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The SPJ Blog

The X Factor December 5th, 2016

Attend the annual Holiday Scoop party this week!

By Ethan Chung

The folks at Western Washington Pro Chapter are partnering with AAJA’s Seattle chapter to host the annual Holiday Scoop party on Thursday, December 8, from 6–10 p.m at Fado Irish Pub in Seattle. Continue reading


Code Words November 23rd, 2016

Words Matter: Alt Right Alternatives

By Andrew Seaman

Photo via Flickr Creative Commons – NOGRAN s.r.o.

Journalists love to sprinkle their stories and reports with buzzwords in an effort to sound current. New lingo is often harmless, but not all words are universally benign. Continue reading


Code Words November 21st, 2016

TV Execs, Journos Fail Viewers With Off-the-record Meeting

By Andrew Seaman

Screenshot of Peter Finch portraying Howard Beale in the 1976 film Network.

Television networks sent their executives and A-list personalities on Monday to Trump Tower in midtown Manhattan for an off-the-record meeting with President-elect Donald Trump. Continue reading


Journalism and the World November 20th, 2016

Good to meet you: New officer Victoria Blake

By Tori Blake

Victoria Blake

Hello,

I am the new Social Media Manager for the Society of Professional Journalists International Community page. I hope to bring many new ideas to the organization to better this community with Elle Toussi and Dan Kubiske. Continue reading


Region 5 Blog November 17th, 2016

Election 2016: A look back, and forward

By Michele Day

The Election of 2016 is over. President-Elect Trump is a reality – one that few in the media anticipated. It was also a monumental year in Kentucky, with Republicans claiming the state’s House of Representatives and Senate for the first time in more than a century. 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


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


Journalism and the World November 16th, 2016

How 2016 US Election Affects Global Journalism

By Dan Kubiske

American journalists and journalism prof Dan Gillmor gave the keynote address to the Congress of Journalists of Catalonia (Spain) last week. He chose as his theme free speech, the Donald Trump victory and the need for journalists to be activists. 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


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


FOI FYI November 11th, 2016

If You Sue Trump, This DC Lawyer Will Help You For Free

By Gideon Grudo

Mark Zaid wants to help journalists file a national security-centered FOIA request against Trump so much he’ll do it for free:

Journalists: bring my law firm an interesting natsec FOIA request against Trump Admin and we’ll handle litigation pro bono (you cover costs)

— Mark S. Continue reading


FOI FYI November 11th, 2016

Hear It from a Journocriminal

By Gideon Grudo

Let’s turn our attention to a real Georgia journalist who went to real jail for making a real public records request—really.

From the Atlanta-Journal Constitution’s July 1 piece:

A North Georgia newspaper publisher was indicted on a felony charge and jailed overnight last week – for filing an open-records request. Continue reading


First Draft November 9th, 2016

SEO for Journalists: How to Increase Visibility to Your Stories Naturally

By Katie-Leigh Corder

As journalists, we are expected to adapt to many different and rapidly changing  technologies and techniques in order to increase views, shares, clicks, etc. which attract users to our online articles and websites. Continue reading


Code Words November 7th, 2016

Journalists Should Tread Lightly When Projecting Election Results

By Andrew Seaman

(Photo Adapted From Flickr Creative Commons/Maltri)

Americans will receive up-to-the-minute data on Election Day through a partnership between Slate and data startup VoteCastr. Journalists and news organizations should be cautious about reporting certain information that may influence voters on Election Day, however. 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