SPJ News http://www.spj.org/ SPJ Delivers Today's Media News en-us Copyright 2006 Society of Professional Journalists 1440 SPJ’s first appointed directors complete the unique 2018-19 national board http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1617 CONTACT:<br> J. Alex Tarquinio, SPJ National President, 212-283-0843, <email address="atarquinio@spj.org">atarquinio@spj.org</a> <br> Jennifer Royer, SPJ Director of Communications and Marketing, 317-361-4134, <email address="jroyer@spj.org">jroyer@spj.org</a><br> <br> INDIANAPOLIS – The <a href="https://www.spj.org/index.asp">Society of Professional Journalists</a> has appointed two at-large directors to its national <a href="https://www.spj.org/spjboard.asp">Board of Directors</a>, a crucial step in the <a href="https://www.spj.org/governance.asp">governance transition</a> overwhelmingly approved by the delegates to the Society’s 2017 convention in Anaheim, Calif.<br> <br> The national board, which until this year had 23 members, will be reduced to a more practical and efficient nine members in the fall of 2019. However, the 2018-2019 term is one of a kind. As a consequence of the 2017 bylaws amendments, several board positions will be phased out once the current occupants complete their terms in September. Meanwhile, the members elected more at-large directors than before, while the two new appointed directors bring the final size of this year’s board to 18.<br> <br> “This is a unique, transitional year,” said SPJ National President J. Alex Tarquinio (<a href="https://twitter.com/alextarquinio?lang=en">@alextarquinio</a>), who took office at the Excellence in Journalism conference in Baltimore at the end of September. “Although the bylaws amendments altered the composition of the board, it is still incumbent on this year’s board to establish many of the policies and procedures specific to making this a smooth transition. “It is up to this board to lay the groundwork for the Society’s future success,” Tarquinio said. “We are hashing out what it means to be a more strategic, nimble board.”<br> <br> The two appointed director positions were created with the intention of bringing critical expertise to the board. The first appointees attest to this goal. Ivette Davila-Richards (<a href="https://twitter.com/IDRichards?lang=en">@IDRichards</a>) has eight years of leadership experience with the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ); while Victor Hernandez (<a href="https://twitter.com/ToTheVictor?lang=en">@ToTheVictor</a>) has received accolades for his digital and management expertise.<br> <br> <img src="//www.spj.org/images/headshots/ivettedavilarichards.jpg" class="bio120" style="width:160px; height:auto;">Davila-Richards (right) is currently a freelance assignment editor for the Fox News Channel, and previously spent 10 years as an associate producer for CBS News in New York. At NAHJ, she served as the New York chapter president, regional director for the Northeast, and as vice president for broadcast on the national board. She was an SPJ Diversity Fellow at this year’s convention and has since joined the Society’s national Diversity Committee.<br> <br> “Mentoring, advocating for diversity, and serving the public is a passion of mine,” Davila-Richards said.<br> <br> <img src="//www.spj.org/images/headshots/victorhernandez.jpg" class="bio120" style="width:160px; height:auto;">Hernandez (right) brings more than two decades of professional experience from leading-edge newsrooms, journalism education programs, and technology startups. He recently served as the director of media innovation at Banjo, a technology startup specializing in event detection used every day by global newsrooms. Prior to that, he spent 12 years at CNN, working extensively within the organization’s editorial leadership and product technology areas. As a longtime SPJ member, he served on the task force that ultimately proposed the restructuring of the national board, as an advisor to the student news project at EIJ conferences, and as a trainer at national and regional conferences. <br> <br> “I’m both honored and thrilled at the opportunity to join the SPJ board and give back to the organization, it’s members and the field of journalism,” Hernandez said. “I look forward to helping foster change and build toward the future.” <br> <br> Tarquinio said the appointment of these two extraordinary journalism leaders marked an important step in this unusual year. “Their expertise will be invaluable to the board’s ongoing evolution,” she said.<br> <br> The other officers include President-Elect Patricia Gallagher-Newberry (<a href="https://twitter.com/pattinewberry?lang=en">@PattiNewberry</a>) and Secretary-Treasurer Matthew T. Hall (<a href="https://twitter.com/SDuncovered?lang=en">@SDuncovered</a>), who were both elected in September. Newberry directs the journalism program at Miami University in Ohio. Hall is the editorial and opinion director at The San Diego Union-Tribune.<br> <br> The current board includes two academic positions. Sue Kopen Katcef (<a href="https://twitter.com/UMNewsie?lang=en">@UMNewsie</a>), vice president of campus chapter affairs, directs the Capital News Service Broadcast Bureau at the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism. She will be completing her term in September, and this position will not exist in the new board structure. The same is true for Campus Adviser At-Large Jeff South (<a href="https://twitter.com/jcsouth?lang=en">@JCSouth</a>), the Capital News Service director at the Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture at Virginia Commonwealth University.<br> <br> After this year, there will no longer be any dedicated board positions for faculty. However, the changes the delegates voted for in 2017 specify that if no one representing the campus community is elected to the board, the board must make one of the appointed directors a campus representative. That could be either a faculty member or a student.<br> <br> Previously, the directors of all 12 SPJ regions sat on the national board, giving them a majority of the 23 votes. Half of those regional director seats were phased out this year. Next year, all 12 will serve on a committee of regional coordinators that will continue to serve chapters and members in their regions.<br> <br> The six regional directors currently serving out the remainder of their terms are Region 2 Director Andy Schotz (<a href="https://twitter.com/spjregion2?lang=en">@spjregion2</a>), news editor at Herald-Mail Media; Region 3 Director Michael Koretzky (<a href="https://twitter.com/koretzky?lang=en">@Koretzky</a>), writer and editor at Debt.com; Region 6 Director Joe Radske (<a href="https://twitter.com/JRadske?lang=en">@JRadske</a>), News Director at KVRR in Fargo, North Dakota; Region 10 Director Donald W. Meyers (<a href="https://twitter.com/donaldwmeyers?lang=en">@DonaldWMeyers</a>), reporter and multimedia journalist at Yakima Herald-Republic in Washington; Region 11 Director Debra Krol (<a href="https://twitter.com/SPJregion11?lang=en">@SPJregion11</a>), freelance journalist focusing on Native American issues; and Region 12 Director Kelly Kissel (<a href="https://twitter.com/kisselAP?lang=en">@KisselAP</a>), metro editor at The Advocate in Louisiana. Krol was appointed by the board in October to complete the final year of Hall’s term, after he was elected as the board’s secretary-treasurer.<br> <br> The two appointments bring the total number of at-large directors to seven, giving the board a larger complement of at-large directors than it previously had under the former board structure or will have in the future.<br> <br> In September, members elected two at-large directors to two-year terms: Mike Reilley (<a href="https://twitter.com/journtoolbox?lang=en">@journtoolbox</a>), visiting professor in data and digital journalism at the University of Illinois-Chicago and an SPJ trainer, and Tess Fox (<a href="https://twitter.com/tesstakesphotos?lang=en">@tesstakesphotos</a>), copy editor and page designer at The Bulletin in Central Oregon.<br> <br> Members elected two at-large directors to one-year terms: Michael Savino (<a href="https://twitter.com/Reporter_Savino?lang=en">@Reporter_Savino</a>), local and state editor at The Record Journal in Connecticut, and Yvette Walker (<a href="https://twitter.com/ywalker?lang=en">@ywalker</a>), assistant dean at the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Oklahoma.<br> <br> They joined At-Large Director Lauren Bartlett (<a href="https://twitter.com/LBartlettLA?lang=en">@LBartlettLA</a>), senior director of communications at the University of Southern California, who was elected to a two-year term in 2017.<br> <br> For descriptions of SPJ Board positions, please consult <a href="https://www.spj.org/spjbylaws.asp">SPJ's bylaws</a>. For complete bios of each member, please read <a href="https://www.spj.org/spjboard.asp">the SPJ Board of Directors page of SPJ.org</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 Sigma Delta Chi Foundation</a>.</i><br> <br> <div align"=center">--END--</center> Wed, 12 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0500 SPJ urges Philippine government to drop charges against Rappler and Maria Ressa http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1616 CONTACT:<br> J. Alex Tarquinio, SPJ National President, 212-283-0843, <email address="atarquinio@spj.org">atarquinio@spj.org</a> <br> Jennifer Royer, SPJ Director of Communications and Marketing, 317-361-4134, <email address="jroyer@spj.org">jroyer@spj.org</a><br> <br> INDIANAPOLIS – The <a href="https://www.spj.org/index.asp">Society of Professional Journalists</a> strongly supports journalist Maria Ressa as she <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/03/business/media/rappler-maria-ressa-arrest.html?utm_sq=fxtybd2qx3&utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=spj-tweets&utm_content=Articles//">battles with the Philippine government</a> of President Rodrigo Duterte. We urge the Philippine government to drop all charges against her.