SPJ News http://www.spj.org/ SPJ Delivers Today's Media News en-us Copyright 2006 Society of Professional Journalists 1440 SPJ condemns arrest of Ohio journalist http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1919 CONTACT:<br> Claire Regan, SPJ National President, <email address="cregan@spj.org">cregan@spj.org</a><br> Zoë Berg, SPJ Communications Specialist, 317-920-4785, <email address="zberg@spj.org">zberg@spj.org</a><br> <br> INDIANAPOLIS — The <a href=https://www.spj.org/index.asp>Society of Professional Journalists</a> strongly condemns the arrest of Scioto Valley Guardian Editor-in-Chief Derek Myers and the seizure of his equipment. SPJ is disappointed in officials in Pike County, Ohio, for their disregard for press freedom and violation of not only the First Amendment but state and federal law. <br> <br> Myers, an SPJ member, was charged with wiretapping on Oct. 31 after his outlet posted audio leaked from a murder trial. The charges directly <a href=https://cpj.org/2022/11/cpj-alarmed-by-wiretapping-charges-against-ohio-newspaper-editor/>go against Ohio’s shield law and the federal Privacy Protection Act</a>, which protect newsgathering and journalistic source material, as noted by the Committee to Protect Journalists. <br> <br> “When the First Amendment rights of one journalist are suppressed, all journalists are impacted,” said Claire Regan, SPJ national president. “SPJ stands by Derek Myers in his efforts to seek truth and report it, a guiding principle in the <a href=https://www.spj.org/ethicscode.asp>Society’s Code of Ethics</a>.” <br> <br> During the local murder trial, news outlets were permitted to broadcast the proceedings, so the Guardian had live-streamed much of it. When a witness <a href=https://www.thefire.org/news/arrested-journalism-ohio-newspaper-editor-hit-bogus-wiretapping-charge-and-seizure-phone-and>was granted the option to “opt-out”</a> of having his testimony recorded, Myers and other media outlets challenged the order, but an appellate court effectively left it in place. <br> <br> Even with the no-recording order in place, the Guardian received an audio recording “by a courthouse source who is authorized to have their cell phone in the room.” The Guardian posted the recording online on Oct. 28.<br> <br> Although Myers says neither he nor any Guardian staff recorded audio of the witness’s testimony, he was still arrested Nov. 1 and charged with wiretapping. His laptop was seized the same day from the courthouse and his phone was taken the next day as he entered the courthouse. Neither seizure was supported by the warrant which expired Oct. 31 and did not mention his cell phone. <br> <br> According to the arrest warrant, Myers was charged because he “use[d]” an unlawful recording “knowing or having reason to know” the recording was unlawfully made. However, the Supreme Court has made clear that the First Amendment <a href=https://freedom.press/news/ohio-authorities-ignore-supreme-court-to-arrest-journalist/>protects journalist’s rights to publish materials</a> that someone else obtained unlawfully, even if they know the source broke the law. <br> <br> It is a journalist’s job to keep the public informed and Myers did just that by publishing information he was given by a confidential and trusted source. Myers should not face prosecution for simply doing his job as a journalist. Furthermore, the Pike County officials’ disregard for the law is yet another reason all charges against Myers should be dropped. <br> <br> During a public comment period at the <a href=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rkHIYfzyv7Y>SPJ Board of Directors’ meeting Wednesday</a>, Myers explained his situation and asked the Board for support. The Board unanimously voted to issue a statement condemning his arrest. <br> <br> SPJ is joining <a href=https://cpj.org/2022/11/cpj-alarmed-by-wiretapping-charges-against-ohio-newspaper-editor/>CPJ</a>, the <a href=https://www.rcfp.org/ohio-journalist-wiretapping-charge/>Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press</a> and the <a href=https://www.thefire.org/news/arrested-journalism-ohio-newspaper-editor-hit-bogus-wiretapping-charge-and-seizure-phone-and>Foundation for Individual Rights in Education</a> in supporting Myers. <br> <br> <i>SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to informing citizens; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and fights to protect First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. Support excellent journalism and fight for your right to know. <a href="https://www.spj.org/join.asp">Become a member</a>, <a href="https://www.spj.org/ldf.asp">give to the Legal Defense Fund</a> or <a href="https://www.spj.org/donate.asp">give to the SPJ Foundation</a>.</i><br> <br> <div align"=center">-END-</center> Tue, 13 Dec 2022 00:00:00 -0500 Spotted Bear, Szekely appointed to SPJ Board of Directors for 2022-23 http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1918 CONTACT:<br> Claire Regan, SPJ National President, <email address="cregan@spj.org">cregan@spj.org</a><br> Zoë Berg, SPJ Communications Specialist, 317-920-4785, <email address="zberg@spj.org">zberg@spj.org</a><br> <br> INDIANAPOLIS — The <a href=https://www.spj.org/index.asp>Society of Professional Journalists</a> Board of Directors has selected its two appointed members for 2022-23.<br> <br> Jodi Rave Spotted Bear and Peter Szekely were appointed during <a href=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rkHIYfzyv7Y>Wednesday’s virtual board meeting</a>.<br> <br> Spotted Bear serves as executive director of the Indigenous Media Freedom Alliance, a non-profit media organization that focuses on freedom of information and the need for more independent press operations across Indigenous America. The IMFA, based in Bismarck, North Dakota, publishes online news at buffalosfire.com. In June, Spotted Bear completed a John S. Knight Community Impact Fellowship at Stanford. She’s also a Nieman Fellow of Harvard University and a Bush Fellow for leadership. <br> <br> Previously, Spotted Bear had a national news beat covering American Indian issues for Lee Enterprises, a job she led for more than a decade. Her writing has won awards including recognition from SPJ, Montana Newspaper Association, University of Nebraska, The Telly Awards, the Native American Journalists Association and the US Army for Military Print Journalist of the Year. Spotted Bear earned her journalism degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her writing is featured in “The Authentic Voice: The Best Reporting on Race and Ethnicity,” published by Columbia University Press. <br> <br> Szekely is a retired journalist. He spent more than 40 years as a correspondent for Reuters reporting mostly from the Washington, D.C., bureau. He then went on to serve in full-time elected positions for The NewsGuild of New York as president and secretary-treasurer. He also spent 12 years as chair of the New York Guild Executive Committee and member of the Executive Council of its parent union, The NewsGuild-CWA in Washington. In 2017, Szekely returned to Reuters to join the national affairs staff in New York where he covered major U.S. news stories, including the COVID-19 pandemic. <br> <br> His time in SPJ began as a student at Northeastern University where he served as the chapter’s treasurer and president and helped plan the 1977 regional conference in Boston. Szekely previously served as a two-term president of the Deadline Club, SPJ’s New York City chapter, and will be president again in 2023. He is also a member of the SPJ Bylaws Committee.<br> <br> “These two outstanding journalists strengthen the board with their experience, passion and professionalism,” said Claire Regan, SPJ national president. “As accomplished leaders, they are committed to helping SPJ thrive, and we are grateful for their volunteer service.”<br> <br> Spotted Bear and Szekely replace Israel Balderas, who is now SPJ secretary-treasurer, and Cheryl Smith as one-year appointees.<br> <br> In addition, the Board has selected two regional coordinators to fill vacant positions in Regions 7 and 8. Loretta McGraw will serve as the 2022-23 Region 7 Coordinator for Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska. She is a recent graduate from Iowa State University and was a participant in SPJ’s Student Leadership Institute in 2021. Laura Garcia will serve as the 2022-23 Region 8 Coordinator for Texas and Oklahoma. She is the afternoon/evening news editor at the Texas Tribune and the president of the San Antonio Association of Hispanic Journalists. <br> <br> The new at-large directors and regional coordinators were sworn in during the meeting. <br> <br> <i>SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to informing citizens; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and fights to protect First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. Support excellent journalism and fight for your right to know. <a href="https://www.spj.org/join.asp">Become a member</a>, <a href="https://www.spj.org/ldf.asp">give to the Legal Defense Fund</a> or <a href="https://www.spj.org/donate.asp">give to the SPJ Foundation</a>.</i><br> <br> <div align"=center">-END-</center> Mon, 12 Dec 2022 00:00:00 -0500 SPJ mourns death of D.C. Chapter President Dee Ann Divis http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1917 CONTACT:<br> Claire Regan, SPJ National President, <email address="cregan@spj.org">cregan@spj.org</a><br> Zoë Berg, SPJ Communications Specialist, 317-920-4785, <email address="zberg@spj.org">zberg@spj.org</a><br> <br> INDIANAPOLIS — The <a href=https://www.spj.org/>Society of Professional Journalists</a> is mourning the death of Dee Ann Divis, an award-winning journalist, investigative reporter, newspaper editor and manager. Divis was an active SPJ member for many years and was the president of the <a href=https://spjdc.org/>SPJ Washington, D.C., Pro Chapter</a> until her death on Nov. 22. <br> <br> "Dee Ann Divis was the quintessential SPJ member — a dedicated journalist, a generous volunteer, a steady leader," said SPJ National President Claire Regan. "Her contributions were most recently appreciated when she served on the planning committee for MediaFest22. Though she wasn't able to attend the convention, the session she so passionately proposed, 'Up in the Air – Using Drones to Cover Stories,' inspired and informed a roomful of attendees.”<br> <br> Divis won numerous awards for her writing, including the Robert D.G. Lewis Watchdog Award in 2012, the highest journalistic honor awarded by the D.C. Pro Chapter. She was most recently the founder and editor of Navigation Outlook, which provided deep, original reporting on GPS and PNT technologies, and freelance journalist for Al Jazeera and other news outlets. Divis believed “deeply in the importance of independent, fact-based journalism, and [generously] shared her time and experience to inspire and grow other journalists,” <a href=https://www.mckownfuneralhome.com/obituary/dee-divis>her obituary</a> said.