Monthly Archive: February 2013


Region 5 Blog | February 27th, 2013 | #
SPJ regional: Not to be missed!

Two regions, one conference

What’s better than one regional conference? How about two regionals at the same time.

This year, Region 5 (Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky) and Region 7 (Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska) are working together beneath the Gateway Arch to bring you a conference to remember. Continue reading


The Independent Journalist | February 27th, 2013 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Fellow Freelancers: Friends or Foes?

Last night I attended a Media Bistro event in Seattle. There are usually two or three of these every year, and I’m lucky to make it to one. Continue reading


FOI FYI | February 26th, 2013
North Carolina paper Cherokee Scout withdraws request for gun records, grovels for forgiveness

The Cherokee Scout in Murphy, N.C., did not do the open-government movement any favors this week.

As Jim Romenesko reported, the paper issued an apology for filing a records request with Cherokee County Sheriff Keith Lovin for a list of concealed-carry permit holders in the county, as well as the application. Continue reading


First Draft | February 26th, 2013 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Get Out of Your House: A Simple Way Non-Reporter Journalists Can Develop Sources & Good Stories

By: Mike Brannen

I’ve always maintained that the hardest part of a journalist’s job is enterprising original stories. It’s even more difficult if you have to do it five days a week. Continue reading


Rocky Mountain SPJ | February 24th, 2013 | #
Save the date: SPJ Region 9 Conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico

Just a reminder that our regional conference is April 12-13 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Our friends in the SPJ Rio Grande Chapter are putting together a terrific program with something for journalists at all points in the profession. Continue reading


Rocky Mountain SPJ | February 24th, 2013 | #
Show off your best work in the Top of the Rockies contest

There is less than a week to enter SPJ Colorado’s Top of the Rockies contest, which is our unofficial regional contest.

The deadline is March 3. Continue reading


Rocky Mountain SPJ | February 24th, 2013 | #
University of Wyoming will release names of finalists for presidency, depsite law

This blog entry also appears on the SPJ FOI blog

It’s been a bit of a roller-coaster ride in Laramie for open-government advocates.

First, in January a district court judge ruled in favor of media organizations that the names for the finalists for the University of Wyoming’s presidency should be public record. Continue reading


FOI FYI | February 24th, 2013 | #
University of Wyoming will make presidential finalists public, despite new law

It’s been a bit of a roller-coaster ride in Laramie for open-government advocates.

First, in January a district court judge ruled in favor of media organizations that the names for the finalists for the University of Wyoming’s presidency should be public record. Continue reading


The Independent Journalist | February 22nd, 2013 | #
Giving it the ‘ol college try

It’s always interesting to find out how people wound up in freelance journalism. For me, freelancing seemed like a good way to take my reporting in a different direction after covering the same topics for several years. Continue reading


The X Factor | February 20th, 2013 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Two Days Left to Enter the Reg. 10 SPJ Journalism Contest

This is a friendly reminder that we are accepting submissions to the 2012 SPJ Northwest Excellence in Journalism Contest through Fri., Feb. 22, 2013 at 4:59 p.m. Continue reading


Code Words | February 20th, 2013 | #
The value of an ombudsman

It was reported once more this past weekend that the Washington Post is considering getting rid of its ombudsman position of 43 years. Current ombudsman Patrick Pexson moved the story past the rumor stage with his Sunday column http://www.washingtonpost.com/patrick-b-pexton/2011/02/24/ABkLhYN_page.html  Pexson said newly installed executive editor Marty Baron believes there are plenty of avenues already in place for addressing criticism of the Post and, with tightening budgets, the salary didn’t make sense. Continue reading


Southern Drawl | February 19th, 2013 | #
Gen J’s extreme makeover

This is how I spent my Monday night.

Yesterday, SPJ’s Generation J committee started soliciting logos that, you know, capture its essence. Here are the details. Continue reading


Code Words | February 19th, 2013 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
The price of plagiarism

This post is written by Andrew M. Seaman, who is a member of SPJ’s ethics committee.

The decision by the Knight Foundation to pay Jonah Lehrer, who has admitted fabricating quotes and duplicating material, $20,000 for a speech brought swift ire from many journalists. Continue reading


First Draft | February 18th, 2013 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Lessons from young journalists finding work at non-profit news outlets

By GenJ Guest Blogger Robert McLean

Lay offs, furloughs and buyouts have hit the journalism industry hard in the past few years. Even The Grey Lady – The New York Times – hasn’t been immune from the profession’s transition into the 21st Century. Continue reading


Southern Drawl | February 17th, 2013 | #
F@%# WORDS WITH FRIENDS

Two weeks ago, I played my first – and last – game of Words With Friends against a fellow journalist.

Gideon Grudo is a former editor at the student newspaper I advise at Florida Atlantic University. Continue reading