Save the Date: San Diego Media Holiday Mixer

Join San Diego SPJ, the San Diego Association of Black Journalists and the San Diego Press Club for a fun holiday mixer!

When: Wednesday, Dec. 7 from 6:30 to 9 p.m.
Where: The Church by The Lost Abbey, 1313 J St. in East Village

The space is mostly outdoors, so we recommend bringing a sweater. We’ll provide pizza and dessert. Drinks are available for purchase at the bar. Street parking is available, or you can park in the Padres’ Tailgate Park parking lot.

Please RSVP by Monday, Dec. 5.


San Diego SPJ selected as Society of Professional Journalists Large Chapter of the Year

In addition to being honored with two Society of Professional Journalists’ Circle of Excellence Awards for our work on newsroom diversity and First Amendment advocacy, San Diego SPJ was thrilled to receive the Large Chapter of the Year award at SPJ’s 2022 annual conference. Board members Bella Ross and Jakob McWhinney accepted the award on our behalf.

Judges noted SD-SPJs newsroom diversity survey, describing it as “a challenging feat to accomplish because some newsrooms wanted to refrain from participating” and the chapter’s work on open government issues, including board members’ meeting with staff from the San Diego mayor’s office regarding the city’s email retention policy. That advocacy work that led to the city implementing the longest email-retention policy in the state. Also mentioned was SD-SPJ’s new mentorship program (keep an eye on this space for the program’s second round) and the continuation of our annual Wall, Window and Sunshine awards, among other chapter activities.

SD-SPJ wants to thank our members for their continued support. Y’all are the best! Not a member? Join here.

Mark your calendars: The San Diego Union-Tribune’s Festival of Journalism is Oct. 15

Los Angeles Times photojournalist Marcus Yam

On Saturday, Oct. 15, the San Diego Union-Tribune will hold its inaugural Festival of Journalism. The daylong event (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) will feature keynote speakers, panel discussions on headline topics and a screening of the documentary “Journalism at Risk.”

Keynote speakers:

  • Steve Sebelius, politics editor and columnist at the Las Vegas Review-Journal, who’ll discuss the legacy of his former colleague, Jeff German. German was killed last month by a public official he was investigating.
  • Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Marcus Yam, one of the last western journalists to leave Afghanistan after the country fell to the Taliban, will share stories about what it’s like on the frontlines of conflict.
  • Justin Brooks, director and co-founder of the California Innocence Project, will talk about how biases and misinformation can cost people their freedom and, in some cases, their lives.

Panels topics include the 101 Ash St. debacle, the high rate of deaths in San Diego jails, the gang rape accusations involving SDSU football players and firsthand accounts from journalists working in Tijuana.

The event is free and open to the public. It will be held in the Tula Community Center at San Diego State University (6126 Montezuma Road).

Check out the full schedule and register to attend. We’ll see you there!

Lunch with Major Garrett and celebrate the launch of FACTLY

On Saturday, Oct. 22, from noon to 1:30 p.m., join the Coronado Public Library and San Diego State University’s School of Journalism & Media Studies for a luncheon to recognize U.S. Media Literacy Week. Hear about the work of the Community News Team Project, which will be celebrating the launch of its website, FACTLY (Facts, Accountability, Clarity, Truth, Library and You). The luncheon will also feature a keynote address by Major Garrett, chief Washington correspondent for CBS News and co-author of The Big Truth: Upholding Democracy in the Age of “The Big Lie.”

The event is free, but you must RSVP to by Saturday, Oct. 1.