<br> <br> “The SPJ Board of Directors is grateful for Dee Ann's service to the Society and sends condolences to her family and friends,” Regan said.<br> <br> A vigil for Divis will take place on Friday in Columbus, Nebraska, and her funeral will be Saturday. In lieu of flowers, her family requests a donation to <a href=https://www.alleycat.org/listing/animal-welfare-league-of-arlington/>Alley Cat Allies</a>, the Animal Welfare League of Arlington, Virginia. <br> <br> <i>SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to informing citizens; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and fights to protect First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. Support excellent journalism and fight for your right to know. <a href="https://www.spj.org/join.asp">Become a member</a>, <a href="https://www.spj.org/ldf.asp">give to the Legal Defense Fund</a> or <a href="https://www.spj.org/donate.asp">give to the SPJ Foundation</a>.</i><br> <br> <div align"=center">-END-</center> Wed, 7 Dec 2022 00:00:00 -0500 SPJ elects 2022-23 Board of Directors and Regional Coordinators http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1916 CONTACT:<br> Claire Regan, SPJ National President, <email address="cregan@spj.org">cregan@spj.org</a><br> Zoë Berg, SPJ Communications Specialist, 317-920-4785, <email address="zberg@spj.org">zberg@spj.org</a><br> <br> INDIANAPOLIS — The <a href=https://www.spj.org/index.asp>Society of Professional Journalists</a> membership has elected its 2022-23 Board of Directors and Regional Coordinators.<br> <br> The winners were sworn in at the <a href=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mPSaShWnS10>MediaFest22 Closing Business Meeting</a>. They were sworn in by 2021-22 National President Rebecca Aguilar. Aguilar also sworn in <a href=https://www.spj.org/news.asp?ref=1915>SPJ’s 106th President Claire Regan</a>, who became president-elect in 2021, at the President’s Award Banquet. Regan is an assistant professor of journalism and faculty adviser to the student newspaper at Wagner College. <br> <br> <b>Additions to SPJ’s 2022-23 Board of Directors are:</b><br> — <b>Vice President: Ashanti Blaze-Hopkins</b> is an Emmy Award-winning journalist, producer, educator, author, higher education equity consultant and public relations expert. She is currently a tenured journalism professor at Santa Monica College. She has served as president of the <a href=https://www.spjla.org/>Greater Los Angeles Pro Chapter</a>, SPJ National Executive Director Search Committee chair, <a href=https://www.spj.org/com-nominations.asp>Nominations Committee chair</a> and SPJ National Delegate Taskforce member. <br> — <b>Secretary-Treasurer: Israel Balderas</b> is an attorney, journalist and educator. He is an assistant professor of journalism at Elon University. Balderas has served on SPJ’s Board of Directors, the <a href=https://www.spj.org/foundation-board.asp>SPJ Foundation Board of Directors</a> and as the <a href=https://www.spj.org/com-ldf.asp>Legal Defense Fund Committee</a> chair. <br> — <b>At-Large Director (two-year term): Kevin Z. Smith</b> is the executive director of the Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism at Ohio University's E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. He served as the SPJ national president from 2009-10, campus adviser at-large, Region 4 director, SPJ secretary-treasurer and SPJ Foundation Board member. <br> — <b>At-Large Director (two-year term): Adam Sennott</b> is a metro correspondent for the Boston Globe. He has served as president of the <a href=https://www.spjne.org>New England Pro Chapter</a> and co-founder of the SPJ Puerto Rico Chapter as well as a member of the Delegate Analysis Task Force, <a href=https://www.spj.org/com-diversity.asp>Diversity & Inclusion Committee</a> and <a href=https://www.spj.org/com-nominations.asp>Nominations Committee</a>. <br> <br> <b>New Regional Coordinators are:</b><br> — <b>Region 1: Chris Vaccaro</b> is vice president of Digital News at Altice USA and the director of graduate journalism at Hofstra University. He is on the board of the <a href=https://www.pcli.org/>Press Club of Long Island</a>. He previously held this position. <br> — <b>Region 4: Ginny McCabe</b> is a freelance journalist. She is president of the <a href=http://cincyspj.blogspot.com/>Greater Cincinnati Pro Chapter</a> and secretary of the <a href=https://www.spj.org/freelance.asp>Freelance Community</a>. She previously held this position. <br> — <b>Region 5: Nicole DeCriscio</b> is assistant for a local Human Rights Commission and has been a reporter, photographer and paginator. She previously served as the assistant Region 5 Coordinator and is a member of the <a href=https://www.spj.org/com-membership.asp>Membership Committee</a>.<br> — <b>Region 9: McKenzie Romero</b> is the deputy news director at Deseret News. She is a board member of the <a href=https://utahspj.com/>Utah Headliners Pro Chapter</a>. <br> <br> Region 7 and Region 8 had no candidates run. Regional Coordinators serve two-year terms, with half of the 12 RCs being up for re-election each year.<br> <br> <i>SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to informing citizens; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and fights to protect First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. Support excellent journalism and fight for your right to know. <a href="https://www.spj.org/join.asp">Become a member</a>, <a href="https://www.spj.org/ldf.asp">give to the Legal Defense Fund</a> or <a href="https://www.spj.org/donate.asp">give to the SPJ Foundation</a>.</i><br> <br> <div align"=center">-END-</center><br> Wed, 2 Nov 2022 00:00:00 -0500 Dave Aeikens posthumously named Wells Memorial Key recipient, SPJ’s highest honor http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1914 CONTACT:<br> Lou Harry, SPJ Manager of Publications and Awards, 317-920-4786, <email address="lharry@spj.org">lharry@spj.org</a><br> Zoë Berg, SPJ Communications Specialist, 317-920-4785, <email address="zberg@spj.org">zberg@spj.org</a><br> <br> WASHINGTON – The <a href=https://www.spj.org/index.asp>Society of Professional Journalists</a> has honored Dave Aeikens posthumously with the <a href=https://www.spj.org/a-wellskey.asp>Wells Memorial Key</a>, the highest honor for an SPJ member. <br> <br> Aeikens, who served as SPJ national president from 2008-2009, <a href=https://www.startribune.com/mndot-spokesman-journalism-champion-david-aeikens-dies-at-53/600123575>died on Nov. 24, 2021</a> of complications from a liver condition. He also served as Region 6 director, president of the <a href=http://www.mnspj.org/>Minnesota Pro Chapter</a>, chair of the <a href=https://www.spj.org/ldf.asp>Legal Defense Fund</a> and was a longtime board member for the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation, now the SPJ Foundation. He also volunteered for other journalism organizations and initiatives, including being one the founding organizers of the Midwest Journalism Conference, held by SPJ Region 6 in conjunction with other media organizations.<br> <br> “SPJ is a richer and stronger organization because Dave gave it his all,” said SPJ National President Rebecca Aguilar, <a href=https://www.spj.org/news.asp?ref=1854>in a statement issued at the time of his death</a>. “He was passionate about journalism, committed to making sure we journalists were treated fairly, and always the stellar storyteller.” <br> <br> In their letter nominating Aeikens, Kevin Smith, SPJ national president from 2009-2010, and Joe Radske, current Region 6 coordinator, said Aeiken’s service to SPJ is “long, honorable and certainly distinguishable,” including his leadership of SPJ after the death of Terry Harper, SPJ’s executive director, in 2009. His guidance with the search committee for Harper’s successor was “professional, exact and inspiring.”<br> <br> Aeikens is also credited as the father the Excellence in Journalism convention. He was instrumental in building the foundation of those conventions and the partnership the Radio Television Digital News Association, with the last being held in San Antonio in 2019.<br> <br> A graduate of the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Aeikens began his career in southern Minnesota at the Albert Lea Tribune, his hometown newspaper, later the West Central Tribune in Willmar, Minnesota, and eventually the St. Cloud Times, where he worked as a reporter, editor and digital journalist. He later served as a digital journalist for KSTP, the ABC affiliate in the Twin Cities, and in communications for the Minnesota Department of Transportation.<br> <br> Aeikens was honored at the President’s Award Banquet at <a href=https://mediafest22.org/>MediaFest22</a>, SPJ’s annual convention. The award will be sent his parents and was accepted on their behalf by his good friends Smith and Radske.<br> <br> Named for Chester C. Wells, the second president of the Society, the Wells Memorial Key is awarded to an SPJ member who has performed outstanding service to the Society in the preceding year or through a period of years. <a href=https://www.spj.org/a-wellskey.asp>Read more</a> about the selection process and previous winners. <br> <br> <i>SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to informing citizens; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and fights to protect First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. Support excellent journalism and fight for your right to know. <a href="https://www.spj.org/join.asp">Become a member</a>, <a href="https://www.spj.org/ldf.asp">give to the Legal Defense Fund</a> or <a href="https://www.spj.org/donate.asp">give to the SPJ Foundation</a>.</i><br> <br> <div align"=center">-END-</center> Sat, 29 Oct 2022 00:00:00 -0500 Claire Regan sworn in as 106th president of Society of Professional Journalists http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1915 CONTACT:<br> Claire Regan, SPJ National President, <email address="cregan@spj.org">cregan@spj.org</a><br> Zoë Berg, SPJ Communications Specialist, 317-920-4785, <email address="zberg@spj.org">zberg@spj.org</a><br> <br> WASHINGTON — Claire M. Regan was sworn in as the 106th president of the <a href=https://www.spj.org/index.asp>Society of Professional Journalists</a> during the President's Awards Banquet at MediaFest22, SPJ’s annual convention held in Washington, D.C.