Monthly Archive: September 2013

The Independent Journalist | September 29th, 2013 | #
Six things I learned from the Moore tornado coverage

As an independent journalist, usually I’m in charge of finding my own work.

But when there was breaking news literally almost in my back yard, suddenly there was more business than I knew what to do about. Continue reading

Rocky Mountain SPJ | September 28th, 2013 | #
Is it time to change SPJ’s name?

One of the more interesting issues that came up at the SPJ National Convention in Anaheim was whether the Society of Professional Journalists should change its name. Continue reading

Rocky Mountain SPJ | September 28th, 2013 | #
What do you want out of regional conference next year?

Next year’s regional conference will be March 28-30 in Salt Lake City. As we discussed at our regional meeting, we will be doing it at the BYU Salt Lake Center, which is easily accessible from the TRAX light-rail system. Continue reading

Region 5 Blog | September 25th, 2013 | #
What you missed and what comes next


For those of you who were not able to join more than 1,600 attendees at the SPJ convention in California:

First of all, sorry it was so far from us here in Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky. Continue reading

4th Estate | September 24th, 2013 | #, #, #, #, #, #
Open Mic Night, journalists’ style

Cool new program from our friends in the Cincinnati chapter of SPJ. From my inbox:

Journalists are used to telling other people’s stories. But for one night, the Cincinnati chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists is opening up the stage to allow those folks to tell their own stories. Continue reading

Freedom of the Prez | September 23rd, 2013 | #
Ring around the Hosey – circling the wagons and waiting for appeal

Joseph Hosey has a breather. At least for now.

Last week the reporter would have faced a $1,000 fine, $300 per day and perhaps jail until he coughed up his sources regarding a murder trial he is covering. Continue reading

Mouth of the South | September 23rd, 2013 | #
Not your average Joe

This is going to sound ridiculous at first.

An SPJ chapter in Florida is raising money for a troubled reporter in Chicago – even though he hasn’t asked for the help, and even though a judge might not allow it. Continue reading

The Independent Journalist | September 23rd, 2013 | #
A new way of looking at the video book trailer

Guest blogger: Jack El-Hai

Last spring, as the September publication of my new nonfiction book The Nazi and the Psychiatrist drew closer, I was contemplating what I would do to promote it. Continue reading

The Mid-Atlantic Muckraker | September 21st, 2013 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Pushing back against intellectual vises

Twenty years ago, I was a reporter for a small weekly newspaper in upstate New York. One fascinating story we covered that year was a high school student challenging his teacher’s use of “The Great Santini” by Pat Conroy, claiming it had inappropriate themes. Continue reading

Who's News? Diversity Every Day | September 21st, 2013 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Telling their own stories: How two Native journalists got past gloomy health statistics to find stories of resiliency

Teresa Trumbly Lamsam, who founded Wellbound Storytellers

Who’s News is inviting top journalists and journalism educators to share their thoughts on inclusion in the news. Here, Teresa Trumbly Lamsam explains why two Native American journalists decided to find a way to improve health coverage. Continue reading

SPJ Nomenclature | September 20th, 2013 | #
Storify: On SPJ’s potential name change

On August 30, media blogger Jim Romenesko wrote about a resolution proposing a name change of the Society of Professional Journalists to the “Society for Professional Journalism.”

Here’s what members and the public have to say about the idea:

[View the story “Discussing SPJ’s potential name change” on Storify] Continue reading

4th Estate | September 19th, 2013 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Call for R4 Conference Topics

The folks in Columbus are waaaaay ahead of the pack in planning for the Region 4 Conference next April! How much ahead? They’ve already put out a call for programs. Continue reading

The Heartland Beat | September 19th, 2013 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Riverfront Times seeks news blogger

Who says bloggers can’t be journalists?

At the Riverfront Times in St. Louis, a blogger helped keep the 36-year-old weekly newspaper on the public’s mind with his witty and sometimes irreverent Web writing about such topics as Confederate flag T-shirts, email-happy state senators, and the tribulations of a well-endowed bikini wearer at one Missouri water park. Continue reading

The Independent Journalist | September 17th, 2013 | #, #, #
How freelance friends & bagels improved my work habits

Up until a few months ago, I had never considered working out of a coffee shop rather than my home office. Sure, I’ve met clients and done story interviews at Starbucks, but it never occurred to me to set up shop there. Continue reading

The Mid-Atlantic Muckraker | September 17th, 2013 | #, #, #, #
The Scripps experience

If you’re new to SPJ, or not so new but thinking you’d like to get more involved…

Try Scripps.

It’s formally known as the Ted Scripps Leadership Institute. Continue reading