Monthly Archive: January 2014

First Draft | January 30th, 2014 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Definition of STAND UP

By Gen J Guest Blogger Kristyn Caddell

intransitive verb

1: to rise to a standing position

2: to remain sound and intact under stress, attack, or close scrutiny

Webster’s might not best define a television news “standup”, but most everyone in the industry doesn’t need a dictionary to know the definition of a good one.  Continue reading

Bylines and Deadlines | January 26th, 2014 | #
Register for the 2014 Region 1 Conference

The 2014 Region 1 Conference in Boston, Mass. is now open for registration.

This year’s event, organized by the New England Pro Chapter of SPJ, will bring together professional and student journalists from Maine to Pennsylvania for two days of professional development and networking from April 25-26 at Boston University.  Continue reading

First Draft | January 24th, 2014 | #
5 sites off the beaten path to find journalism jobs

Job hunting in any industry is a daunting task, but especially so in journalism. The daily print products don’t make the money they used to, leading to fewer jobs in the market. Continue reading

First Draft | January 23rd, 2014 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Bieber Fever

Receiving three e-mails and two-texts from local media organizations within a few minutes will cause alarm from any journalist. It must be something serious. Something urgent. Continue reading

Freedom of the Prez | January 20th, 2014 | #
Yee-haw! Lots of news from Nashville

This past weekend the SPJ Executive Committee met in Nashville, the site of the fall national convention, to work through a variety of issues that could affect SPJ long-term. Continue reading

Mouth of the South | January 19th, 2014 | #
Fly in the newsprint

Journalists should never shoot the messenger. Especially since the messenger is often one of them.

But when I proposed changing SPJ’s name to the Society for Professional Journalism, some SPJers took to heart the expression, “Consider the source.” Here’s my favorite example. Continue reading

Mouth of the South | January 18th, 2014 | #
What “for” looks like

If SPJ becomes the Society for Professional Journalism, what else changes, besides a letter and a preposition?

Let us count the ways.

First, though, let’s be clear about what doesn’t change. Continue reading

The X Factor | January 15th, 2014 | #, #, #, #
And the Region 10 contest is live

Whew – it’s been a bit of a steep learning curve here, but we should be good to go. To enter the 2013 SPJ Region 10 Excellence in Journalism contest please visit

The categories and entry prices are the same as last year. Continue reading

The X Factor | January 8th, 2014 | #, #
The Region 10 Contest is coming your way –

- so now is a good time for you to start looking for contest entries, as I get things lined up with Omni and what have you. Continue reading