The Leading Edge | April 14th, 2014

Congrats & Annual Reports!

By Tara Puckey, SPJ Chapter Coordinator

Chapter Cash

Congrats to another chapter for receiving a 2013-2014 Chapter Grant to fund some of their awesome programming. The Columbia University SPJ Chapter will be hosting a program about FOI issues and we’re sure it will be great. Continue reading


First Draft | April 14th, 2014

Three Web Design Resources Every New Grad Should Play With

By Claudia Amezcua

by Guest Blogger Maria Murriel

What most surprises me about working with journalism students — I’m an alumni mentor with my local chapter — is that students still lack an established digital curriculum. Continue reading


First Draft | April 14th, 2014

Three Web Design Resources Every New Grad Should Play With

By Claudia Amezcua

by Guest Blogger Maria Murriel

What most surprises me about working with journalism students — I’m an alumni mentor with my local chapter — is that students still lack an established digital curriculum. Continue reading


First Draft | April 8th, 2014

6 Things to Bring to an Interview (and 6 Things to Hide)

By Jennifer Nicole Sullivan

Journalists should always be prepared. That’s why it’s crucial that you bring these six items to every interview. If you forget something, your interviewer (most likely an editor) may think you’re a space cadet—not a good first impression! Continue reading


4th Estate | April 7th, 2014

Good stuff in Columbus

By Patti Newberry

Congrats to the Central Ohio Chapter for staging a super Region 4 Conference in Columbus April 4-5! Chapter President Beth Gianforcaro, 

Beth Gianforcaro headed the conference planning committee. Continue reading


First Draft | April 5th, 2014

5 Tools to Increase Your Productivity

By Claudia Amezcua

by Victoria Reitano

My favorite recommendation for people who feel they “don’t have enough time” is Laura Vanderkam’s “168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think”. Continue reading


4th Estate | April 3rd, 2014

Columbus or bust!

By Patti Newberry

Heading to Columbus tomorrow for what promises to be a great Region 4 Conference.

Congrats to Central Ohio Chapter President Beth Gianforcaro and her team for pulling together “Celebrating our past, recreating our future,” running April 4-5 in Columbus. Continue reading


4th Estate | April 3rd, 2014

Pittsburgh hosts b-cast legends

By Patti Newberry

Pittsburgh SPJers will host some of its broadcast pioneers on April 26 for a session called “Broadcast Legends and Storytellers.” Here are details from Ginny Frizzi:

What was it like being a broadcast journalist in Pittsburgh before microwave technology and “instant” news? Continue reading


Region 5 Blog | April 1st, 2014

SPJ Chicago schedule: April 11-13 times and rooms

By Susan Stevens

SOCIETY OF PROFESSIONAL JOURNALISTS
2014 Region 5 Spring Conference

Here is the schedule for sessions at the Society of Professional Journalists’ Region 5 Spring Conference in Chicago. Continue reading


Mouth of the South | April 1st, 2014

HIRE THESE PEOPLE…

By Michael Koretzky

Meet the best college journalists in the Southeast. That’s Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina.

How do I know they’re the best? Because they’re the Region 3 winners in SPJ’s college annual journalism contest, called the Mark of Excellence. Continue reading


The Heartland Beat | March 31st, 2014

Region 7 early registration ends today

By David Sheets

Today is the last day for early registration to the Society of Professional Journalists’ Region 7 Spring Conference, scheduled for April 25-26 at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kan. Continue reading


Mouth of the South | March 31st, 2014

LICENSE TO CHILL

By Michael Koretzky

 

A barber needs a license to cut your hair. A plumber needs a license to clean your pipes.

Why doesn’t a journalist need a license to cover your news? Continue reading


The Independent Journalist | March 30th, 2014

Inspiration for finding the story

By SPJ

Guest blogger: Bret Schulte 

Writing is hard. If writing comes easy, my guess is you’re either doing it wrong or you’re a genius, and I’ve never met a genius. Continue reading


Code Words | March 27th, 2014

Ethics Code Revisions – Our First Draft [Updated]

By Kevin Smith

When the 2013 Excellence in Journalism National Convention ended in Anaheim, Calif. last August, the work of the SPJ Ethics Committee really began.

Tasked with revising the 1996 version of the Society’s code, the 18-member committee wasted little time getting philosophically engaged. Continue reading


The Independent Journalist | March 23rd, 2014

A freelancer’s take on where the news business headed

By Jeff Cutler

Taking a look at the news business, most viewers and readers would assume firms that deal in information are destined for extinction. While large newspapers shutter their operations and broadcast outlets form partnerships and try to consolidate, there are a few news organizations staying viable and even turning a profit. Continue reading