<br> <br> A passionate journalist with more than 30 years of newsroom experience in reporting, editing, design and management, Regan has spent much of her career at her hometown newspaper, the Staten Island (New York) Advance, where she started as a part-time wedding writer and rose to managing editor. <br> <br> At Wagner College, her alma mater in New York City, she is an assistant professor of journalism and faculty adviser to the student newspaper. <br> <br> Regan’s editing and design work has been honored by the Associated Press, the Society for News Design, the New York City Deadline Club and the New York Press Club. <br> <br> She completed a yearlong fellowship in journalism ethics at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, where she also taught classes in reporting and design as an adjunct faculty member. <br> <br> Regan earned the Diversity and Internationalization Award from Wagner College for her work with the Mandela Washington Fellowship, a summer program for young African leaders. She also holds the Charles O’Malley Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Columbia University Scholastic Press Association.<br> <br> She is a founding board member of the Journalists Association of New York and has served as a judging facilitator for the Society for News Design’s annual international competition.<br> <br> A steady SPJ member since 1995, Regan has served on the <a href=https://www.deadlineclub.org/>Deadline Club</a> executive board for most of those years, including three consecutive terms as chapter president. She chaired the SPJ Region 1 Conference in 2017 and the biennial New York Journalism Hall of Fame luncheon in 2019. She also completed training with the Ted Scripps Leadership Institute.<br> <br> “Journalists need SPJ now more than ever for support and solidarity,” Regan said. “As president, I will push for initiatives that empower journalists to hold the powerful accountable; create a publicity campaign to strengthen the SPJ brand and raise awareness about SPJ resources and programming and showcase the accomplishments of SPJ chapters and communities.<br> <br> “I promise to work hard to make every SPJ member feel valued and empowered,” she added.<br> <br> She takes the reins from Rebecca Aguilar, a freelance reporter based in Dallas. <br> <br> <i>SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to informing citizens; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and fights to protect First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. Support excellent journalism and fight for your right to know. <a href="https://www.spj.org/join.asp">Become a member</a>, <a href="https://www.spj.org/ldf.asp">give to the Legal Defense Fund</a> or <a href="https://www.spj.org/donate.asp">give to the SPJ Foundation</a>.</i><br> <br> <div align"=center">-END-</center> Sat, 29 Oct 2022 00:00:00 -0500 SPJ recognizes Arkansas Tech and University of Central Florida with campus program honors http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1912 CONTACT:<br> Lou Harry, SPJ Manager of Publications and Awards, 317-920-4786, <email address="lharry@spj.org">lharry@spj.org</a><br> Zoë Berg, SPJ Communications Specialist, 317-920-4785, <email address="zberg@spj.org">zberg@spj.org</a><br> <br> WASHINGTON – The <a href=https://www.spj.org/index.asp>Society of Professional Journalists</a> has recognized Arkansas Tech University and the University of Central Florida with its Campus Program of the Year award. They were chosen from a select group of campus chapters for their outstanding work in supporting the Society’s mission, members and journalism.<br> <br> ATU held a week of journalism events, funded with assistance from an SPJ chapter grant. The events included an obstacle course that students could enter by answering a media literacy question correctly.<br> <br> UCF held “Intern Pursuit,” a collaboration with the campus’ other journalism organizations. They invited 26 companies to take part which led to 12 companies interviewing intern candidates. More than 70% of the internships for students at UCF’s journalism program were from “Intern Pursuit.” <br> <br> The chapters were honored during Student Summit and Awards Program at <a href=https://mediafest22.org/>MediaFest22</a>, SPJ’s annual convention.<br> <br> <i>SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to informing citizens; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and fights to protect First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. Support excellent journalism and fight for your right to know. <a href="https://www.spj.org/join.asp">Become a member</a>, <a href="https://www.spj.org/ldf.asp">give to the Legal Defense Fund</a> or <a href="https://www.spj.org/donate.asp">give to the SPJ Foundation</a>.</i><br> <br> <div align"=center">-END-</center> Fri, 28 Oct 2022 00:00:00 -0500 University of Central Florida named SPJ Outstanding Campus Chapter http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1913 CONTACT:<br> Lou Harry, SPJ Manager of Publications and Awards, 317-920-4786, <email address="lharry@spj.org">lharry@spj.org</a><br> Zoë Berg, SPJ Communications Specialist, 317-920-4785, <email address="zberg@spj.org">zberg@spj.org</a><br> <br> WASHINGTON – The <a href=https://www.spj.org/index.asp>Society of Professional Journalists</a> has recognized its chapter at the University of Central Florida as Outstanding Campus Chapter.<br> <br> The chapter is being recognized because of its discussions on journalism ethics, diversity and inclusion, its workshops for students devoted to resumes and interviewing skills, as well as an active presence on <a href=https://www.instagram.com/ucfspj/>Instagram</a> and its promotion of activities through a bi-weekly newsletter. This is the first official year that the chapter at UCF has been active.<br> <br> The UCF chapter was also recognized with Arkansas Tech University as winners of the <a href=https://www.spj.org/news.asp?ref=1912>Campus Program of the Year</a> award. <br> <br> The UCF was one of four <a href=https://www.spj.org/news.asp?ref=1908>finalists for the Campus Chapter of the Year</a> – the other three were Stony Brook University, Arkansas Tech University and Ohio University.<br> <br> UCF was honored during the Student Summit and Awards Program at <a href=https://mediafest22.org/>MediaFest22</a>, SPJ’s annual convention. <a href=https://www.spj.org/a-chapters.asp>Read more</a> about the selection process and past winners.<br> <br> <i>SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to informing citizens; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and fights to protect First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. Support excellent journalism and fight for your right to know. <a href="https://www.spj.org/join.asp">Become a member</a>, <a href="https://www.spj.org/ldf.asp">give to the Legal Defense Fund</a> or <a href="https://www.spj.org/donate.asp">give to the SPJ Foundation</a>.</i><br> <br> <div align"=center">-END-</center><br> Fri, 28 Oct 2022 00:00:00 -0500 SPJ recognizes San Diego and Georgia chapters with Chapter of the Year awards http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1911 CONTACT:<br> Lou Harry, SPJ Manager of Publications and Awards, 317-920-4786, <email address="lharry@spj.org">lharry@spj.org</a><br> Zoë Berg, SPJ Communications Specialist, 317-920-4785, <email address="zberg@spj.org">zberg@spj.org</a><br> <br> WASHINGTON – The <a href=https://www.spj.org/index.asp>Society of Professional Journalists</a> is recognizing <a href=https://spjsandiego.org/>San Diego Pro Chapter</a> and <a href=https://spjgeorgia.com/>SPJ Georgia</a> as the Pro Chapters of the Year. The chapters are being honored for their commitment to SPJ’s mission and the journalism profession.<br> <br> The Large Chapter of the Year award is open to chapters with 75 or more members, and the Small Chapter of the Year award is open to chapters with fewer than 75 members.<br> <br> The <b>Large Chapter of the Year</b>, San Diego Pro, performed exceptionally in the area of diversity, surveying newsrooms in the San Diego region to capture their demographic makeup — a challenging feat to accomplish because some newsrooms wanted to refrain from participating. The chapter <a href=https://spjsandiego.org/2021/10/11/san-diego-spj-releases-newsroom-diversity-survey-results/>published the survey results on its website</a> and highlighted the importance of improving representation in the media. <br> <br> The chapter also hosted a public-outreach panel titled “How the Media Covers Race.” The program explored how journalists report on racially charged topics such as police shootings of unarmed Black people, the rise in hate crimes against Asian-Americans and debates over U.S. border policy.<br> <br> San Diego Pro’s continued advocacy for freedom of information and open government over the reporting period also won it the <a href=https://www.spj.org/news.asp?ref=1907>Circle of Excellence Award for First Amendment & FOI</a>. Chapter board members met with staff from the San Diego mayor’s office to discuss revising the city’s email retention policy. <br> <br> The award-winning chapter completed 13 programs/projects, including a media literacy series with a panel on watchdog journalism, a discussion on identifying and combating disinformation, and a seminar on covering health care. It also launched a mentorship program, and hosted its <a href=https://spjsandiego.org/2022/03/01/congratulations-to-our-annual-wall-window-sunshine-and-skylight-awards-winners/>Wall, Window and Sunshine awards</a>. <br> <br> The <b>Small Chapter of the Year</b>, SPJ Georgia, made great strides in the areas of professional development and diversity.<br> <br> The SPJ Georgia chapter hosted two events to educate people about the new <a href=https://sourcesofcolor.com/>Sources of Color</a> platform, which helps journalists diversify their stories by providing a place to find people of color who are reputable industry experts. <br> <br> The Sources of Color events and SPJ Georgia’s “MMJ Safety First” program contributed to the chapter also winning the <a href=https://www.spj.org/news.asp?ref=1907>Circle of Excellence Award for Professional Development</a>. SPJ Georgia presented two sessions of this program aimed toward multimedia journalists, news directors, general managers and journalists from other parts of the industry. Almost 200 people from across the nation attended the first session. The panelists educated journalists on the legality and ethics of keeping them safe in the field. As a result of the sessions, the chapter has worked with SPJ national to create a task force so that SPJ can develop a <a href=https://www.spj.org/safety-mmj.asp>Code of Safety</a> that newsrooms can follow. <br> <br> SPJ Georgia hosted three sessions on “Covering Extremism” focused on the ethics of reporting on domestic extremist groups. SPJ Georgia’s annual report said this topic might seem to take a political stance if not written correctly, but the ethics of covering these groups is ultimately clear. It is crucial to provide the community with knowledge of the groups no matter what side of the line they fall on. <br> <br> The chapter also hosted 12 other programs including “Finding Your Niche and The Newsroom in the COVID Era,” an event that brought together local journalists and community organizers connected to the war in Ukraine and a partnership with the Georgia Public Safety Training Center to develop an online training course for law enforcement officials on interacting with the news media during times of civil unrest.