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SPJ Leads | 9/12/2018
SPJ Leads: The ethics of anonymity, free Google trainings and EIJ18

By Isaac Taylor, SPJ Communications Department


"At its best, news reporting provides a voice for marginalized communities, while also holding people in power accountable. It is important to note that accurate reporting does not have a political leaning, but rather an obligation to share and promote the truth without bias to the best of human ability…" -- Rochelle Ford, dean, Elon University School of Communications,  in a guest column for the Herald Sun in Durham, N.C.


It’s not too late to make plans to attend EIJ18 in Baltimore. You’re welcome to register on-site, buy meal tickets and one-day passesat the registration desk inside the J-Expo!

Of the many events at EIJ, some of the most enjoyable and informative are the breakout sessionsand workshops. All sessions are included as part of your conference registration.

Do you have an idea for a resolution that SPJ delegates should consider at  EIJ18 in Baltimore? 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.

Reserve your room at the Hilton Baltimore and save money. Deadline to receive the special rate is Thursday (that’s tomorrow)! Need another reason to stay at the conference hotel? Here are two:

—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.

The New York Times granted anonymity to the author of a  recent op-ed that criticized Trump. The op-ed comes, perhaps not coincidentally, as Trump officials are dealing with explosive reporting in Bob Woodward’s book “Fear: Trump in the White House.”

With three hurricanes currently swirling in the Atlantic and one of them  headed for the east coast, it's time again to prepare for  how to cover deadly and dangerous weather.

Earlier this year, Apple got into the magazine business by buying a digital magazine distributor. Now it wants to add daily news to the mix. Apple has been talking to some of the biggest newspapers in the U.S. about  adding their stories to Texture, the magazine app Apple bought in March.


Whether you're looking for a job or you have an opening to share, visit the  SPJ Career Center. Browse new jobs, search listings, upload your resume, post jobs, search resumes and  more.

WFSU Public Media is seeking a journalistto join a team of reporters. WFSU, located in Tallahassee, Florida, is the PBS and NPR public broadcasting station for Northern Florida and Southern Georgia and is a unit of Florida State University.

Television station KAIT in Jonesboro, Arkansas, is looking for a  reporter/anchor. The reporter will deliver compelling breaking news and story ideas.

Television station KBCW in San Francisco has an available opening for a  writer/producer. This creative services role includes writing, producing and shooting on-air promotions.

The Mail Tribune in Medford, Oregon, has an availability for a  city editor. The city editor will lead a team of reporters to deliver content to readers.


The SPJ Training Program, in association with the Google News Initiative, has kicked off a special elections training program. “ Covering and Protecting Your Elections” is at theOnline News Association conference in Austin, Texas, this week, and willtravel to 10 additional U.S. cities. Attend a session in your city or at #EIJ18 or follow #electiontools. To sign up, fill out the formor email SPJ's Training/Education Manager Monica Williams.

Attention all historians, Quill lovers and hoarders: Do you have any issues of Quill from the 1920s to the early 1960s that you want to add to the Quill library at our Indianapolis headquarters? We want to preserve our history. Please let us know. Email us at quill@spj.orgor call 317-920-4786.

The National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) and the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY cordially invite you (or your designee) to participate in a one-day convening of drone technology experts and newsroom leaders to discuss the most pressing issues in drone journalism Oct. 26. If you're interested,  contact Mickey H. Osterreicher.

The Facebook Journalism Project partners with SPJ to train professionals to  teach Facebook tools for journalists at conferences, workshops and newsrooms around the country. SPJ and the Facebook Journalism Project are committed to creating opportunities for journalists to learn about the ways Facebook tools can help create and share incredible works of journalism. Request a trainingor apply to becomea trainer today!


On Sept. 8, CNN's Fredricka Whitfield spoke with the Pulitzer Center's Indira Lakshmanan for CNN's Newsroom. They discussed anonymous sourcing, journalism ethics, and public trust in journalism in anticipation of the release of Bob Woodward's book "Fear: Trump in the White House." Read the full transcript of the interview.

"At its core, the heart of the matter is not whether or not the Times was wrong in running the piece, but whether or not it should have done so without an author to stand by it. Ethics in journalism show that reporters should be accurate and fair. As journalists, we are to be honest and courageous in gathering, reporting and interpreting information." -  Derek Russell  writes for the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal.


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. The T-shirts will also be sold at EIJ18, so look for them there!


SPJ’s Journalist on Call, Rod Hicks, discusses anonymous sources, media trust and the presidency during his interview on the “What’s Left America” podcast.  Download the episode .

Get to know your SPJ Board of Directors candidates! Region 2 Director Andy Schotz asked candidates in each race to answer a short questionnaire.  Here is a link to their replies, edited only to fix the occasional typo or style point. Want to know more about the election, voting process or the candidates themselves? Visit  SPJ Election Centralto hear podcast interviewswith each of thembefore voting opens at EIJ18. You can vote for SPJ national officers during EIJ18, even if you're not attending the conference. You’ll receive an email with instructions on the voting process and login information for the election platform — so if you have a new email address, be sure to contact  membership@spj.org to update it now!

SPJ's Legal Defense Fund is a unique account that can be tapped for providing journalists with legal or direct financial assistance. Read about the latest actions by the LDF Committee on the LDF in Action page, including:

Sun-Sentinel, Deefield Beach, Florida
A coalition of 30 media organizations, led by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and  including the Society of Professional Journalists and the American Society of News Editors, came to the Sun Sentinel’s side in a court brief, calling on the judge to deny the  Broward School Board’s motion to penalize the news organization and two of its reporters, Paula McMahon and Brittany Wallman, over the publication of a report about the  Parkland shooter’s years within the school system.


"In the event you’re still being naughty and not watching 'CBS Sunday Morning,' you missed David Martin’s interview with Bob Woodwardabout his bombshell book, 'Fear.' Woodward answered the question I’ve been asking: He insists he substantiated each controversial claim with 'multiple sources.' He said he interviewed 'over a hundred, most of them key people."' -- Robert Buckman

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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