Net Worked August 21st, 2017

An intimate inspiration

By Alex Veeneman

Radio is the intimate of all mediums, and public radio has a role to play in civic and cultural life. (Photo: Pixabay)

Spring, 2009. A medical trifecta led to me completing the last half of my junior year and my entire senior year of high school as a homebound student. Continue reading


Net Worked August 18th, 2017

What’s your idea?

By Alex Veeneman

The author and long time public radio broadcaster Garrison Keillor has a saying which accompanies the end of his Writer’s Almanac programs on Minnesota Public Radio: “Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.”

We live in an age where journalism is evolving every second, and as it evolves, so does how we think about it – whether it comes to our own crafts, how we can support our newsroom and industry colleagues, or how we can improve our relationship with the public. Continue reading


Net Worked August 16th, 2017

An ethical education

By Alex Veeneman

President Trump will not change his behavior towards the media. It is down to us to educate the public about the importance of journalism. (Photo: Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

“I don’t know what to make of the news. Continue reading


Journalism and the World August 15th, 2017

Barred From Studying Photojournalism Because of My Gender Didn’t Stop Me to Pursue My Dream

By Eman Mohammed

I grew up cornered by closed borders in a city on permanent lockdown and that was “home” to me. I rarely saw the surrounding concrete walls opening up, but when they did my hardworking middle class single mother was there taking a photo of it. Continue reading


Code Words August 15th, 2017

Journalists Should Speak Out Against Discrimination

By Andrew Seaman

The Academic Village at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia. (via Phil Roeder on Flickr Creative Commons)

Objectivity is correctly cited as an elemental trait of good journalists, which is exhibited in their ability to separate fact from fiction regardless of their personal biases. Continue reading


SPJ's Diversity Blog August 14th, 2017

Let’s Talk about the Cover SPJ Isn’t Talking about

By Dori Zinn

Let me just say what most members did when the July/August Quill issue landed in mailboxes around the country earlier this month: they tossed it into an infinitely long to-be-read pile or in the trash (brownie points if you recycled). Continue reading


The Mid-Atlantic Muckraker August 13th, 2017

A cover image

By Andy Schotz

On Saturday, SPJ member Marie C. Baca in New Mexico sent an open letter to the SPJ national board voicing her displeasure with the cover of the July/August 2017 issue of Quill. Continue reading


Net Worked August 8th, 2017

What’s your story?

By Alex Veeneman

Take time to develop your craft, for when a journalist is at their best, their audience is too. (Photo: Pixabay)

It’s Tuesday, the 8th, at just after 10 in the morning. Continue reading


Journalism and the World August 7th, 2017

Never Underestimate the Power of Emotions in Journalism

By Corinne Redfern

I cried in my first job interview. ‘Can you list three reasons why we should give you this position?’ asked two of the editors I’d interned for over six months previously – two women with bright vintage jumpers and symmetrically winged eyeliner – two women so intimidatingly funny and cool that I used to stutter when they called my name; who I was so desperate to impress that I would rewrite three-word-long email responses eight or nine times in the hope that they might seem witty enough to make them laugh. Continue reading


Journalism and the World August 7th, 2017

Never Underestimate the Power of Emotions in Journalism

By Corinne Redfern

I cried in my first job interview. ‘Can you list three reasons why we should give you this position?’ asked two of the editors I’d interned for over six months previously – two women with bright vintage jumpers and symmetrically winged eyeliner – two women so intimidatingly funny and cool that I used to stutter when they called my name; who I was so desperate to impress that I would rewrite three-word-long email responses eight or nine times in the hope that they might seem witty enough to make them laugh. Continue reading


Journalism and the World August 2nd, 2017

From the Midwest to the Middle East

By Alex Kay Potter

I knew I wanted to be a photojournalist after organic chemistry lab my Sophomore year of university, soon after being accepted to the nursing program. What I was studying at the time seemed so intangible and unrelated to what I set out to do – what use did I have for building mini-models or charts of the immune response pathway, and what did that have to do with how much I cared about other people? Continue reading


Code Words August 1st, 2017

Lawsuit Accuses Fox News of Collaboration With White House

By Andrew Seaman

Washington Monument in Washington, D.C.

Fox News is the target of a new lawsuit claiming the channel collaborated with a supporter of President Donald Trump and the White House to fabricate a story to draw attention from the ongoing investigation into Russia’s involvement in the 2016 presidential election. Continue reading
Journalism and the World July 26th, 2017

Overcoming the Challenges of Being a Woman in Journalism Abroad

By Virginie Nguyen Hoang

I’ve started as a professional photojournalist in Egypt. Indeed, in 2012 I had the opportunity to have an internship at the local newspaper Egypt Independent just out of school and only one year after the Egyptian Revolution. Continue reading


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