Monthly Archive: May 2013


FOI FYI | May 31st, 2013 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
FOI Daily Dose: Open government strides in Lone Star State, stampers in Pennsylvania

Lawmakers in Texas passed a series of bills this week to protect reporters and promote open government. One of the most notable is Senate Bill 1368 (an update to the Texas Public Information Act) that keeps public officials from concealing official matters of business by corresponding over private email accounts and other electronic communications. Continue reading


First Draft | May 31st, 2013 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #
How to make Follow Friday Easier

It’s Friday again! Which means it is time for you to take a look at your activity on Twitter and give a little love to those followers who made an impression on you this week. Continue reading


FOI FYI | May 30th, 2013 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Help us make a splash with weekly FOI profiles

Are you a reporter who goes above and beyond expectations to hold your elected and government officials accountable? Or how about a citizens group working behind the scenes to make public records more accessible in underprivileged neighborhoods? Continue reading


FOI FYI | May 30th, 2013 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
FOI Daily Dose: Soldiers blow the whistle on Army’s ‘money pit’ intelligence network

One week ago Democratic U.S. senators from Virginia Mark Warner and  Tim Kaine introduced a bill to expand protections for military whistle-blowers and sexual assault victims. Continue reading


FOI FYI | May 29th, 2013 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
FOI Daily Dose: High fees in California and stress over a school survey

Journalists and open government advocates in California are riled up about Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget proposal they fear could limit access to public documents.

California courts already charge $15 for court records searches lasting longer than 10 minutes. Continue reading


FOI FYI | May 29th, 2013 | #, #, #, #, #, #
Greetings, FOI FYI readers

Attention open government advocates, First Amendment martyrs and citizens who support the free press as our fourth pillar of democracy.

My name is Kara Hackett, and I’m SPJ’s Pulliam/Kilgore Freedom of Information intern this summer. Continue reading


The Leading Edge | May 24th, 2013 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Two more chapters get cash in May

Two chapters have been awarded funds for their awesome programs thanks to SPJ Chapter Grants. We ended this years program on a great note by dishing out the cash to SPJ South Florida and the Fort Worth chapter for some great ideas. Continue reading


The Leading Edge | May 24th, 2013 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Two more chapters get cash in May

Two chapters have been awarded funds for their awesome programs thanks to SPJ Chapter Grants. We ended this years program on a great note by dishing out the cash to SPJ South Florida and the Fort Worth chapter for some great ideas. Continue reading


Freedom of the Prez | May 24th, 2013 | #
What I did for SPJ today

Signed a letter written by Region 1 SPJ Director Rebecca Baker to Gov. Dannel Malloy of Connecticut condemning the secrecy in which he, the state’s chief prosecutor and others drafted a bill to exempt from the state’s public records law documents, images and other material connected to the December massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. Continue reading


The Leading Edge | May 23rd, 2013 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Chapter leaders: Let’s talk web stuff

From SPJ Director at Large, Carl Corry:

In an effort to help SPJ chapters improve their all-important web presences, or to start one, please take a few minutes to fill out the survey if you’re a chapter leader. Continue reading


The Independent Journalist | May 23rd, 2013 | #, #, #, #, #
Staying Connected: Fostering Freelance Relationships

The corporate world has the water cooler, schools have the teachers’ lounge and kids have the playground. Everyone has a place to hang out, brainstorm, share ideas or simply to complain. Continue reading


The Leading Edge | May 23rd, 2013 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Chapter leaders: Let’s talk web stuff

From SPJ Director at Large, Carl Corry:

In an effort to help SPJ chapters improve their all-important web presences, or to start one, please take a few minutes to fill out the survey if you’re a chapter leader. Continue reading


The X Factor | May 21st, 2013 | #, #, #, #
SPJ Pres. Sonny Albarado: Shame & the Shield Law

In recent weeks, Shield Law legislation has been revived and SPJ is ready to take a stand to protect reporters and the public. Here’s an update from SPJ President Sonny Albarado to tell us what that means and how we can all help. Continue reading


Freedom of the Prez | May 20th, 2013 | #
On shame and shield law

Well, well, well.

SPJ is gearing up again to fight for a federal shield law to protect journalists and their sources from unwarranted snooping by government prosecutors and other lawyers. Continue reading


The X Factor | May 19th, 2013 | #, #, #, #, #, #
Congratulations to our award winners!

Congratulations to all of the outstanding award winners in the 2012 SPJ Northwest Excellence in Journalism Contest. This annual contest honors the very best in journalism in SPJ’s Region 10 which includes Alaska, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana. Continue reading