Monthly Archive: October 2013


Freedom of the Prez | October 29th, 2013 | #
Urghhhhhhhh: innovation, brain good

NEW ORLEANS – Journalism is NOT dead. It’s un-dead.

And not in the rotting kind of way. I mean it will never die, because people will always need information about their communities and world – gathered, vetted and delivered by credible and ethical wordsmiths. Continue reading


The Mid-Atlantic Muckraker | October 29th, 2013 | #, #, #, #, #, #
A fever over the Code

Here is SPJ review topic number 2 this year: the venerable code of ethics. (The first topic, in the previous post, was whether SPJ should update its name). Continue reading


The Mid-Atlantic Muckraker | October 29th, 2013 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #
A new Society

SPJ is in the midst of two lengthy public reviews.

One is: What should we be called? (More on the second review in the next blog post.)

Sigma Delta Chi was the original name of the organization. Continue reading


The Independent Journalist | October 28th, 2013 | #
Wanted: Freelancers

Hey, we want you, we really want you. How often does a freelancer get to hear those words?

Well, the freelance committee wants people to raise their hands for things that need doing as we transition to a community. Continue reading


Mouth of the South | October 28th, 2013 | #
SPZ: Un-Dead Dave

At 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26, SPJ president Dave Cuillier died in New Orleans. By 6:30 p.m., he was undead.

Cuillier was one of 20 re-animated corpses who confronted 75 college journalists at Zombie Stories, the participatory interview program sponsored by SPJ regions 3 and 12 and SPJ Florida. Continue reading


Net Worked | October 23rd, 2013 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
The secret to success for early adopters

(Editor’s note: A version of this post first appeared at DKSheets.com.)

We all enjoy occasional trips along the cutting edge. Spurred by our adrenaline and excitement, these trips can lift moods and egos by suggesting that we’re smarter, faster, better than the masses. Continue reading


The X Factor | October 21st, 2013 | #
Is it ever okay to hug the journalist?

Friend and Spokane freelance writer Jill Barville wrote an interesting blog post about whether it’s ever okay for a source to hug the journalist.

On her blog, 3Rs, she writes:

Once I overheard a fellow reporter say, “there are no hugs in journalism.” This gave me pause. Continue reading


The Leading Edge | October 21st, 2013 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
A new round of Chapter Grants dishes out more cash

Congratulations to the three chapters who were awarded Chapter Grants this month! Each chapter was awarded up to $500 to put on their unique, amazing and brilliant journo program. Continue reading


The Leading Edge | October 21st, 2013 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
A new round of Chapter Grants dishes out more cash

Congratulations to the three chapters who were awarded Chapter Grants this month! Each chapter was awarded up to $500 to put on their unique, amazing and brilliant journo program. Continue reading


Mouth of the South | October 20th, 2013 | #
The zombie king & queen

Even zombies need leaders. Meet Richard Riggs, founder of Krewe of the Living Dead.

By day, Riggs works in a marina in Madisonville, Louisiana. By night, he leads a zombie gang that’s known citywide by its intials, KOLD. Continue reading


The X Factor | October 18th, 2013 | #
Financial news and deputy sought

I would like to let you all know that the official Region 10 bank account has been moved over to US Bank – and it retains the signatures of yours truly and immediate past Region 10 director, Ian Marquand. Continue reading


The X Factor | October 18th, 2013 | #
Financial news and deputy sought

I would like to let you all know that the official Region 10 bank account has been moved over to US Bank – and it retains the signatures of yours truly and immediate past Region 10 director, Ian Marquand. Continue reading


The X Factor | October 16th, 2013 | #
Here’s the updated 2012 SPJ Region 10 awards booklet

Per request – here’s the final edition of the awards booklet from this spring 2012 Region X Awards Booklet FINAL 9-13 Continue reading


The X Factor | October 16th, 2013 | #, #, #, #
Happy hump day, Region 10

I’m your newly elected Region 10 director, I work fulltime at The Spokesman-Review, and I’ve been involved with SPJ since 1996 when I was a journalism student at Eastern Washington University. Continue reading


Mouth of the South | October 16th, 2013 | #
SPJ: salads, sloths, snails

In 50 days, you can grow your own salad.

Most varieties of lettuce and the smallest varieties of tomatoes (like cherry or grape) and carrots (like Thumbelina or Paris Market) mature in 50 days – as do onions, if you plant them from bulb sets. Continue reading