Author: Paula Christine Schuler

GivingNewsDay

Join us on Nov. 28 for #GivingNewsDay, a day to raise funds and awareness for press freedom. You know that press freedom is under attack, and trusted journalism is needed now more than ever. What is #GivingNewsDay? The Tuesday following Thanksgiving is recognized as an international day of giving, or Giving Tuesday. SPJ will celebrate this day as #GivingNewsDay to rally our members and supporters around our goal of raising funds and awareness for our mission to protect freedom of the press. By participating in SPJ’s 2017 campaign, you are helping to improve and protect journalism. You can choose...

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Scholarship Application

Please review the application form and prepare your files. We require a complete application for processing. Required files: * Transcripts * Resume * Autobiography text cut and pasted * Work samples from at least one area of specialization and sample work files before completing the application. If you receive an error message of any kind, you will need to re-attach all uploads. * indicates required field First Name:* Middle Name or Initial: Last Name:* Email:* Complete mailing address for check and materials delivery: (Street, City, State, Zip)* Cell Phone:* Home Phone: Current College or University:* College you will attend during the 2017-2018 academic year:* Projected graduation date:* Number of college credits you will earn by June 1, 2017:* Attach Transcripts* Acceptable file types: doc,docx,pdf,txt,gif,jpg,jpeg,png.Maximum file size: 1mb. ---------- Resume: Attach your one-page resume here. ------------ Please inform your references they need to send their letters directly to our scholarship coordinator at spjsatx17@gmail.com. First Letter of Recommendation - Contact Name:* First Letter - Contact Email Address:* Second Letter of Recommendation - Contact Name:* Second Letter - Contact Email Address:* ------------ Autobiography: Please explain in 500 words (1000 characters) or less why you want to pursue a journalism career and how you will use the scholarship to help in that pursuit. Include relevant activities, jobs and experience you believe demonstrate your commitment and readiness for a life in journalism.* ---------- Samples...

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Jefferson High Students Create Awareness

Jefferson High School student journalists decided to do something creative this year to raise money for their program. They designed a T-shirt. Attendance at Gridiron on Sept. 30 will offer an opportunity to meet these student journalists and support their quest for truth. For just $20, Gridiron folk can get an uber-cool shirt and support these bright teenagers. Jefferson offers three classes focused on journalism taught by Melissa Carroll: Journalism I, a photojournalism course and a newspaper/yearbook course of 12 students. “At this point our main function is to create awareness of the First Amendment and the function of journalism,”...

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Safe House Needed in Mexico

Safe House Needed in Mexico On June 15, the Society of Professional Journalists posted announcements and encouraged social sharing of support for journalists in danger. Just over the Rio Grande, journalists are not safe and work in conditions we can only imagine. According to a report by The Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma at Columbia Journalism School, journalist Marcela de Jesús Natalia was shot as she left the radio station where she worked. If we knew we might be shot leaving work, would we go? A Texas journalist responds to the need Patrick Timmons picked up the torch nearly a...

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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...

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Perspectives

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 spj.org: 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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