Monthly Archive: August 2013


Freedom of the Prez | August 30th, 2013 | #
SPJ’s year ahead – communication, ethics, communities, advocacy

These are exciting – and unnerving – times for journalism. It’s not dead, it’s evolving. Journalism matters.

I’m glad SPJ can play a role, and during this next year I will need your help. Continue reading


The Independent Journalist | August 23rd, 2013 | #, #, #, #, #
From committee to community

Nobody likes a committee, except maybe a camel. So when SPJ leadership asked the Freelance Committee to think about becoming a community, we threw off our chains and reveled. Continue reading


The Independent Journalist | August 18th, 2013 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
7 steps to a better résumé

Whether pitching for a full-time job or a single project, writers and editors use an assortment of tools and tactics to connect with potential clients. Social media, word-of-mouth advertising, personal correspondence and networking events are great for this; they help sell your personality. Continue reading


Whos News? Diversity Every Day | August 17th, 2013 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
“Fruitvale Station”: Watch, Absorb and Learn

Who’s News is inviting top journalists and journalism educators to share their thoughts on inclusion in the news. Here, public radio journalist Cheryl Devall comments on “Fruitvale Station,” a film that offers journalists much to contemplate. Continue reading


FOI FYI | August 16th, 2013 | #
SPJ members discuss conflicts between reporters, government flacks at National Press Club event

Linda Petersen, SPJ’s National Freedom of Information chairwoman, and former SPJ National President Carolyn Carlson participated on a panel at the National Press Club Aug. 12 on the conflicts between journalists and public affairs officers. Continue reading


FOI FYI | August 16th, 2013 | #
Salt Lake Tribune reporter uses web tools to let the people decide political scandal

 

Robert Gehrke, a politics and government reporter for the Salt Lake Tribune, is using web tools to help the public understand a political scandal. (courtesy of Robert Gehrke)

It started when a businessman indicted for fraud said he lost $250,000 in a bogus deal brokered by Utah’s attorney general. Continue reading


First Draft | August 16th, 2013 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
How Do You Create Work, Life Balance, Jacqueline Ingles?

By Jacqueline Ingles

At my previous job, I was gone from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m.  I can remember FTPing in my morning vo/sot while stirring a pot of spaghetti with my other hand. Continue reading


First Draft | August 13th, 2013 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Daily Writing Routines (and what works for Nathaniel Philbrick)

If you’re a full-time freelance writer like I am, discipline can be a daily struggle. “It’s a sunny day. I’ll just go run some errands,” you might rationalize. Continue reading


Region 5 Blog | August 13th, 2013 | #
Applaud Patti Cross, Mike Reilley, Ali Trumbull

Aug; 12, 2013

Hope you all have had great summers, but it’s time to get serious.

Come to the national conference – EIJ13 – for a lot of learning and applauding. Continue reading


The Independent Journalist | August 11th, 2013 | #
Who is a journalist?

In the wake of the recent scandal involving the government’s monitoring of the Associated Press and Fox News reporters the Justice Department released its new guidelines on investigations involving the news media. Continue reading


The Independent Journalist | August 11th, 2013 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Active vs. passive in finding freelance work – a website isn’t enough

By Ruth E. Thaler-Carter, www.writerruth.com, “I can write about anything!”®

In a recent LinkedIn group post that had me shaking my head, someone recently said, “I found it very hard to get anyone to respond to my web site for editing. Continue reading


First Draft | August 8th, 2013 | #, #, #, #, #
How do You Create Work Life Balance, Lynn Walsh?

Article Written By: Lynn Walsh

The always hard to figure out balance between work and life. I am constantly working to get there, but seem to keep finding new weights added the scales. Continue reading


Whos News? Diversity Every Day | August 7th, 2013 | #, #, #, #, #, #
Affordable Care Act Deserves Attention While Congress Loafs (or Plots)

Who’s News is inviting top journalists and journalism educators to share their thoughts on inclusion in the news. Here, public radio journalist Cheryl Devall urges attention to the Affordable Care Act. Continue reading


Freedom of the Prez | August 6th, 2013 | #, #
One step forward: Shield Law

So this happened on the first day of August in the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee: Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) submitted an amendment to the shield law bill he and Sen. Continue reading