By Isaac Taylor, SPJ Communications Department
"You’re certainly not wrong to question what’s happened, to be troubled by the corporate decision-making, and to miss your more robust newspaper of old. But there is value here still. And there are working journalists — skilled, experienced, dedicated reporters, editors, photographers — who are doing their best, in tough times, to serve you, while a beleaguered news industry tries to find a path to a sustainable future." — Margaret Sullivan on the current state of news media
Johns Hopkins University is buying the building that houses the Newseum. The $325 million deal is set to close Friday. But you’ll have through the end of the year to visit it one more time in the current location.
A Lehigh University professor's tweets about the last 40 years of the newspaper industry went viral. According to his research, there is more to blame for newspaper decline than the internet.
Researchers found that negative comments on news stories have an impact on readers’ perspectives despite positive comments. The findings may make you rethink the effect feedback has on perspectives.
SPJ QUICK FIX
Save the date! Excellence in Journalism 2019 is set for Sept. 5-7. It's never too early to start planning. If you're looking to network with other journalists, learn about industry trends and take advantage of the awesome J-Expo, this is the conference for you. We can't wait to see you at #EIJ19 in San Antonio.
If you or a journalist you know has been impacted by the most recent industry layoffs, check out the resources SPJ has put together to help. We're all in this together, and SPJ supports you in whatever the next chapter of your career holds.
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 submitted by Feb. 19. Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don't miss this chance to add "award-winning journalist" to your résumé. 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 email@example.com, with questions. Be sure to submit by Feb. 19.
GET A GIG
If you have an interest in covering under-reported communities, Report for America has the perfect opportunity for you. Apply by Feb. 8to be sent to a local community and help solve the news desert crisis.
Take your journalism skills to the next level and deepen your understanding of environmental issues by applying for the 2019-2020 Ted Scripps Fellowships in Environmental Journalism. The program provides a $71,000 stipend. Employment begins at the start of the fall 2019 semester and runs for nine months.
Democracy Now! Fellowships are open to early-career journalists. The fellowships take place in New York City. Democracy Now! is currently accepting applications for a news production fellowship. The staff provides one-on-one mentorship and supervision to help Fellows maximize their exposure to a fast-paced newsroom and build their skills as a journalist.
Our State magazine, an 86-year-old publication in North Carolina, is hiring a features editor to join its award-winning team. The ideal candidate is a story-idea innovator with several years of magazine editing experience who wants to be part of something big — and has a love for magazines and an ear for great narrative journalism.
Gulfshore Life magazine is looking for an energetic, creative and self-motivated candidate for a full-time entry level staff writer. In this position, you'll cover homes, real estate, health, luxury goods and the southwest Florida community.
LEARN SOME STUFF
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.
Allowing a country that has been exposed for trafficking people to work in the seafood industry to pay for a native ad about workers' rights seems fishy. This one instance may shed light on a much bigger issue.
GIVE A LITTLE
SPJ collects and distributes contributions for aiding journalists in defending freedom of speech and press guaranteed by the First Amendment. Threats to press freedom are more prevalent than ever. Your contributions to the Legal Defense Fund help us ensure its protection.