<br> <br> The winning chapters were honored during the Opening Business Session at <a href=https://mediafest22.org/>MediaFest22</a>, SPJ’s annual convention. <a href=https://www.spj.org/a-circle.asp>Read more</a> about the selection process and past winners.<br> <br> <i>SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to informing citizens; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and fights to protect First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. Support excellent journalism and fight for your right to know. <a href="https://www.spj.org/join.asp">Become a member</a>, <a href="https://www.spj.org/ldf.asp">give to the Legal Defense Fund</a> or <a href="https://www.spj.org/donate.asp">give to the SPJ Foundation</a>.</i><br> <br> <div align"=center">-END-</center> Thu, 27 Oct 2022 00:00:00 -0500 SPJ announces campus chapter award finalists and regional program honorees http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1910 CONTACT:<br> Lou Harry, SPJ Manager of Publications and Awards, 317-920-4786, <email address="lharry@spj.org">lharry@spj.org</a><br> Zoë Berg, SPJ Communications Specialist, 317-920-4785, <email address="zberg@spj.org">zberg@spj.org</a><br> <br> INDIANAPOLIS – The <a href= https://www.spj.org/>Society of Professional Journalists</a> is delighted to announce a select group of campus chapters that are being honored for their work in advancing the Society’s principles, mission as well as the journalism profession itself.<br> <br> Annually, SPJ’s 12 regional coordinators and directors select campus chapters and programs in their respective region that have shown overall excellence. These winners will compete for the Outstanding Campus Chapter and Campus Program of the Year awards. <br> <br> The <b>Outstanding Campus Chapter finalists</b> are <b>Stony Brook University</b> from Region 1, <b>University of Central Florida</b> from Region 3, <b>Ohio University</b> from Region 4 and <b>Arkansas Tech University</b> from Region 12.<br> <br> <b>The Campus Program of the Year Regional Honorees are:</b><br> Region 1: <b>Stony Brook University</b> for holding the Region 1 conference<br> Region 2: <b>University of Maryland</b> for its “Anti-Oxford Comma Club” T-shirt <br> Region 3: <b>University of Central Florida</b> for Intern Pursuit, an internship fair <br> Region 4: <b>Ohio University</b> for an event during the Carr Van Anda awards featuring John Quiñones from ABC News<br> Region 5: N/A<br> Region 6: N/A<br> Region 7: N/A<br> Region 8: <b>Sam Houston State University</b> for its events on the First Amendment and freedom of information laws<br> Region 9: <b>Colorado State University</b> for its visiting journalist event<br> Region 10: <b>Western Washington University</b> for its virtual panel on covering tribes and tribal issues<br> Region 11: <b>California State University, Northridge</b>, for its Zoom event on covering protests after the murder of George Floyd<br> Region 12: <b>Arkansas Tech University</b> for its week of journalism events <br> <br> Winners and honorees will be recognized at the Student Summit & Awards Program at <a href=https://mediafest22.org/>MediaFest22</a>, SPJ’s annual convention, in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 28.<br> <br> <i>SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to informing citizens; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and fights to protect First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. Support excellent journalism and fight for your right to know. <a href="https://www.spj.org/join.asp">Become a member</a>, <a href="https://www.spj.org/ldf.asp">give to the Legal Defense Fund</a> or <a href="https://www.spj.org/donate.asp">give to the SPJ Foundation</a>.</i><br> <br> <div align"=center">-END-</center> Tue, 18 Oct 2022 00:00:00 -0500 SPJ selects Freelance Fellows to attend MediaFest22 http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1909 CONTACT:<br> Rebecca Aguilar, SPJ National President, 317-361-4134, <email address="rebeccaaguilar50@gmail.com">rebeccaaguilar50@gmail.com</a><br> Zoë Berg, SPJ Communications Specialist, 317-920-4785, <email address="zberg@spj.org">zberg@spj.org</a><br> <br> INDIANAPOLIS — The <a href=https://www.spj.org/freelance.asp>Freelance Community</a> of the <a href=https://www.spj.org/index.asp>Society of Professional Journalists</a> will welcome Clayton Gutzmore, Hanan Daqqa and Sergy Odiduro as its first-ever Freelance Fellows when the SPJ convenes for <a href=https://mediafest22.org/>MediaFest22</a>, the Society’s annual convention, in Washington, D.C., Oct. 27-30.<br> <br> The three independent journalists are at different stages in their careers, came to journalism from various backgrounds and practice in a variety of media. They were selected based on meris, need and their contributions to SPJ and its Freelance Community. <br> <br> Members of the SPJ Freelance Community will mentor the Fellows, including by helping them network with attendees, choose sessions to attend and connect with SPJ groups and programs that will most benefit their professional development. The fellowship also covers the cost of convention registration and attendance at the SPJ President’s Installation Banquet; provides a $250 stipend; and, for those attending from outside the D.C. area, offers a supplement of up to $500 for travel and lodging. <br> <br> “The judges were thrilled to review the work and applications from such qualified candidates — those selected, as well as those we could not extend the award to,” said SPJ Freelance Community Chair Hilary Niles. “Their contributions to SPJ and to public dialogue through their work is thoughtful, heartfelt and inspiring. The board is excited to offer this boost to their careers.” <br> <br> <b>Clayton Gutzmore</b> is a freelance journalist based in south Florida covering topics including the entertainment industry, women’s health and incarcerated writers. A non-traditional graduate of Florida International University, he was one of two freelancers selected for SPJ’s Dori Maynard Diversity Leadership Program in 2021. Gutzmore currently writes for Variety and Billboard.<br> <br> <b>Hanan Daqqa</b> is an independent multimedia journalist in northern Virginia with a background in science and filmmaking, and is an adjunct professor at George Washington University. She is volunteering as editor of the SPJ Freelance Community’s weekly newsletter. Her stories have appeared in The Lily, Washington Parent and the Fairfax County Times, among other publications. <br> <br> <b>Sergy Odiduro</b> is a freelance journalist based in Louisiana, where she founded a local chapter of the SPJ. She reports on architectural trends, business, fine arts and local conservation efforts for publications including the New York Post, Miami Herald, Artburst Miami, Coral Gables Magazine and Biz New Orleans. <br> <br> “I applaud the SPJ Freelance Community leaders for their vision in putting together a freelance fellowship to help three journalists attend #MediaFest22,” said SPJ President Rebecca Aguilar. “The fellowship is the support independent journalists need to help them continue growing as professionals and thrive in a very competitive profession.” <br> <br> The 2022 SPJ Freelance Fellowship is funded through the <a href=https://my.spj.org/donate>SPJ Freelance Fund</a>, established in 2021 under the SPJ Foundation. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charity, and gifts designated for the Freelance Fund are tax deductible. <br> <br> <i>The Society of Professional Journalists Foundation is a public foundation dedicated to ensuring that those who carry on the tradition of a free press are prepared for the challenge. The SPJ Foundation supports educational and professional needs of journalists and journalism students. Support excellent journalism and fight for your right to know. <a href=https://www.spj.org/donate.asp>Give to the SPJ Foundation</a>.<br> <br> SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to informing citizens; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and fights to protect First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. Support excellent journalism and fight for your right to know. <a href="https://www.spj.org/join.asp">Become a member</a>, <a href="https://www.spj.org/ldf.asp">give to the Legal Defense Fund</a> or <a href="https://www.spj.org/donate.asp">give to the SPJ Foundation</a>.</i><br> <br> <div align"=center">-END-</center> Mon, 17 Oct 2022 00:00:00 -0500 SPJ announces finalists for Pro Chapter of the Year http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1908 CONTACT:<br> Lou Harry, SPJ Manager of Publications and Awards, 317-920-4786, <email address="lharry@spj.org">lharry@spj.org</a><br> Zoë Berg, SPJ Communications Specialist, 317-920-4785, <email address="zberg@spj.org">zberg@spj.org</a><br> <br> INDIANAPOLIS – The <a href= https://www.spj.org/>Society of Professional Journalists</a> annually honors select chapters for their commitment to SPJ’s mission and journalism. SPJ has named the finalists for its Pro Chapter of the Year Awards. <br> <br> Large Chapter of the Year is open to chapters with 75 members or more, while Small Chapter of the Year is open to chapters with fewer than 75 members.<br> <br> The three finalists for the <b>Large Chapter of the Year award</b> are the <a href=https://spjsandiego.org/>San Diego Pro Chapter</a>, the <a href=https://www.deadlineclub.org/>New York Deadline Club</a> and the <a href=https://www.pcli.org/>Press Club of Long Island</a>.<br> <br> The three finalists for the <b>Small Chapter of the Year award</b> are <a href=https://spjgeorgia.com/>SPJ Georgia</a>, the <a href=https://utahspj.com/>Utah Headliners Chapter</a> and the <a href=http://cincyspj.blogspot.com/>Greater Cincinnati Pro Chapter</a>.<br> <br> Winners of Large Chapter of the Year and Small Chapter of the Year will be announced during the Opening Business Meeting at <a href=https://mediafest22.org/>MediaFest22</a>, SPJ’s annual convention, in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 27. <br> <br> Read more about the selection process and past winners <a href=https://www.spj.org/a-chapters.asp>here</a>.