By Anna Gutierrez, SPJ Communications Department
"A powerful company punishing a news organization for a story they do not like is meant to have a chilling effect. This is a dangerous precedent and not at all in the public interest," -- The New York Times in a statement about Disney boycotting the Los Angeles Times over an investigative story it didn't like.
It's Media Literacy Week, hosted by the National Association of Media Literacy Education. Media Literacy is the ability to access, analyze, evaluate, communicate and create using all forms of communication. The mission of Media Literacy Week is to highlight the power of media literacy education and its essential role in education today. Follow along with #MediaLitWk and #mlw17 on Twitter. Feeling extra media literate? Test your skills with the New York Times Media Literacy Student Challenge.
Researchers for the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University say U.S. journalists are cautiously optimistic about the future of community journalism. Based on their research, they have identified eight key strategies local newsrooms should be considering to reinvigorate themselves.
In the wake of the scandal involving Harvey Weinstein, journalism is one of the several industries facing the reality that men -- especially those in positions of power -- are harassing and abusing female colleagues. SPJ Ethics Committee Chairman Andrew Seaman says " Harassment and abuse has no place in the workplace -- including newsrooms. Journalists must speak up."
GET A GIG
The award-winning Kearney Hub newspaper in Kearney, Nebraska, is seeking a managing editor to lead an experienced staff of reporters, editors and image specialists looking to the future of digital and print publishing. The successful candidate must be a professional journalist with at least five years of daily newspaper experience and a bachelor's degree or equivalent experience.
PBS NewsHour is looking to hire a foreign affairs producer in Arlington, Virginia. In this position, you will produce foreign-news-related segments for the PBS NewsHour website and broadcast. You will participate in senior strategic planning for all foreign coverage in addition to pitching, developing and producing stories. You'll also work with and mentor junior staff. You must be experienced in producing network-quality stories for day of and longer form features, which includes shooting and editing.
LEARN SOME STUFF
SPJ and the Google News Lab teamed up in 2015 to provide training and outreach to journalists around the United States looking to apply Google tools in their news gathering, reporting and storytelling. Select SPJ members have been trained by the Google News Lab to bring this training to your doorstep. The training can take place in your newsroom or for organizations. Since inception, more than 8,000 journalists have been trained at 200 locations across the United States. Want to request a training? It's easy! Just fill out this form.
GIVE A LITTLE
Rally for the First! Protecting the First Amendment has never been more important - or more difficult. Government officials threaten journalists with arrests, libel suits and subpoenas. Meanwhile, we have fewer and fewer sustainable resources to litigate and advocate for press freedom. Your donations to the First Amendment Forever Fund guarantee someone is always fighting for press freedom. If we don't do it, who will? Pledge your support here.
SPJ QUICK FIX
It's the most wonderful time of the year: awards season! Entries are now being accepted for the Sigma Delta Chi awards, celebrating the best in professional journalism in categories covering print, radio, television, newsletters, art/graphics, online and research. All entries must have been published or broadcast in 2017. Submit by Feb. 19 to get your excellent work recognized nationally! Questions should be directed to Program Coordinator Christine Cordial.
Join us Tuesday (Nov. 14) in celebrating SPJ's diversity and inclusion by posting a selfie, newsroom group photo or other photo on Twitter, Facebook and/or Instagram for #SPJ4All. Be sure to use the hashtag on a sign in your photos and include it in your posts, too, so we can find you and share! Search #SPJ4All to see what people have done in previous years. Questions? Email Communications Coordinator Anna Gutierrez.
SPJ Region 4 has a new director! Tom McKee has been a reporter, producer and assignment manager with WCPO-TV, Cincinnati's ABC affiliate, for 38 years. He was elected vice president of the Greater Cincinnati SPJ Pro Chapter in 2011 and took over as president in 2013. McKee replaces Patti Gallagher Newberry, who was elected SPJ secretary-treasurer at Excellence in Journalism 2017 in September.
SPJ signed and sent a letter today urging the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to provide a live audio stream of Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press v. Federal Bureau of Investigation, scheduled for Monday. We believe this case will be of heightened interest due to both First Amendment and national security questions, and should be accessible live to the general public.