<br> <br> Ressa and her <a href="https://www.rappler.com/">news website Rappler</a> were charged last week on multiple tax evasion charges, a move that Ressa’s supporters say is part of a wider crackdown on dissent by Duterte’s administration. Ressa, Rappler’s CEO and a former CNN Manila bureau chief, faces a potential 10-year prison term under Philippine tax law. Ressa has called the charges “ridiculous.”<br> <br> Ressa turned herself in to Philippine authorities on Dec. 3, upon returning from a round-the-world trip to participate in several high-profile journalism events in Paris, Washington and New York. After being fingerprinted and photographed, she was released on bail.<br> <br> The Philippine government has charged Rappler and Ressa with tax evasion related to a foreign investment by the Omidyar Network, which is owned by American investor Pierre Omidyar, the founder of eBay. The charges essentially treat the investment as if Rappler were a securities dealer rather than a news website. Ressa says that they are in compliance with the tax obligations of a news media company.<br> <br> Press freedom organizations widely condemn the charges against an independent news site that has published stories and images documenting the thousands of killings of alleged drug users in Duterte's "war on drugs." We view this as a clear threat to use political force against any journalist covering the Philippine administration.<br> <br> This is part of a rising trend by governments to use both political rhetoric and the courts to threaten freedom of speech and of the press. It is not the first time the Philippine authorities have harassed this news website. The country’s Securities and Exchange Commission temporarily revoked the company’s registration earlier this year. Authorities have banned Rappler’s reporters from covering the country’s presidential palace and referred to the site as “fake news.”<br> <br> SPJ joins other press freedom groups in urging Philippine authorities to immediately drop the charges. We remind governments and administrations everywhere that journalists will not be silenced despite threats, harassment and intimidation.<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 Sigma Delta Chi Foundation</a>.</i><br> <br> <div align"=center">--END--</center><br> Wed, 5 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0500 SPJ supports NAJA in urging reinstatement of free press ordinance http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1615 CONTACT:<br> Alison Bethel McKenzie, SPJ Executive Director, 317-920-4780, <email address="abmckenzie@spj.org">abmckenzie@spj.org</a><br> Jennifer Royer, SPJ Director of Communications and Marketing, 317-361-4134, <email address="jroyer@hq.spj.org">jroyer@spj.org</a> <br> <br> INDIANAPOLIS – The following is a statement from the <a href="https://www.spj.org/index.asp">Society of Professional Journalists</a> regarding the Muscogee (Creek) Nation’s decision to repeal its press freedom law:<br> <br> SPJ supports the <a href="https://mailchi.mp/a70cc907bd9d/press-advocates-urge-reinstatement-of-free-press-at-muscogee-creek-nation">Native American Journalists Association's stance</a> that the Muscogee (Creek) Nation should restore its free press ordinance. An unfettered, free press is in the best interests of all nations, and the Muscogee (Creek) Nation's former ordinance was hailed as a model for other tribal governments.<br> <br> Requiring a media outlet to have stories approved by a government entity is censorship and prevents journalists from seeking truth and reporting it. The citizens of this community are the ones who will suffer because of it.<br> <br> We join NAJA and others in their call for the immediate reinstatement of the free press act.<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 Sigma Delta Chi Foundation</a>.</i><br> <br> <div align"=center">-END-</center> <br> Mon, 19 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0500 SPJ applauds judge’s decision to reinstate Acosta’s press pass http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1614 CONTACT:<br> Alison Bethel McKenzie, SPJ Executive Director, 317-920-4780, <email address="abmckenzie@spj.org">abmckenzie@spj.org</a><br> Jennifer Royer, SPJ Director of Communications and Marketing, 317-361-4134, <email address="jroyer@spj.org">jroyer@spj.org</a> <br> <br> <br> INDIANAPOLIS — The <a href="https://www.spj.org/index.asp">Society of Professional Journalists</a> applauds U.S. District Judge Timothy J. Kelly in his <a href="https://www.cnbc.com/2018/11/16/judge-orders-trump-administration-to-restore-cnn-reporter-jim-acostas-white-house-press-pass.html">decision today to temporarily reinstate CNN Chief White House Correspondent Jim Acosta’s press pass</a> as a step to a pending lawsuit. We object to the initial act of the White House revoking Acosta’s access and the fact that it had to be settled by a U.S. District Judge.<br> <br> <a href="https://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1613">As we stated last week</a>, it is a journalist’s job to be diligent and persistent in obtaining answers from public officials. It is never acceptable for politicians to ban journalists from press conferences or other events to control who covers them. It is a disservice to democracy and the American people.<br> <br> This isn’t the first time this administration has taken credentials away from journalists or <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/media/2018/jul/26/cnn-reporter-banned-trump-white-house-event-kaitlan-collins">banned them from covering events</a>. It sends the message to state and local elected officials that it is OK to ban certain journalists or news outlets based on coverage. The judge settled this temporarily on Fifth Amendment grounds, saying the White House did not provide Acosta with the due process required to legally revoke his press pass. We also argue that politicians denying access to reporters to control who covers them is a violation of the First Amendment and is detrimental to our society and those around the world.<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 Sigma Delta Chi Foundation</a>.</i><br> <br> <div align"=center">-END-</center><br> Fri, 16 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0500 SPJ stands in solidarity with Acosta and CNN http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1613 CONTACT:<br> Alison Bethel McKenzie, SPJ Executive Director, 317-920-4780, <email address="abmckenzie@spj.org">abmckenzie@spj.org</a><br> Jennifer Royer, SPJ Director of Communications and Marketing, 317-361-4134, <email address="jroyer@spj.org">jroyer@spj.org</a><br> <br> INDIANAPOLIS -- The following is a statement from the Society of Professional Journalists regarding <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/07/us/politics/trump-cnn-acosta-white-house.html">Wednesday’s White House press conference</a> and the impact it has on journalists across the country who cover public officials and agencies:<br> <br> After reviewing the video from yesterday’s White House press conference, the Society of Professional Journalists stands with Jim Acosta, CNN and the many other journalism organizations showing solidarity with them.<br> <br> It is a journalist’s job to ask difficult questions, follow up on those questions and be persistent in obtaining answers from public officials. Anyone elected to public office should expect to be asked questions they may not agree with or want to answer. Journalists represent the people, and in doing so they must ask the hard questions. President Trump has done a disservice to democracy and the citizens of this country by constantly demeaning journalists and calling them the enemy of the American people, and he now does another disservice by revoking Acosta's White House credentials. <br> <br> This isn’t the first time his administration has taken credentials away from journalists. This sends the message to state and local elected officials that it is OK to ban certain journalists from press conferences and other events. Politicians denying access to reporters as a way to control who covers them is a violation of the First Amendment and is detrimental to our society and those around the world. We strongly urge the White House to reinstate Acosta’s credentials immediately.<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<end linkl>, <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 Sigma Delta Chi Foundation</a>.</i><br> <br> <div align"=center">-END-</center><br> Thu, 8 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0500 SPJ demands Khashoggi's killers be brought to justice http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1612 <i>Editor’s note: Shortly after this letter was mailed and sent electronically to the White House, <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2018/10/19/world/saudi-arabia-khashoggi-intl/index.html">Saudi Arabia confirmed the death of the missing journalist</a>. The Society of Professional Journalists still calls for a full and transparent independent investigation that leads to the arrests of the perpetrators of this crime.