Announcing TJA resume workshops, and hello from #NICAR2024

Event image for TJA Resume Workshops series in April, with Emma Carew Grovum  and Benet J Wilson

We're excited to be hosting two resume workshops with industry experts Benét Wilson and Emma Carew Grovum. Both sessions will be open to TJA members who are looking to sharpen their resumes. We'll go over some best practices and review example resumes. We may also give live feedback to YOUR resume – if you send it to us!

Sign up for either session on our members site:

Thursday, April 4, 1:00 - 2:00 PM ET 

Tuesday, April 9, 10:00 - 11:00 AM ET

You can attend either session or both.

A note about our newsletters

Hi TJA friends! We're splitting our newsletters in two: one for trans coverage updates, one for community news.

If you're here for job opportunities, career advice, stories on any beat, and TJA member updates, stay subscribed to this newsletter. If you're here for style guide resources, stories about trans communities and the issues that face us, or other coverage resources, stay subscribed to the other newsletter.

If you're here for both, keep doing what you're doing!

Hello from #NICAR2024!

Blurry photo of people smiling at a bowling alley

A group of TJA members attending NICAR paired with the association to pitch and present panels on trans data, LGBTQ+ data, and undercovered stories about trans communities. We packed three rooms. Plus, we ran into about two dozen of our members at the conference. It was great to see everyone!

Thanks to OpenNews for supporting our bowling social!

P.S. Are you speaking publicly about your journalistic work, on a panel or otherwise? Let us know!

Member spotlights

A logo of a hand holding a pencil in a fist shape that reads TRANSforming Journalism

TJA members Rajvi Desai and Te Shima Brennen received a 2022-23 seed grant from the Brown Institute of Media Innovation at Columbia University to create a resource highlighting the expertise, approach, and work of trans journalists in America.

They're now working on outreach to trans journalists for the project. You can contact them at

Why they're doing this project

TRANSforming Journalism came to fruition as Rajvi (they/he) and Te Shima (they/them) navigated their way through graduate school at Columbia University in 2021. Having sat in community as trans people, journalists, and filmmakers, it became apparent to them that there was a disconnect between the needs of the trans community, the work of trans journalists, and the journalism industry itself. With numerous guides to reporting on the trans community available, Rajvi and Te Shima set out to bridge the gap between those guides and media organizations by creating a database that digs deep into trans-led journalism.

Journalism opportunities

SRCCON calls for proposals and travel support

OpenNews will be back in Minneapolis on August 15-16 for SRCCON, a peer-driven conference for journalists who want to transform their work, their organizations, and their communities.

The call for participation is open for session proposals through April 5, and you can also apply by the same deadline for $500 in travel support. 

SRCCON is a hands-on event designed to connect you with community: share your projects, your experiments, your dreams, and help us imagine a better future for journalism.

Want to lead a session? Bring what you’re working on or trying to solve in 2024: Key topics might include election coverage, mental health, and AI tools & ethics for journalism. SRCCON always welcomes community conversations on data & tech, tools & techniques, DEI commitments that lead to real change, careers, collaboration, and culture change.

Career and industry resources

Let’s Retire the “Leaving Journalism” Fallacy | Nieman Reports
Your career as a journalist doesn’t have to be a one-way trip, writes veteran freelancer Katherine Reynolds Lewis.
Stop arguing about objectivity and start serving your audience - Poynter
As big names debate objectivity, our panel suggests they are missing the point and may not actually disagree.
Free Press Elements for Tribal Media from the Indigenous Journalists Association

Work from our network

SXSW Panel: Responsible Reporting on Anti-Trans Violence for Journalists - REPLAY
Access the SXSW panel Instagram Live replay and transcript featuring Serena Daniari, Arielle Rebekah, Eva Reign, and Imara Jones.
Saudi Arabia’s state-sponsored gaming booth is upsetting queer PAX East attendees
Qiddiya Gaming is a project of the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia and is part of a multibillion dollar initiative to bring esports to the country.
2SLGBTQ Health in Focus: A Podcast from Rainbow Health Ontario | Rainbow Health Ontario
Episode 1: The Current State of 2SLGBTQ Medical Education Episode 2: Rural Health for 2SLGBTQ Patients and Providers Episodes 3 & 4: Countering Anti-Trans Hate for Health Care Providers Jodi Asphall…
Two Democratic Senators Strip Support For LGBTQ Center Following ‘Libs Of Tik Tok’ Smear
A spokesperson for the center said she was disappointed that funding was withdrawn “as a result of lies and distortion ... shared by extremists.”
Righteous Torrence “Chevy” Hill, a Black Trans Salon Owner, Reportedly Killed in Atlanta Last Week
Friends and family have taken to social media to pay tribute to his life.
Washington State Is Leaving Tribal Cultural Resources at the Mercy of Solar Developers
The Badger Mountain solar project reveals gaps in the state’s permitting system that tribal nations say perpetuates a legacy of “cultural genocide.”
Malcolm X’s daughter Ilyasah Shabazz talks about her father’s legacy
The author, social activist and educator spoke at the Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center on Thursday night.
Why these queer Americans want LGBTQ+ groups to back a cease-fire in Gaza
Many LGBTQ+ Americans are denouncing Israel’s military offense in Gaza as an act of genocide, and they want LGBTQ+ groups to do the same.
A Palestinian surgeon’s GoFundMe bid to evacuate his daughter from Gaza — and the digital army that’s mobilized to help | Future of Good
In the terrifying flash of a moment a Palestinian surgeon lost 31 members of his family. Here’s how people worldwide are trying to get him and his daughter out.
The Messy Business of Being Marc Summers
The former “Double Dare” host shares his struggles in a new one-man show
SGN decries unconstitutional censorship in Ocean Shores library
Our editor sounds off: “We implore the residents of Ocean Shores and the broader LGBTQ community to raise their voices in protest.”

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