Monthly Archive: August 2014


The Mid-Atlantic Muckraker | August 29th, 2014 | #, #, #, #, #
New ethics code draft is REALLY final, for now

On Aug. 20, the SPJ national board met by Skype to consider endorsing the Ethics Committee’s third and final proposal for updating the SPJ Code of Ethics. Continue reading


Code Words | August 28th, 2014 | #
Ethics Code Revision: Final Draft

Note: The Society’s delegates, the supreme legislative body of SPJ, will vote on the following draft Saturday, Sept. 6, during the closing business meeting of the Excellence in Journalism conference in Nashville, Tennessee. Continue reading


Mouth of the South | August 28th, 2014 | #
Wearing your emotions

Wanna change SPJ’s name? Get a change of clothes.

This cotton T-shirt is available FREE in small, medium, large, and extra-large, while supplies last. Hat and cigar not included. Continue reading


Freedom of the Prez | August 27th, 2014 | #
SPJ Board endorses ethics code draft revision

Next week SPJ delegates will discuss whether to revise the Code of Ethics at EIJ14 in Nashville, and the Board endorses approval of a draft revision developed over the past year. Continue reading


Net Worked | August 27th, 2014 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
SPJ Digital approved by Board

The Board of Directors of the Society of Professional Journalists approved the formation of SPJ Digital, the community for social media and digital journalism Aug. 20. Continue reading


The Independent Journalist | August 25th, 2014 | #, #, #, #
Expand your freelance network – join SPJ’s freelance community!

Hello, freelance colleagues!

Have you heard about SPJ’s new Freelance Community? Launched this summer, the community is a new way for SPJ members interested in freelancing to connect with each other. Continue reading


Bylines and Deadlines | August 25th, 2014 | #
Get Free Money for your Chapter Event!

For the second consecutive year, the Region 1 Fund is offering quarterly grants of up to $500 to help professional and student chapters recruit speakers, book space and promote events. Continue reading


The Mid-Atlantic Muckraker | August 24th, 2014 | #, #, #
West Coast dissection: an ethics code critique

This morning, Peter Sussman, a former colleague of mine on the SPJ Ethics Committee, sent me his detailed critique of the latest draft of the proposed SPJ Code of Ethics. Continue reading


The Mid-Atlantic Muckraker | August 23rd, 2014 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
SPJ board meets by Skype, debates code of ethics

“Transparency” is not just a principle to add to the SPJ Code of Ethics. It’s also a guide for how SPJ conducts its business, especially for the national board. Continue reading


SPJ Member Spotlight | August 23rd, 2014 | #, #, #
Congratulations to Sharon Dunten, our August volunteer of the month!

Sharon Dunten

Sharon Dunten is our August volunteer of the month. Don’t know Sharon? Look her up at Excellence in Journalism 2014 – she will be there. Continue reading


The Mid-Atlantic Muckraker | August 20th, 2014 | #
Part three: critiquing the code of ethics [Updated 9/1/14]

This was updated on Sept. 1 to reflect a fourth version from the Ethics Committee, which was distributed and released on Aug. 28. The latest updates are denoted in bold italics, with an asterisk (*). Continue reading


First Draft | August 14th, 2014 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Alleged police attacks on journalists are strikes on democracy

Arizona State University journalism professor Leslie-Jean Thornton tweeted sound advice for up-and-coming reporters Wednesday night.

“J-students: If your feed isn’t erupting with #Ferguson news now, you need to fix it ASAP,” she tweeted. Continue reading


Net Worked | August 13th, 2014 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Dear journalism student: Don’t worry, be happy

The School of Journalism at the University of Missouri, one of many schools that will welcome back students in the coming weeks.Photo – mojourcomm / Wikimedia Commons (CC)

It is an important question - a question where the opinion you get will be different every time it is asked, a question that has been asked a lot recently. Continue reading


Code Words | August 13th, 2014 | #
Ethics of covering suicides

As the world comes to terms with the suicide of comedian and actor Robin Williams eyes will, and should be, fixed firmly on the manner in which the media handles coverage of his death. Continue reading


The Mid-Atlantic Muckraker | August 13th, 2014 | #, #, #, #, #, #
The teeth sink in, and don’t let go

I’ve worked with and gotten to know Amy Cherry a little through SPJ. She’s the president of the Delaware Pro chapter, and seems pleasant.

Then, I caught this July 29 clip of her on the job, reporting for WDEL radio and my impression of her changed dramatically. Continue reading