By Isaac Taylor, SPJ Communications Department
"Does the public need to see such a photo to confirm or disprove the official account of the events? An argument could be made that a writer’s words could accurately describe the scene without being as disturbing as the image. In addition, when it comes to an act of terrorism, might publishing such a photo actually advance the cause of the terrorists, showing the damage they caused, thus fueling dread and panic?" — Tom Jones writes for Poynter about the New York Times’ difficult choice over a graphic photo selection
Yesterday, Facebook announced a three-year plan to invest $300 million in local news. Facebook says the funds will aid nonprofits and generate more subscribers.
CBS News announced its team of reporters set to cover the 2020 presidential campaign. The lack of diversity didn’t sit well with many journalists. The conversation caught the attention of U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and “Scandal” actress Kerry Washington, who took to Twitter to voice their concerns.
After being questioned by the Senate Judiciary Committee about jailing journalists for doing their jobs, William Barr, Trump’s pick for attorney general, said “there could be a situation where someone was held in contempt.” The comment sparked criticism and outrage in the journalism community.
The Department of Justice is planning to revise how prosecutors obtain records from journalists. The balance between the investigations of law enforcement and the First Amendment may be strained as a result. One of the goals of the revision is to remove the alerts to media organizations when the department issues a subpoena.
A Myanmar court upheld a seven-year sentence for two Reuters journalists. The journalists were arrested in December 2017 and accused of violating a state secrets act. Many view the arrest as a way to silence the media.
SPJ QUICK FIX
Tell us what programming you’d like to see at #EIJ19. The last day for submissions is Friday. Have ideas about #fakenews? Media mergers? Sexual misconduct in the newsroom? Feel free to let us know. The Call for Programs and Ideas is open, but not for much longer!
If you know any college students, be sure to let them know we extended the Mark of Excellence Awards deadline to Tuesday.The MOE honors 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!
GET A GIG
The Los Angeles Times is looking for a reporter to cover books, publishing and literary Los Angeles. The books reporter will cover stories local and national about books, authors, the publishing industry, reading, writing and the roles books play in our present moment.
Boston’s NPR news station, WBUR, seeks an experienced, passionate reporter who can create compelling, original investigative stories. WBUR is looking for a reporter who cultivates sources quickly and develops watchdog story ideas.
South Carolina Living magazine seeks a senior editor. The ideal candidate can generate and write great stories, work with photographers and designers to bring them to fruition and line edit/coach freelance writers.
LEARN SOME STUFF
Do you want to attend Excellence in Journalism 2019 in San Antonio, but are running short on funds? OpenNews helps with the cost of attending conferences and other technical events. Whether you're a newsroom developer at a small organization without much budget for professional development, or a freelance developer eager to learn more about journalism code, OpenNews created the program to help you attend events. Get all the details and apply by midnight EST Friday!
“Every day I think about the crisis of 40 percent of the country thinking I am making something up,” said NBC Journalist Chuck Todd at the 2019 Ewing Lecture on Ethics in Media.
GIVE A LITTLE
Wayne State University invites you to participate in a 20-minute survey about fake news on social media. As a token of gratitude, you'll receive a $10 Amazon gift card upon completion of the survey.
Amnesty International USA recognizes excellence in human rights reporting and the vital role of a free press. The AIUSA Media Awards are now accepting entries for submission. The Awards will honor excellence in reporting on domestic and international issues within the U.S. press. The closing date for entries is Feb. 15.
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