Monthly Archive: October 2014


The Independent Journalist | October 29th, 2014 | #
Look outside the box to establish relationships with editors

Guest blogger: Ricardo Torres 

If there’s one thing most freelancers need to know, if they don’t already know it, is that editors get thousands of emails a week. Continue reading


The Heartland Beat | October 29th, 2014 | #
Finding antiquity in Manhattan, Kansas

Manhattan, Kansas, was the last place I expected to find a Terracotta Warrior. But sure enough, one of the sculptures was behind a glass case at Kansas State University. Continue reading


Net Worked | October 29th, 2014 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Wi-Fi can be hazardous to your health

Fear is an excellent deterrent. It saps our confidence, curtails our energy and tempers our judgment. It forces us to change our direction and our thinking. Continue reading


The Heartland Beat | October 28th, 2014 | #
Region 7 Career Connections, 10.28.14

Each week, The Heartland Beat will post four journalism jobs from within the region.

News Press and Gazette, Co., in St. Joseph, Missouri, is looking for a multimedia reporter. Continue reading


First Draft | October 27th, 2014 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
A Newscast Producer’s Playlist

There are so many emotions producers experience over the course of one work day. Being a fan of music spanning several decades, I’ve come across a couple dozen songs that accurately capture what it’s like to be a TV newscast producer. Continue reading


Freedom of the Prez | October 23rd, 2014 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Highlights thru Oct. 22

It’s been three weeks since my last post, and a lot has happened in SPJ and the journalism world in that short time. Here are a few highlights:

Earlier this week, we lost journalism legend Ben Bradlee of The Washington Post. Continue reading


First Draft | October 22nd, 2014 | #, #, #, #
Why Twitter should be a non-negotiable for journalists

I haven’t been able to get this article by Ann Friedman for the Columbia Journalism Review out of my head. The article raises the question: Can you still be an effective journalist if you ignore Twitter? Continue reading


The Independent Journalist | October 21st, 2014 | #
Dealing with rejection

Guest blogger: Bret Schulte

I recently climbed one of the towers of Old Main at the University of Arkansas to attend a workshop to help faculty win grants. Continue reading


The Heartland Beat | October 21st, 2014 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Region 7 Career Connection, 10.20.14

Each week, The Heartland Beat will post four journalism jobs from within the region.

The Le Mars Daily Sentinel in Le Mars, Iowa, is searching for a news reporter. Continue reading


The Heartland Beat | October 21st, 2014 | #
Three alt weeklies bow out in one week

 

Map key: Red – Closed in 2014; Purple – Closed in 2013; Yellow – Closed in 2012; Green – Closed in 2008

When considering a journalism career’s progression, I like to think of the news career ladder in terms of the Daily Planet. Continue reading


Code Words | October 20th, 2014 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Ebola in America

Ebola virus disease is a terrifying ailment. After transmission, symptoms start two to 21 days later. The often-deadly disease usually begins with a fever and progresses to more serious symptoms, such as internal and external bleeding. Continue reading


First Draft | October 20th, 2014 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
#ILoveMyJob, Even if ‘Journalist’ Isn’t In the Title

Imagine you’re meeting someone for the first time. If you’re like me, one of the first questions you ask is “what do you do,” which prompts them to ask you. Continue reading


Mouth of the South | October 19th, 2014 | #
Beating the system?

What’s the opposite of a restraining order? And can I get one against Tom Owens?

Owens is the county commission candidate in rural Georgia who got a restraining order against a freelance journalist. Continue reading


SPJ Works | October 17th, 2014 | #
Sept/Oct: Journo Job & Internship Openings for All!

[View the story “Journo Jobs for All” on Storify] Continue reading


The Mid-Atlantic Muckraker | October 17th, 2014 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Ethics code highlights: So, what changed?

Maybe the updated SPJ Ethics Code is no longer a front-burner issue six weeks after it was approved (Sept. 6, by a voice vote). But I think it’s still worth highlighting what was changed. Continue reading