The Society of Professional Journalists believes the world benefits from more news coverage, not less. Through its Citizen Journalism Academy, June 13 at the Minneapolis Star Tribune, SPJ seeks to help everyone wanting to practice journalism to do so accurately, ethically and fairly.
Participants will explore topics such as:
— Journalism ethics. The new-media landscape is rife with dilemmas for anyone wanting to report accurately, fairly and outside the bounds of special interests.
— The basics of media law. The same longstanding laws concerning libel, slander and access to people and information apply to 21st-century news-gatherers.
— Access to public records and meetings. Public information can add substance and value to every news story. But knowing where to look for it can be tough.
— Standard and responsible reporting practices. With media ethics and law in mind, how else should news-gatherers approach sources.
— Tips on smart writing. SPJ instructors want to help ensure your voice is clearly understood.
— The use of technology. We’ll show you an array of tools you could start using – or continue using even more effectively.
The cost to attend is $25, which includes lunch and course materials. For more information or to register, visit http://spj.org/cja.asp.
Please note, the registration deadline is June 8 and seating is limited.
Funding for this program is provided by the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation, a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) public foundation organized for the purpose of supporting the educational programs of the Society of Professional Journalists and to serve the professional needs of journalists and students pursuing careers in journalism.