SD-SPJ statement on Davis case

The San Diego chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists is deeply concerned about San Diego County government’s inappropriate treatment of journalist Kelly Davis after she exposed the deaths of dozens of people in its jails. Its action represents a failure of transparency and a misguided attack on a journalist instead of an attack on the very real and important problems she uncovered.

The County’s expensive legal attempt to subpoena notes, require testimony and reveal confidential sources is unconscionable. We demand a public pledge from the County to refrain from such retaliatory tactics against journalists who seek to hold government accountable on behalf of the citizens government should serve.

This case underscores the need for a federal shield law to protect journalists from being compelled to release confidential information. Either through legislation or case law, 48 states and the District of Columbia recognize the need for these protections and it is time for Congress to do the same.

We also commend attorney Matthew Halgren and his firm Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP for representing Davis pro bono and U.S. Magistrate Judge Andrew G. Schopler for ruling in Davis’ favor.

Disclosure: Davis is an SPJ San Diego board member

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Full list of 2017 San Diego SPJ award winners

Congratulations to all the talented journalists who were honored at our annual awards banquet last night and thanks to all who celebrated another great year of San Diego journalism with us!
 
Click here for a full list of 2017 San Diego SPJ award winners.
 

Received an award but still need to get your plaque or certificate? Please email SPJ president Lisa Halverstadt at lisa (at) vosd.org.

It’s Society of Professional Journalists San Diego Chapter board election time!

Would you like to serve on the SPJ board of directors? If you are a member of the society, you are eligible to run for the board.

The board meets monthly to plan SPJ events, run the annual awards contest and weigh in on issues concerning journalists, among other things.

The election will be held in June. If you’d like to run for the board, please submit your bio (150 word limit) by June 5 via email to Joe Guerin at guerin_joe@yahoo.com (subject line: SPJ Election)

Election results will be announced in early July.

SPJ journalism conference early-bird discount expiring soon. Register today.

Register today for the 2017 Society of Professional Journalists’ western region conference being hosted by the San Diego SPJ chapter in April. Spots are filling up and the early-bird registration deadline is Friday, March 24. Sign up today! Come celebrate and improve professional and student journalism across California, Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii, Guam and the Mariana Islands as proud members of Region 11, one of SPJ’s biggest regions.

Journalists have great challenges ahead of them, and our speakers and attendees are meeting them head-on, starting with our keynote speaker, NPR’s All Thing Considered and Embedded podcast host Kelly McEvers. We have 37 speakers in all.

Like all good journalists on deadline, you’re no doubt procrastinating on registering for the conference, which is being held April 28 and 29 at Humphreys Half Moon Inn in San Diego. Here’s a good reason not to wait: a free Google Tools preconference training is available to just 25 people, on a first-come, first-serve basis. You must register for the conference to sign up for the Google Tools training. You can do so here. Here’s another great incentive to register today: That early-bird registration is fast approaching.

More conference info can be found here.