Monthly Archive: November 2014


Region 5 Blog | November 28th, 2014 | #, #
Spring Conference dates, programming ideas

Happy Holidays to Region 5 SPJ Members;

Spring Conference dates, programming ideas

 The holidays and end of the year always bring busy schedules, but please take time to look ahead and mark your calendars for the 2015 Region 5 Conference scheduled for Friday, March 27, to Saturday, March 28, at the Galt House in Louisville, Kentucky. Continue reading


Net Worked | November 27th, 2014 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Twitter tips for Black Friday reporting

Few holiday traditions embolden us and irritate us at once like Black Friday.

Once a hallmark of dread in this country — in the 1960s, it referred to the day President John F. Continue reading


Classrooms and Newsrooms: The J-Education Forum | November 26th, 2014 | #
Encourage Students to Tackle Difficult Issues

Sexual assaults on campus. Racial inequality. Reproductive health. Economic privilege.

These can be sensitive subjects. They might embarrass you. They might enrage you. They might make you defensive. Continue reading


The Mid-Atlantic Muckraker | November 24th, 2014 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Tech upgrade for SPJ

The SPJ national board agreed on Tuesday (Nov. 18) to spend some money – $32,000 to improve the society’s technology systems.

As a memo on the project described, SPJ’s technology has three parts – an in-house database (called iMIS), a hosting provider and a website. Continue reading


4th Estate | November 22nd, 2014 | #
“Secret Execution” bill moves forward

The Ohio House of Representatives passed a so-called “Secret Executions” bill on Thursday, 61-25, a day after a House committee pushed it out to the full chamber with a 9-4 vote. Continue reading


First Draft | November 22nd, 2014 | #, #, #
What impressed me about the Ted Scripps Leadership Institute

Last weekend this Florida girl braved the freezing temps in Columbus, Ohio for the first session of the 2014/2015 Ted Scripps Leadership Institute. The program is funded by the Scripps Howard Foundation and brings journalists from all over the nation together to learn about leadership, managing a SPJ chapter and for networking. Continue reading


FOI FYI | November 21st, 2014 | #, #, #
Ask an expert: How to appeal a FOIA rejection

Over and over again, I hear journalists complain about being rejected by government agencies when making Freedom of Information Act requests and how difficult it is to successfully file an appeal. Continue reading


FOI FYI | November 20th, 2014 | #
Contact your senator today to pass FOIA fixes!

Today the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously passed the S. 2520 FOIA Improvement Act  and now it awaits a vote by the full Senate. This is great news, but time is short for all of us to act! Continue reading


Net Worked | November 19th, 2014 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Twitter just became a better tool for journalists

Do you remember your initial tweet?

How about the 20 or 40 tweets that followed?

The first question may be easy to answer. The second, not so much. Continue reading


Freedom of the Prez | November 19th, 2014 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Highlights thru Nov. 18

It’s been about a month since I wrote my last “highlights” post. There is so much going on within SPJ, but also in the news industry that it is hard to keep up with it all…and to remember to keep you up to date. Continue reading


The Heartland Beat | November 18th, 2014 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Region 7 Career Connections, 11.18.14

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

Learfield Communications is looking for an experienced reporter/anchor for Missourinet — a statewide radio network based in Jefferson City, Missouri. Continue reading


SPJ Works | November 17th, 2014 | #
Journalists, are you seriously still not scheduling your social media?

Due to the nature of my position with SPJ, I tend to be on social media all day and night. Some of this may be due to my overwhelming addiction to Buzzfeed quizzes about which celebrity would play me in a movie, but mainly this is because SPJ’s social media requires a lot of attention. Continue reading


Mouth of the South | November 17th, 2014 | #
Losing his faculties

This older gentleman? A teenager is wiser than he is.

Ed Meadows is president of Pensacola State College in the Florida Panhandle. He made the most headlines of his long career just last week, when he told the 18-year-old Spenser Garber, co-editor of the PSC student newspaper, three silly things…

1.  Continue reading


4th Estate | November 16th, 2014 | #
No on ‘secret executions’

Ohio has had a long and problematic history with capital punishment. It has executed 393 convicted murderers in its history, first via hanging, then in the electric chair and since 1993 with lethal injection. Continue reading


Code Words | November 15th, 2014 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
#Pointergate Revisited

(via U.S Library of Congress)

(Updated on November 21, 2014 to include information from a statement made by the Society’s Minnesota Pro Chapter.)

On Tuesday night, I published a blog post about a report that aired last week on KSTP, the ABC affiliate in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul metropolitan area. Continue reading