Code Words April 29th, 2016

Ethics Week: A New Reality

By Andrew Seaman

VR library through the Vrse app for iPhone

Virtual reality is one of the most exciting advancements in storytelling over the past few years. Like any knew advancement, the technology presents a number of ethical questions that need to be addressed. Continue reading
Code Words April 27th, 2016

Ignoring a Problem Doesn’t Make It Go Away

By Andrew Seaman

A growing list of organizations say journalists should omit the names and images of gunmen in an effort to prevent future mass shootings.

The Brady Campaign, which works to prevent gun violence, launched on Wednesday the “Zero Minutes of Fame” tool for Google’s Chrome internet browser. Continue reading

Code Words April 27th, 2016

Ethics Week: Classic Ethics Still Important to Today’s Freelancers

By Dana Neuts

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I’ve been a full-time freelancer since 2005, and while I primarily write magazine features, I regularly encounter situations in which the SPJ Code of Ethics has been immensely helpful. Continue reading

Code Words April 26th, 2016

Ethics Week: Drone Details

By Lynn Walsh

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Using drones  to report the news has its advantages, but those advantages come with the added burden of some ethical issues specific to the unmanned aircrafts. Continue reading
Code Words April 25th, 2016

Ethics Week: Are Social Media Ethics Codes Needed?

By Alex Veeneman

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The Online News Association announced April 1 that it was introducing an ethics code for newsgathering practices on social media.

The ONA Social Newsgathering Ethics Code – whose founding supporters included CNN, Agence France-Presse, The Guardian and Storyful – was designed to give guidance on social newsgathering practices, from rights and verifying information, to the safety of sources and journalists themselves. Continue reading

Code Words April 24th, 2016

Ethics Week 2016: New Tech, New Problems

By Andrew Seaman

Every few years brings a surprising number of new technologies to newsrooms around the world. News organizations are now investing heavily into virtual reality, automated reporting systems and new partnerships with social media platforms. Continue reading

SPJ Member Spotlight April 19th, 2016

Elle Toussi: SPJ’s Member of the Month

By Susan Stevens

Elle Toussi

A cross-platform journalist who reports on the film industry, Islam, the Middle East and all matters pertaining to Southern California and still finds time to co-chair SPJ’s International Community is SPJ’s Member of the Month for April — Elle Toussi. Continue reading

Net Worked April 18th, 2016

The SPJ Ethics Code applies to Twitter too

By Alex Veeneman

Ethics Week is an important time to remember the Code of Ethics, and how they apply to Twitter. (Photo: SPJ)

Next week is Ethics Week here at SPJ, a time to celebrate the Code of Ethics, and to examine and consider its four principle values in journalism — to seek truth and report it, minimize harm, be accountable and transparent, and act independent. Continue reading

SPJ Member Spotlight April 16th, 2016

Welcome to SPJ’s newest member!

By Robyn Davis Sekula

Written by Jennifer Royer, SPJ Communications Strategist

Hilde Kate Lysiak has accomplished a lot in her short journalism career.

The 9-year-old is editor and publisher of the Orange Street News in her hometown of Selinsgrove, Pa. Continue reading

Journalism and the World April 16th, 2016

Why economic growth needs free media

By Dan Kubiske

This posting first appeared in Journalism, Journalists and the World.

Despite all the complaints about how poorly “the media” covered the Wall Street shenanigans that led to the 2008 Great Recession, people still turn to the unfettered and independent media outlets for news about stocks, bonds and the general state of the economy. Continue reading

Net Worked April 15th, 2016

Informing and engaging through Twitter

By Alex Veeneman

A new report suggests Twitter is responsible for 1.5 percent of traffic to news organizations’ web sites. (Photo: Pixabay/CC)

New data released Wednesday suggested some interesting conclusions about Twitter. Continue reading

The X Factor April 14th, 2016

Mark of Excellence Contest Results

By Ethan Chung

Greetings! SPJ HQ announced the results of the Mark of Excellence awards for Region 10. See the release below for winners and more information.

INDIANAPOLIS — The Society of Professional Journalistsgladly recognizes the 2015 Mark of Excellence Awards winners from Region 10. Continue reading

My Blog April 13th, 2016

WordPress Resources at SiteGround

By aqqyw

WordPress is an award-winning web software, used by millions of webmasters worldwide for building their website or blog. SiteGround is proud to host this particular WordPress installation and provide users with multiple resources to facilitate the management of their WP websites:

Expert WordPress Hosting

SiteGround provides superior WordPress hosting focused on speed, security and customer service. Continue reading

Net Worked April 8th, 2016

One experience can change everything

By Alex Veeneman

The SPA member badge, which is displayed on my web site. (Photo: SPA)

This weekend, in Loughborough in the English Midlands, a few of my colleagues and their peers are getting together for the Student Publication Association‘s annual conference. Continue reading

Net Worked April 6th, 2016

Point Taken and the new social media conversation

By Alex Veeneman

Carlos Watson moderates a debate on the American Dream from Point Taken, airing on PBS. (Photo: Meredith Nierman/WGBH)

Social media has allowed us to do many things in journalism, from help tell a story and inform new audiences, to curate a conversation on various subjects. Continue reading