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February 28, 2024, 10:00 am - February 28, 2024, 11:00 am • SPJ Committee

Freedom of Information Committee Meeting

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIod-2vqjgrHdcAWutSd1jRZJVSDmgj9x3h

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Website: Link
Contact: Jodi Rave Spotted Bear (communications@spj.org)
Tagged under: Freedom of Information

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February 28, 2024, 5:30 pm - February 28, 2024, 6:30 pm • General Journalism

Moving Meditation: Exercises for journalists to reduce stress

Surveys show up to 70% of journalists have experienced unaddressed work-related burnout and stress, leading to the inability to focus, to sleep, or even to find satisfaction in their vital work. Among the ways to cope with chronic stress and prevent burnout is moving the body, focusing on breathwork, and connecting with others, according to the National Institutes of Health.

Join the National Press Club Journalism Institute’s Bara Vaida for the monthly gentle movement and breathing class aimed at reducing tension in the body, relaxing the mind, and encouraging connection with fellow hard-working journalists. Vaida is a 500-hour, Yoga Alliance-certified yoga instructor, with specialized training in meditation, stress-reduction, and therapeutics.

This event will take place in person at the National Press Club (13th Floor). Participants are encouraged to wear relaxed clothing and to bring a mat or towel to class; mats and towels will not be provided.

Where: National Press Building, Washington, DC, USA
Website: Link
Contact: Bara Vaida (BVaida@press.org)

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February 29, 2024, 6:00 pm - February 29, 2024, 7:00 pm • SPJ Committee

Leap into Substack with Tim Riley

As traditional journalism institutions face increasing layoffs, one of the more promising new digital platforms allows writers of all stripes to set up their little shopfronts and build their own readerships. Substack gained traction during the pandemic, with historians like Heather Cox Richardson landing early triumphs through consistent daily commentaries that tied today’s political conflicts into a larger historical narrative.

Combining an “author brand” with a social media account can lead to strong revenue, such as projects by Hunter Harris (Hung Up, with 80,000) and others. Emerson College professor Tim Riley started his Substack at the beginning of 2022 and pursued a consistent editorial schedule by leveraging a backlog of clips.

Register to attend the workshop and get the Zoom link at:
https://smc-edu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMpcOCrrjojGddQupYv1ZBlHqEEEukOWfRx


Workshop presenter Tim Riley is an NPR music critic and associate professor of journalism at Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts.

You can see his full bio at: https://emerson.edu/faculty-staff-directory/tim-riley

Check out his Substack:
https://rileyrockreport.substack.com/

Website: Link
Contact: Sharyn Obsatz (obsatz_sharyn@smc.edu )
Tagged under: Students, Educators, Journalism Training, Webinars, Free Events, SPJ Committees, substack

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February 29, 2024, 8:30 pm - February 29, 2024, 10:30 pm • SPJ Local (Region 11)

SPJ Phoenix is celebrating Leap Day

On Thursday, Feb. 29, join colleagues and friends in Phoenix to say goodbye to February … on Leap Day. Everyone is invited -- chapter member or not -- to drop in and enjoy a bevvie + nosh (we’ll buy a few appetizers; you buy your drink).

Meet us at Walter Studios, 747 W. Roosevelt St., Phoenix. And, despite what we just said, we will buy you a drink of your choice if you either: (1) share a brief tale with the group about a story you recently covered and published or broadcast (our popular “Beers for Bylines”), or (2) celebrate your birthday on Feb. 29. (heck, once every four years, someone should buy you a drink!)

After our mixer, consider strolling into Walter’s concert space for “Jazz Nights,” a free evening of blues and jazz curated by Asim Nichols. It’s free -- no ticket required.

Where: 747 West Roosevelt Street, Phoenix, AZ, USA
Website: Link
Contact: Tim Eigo (spjphx@gmail.com)
Tagged under: Free Events, SPJ Chapters

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March 4, 2024 • SPJ Local (Region 11)

Early bird rate deadline: San Diego Area Journalism Competition

The 2024 SPJ San Diego Area Journalism Competition recognizes outstanding work by San Diego-area student and professional journalists published or broadcast during the 2023 calendar year.

This year’s Distinguished Coverage Award topic is “barriers.” This may include a story or series of stories completed by a single reporter or a reporting team. The topic includes, but is not limited to: real or perceived barriers, such as physical walls, public officials putting up barriers to reporting, stories about barriers people face in finding employment, accessing health care or education, financial barriers, etc. Each outlet that produced reporting related to this topic should submit its best story, series, or segment, along with an essay of no more than 500 words on why the coverage merits recognition.

