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SPJ Leads | 4/25/2018
Seek truth and report it

By Anna Gutierrez, SPJ Communications Department


“Understanding how non-journalists see the news media is an essential step in rebuilding public trust.” — Ruth Palmer in Why Americans are afraid to talk to reporters.


Today is #SaveStudentNewsrooms day. The SPJ Board of Directors met last week and voted to publicly acknowledge that student newsrooms across the country are facing difficulties ranging from censorship by their universities, to decreased funding (or no funding at all). The board affirmed its support for student journalists now – and always.

+ Carina Julig, journalism and political science student at the University of Colorado Boulder and managing editor of the CU Independent, writes about why student newsrooms are in trouble and offers some solutions to help.

Navigating the generational divide in professional newsroomsis trickier than one might think.

We’ve all been told to not read the comments. Spoiler alert: That’s not going to work if you want to engage your audience.

Newsday is trying to “shake up” the editorial page by moving from un-bylined editorials to editorials that start conversations with its community.


One of the main tenets of the SPJ Code of Ethics is to “Be Accountable and Transparent.” Ethics Chairman Andrew Seaman tackles this in his latest post for Quill.

“Journalists and news organizations must continue and deepen their commitment to transparency. While there may be periodic hiccups that suggest it’s best to retreat from that commitment, perseverance will pay off in the long run when it comes to transparency,” Seaman writes.

Read more about why transparency is always a good thing, even if it sucks sometimes.

Ethics Week 2018

Big news from the Big Apple! We're being featured on the Reuters building in Times Square in New York City this week. Check out this video by SPJ Ethics Chairman Andrew Seaman that highlights the billboards.

Join Seaman and the ethics committee for an “Inside the Newsroom” Twitter chat at noon EDT Thursday. Everyone is encouraged to participate and share what happens behind-the-scenes as journalists.

Friday, the ethics committee will publish an e-book for the public on journalistic standards and ethics. Some topics include “How to civilly raise concerns about editorial decisions at print, broadcast and digital news organizations;” “How to tell the difference between impartial and partisan sources of information;” and “What the public should expect from journalists.” We’ll send an email to you Friday with a link to view the e-book so you can read it and share with your network.

Also on Friday, Immediate Past President Lynn Walsh will talk all things journalism ethics on The Jim Bohannon Show at 11 p.m. EDT. Find a station here and tune in!


NPR is hiring a social media editor. Experienced engagement journalists, apply here.

The Los Angeles Times is hiring a technology reporter to cover Silicon Valley and everything from Southern California’s biggest firms to small start-ups. To apply, email clips and a resume to technology editor Ben Muessig at  ben.muessig@latimes.com.

Do you know a smart, highly organized, innovative, hard-working journalism/marketing/PR/communications student who is about to graduate? Recommend they apply for SPJ’s post-graduate internship. It’s full-time, two years long and based in Indianapolis. Deadline to apply is 5 p.m. EDT May 4.

Each year the Journalism and Women Symposium brings fellows to its annual Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) for three days of training, networking and professional development. This year's JAWS CAMP will be held at The Mount Hood Resort in Welches, Oregon, Oct. 12-14. There are fellowships available for 14 women. Interested? Get more info here. If you have any questions about the fellowship or the application process, please contact Nikki Raz at  jawsfellows@gmail.com.


Pen America created an online harassment field manual that covers the bases for journalists/writers, witnesses/allies and employers of writers/journalists. Check it out!


Know someone who would be a great member of SPJ? Invite them to join for a special Ethics Week rate in honor of 15 years of SPJ Ethics Week. New professional members can join for $15 off the regular price and new supporter members can join for $15. Spread the word!

Or, you can support ethical journalism this week by donating $15 in honor of 15 years of Ethics Weeks to your favorite SPJ cause: Legal Defense Fund, First Amendment Forever Fund, Sigma Delta Chi Foundation or the President’s Club.


SPJ is thrilled to announce the winners of the 2017 Sigma Delta Chi Awards. Congratulations to the winners!

Congratulations to the winners and finalists of this year’s Mark of Excellence Awards contest in Region 1, Region 9 and Region 10.

ICYMI: Attend Excellence in Journalism 2018 on us by applying for one of these scholarships or fellowships.

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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