<br> <br> <i>SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to informing citizens; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and fights to protect First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. Support excellent journalism and fight for your right to know. <a href="https://www.spj.org/join.asp">Become a member</a>, <a href="https://www.spj.org/ldf.asp">give to the Legal Defense Fund</a> or <a href="https://www.spj.org/donate.asp">give to the SPJ Foundation</a>.</i><br> <br> <div align"=center">-END-</center> Fri, 14 Oct 2022 00:00:00 -0500 SPJ chapters recognized with Circle of Excellence Awards http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1907 CONTACT:<br> Lou Harry, SPJ Manager of Publications and Awards, 317-920-4786, <email address="lharry@spj.org">lharry@spj.org</a><br> Zoë Berg, SPJ Communications Specialist, 317-920-4785, <email address="zberg@spj.org">zberg@spj.org</a><br> <br> INDIANAPOLIS – The <a href= https://www.spj.org/>Society of Professional Journalists</a> has recognized a select group of chapters in its annual <a href=https://www.spj.org/a-circle.asp>Circle of Excellence Awards</a>.<br> <br> These awards honor contributions to the Society’s missions, including First Amendment and Freedom of Information activity, campus relations and scholarship activities, chapter communications and activities promoting diversity among journalists, professional development and continuing education programs.<br> <br> Chapters with 75 or more members are eligible for Large Circle of Excellence Awards, while chapters with fewer than 75 members are eligible for Small Circle of Excellence Awards.<br> <br> SPJ is delighted to announce the following winners:<br> <br> <b>Large Chapter Circle of Excellence Awards</b><br> Professional Development: <a href=https://www.deadlineclub.org/>New York Deadline Club</a><br> Diversity: <a href=https://spjsandiego.org/>San Diego Pro Chapter</a><br> First Amendment and FOI: <a href=https://spjsandiego.org/>San Diego Pro Chapter</a><br> Campus Relations: <a href=https://www.pcli.org/>Press Club of Long Island</a><br> <br> <b>Small Chapter Circle of Excellence Awards</b><br> Professional Development: <a href=https://spjgeorgia.com/>SPJ Georgia</a><br> Diversity: <a href=https://spjgeorgia.com/>SPJ Georgia</a><br> First Amendment and FOI: <a href=https://utahspj.com/>Utah Headliners Chapter</a><br> Campus Relations: <a href=http://cincyspj.blogspot.com/>Greater Cincinnati Pro Chapter</a><br> <br> The <b>New York Deadline Club</b> won for hosting five professional development programs:<br> — “Google Tools for Journalists” <br> — iMovie video editing workshop at the New York Public Library<br> — “5 Hacks to Save Time and Money,” a skill-share workshop<br> — “Unleash Your Inner Broadcaster,” a radio and podcast workshop<br> — “The On Deadline Series for Students,” featuring one-on-one talks with working media professionals about how to get an internship or a first job<br> <br> The <b>San Diego Pro Chapter</b> was recognized for their work which included:<br> — A survey of newsrooms in San Diego to capture the demographic makeup<br> — Hosting a public outreach panel titled “How the Media Covers Race” <br> — Meetings with the San Diego Mayor’s Office on revising the city email retention policy<br> — Meetings with the San Diego Police Department to advise them on implementing CA SB 98, which guarantees journalists access to protests even when police order their dispersal<br> — Continued advocacy for transparency within San Diego County<br> — The completion of 13 programs and projects including a media literacy series on watchdog journalism and a discussion on identifying and combatting disinformation<br> <br> The <b>Press Club of Long Island</b> won for the work its members did in fostering journalism programming at the high school and college levels. This included:<br> — Volunteering as editors for the Robert Greene Summer Institute for High School Journalists at Stony Brook University<br> — Hosting a weeklong High School Journalism Institute at Hofstra University <br> — Appearances by PCLI board members at multiple universities <br> — Giving three $1,000 scholarships to college journalists<br> <br> <b>SPJ Georgia</b> was recognized for work including:<br> — Hosting two events to educate people about the Sources of Color platform<br> — Hosting the “Multimedia Journalists Safety First” program <br> — Collaboration with SPJ nationally to build a national task force to lead to a newsroom Code of Safety <br> — Hosting “Finding Your Niche and The Newsroom in the COVID Era” professional development programs<br> — Partnering with the Georgia Public Safety Training Center to develop an online course for law enforcement interacting with news media during times of civil unrest<br> — Hosting an event and connecting journalists and organizers involved with the war in Ukraine<br> — Hosting three sessions on covering extremism, with an emphasis on the ethics of reporting on domestic extremist groups<br> <br> The <b>Greater Cincinnati Pro Chapter</b> was recognized for its work in the following areas:<br> — Launching a new Storytelling of Journalism project, which paired students with award-winning journalists in the area <br> — Hosting two internship/interview days with the University of Cincinnati<br> — Adaptation of the With the Pros series of events, sponsored with the University of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky University, where professionals speak to students about their work<br> — Holding its annual High School Journalism Boot Camp<br> <br> The <b>Utah Headliners Pro Chapter</b> was recognized for its FOI work including:<br> — Advocacy against legislation restricting journalists’ access to the state House and Senate chambers and other areas in the Capitol <br> — Advocacy against “Garrity statements” – police internal review documents – being made private <br> <br> The chapters will be recognized during the Opening Business Meeting at <a href=https://mediafest22.org/>MediaFest22</a>, SPJ’s annual convention, in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 27. <br> <br> <i>SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to informing citizens; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and fights to protect First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. Support excellent journalism and fight for your right to know. <a href="https://www.spj.org/join.asp">Become a member</a>, <a href="https://www.spj.org/ldf.asp">give to the Legal Defense Fund</a> or <a href="https://www.spj.org/donate.asp">give to the SPJ Foundation</a>.</i><br> <br> <div align"=center">-END-</center> Tue, 11 Oct 2022 00:00:00 -0500 Voice of America Headquarters named Historic Site in Journalism http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1906 CONTACT:<br> Lou Harry, SPJ Manager of Publications and Awards, 317-920-4786, <email address="lharry@spj.org">lharry@spj.org</a><br> Zoë Berg, SPJ Communications Specialist, 317-920-4785, <email address="zberg@spj.org">zberg@spj.org</a><br> <br> INDIANAPOLIS – The <a href=https://www.spj.org/>Society of Professional Journalists</a> has named 330 Independence Ave. SW in Washington, D.C., as a <a href=https://www.spj.org/a-historicsites.asp>Historic Site in Journalism</a>. The address is the headquarters of the <a href=https://www.voanews.com/>Voice of America</a>, the editorially independent international broadcaster funded by the United States government. <br> <br> SPJ’s Historic Sites program honors the people and places that have played important roles in American journalistic history.<br> <br> “For 80 years, the Voice of America has been a source of solid and honest journalism. From its beginning in 1942, despite being a U.S. government agency, through custom, charters and law the editorial independence of VOA journalists has not wavered,” wrote Dan Kubiske, <a href=https://spj-international-community.mailchimpsites.com/>SPJ International Community</a> co-chair. The Community sponsored the proposal to make VOA headquarters a historic site. <br> <br> On February 24, 1942, VOA went on the air from New York City. Although VOA is funded by U.S. Agency for Global Media, formerly known as the U.S. Foreign Information Service, has, since it’s opening broadcast, remained editorially independent, with its credo emphasizing: “Today, and every day from now on, we will be with you from America to talk about the war. ... The news may be good or bad for us — we will always tell you the truth.” By law, it only broadcasts internationally and does not broadcast directly to the American public. <br> <br> Its independence was further emphasized in a charter adopted in 1959 when the U.S. Information Agency, the parent agency of the VOA at the time, looked at its practices and created a firewall between its journalists and any political appointees by any U.S. administration. The charter became law as part of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act for the federal government’s fiscal year for 1977, signed into law by President Gerald Ford in 1976, and was reinforced through legislation in 1994 and 2016.<br> <br> USIA’s headquarters became the VOA headquarters in 1954 shortly after the agency came into existence. A bronze plaque will be placed at 330 Independence Ave. SW to distinguish it as a National Historic Site in Journalism. <br> <br> More details about the award, as well as maps of places named National Historic Sites in Journalism dating back to 1942 <a href=https://www.spj.org/a-historicsites.asp>can be found here</a>.<br> <br> <i>SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to informing citizens; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and fights to protect First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. Support excellent journalism and fight for your right to know. <a href="https://www.spj.org/join.asp">Become a member</a>, <a href="https://www.spj.org/ldf.asp">give to the Legal Defense Fund</a> or <a href="https://www.spj.org/donate.asp">give to the SPJ Foundation</a>.</i><br> <br> <div align"=center">-END-</center> Fri, 7 Oct 2022 00:00:00 -0500 SPJ denounces arrests of journalists in Iran http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1905 CONTACT:<br> Rebecca Aguilar, SPJ National President, 317-361-4134, <email address="rebeccaaguilar50@gmail.com">rebeccaaguilar50@gmail.com</a><br> Zoë Berg, SPJ Communications Specialist, 317-920-4785, <email address="zberg@spj.org">zberg@spj.org</a><br> <br> INDIANAPOLIS – The <a href=https://www.spj.org/>Society of Professional Journalists</a> strongly denounces the arrests of journalists in Iran covering mass anti-state protests and Mahsa Amini’s death. <a href=https://cpj.org/2022/09/iranian-security-forces-step-up-arrests-of-journalists-as-anti-state-protests-spread/>At least 28 journalists had been arrested</a>, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.