Author: Paula Christine Schuler

Journalist murdered

Books by Javier Valdez Cárdenas, known by most as Javier Valdez Journalist Murdered May 15 may have been just another day for us here in the U.S., but for journalist Javier Valdez in Mexico, it was his last. Across the Internet, journalists mourned the loss of a generous and admired journalist, who spent years reporting on the impact of drug cartels in Mexico. The Committee to Protect Journalists reported that Valdez told them he felt he was in danger just a few weeks before his murder. The Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma at Columbia Journalism School wrote about specific journalists missing or killed before and after the loss of  Valdez. They put out an SOS for help to the international community. According to their report, more than 99% of cases of journalists murdered in Mexico go without punishment. Join SPJ, share links and comments On June 15, today, the Society of Professional Journalists is ringing the bells, posting announcements and encouraging social sharing of support for journalists in danger. SPJ chose the following hashtags for social media: #ourvoiceisourstrength and/or #nuestravozesnuestrafuerza Needed: Journalist Safe House in Mexico Today, we communicated with Patrick Timmons, a bilingual human rights investigator, translator, journalist, historian and college professor based in El Paso, Texas. He has deep connections throughout Mexico with journalists and diplomats. Timmons campaigns to raise funds for research, visiting and asking journalists in Mexico...

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SPJ announces the 2017 banquet for scholarship winners

You’re invited! It’s kind of a big deal. The San Antonio Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists invites you to our annual Scholarship Awards Banquet. We spend hundreds of hours writing, rehearsing, performing and raising money for area college students in journalism and communications. The winners have been decided. The big event is near! We want to see you there! Join us in this celebration of journalism, the future and the excellent work of these students. The 2017 Banquet honors deserving students The following 13 students will receive $14,000 in scholarships: Jose Arredondo, Texas A&M University-San Antonio Adam Christopher Barraza, University of the Incarnate Word Marco Polo Cadena, University of the Incarnate Word Kyle Cotton, University of Texas at Arlington James Dusek, San Antonio College Cynthia Herrera, Texas A&M University-San Antonio Bethany Melendez, University of the Incarnate Word Renee Muniz, University of the Incarnate Word Victoria O’Connor, University of the Incarnate Word Guadalupe “Wally” Perez, San Antonio College Mara Gabriela Rodriguez, Texas A&M University-San Antonio Amisarahi Sarabia, Texas A&M University-San Antonio Julia Weis, Trinity University Sponsored by this SPJ chapter, the event is at 6:30 p.m. at Tomatillos Cafe Y Cantina at 3210 Broadway St. in San Antonio. Plate cost is $25 cash or check at the door. See you there! RSVP by Email Map to Tomatillos Cafe Y...

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Andrew M. Seaman writes a call for newsrooms and individual journalists to change their perspectives. Responding to the roller coaster year journalism experienced in 2016, Seaman reminds journalists of their “noble purpose.” Seaman serves as ethics committee chairperson for Society of Professional Journalists at the national level, and so his voice echoes with particular influence. SPJ owns a long history of ethics advocacy with a Code of Ethics professing the highest standards of objectivity and freedom from conflict of interest. The following is the fine print below the actual code on the web page at The SPJ Code of Ethics is a statement of abiding principles supported by additional explanations and position papers that address changing journalistic practices. It is not a set of rules, rather a guide that encourages all who engage in journalism to take responsibility for the information they provide, regardless of medium. The code should be read as a whole; individual principles should not be taken out of context. It is not, nor can it be under the First Amendment, legally enforceable. Seaman says the shift in public trust of journalism as a whole works as a signal for change in the ethical best practices of news media across the nation. He refers to historical precedent under President John F. Kennedy’s administration, references current-day incivility and Gallup poll data to support his suggestions.  Check out...

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