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SPJ Leads | 3/28/2018
Storm's a-brewin'

By Anna Gutierrez, SPJ Communications Department


“The Stormy Daniels story is certainly about sex but it’s also – and more importantly – about financial and emotional intimidation.” – Margaret Sullivan, on why the Stormy Daniels story is really about intimidation.


There are likely to be more internship opportunities this year because recent federal rules have re-opened the door for unpaid work. Pro tip? Pay your interns.

+ Related: Are unpaid internships good for students, companies?

The U.S. Commerce Department imposed a 22.16 percent import tariff on Canadian newsprint. Paul Tash, chairman and CEO of the Tampa Bay Times, said these tariffs will make publishing even harder. “Prices will go up. Jobs will be lost. Important stories will go uncovered,” Tash said.

Monday is the second annual International Fact-Checking Day! Find out how to participate here.


Media coverage of March for Our Lives, a nationwide protest against gun violence, has brought up a new-ish debate in the industry: Is journalism, in its own right, a form of activism?

Many are arguing both sides, including SPJ Ethics Chairman Andrew Seaman, who said, “ Journalists should be advocates for truth and civil dialogue.”

“In an era where journalism hasn’t fully matured out of quaint, outdated notions of objectivity that prioritizes framing controversy over evidence-based explanation, misuse of the word ‘activist’ can reveal the most insidious journalistic bias of all: Journalism that elevates and defends the status quo by systematically denigrating anyone challenging it,” writes Tara Murtha, associate director of strategic communications at the Women’s Law Project in Philadelphia, for Poynter about the dangers of using the word “activist” in the news.

Students used media for activism in the 1960s, but now they have more tools to quickly spread their messages and, by doing so, they’re shaping national conversations.

+ Related: Student journalists nationwide cover March for Our Lives rallies


SPJ is hiring a Journalist on Call. The person in this new, three-year position will lead the fight against those working to discredit a free press. This person will also be something of an ombudsman, helping journalists understand why the public doesn’t trust them and what they can do to re-earn more trust. This is a full-time position; relocation is not required. People of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. The full job description is posted here, and the deadline to apply is 5 p.m. EDT April 9.

We’re also hiring a part-time bookkeeper and a full-time development manager – both based in Indianapolis.

Chicago-based Law Bulletin Media is looking for a reporter/staff writer to join its five-day-a-week newspaper, the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. Apply by sending a cover letter with salary expectations and resume to hr@lawbulletinmedia.com.


Data, analytic and platform-based jobs have been growing in newsrooms, but now they account for 9 percent of all jobs in online media companies. These skills are critical to the day-to-day functioning of newsrooms. Brush up on your search engine and other online skills here.


Our friends at Radio Television Digital News Association created the #ThisIsJournalism campaign to show the public that journalists are real people, like everyone else, who want to make the world a better place.

Want to get involved? Share a little about who you are with RTDNA and you could be featured in the #ThisIsJournalism campaign.


Save the date for SPJ’s 15th annual Ethics Week, April 23-27! Look for more information from SPJ HQ in the next few weeks about how you can help us #PressForEthics.

Spread some warm fuzzies by nominating your SPJ mentors for one of these awards. The deadline to submit nominations is April 16.

Check out the winners and finalists of this year’s Mark of Excellence Awards contest from Region 3!

The deadline to submit for the Nina Mason Pulliam Award for Outstanding Environmental Reporting, recognizing the "best of the best" of environmental journalism, is Monday! Find rules, instructions and additional information here.

SPJ is looking for volunteers to write for Quill online. Contact Quill Editor Michael Sanserino for more information.

SPJ Headquarters will close at noon EDT Friday for the holiday weekend. We will resume regular hours Monday. 

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– Baboon raid temporarily forced Zimbabwe radio station off air

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