A (mostly) good plan for changing SPJ

By Andy Schotz

SPJ has drifted away from a best practice to which we committed:

Post a summary of the meeting at a chapter website promptly, preferably within five business days of the meeting, so members can keep abreast of chapter activities. Continue reading


From the annual reports (campus)

By Andy Schotz

Nine campus chapters in Region 2 submitted regional reports this year. Here are some highlights from those reports. Thanks to all for their great work in keeping SPJ and journalism strong. Continue reading


From the annual reports (pro)

By Andy Schotz

Three of the pro chapters in Region 2 submitted annual reports this year. Here are some highlights from their reports:

Maryland

• The top program of the year was a collaboration with the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Continue reading


Net Worked July 21st, 2017

The Twin Cities’ spirit

By Alex Veeneman

Garrison Keillor’s quote, “Be well, do good work and keep in touch,” provides a lesson for journalists. (Photo: Trishhhh/Flickr)

It’s a somewhat overcast afternoon as I look out of the window in the small office of my apartment in Minneapolis, where I’m ending my first full week as a Minnesotan. Continue reading


Journalism and the World July 19th, 2017

Branding Your Unique Perspective

By Trishna Patel

Photo by: @Sifuentes (Instagram)

When I saw the editor’s reply to my pitch, I could feel a tiny knot form in my stomach. The anticipation, however, was short-lived. Continue reading


Code Words July 5th, 2017

CNN Source Agreement Odd, Not Blackmail

By Andrew Seaman

Screenshot of President Donald Trump’s Twitter message.

Post updated Monday July 5 to include CNN’s statement.

CNN announced an unusual anonymity agreement with a source Sunday. Continue reading
Net Worked July 2nd, 2017

Fred Rogers’ journalism lesson

By Alex Veeneman

When we try to decide what we want to do for a living as a career, a lot of questions come to mind. What are we passionate about? Continue reading


Code Words July 2nd, 2017

Give up on the President, Not the American People

By Andrew Seaman

Screenshot of President Donald Trump’s Twitter message.

President Donald Trump is not going to change how he treats the press.

President Donald Trump continued his attacks on the press Sunday when he posted a short video to Twitter showing him wrestling a person depicting CNN. Continue reading


Get Paid What You’re Worth: Disrupting a Broken Industry

By Daria Solovieva

As journalists, we are not supposed to talk about our political affiliations, religious beliefs, share any strong personal opinions. These are the rules. These rules have emerged since the U.S. Continue reading


Get Paid What You’re Worth: Disrupting a Broken Industry

By Daria Solovieva

As journalists, we are not supposed to talk about our political affiliations, religious beliefs, share any strong personal opinions. These are the rules. These rules have emerged since the U.S. Continue reading


How a Network of Females in the Journalism Community Helps Me Do My Job Better

By Erin Banco

I’ve been thinking a lot recently about my time in the journalism community and if I have what it takes to hang on. It’s a tough time to be a journalist for all the obvious reasons — ad sales declining, cutbacks in newsrooms, and of course our president’s never-ending hatred of everything we do. Continue reading


Journalism and the World June 28th, 2017

French Female Pioneer is My Role Model in Journalism

By Anne Poiret

My role model is a woman that died 67 years ago.

First French war correspondent and investigative journalist Andree Viollis started her career during the first World War, she traveled to Afghanistan in the 20’s and extensively to Indochina to expose the dark side of the French colonization. Continue reading


Net Worked June 26th, 2017

WSJ: Putting their money where the byline is

By Alex Veeneman

The Wall Street Journal has pledged to remove the gender gap in their newsroom. They should keep their word. (Photo: Neon Tommy/Flickr)

Last year, when SPJ convened in New Orleans for the annual Excellence in Journalism conference, my colleague, Elle Toussi (who co-chairs SPJ’s International Community) and I co-wrote a resolution with the help of chapters and colleagues nationwide calling for women in journalism to be supported, and for resources to be made available to help them thrive in the industry. Continue reading


SPJ Member Spotlight June 26th, 2017

Sarah Bauer Jackson: SPJ Member of the Month

By Susan Stevens

Ever judged a journalism contest? If you have, thank you! Hundreds – probably thousands — of you deserve those thanks. The Sigma Delta Chi awards. Mark of Excellence awards. Continue reading


FOI law in N.C. doesn’t care about motivation, ‘outsiders’

By Andy Schotz

Many times, I’ve heard resistance from public officials to public records requests. Sometimes, they’re right, such as when a request is unreasonably voluminous. There are “Send me all…” requests that need to be reined in. Continue reading