The Independent Journalist | August 25th, 2014

Expand your freelance network – join SPJ’s freelance community!

By Dana E. Neuts

Hello, freelance colleagues!

Have you heard about SPJ’s new Freelance Community? Launched this summer, the community is a new way for SPJ members interested in freelancing to connect with each other. Continue reading

Bylines and Deadlines | August 25th, 2014

Get Free Money for your Chapter Event!

By Rebecca Baker

For the second consecutive year, the Region 1 Fund is offering quarterly grants of up to $500 to help professional and student chapters recruit speakers, book space and promote events. Continue reading

The Mid-Atlantic Muckraker | August 24th, 2014

West Coast dissection: an ethics code critique

By Andy Schotz

This morning, Peter Sussman, a former colleague of mine on the SPJ Ethics Committee, sent me his detailed critique of the latest draft of the proposed SPJ Code of Ethics. Continue reading

The Mid-Atlantic Muckraker | August 23rd, 2014

SPJ board meets by Skype, debates code of ethics

By Andy Schotz

“Transparency” is not just a principle to add to the SPJ Code of Ethics. It’s also a guide for how SPJ conducts its business, especially for the national board. Continue reading

SPJ Member Spotlight | August 23rd, 2014

Congratulations to Sharon Dunten, our August volunteer of the month!

By Robyn Davis Sekula

Sharon Dunten

Sharon Dunten is our August volunteer of the month. Don’t know Sharon? Look her up at Excellence in Journalism 2014 – she will be there. Continue reading

The Mid-Atlantic Muckraker | August 20th, 2014

Part three: critiquing the code of ethics

By Andy Schotz

The SPJ Ethics Committee has come up with its third and final draft for consideration at this year’s national convention in Nashville.

This is a summary of the changes. Continue reading

First Draft | August 14th, 2014

Alleged police attacks on journalists are strikes on democracy

By Rob McLean

Arizona State University journalism professor Leslie-Jean Thornton tweeted sound advice for up-and-coming reporters Wednesday night.

“J-students: If your feed isn’t erupting with #Ferguson news now, you need to fix it ASAP,” she tweeted. Continue reading

Net Worked | August 13th, 2014

Dear journalism student: Don’t worry, be happy

By Alex Veeneman

The School of Journalism at the University of Missouri, one of many schools that will welcome back students in the coming weeks.Photo – mojourcomm / Wikimedia Commons (CC)

It is an important question - a question where the opinion you get will be different every time it is asked, a question that has been asked a lot recently. Continue reading

Code Words | August 13th, 2014

Ethics of covering suicides

By Kevin Smith

As the world comes to terms with the suicide of comedian and actor Robin Williams eyes will, and should be, fixed firmly on the manner in which the media handles coverage of his death. Continue reading

The Mid-Atlantic Muckraker | August 13th, 2014

The teeth sink in, and don’t let go

By Andy Schotz

I’ve worked with and gotten to know Amy Cherry a little through SPJ. She’s the president of the Delaware Pro chapter, and seems pleasant.

Then, I caught this July 29 clip of her on the job, reporting for WDEL radio and my impression of her changed dramatically. Continue reading

Net Worked | August 6th, 2014

The debate on a Twitter edit tool

By Alex Veeneman

Twitter may be releasing an edit tool – but the question is when? Photo via Wikimedia Commons (CC)

It has long been known that Twitter has become an essential social media platform for journalists, either through editorial or career purposes. Continue reading

First Draft | August 4th, 2014

Why must we be reminded of evil that still haunts this country?

By Claudia Amezcua

by Mike Brannen

With each passing week, it feels somewhere, in some American city, an officer falls victim to gun shots. Journalists don’t have the luxury to ignore it and say “I’m not dealing with this today;” we have to face it head-on. Continue reading

Net Worked | July 31st, 2014

Digital Journalism takes a big step forward

By David Sheets

From typewriters to Twitter, technology has shaped and reshaped journalism. Only now, the technology is coming faster than we can master it.

In the span of a lifetime, hot type gave way to cold type, which in turn sank beneath a wave of websites and blogs and social media apps. Continue reading

The Mid-Atlantic Muckraker | July 31st, 2014

Annual reports – campus chapters

By Andy Schotz

Last week, I posted some thoughts about the Region 2 pro chapters as I read their annual reports.

This week, I looked at the campus chapter reports. Continue reading

SPJ Works | July 29th, 2014

How SPJ’s Legal Defense Fund helps real journos

By Taylor Carlier

The Staff of Otterbein360 | Photo Credit Hillary Warren

BY: Taylor Carlier, Communications Coordinator

The Legal Defense Fund came to the aid of a university media organization, in order to defend its right to access police records. Continue reading