Figuring out teacher contracts
Central Connecticut State University, Nov. 21
They come up every few years, they play a major role in a town's budget, and they confuse the heck out of most people.
And let's face it - If you don't understand them, neither will your readers.
So SPJ is hosting a workshop to help you understand teacher contracts and the issues behind them.
It's free, simple and invaluable to your career.
Click here for details.
Information featured in our fall
Oct. 17-18 - Hosted by American
University, School of Communication and the Investigative
Reporting Workshop. Ethnic media watchdog workshops
help journalists sharpen their skills, learn new approaches
and add depth to their reporting. Award-winning journalists
from around the country volunteer their time to provide
training on topics such as the 2010 census, criminal justice,
the economy, education, health care, immigration and local
government. Hands-on spreadsheet software training also will
Oct. 22 - Anthony Flint,
former Boston Globe writer who was a reporter in Connecticut
in the mid-'80s, talks about his book "Wrestling With Moses:
How Jane Jacobs Took on New York's Master Builder and
Transformed the American City." Behrakis, Northeastern
University, Boston . 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sponsored by the
Northeastern University School of Journalism and School
of Architecture . For more information contact Prof.
Bill Kirtz at 617.373.4045 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nov. 6 - Financial Leadership
Forum 2009: From The Classroom To The Workplace. Quinnipiac
University, Alumni Hall, 275 Mount Carmel Ave., Hamden
8:30 a.m. Keynote speaker is Guy Adami.
Sponsors: QU School
of Business and Barnum Financial Group. Continental breakfast
included. $50 general public, $25 students. Registration at
(203) 582-5368 or online.
Nov. 13, 14 - The Knight Law
and Media Program & Information Society Project invites
you to attend, "Journalism And The New Media Ecology: Who Will
Pay The Messengers?"
Officers elected for CT
Council on Freedom
Thomas B. Scheffey
Vice President: Richard
Secretary: James H.
Legislative Chairman: G. Claude
For more information and to see award winners,
please click here.
complete list | audio
slideshow | scholarship winners
Helen M. Loy Award Winner
Daniel Klau, a
partner in Pepe & Hazard LLP, has been named the 2009
winner of the Helen M. Loy Award.
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Don't Forget the Code of
In the aftermath of the Wesleyan
murder we should all be reminded of the SPJ Ethics Code guidelines on our coverage of these high
Balance a criminal
suspect’s fair trial rights with the public’s right to be
I have heard the accused in this case
described as a "murderer." As a "killer."
Stephen Morgan is neither at this point. He is a
“suspect”, he is “accused”, but no trial has taken
place. There has been an arrest. It is acceptable
to write, “police say he shot…” if you are attributing
But let the prosecutors, police, courts and
defense do their work before we convict anyone in our
stories. The First Amendment grants journalists wide
latitude in doing its work. But we need to balance the
public’s right to know with respect for the Sixth Amendment’s
guarantee of a fair and public trial.
Member of the
National SPJ Ethics Committee
House Bill 6670
This awful bill continues to march forward.
Would have a tremendous impact on journalists' ability to get
police reports or other basic information about crimes.
CONCERNING THE RIGHTS OF CRIME VICTIMS AND THE DUTIES OF THE
OFFICE OF THE VICTIM ADVOCATE.
proposals of the Office of the Victim Advocate providing
compensation for burial expenses of homicide
victims, creating a privacy exception to the Freedom of
Information Act, establishing an account to fund victim service
advocates, expediting criminal cases involving minors as
victims or witnesses and including the Victim Advocate as a
member of the Criminal Justice Policy Advisory
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Immediate Past CTSPJ