July 29, 2020
“When wrongdoing is underway, officials have great incentive to blindfold the eyes of the Fourth Estate. The free press is the guardian of the public interest, and the judiciary is the guardian of the press.”  

— Michael H. Simon, U.S. District Judge,  issuing an
order  barring federal officers from using force, threats
and dispersal orders against journalists in Portland, Oregon  
WHAT'S HAPPENING
A judge ruled Thursday that   five news outlets will have to comply with a subpoena   and give the Seattle Police Department unpublished photos and videos from a May 30 racial justice protest that turned violent. The judge found that the photos and video were critical for an investigation into the alleged arson of SPD vehicles and theft of police guns, and the images can only be used to identify suspects in those investigations. The  SPJ Washington Pro Chapter said on Twitter , “This is a dangerous overreach that puts the editorial independence of these news organizations at risk."  SPJ National stands with the chapter and condemns the ruling.  SPJ National President Patricia Gallagher Newberry  said, “Reporters already face skepticism and distrust from some protesters. This ruling will only escalate those feelings and could put journalists in greater physical danger.” 
 
In an effort to advocate for better representation, Los Angeles Times’ Latino employees  have come together as the Latino Caucus   under the Los Angeles Times Guild. In a county where Latinos make up nearly half of the population, Latinos represent 13% of the Times newsroom and, of 109 editors and managers, only 11% of them are Latino. Nearly 80 staffers signed an  open letter to management  seeking a truer reflection of the city’s demographic makeup. 
 
About 15 news organizations have  sent journalists to cover the conclusion of the NBA season  in person in the bubble that the league built at Walt Disney Co.’s ESPN Wide World of Sports complex. Once arriving, reporters had to quarantine in their rooms for a week. They are tested daily for COVID-19 and wear a monitor that beeps if they are within six feet of another reporter. The cost to send a reporter to cover the NBA is more than $500 per reporter every day for housing, food, testing and transportation. The league encouraged all journalists in that group to remain in the bubble for the duration, though there is an option for outlets to swap out their representatives at the beginning of September, when the playoffs will be underway. 
 
One of the biggest staff rebellions in online media took place last year when the staff at Deadspin resigned in protest after clashing with their bosses and being told to “stick to sports.” Now, 18 of the roughly 20 who quit last year  have reunited to start a digital media company , Defector Media, that they will own and operate themselves. While the staff at the new site plan to write about sports, they will be free to go off-topic. 
SPJ QUICK FIX
Should the government fund local news? Join SPJ National President Patricia Gallagher Newberry ; Frank Blethen, publisher of the Seattle Times and convener of the Save the Press Initiative; Jim Friedlich, CEO and executive director of the Lenfest Institute for Journalism; Fanny Miller, president of the National Association of Hispanic Publications; Steven Waldman, president and co-founder of Report for Americ and leader of Rebuild Local News, for a  webinar at noon EDT Thursday   as they debate this issue and bring forward other ideas for sustaining local media. 
 
SPJ's  Media Trust Webinar Series for College Students  has officially begun. Don't miss the series' second session at 2 p.m. EDT Tuesday as  SPJ Journalist on Call   Rod Hicks  moderates the discussion about improving coverage of communities of color with panelists Katrice Hardy, executive editor of the Indianapolis Star; Frances Kai-Hwa Wang, journalist, essayist and speaker; Venise Wagner, journalism professor at San Francisco State University; and Bryan Llenas, national correspondent with Fox News Channel. Sign up and join the rest of the series to receive a Media Trust Seminar completion certificate.  Registration  is required. 
 
R. Jeffrey Smith and the Center for Public Integrity; The Center for Public Integrity, USA TODAY and The Arizona Republic; and Christina Jewett with Kaiser Health News for their notable contributions to open government. 
 
SPJ members will vote electronically for board and regional coordinator positions, if applicable, during the  SPJ 2020 Journalism Conference  Sept. 12-13. A current e-mail address is needed to ensure you will receive your ballot.  Make sure your e-mail address is correct by logging in to your SPJ account.  
 
Take part in SPJ’s governance by becoming a regional delegate — non-chapter members selected to represent other non-chapter members during the upcoming virtual convention Sept. 12-13. These individuals cast votes on important topics such as bylaws changes and resolutions. To become a delegate, e-mail  Program Coordinator Matthew Kent  and indicate what region you’re in. 
GET A GIG
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in Little Rock is hiring a  digital content manager . The main component of this position is the lead curator/reporter for a newsletter intended for younger (22-35) Arkansans. Applicants should have a bachelor's degree and at least 2 years of journalism experience, including editing.  
 
New Hampshire Public Radio in Concord is seeking a   digital news editor . This editor will help oversee and shape NHPR’s online journalism strategy and play a hands-on role in digital planning and publishing. Applicants should have a minimum of two years of experience working in media and experience in a leadership role on a team or project. 
 
WESH-TV in Winter Park, Florida, is looking for a  managing editor . Applicants should have prior professional experience as an assignment manager, news producer or reporter, as well as a solid background of managing people and coverage in a breaking news market. Experience in investigative reporting is a plus. 

Looking for more journalism jobs? Check out  SPJ’s Career Center and resources from the Journalist’s Toolbox .  
FIGHTING FOR THE FIRST AMENDMENT
SPJ  signed a letter sent to members of Congress   July 22 in support of the Local Journalism Sustainability Act, introduced by Rep. Anne Kirkpatrick, D-Arizona, and Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-Washington, or similar policies to support newsrooms in the next COVID-19 relief bill and other funding measures. 
 
The issue in the case of Committee to Protect Journalists v. CIA is the so-called Glomar doctrine, wherein federal agencies respond to Freedom of Information Act requests by neither confirming nor denying the existence of the information sought.  The amicus brief  in support of CPJ argues that the trial court’s analysis of the agencies’ Glomar responses was insufficient, given the strong public interest in the records at issue, and highlights the increasing overuse of Glomar responses. 
 
The case of Meinecke v. Thyes addresses the fee-shifting provision of the Wisconsin Open Records Law, which, like many open records laws nationwide, allows requesters who substantially prevail on legal actions brought to adjudicate their right of access to recover their costs and attorney’s fees.  The amicus brief  argues that given shrinking newsroom budgets, fee-shifting provisions are crucial to ensuring that journalists can enforce their rights of access to public records. 
 
View all of SPJ's most recent efforts to assist journalists and journalism in court and elsewhere  on the LDF in Action page
LEARN SOME STUFF
 The  SPJ Freelance Community  is sponsoring a webinar at 3 p.m. EDT Thursday, called  “Freelance Breaking News: Promises and Pitfalls.”  Join reporter and editor Stephenie Overman in a talk with freelance journalists Katie G. Nelson and Haisten Willis as they describe their experiences covering demonstrations in their cities after local Black citizens were killed by police. Registration is required. 
 
Looking for more learning opportunities? Don’t forget to check out  SPJ's events calendar !  You’ll find the latest journalism webinars and e-learning offerings from our journalism friends and partners to help you do your job and continue your professional development. New webinars are added each week.  
ETHICS ESSENTIALS
So you checked the   Code of Ethics  and still aren’t sure? SPJ offers multiple resources to help you interpret the Code.  Position papers  are intended to clarify SPJ’s views on specific ethical themes that frequently arise in journalism.  Case studies  can help to show how the Code is applied. And if you’re still unsure, you can ask for advice from the  Ethics Hotline .  
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