Monthly Archive: July 2014


Net Worked | July 31st, 2014 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Digital Journalism takes a big step forward

From typewriters to Twitter, technology has shaped and reshaped journalism. Only now, the technology is coming faster than we can master it.

In the span of a lifetime, hot type gave way to cold type, which in turn sank beneath a wave of websites and blogs and social media apps. Continue reading


The Mid-Atlantic Muckraker | July 31st, 2014 | #
Annual reports – campus chapters

Last week, I posted some thoughts about the Region 2 pro chapters as I read their annual reports.

This week, I looked at the campus chapter reports. Continue reading


SPJ Works | July 29th, 2014 | #
How SPJ’s Legal Defense Fund helps real journos

The Staff of Otterbein360 | Photo Credit Hillary Warren

BY: Taylor Carlier, Communications Coordinator

The Legal Defense Fund came to the aid of a university media organization, in order to defend its right to access police records. Continue reading


Freedom of the Prez | July 29th, 2014 | #
Board appoints two for interim positions

On Monday, the SPJ Board conducted a phone conference call meeting to appoint two people to national positions in the interim until national elections in September. Continue reading


SPJ Works | July 29th, 2014 | #
SPJ in the news: White House letter reaches its destination and then some [updated 7/29]

The story so far

On July 8, SPJ, along with 38 other journalism and open government groups, called on President Obama to stop practices in federal agencies that prevent important information from getting to the public. Continue reading


FOI FYI | July 25th, 2014 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Must read FOI stories – 7/25/14

Every week I do a roundup 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


The Mid-Atlantic Muckraker | July 25th, 2014 | #
Annual reports – the pros

Who likes reading SPJ chapter annual reports? Me. There’s always something interesting or enlightening as chapters summarize their year.

Here are some tidbits I noticed as I read the annual reports of Region 2’s pro chapters this week:

- D.C. Continue reading


FOI FYI | July 18th, 2014 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Must read FOI stories – 7/18/14

Every week I do a roundup 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


Mouth of the South | July 17th, 2014 | #
5 hard questions

Who you gonna vote for in next month’s SPJ elections?

If you don’t know the candidates personally, it’s hard to tell them apart.

Read their campaign statements, and you’ll learn they all want to “celebrate journalism” and “help grow SPJ’s membership” and “maintain its dedication and commitment.”

In other words, crime is bad and jobs are good. Continue reading


Code Words | July 16th, 2014 | #, #, #, #
Social Media’s Place in the Society’s Ethics Code

The term “social media” is used once in the latest draft of the Society’s ethics code. The term’s single occurrence is too little for some, but it’s just right for me. Continue reading


FOI FYI | July 15th, 2014 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
FOIA should be proactive, not reactive

I’ve noticed a few interesting improvements at various local governments across the country that are taking a more proactive approach to Freedom of Information Act requests — and I’m impressed. Continue reading


Freedom of the Prez | July 14th, 2014 | #
Third draft out on ethics code revision

Kudos to the Code of Ethics revision group that met in Columbus this weekend to hammer out the final draft of the code. Feel free to check out the meeting, which was streamed live. Continue reading


Code Words | July 14th, 2014 | #
Unveiling a New Code

We have a final ethics code to present to the membership.

 After a day of discussions, revisions and philosophizing, 10 hours in all, the Ethics Committee for the Society of Professional Journalists proudly finished its work on a code we believe should replace the 18-year-old document that has been serving the Society. Continue reading


Code Words | July 14th, 2014 | #
Ethics Code Revision: Our Third Draft

Members of the Society of Professional Journalists believe that democracy, a just society and good government require an informed public.  Ethical journalism strives to ensure the free exchange of information that is accurate, fair and thorough. Continue reading


Mouth of the South | July 13th, 2014 | #
Libeling SPJ

This blog post might be libelous. My last couple were, according to SPJ’s president.

I’ve been writing about the secretive way SPJ’s leaders are revising the organization’s Code of Ethics. Continue reading