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SPJ Leads | 9/13/2017
How to help with Hurricane Irma; Health care reporters confront information blockade

By Anna Gutierrez, SPJ Communications Department

"Journalists are public servants who aren't on the public payroll but are performing a public service every single day." - Rebecca Baker, SPJ President 2017-2018

WHAT'S HAPPENING

Snapchat is now including four student newspapers - The Daily Californian at the University of California at Berkeley, The Battalion at Texas A&M, The Daily Orange at Syracuse University and the Badger Herald at the University of Wisconsin at Madison - in its Discover feature. The weekly stories resemble other content published by The New York Times, CNN, Cosmopolitan and other media organizations in the Discover tab.

Time Editor-in-Chief Nancy Gibbs, who rose through the ranks over three decades from her start as a fact-checker to become the first female top editor of the century-old publication, is stepping down.

Student reporters in North Carolina were kicked out of an "open" student government meeting. After the meeting, Technician editors contacted the Student Press Law Center and the North Carolina Press Association for help. The editor-in-chief said, "If they continue doing this, what's to stop them from keeping us out of senate meetings or executive meetings or calling us and saying, 'Hey, don't run this in your newspaper,' or something like that? That's not a precedent that I want to set."

Journalists are having trouble reporting on health care under the Trump administration because of lack of information and insufficient responses if they do get answers. SPJ member Kathryn Foxhall said "I don't see the administrations ever stopping what they are doing, unless we as journalists pull out all stops and call it the censorship that it is."

Hurricane Irma

—While Florida businesses were evacuating before Irma, newsrooms were debating whether to stay or not to stay. Here's how Florida's newsrooms covered Irma.
—Check out Hurricane Irma, as told by the front pages of Florida news outlets. Now that the storm has passed, Florida begins work on recovery.
—These tools and sites were the most useful to reporters during Irma.
—As Irma barreled through Florida, a debate over TV storm reporting surfaced.
—The Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma has a helpful  guide for reporters about what to do before, during and after a hurricane.

We're thankful for the journalists who sacrifice and risk their safety to provide coverage and information about the storm. Does your newsroom need assistance?  Let us know.

GIVE A LITTLE

Here are ways you can help people impacted by Hurricane Irma. Here are some specific organizations that are leading relief efforts in Miami-Dade County, the Florida Keys and Southwest Florida.

#CommCares

The Valenti School of Communication at the University of Houston has created an emergency scholarship fund for their communication students. Almost all of the 2,000 students have to work part-time to support their education, now much more difficult in dealing with Hurricane Harvey aftermath. 100 percent of all donations will be used for students in need.  You can donate here.

ETHICS ESSENTIALS

When covering natural disasters - like Hurricanes Harvey and Irma - SPJ is often asked whether journalism ethics are different in emergencies. The answer is no. SPJ Ethics Chairman Andrew Seaman says, "Journalists - especially during emergencies and breaking news - should keep its tenets in mind." Read more from Seaman about reporting on disasters.

GET A GIG

Houston Chronicle is hiring a data visualization developer to work with a team of reporters, producers, developers and editors to create data visualizations, maps and informational graphics. Contact  Lisa Gray if interested.

The Texas Tribune is accepting applications for its 2018 student fellowship program. You can apply for data visuals, reporting, photo editing, copy editing, art, events or engagement fellowships. Yes, they're all paid. Deadline for spring 2018 is Oct. 1; deadline for summer 2018 is Nov. 15.

SPJ is hiring a  Development Manager to oversee all aspects of fundraising for the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation and the Society of Professional Journalists. The full-time gig, based in Indianapolis, includes competitive salary, excellent benefits and paid leave. Apply by Sept. 22.

LEARN SOME STUFF

MuckRock created a Student Journalist FOIA Grant program where winners receive a free organization account for their student newspaper or organization dedicated to transparency, three hours of consulting time on FOIA requests and projects, $200 dedicated to request fees and help with crowdfunding.

SPJ QUICK FIX

Meet the August members of the month, Bob and Hazel Becker! They got married in 1970 and have spent more than 30 of those years involved with the D.C. Pro Chapter. Do you know an outstanding SPJ volunteer? Nominate that person for Volunteer of the Month by contacting Susan Stevens, Membership Committee member.

"As female journalists, we need to work to create change in the journalism and photojournalism industries." Read more from Rachel Woolf in her blog post for SPJ International Journalism Community's #PressFreedomMatters series.

News from EIJ

—The SPJ delegates voted to pass the proposed bylaws changes and governance structure of the Society. The Board of Directors will shrink from 23 to nine members in the next two years.
—Bruce W. Sanford received the Wells Memorial Key, SPJ's highest honor, for his service to the Society as SPJ's attorney for close to 40 years.
—Marcella Mercer and Calla Kessler of the  Lincoln Journal Star received the MOEy Best in Show award for their story  "A mom for all ages: Hours from Whiteclay, caring for kids with fetal alcohol disorders."
—The  Florida Pro chapter is honored as the Large Chapter of the Year for the second consecutive year for their dedication to education and continued commitment to the mission of the Society.
—The  Cincinnati Pro Chapter was named the Small Chapter of the Year for the second year in a row for its dedication to involvement, awards and diversity events.
Ohio University received the Outstanding Campus Chapter award for the second year in a row for its dedication to providing educational opportunities for members.

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– Pro Chapter of the Year finalists announced

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– Breast Cancer Awareness: Learning From Jackie Collins' Death
– Blog: CPJ joins call to oppose draft surveillance law in France
– Baboon raid temporarily forced Zimbabwe radio station off air

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