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SPJ Leads | 11/7/2018
Sharpen your skills with the Journalist's Toolbox; The ethics of student journalists endorsing a political campaign

By Isaac Taylor, SPJ Communications Department

"Newsrooms: When you let your readers attack your reporters in the comments — U R SO BIAS YOU STUPID LIBTARD #FAKENEWS — does it impact your journalists’ credibility in the eyes of other readers? How about your organization’s credibility? Yep and yep." — Joshua Benton, director of Nieman Journalism Lab

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Save the date: SPJ needs your help in protecting press freedom and advocating journalism ethics! In the spirit of holiday giving, consider helping us make a difference this #GivingTuesday, Nov. 27. Every donation goes toward increasing media literacy, protecting journalists and promoting a healthy media climate. Spread the word and get your community involved in #GivingNewsDay.

The deadline for applying for SPJ chapter grants has been extended to Nov. 16. Pro and campus chapters can apply for up to $500 for "innovative programs and events that help build membership." Check with Region 2 Director Andy Schotz if you have questions.

SPJ participated in International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists . The international effort brought attention to the detainment and murder of journalists over the past decade . J. Alex Tarquinio, the Society's president, gives her thoughts in her president's blog post.

The Sigma Delta Chi awards honor the best in professional journalism across print, radio, television, art/graphic and online categories — plus a new podcast category! Submissions will be accepted beginning Nov. 26. Check out the rules and view previous years’ winners here, and contact Program Coordinator Christine Cordial with questions. Work must have been published or broadcast in the 2018 calendar year.

SPJ, the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation and the Journalism Education Association 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 are now being accepted and must be submitted online or postmarked by Feb. 22. Find rules and submission details here .

If you know someone who is dedicated to the field of journalism and displays tenacity for storytelling, nominate them for SPJ's Fellow of the Society honor. The deadline is Dec. 1. Honorees must agree to attend Excellence in Journalism 2019 in San Antonio, Sept. 5-7.

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It's often said that "journalists are the first to draft history." Today's front pages are a direct reflection of that. Check out election coverage on these front pages from newspapers across the country.

The Committee to Protect Journalists published its annual Impunity Index last week which compiles the data for unsolved murders over 10 years. Impunity is entrenched in 14 nations, according to CPJ’s 2018 Global Impunity Index, which ranks countries with the worst records of prosecuting the killers of journalists.

Journalistic wit is an important asset to have. Being able to conceptualize new ideas or look at the usual in an unusual way makes for fantastic stories. One of the best story types is the “ conceptual scoop,” writes James Geary, deputy curator of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard .

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Hearst Digital Media, based in New York, is seeking an enterprising editor to work in its content studio, serving as the point person on all branded content for MensHealth.com and Esquire.com.

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Colorado State University seeks an entry-level assistant professor of science communication . The ideal candidate will have significant professional experience that emphasizes the strategic communication, journalistic aspects and digital communication aspects of science communication.

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Whether you're an upcoming journalist or simply looking to sharpen your skills, the Journalist's Toolbox is a great resource to help you learn various tools of the trade.

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.

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 .

ETHICS ESSENTIALS

Public universities can't endorse political campaigns, but it's perfectly legal for student newsrooms to do it. Even though they can, should they? When it comes to the issue of student journalists endorsing a political candidate, newsrooms are divided.

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SPJ Leads
– Prez Tarquinio does media interviews
– Sharpen your skills with the Journalist's Toolbox
– New student chapter and new Region 11 Director

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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