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October 21, 2020

Student Privacy in the Era of Remote Learning

As schools scrambled to create remote learning plans and adjust to the new online reality, parents worried about the increased access to their children's online data. An early summer survey of approximately 1,200 parents by the Center for Democracy and Technology found widespread worries about children's online safety and privacy. But only 43 percent of parents said someone at their school had discussed student privacy with them.

Join the Education Writers Association for embargoed access to a new Center for Democracy and Technology report on student privacy. The panel will also include a parent, who will share her firsthand experience navigating this process with her children. In this webinar, you'll be granted early access to the latest report and can ask on-the-record questions to flesh out your reporting on this important topic.

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Contact: Allison Kowalski

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October 22, 2020, 11:00 am Eastern (U.S.)

#SPJTruth Day: What's fact and what's fiction when reporting on the campaign trail?

Learn from Glenn Kessler, editor and chief writer of The Washington Post's Fact Checker and Asawin Suebsaeng, White House Reporter at The Daily Beast, about how to cut through lies, unproven conspiracies, disinformation and report the truth during this high-stakes election season. Moderated by SPJ Ethics Committee Chair Danielle McLean.

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Contact: Jennifer Royer

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October 22, 2020, 12:00 pm Eastern (U.S.)

#SPJTruth Day Twitter chat

Participate in a Twitter chat with SPJ National President Matthew T. Hall using the #SPJTruth hashtag. The topic: Journalism Ethics and Integrity in 2020. Use the 'More information' link below to submit questions ahead of time.

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Contact: Jennifer Royer

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October 22, 2020, 1:00 pm Eastern (U.S.)

#SPJTruth Day: How to respond to misinformation, disinformation, and 'fake news' while building trust with your audience

Featuring Joy Mayer and Lynn Walsh of the Trusting News project.

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Contact: Jennifer Royer

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October 22, 2020, 4:00 pm Eastern (U.S.)

#SPJTruth Day: Disinformation during a heated presidential campaign

Social media is swarming with sophisticated disinformation campaigns and manipulated media that can snare even the most tech-savvy journalists. Groups and individuals frequently set traps for journalists, exploiting the algorithms designed to give social media users the platform experiences they've come to enjoy. With one of the most heated and divisive presidential campaigns still underway, the Society of Professional Journalists is hosting a free webinar via Zoom featuring a leading expert on online extremism, media manipulation and disinformation campaigns.

Fresh from testifying before Congress, Dr. Joan Donovan will sit for a one-hour interview with SPJ Journalist on Call Rod Hicks. Dr. Donovan is Research Director at the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Hicks will focus his questions on online activity directed to journalists and ways journalists are unwittingly used to help spread misinformation and recruit for extremist groups.

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Contact: Rod Hicks

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October 22, 2020, 5:00 pm Eastern (U.S.)

#SPJTruth Day: 'Selling Lies' free screening and director interview

Screening of the documentary 'Selling Lies,' an explosive new film by Academy Award-Nominated Director Leslie Iwerks, followed by a Q&A with Iwerks and Rebecca Aguilar, SPJ president-elect.

In 2016, an army of teenagers in Macedonia discovered a wildly lucrative game of posting false political clickbait news articles on Facebook for profit. By creating websites leading up to the presidential election that published sensationalized and misleading news stories about American politics, they generated a massive income and influenced the election. Selling Lies offers a rare glimpse inside the secret network behind these websites, including one notorious ringleader whose social media reach had vast implications on American readers, and explores how disinformation campaigns are continuing to strongly impact the U.S. today leading into the 2020 presidential election.

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Contact: Jennifer Royer

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October 23, 2020, 12:00 pm Eastern (U.S.)

Newsrooms after the summer of protest: Has anything really changed?

After a summer of protests about police brutality and racial injustice, news organizations vowed to improve coverage of diverse communities and to step up their own long-promised efforts to diversify newsrooms and leadership.

