Communities in Crisis: Ethical Considerations for Journalists

The recent tragedy in Tucson have added to the many questions in the minds of members of the public about how journalists cover violence as well as cover communities in crisis where violence is a part. It is one of the main bases for public criticism of journalists. Meanwhile, covering violence, from war abroad to crime at home, also affects journalists in many ways most members of the media are unprepared for. Learn how to approach covering violent people and communities in a whole new way.

Communities in Crisis: Ethical Considerations for Journalists,” sponsored by Valley of the Sun Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, the Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, is 7 p.m. Monday, March 7, in The First Amendment Forum at the Cronkite School, 555 N. Central Ave., in Phoenix.

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From the Newsroom to the Classroom

Is it time to move from the newsroom to the classroom? The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at ASU invites working journalists interested in moving into the field of academia to an informal reception to find out more about its new Ph.D. program, set to launch in Fall 2011.

The reception is set for 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26, in the First Amendment Forum at the Cronkite School, 555 N. Central Ave. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served. For more information on the Ph.D. program, visit

Village Voice Digital Media Fellowships

The Village Voice is looking to recruit some top candidates who are strong reporters and writers with pre-existing multimedia experience or the desire to acquire these skills (and an interest in alternative magazine journalism). Digital fellows will be immersed in blogging, photography, video, audio and social media and will produce original reported material for Village Voice online publications.

Fellows will be paid $500 per week. Housing will be provided. The program is open to students who are within one year of graduation, graduate students or post grads. Fellows may ultimately be considered for positions within the Village Voice family of publications.

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Upcoming Event: Public Records Lessons

Please join Phoenix SPJ on Thursday, October 21 for Access Across America. Hear David Cuillier, University of Arizona journalism professor and national co-chair of SPJ’s Freedom of Information Committee, share the public-records lessons he’s learned from traveling more than 14,000 miles over 33 states and talking to more than 1,000 journalists, communicators, officials and citizens.

The event is 6 to 8 p.m. in rm. 202 of the Cronkite Theater at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Admission is free.

Phoenix SPJ Names 2010 Scholarship Recipient

The Valley of the Sun Pro Chapter of SPJ has begun setting aside funds for an annual scholarship, to be presented each spring to a college student who is majoring in journalism. With the increase in college tuition and decrease in available government loans and grants, we know how vital every dollar can be.

This year’s $500 scholarship was presented to Leigh Anne Zinsmeister, a sophomore at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism, on April 17 during the chapter’s annual Arizona Freedom of Information Awards Reception.

Zinsmeister plans to graduate in May of 2012 and hopes to work as a magazine editor.

“No matter what field I end up in, I hope to deliver the news to the people and keep them informed while building and maintaining their trust in me as a journalist,” she said.

The chapter awarded its first $500 scholarship to community college student Heather Lacey, who was enrolled in the journalism program at Phoenix College. Lacey was given her scholarship in August 2008.