Monthly Archive: September 2012


Rocky Mountain SPJ | September 30th, 2012 | #
It Wasn’t All Fun and Games in Florida

It was great seeing fellow Region 9 members at the Excellence in Journalism conference in Fort Lauderdale. Three of our four pro chapters were well represented, and I saw a few of our student members there. Continue reading


Freedom of the Prez | September 27th, 2012 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
With Bryan College censorship, balancing seeking truth with minimizing harm

Events moved faster than I could write my first Freedom of the Prez post.

I’d planned to let you know SPJ is aware that the president of a small, Christian college in Tennessee ordered a student journalist not to publish a story about a former professor whom the FBI arrested over the summer in a child-sex sting. Continue reading


The SPJ Garden Center | September 26th, 2012 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Guest post: Nebraska journalists sow seeds for an SPJ chapter

The 2012 Society of Professional Journalists Membership Drive runs Sept. 4 to Oct. 4. Just Tweet it! Please share your membership story on Twitter this month. Continue reading


Whos News? Diversity Every Day | September 26th, 2012 | #, #
The New Face Of SPJ

I met Sonny Albarado when he was President-elect during the Excellence in Journalism Conference in New Orleans. That’s where I learned about the SPJ Diversity Leadership Fellows program.   Continue reading


Freedom of the Prez | September 22nd, 2012 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
My excellent SPJ weekend, reviving a chapter where it all began

In 2009, when SPJ celebrated its centennial at DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind., I was surprised to learn that we had no student chapter there.

This struck me as odd. Continue reading


Freedom of the Prez | September 21st, 2012 | #, #, #, #, #
SPJ committees wrap up productive year

One of the true strengths of SPJ – something that sets us apart from other media organizations – is the depth and talent of our volunteer support. Continue reading


The SPJ Garden Center | September 21st, 2012 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
SPJ membership drive Q&A: Rio Grande chapter prez says it’s all about jobs and training

Note to readers: The 2012 Society of Professional Journalists Membership Drive runs Sept. 4 to Oct. 4. As membership chair, I’ve assigned myself the task of sharing the stories of members around the country through a series of Q&A posts. Continue reading


Code Words | September 19th, 2012 | #
SPJ’s Code and Social Media

In an effort to bring some sense of ethical standards to the unbridled spirit that often accompanies social media, people have traditionally reverted to the default settings of the legacy mediums for a sense of guidance. Continue reading


Code Words | September 19th, 2012 | #
Journalism Ethics is a Global Endeavor

Nearly every day I receive phone calls or emails from journalists in the United States posing ethical questions to me. It’s part of my job as chairman of the Society of Professional Journalists’ national ethics committee to help American journalist make wise decisions about their professional behavior. Continue reading


The SPJ Garden Center | September 19th, 2012 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
SPJ membership drive Q&A: Virginia pro chapter prez values connections and training

Note to readers: The 2012 Society of Professional Journalists Membership Drive runs Sept. 4 to Oct. 4. As membership chair, I’ve assigned myself the task of sharing the stories of members around the country through a series of Q&A posts. Continue reading


Write Rite | September 19th, 2012 | #
Make SPJ History This Week and VOTE!

Whether you’re an SPJ newcomer or veteran, you all have an important duty to fulfill as members this coming week. For the first time, all SPJ members will get the chance to vote for national board officers. Continue reading


Rocky Mountain SPJ | September 15th, 2012 | #
Why I’m an SPJ Member

The Sanpete Messenger, a weekly newspaper serving the communities in Utah’s rural Sanpete County, was in an open-records fight with the Utah Highway Patrol.

Christian Probasco, a reporter with the Messenger, was seeking information on an accident where a teenage boy who wandered away from a group home was hit and injured by a car on a rural highway at night. Continue reading


Whos News? Diversity Every Day | September 14th, 2012 | #, #, #, #
The 2012 SPJ Diversity Leadership Fellows

From left: Malik Singleton, Nigel Duara, Britney Tabor, Sandra Gonzalez, Sherri Williams, Tony Hernandez.

The idea to establish a program for fellows to learn about the inner workings of SPJ through an immersion into teaching of the Society’s missions, culture and operations came to fruition seven years ago in a Las Vegas hotel that no longer exists. Continue reading


Freedom of the Prez | September 10th, 2012 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Looking back on “20 SPJ ideas” two years later

Two years ago while running for SPJ secretary-treasurer, I proposed an ambitious program called “20 ideas in 20 days.”

It represented my thinking back in 2010 on ways in which we could move SPJ forward. Continue reading