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SPJ Leads | 2/14/2018
Yours until -30-

By Anna Gutierrez, SPJ Communications Department


"At this point in our relationship, we know that breaking news can sometimes trump our plans. We've halted dates to cover house fires and shootings. ... Our chaotic work routines suck, but I can't imagine being married to someone who isn't a journalist. Who else would be so understanding when you have to leave dinner on the table and rush to a wildfire an hour away?" Melissa Davlin, politics reporter at the Times-News of Twin Falls, Idaho, in " The best, and worst, of having a journalist for a Valentine."


Last week, Poynter shared an article about finding free images for stories that caused an uproar in the visual journalism community. In response, many in the community responded:

—Educator and visual journalist Mark E. Johnson wrote about why the article " contradicts everything I hold true about journalism."

—Photo editor Sue Morrow wrote a piece  proposing collaboration and solution-based thinking.

—NPPA put out a statement on its website:  Visuals have value, and so do visual journalists.

—Poynter President Neil Brown wrote about the issue.

House Bill 241 was introduced this week in Utah by Rep. Mike Schultz which would ban noncompete agreements for journalists working in television. So far, the bill passed committee 8-5 and now heads to the House floor. SPJ and RTDNA are keeping an eye on this legislation.


Reporter Theresa Bourke writes, "Ethics codes, of course, can't easily solve every ethical dilemma a journalist encounters, but they help." In a particularly tricky situation? You can also call (317-927-8000 ext. 208) or email ( ethics@spj.org) the SPJ Ethics Hotline to talk to an ethics expert about specific situations you're facing in your newsroom or career.


The Washington Post is hiring a gender columnist to "write with a singular voice on the topic of gender." Apply by Friday.

The Philadelphia Media Network (Philadelphia Inquirer, the Daily News and Philly.com) is hiring a Director of Visuals to oversee photography, videography, graphics and editorial-driven design. Apply here.


Digital media coverage at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics has us wishing it happened more than every four years. Check out the coverage including VR, AR, a podcast, messaging apps, Snapchat shows, voice devices, Uber rides and more.


The G. and R. Loeb Foundation invites journalists to submit entries in 12 competition categories and nominations for two career achievement awards for the 2018 Gerald Loeb Awards for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism. Entries must be submitted online no later than 11:59 p.m. PST Thursday. Consideration is limited to entries that were published or broadcast in the United States during 2017.


Last week, SPJ announced the #Press4Education initiative to help get journalists into K-12 classrooms around the country. The project provides lesson plans, PowerPoint presentations and other resources for journalists who want to volunteer. Sign up to volunteer and be matched with a classroom here, and share this form with educators you know who would like a journalist to come to their classroom.

The  Black Hole Award is presented each year to highlight an egregious violation of the public's right to know. "Honor" an organization that blocked information from being made public by nominating them  here by Friday.

Nominations for the Historic Sites in Journalism award, recognizing a place of national historic journalism interest, are due March 19. Have a favorite building or area that's significant to the history of journalism? Submit your nomination today! Contact awards@spj.org with questions.

Spread the love this Valentine's Day by nominating a journalism educator who's made an impact in your life for the Distinguished Teaching in Journalism Award. Nomination deadline is March 19. Contact SPJ Program Coordinator Christine Cordial with questions.

Calling all New York City + area journalists! Join SPJ for JournCamp March 9. This daylong workshop will give you practical, skills-based professional development to help you become a better journalist. Register here.

The deadline to submit for the Sigma Delta Chi Awards, recognizing the best in professional journalism, and the New America Awards, honoring public service journalism that explores and exposes an issue of importance to immigrant or ethnic communities in the United States, is Monday. Take the weekend to go over your work from 2017. Email SPJ Program Coordinator Christine Cordial with questions.

SPJ Leads
– SDX Foundation changes its name
– Sign up for a Regional Conference near you
– Sign up for SPJ's Regional Conferences

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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