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…

 

SPJ NORCAL TO HOST SHIELD LAW TRAINING JUNE 2 AT 11:30 A.M., FEATURING LEGAL EXPERTS AND BUZZFEED REPORTER RYAN MAC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — Join SPJ NorCal for a virtual workshop on journalist shield law protections with a panel of legal experts and Ryan Mac, the San Francisco-based BuzzFeed reporter who faced subpoenas in a federal defamation suit involving Elon Musk. Register here:  https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_KhGA6ecaS7Ooa0jdjsD6GA   Ryan Mac’s case followed another challenge to shield law protections…

 

SPJ NORCAL JOINS FIRST AMENDMENT COALITION TO PROTECT PRESS FREEDOM ONE YEAR AFTER POLICE RAID ON JOURNALIST

One year ago this week, San Francisco police conducted a raid on journalist Bryan Carmody, a widely condemned attack on press freedom and a plain violation of California’s shield law protections. State and federal law protects journalists from having to disclose their sources or any unpublished information collected during newsgathering to the government — and…