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SPJ NorCal Seeks San Francisco Journalist For Sunshine Ordinance Task Force

The Society of Professional Journalists, Northern California Chapter, is searching for a journalist for a voting seat on San Francisco’s open-government watchdog commission, the Sunshine Ordinance Task Force.  SPJ recently gained the nominating authority for this seat from New America Media, which closed in 2017.  This member will serve in the spirit of what NAM…

 

SPJ NorCal Condemns Attack on Shield Law Protections During George Floyd Protests

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE— The Freedom of Information Committee of the Society of Professional Journalists’ Northern California chapter condemns a startling decision by a Washington state judge, ruling that news outlets including The Seattle Times must hand over footage and photos of Seattle protests to police. This alarming result occurred in spite of Washington State’s 2007…

 

SPJ NorCal Condemns Sacramento Police Department’s Flawed Media Policy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — A national coalition of media organizations today joins forces to condemn a new media policy from the Sacramento Police Department. The policy, produced by the Department in the wake of the wrongful detention of working journalists reporting on a protest over the death of Stephon Clark, does nothing to prevent the…

 

An Open Letter to Police Officers and Protesters from the Society of Professional Journalists

The Society of Professional Journalists represents close to 6,000 journalists around the country. We are sending this open letter to you asking that you please let us do our jobs in covering the protests surrounding George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis. Protesters, we hear you. We understand the pain you are feeling and the anger you…

 

SPJ NORCAL APPLAUDS CALIFORNIA SUPREME COURT FOR BOOSTING ACCESS TO POLICE BODY CAMERA FOOTAGE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE– In a victory for transparency advocates, the California Supreme Court held in a decision this week that public agencies cannot charge requesters for the redaction of electronic public records like police body camera footage.  SPJ NorCal submitted a brief in the case, arguing that such fees discriminate against freelancers and individuals without…

 
 
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