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SPJ Leads | 10/31/2018
Join us in welcoming a new student chapter and new Region 11 Director

By Isaac Taylor, SPJ Communications Department


"The power to talk with other freelancers about money gives us the information and strength to negotiate for fair conditions and sustain our work. Such conversations are often hushed." — Adina Solomon, a freelance journalist, writes for Columbia Journalism Review


Congratulations to Deb Krol for being selected as SPJ's new Region 11 Director, representing SPJ members inCalifornia, Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii, Guam and the Mariana Islands. She replaces Matt Hall, who was voted secretary-treasurer of the SPJ Board of Directors in September. She will fill the remainder of Hall’s term, through EIJ19 in San Antonio in September. Welcome to the Board, Deb!

SPJ's board of directors also approved a new chapter at The King's College, a private, liberal arts Christian college in New York.  Check out their publication and help us welcome them to SPJ!

SPJ's president, J. Alex Tarquinio,  joins News Breakfast to discuss the implications of attacking the integrity of journalism. Tarquinio says that when Trump labels "the news 'fake news' he is actually creating a real public health risk" in the United States.

SPJ, the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation and the  Journalism Education Association want to increase high school students’ knowledge and understanding of the importance of independent media to our lives. That’s why we offer scholarship awards to winners of the  National High School Essay Contest, open to all students enrolled in grades 9-12 in U.S. public, private and home schools. Entries will be accepted starting Friday and must be submitted online or postmarked by Feb. 22. Find rules and submission details  here.

Nominations are now being accepted for SPJ's  Fellow of the Society honor. If you know someone in the field of journalism who deserves to be recognized for their extraordinary contributions, submit a nomination before Dec. 1. Honorees must agree to attend the Excellence in Journalism conference in San Antonio, Sept. 5-7, 2019.


Reporters Without Borders is urging journalists and non-journalists alike to sign a petitioncalling on Saudi Arabia to release the 28 journalists and bloggers currently detained and to reveal the truth about Jamal Khashoggi's death.

As every good journalist knows, using information from a diverse group of sources is a must. It's not always easy to find them. Charlotte West recounts her experience.

After having a fellowship named after him, Ady Barkan, a journalist recently diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), recounts his time in the profession and how it changed his world view. Journalism did more than just that. It taught him the benefits of putting the voice of the people before statistics and policy.

Covering a shooting is made even more difficult when it's close to home. To further complicate things, hate-mongers are free to spread their beliefs on social media. What's a journalist to do?


KABC, a Disney/ABC-owned television station in Los Angeles, is seeking an assistant news director to lead daily multi-platform news coverage and execute the overall vision of delivering meaningful breaking news.

Southern Poverty Law Center, located in Montgomery, Alabama, is seeking a senior data reporter to lead large-scale data collection and analysis projects to inform investigative reporting on the radical right. The ideal candidate will have deep experience creating compelling, data-driven investigative reporting.

The American Political Science Association is now accepting applications from journalists for the 2019-2020 congressional fellowship program. Fellows gain hands-on experience in Congress and the policy-making process by serving on congressional staffs, following an intensive one-month orientation.

Applications for the 2019 Kiplinger Fellowship in Digital Media are open. The fellowship will cover a variety of relevant digital media topics such as cybersecurity for journalists, mobile videography, data journalism, data visualization and social media sleuthing.


Did you miss the  Covering and Protecting Your Elections training? Subscribe to  SPJ’s YouTube channel to attend our upcoming webinar on how to cover the midterms with Google Tools.

Looking for innovative ways to tell stories and engage with your audience on social media? Well, SPJ teamed up with Facebook Journalism Project to bring you a FREE training on Facebook tools for journalists. Learn more and  request a free training.

Have you ever wondered about SPJ's history? Of course you have. Take a look at  SPJ's timeline of historic moments starting from the beginning.

News Foundry is a new three-day, high-intensity  workshop that provides 100 people working in journalism the entrepreneurial skills to start building a viable business. The first event is Nov. 16-18 at The Philadelphia Inquirer. SPJ members receive a 50-percent discount on registration. Use the code "MemberSPJ" to redeem it.


Most of the talk regarding ethics is about the production of news. According to researchers, news consumers may bear just as much of the burden as producers.


Save-the-date: Help SPJ protect press freedomand make journalism safer for the next generation by donating this #GivingTuesday, Nov. 27.

By purchasing SPJ's merchandise through our store, you're not only getting a great product, but you're also supporting the Society's missions. So browse our many products and logos, and stay tuned because we'll be updating the shop frequently.

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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