Monthly Archive: November 2013


SPJ Nomenclature | November 30th, 2013 | #, #, #, #, #, #
Studio SPJ: lively debate on the name change

The Nov. 16 edition of Studio SPJ featured a lively debate between two members of the SPJ name change task force.

Region 3 Director Michael Koretzky argued the case for changing our name from “Society of Professional Journalists” to “Society for Professional Journalism,” while Region 2 Director Andy Schotz argued against the change. Continue reading


SPJ Member Spotlight | November 30th, 2013 | #, #
Meet Eva Ruth Moravec, SPJ’s November Volunteer of the Month

Congratulations to Eva Ruth Moravec, SPJ’s November Volunteer of the Month!

Eva Ruth helped revive the San Antonio Pro chapter several years ago, along with the help of a great team of officers and new members. Continue reading


SPJ Nomenclature | November 26th, 2013 | #
Some arguments against the name change

Here are some arguments against the name change from two other members of our name change Task Force, Region 2 Director Andy Schotz and Paul Davis, a former SPJ national president. Continue reading


SPJ Nomenclature | November 26th, 2013 | #
Some arguments for the name change

As many of you know, we are in the midst of a lively debate over whether The Society of Professional Journalists should change its name to The Society for Professional Journalism. Continue reading


The Heartland Beat | November 25th, 2013 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Media merger creates new St. Louis news source

With the merger of St. Louis Public Radio and the St. Louis Beacon comes an all-digital nonprofit news-gathering organization expected to do more than draw a new face on both operations. Continue reading


Mouth of the South | November 22nd, 2013 | #
SCREW SPJ’S ETHICS

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The Heartland Beat | November 21st, 2013 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Jayson Blair’s story is told again in a new documentary

When reporter Jayson Blair was exposed as a serial plagiarist in 2003, his employer, The New York Times, regarded the admission as “a low point in the 152-year history of the newspaper.”

The resulting crisis in confidence cast a long shadow over not just the Times, but also over all of newspaper journalism and the efficacy of affirmative action hiring. Continue reading


The Campus Copy | November 20th, 2013 | #, #, #, #, #
UMD concentrates on social media in revised Code of Ethics

How should journalists handle sources on social media, especially during breaking news? Should a journalist verify a social media account or have to speak directly with the user before posting information from accounts? Continue reading


The Mid-Atlantic Muckraker | November 18th, 2013 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
At Georgetown, authors and officers

A Nov. 11 SPJ event at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., served two purposes.

First, the audience of about 40 people got to hear from and talk to Pulitzer Prize winners Matt Apuzzo and Adam Goldman about their new book, “Enemies Within: Inside the NYPD’s Secret Spying Unit and Bin Laden’s Final Plot Against America.” It is based on their reporting for The Associated Press. Continue reading


Whos News? Diversity Every Day | November 14th, 2013 | #
Four ways to build a diverse panel, and why it matters

If you’ve ever walked into a room and been “the only one,” whether it involved race, gender or another factor, you know the feeling of exclusion that lack of representation creates. Continue reading


SPJ Nomenclature | November 13th, 2013 | #
Live chat postponed

Due to technical difficulties, the Live Chat regarding SPJ’s potential name change has been postponed. Additional details will appear here as soon as they are available. Continue reading


The Heartland Beat | November 11th, 2013 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Gateway Journalism Review needs your help

Media criticism is alive and well in the Midwest ― but it needs your help.

The Gateway Journalism Review, published continuously in magazine form since 1970, analyzes media behavior across a 16-state region, from Ohio to Oklahoma, from Arkansas to North Dakota. Continue reading


The Mid-Atlantic Muckraker | November 7th, 2013 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
SPJ immersion

That’s the best way I can think of to describe the Ted Scripps Leadership Institute – SPJ immersion.

You learn a lot about a lot, from what SPJ is and does to the psychology of leadership. Continue reading


The Campus Copy | November 5th, 2013 | #, #, #, #
SPJ Code of Ethics changes: Let your voice be heard

The Society of Professional Journalists is in a year of transition. The board, including student representatives Lindsey and Michael, is discussing changing the name and changing the Code of Ethics. Continue reading


Code Words | November 5th, 2013 | #
Quill Flashback: 21st-Century Journalism Requires 21st-Century Code

The following opinion piece originally appeared in Quill Magazine in April 2011. To read the counterpoint that appeared in the same issue, follow this link: Quill Flashback: The Current Code is Inclusive and Flexible

By Steve Buttry

The SPJ Code of Ethics absolutely needs an update. Continue reading