Monthly Archive: October 2012


The X Factor | October 31st, 2012 | #
This Week in SPJ: Thinking About The Big Picture…and One Leader

Talk about an eventful seven days. One week ago, I participated in my first conference call meeting as Regional Director and a member of the national Board. Continue reading


The Heartland Beat | October 28th, 2012 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Region 7 to have a voice at ACES national convention in St. Louis

If you haven’t heard, Region 7 will host the next national conference of the American Copy Editors Society, April 4-6 at the Hilton at the Ballpark in downtown St. Continue reading


Rocky Mountain SPJ | October 26th, 2012 | #
NAHJ to join SPJ, RTDNA at Excellence In Journalism ’13

For those who haven’t heard the news yet, The National Association of Hispanic Journalists will join SPJ and RTDNA for the Excellence in Journalism conference in Anaheim next year. Continue reading


4th Estate | October 24th, 2012 | #, #
Who’s who in Region 4

According to SPJ.org, Region 4 currently includes six professional chapters — Detroit, Mid-Michigan, Central Ohio, Cleveland, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh. Student chapters number 16, with two in Michigan, eight in Ohio, four in Pennsylvania and two in West Virginia. Continue reading


The SPJ Garden Center | October 22nd, 2012 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
To opine or not to opine: Social media proves fertile ground for a discussion about journalists and social media

There’s quite a discussion going on among members of the Society of Professional Journalists group on Linkedin.

It started more than one month ago when Lisa Eramo, a freelance journalist in Rhode Island, posed a question about the ethics of journalists posting their opinions on social media pages, specifically those managed by their newsrooms. Continue reading


The Heartland Beat | October 19th, 2012 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Two fledgling chapters take first steps forward

As fall descends on Region 7, interest in SPJ continues to rise, and two prospective chapters are rising as well to meet that interest.

The society finally is gaining traction again in the Cornhusker State, a place where it once was prominent, as the fledgling Omaha-Lincoln chapter reintroduced the society by hosting last month in Omaha a get-to-know-you happy hour for media types, resplendent with swag bags and complementary chili con queso. Continue reading


4th Estate | October 17th, 2012 | #
Kevin Z. Smith to visit Miami campus

About a million years ago — OK, 16 — Kevin Smith, SPJ’s national president in 2009-10, called to let me know Miami of Ohio was looking for a PTer to teach beginning newswriting. Continue reading


The X Factor | October 16th, 2012 | #, #, #, #, #, #
Let’s welcome Ian Marquand!

After serving as regional director for three years, and as a chapter leader in the W. Washington Pro chapter since 2006, I stepped down from my role as RD last month to accept the position of national SPJ Secretary/Treasurer. Continue reading


Freedom of the Prez | October 16th, 2012 | #, #, #
ATLANTA TO DROP CHARGES

Word from Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed that charges will be dropped against two student journalists and an intern for Creative Loafing who were all arrested last November while photographing and recording Occupy Atlanta protests. Continue reading


Freedom of the Prez | October 12th, 2012 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Occupied by outrage over arrests of journalists at protest events

Robert Stolarik, Julia C. Reinhart, John Bolger, Nathan Heustis, John Knefel, Jacob Roszak, Alisen Redmond, Judith Kim.

All of these journalists were doing their jobs on public sidewalks or streets when they were arrested or detained or harassed by police. Continue reading


The SPJ Garden Center | October 8th, 2012 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
The accidental journalist? ASU student meets her fate under Friday night lights

Editor’s Note: The 2012 membership drive may be over, but I’m still in a membership state of mind. Remember, the membership committee is always interested in sharing thoughts and ideas from members, former members, and would-be members. Continue reading


The Heartland Beat | October 8th, 2012 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Tell us what you want to see at the regional conference

Sure, it’s only October, and spring seems too far down the calendar to contemplate.

But time ticks down faster than you think, and soon you’ll have to consider making travel plans for the annual Region 7 conference. Continue reading


Code Words | October 5th, 2012 | #
Community involvement often raises ethical conflicts

How serious does a conflict of interest have to become before you can call it a conflict of interest? Believe it or not, this conundrum is intended as the start of an ethical discussion. Continue reading


The Heartland Beat | October 1st, 2012 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
New director takes over in the Heartland

There’s a new face in this space.

It belongs to me, David Sheets, the new director of Region 7 and immediate past-president of the St. Louis Pro chapter. Continue reading


The SPJ Garden Center | October 1st, 2012 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
SPJ membership drive Q&A: Sandra Gonzalez hits the ground running in Las Vegas

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