2021 Top of the Rockies Contest to Open Dec. 17

The 2021 Top of the Rockies contest, administered for more than a decade by the SPJ Colorado Professional Chapter on behalf of SPJ chapters in Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and Wyoming, will officially open on Dec. 17.

The contest, which encourages journalists, editors and photographers to submit their best work, will be open through Jan. 29.

For the first time, Top of the Rockies has four divisions based on newsroom staff size: fewer than five staff members; five to under nine staff members; nine to under 15 staff members; more than 15 staff members. News organization are allowed to compete in a division with a larger staff size; they are not permitted to drop a division. If your news organization has not been placed in one of the new divisions, contact Deb Hurley Brobst at deb.hurley.brobst@gmail.com.

For a full list of contest rules, and categories, visit coloradospj.wordpress.com/contest/.

Awards will be announced April 30 at the awards ceremony at the Denver Press Club, 1330 Glenarm Place, Denver — or online if an awards ceremony is not possible.

For additional questions, contact Deb Hurley Brobst at deb.hurley.brobst@gmail.com.

Denverite Seeks Reporter

Denverite is currently seeking a reporter to cover Denver’s 78 neighborhoods.

According to Denverite, the reporter should “treat each neighborhood like its own living, breathing city that’s full of unique stories and people that make it the only (insert neighborhood name) in Denver.”

The ideal candidate will:

  • have experience in local news, either in Denver or somewhere else.
  • generate great story ideas that aren’t at the mercy of the news cycle, but also peruse neighborhood-meeting and city council agendas in search of neighborhood-y stories.
  • write with voice. Your first test will be your cover letter.
  • be comfortable and familiar with covering nonwhite and LGBTQ communities.

For more information about the position, and where to email an application, visit https://denverite.com/2021/01/12/denverites-hiring-a-reporter/.

Washington Post to add more than 150 jobs next year, bringing newsroom to record size

By Celine Castronuovo for The Hill

The Washington Post plans to add more than 150 jobs to its newsroom next year, bringing its total staff to a record high of more than 1,000, the newspaper confirmed to The Hill on Thursday. 

The New York Times’s Ben Smith first reported the additions on Twitter on Thursday.

WaPo, per an email from Fred Ryan, now over 3 million subs, and will create 150 jobs next year, bringing newsroom over 1,000 — biggest ever.— Ben Smith (@benyt) December 17, 2020

Reached for comment, Post spokesperson Molly Gannon Conway confirmed the number but did not provide any additional details on the staff increase at the outlet owned by Amazon CEO and tech billionaire Jeff Bezos

Axios media reporter Sara Fischer said on Twitter that Post publisher Fred Ryan informed staff of the change in a memo, writing that the 150 new positions will be “the most in a single year” that the storied publication has seen.

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The Salt Lake Tribune announces new project to support diverse journalism

By Becky Jacobs for the Salt Lake Tribune

The Salt Lake Tribune is teaming up with the nonprofit Amplify Utah to support student journalists at Salt Lake Community College who will report on Utah’s diverse communities and engage younger readers.The yearlong project, which is funded through the Google GNI Innovation Challenge, was announced Tuesday. Students will begin reporting during the spring semester in 2021.

“We have students from every corner of society at a community college, and there’s just really deep rich stories that I don’t know we always have access to otherwise,” said Marcie Young Cancio, executive director of Amplify Utah and an assistant professor of journalism and digital media at SLCC.

Young Cancio — who’s a veteran newspaper reporter, magazine editor and digital and television news executive — founded Amplify Utah this past summer to increase diversity in local media. It will develop news readers through media literacy education and by amplifying underrepresented voices.

Through her nonprofit and her position at SLCC, Young Cancio will work with students in an introductory journalism class. They will cover a broad range of diversity, equity and inclusion issues, including those that affect them personally as members of Utah’sBlack, Latino, Native American, Pacific Islander, refugee, veteran, LGBTQIA+ and incarcerated communities.

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Littwin: As if state GOP didn’t have problems enough, now there’s Patrick Neville doxxing reporters

Opinion: by Mike Littwin with the Colorado Sun

It’s no secret that the Colorado GOP has major problems. But now one problem — let’s call it the Patrick Neville problem — has reached a critical stage. 

And how the party deals with it may tell us a lot about the state party’s future. And in a small way, it may even offer up hints about how the national GOP deals with life after Donald Trump, if it turns out there is such a thing.

The issue is doxxing, in which soon-to-be-former House Minority Leader Neville, using voter registration data, published on his Facebook account the address of a Denver Post reporter who had co-written an article questioning Neville’s handling of caucus funds as party leader. Doxxing is ugly in any case. But for an elected representative, a leader of a party, it is well beyond the pale. 

In this time when Trump calls journalists enemies of the people, Neville has intentionally put the lives of reporters and their families at some risk. Neville must be sanctioned. And in my view, the only question facing Republicans is what the sanctions should be.

“The release of a journalist’s private information in retaliation for an unflattering story is wrong,” said Hugh McKean, who will be the new House party leader, in a written statement. “While members of the legislature are responsible for their own statements and social media posts, this type of reprisal is not acceptable and does not represent the values we, as Republicans, hold.”

OK, it’s unacceptable, but then what? McKean’s statement didn’t scare off Neville or his pal, state Rep. Dave Williams. Neville then published the registration data of the other reporter on the story, and Williams, in a post, asked Neville to look up the voting registration data on 9News’ Kyle Clark. 

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