The X Factor March 29th, 2017

Conference Announcements

By Ethan Chung

We have two fantastic conferences to announce!

The annual Region 10 conference will take place on May 6 in Portland at the Eliot Center. The “Build a Better Journalist” conference, hosted by the SPJ Oregon Territory Chapter, will bring together journalists from across Region 10 for a day of workshops, panels, and industry discussion. Continue reading


Net Worked March 28th, 2017

The social balance

By Alex Veeneman

Social media platforms are in a delicate balance when it comes to platforms and engaging users. (Photo: Visual Content/Flickr via Creative Commons)

In the world of social media, content is king, and for journalists, social media has allowed for new ways to not just inform audiences, but also to engage them – creating new dimensions in the relationship between consumer and news organization. Continue reading


Net Worked March 28th, 2017

The social balance

By Alex Veeneman

Social media platforms are in a delicate balance when it comes to platforms and engaging users. (Photo: Visual Content/Flickr via Creative Commons)

In the world of social media, content is king, and for journalists, social media has allowed for new ways to not just inform audiences, but also to engage them – creating new dimensions in the relationship between consumer and news organization. Continue reading


SPJ's Diversity Blog March 27th, 2017

New Toolkit on Reporting on Race to be Released from NAB

By Dori Zinn

The discussion about race and diversity continues across the country — not just about how to increase diversity in newsrooms, but how to cover it as well. Continue reading


SPJ's Diversity Blog March 27th, 2017

New Toolkit on Reporting on Race to be Released from NAB

By Dori Zinn

The discussion about race and diversity continues across the country — not just about how to increase diversity in newsrooms, but how to cover it as well. Continue reading


Region 5 Blog March 26th, 2017

Under fire, journalists must not change mission and standards, SPJ Ethics Committee chair says

By Al Cross

At a time of conflict, stress and challenge, journalists must not change their mission and their standards, the chair of the Society of Professional Journalists’ Ethics Committee told journalists at the University of Kentucky Wednesday evening. Continue reading


Region 5 Blog March 26th, 2017

Under fire, journalists must not change mission and standards, SPJ Ethics Committee chair says

By Al Cross

At a time of conflict, stress and challenge, journalists must not change their mission and their standards, the chair of the Society of Professional Journalists’ Ethics Committee told journalists at the University of Kentucky Wednesday evening. Continue reading


SPJ Member Spotlight March 24th, 2017

SPJ Member of the Month: Claire Regan

By Susan Stevens

Claire Regan

SPJ’s Member of the Month for March is New York Deadline Club mainstay Claire Regan, who in addition to numerous other things arranges awards dinners and now the Region 1 spring conference. Continue reading


Net Worked March 21st, 2017

TWITTER CHAT: Reddit For Journalists

By Taylor Mirfendereski

Join SPJ Digital March 21, 2016 at 8 PM (Eastern Standard Time) for an hour-long Twitter chat about how journalists can use Reddit to enhance their audience, story arsenal and sources. Continue reading
Net Worked March 21st, 2017

Ethics and authenticity

By Alex Veeneman

At NPR’s headquarters in Washington, two sets of keyboards, both connected to microphones, appear before a musician. He sits down and performs three tracks from his album – a performance that is as intimate as it gets, a performance that is powerful and can showcase talent. Continue reading


Score one for the freelancer! (a cautionary tale)

By Hilary Niles

By guest blogger Hazel Becker 

This is the story of a freelance journalist who went up against a national publisher and won. The individual facts and circumstances are not uncommon. Continue reading


FOI FYI March 15th, 2017

Truth is Freedom

By Gideon Grudo

There’s little more patriotic than seeking truth and reporting it.

The future of FOIA—hell, the future of press access of any kind—may seem murky. But hasn’t that always been the case? Continue reading


First Draft March 14th, 2017

A guide to the FOIA

By Alex Veeneman

The Freedom of Information Act, passed by Congress in 1966, is an essential part of the public’s right to know about their government. (Photo: Kevin McCoy/Wikimedia Commons)

This week is Sunshine Week. Continue reading


FOI FYI March 14th, 2017

One FOIA Request a Day

By Gideon Grudo

This post from guest writer Christopher Collins is part of Sunshine Week. In the United States, a person ought to be able to obtain information from the federal government cheaply and quickly. Continue reading
FOI FYI March 13th, 2017

PIO Censorship in the Era of Trump

By Kathryn Foxhall

President Trump has already labeled major press outlets the “fake news media” and the “enemy of the people.” His administration has blocked major news outlets from a briefing because it didn’t like what they published. Continue reading