The Mid-Atlantic Muckraker | November 24th, 2014

Tech upgrade for SPJ

By Andy Schotz

The SPJ national board agreed on Tuesday (Nov. 18) to spend some money – $32,000 to improve the society’s technology systems.

As a memo on the project described, SPJ’s technology has three parts – an in-house database (called iMIS), a hosting provider and a website. Continue reading


4th Estate | November 22nd, 2014

“Secret Execution” bill moves forward

By Patti Newberry

The Ohio House of Representatives passed a so-called “Secret Executions” bill on Thursday, 61-25, a day after a House committee pushed it out to the full chamber with a 9-4 vote. Continue reading


First Draft | November 22nd, 2014

What impressed me about the Ted Scripps Leadership Institute

By Brandi Broxson

Last weekend this Florida girl braved the freezing temps in Columbus, Ohio for the first session of the 2014/2015 Ted Scripps Leadership Institute. The program is funded by the Scripps Howard Foundation and brings journalists from all over the nation together to learn about leadership, managing a SPJ chapter and for networking. Continue reading


FOI FYI | November 21st, 2014

Ask an expert: How to appeal a FOIA rejection

By Danielle McLean

Over and over again, I hear journalists complain about being rejected by government agencies when making Freedom of Information Act requests and how difficult it is to successfully file an appeal. Continue reading


FOI FYI | November 20th, 2014

Contact your senator today to pass FOIA fixes!

By David Cuillier

Today the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously passed the S. 2520 FOIA Improvement Act  and now it awaits a vote by the full Senate. This is great news, but time is short for all of us to act! Continue reading


Net Worked | November 19th, 2014

Twitter just became a better tool for journalists

By David Sheets

Do you remember your initial tweet?

How about the 20 or 40 tweets that followed?

The first question may be easy to answer. The second, not so much. Continue reading


Freedom of the Prez | November 19th, 2014

Highlights thru Nov. 18

By Dana E. Neuts

It’s been about a month since I wrote my last “highlights” post. There is so much going on within SPJ, but also in the news industry that it is hard to keep up with it all…and to remember to keep you up to date. Continue reading


The Heartland Beat | November 18th, 2014

Region 7 Career Connections, 11.18.14

By Rob McLean

Each week, The Heartland Beat will post four journalism jobs from within the region. Continue reading

Learfield Communications is looking for an experienced reporter/anchor for Missourinet — a statewide radio network based in Jefferson City, Missouri.


SPJ Works | November 17th, 2014

Journalists, are you seriously still not scheduling your social media?

By Taylor Carlier

Due to the nature of my position with SPJ, I tend to be on social media all day and night. Some of this may be due to my overwhelming addiction to Buzzfeed quizzes about which celebrity would play me in a movie, but mainly this is because SPJ’s social media requires a lot of attention. Continue reading


Mouth of the South | November 17th, 2014

Losing his faculties

By Michael Koretzky

This older gentleman? A teenager is wiser than he is.

Ed Meadows is president of Pensacola State College in the Florida Panhandle. He made the most headlines of his long career just last week, when he told the 18-year-old Spenser Garber, co-editor of the PSC student newspaper, three silly things…

1.  Continue reading


4th Estate | November 16th, 2014

No on ‘secret executions’

By Patti Newberry

Ohio has had a long and problematic history with capital punishment. It has executed 393 convicted murderers in its history, first via hanging, then in the electric chair and since 1993 with lethal injection. Continue reading


Code Words | November 15th, 2014

#Pointergate Revisited

By Andrew Seaman

(via U.S Library of Congress)

(Updated on November 21, 2014 to include information from a statement made by the Society’s Minnesota Pro Chapter.)

On Tuesday night, I published a blog post about a report that aired last week on KSTP, the ABC affiliate in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul metropolitan area. Continue reading


Freedom of the Prez | November 15th, 2014

Scott Cooper Sentencing: Justice Served, Lessons Learned

By Dana Neuts

Thursday I did something I hope no other SPJ president will ever have to do. Testify against a former SPJ board member who embezzled money from a local SPJ chapter. Continue reading


Net Worked | November 14th, 2014

Deleting your tweeting is cheating

By David Sheets

Remember correction fluid? It had names such as Liquid Paper and Wite-Out.

How about correction tape?

Or, how about those pencil- or wheel-shaped typewriter erasers with a plastic brush at one end? Continue reading


SPJ Member Spotlight | November 14th, 2014

Congratulations to Pashtana Usufzy, SPJ’s November Volunteer of the Month

By Susan Stevens

Pashtana Usufzy of Las Vegas is SPJ’s Volunteer of the Month for November. Congratulations, Pashtana! You more than earned this honor.

She is a breaking news reporter for the Las Vegas Sun. Continue reading