SD-SPJ Surveying Diversity in San Diego Newsrooms

Newsroom staffing diversity plays a significant role in ensuring that a newsroom’s coverage reflects the communities it serves.

That’s why the San Diego Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SD-SPJ) is beginning an important project: surveying local newsrooms about staff demographics. 

With the support of other local journalism organizations, such as the San Diego Association of Black Journalists and the San Diego chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, SD-SPJ seeks to compile demographic data from local newsrooms, as well as information on what newsrooms are doing to increase diversity. SD-SPJ has sent requests to all San Diego print, digital, radio and television newsrooms for this information.

We’re conducting this survey to get a snapshot of San Diego’s newsroom demographics, which we hope will provide a benchmark for further research. While nationwide surveys have found that newsrooms are more diverse than in the past, there’s still work to do. For example, a 2019 survey by the Radio Television Digital News Association found that “the percentage of women and people of color in TV newsrooms reached record highs,” but a 2018 Pew Research Center study found that newsroom employees are “less diverse” than U.S. workers overall. 

We understand this is a difficult time for many journalism organizations. Still, we feel this survey is timely and can be a valuable resource for newsrooms as the economy improves and hiring returns to normal. 

Our plan is to publicly release the data, including a list of all participating newsrooms and a list of all newsrooms we’ve contacted. We will, ideally, hold a virtual event to discuss the findings. 

We’ve also asked newsrooms that are unwilling or unable to complete our survey to please let us know why.

You can see the questions we have asked newsrooms to answer by clicking here.

SD-SPJ Launches Holiday Relief Program for Journalists Impacted by COVID-19

‘Tis the season for giving. Normally around this time of year, the San Diego Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists would be planning our holiday party for all those working in the media industry in the San Diego region. Due to the pandemic, that’s not happening this year but we want to give back to those in need. 

The San Diego Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists is launching a second round of our Journalist Relief Fund. We’ve allocated $250 for five $50 grants to media colleagues who’ve lost work during this tough year. We know it’s not going to cover things like rent, but we hope the grants will provide some relief. 

Those wishing to apply for a grant do not need to be members of SD-SPJ, but they must work (or have worked) in San Diego County. The application deadline is midnight, Dec. 27, 2020. You can fill out the application here.              

We are also accepting donations from those wishing to contribute to the SD-SPJ Journalist Relief Fund via our PayPal account so we can do more to help local journalists in need. Donations will be equally distributed to those who receive grants this time around. Please note: Donations are not tax-exempt, but they will go a long way. To donate, click here

For questions related to the Journalism Relief Fund, email spjsandiego@gmail.com.

Pick Up Your SPJ Awards!

Congratulations all of our 2020 San Diego-SPJ Award Winners. We will be hosting two times for award pick-ups this weekend on the SDSU Campus. Award recipients can drive up, and SD-SPJ board members will hand out the award plaques or certificates. 

WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 26 from 10 a.m. to noon and Sunday, Sept. 27 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

WHERE: In front of the School of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences building, 5201 Campanile Mall, San Diego, CA 92182.

DIRECTIONS
From I-8: Exit at College Ave, turn right on Lindo Paseo, pass the Trader Joe’s and parking structure, then turn right on Campanile Dr. Building is on your right.

From Montezuma Rd: Turn north onto Campanile Dr. and pass Lindo Paseo.  Building is on your right. 

If you have any questions, please email spjsandiego@gmail.com for more information.

San Diego SPJ Announces 2020 Award Winners

Coronavirus kept us from holding an annual celebration of local journalism this year so we had to get creative.

We celebrated our major 2020 award winners and scholarship recipients in this video.

You can check out a full list of those winners – including scholarship recipients – here and learn more about 2020 Journalist of the Year Claire Trageser here.

And click here to check out a listing of all of our other deserving award winners.