</i><br> <br> CONTACT:<br> J. Alex Tarquinio, SPJ National President, 212-283-0843, <email address="alex.tarquinio@gmail.com">alex.tarquinio@gmail.com</a><br> Jennifer Royer, SPJ Director of Communications and Marketing, 317-361-4134, <email address="jroyer@spj.org">jroyer@spj.org</a><br> <br> INDIANAPOLIS – Earlier today, the Society of Professional Journalists <a href="https://spj.org/pdf/letter/white-house-letter_oct19_2018_final.pdf">sent a letter to the White House expressing deep concern over the disappearance of <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/?_=ddid-2-1539993120&noredirect=on">Saudi Journalist Jamal Khashoggi</a> and President Trump’s ongoing rhetoric attacking press freedom.<br> <br> “While our organization takes no political party stance, like all free speech groups we are partisan on the issue of press freedom and the other rights guaranteed by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which you have sworn to uphold,” wrote SPJ National President J. Alex Tarquinio in the letter. “Today, we implore you to lay aside political rhetoric and stand up for press freedom worldwide. As President of the United States, a position long viewed as the leader of the free world, we urge you to insist on a full and transparent independent investigation into the disappearance and alleged extrajudicial killing of Mr. Khashoggi. That would send a strong message to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia — where journalists critical of the royal family have been jailed — that attacking, jailing and murdering journalists is an affront to the people’s right to know and the people’s right to participate in the democratic process.”<br> <br> The letter continues by expressing SPJ’s disappointment by <a href="https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/montana-rally-president-trump-praises-greg-gianforte-body/story?id=58596529">President Trump’s apparent praise of Congressman Greg Gianforte’s assault</a> on a reporter who asked him a question — behavior for which the congressman himself has publicly apologized, plead guilty to misdemeanor assault charge and <a href="https://cpj.org/blog/2017/06/cpj-to-use-50000-gianforte-donated-as-part-of-body.php">donated $50,000 to a journalism organization</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 Sigma Delta Chi Foundation</a>.</i><br> <br> <div align"=center">--END--</center><br> Fri, 19 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0500 SPJ, coalition of 44 other groups, call for full investigation into Saudi Arabian journalist’s whereabouts http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1611 J. Alex Tarquinio, SPJ National President, 212-283-0843, <email address="alex.tarquinio@gmail.com ">alex.tarquinio@gmail.com </a><br> Jennifer Royer, SPJ Director of Communications and Marketing, 317-361-4134, <email address="jroyer@spj.org">jroyer@spj.org</a><br> <br> <i>Editor’s Note: Since the press release was first posted, 15 additional groups have joined the letter, including American Society of Magazine Editors, Arab and Middle Eastern Journalists Association; Association of Magazine Media; National Association of Hispanic Journalists; Inter American Press Association; International Association for Business Communicators; Journalism & Women Symposium; Religion News Association; MPA - The Association of Magazine Media; NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ Journalists; North American Agricultural Journalists; Pacific Northwest Association of Journalism Educators; Public Relations Society of America; Society for Collegiate Journalists and the Virginia Press Association.</i><br> <br> INDIANAPOLIS – The <a href="https://www.spj.org/index.asp">Society of Professional Journalists</a> today, along with 29 other journalism and press freedom organizations, urge the <a href="https://www.saudiembassy.net/">Saudi Arabia ambassador to the U.S.</a> to launch a full investigation into the <a href="https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2018/10/11/saudi-arabia-journalist-jamal-khashoggi-disappearance-what-we-know/1598590002/">disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.</a><br> <br> The coalition sent the following letter to Ambassador Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz today:<br> <br> Oct. 11, 2018<br> The Embassy of The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia<br> 601 New Hampshire Ave., NW<br> Washington, DC 20037<br> <br> Dear Ambassador Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz,<br> <br> We, the 30 undersigned journalism and free press organizations, representing thousands of journalists and their supporters, join the United States government and others in urging a full investigation into the disappearance of Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi after he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2.<br> <br> Khashoggi, a 59-year-old veteran journalist who has lived in self-imposed exile in the United States, disappeared while on a visit to the Saudi Arabia consulate in Istanbul to get paperwork done to be married to his Turkish fiancée.<br> <br> The threat of violence, kidnapping or death to any journalist who is seeking the truth and reporting it is dangerous to freedom and democracy around the world. It is of utmost importance that officials do everything in their power to find Khashoggi, return him to his fiancée and family and hold those responsible for his disappearance accountable. <br> <br> Sincerely,<br> <br> <ul><br> <li>Society of Professional Journalists</li><br> <li>American Society of Journalists and Authors</li><br> <li>American Society of News Editors</li><br> <li>Associated Collegiate Press</li><br> <li>Associated Press Media Editors</li><br> <li>Associated Press Photo Managers</li><br> <li>Association of Alternative News Media</li><br> <li>Association of Food Journalists</li><br> <li>Defending Rights & Dissent</li><br> <li>Freedom of the Press Foundation</li><br> <li>iSolon.org</li><br> <li>Journalism Education Association</li><br> <li>Local Media Association</li><br> <li>Media Freedom Foundation</li><br> <li>National Association of Black Journalists</li><br> <li>National Association of Science Writers, Inc. </li><br> <li>National Federation of Press Women</li><br> <li>National Newspaper Association</li><br> <li>National Press Club</li><br> <li>National Press Photographers Association</li><br> <li>National Scholastic Press Association</li><br> <li>National Society of Newspaper Columnists</li><br> <li>National Writers Union/UAW Local 1981</li><br> <li>NewsGuild-CWA</li><br> <li>News Media Alliance</li><br> <li>Project Censored</li><br> <li>Radio Television Digital News Association</li><br> <li>Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press</li><br> <li>Tully Center for Free Speech</li><br> <li>Society of Environmental Journalists </li><br> </ul><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 Sigma Delta Chi Foundation</a>.</i><br> <br> <div align"=center">--END--</center><br> <br> <br> Thu, 11 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0500 Resolutions passed at Excellence in Journalism 2018 http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1610 J. Alex Tarquinio, SPJ National President, 212-283-0843, <email address="alex.tarquinio@gmail.com">alex.tarquinio@gmail.com </a><br> Jennifer Royer, SPJ Director of Communications and Marketing, 317-361-4134, <email address="jroyer@spj.org">jroyer@spj.org</a><br> <br> BALTIMORE – Each year, <a href="https://www.spj.org/index.asp">Society of Professional Journalists</a> delegates vote on <a href="https://www.spj.org/res2017.asp">resolutions </a>submitted by members on topics of importance to the Society. These resolutions are voted on by delegates during the closing business session at the <a href="http://excellenceinjournalism.org/">Excellence in Journalism</a> annual conference. <br> <br> Here are the resolutions that were approved during EIJ18 in Baltimore: <br> <br> <br> <b>Resolution No. 2<br> Sponsorship Task Force<br> Submitted By: Alejandra Cancino, Chicago Headline Club<br> Delegate Action: Approved</b><br> <br> WHEREAS the Society of Professional Journalists is the country's leading nonprofit journalism organization;<br> <br> WHEREAS SPJ has had a Code of Ethics in place for nearly a century that calls for independence and avoidance of conflicts of interest or even the appearance of conflicts of interest;<br> <br> WHEREAS SPJ members have cancelled their memberships or threatened to cancel them due to SPJ's acceptance of donations from groups who have been documented to consistently work and spend money on efforts to destroy public faith in independent journalism;<br> <br> WHEREAS incoming president Alex Tarquinio has expressed her intent to appoint a task force, chaired by president-elect Patti Newberry, that will review and recommend a convention sponsorship policy;<br> <br> THEREFORE LET IT BE RESOLVED that the Society of Professional Journalists meeting in convention on Sept. 29, 2018, in Baltimore, Md., directs the sponsorship task force to consider rejecting dollars from entities whose actions are at odds with SPJ’s journalistic mission and using the SPJ Code of Ethics as a guide to vet donations.<br> <br> LET IT BE FURTHER RESOLVED that an updated policy be put in place well before the 2019 convention in San Antonio and be used to determine which sponsorships will be accepted.