Code Words February 24th, 2017

Anonymous Sources: A Necessary Evil

By Andrew Seaman

Image via Flickr Creative Commons/Germaine

President Donald Trump on Friday latched on to one of journalism’s greatest vulnerabilities by attacking the use of anonymous sources in stories about his administration. Continue reading
First Draft February 21st, 2017

5, Must-Know Standards Citizen Journalists Should Know and Practice

By Katie-Leigh Corder

Citizen journalism involves those who aren’t professionally trained in journalism to take part in one of the foundations of democracy by conducting their own reporting and interviewing. Continue reading


Region 5 Blog February 20th, 2017

SPJ chapters tackle ‘fake news’ in ‘Challenges to Journalism’ series

By Traci M. Thomas

The surge of fake news during the heated election season and the attacks from President Trump and his aides should spark re-dedication among journalists to the Society of Professional Journalists’ Code of Ethics: seek truth and report it, minimize harm, act independently, and be accountable and transparent. Continue reading


The Leading Edge February 20th, 2017

It’s almost Annual Report time!

By Chrystal Parvin

Annual Report Information It’s that time of year again, the sunshine and preparing for Annual Reports! This is an early notice that your report will be due May 30, 2017, and cover the period from May 1, 2016, to April 30, 2017. Continue reading
The Leading Edge February 20th, 2017

It’s almost Annual Report time!

By Chrystal Parvin

Annual Report Information It’s that time of year again, the sunshine and preparing for Annual Reports! This is an early notice that your report will be due May 30, 2017, and cover the period from May 1, 2016, to April 30, 2017. Continue reading
Net Worked February 17th, 2017

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By Alex Veeneman

Remarks by President Trump have raised questions on the roles of journalists. (Photo: Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

In New York, in the lobby of the hall at the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University that bears his name, sits a plaque of a quote recorded in 1904 by the newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer. Continue reading


SPJ Member Spotlight February 16th, 2017

SPJ Member of the Month: Kathryn Foxhall

By Susan Stevens

Kathryn Foxhall

A longtime battler for government transparency, Kathryn Foxhall, is SPJ’s Member of the Month. Congratulations Kathryn!

Kathryn has covered health in Washington for 40 years, including 14 years (1978-1992) as editor of the American Public Health Association’s newspaper. Continue reading


First Draft February 15th, 2017

Stuart McLean’s stories

By Alex Veeneman

The author and broadcaster Stuart McLean during a recording of the Vinyl Cafe radio show. McLean died Wednesday at 68. (Photo: Alana Elliott/Wikimedia Commons)

One of the first people I remember interviewing was a renowned Canadian journalist, author and broadcaster. Continue reading


Code Words February 15th, 2017

Lessons From Flynn’s Downfall

By Andrew Seaman

President Barack Obama departs the White House briefing room after a statement, Oct. 16, 2013. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

Pundits and some journalists called for a reinvention of the press after Donald Trump won the White House in November, but Michael Flynn’s resignation on Monday and additional stories published Tuesday show the United States benefits most when journalists rededicate themselves to their profession’s timeless standards. Continue reading
Net Worked February 14th, 2017

Ethics: Twitter style

By Alex Veeneman

Twitter has become essential for journalists, but the ethics rules haven’t changed. (Photo: Pixabay)

In spite of financial concerns outlined last week where its stock prices fell 11 percent, Twitter continues to play a dominant role in the world of journalism. Continue reading


First Draft February 14th, 2017

Freedom of Press and History of Journalism in America

By Katie-Leigh Corder

In recent months, the American political system experienced an upheaval of unprecedented events involving the inauguration of President Donald Trump. Also in recent months, the trust in news and media organizations has plummeted among Americans where only 32 percent have a great deal or fair amount of trust in the media. Continue reading


FOI FYI February 13th, 2017

FBI Drops FOI-By-Email

By Sonny Albarado

 

The Daily Dot reported Monday, Feb. 6, that the FBI will stop taking Freedom of Information Act requests via email on March 1.

Your options will be to use a new eFOIPA portal on the agency’s website, send the FBI a fax or send a request by regular mail. Continue reading


The Mid-Atlantic Muckraker February 12th, 2017

Freedom to videotape Maryland’s Legislature

By Andy Schotz

There’s a subtle free-press debate going on in the Maryland General Assembly.

Last month, while sitting in the press area in the Maryland Senate, reporter Bryan P. Continue reading


Code Words February 8th, 2017

Society’s Code Belongs in Newsrooms, Not Courtrooms

By Andrew Seaman

First Lady Michelle Obama meets with Melania Trump for tea in the Yellow Oval Room of the White House, Nov. 10, 2016. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

The Society of Professional Journalists’ Code of Ethics finds itself in the middle of a $150 million lawsuit filed by the First Lady of the United States against a controversial news organization. Continue reading
FOI FYI February 3rd, 2017

14 Death Cab for Cutie Lyrics that Are Actually About FOI

By Gideon Grudo

Illustration by Michael Koretzky, SPJ Region 3 Director

In these dark times—coming out of an anti-access administration and right into a an anti-press administration—we journalists may benefit from brazenly turning our attention to less stark information. Continue reading