Statement on U-T sale; upcoming journo events

U-T file photo.
U-T file photo.

SD-SPJ statement on U-T sale

The San Diego chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists is watching the news of the sale of San Diego’s and Los Angeles’ local papers with great interest. Both our industry and the ownership of The San Diego Union-Tribune have changed rapidly and repeatedly these past several years. But the principles of ethical journalism and the importance of a strong local press remain clear. San Diego SPJ encourages new owner Patrick Soon-Shiong to prioritize local reporting in both San Diego and Los Angeles, and to respect the voices of staff at both award-winning newspapers. We hope he will champion a strong local presence and stellar reporting in both communities.

‘Better Journalism Workshops’ begins Feb. 20

The first in a yearlong SD-SPJ series of “Better Journalism Workshops” is coming up Tuesday, Feb. 20. RSVP today.

SUCCEEDING ON MULTIPLE PLATFORMS: Learn how to shoot eye-popping photographs and video and capture high-quality audio

Kris Arciaga, video journalist, KPBS

Kinsee Morlan, engagement editor, Voice of San Diego

Howard Lipin, photographer, The San Diego Union-Tribune

When: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20

Where: San Diego Central Library, Shiley Suite (9th floor), 330 Park Blvd., San Diego 92101

News literacy at the library

The San Diego Public Library is hosting a series of news literacy programs entitled “Breaking News @ The Library.” Upcoming talks include “News Literacy and You” on Feb. 20 at the Scripps Miramar Ranch library, “Minorities and the Media” on Feb. 28 at the Central Library, and Women in the Media on March 20 at the La Jolla/Riford library.

For more details, see https://www.sandiego.gov/public-library/media-literacy.

Let’s ‘Grade the Media’

Report cards will be handed out February 28 for this year’s Grade the Media event sponsored by SD-SPJ. Invited panelists were the subject of big news stories this past year and this is their chance to talk about what it was like to be in the spotlight. Moderated by Claire Trageser of KPBS, the panel includes:

Taylor Winston – The Iraq war veteran from Ocean Beach who put his life on the line during the Las Vegas mass shooting.

Tony Manolatos – A PR consultant working for several high-profile clients, including the San Diego school system, the campaign against community choice aggregation and Councilman Chris Cate following his decision to share a confidential memo.

David Alvarez – This San Diego City Councilman spent 2017 wrestling with such issues as local governments’ hepatitis A response, homelessness, and vacation-rental regulations.

Dulce Garcia – A Dreamer and immigration attorney who has sued President Donald Trump.

Where: Colt Hall on the campus of Point Loma Nazarene University, 3900 Lomaland Drive, San Diego

When: Wednesday, February 28. Mixer at 6 p.m., panel at 6:30 p.m.

Admission: Free; light refreshments provided. Please RSVP.

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.

ONA on online images

The Online News Association is hosting a discussion entitled “How to Find Newsworthy Images on Social Media” from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 3 at NBC 7/Telemundo 20, 9680 Granite Ridge Dr., San Diego.

Steve Myers, editor of The Lens and former managing editor of Poynter Online, is scheduled to speak.

For more info and to RSVP, click here.

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Getting Feedback on San Diego’s NextRequest System

Have you used the city of San Diego’s NextRequest system to seek public records recently? If so, the San Diego Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists wants your help.

In March 2016, the city of San Diego implemented a system called NextRequest to handle public records requests sent to the city. The goal, NextRequest said, was to help boost “transparency and openness.” Since its launch, NextRequest has received more than 5,300 requests for records, according to city data. For local journalists and other members of the public, the system has become a vital tool when seeking information about city government operations.

Now San Diego SPJ wants to assess how NextRequest is working. How is the system performing? How could it be improved? Take this survey and let us know.

CLICK HERE TO TAKE THE SURVEY

The results from this survey will be published on the San Diego SPJ website. We expect to also use the information to start a conversation with city officials about potential improvements, and perhaps as fodder for a panel discussion. Providing your name or contact information is optional. We will not share your contact information with city officials.

Access to public records is your right. Your input will help us determine if the system is working properly for everyone in our community who seeks information on our local government.

San Diego SPJ responds to KPBS reporter’s blog post

The San Diego chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists commends Jean Guerrero for speaking out in this blog post about her experience at a recent news conference.

We remind our colleagues that the SPJ Code of Ethics states in part that journalists should: “Expose unethical conduct in journalism … [and] abide by the same high standards they expect of others.” We encourage all journalists to behave professionally, in accordance with these principles.

Join us for a discussion on covering homelessness

Homelessness continues to be one of San Diego’s greatest public policy and humanitarian challenges. And with the county’s hepatitis A outbreak, news coverage of the crisis has only increased. How have journalists reported on our region’s homeless population and what myths persist? What data and reporting approaches can help elevate the stories they pursue?

Join San Diego SPJ for a wide-ranging discussion with:

Steve Breen, San Diego Union-Tribune

Kelly Davis, freelance reporter

Lisa Halverstadt, Voice of San Diego

Susan Murphy, KPBS

When: 6:30 to 8 p.m., Thursday, October 19

Where: California Western School of Law, 350 Cedar Street, Lecture Hall 2, San Diego, CA 92101

RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/covering-homelessness-tickets-38639525862