The Trans Journalists Association is excited to announce that we have been awarded a $50,000 grant by the Ford Foundation’s Creativity and Free Expression program — the first philanthropic gift to us since we attained fiscal sponsorship earlier this year. We're very grateful to the Ford Foundation for this important catalytic funding.
The grant will be used to build core services and capacity for the TJA's work with the journalism industry to improve coverage of transgender issues and to support our members in their careers. These efforts have been supported entirely by volunteers and individual donors up until now.
In-person meetup in D.C.!
RSVP at DCMedia.eventbrite.com — and save the date for Thursday, Nov. 16 at 6pm ET. Current TJA members can attend for free with a discount code. Check the TJA announcements channel or listserv for the code!
The mixer will take place at the WILD DAYS | Eaton Hotel Rooftop.
Covering trans issues well just means doing journalism well
This year, there’s news breaking that impacts trans communities on almost every single beat. For this scale of news story, just nailing the stylebook or the pronouns doesn’t cut it. Some of this year’s worst offenders have no faults in their language. They refer to trans people thoughtfully, carefully, and respectfully—while entertaining questions about whether we deserve civil rights and autonomy.
As reporters and editors, we have to ask better questions.
— TJA president Kae Petrin writes on the association's work and expansion this year
What we're reading
Kentucky transgender minors, families plan to appeal to U.S. Supreme Court over new KY law from the Lexington Herald-Leader
With gap in state's LGBTQ+ history, 'activist archivists' step up to document it from The Keene Sentinel
#ICYMI: Where to find the TJA besides Twitter
We've been exploring other ways to reach our members and the journalism industry at large.
Other places you can find us:
In the immediate future, we plan to be most active on LinkedIn and through this newsletter. And as always, you can reach us by email firstname.lastname@example.org.