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SPJ Leads | 1/10/2018
Awards deadlines approaching; Ways for news organizations to increase transparency

By Anna Gutierrez, SPJ Communications Department

"Journalism is not a perfect exercise. It's a human endeavor, so we will make mistakes. But if you're not willing to be honest about it and transparent about it, then I think the people who are trying to brand real journalism as fake news are given a leg up, because they can say, 'see, they made this mistake and they won't say anything about it."' -- Craig Silverman of BuzzFeed News on PBS NewsHour.

WHAT'S HAPPENING

It's been said that journalism is the first (or the rough) draft of history. At the newly-opened American Writers Museum, journalists are integrated in both obvious and unexpected ways. Read more about it here.

More than 30 newsrooms joined the Trusting News Project -- an organization that researches how people decide what news is credible, then turns that knowledge into actionable strategies for journalists. For the next four months, these newsrooms will experiment with the seven trust-building strategies.

The idea of transparency in journalism isn't new, but people are finally realizing the value in it. Here are 11 ways for news organizations to increase transparency.

Dozens of reporters and editors gathered at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday to talk about gender inequity and sexual misconduct in American newsrooms, and the extent to which newsroom culture has lagged behind coverage. Get the recap here.

ETHICS ESSENTIALS

On Sunday, NBC tweeted "Nothing but respect for OUR future president #GoldenGlobes" with a gif of Oprah Winfrey. While this tweet references a popular Twitter meme, it opened the door for possible political interpretation.

"Although the @NBC handle is run separately from their news operations, it opened up their actual news outlets to a perception that their company is openly supporting an Oprah Winfrey run for president against Trump," said Washington Post reporter Abby Ohlheiser.

Read more about the ethics lesson behind NBC's bad Oprah tweet that became news.

GET A GIG

The Messenger in Madisonville, Kentucky, is looking for a sports reporter to join a two-person staff covering high school sports in western Kentucky. To apply, send a cover letter, resume and three clips to Editor Mike Alexieff.

The Sarasota Herald-Tribune is hiring a full-time reporter for its city/county beat. To apply, send a cover letter outlining your approach to the beat and a resume to Public Interests Editor Victor Hull and Executive Editor Matthew Sauer.

LEARN SOME STUFF

Filed a federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, but ran into a few bumps? We want to help. Thanks to the FOI committee, help from a FOIA attorney is just an email away. Once you send the email, SPJ leaders will work with FOIA attorneys to connect you with a FOIA expert and resources to help. Get the details.

GIVE A LITTLE

The  Kopenhaver Center is conducting a national survey on  the Role and Status of Women in the Communication Industries 2017, and wants SPJ members' input! Please take a few minutes out of your day to complete this survey. Questions? Contact Lillian A. Abreu of the Kopenhaver Center for the Advancement of Women in Communication at  labreu@fiu.edu or 305-919-4065.

SPJ QUICK FIX

SPJ hosted a panel on the challenges of covering hate groups on college campuses, at protests and online. Watch the panel on C-SPAN.

Have you submitted your application for the  Ted Scripps Leadership Institute? First stop in 2018 is New York City, March 8-10.  Submit your application by midnight EST Jan. 26.

Nominations for the Fellows of the Society Award have closed. All SPJ members can log in using their membership credentials to provide feedback about this year's nominees. If you would like more information about any nomination, please email awards@spj.org.

We're getting ready for Excellence in Journalism 2018, but we need your help! If you have a program that you're interested in seeing in Baltimore, please  submit an idea or program proposal by midnight EST Jan. 18.

Do you write about video games or the gaming industry? Know someone who does? Submit your work for the Kunkel Awards. Anyone can nominate an entry for no cost, and it's super easy -- just fill out this form by 11:59 p.m. EST Jan. 26. Questions? Contact Brittany Ferrendi.

Remind the student journalists in your life that the deadline to submit for the Mark of Excellence awards, honoring outstanding collegiate journalism, is Thursday (tomorrow)! Encourage students to enter their best work across print, radio, television and online media by 11:59 p.m. EST Thursday. All work must have been published or broadcast in 2017. Questions? Email Program Coordinator Christine Cordial.


SPJ Leads
– SPJ Leads: June 20, 2018
– You want more journalism news? Here. Here’s your news.
– From resignations to job openings – read all about it

Press Notes
– 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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