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SPJ Leads | 7/25/2018
SPJ Leads: July 25, 2018

By Isaac Taylor, SPJ Communications Department


“Have those veterans who booed and taunted the media in response to Trump’s cue forgotten that some members of the press corps are combat veterans? Have they forgotten that there are members of the press who continue to cover the military after suffering  life-altering injuries while at the side of our courageous service members? Have they forgotten that since the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq began,  hundreds of journalists have given their lives for their work, many times while reporting from U.S. war zones?” – Martha Raddatz chief global affairs correspondent for ABC News, in a Washington Post op-ed.


Now's the time to  register for Excellence in Journalism 2018if you haven't yet! The early-bird deadline ends August 7th! Excellence in Journalism is the only training like it for newsroom managers and their teams. With training designed by news leaders for news leaders, it's the best place to take your newsroom to the next level. Also, students, professionals and employers will have several opportunities engage with each other. Don't miss this opportunity to network and make connections.


Misinformation and fake news are forcing journalists to re-evaluate how they navigate information online. Amid the fray, one site has become embedded in its daily consumption of information: Wikipedia.

On Monday,  the New York Daily News, one of the city’s three daily newspapers, said it would slash its news staff in half, a draconian cut that continues the long, slow bleeding of newspapers and reduces still further the amount of local news coverage in the nation’s largest city.

Journalists are charged with determining the scope of stories — where they begin and end, how broad or narrow a story’s focus should be. That challenge is now complicated by digital duplication, infinite archives, and instantaneous access to them.

Forbes.com has removed a column posted this weekend by an economist arguing that  Amazon should take over the country’s libraries, reports  Thu-Huong Ha of Quartz.

Russia, which American intelligence agencies said spread its fair share of misinformationduring the 2016 U.S. election, says it will crack down on “fake news” at home, with a proposed law that critics say could limit freedom of speech on the internet.


KAIT-TV, Raycom Media's ABC/NBC affiliate in Jonesboro, Ark., has an opening for a digital content producerto create content and continuous news coverage for the web, mobile and social platforms.

Weather.com is seeking a creative, analytics-savvy mobile editorto write headlines, send push alerts, brand live coverage, pitch stories, and help guide the creative process for content across all of its platforms — particularly its mobile apps.

Virginia Living is looking for a savvy editor to take the lead on all digital platforms. The digital editor will develop, write and edit engaging lifestyle content, post daily to all social media platforms and upload content from the print issue.


National Whistleblower Day is an annual event that celebrates the contributions of whistleblowers. Whistleblower Day commemorates the enactment of America's first whistleblower protection lawby the U.S. Continental Congress on July 30, 1778. SPJ FOI Committee member Kathryn Foxhall will speak at the Whistleblower’s Summit on Capitol Hill on July 31. She will discuss SPJ’s surveys on the public information officers issue. Learn more  here.


Several prominent black media groups have slammed a local Bay Area news station for running a photo of Nia Wilson—the 18-year-old black woman stabbed to death at an Oakland BART station—that they say is unethical.

“Refuse gifts, favors, fees, free travel and special treatment, and avoid political and other outside activities that may compromise integrity or impartiality, or may damage credibility." - SPJ Code of Ethics. Ethical journalism demands a certain degree of objectivity and independence. Accepting payment of any kind immediately brings into question the reliability and trustworthiness of a reporter.


A tribute or memorial giftis a meaningful way to show respect for someone you admire. Gifts can be made to the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation to honor friends and family members on special occasions such as anniversaries, retirements, holidays and other memorable events. Gifts in memory of loved ones who were touched by SPJ can help continue the tradition of excellence established by the organization.

SPJ is selling First Amendment T-shirts in support of the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, where five employees were killed on June 28. More than 400 shirts have been ordered, including some purchases for entire newsrooms. They have gone as far as Alaska, Hawaii and Canada. Help us make sure they spread farther.


Interested in running for SPJ board office? Want to see what positions are open or meet the candidates who have already declared? Visit Election Centralfor all the details on board elections and voting! Remember: voting will take place electronically during EIJ18, Sept. 27-29.

SPJ President Rebecca Bakerrepresented the Society and Bloomberg Law at the Power Shift Summitheld at the Newseum. The summit focused on making newsrooms safer, more inclusive and more diverse.

Do you have an issue in mind where SPJ needs to take a stance? Is there an event for which SPJ needs to make a statement of support or opposition? What about a person who has devoted an extraordinary amount of time to SPJ and deserves special recognition? If so, get busy and draft a resolution that will be considered during the SPJ Business Meeting Sept. 29 in Baltimore. This is the first call. Don't delay. Send the finished document to "drive.google.com" and look for the folder "SPJ 2018 Resolutions." Also, send a copy to Resolutions Committee Chair  Tom McKee.


“BTW, SPJ's International Journalism Communityhas lured Kim Barker, formerly the Chicago Tribune correspondent in Afghanistan, now with The New York Times and author of “The Taliban Shuffle,” to speak, schmooze and sign books during EIJ18 in Baltimore. That's the book that was adapted into the movie ‘Whiskey Tango Foxtrot,’ in which Tina Fey portrays Barker (renamed Baker and turned into a broadcast journalist. Hollywood!)” - Robert Buckman

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– 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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