Seventy-five anti-LGBTQ bills passed into law in 2023. This year, state legislatures and local policymakers have already begun proposing more restrictions on trans people. Questions about these regulations, their enforcement, and their impact on society are already central topics in the 2024 elections.
This three-hour interactive workshop will help you understand how to tell accurate, high-impact stories relevant to your audiences, whether they're local, regional, or national.
There will be hands-on exercises, activities, and take-home materials.
⏰ Tuesday February 27, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. PT / 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. ET
💰 $35 per person
✍️ Register now
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your resume and a brief statement about why you are interested in this Trans Journalists Association training. Use SUBJECT LINE: TJA election training scholarship.
Deadline Friday, February 9, 2024 at 6:00 PM ET.
- Misinformation Watch
- Member Spotlights
- TJA in the Spotlight
- Job Listings
- Announcing the NLGJA x TJA Book Club
- Journalism Opportunities
- Thanks to our Supporters
- What We're Reading
- How misinformation drove debates over transgender students and bathrooms in Arizona from The Arizona Republic
- Medical misinformation cited in Texas gender-affirming care ban case from Lonestar Live
- Interview: Mara Silvers on Covering a Child Welfare Story That Became Far-Right Outrage Fodder from Assigned Media (bonus: The Montana Free Press's in-depth reporting)
- ‘Chaos campaign’: how an Armenian enclave became the center of an anti-LGBTQ+ battle from The Guardian
- Debunked: Misleading NYT Anti-Trans Article By Pamela Paul Relies On Pseudoscience from Erin In The Morning (plus, more from Assigned Media)
- Evidence Undermines 'Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria' Claims from Scientific American
- Right-wing media wield detransitioners to bolster anti-trans campaign ahead of 2024 election from Media Matters for America
TJA member and program volunteer Tat Bellamy-Walker is the recipient of the Ottaway Fellowship to attend Investigative Reporters & Editors' Data Journalism Bootcamp at the University of Missouri-Columbia.
What Tat hopes to do with the training
You can read some of Tat's work as a communities reporter at The Seattle Times.
Congrats to TJA members nominated for awards!
Tre'vell Anderson received a NAACP Image Awards nomination in the Outstanding Instructional Literature category for their book Historically Black Phrases. You can join Tre'vell and their co-author jarrett hill discussing the book on a live tour in four major U.S. cities.
Check out the work of our members nominated for the GLAAD Media Awards:
Independent journalist Jeff Fuentes Gleghorn for Outstanding Online Journalism Article:
Science journalist Timmy Broderick for Outstanding Online Journalism Article:
(Additional congrats to Timmy for receiving a fellowship from Society of Environmental Journalists and The Uproot Project to attend SEJ's annual conference.)
Jo Yurcaba at NBC News for Outstanding Online Journalism Article:
Queer News Daily creator Nico Lang for Outstanding Online Journalism Article:
Imara Jones and the team at TransLash Media for Outstanding Podcast:
Nicole Cutrona at CBS News for Outstanding TV Journalism – Long-Form:
TJA in the Spotlight
How politicized coverage is failing the trans community
“Everyone is willing to frame queer and trans humanity as a political issue, and it’s not.... As journalists, we have to just hold the line on some basic, basic ethical things and that’s one of them.”
Read more in the Center for Journalism Ethics article.
Here to Help: Using the NLGJA Stylebook & TJA Style and Coverage Guide
The NLGJA Stylebook on LGBTQ+ Terminology and the Trans Journalists Association's Style and Coverage Guide are two resources newsrooms can rely on to aid their coverage of LGBTQ+ topics and stories, and are meant to supplement other prose stylebooks, including the AP Stylebook. Come listen to NLGJA and TJA stylebook editors as they offer best practices for covering the LGBTQ+ community writ large, as well as guidance for more nuanced, accurate news coverage of trans people and stories.
TJA stylebook editor and board member Graph Massara will speak. Attendees must register for NLGJA's conference. Attendance is free for NLGJA student members and $25 for non-members.
⏰ Saturday February 24, 4 p.m. – 4:50 p.m. ET
💰 $25 or NLGJA membership costs
✍️ Register now
More panels featuring TJA members
- NLGJA on February 24: Beyond the Binary: Intersectionality in the Newsroom with Jireh Deng
- NICAR on March 7: Trans data: How we can do better with Alberto Cairo, Aarushi Sahejpal, and Kae Petrin
- SXSW on March 8: Gender Reimagined: Are Corporations Prepared? with Gina Chua and Lanaya Irvin
- NICAR on March 8: Finding and using data about LGBTQ+ people with Minami Funakoshi, Adam Rhodes, Jasmine Mithani, and Emilia Ruzicka
- NICAR on March 8: Undercovered stories about trans communities with Lucas Waldron, Orion Rummler, Alberto Cairo, Justin Myers, and Haru Coryne
📆 Check out the TJA events calendar for more public and members-only events
Check out new postings on our jobs board from the Chicago Sun-Times, Apple News, The Pudding, The Trace, and Central Current.
Want to reach our membership with jobs? We're offering discounted postings. Paid listings are cross-posted to our 800+ member Slack, X/Twitter, and jobs listserv. More info on our site.
Announcing the NLGJA x TJA Book Club
Trans Journalists Association is partnering with NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ+ Journalists on a book club!
Shoutout to TJA member Salgu Wissmath for volunteering as TJA's book club coordinator.
- On Wednesday, February 28 at 8:30 p.m. ET, we will gather to discuss "Gender Queer" by Maia Kobabe.
- On Wednesday, March 27 at 8:30 p.m. ET, the club will meet to discuss "Diary of a Misfit" by Casey Parks.
Meetings will last between 60 and 90 minutes and will be held on Zoom. Sign-up sheets for each meeting will be available soon, and the events will be listed on our social calendar and our full events calendar. Can't attend every meeting? No worries! Join when you can.
#tja-x-nlgja-book-club channel in the TJA+Allies Slack group.
(Already a TJA journalist member, but not a member of that Slack? Check your login dashboard on the TJA members site for a link to the form to request access.)
Fellowships and programs
- U.S.-based journalists interested in building careers reporting on science, health, and the environment are invited to apply for National Science-Health-Environment Reporting Fellowships. They're designed to provide training, networking, mentoring, new sources, and story ideas. Applications close Feb. 23.
- Applications for the International Women's Media Foundation and Georgia News Collaborative Newsroom Safety Across America initiative in Georgia are open! Backed by Craig Newmark, this critical training will prepare local reporters ahead of 2024 elections. Applications close Feb. 14.
- If you’re an HBCU journalism student who’s interested in learning how to use data, design, and code to help tell stories, the one-week intensive workshop by Du Bois Data Lab will help. You don’t need any previous experience. Applications close Feb. 26.
- The Uproot Environmental Justice Fellowship will offer funding to seven journalists to pursue reporting projects over the course of a year. The fellowship is open to all journalists of color who are members of The Uproot Project. Applications close Mar. 1.
- NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ+ Journalists Mentorship Program is seeking both mentors and mentees. It pairs members hoping to take the next step in their career with seasoned, veteran members. The program aims to create lasting relationships. It's open to active NLGJA members. Mentee applications close Feb. 29; mentor applications are rolling.
- The Institute for Independent Journalists' Journalism Layoffs Census
- Center for Innovation and Sustainability in Local Media's Stayers and Leavers in U.S. Local Journalism
Thanks to our Supporters
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