<br> <br> <b>Resolution No. 3<br> Condemning threats to ban access<br> Submitted by: Sonny Albarado, Arkansas Pro Chapter and Resolutions Committee member<br> Delegate Action: Approved</b><br> <br> WHEREAS the first obligation of journalists is to seek truth and report it; <br> <br> WHEREAS part of that obligation is to report accurately the circumstances under which sources agree to share or not share information;<br> <br> WHEREAS Oklahoma State University football coach Mike Gundy threatened reporters with the loss of access to players if the media asked players any questions about the recent departure of a key wide receiver;<br> <br> WHEREAS reporters present at the weekly player interviews acquiesced and did not ask any questions about the departed player;<br> <br> WHEREAS after the player availability session ended, an OSU media relations person told reporters there would be repercussions if they reported the threatened ban on player access;<br> <br> WHEREAS such threats run counter to claims of transparency and actually contribute to increased distrust between public institutions and news organizations;<br> <br> WHEREAS a university professor and freedom of information advocate broke the news of this incident via Twitter;<br> <br> WHEREAS student journalists wrote an article assuring university authorities that they were not the source of the professor’s knowledge of the coach’s threats;<br> <br> THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Society of Professional Journalists meeting Sept. 29, 2018, in convention in Baltimore, Md., strongly condemns the OSU coach’s efforts to keep reporters from doing their jobs.<br> <br> BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Society urges all reporters to resist all efforts to condition their reporting on the availability of access to sources.<br> <br> <b>Resolution No. 4<br> Supporting “Saving Student Newsrooms”<br> Submitted by: Frank LoMonte, The Brechner Center for Freedom of Information, University of Florida<br> Delegate Action: Approved</b><br> <br> WHEREAS student-led newsrooms in high schools, colleges and universities are crucial to fulfilling the public’s need for information and knowledgeable commentary about the workings of educational institutions and their surrounding communities;<br> <br> WHEREAS a First Amendment crisis is rapidly spreading across high school, college and university campuses in the United States;<br> <br> WHEREAS independent student-led newsrooms are often treated by administrators with apathy or open hostility;<br> <br> WHEREAS administrators often put up questionable or illegal roadblocks in the path of student journalists trying to seek the truth and obtain transparency;<br> <br> WHEREAS colleges and universities are diminishing or withdrawing their already-modest financial support for student-led news organizations at a time when that support is most urgently needed;<br> <br> WHEREAS the Knight Foundation and other thought leaders in media have called on America’s colleges and universities to assume primary responsibility for meeting the civic-information needs of their communities, in the model of an informational “teaching hospital;”<br> <br> WHEREAS many states have approved "New Voices" statutes that outlaw content-based meddling in student newsrooms;<br> <br> WHEREAS a movement called #SaveStudentNewsrooms has been launched to help protect student-led newsrooms from undue, unwarranted and illegal interference by administrators;<br> <br> THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Society of Professional Journalists, meeting Sept. 29, 2018 in convention in Baltimore, Md., strongly supports the #SaveStudentNewsrooms movement by providing advice, counsel and legal support where appropriate through the SDX Legal Defense Fund.<br> <br> BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the Society calls on the leaders of America’s 4,000-plus institutions of higher education to assume responsibility for ensuring the financial stability of student-run news organizations, because a healthy campus community requires editorially independent news coverage as a foundational civic necessity.<br> <br> BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the Society of Professional Journalists commends the founders of the #SaveStudentNewsrooms movement—Melissa Gomez, Caitlin Ostroff and Jimena Tavel—for their leadership and vision in galvanizing public urgency in support of imperiled news organizations. <br> <br> <b>Resolution No. 6<br> Plea on Behalf of Reality Winner<br> Submitted by: Sonny Albarado, Arkansas Pro Chapter<br> Delegate Action: Approved</b><br> <br> WHEREAS former National Security Agency contractor Reality Leigh Winner is serving five years in federal prison for leaking a top-secret government report on Russian election hacking to the Intercept in 2017;<br> <br> WHEREAS according to prosecutors, Winner’s sentence is the longest ever imposed in federal court for an unauthorized release of government information to the media;<br> <br> WHEREAS elections officials in several states said no one warned them about a Russian scheme aimed at compromising their computer networks until the Intercept’s publication of the NSA memo and those officials saw Winner’s leak as a form of public service;<br> <br> WHEREAS more than any previous administration, the current and preceding U.S. presidents have prosecuted individuals whose leaks have alerted the public to serious abuses of power and, in Winner’s case, information vital to public understanding of attempts to disrupt our nation’s democratic processes;<br> <br> WHEREAS the federal government continues to use the more than 100-year-old Espionage Act, a law intended to prosecute spies, to pursue American citizens who share information with American journalists;<br> <br> WHEREAS journalists have themselves been targets of official investigations under the Espionage Act;<br> <br> WHEREAS according to the Wall Street Journal’s Jesselyn Radack, the Espionage Act “effectively hinders a person from defending himself before a jury in an open court … in part thanks to a dysfunctional classification system” in which over-classification has become rampant;<br> <br> THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Society of Professional Journalists meeting Sept. 29, 2018, in convention in Baltimore, Md., urges President Donald Trump to commute Winner’s sentence.<br> <br> <br> <b>Resolution No. 7<br> SPJ Denounces Imprisonment of Journalists<br> Submitted by: Robert Buckman, Louisiana Pro Chapter<br> Delegate Action: Approved</b><br> <br> <br> WHEREAS Myanmar is a member of the United Nations and Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states, “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers;”<br> <br> WHEREAS two Reuters journalists, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, have been unjustly convicted and sentenced to seven years in prison for allegedly violating the Official Secrets Act, when in fact they were performing their normal duties as professional journalists;<br> <br> WHEREAS this action by the government of Myanmar is counter to the free flow of information practiced by the democratic nations of the world and thus is a stain on the honor and reputation of the country of Myanmar;<br> <br> BE IT RESOLVED that the Society of Professional Journalists, meeting Sept. 29, 2018, in convention in Baltimore, Md., denounces in the strongest possible terms the imprisonment of Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo and calls upon State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi to issue a full pardon and release them from prison so they may continue to practice their profession in accordance with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. <br> <br> <b>Resolution No. 9<br> Fred Rogers and Public Broadcasting<br> Submitted by: Alex Veeneman, Ethics Committee Member<br> Delegate Action: Approved</b><br> <br> WHEREAS Fred Rogers was a television personality known for his children's television programs on PBS;<br> <br> WHEREAS Rogers was a staunch advocate for funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting especially in its early days;<br> <br> WHEREAS 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the debut of “Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood” on public television stations;<br> <br> WHEREAS “Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood” was produced at public television station WQED in Pittsburgh, Pa.;<br> <br> WHEREAS Rogers famously said: "Anything that we can do to help foster the intellect and spirit and emotional growth of our fellow human beings, that is our job. Those of us who have this particular vision must continue against all odds. Life is for service;”<br> <br> WHEREAS this philosophy is integral to the foundation of the pursuit of journalism, and why journalists pursue this work;<br> <br> THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Society of Professional Journalists, meeting Sept. 29, 2018, in convention in Baltimore, Md., hereby recognizes the contributions that Fred Rogers has made to human development and to public television;<br> <br> BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Society strongly identifies with the desire to foster the intellect and spirit and emotional growth of our fellow Americans;<br> <br> BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Society believes that journalism is one of the best professions to be of service and commends the work of all of its members who help their neighbors be their best;<br> <br> BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Society believes that public media is a model to allow the spirit and growth of Americans to be enhanced;<br> <br> BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Society supports the work of its members employed by public media and funding for public media by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.