SPJ Kunkel Awards November 24th, 2015

Protected: A timely mistake

By Michael Koretzky

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The Mid-Atlantic Muckraker November 23rd, 2015

Introducing/remembering Austin Kiplinger

By Andy Schotz

Several years ago, I used to edit the Washington, D.C., Pro chapter’s newsletter, called Dateline. I started a feature called “Introducing…,” a monthly Q&A with a chapter member. Continue reading

Code Words November 20th, 2015

Get the Story Even in ‘Media Free’ Zones

By Andrew Seaman

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Despite a long history of protesters craving the attention of journalists, those calling for change on campuses across the U.S. are now attempting to ban media access and coverage of their campaigns. Continue reading

SPJ Member Spotlight November 19th, 2015

KaLeigh Underwood of EKU is SPJ’s Member of Month

By Susan Stevens

KaLeigh Underwood

Just as the SPJ Quill magazine ran a cover story on how to cover fracking, SPJ’s Member of the Month for November, KaLeigh Underwood, organized a day-long conference to explore in depth how to report on the natural gas wells. Continue reading

The Mid-Atlantic Muckraker November 19th, 2015

Membership planning proposal approved (I voted no)

By Andy Schotz

I wrote on Monday — before an electronic meeting of the SPJ national board — about a proposal we were considering for creating a strategy on reversing SPJ’s trend of declining membership. Continue reading

Journalism and the World November 18th, 2015

Journalism codes of ethics from around the world

By Dan Kubiske

Many thanks to Accountable Journalism for putting together this data base of journalism codes of ethics from around the world.

The group admits it is not yet a full directory of codes and asks for contributions from other journalists and journalism organizations. Continue reading

SPJ Kunkel Awards November 16th, 2015

Bad news

By Michael Koretzky

We’re too popular.

The Kunkel Awards for Video Game Journalism debuted exactly one week ago, and we’ve already received 104 nominations representing 33 websites and webcasters…

AlphaOmegaSin AngryJoeShow Breitbart Don’t Die Entertainment Software Association Errant Signal The Escapist Eurogamer Gamasutra GamePolitics.com GamesNosh The Guardian GDC Harmful Opinions Innuendo Studios Liana K Kotaku Medium Metaleater New York magazine The New Yorker Niche Gamer Offworld One Angry Gamer Polygon Liam Robertson Super Bunnyhop Superheroes in Racecars SuperNerdLand TechRaptor TotalBiscuit USgamer Wired

…which means our judges are gonna be swamped. Continue reading

The Mid-Atlantic Muckraker November 16th, 2015

Spending money to brainstorm membership ideas

By Andy Schotz

This afternoon, the SPJ national board is scheduled to hold another virtual meeting (electronic/phone). The topic is membership.

SPJ National President Paul Fletcher has said it’s one of his top priorities to address SPJ’s declining membership. Continue reading

Journalism and the World November 14th, 2015

Brazil to extradite suspect in journalist’s killing

By Dan Kubiske

Investigative reporter Pablo Medina

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has notified Paraguay, after eight months, that she has signed the papers to extradite Vilmar “Neneco Acosta, the alleged intellectual author of the murder of investigative reporter Pablo Medina 13 months ago, according to the Asunción daily ABC Color. Continue reading

Net Worked November 12th, 2015

The pen is not just mightier than the sword

By Alex Veeneman

The School of Journalism at the University of Missouri at Columbia, where Melissa Click resigned her courtesy appointment this week. Photo: mojourcomm / Wikimedia Commons (CC)

The phrase “The pen is mightier than the sword” is ubiquitous with the form and elements of change that can stem from the English language. Continue reading

Freedom of the Prez November 11th, 2015

Only response to free speech bullies: some muscle

By Paul Fletcher

In the cold, clear light of a second-day story, the words are still chilling:

“Who wants to help me get this reporter out of here? I need some muscle over here!”

As most journalists in America now know, the woman who made that statement was Melissa Click, a communications professor at the University of Missouri, caught on a video that went viral. Continue reading

Code Words November 10th, 2015

No Excuse for Assaulting, Threatening Journalists

By Andrew Seaman

Screen capture from video showing woman assaulting and threatening journalists are the University of Missouri in Columbia.

If there is any place in the U.S. that should support the freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment and the Society’s Code of Ethics, it’s the campus of the nation’s oldest journalism school. Continue reading
SPJ Kunkel Awards November 10th, 2015

Good question

By Michael Koretzky


I’ve heard that question a lot, ever since I proposed national awards for video game journalism. But I’ve never heard it from video game enthusiasts or journalists. Continue reading

First Draft November 9th, 2015

The best opportunities come by speaking up

By Claudia Amezcua

By Alex Veeneman for Generation J

This past June, I began an interview with this simple question: “Why?”

My interviewee, on the other end of the telephone line, was Ari Shapiro, the NPR correspondent who at the time was based in London, taking a brief pause from his reporting to guest host Morning Edition for a couple of weeks from Washington. Continue reading

The Mid-Atlantic Muckraker November 8th, 2015

Parsing ‘Truth’

By Andy Schotz

I recently attended an advance screening of ‘Truth,” a new movie looking back at “60 Minutes II” controversial reporting on the Air National Guard service of former President George W. Continue reading