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SPJ Leads | 12/5/2018
Rappler's Maria Ressa believes she's dealing with government censorship

By Isaac Taylor, SPJ Communications Department


"Journalists are overwhelmed by the information they process in their working day and want to explore solutions with third-party providers and management to make it more manageable. That’s the finding of a nine-month project involving discussions across the industry and a revealing in-depth survey." — John Crowley, digital editor and consultant, writes for Nieman Lab


Rappler’s Maria Ressa turned herself in to authorities after a warrant for her arrest was issued for tax evasion. Rappler insists that Ressa is being targeted as a way to silence news media in the Philippines.

A high school newspaper in Arkansas is dealing with censorship issues. After publishing a story about the transfer of the school's athletes to a rival high school, officials demanded the story be taken down.

If you haven't already, check out Margaret Sullivan's thoughts on the recent dismantling of Mic. She covers how it happened, the next move for its former employees and what it means for the future of journalism.


Awards season is the best season! Entries are now being accepted for the Sigma Delta Chi Awards,celebrating the best in professional journalism in categories covering print, radio, television, newsletters, art/graphics, online, research and now podcasts! All entries must have been published or broadcast in 2018. Show us your finest work and submit it by Feb.19!

SPJ’s 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. Although not required, collaboration with ethnic media is taken into account. Entry deadline is also Feb. 19.

Do you know any high school writers? If so, let them know about the Journalism Education Association's 2019 High School Essay Contest. The topic: What is the role and importance of the Fourth Estate in American society? All entries should be postmarked by Feb. 22.


The Washington Post is looking to hire for its audio team. The Post is seeking an audio producer to support its growing slate of podcasts. The producer will work on previous projects and help develop new ideas.

The Investigative Fund is seeking a researcher to join its small but growing editorial team in New York City as Head of Research. This is an editorial job with lots of growth potential, involving close collaboration with its team of investigative reporters and editors on deeply reported projects.

Report for America Corps program is accepting applications. Reporters chosen for this program will visit local news outlets for at least one year. While there, you'll report stories that have impact on a local level to re-establish journalism as a public service.

KPIX 5, a San Francisco-based CBS affiliate, is looking for an experienced assignment editor to take the lead on breaking news and breaking stories no one else is telling. The ideal candidate must be competitive with a will to win and a proven track record.


“It seems we are constantly debating what to share, how much to share and when to share,” says Lynn Walsh, freelance journalist and SPJ trainer for the Facebook Journalism Project. Walsh shares advice and best practices for journalists via Facebook.

SPJ is a primary resource for educators preparing the next generation of journalists. Now, that effort has expanded to provide educators instructional materials based on Google tools they can download and incorporate into their classrooms. Check out these resources brought to you by SPJ and the Google News Initiative.


The Native American Journalists Association speaks out against a newspaper referring to genocidal practices in a headline. “This is not simply a callous or thoughtless use of language, ‘Cowboys Scalp Indians’ violates basic journalism ethics by employing stereotypes, distorting context and failing to minimize harm.”


2018 is coming to an end, but 2019 promises to bring many new challenges and victories. Help support the fight for a free press and the First Amendment with a year-end contribution to SPJ and the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation. All gifts to the Foundation are tax-deductible. Make your investment in the future of journalism today!

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.

IRE is seeking your ideas for its national conference June 13-16 in Houston, Texas. The deadline is Jan. 11. Add your ideas for topics, speakers and other content.

If you have research in freedom of information that's worth sharing, submit your proposal to the National Freedom of Information Coalition's research paper competition. The top three papers will earn cash prizes!

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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