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SPJ Leads | 11/14/2018
Prez Tarquinio does media interviews on journalists reporting about war, CNN and Acosta

By Isaac Taylor, SPJ Communications Department


"In the 1970s people trusted journalists like CBS news anchor Walter Cronkite to state the facts and sign off with his signature motto: 'And that’s the way it is.' It was standard practice then to quote sources and then fact-check what they said, disclosing any falsehoods — again, by citing fact. Reporters actually had time to do that. They had no internet, cell phones or social media." — Michael Bugeja, Iowa View contributor


SPJ President J. A lex Tarquinio   speaks to News Breakfast  about the importance of the role journalists play in covering the heroism and atrocities of war. She also did an interview this week with Voice of America about SPJ condemning the White House pulling CNN’s Jim Acosta’s press conference credentials. SPJ also spoke out in support of Acosta and CNN in a statement Thursday.

At EIJ18 in Baltimore,  delegates passed a resolution  asking SPJ to review its EIJ sponsorship policies. In reaction to that and overall member questions about who sponsors EIJs, SPJ President J. Alex Tarquinio appointed a  Sponsorship Task Force  to review sponsorships and report its findings to the full SPJ board by Dec. 1. To complete its work, the Task Force invitesmembers to  share their input by completing a short survey  about EIJ sponsorship.

The deadline for applying for SPJ chapter grants has been extended to Friday.  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.

Be a leader in your SPJ circle! The nomination period for SPJ’s Community elections is now open. Interested in serving as an officer in the  DigitalFreelanceGeneration J  or  International  Community? Email Program Coordinator  Christine Cordial  by Nov. 21.

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. Work must have been published or broadcast in the 2018 calendar year. Contact Program Coordinator  Christine Cordial with questions.

During this season of giving, give thanks to an outstanding colleague or mentor by nominating them to be a  Fellow of the Society, the highest public honor given by SPJ. Know someone who should join the ranks of previous Fellows such as Chuck Todd, Carl Bernstein, Christiane Amanpour and Edward R. Murrow?  Submit your nomination  by Dec. 1.

Robert "Bob" Stinnett, prize-winning photographer for the Oakland Tribune, died last week at the age of 94.  Stinnett was a member of the Society of Professional Journalists for 25 years  and was a member of the Northern California Pro Chapter.


In an effort to restore Jim Acosta's access to the White House,  CNN has filed a lawsuit against President Trump. At a press conference last week, Acosta was denied access to the White House after a heated debate with the president. Since then, multiple news organizations – including Fox News – are showing their support of Acosta and CNN.

Two Committee to Protect Journalists staffers detained in Tanzania were subsequently releasedAngela Quintal shares her first-person account of what happened. She and colleague Muthoki Mumo experienced for themselves the press freedom issues plaguing the country.

The importance of a  free press  is stressed in  Mitt Romney’s opinion piece  in USA Today. “And, more importantly, denigrating the media diminishes an institution that is critical to democracy, both here and abroad,” Romney says.


SPJ Job Bank offers professional services to help you build and manage your career for maximum potential for success. Check out these resources !

ProPublica has an opening for research reporter to work out if its New York office. The reporter will collaborate with other reporters and publishing partners on projects ranging from newspaper investigations to magazine features.

Bloomberg BNA is hiring a reporter to cover financial reporting and accounting as a full-time staff correspondent in New York. The reporter will join a team of more than 200 reporters to cover in-depth analysis and enterprise pieces.

Storyful is looking to hire a journalist to write clean, concise and accurate copy for publication. The journalist will work closely with newsroom clients and content creators.


Did you miss the SPJ/Google News Initiative training? Don't worry. We recorded them. We took our training to 19 cities and trained over 2,000 journalists. To catch-up on the ways Google is helping journalists research and report information regarding elections,  check out our playlist and learn how to bring a training to your newsroom.

Request a FREE #FacebookJournalismProject training for your newsroom, classroom or conference! Learn how to use Live, Groups, Creators app, CrowdTangle and more to  leverage Facebook and Instagram  for newsgathering, storytelling and engagement. #SPJFacebook

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.


James H. Shott, a columnist for the Daily Telegraph in Bluefield, West Virginia, writes that  personal inclinations should not come before professional ethics. Shott explores the “enshrinement” some reporters feel under the protection of the First Amendment.


SPJ is proud to be part of the  global celebration of giving  on Giving Tuesday (or  #GivingNewsDay to us!). Will you join us in supporting the future of journalism? On Nov. 27, help us protect freedom of the press and the First Amendment.

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.org  or call 317-920-4786.

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– Baboon raid temporarily forced Zimbabwe radio station off air

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