Freedom of the Prez | October 23rd, 2014

Highlights through Oct. 22

By Dana Neuts

It’s been three weeks since my last post, and a lot has happened in SPJ and the journalism world in that short time. Here are a few highlights:

Earlier this week, we lost journalism legend Ben Bradlee of The Washington Post. Continue reading

First Draft | October 22nd, 2014

Why Twitter should be a non-negotiable for journalists

By Brandi Broxson

I haven’t been able to get this article by Ann Friedman for the Columbia Journalism Review out of my head. The article raises the question: Can you still be an effective journalist if you ignore Twitter? Continue reading

The Independent Journalist | October 21st, 2014

Dealing with rejection


Guest blogger: Bret Schulte

I recently climbed one of the towers of Old Main at the University of Arkansas to attend a workshop to help faculty win grants. Continue reading

The Heartland Beat | October 21st, 2014

Region 7 Career Connection, 10.20.14

By Rob McLean

Each week, The Heartland Beat will post four journalism jobs from within the region. Continue reading

The Le Mars Daily Sentinel in Le Mars, Iowa, is searching for a news reporter.

The Heartland Beat | October 21st, 2014

Three alt weeklies bow out in one week

By Rob McLean


Map key: Red – Closed in 2014; Purple – Closed in 2013; Yellow – Closed in 2012; Green – Closed in 2008

When considering a journalism career’s progression, I like to think of the news career ladder in terms of the Daily Planet. Continue reading

Code Words | October 20th, 2014

Ebola in America

By Andrew Seaman

Ebola virus disease is a terrifying ailment. After transmission, symptoms start two to 21 days later. The often-deadly disease usually begins with a fever and progresses to more serious symptoms, such as internal and external bleeding. Continue reading

First Draft | October 20th, 2014

#ILoveMyJob, Even if ‘Journalist’ Isn’t In the Title

By Victoria Reitano

Imagine you’re meeting someone for the first time. If you’re like me, one of the first questions you ask is “what do you do,” which prompts them to ask you. Continue reading

Mouth of the South | October 19th, 2014

Beating the system?

By Michael Koretzky

What’s the opposite of a restraining order? And can I get one against Tom Owens?

Owens is the county commission candidate in rural Georgia who got a restraining order against a freelance journalist. Continue reading

SPJ Works | October 17th, 2014

Sept/Oct: Journo Job & Internship Openings for All!

By Taylor Carlier

[View the story "Journo Jobs for All" on Storify] Continue reading

The Mid-Atlantic Muckraker | October 17th, 2014

Ethics code highlights: So, what changed?

By Andy Schotz

Maybe the updated SPJ Ethics Code is no longer a front-burner issue six weeks after it was approved (Sept. 6, by a voice vote). But I think it’s still worth highlighting what was changed. Continue reading

Executive Summary: “Still Captive? History, Law and the Teaching of High School Journalism”


In 2011, then-national SPJ President John Ensslin asked the SPJ Education Committee to look into the rumor that some high schools were eliminating their journalism programs because of the mistaken belief by administrators that “journalism is dying.” Three years later, the result of that exploration is a survey and a book that provides a picture of the state of high school journalism in America. Continue reading

The Heartland Beat | October 15th, 2014

University of Nebraska alumnus’ San Francisco Bay Guardian shutters

By Rob McLean


Journalism saw a dark day this week when the San Francisco Bay Guardian announced its current owners would publish its final issue on Thursday.

The situation is heartbreaking. Continue reading

Net Worked | October 15th, 2014

Cautionary tale evident in latest Snapchat snafu

By David Sheets

Snapchat’s logo

Our society is chock full of rules, some of which deserve to be broken.

But before breaking one, try reading the fine print.

That salient detail might have helped those who were victimized by a security breach that leaked 200,000 images and videos, some possibly lurid and potentially embarrassing, that belonged to users of the photo messaging application Snapchat. Continue reading

SPJ Member Spotlight | October 13th, 2014

Lee Anne Peck of Colorado is our October Volunteer of the Month

By Robyn Davis Sekula

Congratulations to Lee Anne Peck of the Journalism and Mass Communications Program at the University of Northern Colorado. For her contributions to high school journalism research, she is being honored with our Volunteer of the Month award! Continue reading

The Heartland Beat | October 13th, 2014

Region 7 Career Connection, 10.13.14

By Rob McLean

Each week, The Heartland Beat will post four journalism jobs from within the region. Continue reading

KSDK, the St. Louis NBC affiliate, is looking for a news director.