Monthly Archive: November 2012


Freedom of the Prez | November 28th, 2012 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Musing on ‘Post Industrial Journalism’ report

“Post Industrial Journalism“

That’s the title of an important new “survey/manifesto,” as its authors call it, from Columbia Journalism School’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism. I’ve just skimmed it so far, but there are some fascinating nuggets. Continue reading


The Heartland Beat | November 26th, 2012 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Time is running out to apply for chapter grants

Need some cash for an event or program? Region 7’s chapters have until Dec. 5 to apply for the latest round of chapter grants, awarded by the national office. Continue reading


4th Estate | November 26th, 2012 | #
Conference Committee members needed

With the Region 4 conference place and date (University of Dayton, April 5-6) now locked in, I am looking for volunteers for the following positions:

Finance Chair — This person will oversee fundraising efforts, assemble the conference budget, pay the bills, distribute the proceeds, etc. Continue reading


Region 5 Blog | November 21st, 2012 | #
University of Illinois Chapter Revived

Here’s an 11/19/12 report from Taylor Goldenstein, president of the SPJ chapter at UIUC and news editor of the Daily Illini:

The Illinois chapter of UIUC is definitely starting to stand up on its own two feet. Continue reading


FOI FYI | November 21st, 2012
Utah Legislature relents, releases redistricting documents

Utah’s open-government advocates got something After a year-long fight, the Utah State Legislature has finally released 16,000 pages of documents related to the state’s redistricting efforts. Continue reading


FOI FYI | November 21st, 2012
Utah to permit television cameras in court.

Starting in April, criminal and civil trials can be televised in Utah.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports that the Utah Judicial Council voted 9-3 to allow a single television camera in trial-level courtrooms. Continue reading


Freedom of the Prez | November 20th, 2012 | #, #, #, #, #, #
Talking free speech from outside a ‘free-speech zone’

OK. I understand a university’s need to curb “disruptive behavior.” So I suppose it’s acceptable to tell someone using a bullhorn near classrooms that he should stop doing so. Continue reading


4th Estate | November 18th, 2012 | #
Save the Date: R4 conference April 5-6

Thanks to the great legwork by Kevin Smith, the Region 4 conference is now set for April 5-6 at the University of Dayton. Watch this space for more info as it becomes available. Continue reading


Code Words | November 15th, 2012 | #
An air of objectivity

A lot has been made of the word “objectivity” as it relates to news coverage and reporting. Some people believe it is an attainable value in American journalism, a principle worthy of our efforts. Continue reading


Net Worked | November 15th, 2012 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Quora lets you know who’s Online Now

These days, when we need ready answers to pressing questions, faster certainly is better. And in our mobile-media world, faster is also essential.

That’s why the question-and-answer website Quora may have added horsepower to the information race with the introduction this week of Online Now, a feature that puts likely experts and admitted novices together with just a click. Continue reading


FOI FYI | November 14th, 2012
Utah Transit Authority backs off attempt to make writing about records denial criminal

Only in Utah, where legislators earned a Black Hole award for attempting to gut the state’s open records law, would a bureaucrat attempt to criminalize talking about a records denial. Continue reading


The Heartland Beat | November 14th, 2012 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Joint regional conference to be held near the Gateway Arch

When Region 7 and Region 5 have their joint spring conference in St. Louis next April, the event will take place in the shadow of the Gateway Arch. Continue reading


Net Worked | November 9th, 2012 | #, #, #, #
Combining Multimedia and Citizen Content For Greater Context

Courtesy FDNY

This article in the Valley Independent Sentinel is an example of how multimedia elements (and citizen journalism) helped take a simple local story and add context and emotion. Continue reading


Net Worked | November 9th, 2012 | #, #
10 Ways Newspapers Are Using Pinterest (Besides Fluff)

Note: This post appeared in the September/October issue of Quill. 

Pinterest might have a reputation as a social network for sharing recipes and fashion tips, but news organizations across the country are embracing Pinterest in innovating ways. Continue reading


FOI FYI | November 9th, 2012
HB477 didn’t hurt too many Utah politicians’ careers

Remember how everyone was mad as hell and not going to take the Utah State Legislature’s attempt to gut the state’s Government Records Access and Management Act? Continue reading