Monthly Archive: April 2015


Code Words | April 30th, 2015 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Ethics Week 2015: #ACESchat with David Cohn

The first Twitter chat of the Society’s Ethics Week happened Wednesday afternoon with Ethics Committee Member David Cohn, who is an executive producer at AJ+.

The American Society of Copy Editors hosted the discussion as part of its #ACESchat on Twitter. Continue reading


Code Words | April 30th, 2015 | #, #, #, #
Ethics Week 2015: A question of balance

The theme of SPJ Ethics Week for 2015 is “Minimize Harm,” the third of the four basic tenets in the SPJ Code of Ethics.

All seven of the sub-sections of this tenet call on a reporter to make value judgments and to consider restraint in reporting information that he or she has a right to publish. Continue reading


Net Worked | April 29th, 2015 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Teaching social media ethics must be a priority

Ethics Week is the perfect time to remember journalism ethics, especially social media.(Photo: SPJ)

This week is the SPJ’s annual Ethics Week, a celebration of, and a time to examine deeper, the Code of Ethics and its primary values – to seek truth, report it, minimize harm, be accountable and transparent, and act independent. Continue reading


Code Words | April 29th, 2015 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Ethics Week 2015: Reporting from the Internet

Illustration Credit Sean MacEntee

In today’s journalism world, obtaining and sharing information can be instantaneous. 

Especially in breaking news situations we can find ourselves, as journalists, scrambling to collect, verify and publish the latest news we have. Continue reading


SPJ Works | April 28th, 2015 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Community engagement in the form of public news meetings

News as we know it is changing, shifting — and hopefully — becoming even more robust. From social media to the Apple Watch, the means by which we receive our news is also constantly changing. Continue reading


Code Words | April 28th, 2015 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Ethics Week 2015: Minimizing Harm in Times of Conflict

Photo Credit/Robert Kuykendall

Freshman journalism students are often asked to define the word journalist.

The lesson at the end of the exercise is that the definition varies from person to person. Continue reading


Classrooms and Newsrooms: The J-Education Forum | April 28th, 2015 | #
Invite a Visiting Fulbright Scholar to Your Campus

The Fulbright Scholar Program has a great component called the Outreach Lecturing Fund. Universities that would like to host a visiting Fulbright Scholar (who is already studying in the U.S.) can identify a scholar, apply to the program, and invite him or her to campus. Continue reading


Code Words | April 27th, 2015 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Ethics Week 2015: Minimizing Harm

The Society’s Ethics Week is focusing on minimizing harm, which is a key tenet of the Code of Ethics.

The Society’s Code of Ethics is composed of four key tenets and almost three dozen underlying principles. Continue reading


Net Worked | April 26th, 2015 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
For NBC, it’s more than just about Brian Williams

For NBC News, there is more to answer than the issue surrounding its star anchor, Brian Williams.(Photo: David Shankbone/Wikimedia Commons under CC)

Brian Williams has not had an easy year. Continue reading


Bylines and Deadlines | April 23rd, 2015 | #
A Look Back, A Look Ahead

Greetings Region 1 SPJ members. It’s been an exciting time for our region, for reasons big and small ….

First, we held a successful regional conference at Hofstra University. Continue reading


Freedom of the Prez | April 23rd, 2015 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #
NLGJA: Reporting on Transgender Issues

Tomorrow night ABC’s Diane Sawyer will interview Olympic gold medalist Bruce Jenner. Many media outlets are speculating that Jenner will discuss being transgender. To help the media understand how to fairly and accurately report on transgender issues, the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA) has issued a statement including guidelines and a link to their style guide and resources. Continue reading


Western Tales | April 22nd, 2015 | #, #, #
8 things you should know about SPJ, or how to get free money for programs

This past weekend was our regional conference and the national board meeting. Most of you headed to San Francisco for a super weekend of programs and networking and that amazing San Francisco food. Continue reading


Freedom of the Prez | April 21st, 2015 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
SPJ Board Meeting Recap

The SPJ spring board meeting was this past Sat., April 18 in Indianapolis. Each meeting is streamed live, but in case you missed it or don’t want to sit through the 6+ hour recording, here are the highlights:

The board approved the Fiscal Year 2016 budget. Continue reading


Code Words | April 20th, 2015 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
CBS’s 60 Minutes Airs Graphic Footage

People who tuned into CBS’s 60 Minutes on Sunday night watched “the most disturbing footage in its 47-year history,” according to the network.

The footage was part of a segment presented by Scott Pelley, the anchor and managing editor of CBS Evening News. Continue reading


SPJ Member Spotlight | April 19th, 2015 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Robyn Sidersky is the April SPJ member of the month

Robyn Sidersky

SPJ’s Member of the Month for April is Robyn Sidersky, a reporter and digital content producer for The Free Lance-Star, in Fredericksburg, Va., where she has worked for the past four years. Continue reading