Monthly Archive: March 2014

The Heartland Beat | March 31st, 2014 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Region 7 early registration ends today

Today is the last day for early registration to the Society of Professional Journalists’ Region 7 Spring Conference, scheduled for April 25-26 at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kan. Continue reading

Mouth of the South | March 31st, 2014 | #, #


A barber needs a license to cut your hair. A plumber needs a license to clean your pipes.

Why doesn’t a journalist need a license to cover your news? Continue reading

The Independent Journalist | March 30th, 2014 | #
Inspiration for finding the story

Guest blogger: Bret Schulte 

Writing is hard. If writing comes easy, my guess is you’re either doing it wrong or you’re a genius, and I’ve never met a genius. Continue reading

Code Words | March 27th, 2014 | #
Ethics Code Revisions – Our First Draft [Updated]

Update 7/3/2014: Second draft now available

The second draft of the revised SPJ Code of Ethics is now available, and you can review it here.

When the 2013 Excellence in Journalism National Convention ended in Anaheim, Calif. Continue reading

The Independent Journalist | March 23rd, 2014 | #
A freelancer’s take on where the news business headed

Taking a look at the news business, most viewers and readers would assume firms that deal in information are destined for extinction. While large newspapers shutter their operations and broadcast outlets form partnerships and try to consolidate, there are a few news organizations staying viable and even turning a profit. Continue reading

Mouth of the South | March 23rd, 2014 | #
In defense of old farts

I hate my own kind.

In SPJ, I get along best with the youngest members – and the oldest. But I can’t stand many who are my age. Continue reading

FOI FYI | March 19th, 2014 | #
Sunshine Week 2014: Two new studies released

On the eve of Sunshine Week 2014, SPJ released the results from two surveys about journalists’ experience with obtaining public information. The studies were led by Dr. Continue reading

First Draft | March 18th, 2014 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
How pledge drives make me a better journalist

by Cassidy Herrington

The first day of spring is upon us. For those of us who work in public media, the budding tulips and pansies indicate the approach of the Spring Pledge Drive. Continue reading

Region 5 Blog | March 17th, 2014 | #
April 11-13 Spring Chicago conference details

Mon. March 17, 2014

Be among the professional journalists and students from across Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky who will gather in Chicago April 11-13 for the annual spring conference of the Society of Professional Journalists’ Region 5. Continue reading

The Independent Journalist | March 16th, 2014 | #
A dummy’s guide to home office survival

Guest blogger: Julie Kendrick 

Last week, I was relieved to finally make good progress on a major assignment. For one idyllic moment, the only sound in the house was the click of my fingers on the keyboard. Continue reading

First Draft | March 15th, 2014 | #, #, #
Top 4 Reasons to Attend your SPJ spring regional conference

The Excellence in Journalism convention is a few short months away, but SPJers don’t have to wait until September for a professional development fix.

SPJ’s regional conferences begin this month across the country. Continue reading

Region 5 Blog | March 12th, 2014 | #
Learn from these experts April 12 in Chicago


Randi Belisomo is co-founder of Life Matters Media,,, a multimedia journalist, currently a general assignment reporter at WGN-TV and a contributor to Chicago Public Radio. Continue reading

The Independent Journalist | March 9th, 2014 | #
My so-called writing life

Guest blogger: Hazel Becker 

I think I was born an editor, not a writer. In fact, for most of my life writing has not come easily for me. Continue reading

First Draft | March 7th, 2014 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
5 Spring Cleaning Tips for Journalists

Even though it’s a crisp 34 degrees right now in New York City, I’ve caught the spring cleaning bug. While March came in like a lamb (in NYC, at least), my desk looked like a lion came out and destroyed it. Continue reading

4th Estate | March 6th, 2014 | #
Newsy week at Miami Univ

Lotsa newsy — and news-related events — at Miami of Ohio this week:

Film scholar Amy Rust presented “Violence Incarnate,” a talk about cinema violence and its relationship to TV news and photojournalism, on March 4. Continue reading