By Marina Cinami, SPJ Communications Coordinator
“We tell the truth, even when it is difficult. We tell the truth, even when the subject hits close to home.” – The Denver Newspaper Guild, in a letter to its readers regarding the resignation of Editorial Page Editor Chuck Plunkett.
Three top figures at The Denver Post, including its former owner, resigned Friday amid budget and staff cuts made by the newspaper’s hedge fund owners. Read more about those who stepped down.
+ For more details: Newsonomics: “Everything I believe about the news business is being violated” at The Denver Post.
+ The most visible battle over local news is taking place in Denver.
Tronc media company agreed Sunday to recognize unions to represent journalists in negotiations at its Chicago-area publications, including the Chicago Tribune. Earlier this year, Tronc was defeated in a federally overseen labor vote at The Los Angeles Times.
Former Miami Herald Editor Don Bohning’s ties to the CIA have been confirmed in recently declassified JFK documents. A June 1968 document mentions that Bohning had certain CIA approvals so he could be “a confidential informant with natural access to information about news companies and personalities.” Yet many questions are still left unanswered.
GET A GIG
SPJ is looking to hire a Director of Programs to work at national headquarters in Indianapolis. Learn more about this full-time position and consider joining us at HQ!
The Dallas Morning News is seeking a vertical editor to lead its team of reporters and editors in Dallas, Austin, Washington and along the Texas-Mexico border.
Inside Washington Publishers is searching for reporters for online and newsletter positions to report on federal policy news and processes. Apply today.
LEARN SOME STUFF
Join us at 1 p.m. EDT May 22 for our next webinar: “YouTube for Local News.” Deb Wenger, a 17-year broadcast veteran, will teach how to optimize videos created for YouTube channels to grow audiences and revenue for newsrooms. Register here.
Want to bring a free Facebook training to your chapter or newsroom? The SPJ Training Program in partnership with the Facebook Journalism Project is offering free tools training sessions covering Facebook journalism tools including Live, Groups, Creators app and Instagram. Learn more and request a training.
It’s not enough to ask how well the audience understands journalists’ methods. It’s just as important to ask how well journalists speak the language of their audiences. This essay by the American Press Institute explains how journalists can change the way they build stories to create organic news fluency.
Should the San Diego Union-Tribune have named a woman suing her former employer for sexual harassment? SPJ ethics chairman Andrew Seaman shares his perspective with iMediaEthics.
The SPJ Ethics Committee gets a significant number of questions about whether journalists should engage in political activity. The simplest answer is “No.” Read more in the SPJ Ethics Committee position paper about political involvement.
GIVE A LITTLE
There are more ways to donate than just with dollars. Do you love writing about current journalism news? SPJ is looking for a volunteer Quill reporter/blogger to help create timely articles for the Quill website. Get more details and apply today!
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Board members help define the Society. The board of directors provides vision, direction and leadership to SPJ, the nation's largest journalism organization. Find out what positions are open this election season and how you can fill one of those seats.
Annual Report forms are now live for all SPJ chapters. Make sure to submit them to Chrystal Parvin, membership manager and chapter liaison, by May 30.
ICYMI: Attend Excellence in Journalism 2018 on us by applying for one of these scholarships or fellowships. (The deadlines vary, but some are as soon as May 18!)
Don’t forget! The early bird deadline for EIJ 2018 is July 25. But why wait until then? Register today.
Do you know an SPJ student member who has demonstrated outstanding service to the First Amendment through journalism? Nominate them for the Robert D.G. Lewis First Amendment Award. Nominations are due June 5.