<br> <br> The protests <a href=https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/9/28/what-we-know-after-11-days-of-protests-in-iran>are following the death of 22-year-old Amini</a>, who was being held by the morality police for allegedly violating the country’s strictly enforced Islamic dress code at the time of her death. <a href=https://www.cbsnews.com/news/mahsa-amini-iran-protests-deaths-ruthless-crackdown-journalists-celebrities/>Arrests include</a> a journalist who covered Amini’s funeral and another who went to the hospital where she was in a coma, helping to expose her case to the world. <br> <br> "We must all call to attention and denounce the repressive and restrictive measures taken by Iranian authorities against the journalists arrested recently for their coverage of Mahsa Amini's death,” said SPJ International Community Co-chair Elle Toussi. "The International Community of the SPJ demands the release of all journalists under arrest and for the restoration of internet access so that these journalists can do their job: bring truth to the public and keep the world informed."<br> <br> CPJ reports that its “sources said that several of the journalists were taken into custody during post-midnight raids on their homes. The sources said that the security forces – who confiscated the journalists’ electronic devices – did not identify which agency they represented or produce arrest warrants or explanation of charges.” <br> <br> The arrest of Niloofar Hamedi, reporter for the reformist daily newspaper Shargh, shows the gravity of the situation many of these journalists face. After being arrested, she was <a href=https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/iran-mahsa-amini-journalist-broke-news-jail>put in solitary confinement</a> and is being interrogated in Tehran's Evin prison, which is considered one of the worst prisons in the world. She still has not been told about the charges against her.<br> <br> Journalists in Iran must be allowed to report freely and do their job to keep people around the world informed of what’s happening in Iran. All journalists who have been arrested must be released without charges, their equipment should be returned and they should not face further persecution. <br> <br> <i>SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to informing citizens; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and fights to protect First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. Support excellent journalism and fight for your right to know. <a href="https://www.spj.org/join.asp">Become a member</a>, <a href="https://www.spj.org/ldf.asp">give to the Legal Defense Fund</a> or <a href="https://www.spj.org/donate.asp">give to the SPJ Foundation</a>.</i><br> <br> <div align"=center">-END-</center> Fri, 30 Sep 2022 00:00:00 -0500 Allison Hageman, Georgetown University graduate, named Galvan Outstanding Graduate in Journalism recipient http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1903 CONTACT:<br> Lou Harry, SPJ Manager of Publications and Awards, 317-920-4786, <email address="lharry@spj.org">lharry@spj.org</a><br> Zoë Berg, SPJ Communications Specialist, 317-920-4785, <email address="zberg@spj.org">zberg@spj.org</a><br> <br> INDIANAPOLIS – The <a href=https://www.spj.org/>Society of Professional Journalists</a> has named Allison Hageman as a second winner of the <a href=https://www.spj.org/a-galvan.asp>Julie Galvan Outstanding Graduate in Journalism Award</a>. The judging panel for the Galvan award was so impressed with Hageman’s work, commitment to ethical journalism and contributions to her SPJ chapter that it was decided to recognize her, in addition to Sara Stanley, who <a href=https://www.spj.org/news.asp?ref=1894>was announced as a winner of the award</a> earlier this month. <br> <br> This award honors journalism graduates who have excelled in their class based on character, service to the community, scholarship, proficiency in practical journalism and contribution to their SPJ chapter.<br> <br> Hageman graduated from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., in May with a Master of Professional Studies degree in journalism. She most recently served as vice president of the SPJ chapter at Georgetown. Her capstone project on how climate change proportionately impacts minority communities and low-income people, told through the phenomena of flooding in D.C., was <a href=https://washingtoncitypaper.com/article/565771/d-c-s-hidden-flood-risk-is-in-areas-far-from-bodies-of-water/>recently published</a> in Washington City Paper.<br> <br> “Allison Hageman is the embodiment of Georgetown journalism, a true leader in the classroom and the community who works to better herself and those around her,” wrote Carole Feldman, interim faculty director for journalism, and Gina Garcia, assistant dean at Georgetown’s School of Continuing Studies and adviser of Georgetown’s SPJ Chapter. “Through her work with SPJ, Allison played an integral part in keeping the Georgetown journalism community together during the height of the pandemic when we and other universities were operating remotely.”<br> <br> Hageman is considered the holder of the chapter’s institutional knowledge, given how immersed she has been in its activities. Hageman was a student representative at SPJ’s 2021 virtual conference and <a href=https://thespjnews.org/byline/allison-hageman/>wrote for the SPJ News site</a>. In addition, her determination spoke volumes even in the midst of significant personal loss in 2020 – an occurrence, Feldman and Garcia wrote, that shaped her determination to give back during her time as a student.<br> <br> Hageman was recently hired by WRC-TV, the NBC owned station in Washington, D.C., as a digital journalist, and her byline has appeared in DCist, Delaware Today, Out & About and Capitol Standard. She was also recognized by Georgetown as the <a href=https://scscommencement.georgetown.domains/tropaia/>recipient of the Tropaia award</a> because of her work in and out of the classroom.<br> <br> Hageman will be recognized at the Student Summit & Awards Program at <a href=https://mediafest22.org/>MediaFest22</a>, SPJ’s annual convention, in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 28.<br> <br> <i>SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to informing citizens; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and fights to protect First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. Support excellent journalism and fight for your right to know. <a href="https://www.spj.org/join.asp">Become a member</a>, <a href="https://www.spj.org/ldf.asp">give to the Legal Defense Fund</a> or <a href="https://www.spj.org/donate.asp">give to the SPJ Foundation</a>.</i><br> <br> <div align"=center">-END-</center> Thu, 29 Sep 2022 00:00:00 -0500 Texas A&M San Antonio professor Teresa Talerico named Outstanding Campus Adviser http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1902 CONTACT:<br> Lou Harry, SPJ Manager of Publications and Awards, 317-920-4786, <email address="lharry@spj.org">lharry@spj.org</a><br> Zoë Berg, SPJ Communications Specialist, 317-920-4785, <email address="zberg@spj.org">zberg@spj.org</a><br> <br> INDIANAPOLIS – The <a href=https://www.spj.org/>Society of Professional Journalists</a> has named Teresa Talerico as the recipient of the <a href=https://www.spj.org/a-eshelman.asp>David L. Eshelman Outstanding Campus Adviser Award</a>. Talerico is a clinical assistant professor at <a href=https://apps.tamusa.edu/course-information/Profile/Faculty/61?=Teresa-Talerico>Texas A&M University-San Antonio</a>; adviser to The Mesquite, the student run news site; and was an adviser of the university’s SPJ chapter for many years. She previously advised the San Antonio College SPJ chapter.<br> <br> The Eshelman Award is presented annually to an individual who has made an exceptional contribution to the campus chapter for which he or she serves as an SPJ adviser.<br> <br> In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, which impacted not only journalism but journalism education, Talerico was determined to not let TAMUSA’s SPJ chapter go dormant. She worked tirelessly to have the chapter represent SPJ’s professional values by promoting the practice of ethical journalism as well as propelling the careers of its members. These efforts clearly demonstrate her commitment not just to SPJ but to her students at TAMUSA. <br> <br> “She … truly cares for her students, student workers and colleagues,” wrote Armando Villarreal III, TAMUSA’s SPJ chapter president. “Talerico is a person who listens, takes journalism seriously and really has a passion to guide students to a prosperous path.”<br> <br> Villarreal says that he is grateful for the quality of education he received and the support and encouragement Talerico provided him as he begins his career – inspiring him to pursue his passion for journalism.<br> <br> “I believe that Professor Talerico is the best choice for being an outstanding campus advisor because she cares,” Villarreal wrote. “She actually cares for student’s futures and cares that they find the right path of success.”<br> <br> Talerico will be recognized at the Student Summit & Awards Program at <a href=https://mediafest22.org/>MediaFest22</a>, SPJ’s annual convention, in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 28.<br> <br> <i>SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to informing citizens; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and fights to protect First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. Support excellent journalism and fight for your right to know. <a href="https://www.spj.org/join.asp">Become a member</a>, <a href="https://www.spj.org/ldf.asp">give to the Legal Defense Fund</a> or <a href="https://www.spj.org/donate.asp">give to the SPJ Foundation</a>.