Monthly Archive: December 2014


Classrooms and Newsrooms: The J-Education Forum | December 31st, 2014 | #
Be a Mentor to Journalism Students and Teachers

SPJ’s Journalism Education Committee is launching an initiative to strengthen America’s scholastic journalism programs, and we’re asking SPJ members to get involved by becoming mentors. Student journalists — and their teachers — need your expertise! Continue reading


Who's News? Diversity Every Day | December 31st, 2014 | #
Another reminder to choose our words carefully

By Georgiana Vines, diversity committee vice chair

The Dec. 23 issue of the Columbia Journalism Review has an article  that no clear consensus has yet emerged in the news media on how to describe immigrants to the U.S. Continue reading


Freedom of the Prez | December 30th, 2014 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Why students should get involved with SPJ communities

Guest post by Alex Veeneman, community coordinator and chair of SPJ Digital

In this ever changing media environment, students need to do more to stand out, from work placements and student media opportunities, writing on the side, either on a freelance basis or with online or print publications. Continue reading


First Draft | December 30th, 2014 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
No More Shaming

By Mike Brannen

If there is one resolution journalists should honor in 2015, I suggest the end of journalist shaming. From the widely-circulated articles to the less-public comments, the assault on journalists who make mistakes (particularly the unintentional ones) must stop. Continue reading


Net Worked | December 30th, 2014 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
GIF, JPEG, or PNG? Choose wisely

(Editor’s note: This post appears courtesy of Gateway Media Literacy Partners)

Seeing is believing, the saying goes. That phrase dates back to the 17th century, but it means more now than ever. Continue reading


Net Worked | December 24th, 2014 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Sony hack threatens freedom of speech

When employees of Sony Pictures Entertainment saw their computer screens go as black as their morning coffee in mid-keystroke last month, nobody imagined the impact would have global implications. Continue reading


First Draft | December 22nd, 2014 | #, #, #, #, #
Five websites journalists should bookmark

As journalists we thrive on staying informed. In addition to keeping up with beats, sources and daily responsibilities I also find it important to stay up to speed with the industry. Continue reading


Journalism and the World | December 19th, 2014 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Open season on journalists in Paraguay

Impunity for the murder of journalists is hardly a new phenomenon in Latin America, but the ambush-style killings of four Paraguayan journalists in a year and a half has stirred domestic and international outrage and plunged an already beleaguered government into crisis. Continue reading


4th Estate | December 18th, 2014 | #
Ohio passes bill clouding execution process

In Ohio, 138 men on Death Row await execution in Lucasville, Ohio, above, with the lone woman sitting on death row in Marysville.

Ohio will add secrecy to executions of death row inmates next March 20 — assuming the governor signs a bill passed yesterday. Continue reading


Net Worked | December 17th, 2014 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Cuba opens its door to U.S. journalists, but be careful

A landmark diplomatic agreement between the United States and Cuba also opens a door to American journalists who encountered obstacles in glimpsing inside the closeted island nation over the past 50 years. Continue reading


SPJ Member Spotlight | December 17th, 2014 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Congratulations to Julie Asher, December Volunteer of the Month

Julie Asher, now three-time president of the Washington, D.C., Pro Chapter, is SPJ’s Volunteer of the Month for December. Congratulations, Julie!

Here is how Julie found herself D.C. Continue reading


Classrooms and Newsrooms: The J-Education Forum | December 14th, 2014 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Adding Study Abroad to a Journalism Curriculum

I am a huge, huge fan of Study Abroad programs. Last week, the topic enjoyed some relatively rare national attention during the White House’s Summit on Study Abroad and Global Citizenship. Continue reading


FOI FYI | December 12th, 2014 | #
NorCal SPJ chapter fights for sunshine in San Francisco

Our chapters throughout the country do amazing work to keep government open. Here is a great example, directly in the words of Richard Knee, SPJ NorCal Freedom of Information Committee:

SPJ’s Northern California Chapter has for the second time this year advanced freedom of information in San Francisco, convincing a transparency watchdog commission that a member of the Board of Supervisors twice violated the city’s 1999, voter-passed Sunshine Ordinance through tardy, incomplete delivery of requested public documents to a co-chair of SPJ NorCal’s Freedom of Information Committee. Continue reading


Net Worked | December 11th, 2014 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Stop ignoring Instagram

Christmas arrived early for Instagram. The photo- and video-sharing service announced this week that it reached a major milestone: 300 million monthly active members.

Not quite the audience of Facebook (over 1.4 billion), or Twitter (500 million tweets daily), but enough that journalists really ought to pay it more attention. Continue reading


Journalism and the World | December 10th, 2014 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Help us improve and protect journalism abroad

Dear supporters of international journalism,

The world of journalism continues to change rapidly. But while many in the industry debate business models, the latest data-mining software or the impact of the Facebook news feed, the threats and dangers faced by colleagues across the world remains the same. Continue reading