The Mid-Atlantic Muckraker | September 1st, 2014

And finally… more edits to ethics code draft

By Andy Schotz

Do you remember this headline from a few days ago: “New ethics code draft is REALLY final, for now“?

It was mostly true, but not entirely. Continue reading

The Mid-Atlantic Muckraker | August 29th, 2014

New ethics code draft is REALLY final, for now

By Andy Schotz

On Aug. 20, the SPJ national board met by Skype to consider endorsing the Ethics Committee’s third and final proposal for updating the SPJ Code of Ethics. Continue reading

Code Words | August 28th, 2014

Ethics Code Revision: Final Draft


Note: The Society’s delegates, the supreme legislative body of SPJ, will vote on the following draft Saturday, Sept. 6, during the closing business meeting of the Excellence in Journalism conference in Nashville, Tennessee. Continue reading

Mouth of the South | August 28th, 2014

Wearing your emotions

By Michael Koretzky

Wanna change SPJ’s name? Get a change of clothes.

This cotton T-shirt is available FREE in small, medium, large, and extra-large, while supplies last. Hat and cigar not included. Continue reading

Freedom of the Prez | August 27th, 2014

SPJ Board endorses ethics code draft revision

By David Cuillier

Next week SPJ delegates will discuss whether to revise the Code of Ethics at EIJ14 in Nashville, and the Board endorses approval of a draft revision developed over the past year. Continue reading

Net Worked | August 27th, 2014

SPJ Digital approved by Board

By Alex Veeneman

The Board of Directors of the Society of Professional Journalists approved the formation of SPJ Digital, the community for social media and digital journalism Aug. 20. Continue reading

The Independent Journalist | August 25th, 2014

Expand your freelance network – join SPJ’s freelance community!

By Dana E. Neuts

Hello, freelance colleagues!

Have you heard about SPJ’s new Freelance Community? Launched this summer, the community is a new way for SPJ members interested in freelancing to connect with each other. Continue reading

Bylines and Deadlines | August 25th, 2014

Get Free Money for your Chapter Event!

By Rebecca Baker

For the second consecutive year, the Region 1 Fund is offering quarterly grants of up to $500 to help professional and student chapters recruit speakers, book space and promote events. Continue reading

The Mid-Atlantic Muckraker | August 24th, 2014

West Coast dissection: an ethics code critique

By Andy Schotz

This morning, Peter Sussman, a former colleague of mine on the SPJ Ethics Committee, sent me his detailed critique of the latest draft of the proposed SPJ Code of Ethics. Continue reading

The Mid-Atlantic Muckraker | August 23rd, 2014

SPJ board meets by Skype, debates code of ethics

By Andy Schotz

“Transparency” is not just a principle to add to the SPJ Code of Ethics. It’s also a guide for how SPJ conducts its business, especially for the national board. Continue reading

SPJ Member Spotlight | August 23rd, 2014

Congratulations to Sharon Dunten, our August volunteer of the month!

By Robyn Davis Sekula

Sharon Dunten

Sharon Dunten is our August volunteer of the month. Don’t know Sharon? Look her up at Excellence in Journalism 2014 – she will be there. Continue reading

The Mid-Atlantic Muckraker | August 20th, 2014

Part three: critiquing the code of ethics [Updated 9/1/14]

By Andy Schotz

This was updated on Sept. 1 to reflect a fourth version from the Ethics Committee, which was distributed and released on Aug. 28. The latest updates are denoted in bold italics, with an asterisk (*). Continue reading

First Draft | August 14th, 2014

Alleged police attacks on journalists are strikes on democracy

By Rob McLean

Arizona State University journalism professor Leslie-Jean Thornton tweeted sound advice for up-and-coming reporters Wednesday night.

“J-students: If your feed isn’t erupting with #Ferguson news now, you need to fix it ASAP,” she tweeted. Continue reading

Net Worked | August 13th, 2014

Dear journalism student: Don’t worry, be happy

By Alex Veeneman

The School of Journalism at the University of Missouri, one of many schools that will welcome back students in the coming weeks.Photo – mojourcomm / Wikimedia Commons (CC)

It is an important question - a question where the opinion you get will be different every time it is asked, a question that has been asked a lot recently. Continue reading

Code Words | August 13th, 2014

Ethics of covering suicides

By Kevin Smith

As the world comes to terms with the suicide of comedian and actor Robin Williams eyes will, and should be, fixed firmly on the manner in which the media handles coverage of his death. Continue reading