By Isaac Taylor, SPJ Communications Department
“At the same time, we confront extreme suffering, and even our pocket change might change someone’s circumstances, at least temporarily. Most of us in this profession do it so that we can expose injustice and maybe even improve lives; the belief is that reporting can influence the powerful to create humane policies." — Annie Hylton writes for CJR regarding paying sources in underprivileged communities
The Committee to Protect Journalists will demand justice for Jamal Khashoggi, a slain journalist who worked for The Washington Post, at a White House press conference tomorrow at 10 a.m. EST. The Society applauds this public display of disapproval of violence against journalists.
The Washington Post — for the first time in its history — created an ad that aired during the Super Bowl. It paid homage to journalists and addressed the many dangers and issues that come with producing news. But not all journalists supported the move.
To add insult to injury, internet trolls harassed journalists after thousands of media jobs were cut due to layoffs. Many of the insensitive tweets telling journalists "learn to code" were accompanied by hate speech. Some journalists received hundreds of messages that included death threats.
Analysts and researchers are exploring ways to make news consumption a habit instead of focusing on page views. According to Northwestern University analysts, "News organizations must get their readers into a regular habit to keep them as digital subscribers. The study showed that frequency of consuming local news is the single biggest predictor of retaining subscribers."
SPJ QUICK FIX
The Sigma Delta Chi Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization that supports the educational programs of the Society of Professional Journalists, has changed its name to the Society of Professional Journalists Foundation. The move will help potential donors associate the foundation with SPJ, leaders say.
The Feb. 19 deadline is quickly approaching! Don't wait until the last minute to enter your work for our New America Award and Sigma Delta Chi Award. SPJ loves to celebrate great journalism, but we won't know if you don't enter. Questions? Email Program Coordinator Matthew Kent.
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 these SPJ resources that could help. We're all in this together, and SPJ supports you in whatever the next chapter of your career holds.
GET A GIG
Feeling stagnant? Looking to climb the corporate ladder? Regardless of the reason for your job search, SPJ’s Career Center is a great resource. Feel free to browse careers, upload your résumé and watch videos tailored to helping you nail an interview.
Yes! Magazine is on the hunt for a new editor-in-chief. Submit your application by Feb. 28. The person chosen for this position will produce solutions reporting, guide coverage strategy and supervise the editorial staff.
The Journal, located in Martinsburg, West Virginia, is looking to hire a sports writer/photojournalist. This seven-day paper covers an area that includes high schools with exceptional athletic programs as well as a strong Division II university with sports teams that regularly advance to the playoffs.
If you have an interest in covering under-reported communities, Report for America has the perfect opportunity for you. Apply by Friday to be sent to a local community and help solve the news desert crisis.
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.
Loyola Law School is offering fellowships to 35 professional journalists who have a minimum of three years of experience. Apply by Feb. 15.
What does bull semen have in common with the relationship between journalists and their sources? Check out Stephen L. Carter's opinion piece for Bloomberg to find out.
GIVE A LITTLE
SPJ's supporting foundation has a new name. You can help us celebrate the inception of the Society of Professional Journalists Foundation by contributing to its education missions.
Sunshine Week 2019 is March 10-16. Help ASNE and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press by submitting editorial cartoons and columns for anyone to use.