Monthly Archive: April 2013


First Draft | April 29th, 2013 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
TVU: Trend or Sign of Broadcast Times

 

 

Take the TVU!

Before I head out on any broadcast piece, my managers are always yelling this from the assignment desk.  If you are not familiar with what a TVU is you should be.  Continue reading


SPJ Works | April 27th, 2013 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Notes on the news, Twitter and public hunger for accuracy

There was a lot of bad.

The bombings — tragic. A city gripped by fearful uncertainty — terrible. News media spewing inaccurate information — beyond disappointing. Continue reading


The X Factor | April 25th, 2013 | #, #, #, #
Reg. 10 Contest Winners to be announced May 18

And the winner is…

All of the entries in the 2012 SPJ NW Excellence in Journalism Contest have been judged and the winners are in. Winners will be notified this week if they have won an award for their work. Continue reading


The X Factor | April 25th, 2013 | #, #, #, #, #, #
Great spring conference!

Thanks to Pia Hallenberg of The Spokesman-Review, Mark Peterson of KXLY and the Inland Northwest Pro chapter of SPJ for hosting SPJ’s Region 10 spring conference in Spokane, Washington. Continue reading


Region 5 Blog | April 24th, 2013 | #
SPJ in St. Louis April 26-28

Coming up this weekend…

 

Reporting on veterans, social media from top to bottom, and much more!

 

April 26-28 in St. Louis

SPJ Regions 5 & 7 Spring Conference

 

Region 5 (Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky) and Region 7 (Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska) are bringing you the best of the brightest topics and also collegiate journalism awards beneath the Gateway Arch. Continue reading


Region 5 Blog | April 24th, 2013 | #
Bluegrass ex-presidents honored

Two former presidents of the Bluegrass chapter of SPJ were inducted into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame Tues. April 23 in Lexington, Ky. They are John Nelson of Advocate Communications and Bill Goodman of Kentucky Educational Television. Continue reading


Mouth of the South | April 23rd, 2013 | #
How to be Chapter of the Year

If you’re in charge of a pro or student SPJ chapter, you might be wondering…

How the hell do we win a National Chapter of the Year award? Continue reading


The Leading Edge | April 22nd, 2013 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
April Chapter Grants

The Chapter Grant Committee decided to not award any grants this month, rolling over the $500 cold, hard cash to next month where we’ll be giving away multiple grants for amazing chapter programs. Continue reading


The Leading Edge | April 22nd, 2013 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
April Chapter Grants

The Chapter Grant Committee decided to not award any grants this month, rolling over the $500 cold, hard cash to next month where we’ll be giving away multiple grants for amazing chapter programs. Continue reading


Rocky Mountain SPJ | April 17th, 2013 | #, #
SPJ recognizes outstanding student journalists in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming

At our regional conference in Santa Fe, the Society of Professional Journalists presented student journalists with the Mark of Excellence awards. These represent some of the best in student journalism, and the first-place winners advance to the national competition. Continue reading


First Draft | April 17th, 2013 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Collaboration vs. Competition: Reflections of the Boston Marathon bombings

A quick prologue: I’ve discovered major breaking news events always reveal something about the way TV stations cover important stories. We find out more about what works for us, what doesn’t, what we should do, and what we shouldn’t do. Continue reading


The Campus Copy | April 17th, 2013 | #
Students fighting public records blocks

It seems like just yesterday we were writing about the issues at Red and Black and FAMU, but here we go again. In SPJ’s Region 3, student journalists are fighting long, tedious battles against agencies trying to – illegally – block public records requests. Continue reading


Net Worked | April 16th, 2013 | #, #
Interactive newspaper, anyone?

No, I don’t mean those icky PDF-based “e-edition” replicas of print editions that are available online but aren’t interactive or updated. I mean, what’s the use when you can keep up with breaking stories AND get yesterday’s news on the full website? Continue reading


Mouth of the South | April 16th, 2013 | #
Like a couple of broken records

Meet two young student journalists whose schools are aging them quickly by acting slowly. And illegally.

For months, Florida’s Dylan Bouscher and Georgia’s David Schick have been trying to acquire some plain-vanilla public records from their public institutions. Continue reading


FOI FYI | April 13th, 2013
Open government a casualty in Utah’s war on mug-shot websites

In recent months, Utah officials have taken aim at websites such as bustedmugshots.com and mugshots.com, but transparency is taking the hit.

Utah officials accuse the sites of extortion, on the grounds that the sites publish jail booking photos and either charge or direct visitors to a vendor who will remove them — for a fee going as high as hundreds of dollars. Continue reading