Monthly Archive: May 2015

Who's News? Diversity Every Day | May 29th, 2015 | #, #, #, #, #
New Reginald Stuart Diversity Management Fellowship to offer access to training

The Society of Professional Journalists, with funding support from the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation, is announcing the creation of a fellowship to cover management training for SPJ members who are journalists of color, those who identify as LGBTQ or have disabilities. Continue reading

FOI FYI | May 28th, 2015 | #
Police body cams should be FOIAble

In the past year, several deadly interactions between police and unarmed civilians have prompted law enforcement agencies nationwide to equip patrol officers with body-worn video cameras. Continue reading

FOI FYI | May 27th, 2015 | #, #, #, #, #
Meet SPJ’s 2015 Pulliam/Kilgore Freedom of Information Fellow

“The government works for us.” Five simple yet powerful words, instilled in me by Boston University data journalism professor Maggie Mulvihill, changed the course of my reporting career forever. Continue reading

Mouth of the South | May 26th, 2015 | #, #
Bloch and tackle

Emily Bloch was just plagiarized. So why is she smiling?

Because the 21-year-old college editor proved a local reporter copied her story, proved he had done the same to others, and stood up to the publisher who vaguely threatened to sue her. Continue reading

Region 5 Blog | May 25th, 2015 | #
KyCIR wins Green Eyeshade award for report on Whitfield ties to lobbyists

The Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting, a non-profit newsroom based in Louisville, Kentucky,, won a first place award for Online Reporting in the Green Eyeshade contest. Continue reading

Region 5 Blog | May 25th, 2015 | #
Congratulations to Region 5 winners, finalists in national MOE

Congratulations to the three winners and 12 finalists from Region 5 (Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky) in the National Mark of Excellence contest. All national winners and finalists will be recognized during the Excellence in Journalism 2015 Conference Sept. Continue reading

SPJ Member Spotlight | May 22nd, 2015 | #, #, #, #, #
SPJ May Volunteer of the Month: Carlos Restrepo

Carlos Restrepo

SPJ’s Volunteer of the Month for May is Carlos Restrepo, a freelance journalist and full-time communications specialist based in St. Louis, Mo.

He volunteers as organizer of the Society of Professional Journalists International Community and is vice-president of the St. Continue reading

SPJ Member Spotlight | May 22nd, 2015 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #
#SPJ4all: a recap

So, that went well!

As it turns out, members have shown you’re passionate about promoting diversity and encouraging all journalists, no matter their race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation or anything else, to join us as a member of SPJ. Continue reading

Freedom of the Prez | May 21st, 2015 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Interim RD12 selected, Gen J approved as a community

On Monday, the SPJ Board conducted a Skype conference call meeting to appoint a Region 12 director to serve in the interim until national elections in September. Continue reading

Net Worked | May 20th, 2015 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
#SPJ4All: More than a hashtag

My selfie for #spj4all. (Photo by the author.)

A year ago this week, an email appeared in my inbox confirming my membership with the SPJ. I had just graduated from university, and I was trying to figure out the next steps. Continue reading

Code Words | May 20th, 2015 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #

Seaman standing in Times Square.

After days of deliberation, I sent off a $350 check to the small private college that I thought would be my home for the four years following high school. Continue reading

SPJ Member Spotlight | May 20th, 2015 | #, #, #, #, #
Join us TODAY for #SPJ4all


Today! We’re asking all SPJ members to post a selfie in social media with the hashtag #SPJ4all to emphasize that we welcome everyone. Please join us! Continue reading

Net Worked | May 18th, 2015 | #
Reporting on Race: Is the Media doing it right?

Over the past nearly 10 months we’ve seen continual clashes between police and African Americans over what some call “excessive force” and “police brutality” towards African Americans. Continue reading

4th Estate | May 13th, 2015 | #
Congrats to our winners

Congrats to all Region 4 Mark of Excellence national “finishers,”  all of whom will be recognized at the Student Union event during Excellence in Journalism 2015 in Orlando, Fla., Sept. Continue reading

Net Worked | May 13th, 2015 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Instant Articles: A revolution in journalism

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, whose social network launches the Instant Articles initiative today.(Photo: b_d_solis/Flickr under CC)

Today, Facebook is launching its Instant Articles initiative, where news organizations will be hosting content on the social network’s site. Continue reading