Join the National Press Club Journalism Institute and the National Press Club Communicators Committee for a candid conversation with Amanda Barrett, deputy managing editor at AP; Rene Sanchez, editor and senior vice president at the Star Tribune; and Dorothy Tucker, president of the National Association of Black Journalists. Michael McCarter, USA Today managing editor of standards, ethics and inclusion, will moderate.

The speakers will explore the following questions:

- Has anything really changed?
- How are newsrooms communicating internally and externally about their efforts?
- What's next for newsrooms pushing toward equity?

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Contact: Julie Moos

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October 30, 2020, 11:30 am Eastern (U.S.)

Design Hacks: How to create social media graphics

Visual social media posts are no longer a nicety -- they are a necessity. Not all teams, though, have the resources to devote to designing and creating social media posts that sing.

During this hands-on workshop, participants will practice design fundamentals while creating posts from start to finished product. This session is designed for journalists and communicators who don't regularly produce graphics but find themselves taking on some of that work right now.

Beth Francesco, the National Press Club Journalism Institute's senior director, will cover:

- free tools and resources for producing social media graphics
- design tips for conceptualizing and producing graphics quickly
- hands-on, step-by-step examples to walk you through the process.

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Contact: Julie Moos

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October 30, 2020, 8:00 pm Central (U.S.)

Gridiron 2020: Socially Distant

The San Antonio Pro chapter of the Society for Professional Journalists is sponsoring an SNL-style political satire show to raise money for scholarships for local student journalists.

Gridiron 2020: Socially Distant is a virtual, YouTube event this year. Our group of journalists-and-communications-experts-turned-amateur-thespians are trying hard to turn in another stellar performance. And we will have some cool cameo appearances.

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Contact: Michael Drudge

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November 18, 2020, 7:30 pm Eastern (U.S.)

2020 Fourth Estate Award Gala

The 2020 Virtual Fourth Estate Award Gala will be the first of its kind, historic in the evening's long tradition of honoring journalists who have made significant contributions to the field. This year's virtual gala will present the elegant face-to-face experience you expect but from the comfort and safety of your own home. The gala, attended by hundreds of members, guests, and media luminaries, raises the majority of the operating expenses for the Club's nonprofit affiliate, the National Press Club Journalism Institute.

CBS News president Susan Zirinsky will receive the National Press Club's most esteemed prize, the Fourth Estate Award, at a gala in her honor. Zirinsky is the 48th recipient of the award, which recognizes journalists who have made significant contributions to the field.

The evening will also honor the winners of the John Aubuchon Press Freedom awards, Linda Tirado and Maria Ressa, and the winner of the Neil and Susan Sheen award for investigative journalism, Ed Yong.

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Contact: Julie Moos

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December 7, 2020

Nomination Deadline: Fellows of the Society

Fellows of the Society is the highest professional honor awarded by SPJ, for extraordinary contribution to the profession of journalism. Nominations are open to anyone in the journalism community. Winners will be honored at the Excellence in Journalism Convention.

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Contact: SPJ Awards

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As a journalist, you’re being required to do your job in a way you’ve likely never had to do it before — working remotely from home, conducting interviews virtually, juggling homeschooling children and taking care of elderly parents while still putting out the news every day. It’s stressful. It’s full of uncertainty. And SPJ joins together with journalism organizations everywhere to help you through this.

Here, you will find tools to help you do your job, continue your professional development — and take care of yourself — as we all navigate this together.

– Check our calendar of events — a centralized location for the latest journalism webinars and e-learning offerings from ALL our journalism friends and partners during the COVID-19 crisis.

– Obtain all the information you need to sign up for webinars related to covering the coronavirus pandemic, how to effectively and efficiently work from home, how to conduct a Zoom meeting and most importantly, how to take care of your physical and mental health during this uncertain time — and much more.

– Is your organization hosting a webinar you think would be of interest to journalists? Submit the details here and we’ll help spread the word!

Questions? Email us. On behalf of everyone at SPJ, thank you for all the hard work you continue to do under these difficult and unprecedented circumstances.