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SPJ Leads | 2/21/2018
Lemon, it's Wednesday

By Anna Gutierrez, SPJ Communications Department

Washington Post Executive Editor Marty Baron delivered the Reuters Memorial Lecture at the University of Oxford last week: "Our work's anticipated impact may not materialize. The public may not process information as it did previously." Baron concludes: "We need more than a soul. We also need a spine. I am pleased to report that we have that, too."


A New York federal judge ruled news publishers violated copyright by embedding tweets of a Tom Brady photograph. Breitbart, Time Inc., Yahoo, Vox Media, Gannett Company, Herald Media and The Boston Globe are some of the publishers that were sued.

David Hogg, a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, shows us that you're never too young to be a journalist. He recorded interviews of his classmates as they were hiding in a classroom during the shooting last week. " If I was going to die, I wanted to die doing what I love, and that's storytelling," he said.

After the Parkland, Florida, school shooting last week, a fake tweet impersonating Miami Herald Reporter Alex Harris went viral. She immediately reported the doctored tweets, but Twitter didn't take them down. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said the company needs to "figure out a scalable and objective way rooted in durable policy to do this long-term," regarding making sure content is authentic.


SPJ Ethics Chairman Andrew Seaman spoke with The Los Angeles Times about "How not to report on mass shootings." One tip? Reporters should publicly acknowledge what they don't know. "The most important thing journalists should do during these events is take a breath," Seaman said. "Nobody ever got fired for pausing to ask whether they're making the right decision."


Need a little help finding your dream job? Check out the Current Virtual Career Fair. You can discover new career opportunities, connect with recruiters through online chats and build your network all at the same time! The fair is noon to 3 p.m. EDT March 15.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune has many job openings: Apply to be the next metro news columnist, copy editor, K-12 education reporter, metro news reporter or features reporter.


ProPublica is developing its own algorithms and chatbots to use in its investigative reporting. Find out how this approach can be used to investigate non-tech companies.


2017 was a record-breaking year for charitable giving to journalism; donors contributed $33 million to nonprofit news organizations, including $4.8 million raised through the NewsMatch campaign.

SPJ and the SDX Foundation also had a record-breaking year, with donations totaling $137,980 -- nearly double the amount received in 2015. Contributions to SPJ and the SDX Foundation foster responsible, ethical journalism and support the fight to ensure it can be practiced freely and fully. You can help us continue to improve and protect journalism with your gift today.


Have you registered for your Regional Conference? The day-long professional development meetings bring journalists, students and educators together to network and learn about the latest in the industry. The first conference is the first weekend of March. Sign up now!

Know a journalist whose work exemplifies the ideals of the SPJ Code of Ethics? How about one making important contributions in the area of open government? The deadline to nominate outstanding journalists for the Ethics in Journalism Award or the Sunshine Award is March 19.

Nominations for the Historic Sites in Journalism award, recognizing a place of national historic journalism interest, are also due on March 19. Questions? Contact Program Coordinator Christine Cordial.

Know a talented high school student in need of some cash for college? Let them know about the National High School Essay Contest. Entries must be submitted online or postmarked by Friday. The first-place winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship. Find rules and submission details  here.

The deadline to submit for the Sigma Delta Chi Awards, recognizing the best in professional journalism, was extended to 11:59 p.m. EST Monday! Be sure to review your work from 2017 and submit it. Email SPJ Program Coordinator Christine Cordial with questions.

The Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust, in association with the Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ) and SPJ, is offering a $10,000 cash prize for the Nina Mason Pulliam Award for Outstanding Environmental Reporting. Recognizing the "best of the best" of environmental reporting, the winning entry will be chosen from among the first-place winners from each of the seven categories in SEJ's annual Awards for Reporting on the Environment contest. The deadline to submit is April 2. Get more information about the SEJ awards contest and the Nina Mason Pulliam Award.

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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