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SPJ Leads | 8/1/2018
SPJ Leads: August 1, 2018

By Isaac Taylor, SPJ Communications Department


"Of course, journalists need certain qualities that can’t be taught: curiosity, intelligence, and empathy, among others. But a lot can be taught, and learned, in journalism — how to distinguish a great story from a good one, how to get people to talk, how to verify information, how to use digital tools to create and distribute your journalism, how not to get sued, or how to defend yourself if you do." -- Bill Grueskin, Felix Salmon and Alexandria Neason wrote in a recent Columbia Journalism Review article.


Now's the time to register for Excellence in Journalism 2018 if you haven't yet! The early-bird deadline is Aug. 7. With training designed by news leaders for news leaders, it's the best place to take your newsroom to the next level. Don't miss this opportunity to network and make connections with students, professionals and employees alike!


CNN says one of its reporters was banned from a White House event last Wednesday after attempting to ask President Donald Trump a series of questions that were deemed " inappropriate."

The Chicago City Council made a timely and historic decision last week when it renamed a prominent downtown street for the pioneering newspaper editor, anti-lynching campaigner and suffragist Ida B. Wells.

Data journalism, which brings stories to life by showing facts in a visual way, is a key in the fight against fake news. Working with news sites and publishers, Google is bringing that information front and center to consumers in its search results.


Bloomberg BNA has an opening for an assistant managing editor to plan product scope, copy edit and assist with the coordination of writing.

CBS Television Distribution is seeking a communications coordinator to collect and distribute press clips, update websites and handle clip requests.

KAIT-TV, Raycom Media's ABC/NBC affiliate in Jonesboro, Arkansas, has an opening for a full-time MMJ/Producer. This position includes researching to develop strong story ideas and incorporating strategic planning into everyday tasks.


SPJ’s July Google training session focused on Google Trends and Elections. Dan Petty, audience development director at Digital First Media, led the webinar, which was presented in association with the Google News Initiative. Find the replay here.

The Wharton Seminars for Business Journalists at the University of Pennsylvania provides national and international journalists with intensive training on key business and economic issues. Apply now for the Philadelphia seminar, held on Penn’s campus Oct. 7-10. Funding is available.

The National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) has announced workshops in Nebraska and Georgia to train journalists in using drones for their news coverage. To register for the fall workshops, click here.


“If you want people to know what’s going on ... you’re going to need to equip journalists with the ability to monitor these channels.” Andrew Seaman, ethics committee chair, told The Intercept for its story about a federal broadband program.

In a recent interview with Time magazine about how the media should cover suicides, SPJ Ethics Committee Chair Andrew Seaman told journalist Jamie Ducharme, “You really have to think of the story and say, ‘What are my responsibilities here, and where do they end? Do I really need to include the method? Do I need to go into detail here? In most cases, I don’t think you have to.'”

"Be vigilant and courageous about holding those with power accountable. Give voice to the voiceless." -- SPJ Code of Ethics. Ethical journalism demands fair coverage, and that includes being wary of decisions that come from those in positions of high power.


Contribute to the nation’s largest, most broad-based journalism organization with AutoPayments. It’s designed to make contributing to SPJ's mission fit into anyone’s budget with an automatic, monthly payment that shows your support for everything SPJ and the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation stand for.

SPJ is selling First Amendment T-shirts in support of the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland, 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.


SPJ’s new Manager of Membership and Chapters, Caroline Escobar, is excited to have the opportunity to meet and interact with members and share the many benefits of being an SPJ member. Contact Caroline here.

Attention, SPJ chapters: The deadline for applying for the current round of SPJ chapter grants (up to $500) has been extended. The new deadline is Wednesday, Aug. 8. Details are posted here.

We need more volunteers for #Press4Education for the fall semester! If you’re interested in sharing your passion for journalism and the First Amendment to students in your community, fill out this volunteer form. You will then be matched with a teacher who has requested a journalist to visit their classroom. (We especially need volunteers from Delaware, Hawaii, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Vermont and Wisconsin. We could also use more from California, Florida and Texas. Please spread the word!)

The Society of Professional Journalists recently sent letters to CNN and the White House Correspondents’ Association in support of journalist Kaitlan Collins, who was barred from an open event at the White House.

Twelve impressive student journalists were selected to report on this year's Excellence in Journalism conference in Baltimore. The student interns will be covering the three-day conference and updating EIJ News, your home to EIJ coverage throughout the conference. Gearing up for EIJ18? Follow the EIJ News staff on Twitter [JR3] .

Over the weekend, SPJ in association with the Ted Scripps Foundation, held the Ted Scripps Leadership Institute in Indianapolis. Attendees were afforded the opportunity to learn from leading industry professionals about branding and leadership. Congratulations to all the #SPJScripps graduates!

The Society of Professional Journalists has bestowed the 2018 Ethics in Journalism Award to David Folkenflik, Mary Louise Kelly and the team of journalists at NPR and Minnesota Public Radio for their superb reporting on allegations of sexual harassment within NPR.

This year, SPJ awarded four members with scholarships to Excellence in Journalism in memory of Terry Harper, SPJ’s executive director from 2002 to 2009. Meet the recipients of the 2018 Terry Harper Memorial Scholarships.

Richard D. “Dick” Hendrickson, a much-beloved journalism educator, board member of the SPJ Greater Los Angeles Pro Chapter and SPJ member of more than 50 years, passed away on July 29 at the age of 77.


According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, 34 journalists have been killed so far in 2018. #NotTheEnemy

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