By Isaac Taylor, SPJ Communications Department
"Not only are we not protected by our traditional defender, the United States of America, we are in fact increasingly vilified and endangered by the administration there. A clear demonstration that words in fact do have consequences was the round of pipe bombs and real threats directed at individuals and members of the press like CNN -- all targets of the President's wrath." — Christiane Amanpour writes for CNN
On New Year's Eve, leading journalists brought in the new year in Times Square. The group pressed the button to initiate the 60-second countdown as a way to celebrate free speech and free press.
After being questioned in a recent press conference about testing positive for banned substances, Jon Jones, a UFC fighter, responded to the reporter with offensive, dismissive comments.
"In 2019, black and brown journalists will continue to leave predominantly white news organizations that undervalue and underpay for our work. Journalists of color and queer journalists will challenge the value of legacy organizations considered prestige brands who refuse to make room for diverse voices, even as they lift ideas from writers of color and queer culture without crediting them." — Seema Yasmin writes in Nieman Lab's Predictions For Journalism 2019.
SPJ QUICK FIX
SPJ is troubled by the continued layoffs and buyouts in journalism. Our members are the lifeblood of our organization, and it has been painful to watch as many of our friends have lost their jobs as a result of dramatic industry changes. Learn how SPJ can help.
We need your ideas for this year's Excellence in Journalism conference! The #EIJ19 Call for Programs and Ideas is open. If there are any topics you would like to see included at #EIJ19, let us know! Send us your ideas by Jan. 18.
Calling all collegiate journos: Entries are now being accepted for the Mark of Excellence awards, honoring the best in student journalism across print, radio, television and online categories for small and large schools. This year’s contest also features a new podcast category! Submit by Jan.15 to get your excellent work recognized nationally.
Awards season is the best season! Entries are now being accepted for the Sigma Delta Chi Awards, celebrating the best in professional journalism in 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 by Feb. 19!
GET A GIG
Looking for a career change in 2019? Navigate through SPJ's Career Center to see who's hiring.
ABC7, a Los Angeles-based television station, is looking to hire a morning executive producer with excellent news judgement, strong writing skills and a passion for being the first to break news.
EdSurge is seeking an experienced business reporter who will cover daily business news and produce original features. EdSurge is based in Burlingame, California.
The Garden Island newspaper in Lihue, Hawaii, is seeking a reporter/weekend copy editor. This person will need to be versatile, able to write clean, accurate, engaging stories three days a week for print and digital products, as well as paginate and edit pages on weekends.
LEARN SOME STUFF
Expand your journalism skills by requesting a FREE Facebook Journalism Project training for your newsroom, classroom or conference! You’ll learn how to use tools such as Live, Groups, Creators app, CrowdTangle and more to leverage Facebook and Instagram for newsgathering, storytelling and audience engagement. Request a training today.
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.
According to a recent survey, journalists, along with politicians and telemarketers, sit at the low end of professions in regard to ethics. Only 33 percent said journalists are honest.
GIVE A LITTLE
Help support the fight for a free press and the First Amendment with a 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!