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SPJ Leads | 6/20/2018
SPJ Leads: June 20, 2018

By Isaac Taylor, SPJ Communications Department


“We’re taught to write with understanding about complex issues, but we also need real people speaking. I think we can teach credibility without reinforcing stereotypes.” - Rachel Grant, who holds a doctorate in journalism and will soon be a professor at Xavier University, on studying journalism in an age of news fatigue.


City Bureau, a small, 3-year-old nonprofit journalism lab in Chicago whose mission is to diversify news coverage, just received some major news: a $1 million grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

The buzzword “crypto” is now being associated with more than an online currency. Entire newsrooms are being created with blockchain, a decentralized system often used for production. Civil, one of the most promising journalism startups, is looking to take advantage of the “decentralized marketplace for sustainable journalism.”

The New York Times’ Executive Editor Dean Baquet and White House Correspondent Maggie Haberman recently spoke to The New Yorker about the current state of truth in journalism. Baquet and Haberman gave their thoughts on how journalists can challenge falsity.

Investors and stakeholders will surely keep an eye on Tronc’s stock prices in the next few days as they assess the post-L.A.Times value of a major daily newspaper chain that was halved in the deal.

In what would not typically be considered newsworthy, the Town of Paint Rock, Alabama, held a regularly scheduled town council meeting last week – a meeting that was open to members of the press and public.

The Los Angeles Times names seasoned editor Norman Pearlstine as its new executive editor. Patrick Soon-Shiong, new owner of the paper, gave Pearlstine the position to show the other staff that the paper is going back to its journalistic traditions.


The Minneapolis Star Tribune is looking for a reporter to cover the retail industry. This includes two of the top U.S. retailers, Target and Best Buy, as well as the nation’s biggest shopping complex, the Mall of America.

The Marion County Record in Marion, Kansas, is looking for a reporter/editor to join its mid-size, non-daily paper.

Verde Valley Newspapers, Inc., in Cottonwood, Arizona, has an immediate opening for a news reporter.

MLex is seeking a reporter in Washington, D.C. to cover the intersection of technology and the law, particularly privacy and data security regulation and other internet policy-making and enforcement by the Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Trade Commission.


The Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures is hosting a training program for journalists to address the misrepresentation of Islam, Muslims in general and Muslim women. The deadline to apply is July 15. The first seminar will take place March 1-3 in Davis, California. The second seminar is tentatively scheduled for Nov. 15-17, 2019, in New Orleans.

The Poynter Institute announces stops for its 2018 Media Innovation Tour. The Tour will offer participants direct access to some of the best minds in journalism and will take place inWashington D.C., and New York City from Nov.11-16.


"SPJ’s Code of Ethics says journalists should seek truth and report it, but it also says they should minimize harm,” SPJ Ethics Committee chair Andrew Seaman told the Orlando Sentinel regarding the recent hostage situation in Orlando, Florida. “In certain situations, it means exercising restraint.”

Karla Jo Helms, CEO of JoTo PR, recently referenced SPJ's code of ethics in an article discussing paid brand mentions that sometimes appear in articles and the degree to which this can harm the credibility of all news. “Consumers are much more likely to trust unbiased, factual news than glowing praise from someone who is getting paid to talk up a brand,” Helms wrote.


On June 21, join us for 24 hours of giving to help ensure freedom of the press is always protected. Follow #SPJProud for updates on SPJ's Day of Giving. Last year, you helped us raise more than $22,000 on our first Day of Giving. Help us surpass that amount this year and invest in the future of journalism!


Basharat Saleem started this week as SPJ’s new Director of Conferences and Events. He has more than 18 years of experience as a convention and event planner, most recently with the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). Basharat received his MBA from the University of Indianapolis and completed a graduate fellowship in non-profit management from IUPUI. He is also pursuing the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) certification. Welcome, Basharat!

Freedom of the Prez: SPJ National President Rebecca Baker reflects on the great journalism honored earlier this month at the SDX Awards banquet. She encourages everyone to dontate to SPJ’s Day of Giving Thursday. “Journalism needs you!”

SPJ's Executive Director Alison Bethel McKenzie discussed the state of the media as a panelist in Washington, D.C., today (Wednesday). The panel included other leading industry professionals with extensive knowledge and insight regarding broadcast, print, digital and multimedia journalism.

SPJ’s Director of Development Larry Messing and Communications Coordinator Isaac Taylorspoke to Terri Dee, host and executive producer of “Community Connection” on 1310 AM The Light as a featured guest. Messing spoke about the benefits of supporting journalism and ways the community can get involved with Day of Giving, Thursday.

The New Jersey chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists will unveil a plaque on June 30 commemorating the role of the Union Hotel as the hub of world-wide media coverage during the Lindbergh kidnapping trial in 1935. The hotel in Flemington, New Jersey, was named an SPJ Historic Site in Journalism in 2017.

The Eugene S. Pulliam First Amendment Award honors an individual or group fighting to protect and preserve one or more of the rights guaranteed by the First Amendment. The recipient will receive an engraved crystal, a $10,000 cash award and transportation to Excellence in Journalism 2018 in Baltimore. Hurry, nominations are due tomorrow (Thursday)!

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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