By Isaac Taylor, SPJ Communications Department
"No matter one’s political persuasion, people are pretty worn out by this news cycle. We also know that retreating into the things that are known, loved and trusted is how many are choosing to deal with it. Some call this escapism. But what if we took that desire to escape and used it as fuel for relevancy?" — Kelsey Proud, managing editor of digital at WAMU in Washington, D.C., writes for NiemanLab
For the first time ever, the U.S. ranks among the top five deadliest countries for journalists. Over 60 journalists were killed in 2018.
The Senate cast two historic votes to end U.S. participation in the Saudi-led war effort in Yemen and condemn the Saudi crown prince as responsible for the killing of journalist Jamal Khashogg i.
The Weekly Standard, the magazine that espouses traditional conservatism and which has remained deeply critical of President Donald Trump, will shutter after 23 years.
Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin posted a series of tweets attacking the Louisville Courier-Journal and ProPublica in a three-minute video detailing his disdain for both outlets, which he characterized as biased.
SPJ QUICK FIX
SPJ headquarters will be closed Dec. 24-Jan. 1, which means Leads will take a break on Dec. 26 as well and will return to your inbox Jan. 2. Until then, thank you for being a member of SPJ and all you do to support journalists and good, ethical journalism. Happy holidays, and may 2019 be a great year for you and yours.
We need your ideas for next year's Excellence in Journalism conference! The #EIJ19 Call for Programs and Events is open. If there are any topics you would like to see included at #EIJ19, let us know! Send us your ideas by Jan. 18.
Awards season is the best season! Entries are now being accepted for the Sigma Delta Chi Awards,celebrating the best in professional journalism in 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!
GET A GIG
The Los Angeles Times is looking for a multiplatform copy editor to work in its Washington bureau.
WIRED is looking for a research editor to join its team in San Francisco.
The research editor fact-checks longform articles, web stories, infographics and shorter magazine stories for accuracy. The research editor works on a team with full-time and freelance researchers and the team reports to the deputy editor.
Money-Media, a business division of the Financial Times, is looking for an enterprising reporter for a publication covering the life insurance and annuity markets. The reporter will write articles and create video content. This position is based in New York City.
LEARN SOME STUFF
"Looking back on 2018, the troubles of the press were numerous and unrelenting. When the media was forced to cover itself, journalists — and the public — were given stark reminders of issues in the industry. Everything from controversy surrounding anonymous sources to unprovoked violence against reporters have dominated headlines in the past 12 months. Here’s a look at the top challenges journalists faced in 2018." — Isaac Taylor writes in Quill online.
Expand your journalism skills by requesting a FREE Facebook Journalism Project training for your newsroom, classroom or conference! You’ll learn how to use tools such as Live, Groups, Creators app, CrowdTangle and more to leverage Facebook and Instagram for newsgathering, storytelling and audience engagement. Request a training today.
SPJ is a primary resource for educators preparing the next generation of journalists. Now, that effort has expanded to provide educators instructional materials based on Google tools they can download and incorporate into their classrooms. Check out these resources brought to you by SPJ and the Google News Initiative.
If the publisher of a newspaper runs ads accusing his wife of poisoning him, while at the same time offering an award for tips, is that ethical? “It’s highly problematic for a publisher to be using the editorial resources of the paper to pursue a personal vendetta,” said Edward Wasserman, dean of the graduate journalism school at the University of California, Berkeley.
GIVE A LITTLE
SPJ collected $260 in donations from our headquarters staff that was put toward gifts for two children looking to get adopted through The Villages — a child and family service agency. Please consider making a donation to their cause.
2018 is coming to an end, but 2019 promises to bring many new challenges and victories. Help support the fight for a free press and the First Amendment with a year-end contribution to SPJ and the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation. All gifts to the Foundation are tax-deductible. Make your investment in the future of journalism today!
It's the holiday season! In the spirit of giving, consider sending SPJ any issues of Quill you may have from the 1920s to the early 1960s that we can add to our archives.Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 317-920-4786.