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News from the Society of Professional Journalists: WHAT'S HAPPENING..News from the Society of Professional Journalists: WHAT'S HAPPENING...






The Global Cyber Alliance announced a $1.068 million gift from Craig Newmark Philanthropies to help provide critical cybersecurity protections for the media and journalists, and for elections offices and community organizations as they prepare for the 2020 U.S. presidential election. “To thrive, American democracy needs a safe, trustworthy press and a secure election process,” said Craig Newmark, founder of craigslist and Craig Newmark Philanthropies. “I’m proud to support the Global Cyber Alliance as they help bolster two of the most critical tenets of democracy.”

An RJI Fellow’s playbook will help newsrooms collaborate on natural disaster coverage. The playbook will “lay out how to pull off a collaborative pop-up newsroom effort.” It will include “budgeting, organizational concerns, who’s going to be involved in the collaboration, communication needs, where newsrooms partners will be located and how to work with competitors,” says Jennifer Nelson of RJI.

“News consumers trust journalism they find to be balanced, in-depth, honest and reputable. Those qualities appeared over and over in an analysis of 81 in-depth interviews our newsroom partners conducted with members of their communities,” says Joy Mayer of

“With the 2020 election approaching fast, a bevy of major news organizations have made significant changes atop their mastheads,” says Jon Allsop of Columbia Journalism Review, including that, for the first time ever, the executive producers of the morning shows on CBS, ABC and NBC are all women.

Teenage investigative reporters are taking on corruption in Kyrgyzstan. Kloop, a youth news organization, “has long been pushing the technological boundaries of what journalism means, employing drones, machine learning and 3D printing in its pursuit of truth,” says James Watkins of Global Investigative Journalism Network.

SPJ will continue its free training of journalists across North America in the use of Google tools as part of its ongoing training program powered by the Google News Initiative. The program has been relaunched in 2019, with an emphasis on conferences, conventions and regional SPJ events.