The Independent Journalist | October 29th, 2014

Look outside the box to establish relationships with editors


Guest blogger: Ricardo Torres 

If there’s one thing most freelancers need to know, if they don’t already know it, is that editors get thousands of emails a week. Continue reading

The Heartland Beat | October 29th, 2014

Finding antiquity in Manhattan, Kansas

By Rob McLean

Manhattan, Kansas, was the last place I expected to find a Terracotta Warrior. But sure enough, one of the sculptures was behind a glass case at Kansas State University. Continue reading

Net Worked | October 29th, 2014

Wi-Fi can be hazardous to your health

By David Sheets

Fear is an excellent deterrent. It saps our confidence, curtails our energy and tempers our judgment. It forces us to change our direction and our thinking. Continue reading

The Heartland Beat | October 28th, 2014

Region 7 Career Connections, 10.28.14

By Rob McLean

Each week, The Heartland Beat will post four journalism jobs from within the region. Continue reading

News Press and Gazette, Co., in St. Joseph, Missouri, is looking for a multimedia reporter.

First Draft | October 27th, 2014

A Newscast Producer’s Playlist

By Mike Brannen

There are so many emotions producers experience over the course of one work day. Being a fan of music spanning several decades, I’ve come across a couple dozen songs that accurately capture what it’s like to be a TV newscast producer. Continue reading

Freedom of the Prez | October 23rd, 2014

Highlights through Oct. 22

By Dana Neuts

It’s been three weeks since my last post, and a lot has happened in SPJ and the journalism world in that short time. Here are a few highlights:

Earlier this week, we lost journalism legend Ben Bradlee of The Washington Post. Continue reading

First Draft | October 22nd, 2014

Why Twitter should be a non-negotiable for journalists

By Brandi Broxson

I haven’t been able to get this article by Ann Friedman for the Columbia Journalism Review out of my head. The article raises the question: Can you still be an effective journalist if you ignore Twitter? Continue reading

The Independent Journalist | October 21st, 2014

Dealing with rejection


Guest blogger: Bret Schulte

I recently climbed one of the towers of Old Main at the University of Arkansas to attend a workshop to help faculty win grants. Continue reading

The Heartland Beat | October 21st, 2014

Region 7 Career Connection, 10.20.14

By Rob McLean

Each week, The Heartland Beat will post four journalism jobs from within the region. Continue reading

The Le Mars Daily Sentinel in Le Mars, Iowa, is searching for a news reporter.

The Heartland Beat | October 21st, 2014

Three alt weeklies bow out in one week

By Rob McLean


Map key: Red – Closed in 2014; Purple – Closed in 2013; Yellow – Closed in 2012; Green – Closed in 2008

When considering a journalism career’s progression, I like to think of the news career ladder in terms of the Daily Planet. Continue reading

Code Words | October 20th, 2014

Ebola in America

By Andrew Seaman

Ebola virus disease is a terrifying ailment. After transmission, symptoms start two to 21 days later. The often-deadly disease usually begins with a fever and progresses to more serious symptoms, such as internal and external bleeding. Continue reading

First Draft | October 20th, 2014

#ILoveMyJob, Even if ‘Journalist’ Isn’t In the Title

By Victoria Reitano

Imagine you’re meeting someone for the first time. If you’re like me, one of the first questions you ask is “what do you do,” which prompts them to ask you. Continue reading

Mouth of the South | October 19th, 2014

Beating the system?

By Michael Koretzky

What’s the opposite of a restraining order? And can I get one against Tom Owens?

Owens is the county commission candidate in rural Georgia who got a restraining order against a freelance journalist. Continue reading

SPJ Works | October 17th, 2014

Sept/Oct: Journo Job & Internship Openings for All!

By Taylor Carlier

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The Mid-Atlantic Muckraker | October 17th, 2014

Ethics code highlights: So, what changed?

By Andy Schotz

Maybe the updated SPJ Ethics Code is no longer a front-burner issue six weeks after it was approved (Sept. 6, by a voice vote). But I think it’s still worth highlighting what was changed. Continue reading