<br> <br> <b>Resolution No. 10<br> Remembering Richard D. Hendrickson<br> Submitted by: Greater Los Angeles Pro Chapter<br> Delegate Action: Approved</b><br> <br> WHEREAS Richard D. Hendrickson was a dedicated professional journalist and educator for more than 50 years and was a passionate advocate for ethics in journalism;<br> <br> WHEREAS Hendrickson earned a bachelor's degree in journalism, a master's degree in political science and at the age of 59 a doctorate in media studies—all from Bowling Green State University;<br> <br> WHEREAS after two years in the Navy, Hendrickson began his journalism career in 1961 as a reporter for his hometown paper, the Syracuse Post-Standard, and was soon hired by the Associated Press for its Buffalo bureau;<br> <br> WHEREAS Hendrickson moved to Ohio in 1966 to open a new bureau for the Lorain Morning Journal and spent 35 years there as reporter, editor, bureau chief and editorial page editor and served as president of the Cleveland SPJ Pro Chapter;<br> <br> WHEREAS Hendrickson next landed in Los Angeles where he was a journalism instructor in reporting and media ethics with UCLA Extension and taught journalism part-time at California State University Northridge and online for John Carroll University;<br> <br> WHEREAS Hendrickson served on the board of the Greater Los Angeles SPJ Pro Chapter as treasurer;<br> <br> WHEREAS SPJ has bestowed many honors upon Hendrickson:<br> <br> - Howard Dubin Award - 2008 Outstanding Professional Member<br> <br> - Cleveland Pro Chapter - 2009 Distinguished Service Award<br> <br> - 2010 Distinguished Teaching in Journalism Award<br> <br> - Region 11 – 50-year membership pin at SPJ Conference in 2018<br> <br> THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Society of Professional Journalists meeting Sept. 29, 2018, in convention in Baltimore, Md., mourns the death of Richard D. Hendrickson at age 77 and memorializes his passion for and dedication to journalism professionally and as an educator.<br> <br> <b>Resolution No. 11<br> Thanks to SPJ President Rebecca “Marvel Girl” Baker<br> Submitted by: SPJ Resolutions Committee<br> Delegate Action: Approved</b><br> <br> WHEREAS Rebecca Baker is completing her one-year term as President of the Society of Professional Journalists:<br> <br> WHEREAS Baker worked her way up through the arduous ranks of the Deadline Club board to become president of that esteemed chapter—a volunteer position requiring the combined skills of a preschool teacher and lion tamer;<br> <br> WHEREAS she helped put together an amazing 2010 Region 1 Conference in New York while managing not to bankrupt the club or any of its members;<br> <br> WHEREAS the success of that conference—with the assistance of a quart or two of tequila—earned her the sobriquet “Marvel Girl;”<br> <br> WHEREAS Baker set her sights on bigger challenges and was elected Region 1 Director for the geographically manageable but population dense territory;<br> <br> WHEREAS Baker artfully navigated the pitfalls of Region 1 with the skills of a NASCAR driver—especially a regional conference in the Seventh Circle of Hell (AKA New Brunswick, NJ);<br> <br> WHEREAS Baker found her next calling as SPJ Secretary/Treasurer just as discussions began on refocusing the SPJ Board and reducing its size from 23 to nine members;<br> <br> WHEREAS Baker ascended to the SPJ Presidency and immediately instituted Press4Education, which sent pros all over the country into elementary, middle and high schools to help students learn media literacy;<br> <br> WHEREAS Baker, with polished professionalism, constantly defended the First Amendment, SPJ Code of Ethics, journalism education, newsroom diversity, the rights of freelancers and the Pittsburgh Steelers;<br> <br> WHEREAS Baker helped recruit and welcome a new Executive Director for the Society of Professional Journalists;<br> <br> WHEREAS Baker’s presidency coincided with a move from New York City to Washington, D.C., to become one of the nation’s top legal journalists as Bloomberg Law Managing Editor;<br> <br> THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED the Society of Professional Journalists meeting Sept. 29, 2018, in convention in Baltimore, Md., sincerely thanks Rebecca “Marvel Girl” Baker for her leadership, dedication and determination to help make SPJ stronger.<br> <br> <b>Resolution No. 12<br> Thanking Staff for a Successful EIJ18<br> Submitted by: Resolutions Committee<br> Delegate Action: Approved</b><br> <br> WHEREAS the headquarters staff of the Society of Professional Journalists makes it possible for SPJ to provide strong professional development programs, defend the public's right to know through First Amendment advocacy and guide journalists to act ethically;<br> <br> WHEREAS the SPJ headquarters staff has undergone a seismic change in staffing in 2018 with new Executive Director Alison Bethel McKenzie coming on board along with many new employees in key roles;<br> <br> WHEREAS the majority of those employees came on board two-thirds of the way through the planning process for EIJ18 with RTDNA (Radio Television Digital News Association);<br> <br> WHEREAS they seamlessly worked side-by-side with veteran staff members to make sure every EIJ18 detail was handled with perfection;<br> <br> WHEREAS these sleep-deprived miracle workers have survived days with multiple cups of coffee and energy drinks to provide excellent service for every EIJ18 attendee in Baltimore;<br> <br> WHEREAS no request was too big or too small and every task was met with a smile and a reply of "I can do that;”<br> <br> WHEREAS EIJ18 has been a slam-dunk, home run event in the beautiful Maryland city of Baltimore;<br> <br> WHEREAS EIJ18 would not have been so successful had it not been for the SPJ staff's high level of skill, ingenuity and nimbleness;<br> <br> THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Society of Professional Journalists meeting in convention on Sept. 29, 2018 in Baltimore, Md., thanks the SPJ staff for a job well done and taking us over the goal line—a performance worthy of a standing ovation.<br> <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 Sigma Delta Chi Foundation</a>.</i><br> <br> <div align"=center">-END-</center><br> Wed, 10 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0500 Andrew Seaman receives Wells Memorial Key, SPJ's highest honor http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1608 Contact:<br> Christine Cordial, Program Coordinator, (317) 920-4788, <a href="ccordial@spj.org">ccordial@spj.org</a> <br> Isaac Taylor, Communications Coordinator, (317) 920-4785, <a href="itaylor@spj.org">itaylor@spj.org</a> <br> <br> BALTIMORE — Andrew Seaman has been awarded the <a href="https://www.spj.org/a-wellskey.asp">Wells Memorial Key</a>. Seaman received this award, the highest honor for a member of SPJ, at the President’s Installation Banquet tonight during the <a href="http://excellenceinjournalism.org/">Excellence in Journalism conference</a> in Baltimore, Maryland.<br> <br> Seaman was appointed by Past President Dana Neuts to be SPJ’s Ethics Committee Chair in 2014. Since his appointment, “Andrew has risen to the challenge, not only reacting and responding whenever needed but he has proactively and preemptively spoken out on many important ethical issues,” cosigners wrote in a nomination letter.<br> <br> Seaman has served the Society in a number of capacities: as a Diversity Fellow, a board member, a Quill contributor and committee chair.<br> <br> Without hesitation or complaint, he has answered questions from members and journalists about various ethical dilemmas and concerns. His work has played a vital role in ensuring that SPJ remains a shining pillar of the ethical standards that other news outlets and organizations can look to as an example.<br> <br> As Ethics Committee chair, he has spearheaded translations and revisions to the Code of Ethics. His Code Words blog has allowed members and industry colleagues to pause, reflect and consider the ethical implications of journalistic developments and relations between government and the fourth estate.<br> <br> “He is one of the most reliable people I have ever worked with,” Lynn Walsh, SPJ past president, said. “He is constantly available, timely with projects and just fun to work with. Andrew has a way of getting serious points across by adding in a bit of wit.”<br> <br> Named after Sigma Delta Chi’s second national president, Chester C. Wells, the Wells Memorial Key was first awarded in 1913. Each year, it is given to a member who has performed outstanding service to the Society in the preceding year or through a period of years. <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 Sigma Delta Chi Foundation</a>.</i><br> <br> <div align"=center">-END-</center><br> <br> Sat, 29 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0500 J. Alex Tarquinio installed as 2018-2019 SPJ President http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1609 Contact: <br> J. Alex Tarquinio, SPJ National President, <email address="atarquinio@spj.org">atarquinio@spj.org</a> <br> Isaac Taylor, Communications Coordinator, (317) 920-4785, <email address="itaylor@spj.org">itaylor@spj.org</a><br> <br> BALTIMORE – J. Alex Tarquinio became the 102nd president of the Society of Professional Journalists during the President’s Installation Banquet at the 2018 Excellence in Journalism conference in Baltimore, Maryland.