Code Words April 28th, 2017

#PressForEthics on Capitol Hill

By Andrew Seaman

Ethics Week focused a lot on trying to engage journalists and the public in discussions about the press. An important part of that outreach must also include the public’s elected representatives. Continue reading
Net Worked April 24th, 2017

Twitter Chat: “Clicks vs. Quality” on April 25

By Taylor Mirfendereski

With the pressure to produce more content and the influx of viral stories across the web, what does it take for newsrooms to invest in journalism that stands out? Continue reading

SPJ's Diversity Blog April 23rd, 2017

Asian American Journalists Association Launches Muslim Sources Database

By Dori Zinn

Accurately and fairly covering the Muslim community has been a problem. While SPJ is working to expand journalism training to objectively covering the Muslim community through the Muslimedia program, there are other journalism groups that are also looking to help journalists be better in their coverage. Continue reading

SPJ's Diversity Blog April 23rd, 2017

New Toolkit on Reporting on Race Now Available

By Dori Zinn

Earlier this month, the National Association of Broadcasters released a Reporting on Race toolkit. The free toolkit is now publicly available.

“Every day, newsrooms across the country face challenging questions regarding the coverage of communities of color,” said NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith at the April 12 event. Continue reading

Region 2’s Mark of Excellence winners/finalists

By Andy Schotz

Congratulations to all of the Mark of Excellence winners and finalists from 14 schools in Region 2. Here are the results.


Region 2 Mark of Excellence Awards winners announced in Elon, North Carolina


INDIANAPOLIS — The Society of Professional Journalists recognizes the best collegiate journalism in Region 2 with 2016 Mark of Excellence Awards winners. Continue reading

SPJ's Diversity Blog March 27th, 2017

New Toolkit on Reporting on Race to be Released from NAB

By Dori Zinn

The discussion about race and diversity continues across the country — not just about how to increase diversity in newsrooms, but how to cover it as well. Continue reading

The Independent Journalist February 27th, 2017

Let’s get personal: Essay-writing for journalists

By Hilary Niles

By guest blogger Hope Yancey

Back in 2010 and 2011, a section of my local newspaper, The Charlotte Observer, solicited short essays on the topic of style. Continue reading

The Mid-Atlantic Muckraker February 12th, 2017

Freedom to videotape Maryland’s Legislature

By Andy Schotz

There’s a subtle free-press debate going on in the Maryland General Assembly.

Last month, while sitting in the press area in the Maryland Senate, reporter Bryan P. Continue reading

SPJ's Diversity Blog February 1st, 2017

Why We Are Expanding Muslimedia

By Dori Zinn


Last summer, Region 3 Director Michael Koretzky pitched an idea at an SPJ Florida board meeting — how about we have an event in a mosque? Continue reading

The Mid-Atlantic Muckraker January 12th, 2017

Seized funds and communication strategy

By Andy Schotz

The SPJ national board took up two topics — money and communication — during an electronic meeting on Jan. 5:

1 – In September, the board voted to revoke the charters of three SPJ chapters: Mid-Florida Pro, North Central Florida Pro and Inland Northwest Pro. Continue reading

The Independent Journalist January 10th, 2017

Some encouragement for freelancers as we head into 2017

By Hazel Becker

For many independent journalists I know, it’s discouraging to see the continuing string of newsroom layoffs that began in late 2016, including those announced by Dow Jones and Gannett in October that put hundreds of journalists out of work. Continue reading

SPJ Member Spotlight December 11th, 2016

SPJ Member of the Month: Gideon Grudo

By Susan Stevens

Gideon Grudo

A hard-working SPJ member in Florida who relocated to Washington, D.C., and now serves as SPJ’s Freedom of Information Committee chairman, Gideon Grudo, is SPJ’s Member of the Month for December. Continue reading

Freedom of the Prez November 16th, 2016

SPJ and Journalism Organizations Respond To Election of Donald Trump

By Lynn Walsh

Last week, after the election, the Society of Professional Journalists and other journalism organizations released statements reinforcing their commitment to protecting the First Amendment and fighting for the public’s right to know. Continue reading

SPJ's Diversity Blog November 14th, 2016

Muslimedia sheds light on the darkness of media’s coverage of Muslim Americans

By Dori Zinn

As tensions have heated to a rapid boil this election season, one group of Americans being unfairly targeted by others is Muslim Americans. Since the election ended, Muslim women have admitted they are terrified to wear their hijabs in public, fearing for their lives (although this kind of discrimination isn’t exactly new). Continue reading

Freedom of the Prez November 6th, 2016

The World is Watching This Election Day, Report Ethically and Responsibly

By Lynn Walsh

It’s almost here, Election Day 2016.

It seems like journalists and news organizations have been covering this race for years. That’s probably because some have. The length, combined with the twists and turns throughout, have made this is a long and tiresome race to cover as a journalist. Continue reading