Website: Link
Contact: Wendy Fry (wendyreports@gmail.com)
Tagged under: SPJ Local Awards, Journalism Awards

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March 4, 2024, 7:00 pm - March 4, 2024, 8:00 pm • SPJ Community (International)

Journalism Ethics: Not Just a Local Thing

Join Fred Brown Chair of the SPJ Professional Standards and Ethics Committee and former Denver Post editor and columnist as he talks with Eric Wishart, editor for practices and ethics at AFP and Steven Springer, former editor for standards and best practices at Voice of America.

The discussion will look at how these news organizations with journalists from many different countries share and enforce basic rules of journalism ethics that we can all agree to.

Website: Link
Contact: Dan Kubiske (dekubiske@gmail.com)
Tagged under: Ethics, International Journalism, Webinars

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March 6, 2024, 10:00 am - March 6, 2024, 10:30 am • SPJ Committee

Membership Committee Monthly Meeting

The SPJ Membership Committee meets monthly to discuss, strategize and create opportunities for growing Society membership and make recommendations to the national board and executive director. Please join us! We welcome your ideas

Website: Link
Contact: Joanna Hernandez (jhernandez@jou.ufl.edu)
Tagged under: SPJ Committees

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March 7, 2024 - March 10, 2024 • General Journalism

2024 NICAR Conference

NICAR24 offers something for everyone, from beginners to those on the cutting edge of digital reporting. We’ll offer everything from the basics on using spreadsheets, databases and online mapping to data visualization and the latest technological advances. You’ll come away with story ideas, plenty of inspiration and tools to help you overcome typical data hurdles. Bypass the budget issues in your newsroom by taking hands-on classes in free software. Get a look at what the biggest names in data-driven reporting are using to make a major impact online. Learn from the best in the business in discussions and during hands-on training sessions.

Where: Baltimore, MD, USA
Website: Link
Contact: IRE and NICAR (info@ire.org)
Tagged under: Diversity, Freelancing, Students, Educators, Journalism Training, Digital Journalism

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March 8, 2024, 11:30 am - March 8, 2024, 12:30 pm • General Journalism

Online Harassment and Privacy Protections: What journalists need to know

From doxing to hacking, journalists around the world are subject to online harassment and abuse every day. While some of these attacks have been aimed at political journalists and those working to hold power to account, all reporters need to be on the alert for potential online harassment and attacks.

Join the National Press Club Journalism Institute for instruction on how to minimize your personal risk of online harassment and protect your private information, taught by David Huerta, senior digital security instructor for the Freedom of the Press Foundation.

Website: Link
Contact: Bara Vaida (BVaida@press.org)
Tagged under: Freedom of Information, Freelancing, Students, Journalism Training, Webinars, Digital Journalism, Free Events

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March 13, 2024 - March 16, 2024 • General Journalism

Spring National College Media Convention

College Media Association’s next college media convention happens in the heart of Manhattan.

Where: New York City, NY, USA
Website: Link
Contact: Jackie Alexander (Info@collegemedia.org)
Tagged under: Students, Educators, Journalism Training

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March 14, 2024, 3:30 pm - March 14, 2024, 4:30 pm • SPJ Committee

Level Up Your LinkedIn, Level Up Your Opportunities

Journalism students can join LinkedIn coaches in small-group breakout rooms for expert guidance in launching or improving their LinkedIn profiles and thus increasing their internship, networking and career opportunities.

The online event will be hosted by LinkedIn Principal Customer Service Manager Vanessa Torrez, a lead with HOLA (Hispanics of LinkedIn Alliance), and facilitated by Professor Sharyn Obsatz, journalism education chair for the Society of Professional Journalists. A team of LinkedIn professionals have volunteered to work with students.

Both the Hispanics of LinkedIn Alliance and the Society of Professional Journalists focus on helping diverse student talent succeed in their careers.

Registration link is: https://smc-edu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYsfu-qrTgqGdzyReb60UFeZTysPyaq892E

Website: Link
Contact: Sharyn Obsatz (obsatz_sharyn@smc.edu )
Tagged under: Students, Educators, Journalism Training, Webinars, linkedin

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March 15, 2024, 1:00 pm - March 15, 2024, 1:45 pm • General Journalism

The Appeals Process: Steps to take when your FOIA requests are denied

Public records belong to the public. So what recourse do journalists and the public have when your records requests are denied?

Join the National Press Club Journalism Institute for practical advice on the records appeals process: how to start, how to track, and how to succeed with your open records requests. Whether you are seeking federal, state, or local records, you’ll learn how to get the information you’re after (with patience, perseverance, and a plan).

