Monthly Archive: December 2015


Code Words | December 31st, 2015 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Five Stories that Defined Journalism Ethics in 2015

Journalism ethics is always a popular topic of discussion, and 2015 was no exception.

In the spirit of a new year and proverbial bandwagons, I decided to highlight the blog posts about the five stories that really embodied journalism ethics missteps in 2015. Continue reading


Code Words | December 31st, 2015 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Five Stories that Defined Journalism Ethics in 2015

Journalism ethics is always a popular topic of discussion, and 2015 was no exception.

In the spirit of a new year and proverbial bandwagons, I decided to highlight the blog posts about the five stories that really embodied journalism ethics missteps in 2015. Continue reading


SMACK: Student Media Aid, Cash & Know-how | December 31st, 2015 | #
Last laugh

Continue reading


The X Factor | December 30th, 2015 | #, #
Contest Season is Upon Us!

It’s almost that time of year again—the 2015 SPJ Northwest Excellence in Journalism Awards is right around the corner! Start rounding up your best work from 2015, be it in print, TV, radio, or online, so we can recognize and celebrate the fruits of your labor this past year. Continue reading


Journalism and the World | December 30th, 2015 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
2015: Another dangerous year for journalists

The Committee to Protect Journalists reports:

Syria, France most deadly countries for the press

Of 69 journalists killed for their work in 2015, 40 percent died at the hands of Islamic militant groups such as Al-Qaeda and Islamic State. Continue reading


Mouth of the South | December 28th, 2015 | #
The mall and the media

When is a brawl a riot? When is it a race riot?

Around 7 p.m. Saturday, up to 2,000 “youths” rampaged through a mall in Louisville, Kentucky. Continue reading


Mouth of the South | December 28th, 2015 | #
The mall and the media

When is a brawl a riot? When is it a race riot?

Around 7 p.m. Saturday, up to 2,000 “youths” rampaged through a mall in Louisville, Kentucky. Continue reading


The Mid-Atlantic Muckraker | December 28th, 2015 | #, #, #, #, #
Prison journalists

This is a long way away from Region 2, but it’s worth sharing.

Did you know there is a group of SPJ members inside a prison? Continue reading


The Mid-Atlantic Muckraker | December 26th, 2015 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Hey ’19

The SPJ national board voted electronically on Dec. 22 to hold SPJ’s 2019 national convention in San Antonio.

There are a variety of reasons why this is a good thing, including a favorable bid on hotel rooms and convention space and a sensible rotation among regions of the country. Continue reading


SPJ Member Spotlight | December 23rd, 2015 | #, #
Congratulations to Taylor Mirfendereski, SPJ’s member of the month

Taylor Mirfendereski

Taylor Mirfendereski, who first became familiar to many of us when she ran for the SPJ board as a campus representative several years ago, is SPJ’s Member of the Month for December. Continue reading


Code Words | December 19th, 2015 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Something Odd is Happening at the Las Vegas Review-Journal

Las Vegas

A series of odd and concerning events occurred this past week involving the Las Vegas Review-Journal, and it’s not over.

First, the paper is sold for a large profit and the newspaper’s journalists were told not to worry about the new owners’ identities. Continue reading


Freedom of the Prez | December 17th, 2015 | #, #, #
A membership strategy plan in the works

The Society of Professional Journalists will begin working on a membership strategy plan at the SPJ Executive Committee meeting next month in Arizona.

But you can play a part and help us now – look for a short survey in your email in the next day or so from SPJ, asking your thoughts and opinions about your membership. Continue reading


Code Words | December 16th, 2015 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #
GUEST POST: SPJ’s San Bernardino statement still doesn’t state much

While I am typically the only person who posts to this blog, I’m always happy to entertain guest posts and analyses. In this case, SPJ D.C. Continue reading


SPJ Kunkel Awards | December 14th, 2015 | #
5 serious doubts

Can I convince the critics?

Some gamers believe the Kunkel Awards are doomed, either for philosophical or personal reasons.

Here are the most common themes from Reddit and 8chan, followed by my gentle attempts at persuasion…

How is this a good thing? Continue reading


Journalism and the World | December 12th, 2015 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Threats to Mexican Media Continue Unabated

Washington Post reporter Dana Priest has an excellent piece on the threats Mexican journalists face everyday: Censor or die: The death of Mexican news in the age of drug cartels

For anyone who has paid attention to what is going on in Mexico, this is not news, but confirmation that the war against the cartels is not going so well in Mexico. Continue reading