Monthly Archive: May 2014


Net Worked | May 30th, 2014 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Throw away your résumé

File this under “W” for “wake-up call.”

This week, online clothing retailer Zappos gave job seekers a kick in the pants by announcing it now prefers social networking to résumé reading when it chooses hires. Continue reading


SPJ Works | May 30th, 2014 | #, #
SPJ: To Infinity and Beyond

Dear SPJ Member:

If you took the time to read my memo regarding SPJ’s future, then you were among select company. It was made available to membership as part of the board materials for the April 26 SPJ Board of Directors meeting. Continue reading


FOI FYI | May 30th, 2014 | #, #
Must read FOI stories – 5/30/14

Every week I’ll be doing a round up of the freedom of information stories around the Web. If you have an FOI story you want to share, send me an email or tweet me. Continue reading


Code Words | May 28th, 2014 | #
Troubled Times in Sierra Leone

(Editor’s note: I spent a week in Sierra Leone at the request of the U.S. Department of State working with more than 150 journalists from the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists, the SL Editors’ Guide and the Independent Media Council to improve ethics and free press rights. Continue reading


Net Worked | May 23rd, 2014 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Survivalist starts issuing his own press passes

Self-described survivalist James Wesley Rawles is certain that America’s comfortable, orderly, shrink-wrapped-for-our-protection existence borders on failure, and that we are one freedom-squelching disaster away from doom. Continue reading


FOI FYI | May 23rd, 2014 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Must read FOI stories – 5/23/14

Every week I’ll be doing a round up of the freedom of information stories around the web. If you’ve got a FOI story you want to share send me an email or tweet me. Continue reading


FOI FYI | May 22nd, 2014 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Toe-to-toe with the Georgia Attorney General

First day on the job at my summer freedom of information internship at the Society of Professional Journalists’ headquarters and I’m thrown smack dab in the middle of a First Amendment fight against the Georgia Attorney General’s office. Continue reading


FOI FYI | May 22nd, 2014 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Must read FOI stories – 5/23/14

Every week I’ll be doing a round up of the freedom of information stories around the web. If you’ve got a FOI story you want to share send me an email or tweet me. Continue reading


First Draft | May 22nd, 2014 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Minorities and women leading the masthead

By Cass Herrington

I’m glad Jill Abramson was fired from the New York Times.

Don’t get me wrong, I was devastated to see the headline pop up on my iPhone screen. Continue reading


SPJ Member Spotlight | May 21st, 2014 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Congrats to Tom McKee, our May Volunteer of the Month!

Congratulations to Tom McKee of the Cincinnati Pro Chapter of SPJ for being named our May Volunteer of the Month! McKee was nominated for the honor by Hagit Limor and James Pilcher. Continue reading


Mouth of the South | May 20th, 2014 | #, #, #
Schick hits the fan

If only they were all this quick and easy.

Yesterday, I wrote about Sam Olens, Georgia’s attorney general, who was picking on a University of Georgia journalism student named David Schick. Continue reading


FOI FYI | May 20th, 2014 | #, #, #, #, #, #
Wisconsin court decision prompts question: Does motive of requester matter in FOI requests?

In a ruling earlier this month, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals set a precedent of allowing state officials to consider the purpose of a citizens’ public records request before handing over documents. Continue reading


The X Factor | May 20th, 2014 | #
Region 10 contest results followup

Blaming a big mistake on the computer seems like a copout, but it is nevertheless what happened. We had a lot of technical problems running the contest this year. Continue reading


Freedom of the Prez | May 19th, 2014 | #
Georgia AG needs civics lesson

Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens needs to go back to school, and I don’t mean law school. He needs a high school Civics 101 lesson. We can help teach him. Continue reading


Mouth of the South | May 19th, 2014 | #, #, #
Schick vs. hick

Want to enrage this guy in Georgia? Copy 21 pages of public records to your own website.

Somewhere in those pages are four that so offend Georgia’s Attorney General, he’s demanding a college journalist erase them from his personal blog. Continue reading