This webinar is designed to help individuals who have been denied an open records request with a local, state, or federal government agency. The Freedom of Information Act, or FOIA, provides the public the right to request access to records from any federal agency. Federal agencies are required to disclose any information requested unless it falls under one of nine exemptions. State and local agencies also have open record laws governing documents produced by government agencies including lawmakers, law enforcement agencies, courts, and school districts, among others. These laws help keep citizens in the know about their government.

Website: Link
Contact: Bara Vaida (BVaida@press.org)
Tagged under: Freedom of Information, Students, Journalism Training, Webinars, Digital Journalism, Free Events

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March 15, 2024 • SPJ National

Application deadline: SPJ Foundation Grants

Society of Professional Journalists Foundation grants primarily support SPJ and also provide support to organizations and causes that further our mission.

Website: Link
Contact: SPJ Foundation (foundation@spj.org)
Tagged under: Coronavirus, Freedom of Information, Ethics, Diversity, International Journalism, Students, Educators, Journalism Training, Internships/Fellowships/Grants, SPJ Chapters, SPJ Communities, SDX Foundation, SPJ Leaders

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March 18, 2024 • General Journalism

Entry deadline: 2024 Excellence in Features Awards presented by the Society for Features Journalism

The Society for Features Journalism's 2024 Excellence-in-Features contest is now open for submissions. First-place winners in each category will receive $300.

Learn more: https://featuresjournalism.org/2024/02/01/sfjs-annual-excellence-in-features-contest-is-open-for-submissions/

Website: Link
Contact: Alice Short (aliceshort55@gmail.com)
Tagged under: Coronavirus, Diversity, Freelancing, Students, Educators, Digital Journalism, Journalism Awards

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March 22, 2024, 10:00 am - March 22, 2024, 5:00 pm • General Journalism

Career Day at the National Press Club

To help connect employers to journalists and communication professionals looking for new opportunities, the National Press Club and its nonprofit affiliate the NPC Journalism Institute will host a Career Day.

Whether you make a day of it or spend only an hour, join us to grow your network and explore your career options. Participants will meet dozens of recruiters from some of the top newsrooms and PR/communication firms in the Mid-Atlantic in the bustling exhibitor hall, which will be open all day. Recruiters will also include fellowship and academic opportunities for those exploring different career paths.

Between handshakes, attendees can refresh their professional image in our pop-up headshot studio, with photo sessions available free to ticketholders on a first-come, first-served basis. The Journalism Institute has four professional development programs planned for ticketholders.

Where: 529 14th Street Northwest 13th floor, Washington, DC 20045, USA
Website: Link
Contact: Beth Francesco (bfrancesco@press.org)
Tagged under: Diversity, Freelancing, Students, Educators, Journalism Training, Internships/Fellowships/Grants

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March 23, 2024, 1:00 pm - March 23, 2024, 5:30 pm • SPJ Local (Region 11)

Free public records workshop by SPJ Phoenix

SPJ Phoenix, along with the ASU campus chapters of the SPJ and the Arizona Latino Media Association (ALMA) is holding a free public records workshop. Admission is free, but RSVP is required.

Find out how to get better access to public records and meetings, and know what you can and can’t do with cameras, cell phones, tablets and other electronic devices in courtrooms and government halls at this workshop.

Website: Link
Contact: Tim Eigo (spjphx@gmail.com)
Tagged under: Freedom of Information, Students, Educators, Journalism Training, Webinars

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March 25, 2024, 11:00 am - March 29, 2024, 2:00 pm • General Journalism

Data Journalism Bootcamp - Google Sheets deep dive (In-person)

IRE’s Data Journalism Bootcamp provides a broad foundation in finding, assessing and analyzing data for anyone interested in using these skills in the newsroom. In this training you’ll become an expert in spreadsheets using Google Sheets: from importing and cleaning to analyzing and joining tables. We’ll also cover finding data sources, using public records, bulletproofing your analysis and using numbers in your stories, as well as an introduction to dataviz with exercises. Attendees are asked to bring their own laptop and pre-install some software prior to the bootcamp. If a laptop is not available, we would be happy to provide one for you. Please reach out to logistics@ire.org to make arrangements.

IRE requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and participants are expected to follow all COVID protocols in place at the host institution. Masks are encouraged.

