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SPJ Leads | 11/21/2018
Gobble ‘til you wobble. Happy Thanksgiving!

By Isaac Taylor, SPJ Communications Department


"Bit by bit, in the days following the deadly Camp Fire, California newsrooms have been applying lessons learned in disasters such as Hurricane Maria. Their takeaway: Work together." — David Beard writes for Poynter


SPJ is proud to be part of the global celebration of giving on Giving Tuesday (we’re calling it #GivingNewsDay). Will you join us in supporting the future of journalism? On Nov. 27, help us protect freedom of the press and the First Amendment. Even better, get a jump on things and donate early – before Black Friday and Cyber Monday!

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.


“It is up to our citizens to express their outrage at the daily undermining of the credibility of responsible media outlets. When eroding the foundation of a free press is no longer a popular political tactic, we will be closer to realizing the ideal of a free and open information society,” writes SPJ National President J. Alex Tarquinio in her latest Freedom of the Prez blog post. Tarquinio was in Paris for Armistice Day and other events.

SPJ supports the Native American Journalists Association's stance that the Muscogee (Creek) Nation should restore its free press ordinance. An unfettered, free press is in the best interests of all nations, SPJ’s statement says, and the Muscogee (Creek) Nation's former ordinance was hailed as a model for other tribal governments.

Last week, SPJ released a statement applauding U.S. District Judge Timothy J. Kelly in his decision to temporarily reinstate CNN Chief White House Correspondent Jim Acosta’s press pass as a step to a pending lawsuit. The Society objects to the initial act of the White House revoking Acosta’s access.

We need your ideas for next year's Excellence in Journalism conference! The EIJ19 Call for Programs and Events is open. Don't be shy. If there's anything you would like SPJ to include in EIJ19, send us your ideas by Jan. 18.

If you haven’t done so already, please remember to take the Excellence in Journalism Sponsorship Survey by the deadline Monday (Nov. 26). If you've already taken the survey -- thank you!You are also invited to participate in an online conversation Monday:

—The first one will run 6-7:30 p.m. EST, via computer or smart phone at 1-646-558-8656.
—The second option follows, 8-9 p.m. EST, via computer or smart phone at 1-646-558-8656.

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 Digital, Freelance, Generation J or International Community? Email Program Coordinator Christine Cordial TODAY.

The New America Award honors public service journalism that explores and exposes an issue of importance to immigrant or ethnic communities currently living in the United States. Entries are accepted beginning Monday and should be accompanied by a cover letter explaining the significance of the issue. All entries must be  submitted by Feb. 19 and all work must have been completed during the 2018 calendar year. Questions? Email Program Coordinator Christine Cordial.

Show us your best work! The Sigma Delta Chi Awards, recognizing the best in professional journalism, open Monday. Submissions will be accepted across print, radio, television, art/graphic, online and podcast categories. Check out the rules and view previous years’ winners here, and 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.


Wildfires have changed journalists just as much as they've changed California. As fires increase in quantity and size, so too do journalists’ responsibilities.
Journalists covering wildfires have a responsibility to report how the landscape and air quality have changed, and how people can help those involved.

Last week, the United States announced 17 sanctions on people believed to be involved with the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. The next day, the CIA concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing of Khashoggi. But this week, President Trump says he will stand by Saudi Arabia.

After receiving $132 million from investors and maintaining 90 million unique users each month, Medium still isn’t profitable. Twitter cofounder Ev Williams plans to ramp up the subscription side of the business.


ProPublica has an available position for a research reporter in New York. The reporter will uncover documents, data and sources for hard-hitting investigative projects.

Bloomberg Law in Arlington, Virginia, has an opportunity for a senior reporter to join the intellectual property news team. The reporter will break news, uncover and report larger trend pieces, features and analyses.

DailyMail.com is looking for an enthusiastic and talented news features reporter to join its expanding U.S. operation in New York. The reporter will write long-form interviews, human interest features and picture-driven copy.

WLFI News 18, the CBS affiliate in WestLafayette, Indiana, has a career opportunity for a multiplatform journalist. The station needs a storyteller who understands how to develop local contacts and generate community news.


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

Did you miss the SPJ/Google News Initiative Elections 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, check out our playlist and learn how to bring a training to your newsroom


Business models and market pressures don't make it easy to practice ethical journalism. Making money and following media ethics at the same time can lead to ethical dilemmas. What's a journalist to do?

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