Monthly Archive: February 2014


4th Estate | February 24th, 2014 | #, #, #, #
Cleveland asks who owns public records

The Cleveland chapter is staying busy, with another great program set for March 11, titled “Access to Public Records: Whose Are They?” Here’s the details from the chapter’s “Writer’s Week” e-newsletter, from a posting by chapter president Rodney Bengston:

Public records. Continue reading


First Draft | February 18th, 2014 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
The journo’s workout plan

by Cassidy Herrington

The textbook qualities of a successful journalist we’re often told are the obvious ones: curious, independent and determined, to name a few.

But a few underlying health-related attributes make those fundamental qualities possible. Continue reading


First Draft | February 18th, 2014 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
“WEATHER, YOU LOVE IT OR HATE IT… IT’S PART OF THE JOB”

by Kristyn Caddell

You know the days when it was hardly windy, but there was a chance of a tropical storm and you grabbed your “wind-o-meter” just to tell the viewers  the wind was coming at you at about 5mph.  Continue reading


The Campus Copy | February 17th, 2014 | #, #, #, #
Eastern Kentucky University combines class and club

Eastern Kentucky University used time in its Media Ethics class to revise the Code of Ethics. The leaders of the SPJ chapter at the school guided the discussion while the class participated. Continue reading


4th Estate | February 15th, 2014 | #
Journos to talk race in Ohio

Soledad O’Brien visits Athens, Ohio, Feb. 20.

Kudos to the JRN and COM programs at Ohio University for booking CNN veteran Soledad O’Brien to talk about race on campus Feb. Continue reading


4th Estate | February 15th, 2014 | #
The case for local coverage

Here’s another new piece from Columbia Journalism Review that’s worth a few minutes of your time…..especially for Ohioans interested in news from Cincinnati-based Scripps Howard, the Dec. Continue reading


4th Estate | February 15th, 2014 | #
CJR outlines Advance’s Cleveland strategy

Confused about what’s happening in the Cleveland market with continual change at the venerable Cleveland Plain Dealer?

Me too. But this new piece from the Columbia Journalism Review provides some clarity:

http://www.cjr.org/united_states_project/newspaper_guild_files_nlrb_charge_against_plain_dealer.php?page=all

In a nutshell: Advance Publication now runs the PD along with a site called the Northeast Ohio Media Group. Continue reading


First Draft | February 14th, 2014 | #
No Valentine’s Day plans? Check out 5 shows and movies available to stream that are perfect for the single journalist

Valentine’s Day is once again upon us. People will share the day with their significant other, eating a special dinner and making goo-goo eyes at each other from across the table. Continue reading


The Leading Edge | February 13th, 2014 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Round 3 of Chapter Grants: More money!

Three more chapters were awarded funds from SPJ’s Chapter Grants, which provides money to chapters for unique and innovative programming, thanks to a little help from the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation. Continue reading


The Leading Edge | February 13th, 2014 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Round 3 of Chapter Grants: More money!

Three more chapters were awarded funds from SPJ’s Chapter Grants, which provides money to chapters for unique and innovative programming, thanks to a little help from the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation. Continue reading


Freedom of the Prez | February 7th, 2014 | #
Name-change update: Process ongoing

In Anaheim last fall, the SPJ delegates instructed the board to discuss the ramifications of changing our name to the Society for Professional Journalism. Here is an update of where we’ve been and where we are going:

Last fall I appointed a 10-member task force, led by former SPJ President John Ensslin, to gather member feedback and provide recommendations to the Executive Committee. Continue reading


Freedom of the Prez | February 4th, 2014 | #
Raise the shield! Contact your U.S. senator today!

We’ve never been closer to getting a federal shield law to protect journalists from abusive government power. But we all must act now or we will lose the opportunity. Continue reading


Region 5 Blog | February 4th, 2014 | #
SPJ regional conference: Chicago April 11-13: Ethics, Social Media, Much More!

SPJ Region 5 Conference April 11-13 Chicago, IL

Register here: https://region5spj2014.eventbrite.com For hotel room, phone: 312-787-3100

Friday, April 11 6 p.m. Opening reception Billy Goat Tavern & Grill, 430 N. Continue reading


4th Estate | February 3rd, 2014 | #
Miami students take NYC!

Miami students met with six New York Times staffers during their “NYC Media” course.

Thanks to Miami University’s new Winter Term, 17 JRN/COM students spent a week in the Big Apple with NYC Media Jan. Continue reading


4th Estate | February 3rd, 2014 | #
Pittsburgh chapter hosts new mayor

Some 60 Pittsburgh journalists — members of SPJ and the local Press Club — were on hand for a session with new Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto on Jan. Continue reading