Net Worked | January 29th, 2015

Introducing the new SPJ Digital executive

By Alex Veeneman

Elections for the SPJ Digital and SPJ Freelance communities concluded January 22, and results were announced Monday. Following appointments for positions including Editor, Programming (which was a position available for candidates but no declared candidates were available), the executive is as follows. Continue reading

The X Factor | January 29th, 2015

2014 NW Excellence in Journalism Contest: entries due Feb. 12

By Dana Neuts

The 2014 SPJ Northwest Excellence in Journalism Contest has officially launched, honoring work published or produced in 2014 within SPJ’s Region 10 (Alaska, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana). Continue reading

Freedom of the Prez | January 27th, 2015

Congratulations to our new community leaders!

By Dana E. Neuts

We have just completed our first elections for the SPJ Freelance and Digital Communities. Congratulations to our new leaders!

SPJ Freelance Community

Chair: Anna Pratt
Vice Chair: Michelle Donahue
Events Coordinator: Amy Ritchart
Resources Coordinator: Hazel Becker
At-Large:  Michael Fitzgerald and Michelle Sandlin

SPJ Digital Community

Chair: Alex Veeneman (incumbent)
Facebook Coordinator: Michelle Sandlin
Twitter Coordinator: Beth O’Malley
LinkedIn Coordinator: Brandi Broxson
Google + Coordinator: Brandi Broxson
NetWorked Blog Managing Editor: Brandi Broxson

The terms for each of these positions begins Feb. Continue reading

Net Worked | January 23rd, 2015

What do communities say about SPJ’s future?

By Alex Veeneman

In this Net Worked guest post, SPJ national president Dana Neuts looks at the role of the communities, including SPJ Digital, the community where this blog operates, and what these communities mean for the future of SPJ. Continue reading

4th Estate | January 20th, 2015

OU ready for your RSVP

By Patti Newberry

The Ohio University chapter is ready to take your registration for the Region 4 conference, set for March 20-21 in Athens, Ohio.

The chapter launched its conference Web site this week, with best rates available through March 1 and a higher walk-in rate after that. Continue reading

Net Worked | January 15th, 2015

Tamara Keith on social political journalism

By Alex Veeneman

Instagram was unveiled as the largest growing social network last year, according to the Pew Research Center. (Photo: Zenspa1/Flickr under CC license)

It was announced last week that Instagram was the fastest growing social network in 2014. Continue reading

The Heartland Beat | January 13th, 2015

Kansas State University’s SPJ chapter bolsters membership one year after relaunching

By Rob McLean

Image via Jimmy Emerson, DVM/Flickr

By Lauren Whan

Each month, Lauren Whan, Region 7 assistant for campus affairs, will take a look at a university chapter from across the region. Continue reading

Discussing Violence with our Journalism Students

By Butler Cain

The murders of 12 people at the offices of satirical publication Charlie Hebdo in Paris on January 7 is yet another frustrating example of recent violence against journalists and media workers. Continue reading

SPJ Member Spotlight | January 11th, 2015

Alex Veeneman is SPJ’s volunteer of the month

By Susan Stevens

Alex Veeneman

SPJ’s Volunteer of the Month for January is Alex Veeneman, who serves as acting chair of the SPJ Digital Community as well as the SPJ’s Community Coordinator. Continue reading

Journalism and the World | January 7th, 2015

Press freedom orgs react to massacre of journalists in Paris

By Carlos Restrepo

The Society of Professional Journalists International Community joins the worldwide outcry against the murder of 12 journalists in Paris Tuesday.

Masked gunmen entered the offices of the French weekly satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo the morning of Jan. Continue reading

Be a Mentor to Journalism Students and Teachers

By Butler Cain

SPJ’s Journalism Education Committee is launching an initiative to strengthen America’s scholastic journalism programs, and we’re asking SPJ members to get involved by becoming mentors. Student journalists — and their teachers — need your expertise! Continue reading

Who's News? Diversity Every Day | December 31st, 2014

Another reminder to choose our words carefully

By April Bethea

By Georgiana Vines, diversity committee vice chair

The Dec. 23 issue of the Columbia Journalism Review has an article  that no clear consensus has yet emerged in the news media on how to describe immigrants to the U.S. Continue reading

Freedom of the Prez | December 30th, 2014

Why students should get involved with SPJ communities

By Dana E. Neuts

Guest post by Alex Veeneman, community coordinator and chair of SPJ Digital

In this ever changing media environment, students need to do more to stand out, from work placements and student media opportunities, writing on the side, either on a freelance basis or with online or print publications. Continue reading

First Draft | December 30th, 2014

No More Shaming

By Claudia Amezcua

By Mike Brannen

If there is one resolution journalists should honor in 2015, I suggest the end of journalist shaming. From the widely-circulated articles to the less-public comments, the assault on journalists who make mistakes (particularly the unintentional ones) must stop. Continue reading

Net Worked | December 30th, 2014

GIF, JPEG, or PNG? Choose wisely

By David Sheets

(Editor’s note: This post appears courtesy of Gateway Media Literacy Partners)

Seeing is believing, the saying goes. That phrase dates back to the 17th century, but it means more now than ever. Continue reading