Report Card on the Media Is Back

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Our annual Report Card on the Media usually makes news — remember the “800-pound man in fuzzy slippers”? — and this year should be no different.

Come to this year’s panel on Thursday, March 16 to hear the subjects of big news stories this year give their takes on the coverage, and describe what it’s like to be on the other side of the microphone or notepad or keyboard.

The Panelists:

Marquis Parks, an El Cajon activist who helped organize many of the protests after a police officer shot and killed Alfred Olango.

Nicole Capretz, director of the Climate Action Campaign, which has been involved in San Diego’s Climate Action Plan, SANDAG’s transportation plan and fights with SDG&E.

Mickey Kasparian, president of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 135, who’s been accused by a former employee of sexual harassment.

Jan Goldsmith, the former San Diego City Attorney, who really needs no introduction.

Michael McConnell, a homeless advocate who manages a Twitter account and Facebook page devoted to homeless news.

Please join us as they grade the media (including you!).

For related news before the event and live tweets during the discussion, follow @GradeTheMedia on Twitter. Join in the conversation that night using the hashtag #spjgtm.

Where: TV Studio at San Diego City College (1313 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101)
The closest parking lot is at C and 14th. After parking, walk east on C street to a driveway. Walk up the driveway and into the building facing you, called the “C” building. Go straight through the orange breezeway doors and the TV Studio is there.

When: Thursday, March 16. Mixer at 6 p.m., panel at 6:30 p.m.

Admission: Free, and we will provide light refreshments. Please RSVP here.

Students can get career help at SPJ San Diego’s resume workshop

Join San Diego’s Chapter of SPJ for a Resume Workshop!

Who: News editors and college students
What: Editors review student resumes and provide feedback
When: Thursday, Feb. 2, 6-8 p.m.
Where: On campus at San Diego State, hosted by School of Journalism & Media Studies, located in the Professional Studies and Fine Arts Building (PSFA), Room 358.

Featured Editors:
Chris Jennewein, Times of San Diego
Kris Vera Phillips, KPBS
Sara Libby, Voice of San Diego
Donna Stewart, NBC San Diego
Joe Guerin, KPBS
Radvile Rinkeviciute, San Diego Union-Tribune

The event is free and there will be free pizza! Please RSVP here:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/san-diego-society-of-professional-journalists-resume-workshop-tickets-30907589432

To purchase a visitor parking permit: https://aztecs.t2hosted.com/cmn/auth_guest.aspx
(closest visitor parking located in Parking Structure 12).

Who should win our important awards for being a window and a wall in 2016?

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For the third straight year, San Diego SPJ will be handing out two important awards to recognize the most helpful and least helpful sources from public agencies in 2016.

The Window Award will go to the public official or agency that most prioritized transparency and the public’s right to know in 2016.

The Wall Award will go to the public official or agency that made it hardest for journalists to do their jobs in 2016, ignoring requests or otherwise compromising the public’s right to know.

Your nominations are key to our selection process. Give us your nominations here.

We’ll give out both awards in the spring, along with our prestigious annual Sunshine Award, which recognizes individuals and groups for making important contributions in the area of open government. Stay tuned for event details. And thanks for taking part in this invaluable exercise of ours to protect the public’s essential access to information.

 

Holiday party like a journalist. Join all San Diego journalism clubs on Monday, Dec. 12.

We’re teaming with other San Diego media groups to host a fun, free and low-key holiday party at Athens Market Taverna downtown. Join us for appetizers, drinks and a good time.

DATE: Monday, Dec. 12, 2016

TIME: 6-8:30 p.m.

LOCATION: Athens Market Taverna
109 W F Street
San Diego, CA 92101

COST: Free admission includes appetizers. No-host bar.

RSVP: Email sdpressclub@cox.net.

HOSTS: San Diego SPJ, San Diego Press Club, San Diego Association of Black Journalists, San Diego chapters of Asian American Journalists Association, National Association of Hispanic Journalists, Online News Association, Pacific Southwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences

PARKING: Macy’s in Horton Plaza validates parking for three hours with no purchase.