Monthly Archive: June 2015


The Independent Journalist | June 30th, 2015 | #
A fashionable beat

Kiley Krzyzek, a journalism major and president of her SPJ student chapter at Central Connecticut State University, has already begun freelancing. I talked with her about how she found her footing early on in the fashion and entertainment beats. Continue reading


Freedom of the Prez | June 29th, 2015 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Executive Committee Meeting Highlights

This week SPJ’s Executive Committee met in Washington, D.C. for its semiannual meeting on Sat., June 27. Here are highlights:

The Executive Committee approved minutes from its January 31 meeting in Orlando. Continue reading


SPJ Communities » Community PostsSPJ Communities | June 25th, 2015 | #, #, #, #
You, the communities and your SPJ

Communities like SPJ Digital are helping to build SPJ’s future, and there is always room for more.

It started with an email.

A year ago this week, I began the process of getting a community together on social media and digital journalism. Continue reading


FOI FYI | June 25th, 2015 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Are we out of the woods yet? The FOIA fight with the U.S. Forest Service

Nature-lover or not, almost every child in America can recognize Smokey the Bear, the iconic ursine emblem of the U.S. Forest Service. You’d be hard-pressed to find someone who hasn’t heard of efforts to recycle paper, or to prevent wildfires. Continue reading


Net Worked | June 24th, 2015 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Can NBC Nightly News remain intact?

NBC’s Lester Holt, on assignment in Afghanistan in 2012, was named anchor of NBC Nightly News earlier this week. (Image: The US Army/Flickr under CC)

It was announced earlier this week that Lester Holt would permanently take over as anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News, months after its former anchor, Brian Williams, was suspended by the network after exaggerating certain information about reporting in Iraq. Continue reading


FOI FYI | June 23rd, 2015 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Shaking things up: Michael Corey on reporting earthquakes in fracking’s boom time

“And as we all know, Oklahoma has more earthquakes than California,” the seismologist said. But until Michael Corey from the Center for Investigative Reporting attended the American Geophysical Union conference last December, he hadn’t known that. Continue reading


SPJ Communities » Community PostsSPJ Communities | June 23rd, 2015 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Welcome to SPJ Communities!

Several years ago, under the leadership of John Ensslin, Sonny Albarado and David Cuillier, an idea was born – well, borrowed actually – to create communities within SPJ. Continue reading


SPJ Member Spotlight | June 18th, 2015 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Congratulations to SPJ Member of the Month, Robbie Ward

Robbie Ward

Congratulations to SPJ Member of the Month, Robbie Ward, who was an organizer of the SPJ Google Hangout World Press Freedom event. He blogged at SPJ’s FOIA FYI blog during Sunshine Week. Continue reading


Code Words | June 17th, 2015 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Some big news about the Society’s Code of Ethics

When the committee revising the Society’s Code of Ethics met on Ohio State University’s campus last summer, an idea without a name was born.

Screenshot of the SPJ Code of Ethics on the organization’s website. Continue reading


Net Worked | June 17th, 2015 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Facebook, Snapchat and political journalism

Social media competition will be developing ahead of the 2016 election. (Image: Pixabay under CC license)

As media coverage continues to intensify of the campaigns for the 2016 presidential election, at the helm is social media, and how that will likely influence coverage. Continue reading


SPJ Works | June 17th, 2015 | #, #, #, #
The face behind the emails, tweets and all things SPJ communications

My name is Maggie LaMar and I am the new Communications Coordinator for the Society of Professional Journalists. I am almost finished with my fourth week here and have already learned so much (and sent members many emails). Continue reading


FOI FYI | June 17th, 2015 | #, #, #, #, #, #
Know NOAA: Freedom of information story ideas from the air and sea

“NOAA reaches from the bottom of the sea to the surface of the sun, and touches every aspect of our daily lives,” a 40-minute introductory video (found online) instructs new agency employees. Continue reading


The Independent Journalist | June 15th, 2015 | #
A new adventure abroad

Guest Blogger: Katie G. Nelson

I’ve been anxiously preparing this post for more than six months, with emotions wavering between intense trepidation of the unknown and an intangible feeling of pending purpose; of new beginnings and a sense of meaning, both of which have remained elusive to me for some years. Continue reading


The X Factor | June 14th, 2015 | #, #, #, #, #, #
Congrats to All 2014 SPJ Northwest Excellence in Journalism Contest Award Winners!

Congratulations to all of this year’s winners! Have questions? Please direct them to the contest & awards team. Want to download the awards booklet? Click here for a *.PDF. Continue reading


The Mid-Atlantic Muckraker | June 13th, 2015 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
When your newspaper folds like an accordion

It’s been half a day since red ink killed my withering newspaper in Montgomery County, Md.

Despite positive, but hedged, assessments we heard the last several months, we found out today that the whole operation had been coughing up money for years. Continue reading