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Upcoming Events

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!

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

Freelancer Liability Panel

Too many freelance investigative journalists are asked to sign indemnity clauses that burden them with legal liabilities for sensitive stories. Even a frivolous lawsuit over a bulletproof investigation can wreak utter havoc with the freelancer's life and finances.

Yet that's the option many publishers and broadcasters are offering.

A prudent freelancer may consider: Why not just write feature stories?

As it turns out, there's an alternative. With a little savviness about contracts, unaffiliated reporters actually can protect themselves enough to contribute sensitive investigations in the public interest, as a growing number of outlets and freelancers are showing.

Join Mother Jones CEO Monika Bauerlein, former Bloomberg News Global Media Counsel Charles Glasser, freelance investigative reporter Alexandria Bordas, and FIRE executive director Laird Townsend for a lively roundtable discussion on legal liabilities and freelance contracts.

Take in decades worth of tips, tactics, and hard-won insight from every angle of freelance journalism--and be there for the unveiling of two new tools to advance the field.

Applicable to all freelance journalists--and the editors, producers, publishers, and broadcasters who work with them.

More information: Link

Contact: Hilary Niles


September 29, 2021, 4:00 pm Eastern (U.S.)

SPJ Freelance Community Board meeting

The SPJ Freelance Community Board meets remotely, *generally* on the fourth Wednesday of each month, at 4 p.m. Eastern time.

All SPJ members are welcome to attend. For login information, email spjfreelancecommunity@gmail.com, and please include your membership number (if you know it) in the message. The same address can be used to request access to notes from prior meetings.

More information: Link

Contact: Hilary Niles


October 13, 2021, 6:30 pm Central (U.S.)

Discussion with 'Forget the Alamo' book authors

The Houston SPJ chapter, in partnership with the Bay Area New Democrats, will host a discussion with Bryan Burrough and Jason Stanford, co-authors (along with Houston Chronicle columnist Chris Tomlinson), of the new book 'Forget the Alamo: The Rise and Fall of an American Myth.'

ABOUT THE BOOK: The Texas Observer wrote: 'Bryan Burrough, Chris Tomlinson, and Jason Stanford urge us to reconsider the Alamo, a symbol we've been taught to fiercely and uncritically remember...the book provides strong, provocative critiques of U.S. imperialism and colonialism. The myth of the Alamo, as we know it, is a lie. It's been a part of the lie students have learned in school, and animates the lies peddled by legislation like the 1836 Project and the critical race theory bill. But if you want to truly remember the past, you first have to forget it.'

More information: Link

Contact: Ruth Nasrullah


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.

More information: Link

Contact: Deb Kroll


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.

More information: Link

Contact: Tara Puckey


December 13, 2021

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.

More information: Link

Contact: SPJ Awards


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.