Magazine article The Quill

Make the Most of Your Contributions Now

Magazine article The Quill

Make the Most of Your Contributions Now

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Staff Report

Every day, journalists are challenged - to work harder and faster; to understand and convey complex information; to do more with less; to get past the "he said, she said" and to the heart of the matter; and to report accurately and responsibly, with the highest of ethical standards.

The Society of Professional Journalists and Sigma Delta Chi Foundation are also challenged to respond quickly and effectively to the needs of the profession; to equip journalists for their work; and to educate the public about the vital role of journalism in a democracy.

The organizations respond to these challenges by adding new programs and services every year. During this year, SPJ has added a series of Narrative Writing Workshops, a new Web site that includes podcasts of professional development programs, career resources and more; a report on reporters' options for responding to gag orders; a campaign for a federal shield law; and more.

A new challenge throughout the coming year will prepare SPJ and the Foundation to better meet these important needs. The organizations have received a challenge grant through The Challenge Fund for Journalism. The matching program was created by The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, The Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, and the Ford Foundation to help journalism organizations broaden their base of financial support.

Through May 31, gifts to SPJ and the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation will be matched through the challenge grant. …

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