By Rachel Semple, SPJ Communications Department
Society's Code Belongs in Newsrooms, Not Courtrooms
First Lady Melania Trump is using the Society's Code of Ethics in a lawsuit seeking $150 million in damages from the parent company of Mail Online, which the former model says alleged in a now-retracted article she worked at one time as an "elite escort."
The website eventually retracted the story.
The first family's knowledge of the Society's Code is obviously a pleasant surprise, but its use in any lawsuit or legal proceeding is inappropriate. The United States is a country of laws, which should be the determining factor in any court case.
Read more here.
In Memory of Walter Brasch
Walter Brasch, SPJ member since 2013 who served for three years as deputy regional director, for which he received the Director's Award and National Freedom of Information Award, died Feb. 9. He was a professor of Mass Communications at Bloomsburg University, where he also served as editor-in-chief of Spectrum Magazine.
You can read his obituary here.
SPJ joins letter asking federal agencies to remember requirement to tell public before removing government information online
SPJ joined OpenTheGovernment and more than 65 other organizations to write the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to ask that federal agencies are reminded to give public notice before removing online government information. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act, federal agencies are required to "provide adequate notice when initiating, substantially modifying, or terminating significant information dissemination products."
The letter asks that agencies "provide the public with advance notice that online information will be removed, including appropriate justification for the removal and instructions on how to access the relevant public information once it is no longer available on the agency's website."
Read the letter here.
Be a Day of Giving Ambassador for SPJ
Are you SPJ Proud?
Show your pride in SPJ and act as a social media ambassador for our 2017 Day of Giving! We need volunteers who are willing to tell the world how SPJ makes a difference.
Find out more and sign up here.
Sigma Delta Chi Awards deadline extended to Monday
Don't worry: You have more time to enter your best work in the SDX Awards! The deadline is now 11:59 p.m. EST Monday, and the early bird rate lasts until then.
Work published or broadcast in 2016, including freelance, is eligible to be entered for SDX Awards. Professional journalism is recognized in print, radio, television, newsletters, art/graphics, online and research categories. Submit your entries online.
Do you have questions? Send them to Awards Coordinator Jessica Bennett, or give her a call at 317-920-4788.
Enter your public service journalism for a New America Award by Monday
SPJ welcomes New America Award entries from media outlets, journalists, community and issue advocacy groups, individuals and others concerned with ethnic issues. Entries should explore and expose issues of immigrant or ethnic communities in the United States.
To be eligible, pieces must have been published or broadcast in 2016. Submit your entries online. Send questions to Awards Coordinator Jessica Bennett, or give her a call at 317-920-4788.
High School Essay Contest entries due Feb. 23
The contest calls for students enrolled in grades 9-12 in the United States to answer the following question:
Why is it important for a democratic society to have women involved in professional media and legal roles? What can be done to reverse the dearth of females in these professions?
Rules are available here. Entries must be mailed to the Journalism Education Association and postmarked by Feb. 23.
ATTN: SPJ/JEA High School Essay Contest
105 Kedzie Hall
828 Mid-Campus Drive S
Manhattan, KS 66506
Cheers to outstanding SPJ volunteers
The following honors are reserved for SPJ members only. Thank an outstanding SPJ volunteer by nominating him or her today!
Howard S. Dubin Outstanding Pro Member Award
David L. Eshelman Outstanding Campus Adviser Award
Julie Galvan Outstanding Graduate in Journalism Award
Regional Director of the Year Award
Robert D.G. Lewis First Amendment Award
Wells Memorial Key
Students: Gain experience on the EIJ News team
The EIJ News team works to cover the Excellence in Journalism conference using digital approaches (video, social, audio, photos, written stories).
Collegiate multimedia journalists are invited to apply for these positions by midnight EST, April 19. Read more and apply here.
SPJ Blogs Network
Freedom to videotape Maryland's Legislature | Andy Schotz | Feb. 12
Freedom of Press and History of Journalism in America | Katie-Leigh Corder | Feb. 14
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