Who deserves to be San Diego’s ‘Journalist of the Year’?

Every year, the San Diego Pro chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists honors a local journalist whose work made a major impact in the previous year. Who do you think deserves this year’s award?

Fill out this quick form:  https://goo.gl/forms/yOiATHe2PSRkzXJy2

Previous winners:

2017: Morgan Cook, The San Diego Union-Tribune

2016:  Mario Koran, Voice of San Diego

2015: Jeff McDonald, The San Diego Union-Tribune

2014: Mark Sauer, KPBS

2013: Loren Nancarrow

 

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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

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.