FOI FYI | July 18th, 2014

Must read FOI stories – 7/18/14

By David Schick

Every week I do a roundup of the freedom of information stories around the Web. If you have an FOI story you want to share, send me an email or tweet me. Continue reading


Code Words | July 16th, 2014

Social Media’s Place in the Society’s Ethics Code

By Andrew Seaman

The term “social media” is used once in the latest draft of the Society’s ethics code. The term’s single occurrence is too little for some, but it’s just right for me. Continue reading


SPJ Works | July 15th, 2014

SPJ in the news: White House letter reaches its destination and then some [updated 7/15]

By Billy O'Keefe

The story so far

On July 8, SPJ, along with 38 other journalism and open government groups, called on President Obama to stop practices in federal agencies that prevent important information from getting to the public. Continue reading


FOI FYI | July 15th, 2014

FOIA should be proactive, not reactive

By David Schick

I’ve noticed a few interesting improvements at various local governments across the country that are taking a more proactive approach to Freedom of Information Act requests — and I’m impressed. Continue reading


Freedom of the Prez | July 14th, 2014

Third draft out on ethics code revision

By David Cuillier

Kudos to the Code of Ethics revision group that met in Columbus this weekend to hammer out the final draft of the code. Feel free to check out the meeting, which was streamed live. Continue reading


Code Words | July 14th, 2014

Unveiling a New Code

By Kevin Smith

We have a final ethics code to present to the membership.

 After a day of discussions, revisions and philosophizing, 10 hours in all, the Ethics Committee for the Society of Professional Journalists proudly finished its work on a code we believe should replace the 18-year-old document that has been serving the Society. Continue reading


Code Words | July 14th, 2014

Ethics Code Revision: Our Third Draft

By Kevin Smith

Members of the Society of Professional Journalists believe that democracy, a just society and good government require an informed public.  Ethical journalism strives to ensure the free exchange of information that is accurate, fair and thorough. Continue reading


Mouth of the South | July 13th, 2014

Libeling SPJ

By Michael Koretzky

This blog post might be libelous. My last couple were, according to SPJ’s president.

I’ve been writing about the secretive way SPJ’s leaders are revising the organization’s Code of Ethics. Continue reading


Freedom of the Prez | July 11th, 2014

John Seigenthaler: Friend to SPJ, journalism, civil rights

By David Cuillier

Today a great journalist and SPJ friend died.

John Seigenthaler, a longtime, editor of the Tennessean, died at age 86. You can read his obit, along with links to amazing examples of his legacy. Continue reading


FOI FYI | July 11th, 2014

Must read FOI stories – 7/11/14

By David Schick

Every week I do a roundup of the freedom of information stories around the Web. If you have an FOI story you want to share, send me an email or tweet me. Continue reading


Freedom of the Prez | July 10th, 2014

A voice in the wilderness finally heard

By David Cuillier

Wow. I am floored by the solidarity of journalism groups in pushing back against excessive information control by the federal government.

Since Tuesday when we sent a letter to Obama urging him to stop the secrecy, along with 37 other groups signing on, we’ve received even more support from other groups and a flood of interview requests and mentions from media around the world, including interviews with Fox News, USA Today, HuffPostLive (six minutes in). Continue reading


The Mid-Atlantic Muckraker | July 10th, 2014

Code of ethics, another round

By Andy Schotz

On July 3, the SPJ Ethics Committee released the second draft of its proposed update of the SPJ Code of Ethics.

The committee is scheduled to convene in person on July 12 in Columbus, Ohio. Continue reading


SPJ Works | July 8th, 2014

National Press Club Podcast: SPJ’s Code of Ethics Adapts to the Digital Age

By Billy O'Keefe

The process of revising SPJ’s Code of Ethics is well underway, with the newly-issued second draft available for public consumption (and, we hope, your feedback) right here. Continue reading


FOI FYI | July 7th, 2014

Must read FOI stories – 7/07/14

By David Schick

Every week I’ll be doing a roundup of the freedom of information stories around the Web. If you have an FOI story you want to share, send me an email or tweet me (Missed last week because of 4th of July, so you’re getting a double dose this week.) Continue reading

No moving targets in FOIA denials: Missouri judge rules that government agencies cannot give a different exemption than the original one used to deny the FOIA request after being sued.


Code Words | July 3rd, 2014

Ethics Code Revisions: Our Second Draft

By Kevin Smith

Members of the Society of Professional Journalists believe that justice and good government require an informed public. The journalist’s duty is to provide that information, accurately, fairly and fully. Continue reading