Net Worked | March 4th, 2015

Can Google be more than just a reference site?

By Alex Veeneman

A sign for Google during its Developer Day in 2007. Researchers have created a search engine ranking sites on factual accuracy. (Image courtesy of meneame comunicacions, sl/Flickr under CC)

The search engine Google is synonymous with the search for information – the word itself signifies the search for the truth. Continue reading

Lynching story fails to identify race of all involved

By Tracy Everbach

If we don’t know our history, it is said, we are doomed to repeat it.

The New York Times published a story Feb. 10 that revealed some of the ugly history of the United States of America. Continue reading

Net Worked | February 28th, 2015

Why public broadcasting is important in the digital age

By Alex Veeneman

A little over 45 years ago, Fred Rogers appeared before the Subcommittee on Communications of the United States Senate. At the time of his testimony, a grant for $20 million for the newly funded Corporation for Public Broadcasting, established in 1967, was in jeopardy, as President Richard Nixon wanted to cut that funding in half. Continue reading

Net Worked | February 27th, 2015

Should Students Pursue Journalism?

By Bethany Bella

A headline from HuffPost Media this week stopped me in my Twitter-prowling tracks: “Employment Rates Are Improving For Everyone But Journalism Majors.”

My first reaction was to cringe. Continue reading

Who's News? Diversity Every Day | February 27th, 2015

A Tribute to Dori Maynard

By Sandra Gonzalez

Dori Maynard, a journalist and champion for diversity in media died this week, and journalists across the country are mourning. They are mourning the loss of a woman who devoted her life to ensuring all voices were heard. Continue reading

American Press Freedoms are Declining

By Butler Cain

Reporters Without Borders has released its annual World Press Freedom Index for this year. The United States has slipped again, ranking #49 out of 180 countries. Continue reading

First Draft | February 24th, 2015

Five job sites you should be using now (and always)

By Brandi Broxson

Graduation is coming up in a couple of months for many of you. I have no doubt that you’re compiling portfolios and preparing to turn your tassel and bust into the news world with reporter’s notebooks blazing. Continue reading

Bylines and Deadlines | February 24th, 2015

Register for the 2015 Region 1 Conference

By Rebecca Baker

Registration is now open for the Region 1 Society of Professional Journalists Conference at Hofstra University on April 17-18.

The Press Club of Long Island is hosting the event and all you have to do is sign up by April 1 to take advantage of the early bird registration rates.  Continue reading
Region 5 Blog | February 22nd, 2015

Early bird deadline extended to Feb. 27 for Region 5 Louisville Conference

By Deborah Givens

Galt House room reservations must be made by Feb. 25 to receive conference rate

Early bird registration has been extended until Friday, Feb. 27, for the Region 5 Society of Professional Journalists Conference set for Friday and Saturday, March 27 and 28, at the Galt House in Louisville. Continue reading

Western Tales | February 20th, 2015

We have a venue and not one but two great keynote speakers so register now!

By Matthew Hall

Our regional conference just got a lot more awesome.

We have a venue for it now, the historic Hotel Whitcomb on Market Street in San Francisco near Twitter HQ (and its well-known wall) …

… and very close to other cool stuff. Continue reading

Net Worked | February 19th, 2015

Embrace the Age of Social Media

By Bethany Bella

Social media–or what I like to call a journalist’s savior.

When I decided junior year of high school to become an environmental journalist, I assumed I’d just be writing stories for tree huggers; I never thought one day I would need to be marketing myself on the Internet, too, in order to survive this job. Continue reading

Who's News? Diversity Every Day | February 19th, 2015

Newspaper Headline Points Up Lack of Understanding

By Rebecca Tallent

Flawed news coverage is always bad form, but the issues in Rapid City, South Dakota points out journalists are not understanding or mindful of Native American issues in stories or headlines. Continue reading

SPJ Member Spotlight | February 17th, 2015

Congratulations to Monica Guzman, SPJ’s Volunteer of the Month

By Susan Stevens

Monica Guzman

Monica Guzman, president of the Western Washington Pro Chapter, is SPJ’s Member of the Month for February. Congratulations, Monica, and thanks for all of your hard work! Continue reading

Net Worked | February 16th, 2015

How can the Engaging News Project help journalism?

By Alex Veeneman

In this Net Worked guest post, Katie Steiner, an SPJ Digital member in Austin, Texas, looks at the role of the Engaging News Project and its work for journalism in the digital age. Continue reading

Code Words | February 14th, 2015

Toronto Star Fails in Vaccine Investigation

By Andrew Seaman

Photo Illustration (Photo Credit: Flickr/ El Alvi)

Two days after I published a post on this blog about the importance of using data to report on medicine, the Toronto Star published – what the paper called – an investigation into Gardasil, which is one of the vaccines used to prevent the human papillomavirus. Continue reading