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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!


April 20, 2021, 3:00 pm Eastern (U.S.)

The Threats to Journalists and Journalism in Latin America

SPJ International Community Presents a Discussion with Guillermo Galdos.

Guillermo Galdos is a producer, filmmaker and cameraman who has spent the last twenty years making documentaries and producing exclusive news stories from Latin and South America for a range of international broadcasters, including Channel 4 News. He has covered human rights abuses, the drug trade, immigration and exposed police corruption and the human trafficking industry.

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Contact: Dan Kubiske

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April 20, 2021

SPJ D.C. Freelancers Virtual Happy Hour

Join the D.C. Pro Chapter and D.C.-area freelancers for a virtual happy hour, starting at 5:30 p.m. We'll talk about freelancing in the Washington area (District, Maryland and Virginia). Email Stephenie Overman, saoverman@gmail.com, for details.

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Contact: Stephenie Overman

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April 28, 2021, 4:00 pm Eastern (U.S.)

SPJ Freelance Community Board meeting

All SPJ members welcome to attend. Email spjfreelancecommunity@gmail.com for a Zoom invitation.

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Contact: Hilary Niles

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April 30, 2021, 1:00 pm Eastern (U.S.)

Design Hacks: How to create attention-grabbing visuals

In our scroll and skim culture, dynamic visuals can make the difference in whether a reader engages with a story. But not every story can attract a graphic design professional's time in the newsroom, especially in the continuing pandemic news cycle. If you're a reporter, editor, social media manager now handling (or who wants to handle) quick-turn graphics, get a head start with our hacks for designing visuals when it's not usually part of your job.

Beth Francesco, National Press Club Journalism Institute senior director, will share best practices, tools you have at your disposal from home, and exercises for creating visuals regardless of your hands-on design experience.

Tickets are $15 for National Press Club members and $25 for the general public.

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Contact: Julie Moos

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April 30, 2021

Mobile Journalism Awards

The Mobile Journalism Awards competition recognizes the best mobile journalism stories being produced with smartphones and pocket cameras.

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Contact: Robb Montgomery

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May 10, 2021

Career Connection: Defining your digital footprint

Making an impression on a potential employer starts long before an email or phone call. By then, your digital footprint has done the talking ? don't let it send someone walking.

'Career Connection: Defining your digital footprint' is a weeklong series of hands-on workshops to help you create and maintain the journalism/writing identity you want to showcase to sources, employers, and publishers.

The class will meet from noon to 1 p.m. ET daily, from Monday, May 10 to Friday, May 14. Designed to focus on accomplishing practical tasks in short bursts, each daily program will highlight parts of your digital identity -- social media channels and your portfolio site/blog. Registration is $100/$75 for National Press Club members.

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Contact: Julie Moos

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June 4, 2021, 1:00 pm Eastern (U.S.)

Pro Tips: Writing refresh

After a year of working from home or under otherwise new norms, journalists and communicators around the country are hitting reset on their routines as they adjust to post-COVID life. Add 'Pro Tips: Writing refresh' to your toolkit as you reset.

In this 3-hour workshop, we'll get you motivated with:

- Tips on energizing tired writing
- Structuring stories with inclusivity at their core
- Writing killer headlines that attract, rather than distract

Registration is $50. Tickets for National Press Club members are $40.

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Contact: Julie Moos

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June 12, 2021

Sigma Delta Chi Awards

This event will be online only. More details coming soon!

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Contact: SPJ HQ

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June 15, 2021, 12:00 pm Eastern (U.S.)

Columbia Energy Journalism Initiative

The Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University is excited to announce an open call for applications for the 2021 Energy Journalism Initiative seminar, which will be held online.

Rapid shifts are underway in the energy sector, new government policies are taking shape in the U.S. and other countries and climate change is getting more attention than ever before. It is essential that journalists have the knowledge necessary to report on energy with insight and nuance. They are key to improving the dialogue around energy and environmental issues, creating a well-informed public, and helping public and private sector leaders make sound choices about our energy future.

The program is open to journalists reporting on energy and the environment for print, broadcast and online news organizations, although preference is given to those relatively new to the beat with five or fewer years on it.

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Contact: Bill Loveless

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June 22, 2021

Entry Deadline: Eugene S. Pulliam First Amendment Award

Established by the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation, the Eugene S. Pulliam First Amendment Award recognizes, with a $10,000 award, accomplishments on behalf of First Amendment freedoms by an individual, group of individuals or an organization.

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Contact: SPJ Awards

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June 22, 2021

Entry Deadline: Eugene C. Pulliam Fellowship for Editorial Writing

The Pulliam Editorial Fellowship awards $75,000 to an editorial writer to help broaden his or her journalistic horizons and knowledge of the world. Provided by the SDX Foundation, the award can be used to cover the cost of study, research and/or travel in any field.

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Contact: SPJ Awards

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June 26, 2021, 12:00 pm Eastern (U.S.)

SPJ Board of Directors Meeting

Visit SPJ's board meeting page to download meeting materials, get livestream and call-in information (when applicable), leave comments and access related resources.

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Contact: Jennifer Royer

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August 15, 2021

Deadline: SPJ Chapter Grant Applications

SPJ professional and college chapters are invited to apply for grants of up to $500 for innovative programs and events that help build membership. SPJ will award chapter grants three times annually in a pilot program to distribute $12,000 in newly available funds. The board's regional director caucus will pick recipients, preferring programs that recruit new members to existing chapters, revive dormant chapters, start new chapters, or connect pro and student members.

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Contact: Deb Kroll

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August 21, 2021, 12:00 pm Eastern (U.S.)

SPJ Board of Directors Meeting

Visit SPJ's board meeting page to download meeting materials, get livestream and call-in information (when applicable), leave comments and access related resources.

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Contact: Jennifer Royer

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September 1, 2021

SPJ21 National Convention

Join us in New Orleans for our 2021 National Convention! More details to come.

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Contact: SPJ

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September 23, 2021

RTDNA 21

The Year of the Team: Representation & Resiliency.

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Contact: Tara Puckey

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October 17, 2021

Deadline: SPJ Chapter Grant Applications

SPJ professional and college chapters are invited to apply for grants of up to $500 for innovative programs and events that help build membership. SPJ will award chapter grants three times annually in a pilot program to distribute $12,000 in newly available funds. The board's regional director caucus will pick recipients, preferring programs that recruit new members to existing chapters, revive dormant chapters, start new chapters, or connect pro and student members.

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Contact: Deb Kroll

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October 27, 2021

2021 RTDNA Edward R. Murrow Gala

Since 1971, RTDNA has been honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast and digital journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards. Among the most prestigious in news, the Murrow Awards recognize local and national news stories that uphold the RTDNA Code of Ethics, demonstrate technical expertise and exemplify the importance and impact of journalism as a service to the community. Murrow Award winning work demonstrates the excellence that Edward R. Murrow made a standard for the broadcast news profession.

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Contact: Tara Puckey

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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.