SPJ advocates for shield law

WASHINGTON: The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) is launching a campaign among its members and on Capitol Hill to support a bill introduced last week that would create a federal shield law to protect journalists' confidential sources.

WASHINGTON: The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) is launching a campaign among its members and on Capitol Hill to support a bill introduced last week that would create a federal shield law to protect journalists' confidential sources.

The SPJ has raised more than $30,000 to help lobbying efforts for the bill, according to the group's president, Christine Tatum. She is personally traveling to Washington in June to address politicians on the issue, and the group is working to rally its more than 9,000 members to write their representatives in support of the bill.

Additionally, SPJ has placed extensive materials about the issue on its Web site.

"To engage the public, we're really working on promoting our Web site, and trying to get people to read the resources," Tatum said.

SPJ is working as part of a coalition of media organizations supporting the bill "so that we're not just firing buckshot," she said.

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