<br> <br> Tarquinio is currently a freelance journalist. Her previous experience includes working as a staff writer for The Wall Street Journal’s Smart Money Magazine, editing for Time Inc. and editing for Forbes.<br> <br> Her goals for the Society include diversifying news coverage and educating the public and journalists about the Code of Ethics.<br> <br> “And as I stated when I ran for this office a year ago, I’d like to see SPJ form closer partnerships with other press freedom organizations,” Tarquinio said. “SPJ should be the go-to press group for journalists from across the globe when they think of freedom of information and democracy.”<br> <br> She takes the reigns from Rebecca Baker, managing editor of Bloomberg BNA, who served as SPJ president for the past year.<br> <br> Tarquinio graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.<br> <br> Coverage of the 2018 Excellence in Journalism conference is available from <a href="https://eijnews.org/">EIJ News</a>. EIJ18 is a joint conference between SPJ and <a href="https://www.rtdna.org/">Radio Television Digital News Association</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 Sigma Delta Chi Foundation</a>.</i><br> <br> <div align"=center">-END-</center><br> Sat, 29 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0500 Ohio University named SPJ’s Outstanding Campus Chapter for Third Consecutive Year http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1605 Contacts:<br> <br> Christine Cordial, Program Coordinator, (317) 920-4788, <email address="ccordial@spj.org">ccordial@spj.org</a> <br> Isaac Taylor, Communications Coordinator, (317) 920-4785, <email address="itaylor@spj.org">itaylor@spj.org</a><br> <br> BALTIMORE – <a href="https://www.ohio.edu/">Ohio University</a> has been selected by the Society of Professional Journalists to receive the Outstanding Campus Chapter award for the third year in a row. This award honors chapters for their commitment to SPJ’s mission and the profession of journalism.<br> <br> The chapter is being honored for their dedication to SPJ’s pillars and providing educational opportunities for their members. <br> <br> Their programs and events this year included campus discussions about women in journalism, experiences with sexual harassment, journalism ethics, coverage of Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria and requesting public records.<br> <br> As additional advocacy efforts, Ohio University has spoken out against a university policy limiting free speech, gave money to support a regional conference and volunteered for a community cleanup and food drive.<br> <br> The chapter was honored today at the Student Union during the <a href="http://excellenceinjournalism.org/highlights/">2018 Excellence in Journalism</a> conference in Baltimore, Maryland. <br> <br> The runner up is <a href="https://communication.depaul.edu/student-resources/student-organizations/Pages/spj-ona.aspx">DePaul University</a>. <br> <i><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. <br> 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 Sigma Delta Chi Foundation</a>.</i><br> <br> <div align"=center">-END-</center><br> <br> Fri, 28 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0500 Florida International University is awarded SPJ’s first Campus Program of the Year award http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1606 Contacts:<br> <br> Christine Cordial, Program Coordinator, (317) 920-4788 , <email address="ccordial@spj.org">ccordial@spj.org</a> <br> Isaac Taylor, Communications Coordinator, (317) 920-4785, <email address="itaylor@spj.org">itaylor@spj.org</a><br> <br> BALTIMORE – <a href="https://www.fiu.edu/">Florida International University</a> is being honored as the Society of Professional Journalists’ first ever Campus Program of the Year award recipient.<br> <br> This award acknowledges initiatives spearheaded by campus chapters to raise awareness of journalistic issues, principles and overall news coverage.<br> <br> FIU’s program “Stirring Up the Media” addressed how racial, political and gender groups are covered. The event included a Privilege Walk and a discussion of inaccurate portrayals students have seen in the news, advertising and entertainment media.<br> <br> Students, as well as professional journalists, attended the event.<br> <br> The runner up for this award is the <a href="https://www.umd.edu/">University of Maryland</a>.<br> <br> The event UMD is being recognized for, “Free Speech in the Age of Trump,” included a panel discussion that featured the president of the White House Correspondents Association. The panel discussed journalists’ coverage of the president.<br> <br> In addition to attracting a large crowd of student and professional journalists, the event also questioned free speech on UMD’s campus. <br> <a href="https://www.spj.org/news.asp?ref=1599"><br> <br> Read more</a> about the full list of finalists. <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 Sigma Delta Chi Foundation</a>.</i><br> <br> <div align"=center">-END-</center><br> Fri, 28 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0500 The Diamondback awarded MOEy Best in Show http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1607 Contacts:<br> Christine Cordial, Program Coordinator, (317) 920-4788, <email address="ccordial@spj.org">ccordial@spj.org</a> <br> Isaac Taylor, Communications Coordinator, (317) 920-4785, <email address="itaylor@spj.org">itaylor@spj.org</a><br> <br> BALTIMORE – The staff of the Diamondback, the student newspaper at the University of Maryland, received the MOEy Best in Show at tonight’s Student Union during Excellence in Journalism 2018.<br> <br> The Diamondback earned the MOEy – the Society of Professional Journalists top student journalism award -- for its series <a href="http://itsreal.diamondbacklab.com/">‘It’s real’: A seven-part look at how sexual assault is handled at the University of Maryland.</a><br> <br> Each year, student journalists compete regionally in print, TV, radio and online categories. Mercer and Kessler are the regional winners in Feature Reporting, Large School Division. First-place winners advance to compete nationally and are eligible for the MOEy. The best in show award is chosen from more than 4,000 entries in the Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Awards competition.<br> <br> The Diamondback’s series blends elements of text, sketches, photography, video elements and interactive graphics to tell the story of sexual violence on the university’s campus.<br> <br> The semester-long commitment of the team to understanding what compelled two University of Maryland students to file federal complaints with the U.S. Department of Education for possible Title IX violations shows tenacity for seeking truth. <br> <br> "I say this with no offese to my past professors, but I learned more in a basement newsroom producing the daily student newspaper at LSU than I learned in a classroom," emcee of The Student Union, Amy Brittain said.<br> <br> Just as Brittain's experience would imply, student journalism is just as important as ever. <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/join.asp">give to the Legal Defense Fund</a>, or <a href="https://www.spj.org/donate.asp">give to the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation</a>.</i><br> <br> <div align"=center">-END-</center><br> <br> Fri, 28 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0500 San Diego, Arkansas named 2018 SPJ Pro Chapter of the Year http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1604 Contacts: <br> Christine Cordial, Program Coordinator, (317) 361-4788,<email address="ccordial@spj.org"> ccordial@spj.org</a> <br> Isaac Taylor, Communications Coordinator, (317) 920-4785, <email address="itaylor@spj.org">itaylor@spj.org</a> <br> <br> BALTIMORE – The Society of Professional Journalists annually selects professional chapters to honor for their commitment to SPJ’s mission and the profession of journalism. <br> <br> Large Chapter of the Year is open to chapters with 75 or more members and Small Chapter of the Year is open to chapters with fewer than 75 members.<br> <br> <b>Large Chapter of the Year</b><br> <br> The <a href="https://spjsandiego.org/">San Diego Pro</a> chapter is honored as the Large Chapter of the Year for its dedication to education and continued commitment to the mission of the Society.<br> <br> Within the past year, San Diego hosted a ceremony to recognize the best (Window) and worst (Wall) of transparency in government. In a joint effort with the library system, chapter members educated the public about trust in news coverage. As these initiatives would imply, San Diego has taken a leading role in acknowledging advances in journalism while exposing areas that are lacking. Offering scholarships for students, resume workshops and speaking engagements in journalism schools are just some of the ways San Diego gave back to and engaged the community this year.<br> <br> “The San Diego chapter shined in various ways,” said Andy Schotz, SPJ Region 2 director. “This is a model chapter.”<br> <br> The runner-up for Large Chapter of the year is <a href="https://spjflorida.com/">Florida Pro</a>.<br> <br> <b>Small Chapter of the Year</b><br> <br> The <a href="https://arkansasspj.org/">Arkansas Pro</a> Chapter was named the Small Chapter of the Year for its dedication to involvement, programs and events.<br> <br> Arkansas Pro displayed strength and depth in programming at the Region 12 conference, which the chapter hosted. The currency of its programs showed its readiness to weigh in on new issues that arise in the field of journalism. Chapter programs examined the coverage of important moments in history, how and when to use anonymous sources, using Google tools and discerning real from fake news.