Monthly Archive: July 2013


The Independent Journalist | July 30th, 2013 | #
Work flow: ‘Work, Play, Fit, Push’

I’m trying to make time to hop on my bike each day, if even just for a quick errand. It makes for a nice break and it gets me to move around. Continue reading


The Heartland Beat | July 30th, 2013 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Kansas’ student TV, newspaper now under one manager

For the first time since their operations were consolidated, the student-run TV station and newspaper at the University of Kansas will have one manager.

Brett Akagi, a former assistant news director at KSHB-TV in Kansas City, Mo., fills a new role created by the merger of two positions: station general manager and newspaper faculty adviser, according to the Lawrence Journal-World. Continue reading


Mouth of the South | July 30th, 2013 | #, #
ZOMBIE JOURNALISM

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FOI FYI | July 29th, 2013 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #
FOI Daily Dose: Virginia county supervisor questions closed meeting discussion

A Virginia county supervisor called out fellow supervisors for violating Virginia’s open government laws during a closed session performance evaluation, according to The Virginia Gazette.

Before and after the closed session on July 23, supervisors had to certify that they would only discuss issues related to the performance of a county administrator. Continue reading


Whos News? Diversity Every Day | July 25th, 2013 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Tips to Expand Your Source Network and Develop Great Story Ideas

I’ve lived in Knoxville, Tenn., essentially since 1968 and know a lot of people through my work at the News Sentinel. But earlier this month there was a story on four people recognized in the inaugural Latino Awards by Centro Hispano de East Tennessee, and I had only heard of one of them. Continue reading


FOI FYI | July 24th, 2013 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
FOI Daily Dose: Illinois attorney clarifies public records ruling; National Press Club debates practices of public affairs offices

Illinois attorney clarifies public records ruling

An Illinois attorney clarified a public records ruling issued July 16 by the Fourth District Appellate Court, according to the Chicago Tribune. Continue reading


FOI FYI | July 23rd, 2013 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
FOI Update: Federal appeals court rules against reporter’s privilege in James Risen case

A federal appeals court ruled July 19 that the First Amendment does not protect reporters from being forced to testify against confidential sources suspected of sharing unauthorized information with them, according to The New York Times. Continue reading


FOI FYI | July 23rd, 2013 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
FOI Daily Dose: Judge dismisses North Carolina public records lawsuit for confidential settlement; Pennsylvania considers changes to Right-to-Know law

Judge dismisses N.C. public records lawsuit against hospital chain for confidential settlement

A Superior Court judge dismissed the lawsuit a Charlotte attorney filed against one of the nation’s largest public hospital chains for violating the North Carolina public records law, according to The Charlotte Observer. Continue reading


Freedom of the Prez | July 23rd, 2013 | #
Ruling against New York Times’ James Risen: Horrible

“Disappointed” was the word I used last Friday with a reporter who asked my reaction to the federal appeals court ruling in the case of New York Times reporter James Risen, who’s fighting a government subpoena seeking to force him to identify his sources for a chapter of his 2006 book about the CIA, “State of War.”

“Horrified” was the word I came up with after the interview, after I’d taken the time to read all 118 pages of the three-judge panel’s decision that declared:

“There is no First Amendment testimonial privilege, absolute or qualified, that protects a reporter from being compelled to testify by the prosecution or the defense in criminal proceedings about criminal conduct that the reporter personally witnessed or participated in, absent a showing of bad faith, harassment, or other such non-legitimate motive, even though the reporter promised confidentiality to his source.”

On its own internal logic, the 2-1 opinion is sound. Continue reading


FOI FYI | July 23rd, 2013 | #
Shield law counterpoint: ‘I opposed the federal shield then, and I oppose it now’

Like any complicated issue, the proposed shield law has its pros and cons, and not every journalist agrees it’s the best approach to protecting press rights. Continue reading


Whos News? Diversity Every Day | July 23rd, 2013 | #
Tony Hernandez: Words of Wisdom from SPJ Leader & 2012 Diversity Fellow

Service to others in journalism makes my career fun.

I’m thankful to friends, old and new, who’ve guided my leadership training in SPJ that began at the chapter level before jumping into the deep end as Region 12′s director in less than two years. Continue reading


FOI FYI | July 22nd, 2013 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
FOI Daily Dose: Louisiana’s public records victory points to larger abuses of the law

A panel of the 1st Circuit Court of Appeal in Baton Rouge upheld a judge’s ruling that Louisiana State University is not privy to the governor’s office public records exemption, according to The Associated Press. Continue reading


Whos News? Diversity Every Day | July 22nd, 2013 | #, #, #, #, #
Zimmerman Trial Activism: A Political Reporter Offers Coverage Tips

Community leaders call for a change in Florida’s self-defense laws as they join in prayer at the state Capitol.

A lot has been said and written about race in the jury trial of George Zimmerman, who was acquitted on all charges in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, an African American youth. Continue reading


Southern Drawl | July 21st, 2013 | #
COMING SOON…

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Net Worked | July 20th, 2013 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Get familiar with Google Maps Engine Lite

If you haven’t tried it yet, try it now: Google’s Maps Engine Lite.

The stripped-down version of Google’s corporate-level Maps Engine, Lite, still in beta, lets you get geospatial without cost or high-level mapping skill. Continue reading