Monthly Archive: February 2015


Net Worked | February 28th, 2015 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Why public broadcasting is important in the digital age

A little over 45 years ago, Fred Rogers appeared before the Subcommittee on Communications of the United States Senate. At the time of his testimony, a grant for $20 million for the newly funded Corporation for Public Broadcasting, established in 1967, was in jeopardy, as President Richard Nixon wanted to cut that funding in half. Continue reading


Net Worked | February 27th, 2015 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Should Students Pursue Journalism?

A headline from HuffPost Media this week stopped me in my Twitter-prowling tracks: “Employment Rates Are Improving For Everyone But Journalism Majors.”

My first reaction was to cringe. Continue reading


Who's News? Diversity Every Day | February 27th, 2015 | #
A Tribute to Dori Maynard

Dori Maynard, a journalist and champion for diversity in media died this week, and journalists across the country are mourning. They are mourning the loss of a woman who devoted her life to ensuring all voices were heard. Continue reading


Classrooms and Newsrooms: The J-Education Forum | February 24th, 2015 | #
American Press Freedoms are Declining

Reporters Without Borders has released its annual World Press Freedom Index for this year. The United States has slipped again, ranking #49 out of 180 countries. Continue reading


First Draft | February 24th, 2015 | #, #, #, #, #, #
Five job sites you should be using now (and always)

Graduation is coming up in a couple of months for many of you. I have no doubt that you’re compiling portfolios and preparing to turn your tassel and bust into the news world with reporter’s notebooks blazing. Continue reading


Bylines and Deadlines | February 24th, 2015 | #
2015 Region 1 Conference Update

UPDATE: The Region 1 Conference website has been updated with details on panels, discussions and speakers. Check it out!

Registration is now open for the Region 1 Society of Professional Journalists Conference at Hofstra University on April 17-18. Continue reading


Region 5 Blog | February 22nd, 2015 | #
Early bird deadline extended to Feb. 27 for Region 5 Louisville Conference

Galt House room reservations must be made by Feb. 25 to receive conference rate

Early bird registration has been extended until Friday, Feb. 27, for the Region 5 Society of Professional Journalists Conference set for Friday and Saturday, March 27 and 28, at the Galt House in Louisville. Continue reading


Western Tales | February 20th, 2015 | #
We have a venue and not one but two great keynote speakers so register now!

Our regional conference just got a lot more awesome.

We have a venue for it now, the historic Hotel Whitcomb on Market Street in San Francisco near Twitter HQ (and its well-known wall) …

… and very close to other cool stuff. Continue reading


Net Worked | February 19th, 2015 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Embrace the Age of Social Media

Social media–or what I like to call a journalist’s savior.

When I decided junior year of high school to become an environmental journalist, I assumed I’d just be writing stories for tree huggers; I never thought one day I would need to be marketing myself on the Internet, too, in order to survive this job. Continue reading


Who's News? Diversity Every Day | February 19th, 2015 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Newspaper Headline Points Up Lack of Understanding

Flawed news coverage is always bad form, but the issues in Rapid City, South Dakota points out journalists are not understanding or mindful of Native American issues in stories or headlines. Continue reading


SPJ Member Spotlight | February 17th, 2015 | #, #, #, #, #, #
Congratulations to Monica Guzman, SPJ’s Volunteer of the Month

Monica Guzman

Monica Guzman, president of the Western Washington Pro Chapter, is SPJ’s Member of the Month for February. Congratulations, Monica, and thanks for all of your hard work! Continue reading


Net Worked | February 16th, 2015 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
How can the Engaging News Project help journalism?

In this Net Worked guest post, Katie Steiner, an SPJ Digital member in Austin, Texas, looks at the role of the Engaging News Project and its work for journalism in the digital age. Continue reading


Code Words | February 14th, 2015 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Toronto Star Fails in Vaccine Investigation

Photo Illustration (Photo Credit: Flickr/ El Alvi)

Two days after I published a post on this blog about the importance of using data to report on medicine, the Toronto Star published – what the paper called – an investigation into Gardasil, which is one of the vaccines used to prevent the human papillomavirus. Continue reading


4th Estate | February 14th, 2015 | #
To (good) journalists: Happy Valentines Day

All week, I’d been writing a Valentine’s Day letter to my husband in my head.

Then Brian Williams fell and Jon Stewart quit and Bob Simon lost his life in traffic and David Carr — oh, God, no, not David Carr — dropped dead in the newsroom after yet another week of covering the hell out of one of the most heart-wrenching weeks in American journalism. Continue reading


Western Tales | February 13th, 2015 | #
Journalism’s worst week

What a week. What a terrible, awful, heartrending week for our industry, our colleagues, us. Tributes and obituaries are everywhere. Heaven just got one hell of a news team, but it has been a brutal week for journalism. Continue reading