<br> <br> Arkansas Pro continues to stress the importance of FOI, both through programming and successful advocacy in the legislature. All of this was accomplished while the chapter offered scholarships to students and volunteered for SPJ Day of Service.<br> <br> The runner-up for Small Chapter of the Year is <a href="http://cincyspj.blogspot.com/">Greater Cincinnati Pro</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 Sigma Delta Chi Foundation</a>.</i><br> <br> <div align"=center">-END-</center><br> <br> Thu, 27 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0500 SPJ joins campaign to #DefendPressFreedom http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1603 Contacts:<br> Rebecca Baker, SPJ National President, (203) 640-3904 , <email address="rbaker@spj.org">rbaker@spj.org</a><br> Isaac Taylor, SPJ Communications Coordinator, (317) 920-4785, <email address="itaylor@spj.org">itaylor@spj.org</a><br> <br> INDIANAPOLIS -- The <a href="https://www.spj.org/index.asp">Society of Professional Journalists</a> joins <a href="https://rsf.org/en">Reporters Without Borders</a> (RSF) and 19 other organizations in launching a campaign today to encourage voters to ask their congressional candidates in the United States midterm elections where they stand on press freedom. <br> <br> The campaign seeks to galvanize the American public in protecting and defending the First Amendment. <br> <br> “Every day, local journalists expose corruption and incompetence in local government,” SPJ National President Rebecca Baker said. “Journalists need the help of voters to ensure press freedom is always protected. Let’s do all we can to help journalists in our own communities in that fight.”<br> <br> As the U.S. midterm elections approach, SPJ, RSF and a coalition of other partners, are launching the #DefendPressFreedom campaign, which urges voters to contact their candidate through phone calls, letters, at town hall meetings, or on social media, and ask them where they stand on press freedom. <br> <br> By igniting this campaign, the groups hope to bring to light the critically important role that journalists play in the United States, as well as the dire need to preserve press freedom in the midst of its concerningly steady decline.<br> <br> It’s time to remind those running for office of the importance of an independent and free media. It’s time to #DefendPressFreedom.<br> <br> “This is not a partisan issue; it is a fundamental right that impacts every American no matter their politics,” says Margaux Ewen, RSF’s North America Director. “In a democracy like the United States, no journalist should be arrested, assaulted, or threatened for simply doing their job.”<br> <br> To learn more about the campaign, <a href="https://rsf.org/en/defendpressfreedom">visit the #DefendPressFreedom webpage</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 Sigma Delta Chi Foundation</a>.</i><br> <br> <div align"=center">-END-</center><br> <br> Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0500 SPJ condemns the sentencing of two Reuters journalists http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1601 Contacts:<br> Rebecca Baker, SPJ President, <email address="rbaker@spj.org">rbaker@spj.org</a><br> Isaac Taylor, SPJ Communications Coordinator, (317) 920-4785, <email address="itaylor@spj.org">itaylor@spj.org</a><br> <br> INDIANAPOLIS – The Society of Professional Journalists strongly condemns the recent <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2018/09/03/asia/reuters-journalists-myanmar-trial-verdict-intl/index.html?utm_sq=fuwpk53bgv&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=spj_tweets&utm_content=articles">conviction of two Reuters journalists</a> in Myanmar. <br> <br> Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, have been detained since December 2017 after investigating mass killings. SPJ and Reuters stand by the reporters’ investigation which provided evidence of the massacre. <br> <br> "This sentence is a step backward for the rights of a free press, not only in Myanmar but around the world," SPJ president Rebecca Baker said. "Journalism is not a crime, and its practitioners should be allowed to do their jobs without fear of arrest or violence. SPJ urges the Myanmar government to rescind the sentence or commute it to time served and release the Reuters journalists immediately." <br> <br> Threats to press freedom, both domestic and foreign, threaten all press freedom. Reuters is currently in the process of searching for legal aid to help Lone and Oo.<br> <br> "We're going to fight very, very hard for their freedom,” Stephen Adler, editor-in-chief of Reuters, told CNN. “We don't think they should be in prison one additional day. They've already been in prison for nine months for something they didn't do."<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 Sigma Delta Chi Foundation</a>.</i><br> <br> <div align"=center">-END-</center><br> Tue, 4 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0500 Four MOEy award finalists announced, representing the best in student journalism http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1602 Contacts:<br> Christine Cordial, SPJ Program Coordinator, (317) 920-4788, <email address="ccordial@spj.org">ccordial@spj.org</a> <br> Isaac Taylor, SPJ Communications Coordinator, (317) 920-4785, <email address="itaylor@spj.org">itaylor@spj.org</a><br> <br> INDIANAPOLIS – Four MOEy finalists have been selected from more than 4,000 entries in the <a href=” https://www.spj.org/index.asp”>Society of Professional Journalists’</a> <a href=” https://www.spj.org/a-moe.asp”>Mark of Excellence Awards</a> competition. The MOEy honors the best of the best in student journalism. <br> <br> Student entries are first judged regionally across print, radio, television and online collegiate journalism categories. First-place regional winners advance to the national competition and then compete for the MOEy award.<br> <br> This year’s MOEy finalists are:<br> <br> • Luke Sullivan, <a href="http://www.ufl.edu/">University of Florida</a> (Radio In-Depth Reporting)<br> • Dakota McGranahan, <a href="https://www.santarosa.edu/">Santa Rosa Junior College</a> (General News Photography, Large School Division)<br> • Lauren Sinatra, <a href="https://www.syracuse.edu/">Syracuse University</a> (Broadcast Feature Videography)<br> • Staff of the Diamondback, <a href="https://www.umd.edu/">University of Maryland</a> (In-Depth Reporting, Large School Division)<br> <br> <b>Luke Sullivan</b><br> Luke Sullivan is the national winner for Radio In-Depth Reporting. His winning piece, “When the lights go out, and stay out” profiles one family’s months-long struggle without power in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. Read the story and listen online <a href="https://www.wuft.org/news/2017/12/22/listen-to-the-point-when-the-lights-go-out-and-stay-out/">here</a>.<br> <br> <b>Dakota McGranahan</b><br> Dakota McGranahan’s <a href="https://www.spj.org/images/moe/moe17/photo-general-news-L.jpg">winning photo</a>, “Couple hug in rubble of home,” shows two northern California residents embracing in the remains of their home after the October 2017 fires devastated the area. The piece was named a winner in the General News Photography category, large school division.<br> <br> <b>Lauren Sinatra</b><br> Lauren Sinatra of the <a href="http://newhouse.syr.edu/">Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University</a> is the national winner for Broadcast Feature Videography. Her piece, “<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=stVXwl4b7fY&t=">From the military to the classroom</a>,” profiles a Syracuse first-grade teacher’s unique change in careers.<br> <br> <b>Staff of the Diamondback</b><br> <a href="http://www.dbknews.com/">The Diamondback</a> at the <a href="https://www.umd.edu/">University of Maryland</a> is the national winner for In-Depth Reporting, large school division. <a href="http://itsreal.diamondbacklab.com/">‘It’s real’: A seven-part look at how sexual assault is handled at the University of Maryland</a> blends text, sketches, photography, video elements and interactive graphics to tell the story of sexual violence on the university’s campus.<br> <br> The winner of the MOEy will be presented during the Student Union at <a href="http://excellenceinjournalism.org/">Excellence in Journalism 2018 </a>Sept. 28 in Baltimore. The event is free with <a href="https://www.spj.org/eij-register.asp">EIJ18 registration</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 Sigma Delta Chi Foundation</a>.</i><br> <br> <div align"=center">-END-</center><br> Tue, 4 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0500 SPJ awards program grants to three pro, three campus chapters http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1600 Contacts:<br> Andy Schotz, SPJ Region 2 Director, <email address="aschotz@spj.org">aschotz@spj.org</a><br> Isaac Taylor, SPJ Communications Coordinator, (317) 920-4785, <email address="itaylor@spj.org">itaylor@spj.org</a><br> <br> INDIANAPOLIS -- The Society of Professional Journalists has chosen six chapters to receive a total of $2,400 in program grants.<br> <br> SPJ’s regional directors chose the grants from the most recent applications to <a href="https://www.spj.org/chaptergrants.asp">SPJ’s chapter grant program</a>. Grants of up to $500 are awarded for “innovative programs and events that help build membership.”