Monthly Archive: March 2013

Mouth of the South | March 30th, 2013 | #, #, #
An Amazing Media Memphisis

I’ve spent most of my life getting kicked out of school, so it was a strange surprise to be invited to the University of Memphis last week to speak there. Continue reading

Western Tales | March 29th, 2013 | #
Early Bird registration expires March 29!

TODAY IS THE DAY! If you haven’t yet registered for the SPJ Region 11 Spring conference, “Letting it Ride: Betting on the Future of Journalism,” set for April 12-13 at South Point Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev., then take note that PRICES WILL GO UP after midnight tonight. Continue reading

Region 5 Blog | March 27th, 2013 | #
Meet me in St. Louie Louie…

March 22nd, 2013

Learn from the experts: SPJ in St. Louis April 26-28

By Susan Stevens

SPJ Regions 5 & 7 present pros from the Poynter Institute, Investigative Reporters and Editors, SPJ leaders and more! Continue reading

Region 5 Blog | March 27th, 2013 | #
Chicago Hosts FOIA Fest

The Chicago Headline Club board began observing Sunshine Week in a big way, with what it plans to be an annual FOIA Fest. Programs were held three evenings in a row, in conjunction with The Better Government Association. Continue reading

SPJ Works | March 27th, 2013 | #, #, #, #, #
What’s your personal journalism code of ethics?

SPJ’s Code of Ethics is among the most cited codes for journalism professionals, but there are certainly more from other organizations and news outlets. These codes are mostly starting points to guide ethical decision making. Continue reading

First Draft | March 27th, 2013 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Why I won’t Change My Profile Picture to Show My Support of X

I believe in a lot of things. I vote in every election, for every candidate that I can. I sign petitions when I truly believe in the cause. Continue reading

FOI FYI | March 26th, 2013
Oklahoma State University wins SPJ’s National Black Hole Award

Oklahoma State University made history by becoming the first university to win SPJ’s not-so-coveted Black Hole Award.

The Cowboys were nominated by Frank LoMonte, executive director of the Student Press Law Center, for several offenses against open government, such as classifying parking tickets as information protected under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and identifying a sexual assault as a burglary on a Clery Act report. Continue reading

The Heartland Beat | March 25th, 2013 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Conference site extends deadline on discounts

The special hotel rate reserved for attendees of the Region 5&7 conference next month in St. Louis has been extended by one week.

Management at the Drury Plaza Hotel at the Arch agreed this week to extend the conference rate after seeing a spike in registrations through March. Continue reading

Region 5 Blog | March 22nd, 2013 | #
Learn from the experts: SPJ in St. Louis April 26-28

SPJ Regions 5 & 7 present pros from the Poynter Institute, Investigative Reporters and Editors, SPJ leaders and more! April 26-28 in St. Louis

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

4th Estate | March 22nd, 2013 | #
Register today! Last day for lower rates

Hey Region 4  SPJers,

Today is the last day for discount rates for “Journalism 2013: Working It Out.” Visit our web site at for all the details. Continue reading

Mouth of the South | March 20th, 2013 | #, #
MediAtlanta: Red and Black recap

SPJ has very few edicts – mandatory rules that national board members like myself must abide by. One of them is hosting an annual journalism conference within my region. Continue reading

Whos News? Diversity Every Day | March 19th, 2013 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Using More Women As Sources

When I began studying journalism at the graduate level in the late ‘90s, I realized I had been blind.

As journalists, we don’t think much about the sources we use in stories every day; we just try to cover the news and meet our deadlines. Continue reading

The Leading Edge | March 19th, 2013 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Two chapters receive funding in February and March

Congratulations to two amazing chapters! They’ve both hit the jackpot with unique and creative programming, which landed them SPJ Chapter Grants that padded their wallets with $500 each. Continue reading

Mouth of the South | March 19th, 2013 | #
Defending The Fur Amendment

“It’s funny that the most interesting thing about our convention,” MediAtlanta speaker Karla Bowsher mused Saturday night, “is someone else’s convention.”

Bowsher was strolling through the Westin hotel in downtown Atlanta, just a few blocks from the SPJ regional conference we hosted earlier that day. Continue reading

Net Worked | March 18th, 2013 | #, #
Will Google glasses force news orgs to change the way we think (again)?

I came across an interesting post on, “What would the perfect news application designed for Google Glass look like?” that got me to thinking more seriously about Google’s new project currently in beta, a pair of glasses that would connect you to the Internet and use augmented reality to overlay information on top of what you see through the glasses. Continue reading