SPJ Member Spotlight September 26th, 2016

How to get involved in SPJ: Transitioning from student to pro

By Robyn Davis Sekula

Editor’s note: We’ve asked members of SPJ to write blog posts for us about how exactly to get involved in SPJ. Sometimes, people don’t know where to start. Continue reading

Code Words September 25th, 2016

Debating the Role of Debate Moderators

By Andrew Seaman

Photo: Diego Cambiaso

The upcoming U.S. presidential and vice presidential debates are high-stakes events for the candidates. The debates will also be defining moments for the five journalists tasked with moderating the conversations. Continue reading
Bylines and Deadlines September 24th, 2016

Back from EiJ and Looking Forward

By Jane Primerano

The difference between NYC and NOLA is apparently the decor around their buskers.


We are a fortunate bunch in Region 1. We have a small geographic footprint (ok, I wouldn’t want to walk to Irwin’s house from mine, but, . Continue reading

First Draft September 22nd, 2016

Reflecting on EIJ and journalism

By Alex Veeneman

Cafe du Monde based in New Orleans, the site for the recent Excellence in Journalism conference. (Photo: justinsomnia.org/Wikimedia Commons)

The famous author E.L. Doctorow had a saying about writing: “Writing is an exploration. Continue reading

Code Words September 15th, 2016

Canary in the Coalmine: Trust in Media Hits New Low

By Andrew Seaman

Less than a third of American adults trust the media at least “a fair amount,” according to a new Gallup poll. The finding is the most dismal since Gallup started taking the poll in the 1970s. Continue reading
SPJ Member Spotlight September 14th, 2016

Jennifer Brannock Cox is SPJ member of the month

By Susan Stevens

Jennifer Brannock Cox

A professional chapter president who also is a student chapter adviser, Jennifer Brannock Cox, is SPJ’s Member of the Month for September. Congratulations Jennifer! Continue reading

First Draft September 13th, 2016

How weird do I want to get?

By Alex Veeneman

As part of Generation J’s ongoing series of guest essays, Emily Bloch of Florida Atlantic University considers why a different element of programming can help reinforce some journalistic principles. Continue reading

First Draft September 12th, 2016

6 Low- to No-Cost Ways to Learn New or Improve Existing Skills

By Katie-Leigh Corder

Education never ends for journalists especially those on the techy side. Understanding trendy technologies,  social sites, and learning new, necessary skills are all part of the job. Continue reading

First Draft September 9th, 2016

A formidable dream: Mistakes college journalists make on their way to professional journalism

By Andie Adams

Guest Post By Victoria Blake @victoriablake22

When you start writing a paper, it is sometimes encouraged to write the ending first and the rest will become easier. Continue reading

Region 5 Blog September 7th, 2016

Bluegrass Pro SPJ issues statement on resignation of open government expert from AG office

By Deborah Givens

Bluegrass (Kentucky) Professional Chapter SPJ issued a statement Tuesday in response to the resignation of Assistant Attorney General Amye Bensenhaver, the AG office’s lead attorney with 25 years of experience in Open Meetings and Open Records appeals. Continue reading

First Draft September 5th, 2016

Peter Mansbridge and public broadcasting

By Alex Veeneman

It was the night of the 20th of October, 2015. I switched my TV on to C-SPAN 2 where they were simulcasting with the CBC, the public broadcaster in Canada, to air coverage of the country’s elections. Continue reading

FOI FYI September 3rd, 2016

Obama White House Doesn’t Address Complaints on Its Censorship through PIOs, etc.

By Gideon Grudo

This is a guest post by DC-based journalist Kathryn Foxhall.

After eight months the White House is not answering the complaints of journalism and other groups that the Obama Administration has entrenched the practice of prohibiting federal employees to speak to journalists without surveillance by public information offices, and that it often blocks them from communicating at all. Continue reading

Net Worked September 2nd, 2016

Accuracy in an algorithmic age

By Alex Veeneman

In order for it to be effective with users, Facebook must present accurate and fair information. (Photo: Pixabay)

This week, it emerged that the editors behind the Trending Topics section at Facebook had been fired, and that the algorithm would be at the core of finding stories that users would want to hear about. Continue reading

First Draft September 1st, 2016

Why you should volunteer your journalism skills

By Alex Veeneman

In this digital age, landing a job has become more difficult. Here, SPJ’s Katie-Leigh Corder considers how volunteering can help you in the job market.

In a society where both new and seasoned journalists are expected to keep up with the digital revolution and competition, feelings of being overwhelmed are commonplace. Continue reading

FOI FYI August 30th, 2016

DOJ Should Improve Requirements For How Death In Police Custody Data Is Collected

By Lynn Walsh

The Deaths in Custody Reporting Act was signed into law in 2014, the U.S. Department of Justice is now proposing how it will mandate reporting requirements for law enforcement agencies across the country. Continue reading