</i><br> <br> <div align"=center">-END-</center> Tue, 27 Sep 2022 00:00:00 -0500 St. Louis Post-Dispatch, ProPublica earn SPJ Ethics in Journalism Awards http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1901 CONTACT:<br> Lou Harry, SPJ Manager of Publications and Awards, 317-920-4786, <email address="lharry@spj.org">lharry@spj.org</a><br> Zoë Berg, SPJ Communications Specialist, 317-920-4785, <email address="zberg@spj.org">zberg@spj.org</a><br> <br> INDIANAPOLIS – The <a href=https://www.spj.org/>Society of Professional Journalists</a> is bestowing its <a href=https://www.spj.org/a-ethics.asp>Ethics in Journalism Award</a> on two reporters – Hannah Dreyfus of ProPublica and Josh Renaud of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Dreyfus is being recognized for the project “<a href=https://www.propublica.org/article/the-liberty-way-how-liberty-university-discourages-and-dismisses-students-reports-of-sexual-assaults>The Liberty Way</a>,” examining how Liberty University responds to students who report cases of rape. Renaud is being recognized for <a href=https://www.stltoday.com/news/local/education/missouri-teachers-social-security-numbers-at-risk-on-state-agency-s-website/article_f3339700-ece0-54a1-9a45-f300321b7c82.html>reporting on potential exposures of social security numbers of Missouri teachers</a>, through the state’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s web site.<br> <br> This award honors journalists or news organizations that perform in an outstanding ethical manner demonstrating the ideals of the <a href=https://www.spj.org/ethicscode.asp>SPJ Code of Ethics</a>. <br> <br> Dreyfus’ reporting for ProPublica centered on the culture of Liberty University, the largest private evangelical university in Virginia, and how it responded to students’ accusations of rape and sexual assault. University officials required students to sign paperwork saying they violated “The Liberty Way,” the moral code by the school that forbids fraternizing with the opposite sex. Further, students interviewed by university investigators told Dreyfus that they twisted testimony to smear women who reported cases of rape.<br> <br> The university did not reply to Dreyfus’ inquiries, while she corroborated the stories that she heard through more than 50 interviews with former students and staffers at Liberty, as well as former and current police officers at the university. In addition, Dreyfus examined school, medical and police records, as well as methodical collections of photo evidence. <br> <br> In the letter nominating Dreyfus’ reporting, Stephen Engelberg, editor-in-chief of ProPublica, said she met “the immeasurable challenge” of gaining and maintaining the trust of sources during the fact-checking process, and embraced unpredictability through reporting sensitive and trauma-ridden subject matter, as sources considered whether or not to share their stories publicly.<br> <br> Engelberg said ProPublica was diligent to minimize harm to sources through interviews in a trauma-informed manner, respecting the sources’ boundaries and featuring evidence that had since been removed from the file by officials, who deemed it to be too explicit. <br> <br> “We understood the gravity of the situation, not just in terms of what was on the line for our publication and the integrity of our reporting, but what a misstep it could mean for the national movement towards accountability for rape on campus,” Engelberg wrote.<br> <br> Once the story was published, Senators called on the U.S. Department of Education to investigate Liberty, and the university’s board voted to open a review of the school office that was in charge of handling complaints of discrimination and abuse.<br> <br> Renaud’s reporting in the Post-Dispatch centered on the possibility that social security numbers of teachers may have been exposed on the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s website when members of the public looked up the credentials of teachers, counselors and school administrators. Renaud notified state officials in fall 2021 of the problem and said he would not publish a story on the subject until state officials took action. <br> <br> After assurance from state officials that the site was secure, the story ran on Oct. 14 in the Post-Dispatch and its website the evening prior. The same day, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson announced a criminal investigation of both Renaud and the paper. The state education department called Renaud a “hacker” and Parson said the individual who alerted the Department of the problem was trying to “embarrass the state and sell headlines for their news outlet.”<br> <br> Parson’s political action committee launched a fundraising video highlighting his criticism, suggesting Renaud was “digging around” in personal data about teachers, while the PAC praised Parson for standing up to “the state’s fake news factory.” Emails seen by the Post-Dispatch originally showed that the agency planned to thank Renaud for highlighting the problem instead of labelling him as a “hacker.”<br> <br> Yet, the problem was not just exclusive to teacher certifications. Renaud's initial report noted that as far back as 2015, Missouri’s state auditor raised concerns about education-related data practices at the Department, specifically that students’ social security numbers and other personally identifiable information was being stored in the Missouri Student Information System. Additional reporting found that the state’s computer systems were so outdated that officials were worried that no one would know how to work with the technology once the programmers familiar with this technology retired, and that the governor and legislature have barely invested in updating the infrastructure.<br> <br> Parson ordered the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s digital forensic unit to investigate. In February, seven weeks after the Patrol submitted their report, the Cole County, Missouri, prosecutor announced that Renaud and the Post-Dispatch would not face charges.<br> <br> Marcia Koenig, former interim editor of the Post-Dispatch, nominated Renaud “for his solid instincts in recognizing a problem, his professionalism in reporting on it and his perseverance through months of political attack.”<br> <br> Dreyfus and Renaud will be honored during the President's Installation Banquet at <a href=https://mediafest22.org/>MediaFest22</a>, SPJ’s annual convention, in Washington, D.C., Oct. 29.<br> <br> <i>SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to informing citizens; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and fights to protect First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. Support excellent journalism and fight for your right to know. <a href="https://www.spj.org/join.asp">Become a member</a>, <a href="https://www.spj.org/ldf.asp">give to the Legal Defense Fund</a> or <a href="https://www.spj.org/donate.asp">give to the SPJ Foundation</a>.</i><br> <br> <div align"=center">-END-</center> Thu, 22 Sep 2022 00:00:00 -0500 El Paso Matters, Insider, ProPublica, Jonathan Guyer named SPJ Sunshine Award winners http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1900 CONTACT:<br> Lou Harry, SPJ Manager of Publications and Awards, 317-920-4786, <email address="lharry@spj.org">lharry@spj.org</a><br> Zoë Berg, SPJ Communications Specialist, 317-920-4785, <email address="zberg@spj.org">zberg@spj.org</a><br> <br> <i>This release was updated to include more information. </i> <br> <br> INDIANAPOLIS – The <a href=https://www.spj.org/index.asp>Society of Professional Journalists</a> has named four recipients – El Paso Matters, Insider, ProPublica and Jonathan Guyer — as winners of its annual <a href=https://www.spj.org/a-sunshine.asp>Sunshine Award</a>.<br> <br> A judging panel, composed of members of the SPJ <a href=https://www.spj.org/com-foi.asp>Freedom of Information Committee</a> and <a href=https://www.spj.org/spjboard.asp>Board of Directors</a>, bestow these awards each year to individuals and organizations for their notable contributions to open government.<br> <br> <b>El Paso Matters</b><br> <br> In 2018, freelance journalist Robert Moore filed a series of Freedom of Information Act queries with the U.S. Departments of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services pertaining to immigration issues at the U.S.-Mexico border. The agencies did not respond to the requests. <br> <br> Moore, who was in the process of establishing El Paso Matters, a nonprofit news site, filed a lawsuit in federal court in November 2019. Moore pursued the lawsuit without the support of a major news organization. El Paso attorneys Chris Benoit and Lynn Coyle agreed to file the suit and accept only the fees that could be recovered from the federal government.<br> <br> In January 2021, a federal judge ordered DHS and HHS to provide all the requested documents within a few months. When Moore, Benoit and Coyle determined that the redactions in the documents were inappropriate, they prepared for a September 2021 trial, only for the government to lift the redactions that were being challenged the eve before the trial was to start. The government also agreed to pay Moore’s legal fees.<br> <br> The documents produced two major stories, published in 2021, about the performance of the U.S. border enforcement system. One brought to light a <a href=https://elpasomatters.org/2021/05/26/circus-is-coming-to-town-how-the-el-paso-border-patrols-2018-election-day-plan-unraveled/>military exercise near a Hispanic neighborhood</a> on Election Day 2018 designed to get media attention. The other focused on the decision by the Trump Administration <a href=https://elpasomatters.org/2021/09/28/cbp-turned-away-asylum-seekers-claiming-they-didnt-have-room-for-them-it-often-wasnt-true/>justifying its policy of turning back asylum seekers</a> due to unavailable detention spaces at ports of entry, when spaces were routinely available.<br> <br> <b>Insider</b><br> <br> The investigative reporting project <a href=https://www.businessinsider.com/financial-conflicts-congress-members-rated-2021-12?r=US&IR=T>“Conflicted Congress”</a> considered the enforcement of the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act of 2012, or STOCK Act, designed to boost Congressional ethical standards and transparency surrounding a member’s personal finances and investments. Over the course of five months, over 9,000 financial disclosure statements were collected and analyzed by over 40 reporters, editors, data journalists and researchers.<br> <br> The project found that 59 members of Congress and 182 senior congressional staff members violated the Act in recent months. It also found that 75 lawmakers held stocks in either Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson and Johnson or all three during 2020. These stocks were bought or sold during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic by members of Congress. <br> <br> The project also rated members of Congress on how they complied with conflict of interest laws, avoided conflicts and rated their commitments to transparency. This was done through a searchable and sortable database that could be used by the public and others in the media. Since Insider’s reporting was released, calls were made by various politicians to institute a congressional ban on stock trading – a move that has garnered bipartisan support and calls for action by congressional leadership. Separately, some members of Congress have voluntarily stopped trading stocks.