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SPJ Leads | 1/23/2019
Sign up for SPJ's Regional Conferences; a reminder from the past about MLK day

By Isaac Taylor, SPJ Communications Department


"The media and methods we now use to tell stories (Netflix, podcast, video, Instagram, Snapchat, etc.) and to communicate with audiences (Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, etc.) are more diverse than I ever could have imagined, even five years ago. They change constantly. Many of us have no idea what our jobs or newsrooms will look like in five years, or even next year." — Julia Belluz writes for Vox regarding journalism gaining public trust


Monday, journalists and other American citizens recognized Martin Luther King Jr. Day in honor of the assassinated Civil Rights activist. Esquire magazine went into its archives and re-published a piece written by James Baldwin detailing King's funeral.

Activists handed out fake versions of The Washington Post on the streets of Washington, D.C. The fake copies contained anti-Trump stories, one of which claimed the president resigned. “We will not tolerate others misrepresenting themselves as The Washington Post, and we are deeply concerned about the confusion it causes among readers,” Post spokeswoman Kris Coratti said. “We are seeking to halt further improper use of our trademarks.”

Journalist Noor Tagouri expressed her discontent and frustration with being misrepresented and misidentified by the media. The most recent example came when she opened Vogue magazine with giddy excitement just to see someone else's name beside her picture.

White House press briefings during the Trump administration have gone from must-see TV to practically canceled after just two seasons. On Tuesday, President Trump said on Twitter that he told Sarah Huckabee Sanders “not to bother” with briefings anymore because “the press covers her so rudely & inaccurately.”


Show us your best work! The Sigma Delta Chi Awards recognize the best in professional journalism. Submissions will be accepted across print, radio, television, art/graphic, online and podcast categories. Check out the rules and view previous years’ winners here, and email awards@spj.org, with questions.

The New America Award honors public service journalism that explores and exposes an issue of importance to immigrant or ethnic communities currently living in the United States. Entries should be accompanied by a cover letter explaining the significance of the issue and must be submitted by Feb. 19. All work for these contests must have been completed during the 2018 calendar year. Questions? Email awards@spj.org.


The Southern Poverty Law Center, in Montgomery, Alabama, is seeking a managing editor. The editor will oversee production of web articles and Teaching Tolerance magazine.

MinnPost, a nonprofit in Minneapolis, has an open position for a Washington correspondent. The chosen candidate for this position will produce short posts and deep-dives into politics and policy issues. The position is based in Washington, D.C.

Washington Business Journal is hiring a reporter to cover Amazon HQ2. This reporter will file short daily stories, in-depth pieces and project-oriented journalism.


SPJ’s Regional Conferences are a great way to engage with your community, network with local journalists and learn new skills. The best part: You won’t have to travel far. Enhance your career by attending a Regional Conference.

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.


M Ziauddin, a writer for The Express Tribune in Pakistan, calls ethical journalism a cornerstone of reliability and trust. Here are Ziauddin's thoughts on a recent report compiled by the Ethical Journalism Network.


When you donate to SPJ’s General Fund, you are providing the resources to cover our most pressing needs and ensure that membership fees remain affordable. In an ever-more-challenging environment, your support has never been more important.

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