Monthly Archive: June 2014


FOI FYI | June 27th, 2014 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Must read FOI stories – 6/27/14

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


4th Estate | June 26th, 2014 | #
Speak up on ethics

As SPJ gets ready for its annual conference in Nashville, Sept. 4-6, work continues on a revision of the SPJ Code of Ethics. Members of the national board have been discussing the revision process this week — with some folks calling for more transparency in how the revision is being handled. Continue reading


First Draft | June 26th, 2014 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Professor Walsh: Nice title for an evening

By Lynn Walsh

A few months ago I was asked to step in for a journalism ethics class at Northern Kentucky University.

While I was excited, I wasn’t quite sure what to talk about. Continue reading


The Heartland Beat | June 26th, 2014 | #
Legendary newspaper cartoonist dies

Region 7 lost a media legend this week when Amadee Wohlschlaeger died at home in suburban St. Louis. He was 102.

Amadee Wohlschlaeger

The name may not be familiar to you, but ask your parents or grandparents, or even great-grandparents. Continue reading


Net Worked | June 26th, 2014 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Supreme Court paints a bull’s-eye on the ‘cloud’

A high court ruling this week that sent a renegade over-the-air TV provider reeling could leave a scar that stretches into the digital ‘cloud.’

This week, the U.S. Continue reading


Freedom of the Prez | June 25th, 2014 | #
President Dave: Unethical, secretive and raiding the coffers?

In the past week Region 3 Director Michael Koretzky has posted two blog items that have accused SPJ and myself of being unethical, secretive, and “raiding SPJ coffers.” While I have admired Michael’s creativity and passion, and I certainly have no problem taking criticism, I feel I should set the record straight on his accusations because he impugns SPJ. Continue reading


The Independent Journalist | June 24th, 2014 | #
Managing writing projects

Someone asked me recently how I managed my writing projects. The truth is, not very consciously. I often juggle multiple assignments, but I don’t think of them as projects to manage. Continue reading


Mouth of the South | June 24th, 2014 | #
3 “huh?” reasons

Last Wednesday, I accused SPJ of being unethical. Last weekend, SPJ responded. Sort of.

SPJ’s Executive Committee met Saturday in Washington, DC. These senior SPJ leaders briefly discussed the revisions being made to the Code of Ethics, which hasn’t been updated since the mid-’90s. Continue reading


Freedom of the Prez | June 23rd, 2014 | #
June 21 Executive Committee meeting recap

Here are some of the highlights of items discussed June 21 by the Executive Committee at its meeting in Washington, D.C. (see video of the meeting, which was streamed live, here):

The committee discussed the future of SPJ, including how to improve support for chapters, or even individual members who would like to create programs in their areas without jumping through the hoops that chapters are required to follow. Continue reading


First Draft | June 23rd, 2014 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Small town journalism

by Cass Herrington

I vomit a little bit when I read stories about small towns, painted with rosy adjectives, like “quaint” and “friendly.”

Because they make me think about the town I’m living in right now. Continue reading


SPJ Works | June 23rd, 2014 | #, #
How to be a journalist and a human being in five easy steps

As the Society of Professional Journalists is vigorously combing through its Code of Ethics for revision, I am left pondering the deeper meanings of the Code. Continue reading


Who's News? Diversity Every Day | June 23rd, 2014 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Make Your Call on the Washington Football Team Name

The NFL’s Washington Redskins have been around since 1932. The team’s nickname has been discussed, disputed and disparaged for a long time as well. In writing this column, I debated whether to use it. Continue reading


FOI FYI | June 20th, 2014 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Must read FOI stories – 6/20/14

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


FOI FYI | June 19th, 2014 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Rise of the ‘FOIA terrorist’

Normally, I would just link to this type of piece in my weekly “must read” FOI story round up, but I wanted to draw extra attention to a recent article in Medium about Jason Leopold, the self-proclaimed “FOIA terrorist.”

The author, Jason Fagone, writes in his piece (one of the best long-form narrative stories I’ve read in a while) that he first learned of Jason Leopold through Twitter, as did I. Continue reading


Who's News? Diversity Every Day | June 18th, 2014 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Donald Sterling: Not Just an Angel vs. Devil Story

There’s a lot that can be said of the saga involving Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling. While the subject is a target-rich environment for news articles on diversity, sometimes we can get so homed in on the bad guy/good guy aspect that we miss other credible angles. Continue reading