New Reginald Stuart Diversity Management Fellowship to offer access to training

By April Bethea

The Society of Professional Journalists, with funding support from the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation, is announcing the creation of a fellowship to cover management training for SPJ members who are journalists of color, those who identify as LGBTQ or have disabilities. Continue reading

FOI FYI | May 28th, 2015

Police body cams should be FOIAble

By Robert Becker

In the past year, several deadly interactions between police and unarmed civilians have prompted law enforcement agencies nationwide to equip patrol officers with body-worn video cameras. Continue reading

FOI FYI | May 27th, 2015

Meet SPJ’s 2015 Pulliam/Kilgore Freedom of Information Fellow

By Ashley Jones

“The government works for us.” Five simple yet powerful words, instilled in me by Boston University data journalism professor Maggie Mulvihill, changed the course of my reporting career forever. Continue reading

Region 5 Blog | May 25th, 2015

KyCIR wins Green Eyeshade award for report on Whitfield ties to lobbyists

By Deborah Givens

The Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting, a non-profit newsroom based in Louisville, Kentucky,, won a first place award for Online Reporting in the Green Eyeshade contest. Continue reading

Region 5 Blog | May 25th, 2015

Congratulations to Region 5 winners, finalists in national MOE

By Deborah Givens

Congratulations to the three winners and 12 finalists from Region 5 (Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky) in the National Mark of Excellence contest. All national winners and finalists will be recognized during the Excellence in Journalism 2015 Conference Sept. Continue reading

SPJ Member Spotlight | May 22nd, 2015

SPJ May Volunteer of the Month: Carlos Restrepo

By Robyn Davis Sekula

Carlos Restrepo

SPJ’s Volunteer of the Month for May is Carlos Restrepo, a freelance journalist and full-time communications specialist based in St. Louis, Mo.

He volunteers as organizer of the Society of Professional Journalists International Community and is vice-president of the St. Continue reading

SPJ Member Spotlight | May 22nd, 2015

#SPJ4all: a recap

By Robyn Davis Sekula

So, that went well!

As it turns out, members have shown you’re passionate about promoting diversity and encouraging all journalists, no matter their race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation or anything else, to join us as a member of SPJ. Continue reading

Freedom of the Prez | May 21st, 2015

Interim RD12 selected, Gen J approved as a community

By Dana E. Neuts

On Monday, the SPJ Board conducted a Skype conference call meeting to appoint a Region 12 director to serve in the interim until national elections in September. Continue reading

Net Worked | May 20th, 2015

#SPJ4All: More than a hashtag

By Alex Veeneman

My selfie for #spj4all. (Photo by the author.)

A year ago this week, an email appeared in my inbox confirming my membership with the SPJ. I had just graduated from university, and I was trying to figure out the next steps. Continue reading

Code Words | May 20th, 2015


By Andrew Seaman

Seaman standing in Times Square.

After days of deliberation, I sent off a $350 check to the small private college that I thought would be my home for the four years following high school. Continue reading
SPJ Member Spotlight | May 20th, 2015

Join us TODAY for #SPJ4all

By Robyn Davis Sekula


Today! We’re asking all SPJ members to post a selfie in social media with the hashtag #SPJ4all to emphasize that we welcome everyone. Please join us! Continue reading

Net Worked | May 18th, 2015

Reporting on Race: Is the Media doing it right?

By Jonathan Mayes

Over the past nearly 10 months we’ve seen continual clashes between police and African Americans over what some call “excessive force” and “police brutality” towards African Americans. Continue reading

4th Estate | May 13th, 2015

Congrats to our winners

By Patti Newberry

Congrats to all Region 4 Mark of Excellence national “finishers,”  all of whom will be recognized at the Student Union event during Excellence in Journalism 2015 in Orlando, Fla., Sept. Continue reading

Net Worked | May 13th, 2015

Instant Articles: A revolution in journalism

By Alex Veeneman

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, whose social network launches the Instant Articles initiative today.(Photo: b_d_solis/Flickr under CC)

Today, Facebook is launching its Instant Articles initiative, where news organizations will be hosting content on the social network’s site. Continue reading

Net Worked | May 11th, 2015

Dissecting the State of the News Media 2015

By Taylor Barker

There is no denying the media landscape is shifting toward a mobile and digital focus, and on cue the Pew Research Center confirmed it. Last week Pew released the State of the News Media 2015, reaffirming the growth of mobile and digital journalism, while not reporting on the most promising data for legacy media. Continue reading