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Remember when we discussed this in Baton Rouge? One step down...
09/23/2020
House of Representatives Passes Fallen Journalists Memorial Act

Remember when we discussed this in Baton Rouge? One step down...

The Fallen Journalists Memorial (FJM) Foundation, News Media Alliance, National Newspaper Association and National Association of Broadcasters today commended the U.S. House of Representatives on passing bipartisan legislation authorizing the FJM Foundation to establish a national memorial that hono...

Did you know that our contest awards aren't over??? We will announce the individual and affiliate sweepstakes winners at...
06/18/2020

Did you know that our contest awards aren't over??? We will announce the individual and affiliate sweepstakes winners at the start of Saturday's Communicator of Achievement virtual ceremony. Email [email protected] to receive the Zoom link for Saturday, June 20 — 6 pm Eastern; 5 pm Central; 4 pm Mountain; 3 pm Pacific; 2 pm Alaska

In all that we do, we must remember our code of ethics, "...With truth as my ultimate goal, I will adhere to the highest...
06/15/2020
Fox News Removes a Digitally Altered Image of Seattle Protests

In all that we do, we must remember our code of ethics, "...With truth as my ultimate goal, I will adhere to the highest standards of professional communication, never consciously misleading reader, viewer, or listener; and will avoid any compromise of my objectivity or fairness. ..."

Fox News removed photos accompanying its coverage of Seattle’s demonstrations from its website on Friday after acknowledging that one was a combination of several different images and a second photo was of a fiery scene in a different city. 

We join National Press Club and 26 other journalism organizations to protest the use of violence by law enforcement acro...
06/02/2020
Journalism groups call for police nationwide to halt use of violence, arrests against journalists covering protests

We join National Press Club and 26 other journalism organizations to protest the use of violence by law enforcement across the country against journalists covering protests.

The nation’s leading journalism and press freedom organizations today called on law enforcement, mayors and governors across the country to halt the unprecedented assault against journalists in the field covering the protests for social justice. 

With apologies for the short notice; if this topic interests you, the webinar starts in about an hour.
05/28/2020
Flash Briefing: Tracking the Anti-Vaccination Movement - National Press Foundation

With apologies for the short notice; if this topic interests you, the webinar starts in about an hour.

Flash Briefing: Tracking the Anti-Vaccination Movement   Vaccine opposition messages, especially in social media, have more than doubled since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Leaders of the U.S. anti-vaccine movement — fewer than 200 people in total — have allied themselves with opponents of quara...

Online Media Campus
05/13/2020

Online Media Campus

Creating balance and maintaining your emotional and physical wellness is as important as ever for journalists. Tim Schmitt will discuss some ideas on how to create that balance to best take care of yourself. We will also discuss how to create a healthy work environment for employees. Join us on Thursday, June 11 at 1 p.m. Central for “Self-Care For Journalists”, presented by Tim Schmitt. To register, go to our website at www.onlinemediacampus.com.
For registration questions, contact Erica at [email protected].

Excellent advice and information from Marshall Allen of ProPublica about how to evaluate information we see from a varie...
05/12/2020
I’m an Investigative Journalist. These Are the Questions I Asked…

Excellent advice and information from Marshall Allen of ProPublica about how to evaluate information we see from a variety of media.

ProPublica health care reporter Marshall Allen describes the questions he asks to assess coronavirus misinformation, starting with a viral video that claims the coronavirus is part of a “hidden agenda.”

When COVID-19 hit, The Beacon accelerated its soft launch schedule and began reporting pandemic-related stories about te...
05/07/2020
Journalist Launches The Beacon, a New Nonprofit Startup in Kansas City – Editor & Publisher Magazine- Newspaper & News Publishing Industry News

When COVID-19 hit, The Beacon accelerated its soft launch schedule and began reporting pandemic-related stories about testing, how the region was coping, college closures, first jobs lost, nursing homes, essential work or truckers, struggles for working families and daycares and safe voting.

A Section  Journalist Launches The Beacon, a New Nonprofit Startup in Kansas City Evelyn Mateos  May 7, 2020 Kansas City community members attend a listening session with The Beacon in February. (Photo provided)When investigative reporter Kelsey Ryan lost her job in 2018 after a round of layoffs ...

This article is not shared to spark political debate. The issue of misleading and manipulated campaign videos transcends...
05/06/2020
Analysis | The Trump campaign’s egregious editing of a CNN clip

This article is not shared to spark political debate. The issue of misleading and manipulated campaign videos transcends party lines. No matter which side of the political aisle with which we align, we should all agree that "truth is the ultimate goal." — Gwen Larson, NFPW president

In a new ad, the Trump re-election campaign clips words and inserts images to suggest his China travel restrictions saved 2 million lives.