Where: 401 South 9th Street, Columbia, MO, USA
Website: Link
Contact: IRE Main Office (573-882-2042 )
Tagged under: Students, Educators, Journalism Training

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March 27, 2024, 11:00 am - March 27, 2024, 11:30 am • SPJ Committee

Membership Committee Monthly Meeting

The SPJ Membership Committee meets monthly to discuss, strategize and create opportunities for growing Society membership and make recommendations to the national board and executive director. Please join us! We welcome your ideas

Website: Link
Contact: Joanna Hernandez (jhernandez@jou.ufl.edu)
Tagged under: SPJ Committees

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April 6, 2024, 1:30 pm - April 7, 2024, 1:30 pm • SPJ National

Nomination Deadline: SPJ Fellows of the Society

This recognition honors journalists who have made an extraordinary contribution to the profession. Honorees must agree to attend the SPJ Conference. Nominations are open to anyone in the journalism community.

Website: Link
Contact: SPJ Awards (awards@spj.org)
Tagged under: Coronavirus, SPJ National Awards

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April 24, 2024, 11:00 am - April 24, 2024, 11:30 am • SPJ Committee

Membership Committtee Monthly Meeting

The SPJ Membership Committee meets monthly to discuss, strategize and create opportunities for growing Society membership and make recommendations to the national board and executive director. Please join us! We welcome your ideas

Website: Link
Contact: Joanna Hernandez (jhernandez@jou.ufl.edu)
Tagged under: SPJ Committees

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May 3, 2024 • SPJ Community (International)

World Press Freedom Day

World Press Freedom Day is dedicated to the importance of journalism and freedom of expression in the context of the current global environmental crisis.

Website: Link
Contact: Dan Kubiske (dekubiske@gmail.com)
Tagged under: Coronavirus, International Journalism

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May 29, 2024, 11:00 am - May 29, 2024, 11:30 am • SPJ Committee

Membership Committee Monthly Meeting

The SPJ Membership Committee meets monthly to discuss, strategize and create opportunities for growing Society membership and make recommendations to the national board and executive director. Please join us! We welcome your ideas

Website: Link
Contact: Joanna Hernandez (jhernandez@jou.ufl.edu)
Tagged under: SPJ Committees

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June 8, 2024, 1:30 pm • SPJ National

SPJ Board Meeting

Materials and a Zoom link will be posted online prior to the meeting.

Website: Link
Contact: SPJ (communications@spj.org)

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June 20, 2024, 1:00 pm - June 23, 2024, 4:30 pm • General Journalism

2024 IRE Conference

IRE’s annual investigative journalism conference will take place in Anaheim, California. Registration includes the welcome reception, the IRE Awards Luncheon and the closing reception.

Where: Anaheim, CA, USA
Website: Link
Contact: IRE (info@ire.org)
Tagged under: Freedom of Information, Ethics, Diversity, Freelancing, Students, Educators, Journalism Training, Digital Journalism

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June 26, 2024, 11:00 am - June 26, 2024, 11:30 am • SPJ Committee

Membership Committee Monthly Meeting

The SPJ Membership Committee meets monthly to discuss, strategize and create opportunities for growing Society membership and make recommendations to the national board and executive director. Please join us! We welcome your ideas

Website: Link
Contact: Joanna Hernandez (jhernandez@jou.ufl.edu)
Tagged under: SPJ Committees

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August 5, 2024, 10:00 am - August 9, 2024, 1:00 pm • General Journalism

Data Journalism Bootcamp - Google Sheets + Python (In-Person)

IRE’s Data Journalism Bootcamp provides a broad foundation in finding, assessing and analyzing data for anyone interested in using these skills in the newsroom. This version of the bootcamp is tailored for people who already have some experience working with data. We'll start with an accelerated overview of using spreadsheets to clean and analyze data, and then introduce Python, a powerful general-purpose programming language that you can use to analyze huge datasets, scrape data from the web, clean and reshape data, extract complex tables from PDF files and much more. We’ll also cover finding data sources, using public records, bulletproofing your analysis and best practices for using numbers in your stories. Attendees are asked to bring their own laptop and pre-install some software prior to the bootcamp. If a laptop is not available, we would be happy to provide one for you. Please reach out to logistics@ire.org to make arrangements.

IRE requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and participants are expected to follow all COVID protocols in place at the host institution. Masks are encouraged.

Where: 401 South 9th Street, Columbia, MO, USA
Website: Link
Contact: IRE Main Office (info@ire.org)
Tagged under: Students, Educators, Journalism Training

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September 26, 2024, 10:00 am • SPJ National

SPJ Board Meeting

Materials and a Zoom link will be posted online prior to the meeting.

Website: Link
Contact: SPJ (communications@spj.org)

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