<br> <br> The next grant application deadline is Oct. 31. Email Region 2 Director Andy Schotz at <email address="LawnGyland@aol.com">LawnGyland@aol.com</a> if you have questions.<br> <br> <br> The latest grant recipients are:<br> <br> <u>Pro chapters</u><br> <b>• Arkansas Pro chapter</b>: $500 for "Get the Scoop … and Check the Facts," a traveling ice cream social membership event<br> <br> <b>• Florida Pro chapter</b>: $500 for Journalists Against Humanity, a journalism-related spinoff off the Cards Against Humanity card game<br> <br> <b>• Cleveland Pro chapter:</b> $300 for a day of journalism training for high school students, focusing on minority and female students<br> <br> <u>Campus chapters</u><br> <b>• Weber State University (Utah) chapter:</b> $500 for a program with a journalist who worked in Libya with James W. Foley before he was killed by the Islamic State group. The program would be held in conjunction with a semester-long focus on conflict journalism.<br> <br> <b>• University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire chapter:</b> $300 to hold a <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DtlHYalgY1M">First Amendment Free Food Festival</a> (UW-Eau Claire received <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSeY9e-Opoo&t=3s">national publicity</a> for this event before)<br> <br> <b>• University of Kentucky chapter:</b> $300 for two events in connection with a statue of Alice Allison Dunnigan — the first African-American woman to receive a press pass to the U.S. Senate gallery and the White House — coming to campus. The events, held during Black History Month, will feature a biographer of Dunnigan and civil rights reporters.<br> <br> For other SPJ program ideas for campus chapters, visit the <a href="https://www.spj.org/piab.asp">Programs in a Box</a> page.<br> <br> Other program ideas include:<br> • <a href="https://www.spj.org/muslimedia.asp">Muslimedia</a> – Meet and eat in a mosque.<br> • <a href="https://vimeo.com/66532619">Death Race</a> – Learn obit writing in a funeral home. <br> • <a href="https://blogs.spjnetwork.org/region3/2013/07/30/zombie/">Zombie Stories</a> – Learn how to interview anyone by interviewing the undead.<br> • <a href="https://blogs.spjnetwork.org/region3/2013/11/22/sin/">Spread Immoral News</a>(SIN) – College journalists try to break every one of our Code of Ethics. It's actually not easy.<br> • <a href="https://blogs.spjnetwork.org/region3/2016/05/10/drone-tour-2016/">Drone Tour</a> – Our FAA-certified pilot brings a drone to you, for both training and actual filming.<br> • <a href="https://journoterrorist.com/2013/02/25/fwwf/">Team Speed Scrabble</a> – Two players move every 30 seconds or lose their turn. It's about vocabulary and deadlines.<br> • <a href="https://www.poynter.org/news/how-spj-florida-used-real-fake-news-and-bits-paper-teach-people-about-journalism">Fake News Game Show</a> – Teams win prizes for quickly deducing which stories are real and which are fake. <br> <br> <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 Sigma Delta Chi Foundation</a>.</i><br> <br> <div align"=center">-END-</center><br> <br> Tue, 28 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0500 SPJ announces outstanding campus chapter and program regional honorees http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1599 Contacts:<br> Christine Cordial, SPJ Program Coordinator, (317) 920-4788, ccordial@spj.org<br> Isaac Taylor, SPJ Communications Coordinator, (317) 920-4785, itaylor@spj.org<br> <br> INDIANAPOLIS — The <a href="https://www.spj.org/index.asp">Society of Professional Journalists</a> is pleased to honor a select group of campus chapters for their outstanding work in supporting the Society’s missions, members and journalism.<br> <br> Each year, SPJ’s 12 regional directors select a campus chapter in their region that has shown overall excellence. At-large directors review nominations and help select the winning campus chapter.<br> <br> Outstanding Campus Chapter finalists are:<br> <br> Region 1 – Ithaca College<br> Region 2 – George Mason University<br> Region 3 – Florida International University<br> Region 4 – Ohio University<br> Region 5 – DePaul University<br> Region 6 – University of Minnesota<br> Region 7 – n/a<br> Region 8 – University of Texas at Arlington<br> Region 9 – Colorado State University<br> Region 10 – University of Idaho<br> Region 11 – California State University, Sacramento<br> Region 12 – n/a<br> <br> Starting this year, SPJ will also honor outstanding campus programming from across its 12 regions. Regional directors select one high-caliber program hosted by a campus chapter in their region. At-large directors review nominations and help select the winning program.<br> <br> Campus Program of the Year finalists are:<br> <br> Region 1 – Syracuse University: Google News Lab<br> Region 2 – University of Maryland: Free Speech in the Age of Trump<br> Region 3 – Florida International University: Stirring up the Media<br> Region 4 – Central Michigan University: FOIA Project<br> Region 5 – DePaul University: Public Newsroom series<br> Region 6 – University of Minnesota: Concert Photography and Music Journalism<br> Region 7 – n/a<br> Region 8 – University of Texas at Arlington: Sexual Assault Awareness Month: How is the media doing covering sexual assault issues?<br> Region 9 – Weber State University: GRAMAmania<br> Region 10 – University of Idaho: Women in Sports Media<br> Region 11 – University of La Verne: City of La Verne Police Department partnership<br> Region 12 – n/a<br> <br> One overall winner and one runner-up for each award will be announced during the Student Union at the <a href="http://excellenceinjournalism.org/">Excellence in Journalism 2018</a> conference in Baltimore. To see a map of the regions and a list of campus chapters, <a href="https://www.spj.org/chapters.asp">click here</a>. 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 Sigma Delta Chi Foundation</a>.<br> <br> </i><br> <div>-END-</div> Thu, 23 Aug 2018 13:14:22 -0500 Clarendon Hotel in Phoenix named Historic Site in Journalism http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1598 Contacts: <br> Christine Cordial, SPJ Program Coordinator, (317) 920-4788, <email address="ccordial@spj.org">ccordial@spj.org</a> <br> Isaac Taylor, SPJ Communications Coordinator, (317) 920-4785, <email address="itaylor@spj.org">itaylor@spj.org</a> <br> <br> Update: This press release was updated on 9/07/2018.<br> <br> INDIANAPOLIS — The <a href="https://www.spj.org/index.asp">Society of Professional Journalists</a> has named the Clarendon Hotel in Phoenix as a Historic Site in Journalism. <br> <br> After waiting in the lobby of the hotel for a source who never showed up, Don Bolles, a reporter for the Arizona Republic, was killed by a car bomb planted by organized crime families on June 13, 1976. “Bolles had barely begun pulling out of his parking space at the Hotel Clarendon in midtown Phoenix when a bomb ripped through the steel undercarriage of his compact car, shattering his body and sending him to the hospital,” Phil Boas, the Arizona Republics’ editorial page director, wrote in memory of Bolles.<br> <br> The recent murder of five Capital Gazette employees makes Bolles’ story all the more relevant. It acts as a reminder that some who benefit from a lack of free speech would go to great lengths to silence the voiceless. Across the world, and recently in the United States, the premeditated murder of journalists has sparked widespread unity among the journalism community. <br> <br> Joe Ferguson, president of the Arizona Press Club, wrote in support of the Clarendon Hotel, “The reaction from the journalism community was quick, where teams from across the country formed the Arizona Project on the basis of digging into the organized crime families that murdered Don Bolles.”<br> <br> The goal of the Arizona Project, formed by a nationwide team of investigative reporters, was to complete Bolles’ reporting on organized crime. Their message: You might kill a journalist, but you won’t kill the story,” said Doug Haddix, executive director of Investigative Reporters and Editors, in his letter of support for the Clarendon Hotel. <br> <br> The Clarendon Hotel is more than a reminder of Bolles’ death, it is a monument of the unity that came from tragedy. <br> <br> “[The Clarendon Hotel] is a significant setting in the history of American journalism, not only for the crime committed at that place, but for the strong, bold line American reporters drew there,” Boas wrote. <br> <br> The <a href="https://phoenixspj.org/">SPJ Valley of the Sun Pro Chapter</a> spearheaded the nomination effort, noting that the Clarendon Hotel represents a “sacred ground” for journalists. As chapter president Tim Eigo observed, “the hotel remains open and is committed to Don’s legacy. The owner, Ben Bethel, has long been a passionate advocate of telling Don’s story.” According to Eigo, recognizing the hotel as an SPJ Historic Site in Journalism helps to honor Bolles and “endorse the hotel’s longtime commitment to this important story.”<br> <br> A bronze plaque will be placed inside the first floor of the Clarendon Hotel – an area already dedicated to Don Bolles’ history – to distinguish it as a National Historic Site in Journalism. See a complete list of past winners <a href="https://www.spj.org/a-historicsites.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 Sigma Delta Chi Foundation</a>.</i><br> <br> <div align"=center">-END-</center><br> <br> <br> Thu, 23 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0500