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

By Isaac Taylor, SPJ Communications Department


"There is still strong demand from local advertisers who want to be associated with quality local journalism and in front of the people who consume it." – Matt Derienzo, executive director of LION, for Poynter


As if you need another reason to attend EIJ18, we’ve just added a Super Session you won’t want to miss. CBS News “On The Road” Correspondent Steve Hartmanis one of America’s best story tellers and is well respected in all corners of journalism. Hear him describe how he finds, writes and edits his stories, as he breaks down some of your favorites. He’ll have lessons we can all learn no matter what your market size or your role in the newsroom.

If you haven't already, be sure to register for  #EIJ18. While you're at it, don't forget to reserve your room at the Hilton Baltimore conference hotel. Rooms in the hotel block are going fast at the discounted rate of $199.  Get details and reserve your roomtoday!

Six SPJ members have been selected to participate in the Dori Maynard Diversity Leadership Program, which awards scholarships to attend the  Excellence in Journalism conference. Ultimately, the goal of the program is to increase the diversity participation of SPJ members within national committees and on the national board of directors.

Five SPJ student members will attend Excellence in Journalism 2018, thanks to the generosity of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Columbia provides scholarship funds for students from any school to attend EIJ. Meet this year’s outstanding recipients.


Facebook is being asked to change rules that  restrict how journalists and scholars conduct research on the site — a request that raises unresolved issues about how the First Amendment applies to the social media era.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called for the  immediate release of two Reuters reporters detained in Myanmar when he met Myanmar Foreign Minister Kyaw Tin on Saturday in Singapore, the State Department said.

With tragedies and disasters dominating media coverage nationwide, what impact does  frequent exposure to traumatic events have on people covering the news, as well as those who watch or read it?

As survivors related by blood, marriage or ink at The Capital cope with loss and trauma, their community came out Saturday to root for them, on a day made festive by food and music, writes Region 2 Director Andy Schotz for the Region 2 blog.

“The role of the press is to connect the dots to the unvarnished truth as it can best be determined. The job of journalists is to report facts that give certainty to uncertainty. They are not the enemy of the people; they are the surrogate of the people,” writes Bill Ketter, in his column for more than 100 CNHI newspapers. Ketter is senior vice president of news for CNHI and member of the SDX Foundation Board of Directors.

The United Nations expert on free expression has  condemned President Donald Trump’s repeated attacks on the press, warning that the U.S. leader’s rhetoric is eroding public trust in the media and could spark violence against journalists.


Television station WKYT in Lexington, Kentucky, has an opening for a  multimedia reporter. Reporters will cover a variety of stories using next generation video equipment and laptop editing.

PBS NewsHour is seeking a  producer who will work with a portfolio of schools within the program to ensure the highest technical and editorial quality.

The Belle Plaine Herald in Belle Plaine, Minnesota, is looking for an experienced, full-time  reporter to cover area news, city and school board meetings, sports and feature stories.


ScienceWriters 2018 is a meeting for science writers, by science writers. Join researchers and writers Oct. 12-16 in Washington, D.C., for professional development workshops developed by the National Association of Science Writers, briefings on scientific research presented by the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing and lab tours and science field trips.

The Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas, along with popular personalities in the industry, will host a free online course, “ Listen up! How to launch and grow a hit podcast,” Aug. 20-Sept. 23.

Have you subscribed to SPJ’s YouTube channel? Stay up to date on our latest webinar and video training to build on your journalism skills.


Two Reuters reporters being tried in Myanmar have pleaded not guilty regarding the Official Secrets Act. “We haven’t seen any stories they wrote which have violated  media ethics,” [their former teacher] said, explaining that the school monitored the work of its former students.


The First Amendment Forever Fund is a sustained war chest to guarantee someone is always fighting for press freedom. If we don’t do it, who will?  Contribute today.

SPJ is still selling  First Amendment T-shirts in support of the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland, where five employees were killed on June 28. Order your T-shirt today, or make a donation directly to the Capital Gazette Families Fund.


Are you running for SPJ office? If so, send us an  email and we will include your name, current occupation and a brief bio in upcoming issues of Leads.

SPJ Journalist on Call Rod Hicks participated in the “ Restoring Trust in Journalism” panel discussion at the National Association of Black Journalists convention in Detroit last week. Hicks discussed the need for journalists to better explain what it is they do. The panel included other journalism professionals such as Sally Buzbee, senior vice president and executive editor of the Associated Press. Moderator of the session was Nikole Hannah-Jones, staff writer for The New York Times Magazine.

Mary Ellen Klas, Rachel La Corte and ProPublica have each been awarded the Sunshine Award from the  Society of Professional Journalists. A judging panel, composed of  SPJ Board of Directors and  Freedom of Information Committee members, bestows the award each year to individuals and organizations for their notable contributions to open government.

The  Society of Professional Journalists is pleased to honor  Soni Brown with the 2018  Julie Galvan Outstanding Graduate in Journalism Award. Brown is a 2018 graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she served as president of the SPJ campus chapter.


"Journalistic sentences are supposed to be measured, objective observations, not excited calls to action ... Of course, all writing rules should be judiciously and strategically broken." - Evelyn McDonnell, associate professor at Loyola Marymount University.

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– 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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