"What will local news look like when we emerge from the pandemic? Interviews with journalism organization leaders, analy...
04/23/2020
COVID-19 Accelerates Local News Trends, for Bad and Good

"What will local news look like when we emerge from the pandemic? Interviews with journalism organization leaders, analysts and scholars paint a portrait of an industry transforming on the fly."

Before 2020 even started, we knew it was shaping up as a brutal year for journalism jobs as major chains were merging and cutting staff. We knew small publications, especially weeklies, were struggling. We knew “news deserts” were growing across the country. Then came COVID-19.

As many of you expected and, indeed, requested, our 2020 conference in Arkansas will not happen. Instead, we asked the A...
04/20/2020
Conference - National Federation of Press Women

As many of you expected and, indeed, requested, our 2020 conference in Arkansas will not happen. Instead, we asked the Arkansas planning team to work toward us all being together in Little Rock in 2021. Learn more at the link below...

2020 NFPW Conference Moved to 2021 Little Rock, Arkansas April 20, 2020 Dear NFPW Members, As many of you expected and, indeed, requested, our 2020 conference in Arkansas will nothappen. Instead, we asked the Arkansas planning team to work toward us all being together inLittle Rock in 2021. We conti...

Fun article about the complexity of working from home with special connection to NFPW. Former President Teri Hillyard Eh...
04/20/2020
NASA team is controlling the Mars Curiosity rover from home — take a look at their work from home setups

Fun article about the complexity of working from home with special connection to NFPW. Former President Teri Hillyard Ehresman worked at Idaho National Laboratory before she retired. INL created the power source for the Curiosity Mars rover. Teri spent Thanksgiving 2011 with her team in Florida for the launch!

The coronavirus pandemic has forced millions of Americans to work from home over the past month, and the NASA scientists and engineers controlling the Curiosity Mars rover are among them.

Mugshots or no mugshots? Read both sides then weigh in with your opinion.
04/17/2020
Critical Thinking: As More Media Outlets Stop Posting Mugshots of People, Should Other Newsrooms Follow Their Lead? – Editor & Publisher Magazine- Newspaper & News Publishing Industry News

Mugshots or no mugshots? Read both sides then weigh in with your opinion.

Columns Critical Thinking  Critical Thinking: As More Media Outlets Stop Posting Mugshots of People, Should Other Newsrooms Follow Their Lead? Evelyn Mateos  April 17, 2020 As more media outlets stop posting mugshots of people, should other newsrooms follow their lead? Michael Tobin, 22, senior,...

"America will recover from coronavirus; there’s no doubt about it. And with strong philanthropic support, so will local ...
04/16/2020
Journalism is an Essential Service During the Pandemic. We Must Fund It Like One.: Democracy Fund

"America will recover from coronavirus; there’s no doubt about it. And with strong philanthropic support, so will local news. We are heartened by the hard work of newsrooms and dedicated funders across the country who understand how vital local news and information is at this moment — and how much we’ll need it in the future."

The Democracy Fund is a bipartisan foundation working to ensure that our political system is able to withstand new challenges and deliver on its promise to the American people.

Did you miss this? Michele Turk, president of Connecticut Press Club, writes about her experience with COVID-19.
04/16/2020
I didn’t think it could be COVID-19, then I tested positive

Did you miss this? Michele Turk, president of Connecticut Press Club, writes about her experience with COVID-19.

By now, isn’t it clear that people shopping for groceries don’t need to wear professional masks, but doctors and nurses do?

Interesting court decision: "...because Sinclair 'uploaded the Photograph to Instagram and designated it as 'public,' sh...
04/15/2020
Court Rules Photographer Gave Up Exclusive Licensing Rights by Posting on Instagram

Interesting court decision: "...because Sinclair 'uploaded the Photograph to Instagram and designated it as 'public,' she agreed to allow Mashable, as Instagram’s sublicensee, to embed the Photograph in its website.'"

Mashable beats a lawsuit by convincing a New York judge that it legitimately used an image on social media.

An interesting new service... Have you checked it out? What do you think?
04/14/2020
Ground News Allows Consumers to Judge the News for Themselves – Editor & Publisher Magazine- Newspaper & News Publishing Industry News

An interesting new service... Have you checked it out? What do you think?

A Section  Ground News Allows Consumers to Judge the News for Themselves Evelyn Mateos  April 14, 2020 An example of the Coverage Analysis feature on the Ground News Pro app breaking down the bias of a story multiple news outlets have covered.To help news consumers combat misinformation, clickbai...

Hmmm.... wonder what messages I can compose with my bookshelves. Nothing as great as this, I'm afraid!
04/13/2020

Hmmm.... wonder what messages I can compose with my bookshelves. Nothing as great as this, I'm afraid!

Just a shelf of books? Take a closer look ...

All credits to artist: Mr. Phil Shaw !!!

