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SPJ Leads | 8/22/2018
SPJ Leads: August 22, 2018

By Isaac Taylor, SPJ Communications Department


"The role journalists play in serving as our national and local watchdogs is too critical to allow this responsibility to be commandeered. Fact is, we are not the enemy of the people — we are the people." — The Denton Record-Chronicle (Denton, Texas )


Be in the middle of the action at #EIJ18! Reserve your room in the room block at the Hilton Baltimore and save money! Experience every exciting minute of the journalism conference of the year. Deadline is Sept. 6! As if you needed another reason to stay at the conference hotel, here are two more:

—Register in the room block and your name will be entered into a raffle to win reimbursement of conference registration cost. There will be three lucky winners!

—Everyone staying in the room block receives a 10-percent discount at all food and beverage outlets in the hotel.

It’s not too late to run for the 2018-19 Board of Directors! Check out Election Central to see what positions are open and meet the candidates who have already declared. And, don’t forget that you can vote for SPJ national officers during EIJ18, even if you’re not at the conference. When the time comes, you can vote online using the ballot that will be sent to you via email. If your email address has changed since last election, be sure to contact membership@spj.orgto get that updated!

Do you have an idea for a resolution that SPJ delegates should consider at EIJ18 in Baltimore? Do you have a specific issue that needs to be addressed by the organization? If so, draft a resolution that the full convention will consider during the Saturday business meeting. Don't wait until Baltimore. Send your resolutions in now.

Plan your strategy now for meeting the 30 exhibitors and recruiters who will be interviewing at this year's #EIJ18 J-Expo & Career Fair. Follow our list on Twitter so you can keep up with them before and after the conference! And keep checking the EIJ18 website for updates on breakouts, super sessions, training, events and more! You won’t want to miss a minute of EIJ18!


Hundreds of newspapers across the country united in solidarity last week and published editorials on the importance of the First Amendment. The coordinated editorials are in response to a campaign by The Boston Globe that called on publications to condemn oft-repeated assertions that journalists are “the enemy of the people.”

A recent article published by UN News addressed the constant attacks on the press. “[President Trump’s] attacks are strategic, designed to undermine confidence in reporting and raise doubts about verifiable facts.”

Two public radio experimenters announced they would merge. While still behind NPR and American Public Media in broadcast public radio programming distribution, the merger positions Public Radio International and Public Radio Exchange to take advantage of the rise in podcasting.


The New York Times’ National Desk is seeking a Boston-based correspondent to oversee coverage of New England, a five-state region that is full of many loyal Times readers as well as many great stories to tell.

The Los Angeles Times has an opening for a Seattle Bureau chief. The ideal candidate will have deep experience covering national issues, strong familiarity with both the Northwest and California and a strong writer’s voice.

Television station WKYT in Lexington, Kentucky, is seeking a news producer to create, lead and organize content for newscasts.


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

The National Press Photographers Association's innovative drone training program continues, in partnership with the University of Georgia Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication and The Drone Journalism Lab at the University of Nebraska. The Lincoln workshop is Sept. 21-23 and the Athens workshop is Oct. 12-14.

The SPJ Training Program in association with the Google News Initiative is offering a new, free training program, “ Covering and Protecting Your Elections.” This program will provide tools to detect misinformation, protect yourself and your data online and connect with voters. The first training will be in Indianapolis, Sept. 5, at WFYI and will travel to 11 more cities in September and October. To sign up for the first training, or to ask questions, fill out the form or email SPJ's Training/Education Manager Monica Williams.


Joseph Knoop writes for the Daily Dot: "The world of Gamergate has been suspiciously calm about what should be its most prolific issue. In the face of widespread plagiarism committed by a now-former editor at a leading gaming publication, Gamergate members’ ' ethics in journalism' outrage, and that relative silence is laying bare their true motivations."

Columnist Joe Hight tells his readers, "As I tell my media ethics students, 'journalists' must be accurate, fair and balanced. They must adhere to ethical news values if they want to continue in the noble profession called journalism. One in which many journalism organizations such as the Society of Professional Journalists have detailed ethics codes."


SPJ's Legal Defense Fund is a unique account that can be tapped for providing journalists with legal or direct financial assistance. SPJ collects and distributes contributions for aiding journalists in defending the freedom of speech and press guaranteed by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.

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.


Chapter leaders who have met the minimum Annual Report requirements must submit the Delegate Verification Form no later than Aug. 24.The form MUST be submitted in order for your delegates to cast their vote.

SPJ Freedom of Information Committee Chair Danielle McLean recently spoke to Al Jazeera English about the dangerous rhetoric that journalists combat on a daily basis. “We are not enemies. We are trying to provide a valuable service.”

Lynn Walsh, SPJ past president, spoke to Scott Thompson about the editorial initiative last week. "I am glad that finally journalists have come together and are speaking freely and openly about the importance of the First Amendment."

In case you missed it, SPJ President Rebecca Baker wrote a blog post in support of the editorial initiative kick-started by The Boston Globe. "The Society of Professional Journalists stands in solidarity with these newspapers and applauds their efforts to explain the importance of the work they do every day."

Rod Hicks, SPJ Journalist on Call, also wrote about the initiative: "To start, news outlets should develop or strengthen relationships with the communities they serve and establish regular dialogue with residents. And above all else, consistently produce fair, accurate stories about issues that resonate with the people in their coverage areas."

Carolyn Lumsden, opinion editor at the Hartford Courant, has been chosen for the 2018 Pulliam Editorial Fellowship. Lumsden plans to spend the next year studying the dangerous effects of pyrrhotite, a little-known mineral that has badly weakened home foundations in Connecticut.

The Kansas City Star has been selected to receive the Eugene S. Pulliam First Amendment Award for its work in exposing the secrecy of state government in Kansas last year.


Congratulations to Al Cross, SPJ president in 2001-02, has been promoted to full professor at the University of Kentucky's Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues. Cross is editor and publisher of The Rural Blog, a daily digest of events, trends, issues ideas and journalism from and about rural America. Cross served on the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation Board for many years and received the Wells Key in 2011.

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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