporting journalism wasn't enough, Laurene Powell Jobs is supporting narrative storytelling in big ways. She's given to non-profit journalism organizations and publications to increase jobs.
SPJ QUICK FIX
A big thank you to everyone who participated in #GivingNewsday and helped make it a success. Your continued support of SPJ ensures that journalists have the voice and training they need to succeed.
We need your ideas for next year's Excellence in Journalism conference! The EIJ19 Call for Programs and Events is open. Don't be shy. If there's anything you would like SPJ to include in EIJ19, send us your ideas by Jan. 18.
It's the most wonderful time of the year: awards season! Entries are now being accepted for the Sigma Delta Chi awards,celebrating the best in professional journalism in categories covering print, radio, television, newsletters, art/graphics, online, research and now podcasts! All entries must have been published or broadcast in 2018. Show us your finest work and submit by Feb. 19!
The deadline to nominate an outstanding journalist to be a Fellow of the Society is Saturday! Send your nominations with a letter of recommendation stating why the person deserves national recognition. While you can't nominate yourself, this is a great way to kick off this season of giving. Submit entries here. Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
GET A GIG
Apply now for the O'Brien Fellowship in Public Service Journalism starting Dec. 1. Fellows will reside in Milwaukee and travel as needed. Journalists in this position produce investigative projects examining a variety of topics.
InvestmentNews, a publication based in New York, has an opening for an investing reporter. This reporter will write and deliver daily news stories about investing and produce feature-length stories on deadline.
Los Angeles Times is looking for a reporter to cover books, publishing and literary Los Angeles. The books reporter will cover stories local and national about books, authors, the publishing industry, reading, writing and the roles books play in our present moment.
LEARN SOME STUFF
Request a FREE #FacebookJournalismProject training for your newsroom, classroom or conference! Learn how to use Live, Groups, Creators app, CrowdTangle and more to leverage Facebook and Instagram for newsgathering, storytelling and engagement. #SPJFacebook
SPJ has worked in association with the Google News Init iativeto offer in-person Google tools training around the country. Now, that effort has expanded to provide educators materials they can download and incorporate immediately into their classrooms.
Without ethics, there's no line between journalism and public relations. Ethics sets journalism apart from publicity. "By letting people censor themselves in interviews, it is no longer news, its free publicity of what the interviewee wants to talk about," an opinion editor for the Daily Collegian, wrote.
GIVE A LITTLE
Looking for the perfect gift for the journalist in your life? Of course you are! Look no further. The gifts on this list should help you get started.
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.