"The search for updates on the virus has pushed up readership for local and established newspapers, but not partisan sit...
04/13/2020
The Virus Changed the Way We Internet

"The search for updates on the virus has pushed up readership for local and established newspapers, but not partisan sites."

With many stuck at home during the pandemic, Americans have been spending more of their lives online. This is how our habits have changed.

Colorado Press Women member Marilyn Saltzman finds strength in what's missing as she celebrates Passover. Thank you, Mar...
04/10/2020
A Grandmother's Journey

Colorado Press Women member Marilyn Saltzman finds strength in what's missing as she celebrates Passover. Thank you, Marilyn, for reminding us of priorities.

Marilyn Saltzman

Conference program ads are available! Honor your COA or just someone special in your organization. https://nfpw.org/2020...
03/17/2020
Conference Program Ads - National Federation of Press Women

Conference program ads are available! Honor your COA or just someone special in your organization.

https://nfpw.org/2020/03/17/conference-program-ads/

Want to honor your Communicator of Achievement an affiliate or individual milestone anniversary or possibly sell some of your books during the 2020 NFPW Conference?  Consider purchasing an ad in the official program book. The deadline is Tuesday, March 31. Ad rates are reasonably priced and a grea...

The deadline for the first-timers grant has been extended by one week. Check out the story below for details. https://nf...
03/16/2020
Just in - First-timer Grant deadline extended to April 24 - National Federation of Press Women

The deadline for the first-timers grant has been extended by one week. Check out the story below for details.

https://nfpw.org/2020/03/16/just-in-first-timer-grant-deadline-extended-to-april-24/

If you are an NFPW member who has never attended an annual conference, consider applying for a first-timer grant to attend the June conference in Arkansas. The NFPW Education Fund, supported by members through donations and participation in the silent auction at each conference, can help by offering...

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Free presentation hosted by the Missouri Humanities Council, University of Missouri, Missouri Press Association and two other partners tonight. From the event publicity: "Our goal for this program is to deepen the public’s knowledge and appreciation of the intimate connections between democracy, the humanities, journalism, and an informed citizenry; based on; that a healthy democracy requires informed citizenry, the humanities and journalism play a vital role in fostering an informed citizenry, and informed citizens are media literate."
The California Legislature passed a bill that is negatively affecting gig writers and I have read that other states have looked at this kind of legislation. A free webinar July 22 is looking at this issue. https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_bBhSQM3kQq2qI1EvMyAkdw?fbclid=IwAR1KQoAk24ryBw84ny8-A-T6OgmCXPVecFOH7LPBNPfuuV0elQaS2fWibKwrowth by making companies who contract with gig writers hire them full time (surprise, it's not).
Local newspapers are the lifeblood of the community - yet many were suffering long before COVID-19. What is the solution?
Her award-winning story found black students, who make up 20% of the student population, accounted for 60% of the suspensions.
We are rolling out the red carpet for a virtual NFPW Communications Contest award ceremony and ALL MEMBERS ARE INVITED! The first ever online event, will honor outstanding efforts of the national NFPW contest winners. The event themed, "Where Diamonds Shine," will allow NFPW members to celebrate in small affiliate or groups of friends or join individually for the Zoom event. The program is scheduled for 8 p.m. Eastern time on Saturday. June 6. Members can join the call beginning at 7:45 p.m. Eastern time and enjoy music until the celebration begins. NFPW President Gwen Larson will open the ceremony and NFPW member Angela Smith will provide a live drum roll salute to the award recipients as the award ceremony begins. A slide show is planned announcing the names and rankings of the entries receiving first, second, third and honorable mention honors. Many of the winners have provided photos to accompany the slideshow. Viewers will be able to type notes of congratulations online as the winners are announced and honored. Following the awards, participants can join in toasts to the winners with the participants beverage of choice. To join in this celebration, send an RSVP by June 3, 2020 to NFPW headquarters at [email protected] An email will be returned with a link to the online celebration and the password to join the event. We ask you do not share the link and password to help avoid the possibility of a hacker joining the celebration. We hope you will make plans to join the fun.
Kids ready and eager to finally go back to school after the pandemic. 😃😃
I am a 30-year-member of NFPW now working as a freelance writer. I am seeking clients and can be reached at [email protected].
April 9, 2020 Audrey Blackwell, Venice, Florida. I am a 30-year NFPW At-Large member currently building my freelance basis and seeking clients. [email protected], 941-786-2331.
Hi there, I was going to sign up for the three days of pre-tours but Day 3 is not appearing on the registration page.
Hey there, if anyone hasn't made their hotel reservation yet and was planning to get two beds to share a room, get ready to snuggle up. The conference hotel only has king rooms available. All rooms with two queen- and double-sized beds are sold out. Shannon Littlejohn
I'm happy to let my NFPW friends and colleagues know that I finally finished my book about Russia! Two Years in Moscow -- Russia's early struggles to form a democracy, is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble's website.