Monthly Archive: June 2013


FOI FYI | June 28th, 2013 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
FOI Daily Dose: ‘Transparent’ federal agency collects, analyzes, shares U.S. financial transactions without warrant

Judicial Watch found a federal agency created on principles of transparency is spending millions of dollars to collect and analyze U.S. financial transactions without a warrant. Continue reading


Region 5 Blog | June 28th, 2013 | #
Summer at SPJ: What’s new?

June 27, 2013

Congratulations … to our Sigma Delta Chi Award winners: In Region 5, we have: Jamie Lucke, Lexington Herald-Leader for Editorial Writing in publications up to 100,000 or non-daily Marisa Kwiatkowski, Tmes of Northwest Indiana, for Public Service Journalism (daily circulation of 50,001 to 100,000) Scott Stantis, Chicago Tribune, for Editorial Cartooning (newspaper circulation of 100,001 or affiliated website/national magazine) Linda Lutton, Cate Cahan and Sally Eisele, WBEZ Chicago, for Radio Feature Reporting (market up to 100 or network syndication) Plus, some familiar names of journalists who moved from our region elsewhere. Continue reading


FOI FYI | June 27th, 2013 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
FOI Daily Dose: NSA denies reporter’s FOIA request, open-data company to expand government data trove

NSA denies ProPublica reporter’s FOIA request for his own records

Jeff Larson of ProPublica filed a freedom of information request with the National Security Agency (NSA) asking for any personal data the agency collected about him, and his request was denied, according to ProPublica. Continue reading


The Heartland Beat | June 27th, 2013 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Muslim group works to reduce stereotypes in St. Louis media

A Muslim advocacy group is taking steps to curtail stereotypes about the faith among St. Louis area media.

But the group also urged media to do their part and research Islam well before running up against a news deadline. Continue reading


SPJ Works | June 27th, 2013 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Oregonian layoffs a disservice to the future of journalism

Editor’s note: This blog post represents the opinions and ideas of the individual staff member and not of the Society of Professional Journalists as a whole. Continue reading


FOI FYI | June 26th, 2013 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
FOI Daily Dose: California reverses ruling on public records, New Mexico open government group fights for previously denied records

California to reverse ruling on public records

Pressure from reporters and open government advocates helped reverse legislation in California this week that threatened to make key parts of the state’s Public Records Act optional, according to the Los Angeles Times. Continue reading


FOI FYI | June 25th, 2013 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Student journalists at Ohio university fight for access to records they once had

Evan Matsumoto, left, manages the Tan & Cardinal’s website. Lindsay Paulsen is the newspaper’s print production editor. (Photo provided by Hillary Warren)

Student reporters at Otterbein University in Ohio are fighting for access to campus police records. Continue reading


FOI FYI | June 25th, 2013 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
FOI Daily Dose: NJ Senate votes on transparency protections; Philadelphia reporters hit hurdles over building collapse records

New Jersey Senate votes on open records, open meetings protections

The New Jersey Press Association is supporting two measures for a state Senate vote this week that would offer greater protections for government transparency, according to the Times of Trenton. Continue reading


FOI FYI | June 24th, 2013 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
FOI Daily Dose: Privacy exemption limits most FOIA requests

Privacy is the most frequently cited exemption for denying Freedom of Information Act requests, according to a study by the Investigative Reporting Workshop at the American University School of Communication. Continue reading


Rocky Mountain SPJ | June 22nd, 2013 | #
UTEP hosting workshop on immigration reporting

From our friends at the Rio Grande chapter:

The University of Texas-El Paso will host an institute for reporting on immigration in late September.

Borderzine, Reporting Across Fronteras, invites professional and independent journalists in the United States to apply to its first McCormick Specialized Reporting Institute on Immigration Reform. Continue reading


FOI FYI | June 21st, 2013 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
FOI Daily Dose: Ohio newspapers restrictions on open government, AP president says DOJ violated its own rules

Ohio newspapers stand against restrictions on open government, records

The Ohio Newspapers Association (ONA) is standing against more than half a dozen bills pending in the legislature that place more restrictions on the state’s public records and open meetings laws, according to Gongwer News Service. Continue reading


Net Worked | June 20th, 2013 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Feedly takes big steps toward substituting for Google Reader

Still saddened by Google Reader’s pending demise? Well, feel better: an alternative is making big strides toward gathering the slack.

Feedly, an RSS provider seen as a top substitute to Google’s soon-to-die service, announced this week that it not only has a standalone version available for any Web browser, but that its cloud storage features are active and ready to use. Continue reading


FOI FYI | June 20th, 2013 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
FOI Daily Dose: California likely limiting open records access, Ohio could conceal handgun license records

California likely limiting open records access

California lawmakers clashed June 19 over changes to the state’s open records laws slipped into the back pocket of the state budget bill earlier this week. Continue reading


FOI FYI | June 19th, 2013 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
FOI Daily Dose: Poll shows Americans support NSA surveillance but still want answers

A new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows that although 58 percent of Americans support the National Security Agency (NSA) intelligence-gathering program, an even larger majority is still eager for answers. Continue reading


The Heartland Beat | June 18th, 2013 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
St. Louis Media History Foundation awards first Pollack scholarship

A St. Louis University student is the first recipient of the Joe Pollack Scholarship established by the St. Louis Media History Foundation.

Tabitha Williams, a 2012 graduate of Mehlville High, studies occupational therapy. Continue reading