4th Estate | December 18th, 2014

Ohio passes bill clouding execution process

By Patti Newberry

In Ohio, 138 men on Death Row await execution in Lucasville, Ohio, above, with the lone woman sitting on death row in Marysville.

Ohio will add secrecy to executions of death row inmates next March 20 — assuming the governor signs a bill passed yesterday. Continue reading


Net Worked | December 17th, 2014

Cuba opens its door to U.S. journalists, but be careful

By David Sheets

A landmark diplomatic agreement between the United States and Cuba also opens a door to American journalists who encountered obstacles in glimpsing inside the closeted island nation over the past 50 years. Continue reading


SPJ Member Spotlight | December 17th, 2014

Congratulations to Julie Asher, December Volunteer of the Month

By Susan Stevens

Julie Asher, now three-time president of the Washington, D.C., Pro Chapter, is SPJ’s Volunteer of the Month for December. Congratulations, Julie!

Here is how Julie found herself D.C. Continue reading


Adding Study Abroad to a Journalism Curriculum

By Butler Cain

I am a huge, huge fan of Study Abroad programs. Last week, the topic enjoyed some relatively rare national attention during the White House’s Summit on Study Abroad and Global Citizenship. Continue reading


FOI FYI | December 12th, 2014

NorCal SPJ chapter fights for sunshine in San Francisco

By David Cuillier

Our chapters throughout the country do amazing work to keep government open. Here is a great example, directly in the words of Richard Knee, SPJ NorCal Freedom of Information Committee:

SPJ’s Northern California Chapter has for the second time this year advanced freedom of information in San Francisco, convincing a transparency watchdog commission that a member of the Board of Supervisors twice violated the city’s 1999, voter-passed Sunshine Ordinance through tardy, incomplete delivery of requested public documents to a co-chair of SPJ NorCal’s Freedom of Information Committee. Continue reading


Net Worked | December 11th, 2014

Stop ignoring Instagram

By David Sheets

Christmas arrived early for Instagram. The photo- and video-sharing service announced this week that it reached a major milestone: 300 million monthly active members.

Not quite the audience of Facebook (over 1.4 billion), or Twitter (500 million tweets daily), but enough that journalists really ought to pay it more attention. Continue reading


Journalism and the World | December 10th, 2014

Help us improve and protect journalism abroad

By Carlos Restrepo

Dear supporters of international journalism,

The world of journalism continues to change rapidly. But while many in the industry debate business models, the latest data-mining software or the impact of the Facebook news feed, the threats and dangers faced by colleagues across the world remains the same. Continue reading


Code Words | December 6th, 2014

The Other Side: Rolling Stone’s Note

By Andrew Seaman

A screenshot of the editor’s note attached to a Rolling Stone story about a 2012 gang rape at the University of Virginia. (captured 12/5/2014)

The managing editor of Rolling Stone added an editor’s note earlier today to the magazine’s bombshell campus rape story that was published online November 19. Continue reading


4th Estate | December 5th, 2014

Mr. Smith goes (back) to Columbus

By Patti Newberry

SPJ stalwart Kevin Smith returned to the Ohio Statehouse this week to once again present the Society’s objections to a bill that would add secrecy to Ohio’s death penalty. Continue reading


Net Worked | December 5th, 2014

SugarString melts from the heat of its own bias

By David Sheets

Well, heck, that sure didn’t last.

And it’s not hard to understand why.

SugarString, an attempt by Verizon to create a technology news website in the vein of Wired or The Verge, dissipated like sugar in warm water this week after the site’s editor admitted it would not lay even a keystroke on two key telecommunications issues: government surveillance and network neutrality. Continue reading


Code Words | December 5th, 2014

#Pointergate Revisited Revisited

By Andrew Seaman

The chairman and chief executive officer of Hubbard Broadcasting, Inc., which owns KSTP-TV in Minneapolis, responded to the #Pointergate statement made last month by the Society’s Minnesota Pro Chapter. Continue reading


Freedom of the Prez | December 5th, 2014

Highlights thru Dec. 4, 2014

By Dana E. Neuts

Hello, all. It has only been a few weeks since I posted the last update, but we’ve accomplished so much that it is almost baffling. I am so proud of SPJ staff and volunteers for their hard work and dedication to the cause. Continue reading


Freedom of the Prez | December 3rd, 2014

It’s election time for the SPJ Digital & Freelance Communities!

By Dana E. Neuts

Now in full swing since the summer, our SPJ Digital and Freelance Communities are ready to hold elections for community officers and leaders. Here’s how the elections will work: Continue reading

Nominations for community leaders are open Dec.


First Draft | December 2nd, 2014

Journalists Are Thankful For

By Claudia Amezcua

Post by Mike Brannen

It may be cliche, but this is a good weekend to take time and recognize all the things TV newscast producers should be thankful for. Continue reading


SPJ Member Spotlight | December 2nd, 2014

Program ideas that ‘tingle journalists’ toes’

By Robyn Davis Sekula

WAVE3-TV’s team at the SPJ Louisville Pro chapter’s annual trivia night.

Last month, I wrote a blog post asking who is responsible for engaging members. I asked a few of the regional directors on SPJ’s board to chime in and tell me what they thought in the comments, and I got some terrific responses. Continue reading