SPJ Works | April 28th, 2015

Community engagement in the form of public news meetings

By Taylor Carlier

News as we know it is changing, shifting — and hopefully — becoming even more robust. From social media to the Apple Watch, the means by which we receive our news is also constantly changing. Continue reading


Code Words | April 28th, 2015

Ethics Week 2015: Minimizing Harm in Times of Conflict

By Andrew Seaman

Photo Credit/Robert Kuykendall

Freshman journalism students are often asked to define the word journalist.

The lesson at the end of the exercise is that the definition varies from person to person. Continue reading


Invite a Visiting Fulbright Scholar to Your Campus

By Butler Cain

The Fulbright Scholar Program has a great component called the Outreach Lecturing Fund. Universities that would like to host a visiting Fulbright Scholar (who is already studying in the U.S.) can identify a scholar, apply to the program, and invite him or her to campus. Continue reading


Code Words | April 27th, 2015

Ethics Week 2015: Minimizing Harm

By Andrew Seaman

The Society’s Ethics Week is focusing on minimizing harm, which is a key tenet of the Code of Ethics.

The Society’s Code of Ethics is composed of four key tenets and almost three dozen underlying principles. Continue reading


Net Worked | April 26th, 2015

For NBC, it’s more than just about Brian Williams

By Alex Veeneman

For NBC News, there is more to answer than the issue surrounding its star anchor, Brian Williams.(Photo: David Shankbone/Wikimedia Commons under CC)

Brian Williams has not had an easy year. Continue reading


Bylines and Deadlines | April 23rd, 2015

A Look Back, A Look Ahead

By Rebecca Baker

Greetings Region 1 SPJ members. It’s been an exciting time for our region, for reasons big and small ….

First, we held a successful regional conference at Hofstra University. Continue reading


Freedom of the Prez | April 23rd, 2015

NLGJA: Reporting on Transgender Issues

By Dana E. Neuts

Tomorrow night ABC’s Diane Sawyer will interview Olympic gold medalist Bruce Jenner. Many media outlets are speculating that Jenner will discuss being transgender. To help the media understand how to fairly and accurately report on transgender issues, the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA) has issued a statement including guidelines and a link to their style guide and resources. Continue reading


Western Tales | April 22nd, 2015

8 things you should know about SPJ, or how to get free money for programs

By Matthew Hall

This past weekend was our regional conference and the national board meeting. Most of you headed to San Francisco for a super weekend of programs and networking and that amazing San Francisco food. Continue reading


Freedom of the Prez | April 21st, 2015

SPJ Board Meeting Recap

By Dana E. Neuts

The SPJ spring board meeting was this past Sat., April 18 in Indianapolis. Each meeting is streamed live, but in case you missed it or don’t want to sit through the 6+ hour recording, here are the highlights:

The board approved the Fiscal Year 2016 budget. Continue reading
Code Words | April 20th, 2015

CBS’s 60 Minutes Airs Graphic Footage

By Andrew Seaman

People who tuned into CBS’s 60 Minutes on Sunday night watched “the most disturbing footage in its 47-year history,” according to the network.

The footage was part of a segment presented by Scott Pelley, the anchor and managing editor of CBS Evening News. Continue reading


SPJ Member Spotlight | April 19th, 2015

Robyn Sidersky is the April SPJ member of the month

By Susan Stevens

Robyn Sidersky

SPJ’s Member of the Month for April is Robyn Sidersky, a reporter and digital content producer for The Free Lance-Star, in Fredericksburg, Va., where she has worked for the past four years. Continue reading


Region 5 Blog | April 18th, 2015

Chicago Headline Club award banquet May 8

By Deborah Givens

Felicia Middlebrooks and Greg Hinz will receive Lifetime Achievement Awards at the Chicago Headline Club’s Peter Lisagor Awards banquet for exemplary journalism May 8.

Middlebrooks has co-anchored CBS Radio/WBBM Newsradio morning drive news since October 1984. Continue reading


Western Tales | April 18th, 2015

Congratulations to all our Region 11 2014 college journalism award winners

By Matthew Hall

I am very pleased to announce the 2014 Mark of Excellence Award winners from Region 11. The complete list of honorees is below.

Each year, the MOE Awards honor the best of collegiate journalism around the country and in Region 11, from Arizona, California, Nevada and Hawaii. Continue reading


The Mid-Atlantic Muckraker | April 17th, 2015

As Buzzfeed might say: 23 things from the SPJ board packet for this weekend

By Andy Schotz

Items in the packet for Saturday’s SPJ national board meeting include (watch from home via livestream starting at 9 a.m.; the pages note where to find the item in the packet):

1 – There will be five Ted Scripps Leadership Institute sessions in SPJ’s next fiscal year (p. Continue reading


Net Worked | April 16th, 2015

Learning from Chicago’s social runoff

By Alex Veeneman

Rahm Emanuel, who won re-election as Chicago mayor after the first runoff in city history. (Photo: danxoneil/Flickr under CC)

On April 7, Rahm Emanuel was re-elected as the Mayor of Chicago in the first runoff for the office in the history of the city. Continue reading