<br> <br> The reporting has since been picked up by local and national media, including The New York Times, the Boston Globe, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the Albany Times Union. <br> <br> <b>ProPublica</b><br> <br> Reporter Neil Bedi began reporting on defects surrounding the HeartWare Ventricular Assist Device after finding a pattern in the public data that looks at device malfunctions and product recalls held by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Bedi’s reporting found that the FDA had received thousands of reports of suspicious deaths and injuries linked to the device. Bedi worked through over 1,000 anonymous reports to identify deaths of patients resulting from device malfunctions.<br> <br> In addition, in documents written by federal inspectors and obtained by ProPublica, the government knew about problems with the device’s manufacturer, and the government continued to pay for the device, even though the company, Medtronic, did not meet federal standards. The reporting <a href=https://www.propublica.org/article/a-high-risk-medical-device-didnt-meet-federal-standards-the-government-paid-millions-for-more>exposed gaps in the government’s regulation of medical devices</a> and showed the increased danger posed to vulnerable patients, who often have no means of recourse. <br> <br> As Medtronic, by law, is shielded from lawsuits, Bedi and engagement reporters Maya Miller and Maryam Jameel reached out to current HeartWare patients through online communities and support groups. Patients who were interviewed could not replace the devices with alternative pumps due to the risks of the required open-heart surgery. <br> <br> The reporting about the FDA’s data practices, combined with the stories from the patients, led to a Congressional inquiry from the House Oversight Committee and Medtronic reaching out to patients and offering expanded financial assistance to them.<br> <br> <b>Jonathan Guyer</b><br> <br> Last year, The American Prospect’s Jonathan Guyer set out to expose how national security decision-making works in President Joe Biden’s inner circle with a laser focus on severely undercovered corporate backgrounds. Guyer published numerous articles on how strategic consultants <a href=https://prospect.org/power/meet-the-consulting-firm-staffing-biden-administration-westexec/>were appointed as foreign-policy leaders</a>.<br> <br> Guyer analyzed hundreds of pages of government ethics filings, obtained leaked corporate documents, mined social-media posts and interviewed dozens of watchdogs, ethics experts and current and former officials to find the information to use in his reporting. His reporting revealed that most senior Biden foreign-policy officials held down jobs in think tanks, academia and as strategic consultants, but that they <a href=https://prospect.org/power/biden-adviser-jake-sullivan-think-tanker-scholar-consultant/>frequently concealed the much more lucrative private-sector jobs</a> in press releases and nomination announcements.<br> <br> To reach new audiences, Guyer hosted public panels and joined radio programs. On social media, he shared new findings from the latest documents published by the Office of Government Ethics. <br> <br> Guyer’s sustained attention to ultra-connected firms had led to several resignations. In response to Guyer’s reporting in July 2020, then-Biden campaign adviser Tony Blinken withdrew as managing partner of the firm he co-founded, WestExec Advisors, and its related private equity firm, and Jake Sullivan, Biden’s national-security adviser, left Macro Advisory Partners.<br> <br> Winners will be honored during the President's Installation Banquet at <a href=https://mediafest22.org/>MediaFest22</a>, SPJ’s annual convention, in Washington, D.C., Oct. 29.<br> <br> <i>SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to informing citizens; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and fights to protect First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. Support excellent journalism and fight for your right to know. <a href="https://www.spj.org/join.asp">Become a member</a>, <a href="https://www.spj.org/ldf.asp">give to the Legal Defense Fund</a> or <a href="https://www.spj.org/donate.asp">give to the SPJ Foundation</a>.</i><br> <br> <div align"=center">-END-</center> Wed, 21 Sep 2022 00:00:00 -0500 SPJ selects 10 students for MediaFest22’s SPJ News team http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1898 CONTACT:<br> Rebecca Aguilar, SPJ National President, 317-361-4134, <email address="rebeccaaguilar50@gmail.com">rebeccaaguilar50@gmail.com</a><br> Zoë Berg, SPJ Communications Specialist, 317-920-4785, <email address="zberg@spj.org">zberg@spj.org</a><br> <br> INDIANAPOLIS — The <a href=https://www.spj.org/>Society of Professional Journalists</a> has selected ten college students and recent graduates to be a part of the SPJ News team at <a href=https://mediafest22.org/>MediaFest22</a>. They will work closely with three professional journalists to cover everything happening at the convention in Washington, D.C., Oct. 27-30. <br> <br> The SPJ News team includes young journalists from colleges and universities across the country. They have experience working for their school media outlets as well as professional news organizations. Students and graduates on the SPJ News team are Carolyn Burt, Olivia Cohen, Edward Franco, Jasmine Franklin, Brooklyn Joyner, De’Vante Martin, Brenda Payan-Garcia, Alexis “Lexi” Rogers, Sophie Schulz and Megan Woolard. <br> <br> The SPJ News mentors this year include Brian Collister, an Emmy award-winning investigative reporter in Texas; Bob Butler, a general assignment reporter at KCBS Radio in San Francisco; and Nicolle Sartain, the editor at the News Courier in Athens, Alabama. <br> <br> “We’re excited to provide these young student journalists the opportunity to report on the speakers, sessions and events happening at MediaFest22,” said SPJ National President Rebecca Aguilar. “The SPJ News experience will help the students build on their experiences in journalism that can hopefully lead them to good jobs in the future.” <br> <br> The SPJ News team’s work will be <a href=https://thespjnews.org/>posted online</a> and shared on social media with #SPJNews22.<br> <br> <b>Carolyn Burt</b> is an audience engagement journalist located in Los Angeles. She was a part of the Los Angeles Times Internship Class of 2022 where she worked on the audience engagement team. Burt is a journalism major at California State University, Northridge. While at CSUN, she was the managing editor for the Daily Sundial. Previously she held the position of editor-in-chief for the Corsair, Santa Monica College’s student-run news publication. <br> <br> <b>Olivia Cohen</b> is a journalism major at Columbia College, Chicago, and is anticipated to graduate in May 2024. Cohen is the managing editor for her school's student newspaper, the Columbia Chronicle, and will move into the editor-in-chief role in December. Cohen has bylines in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Chicago Sun-Times and the Gateway Journalism Review. She aspires to be an investigative reporter, concentrating in public health reporting.<br> <br> <b>Edward Franco</b> will graduate in May 2025 from New York University as a broadcast journalism major. He is currently interning for NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt and has been a news production intern for CBS Orlando News 6 through the Emma Bowen Foundation Fellowship. Franco is also the video director for Washington Square News, NYU’s independent newspaper. He is proud to be a Colombian American who hopes to become a television reporter covering politics, education and transportation. <br> <br> <b>Jasmine Franklin</b> is an award-winning news reporter studying broadcast journalism at Grambling State University. The Chicago-area native is currently an intern for ABC News. She also works as a part-time multimedia journalist at KNOE 8 News in Monroe, Louisiana. Franklin will graduate this December. <br> <br> <b>Brooklyn Joyner</b> is a broadcast journalism senior at Loyola University of New Orleans. She is a native New Orleanian and chose journalism as a career path because it gives her the option to remain a student for the rest of her life. Joyner interned with Hearst Media Company and, in the summer of 2022, served as a multimedia student at the National Association of Black Journalists conference. She currently works part-time position with a local news station, WDSU. <br> <br> <b>De’Vante Martin</b> is from St. Joseph, Louisiana. He is a senior mass communication major at Grambling State University. Some of his accomplishments include being the valedictorian of his high school and being a member of Earl Lester Cole Honors College at GSU. He is also proud of being news editor and sports editor for The Gramblinite.<br> <br> <b>Brenda Payan-Garcia</b> is a public relations major at California State University, Long Beach. She is the editor-in-chief of the first and only Spanish magazine in the city of Long Beach. Payan-Garcia will graduate in May 2023 and hopes to create long term policy change as well as work with foundations to help the less fortunate and underrepresented communities.<br> <br> <b>Alexis “Lexi” Rogers</b> is a journalism major and justice minor at American University. She is on the School of Communication Undergraduate Council and the Black Student Union Executive Board. Rogers hopes to become a political reporter or legal analyst on television. She will graduate in May 2025. <br> <br> <b>Sophie Schulz</b> was born and raised in Minnesota. She is currently majoring in anthropology and minoring in journalism at Wagner College in New York City. Schutz is also involved in the student newspaper, the Wagnerian, and is part of the on-campus environmental club, Earth.<br> <br> <b>Megan Woolard</b> is junior studying journalism and English literature at Marquette University. She is currently serving as the managing editor of Marquette Tribune. Woolard will graduate in the spring of 2024.<br> <br> <i>SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to informing citizens; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and fights to protect First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. Support excellent journalism and fight for your right to know. <a href="https://www.spj.org/join.asp">Become a member</a>, <a href="https://www.spj.org/ldf.asp">give to the Legal Defense Fund</a> or <a href="https://www.spj.org/donate.asp">give to the SPJ Foundation</a>.</i><br> <br> <div align"=center">-END-</center> Fri, 16 Sep 2022 00:00:00 -0500