Monthly Archive: February 2016


The Independent Journalist | February 29th, 2016 | #
MacGyver your own Freelance Community

My column for the latest issue of Quill:

I started freelancing nearly a decade ago, before the recession had taken hold. I’d worked at a community newspaper for several years, covering education, neighborhood news and the arts, and I wanted to explore new ground. Continue reading


Bylines and Deadlines | February 29th, 2016 | #
A Great Day for “Spotlight” and Journalism

It was quite late, but there was no way I was going to fall asleep before I heard “Best Picture” announced. And it was worth the loss of sleep. Continue reading


Journalism and the World | February 27th, 2016 | #, #, #
Gallup: Americans Upbeat About Trade

A February poll by Gallup showed that Americans continue their view of trade as an opportunity for the American economy (58%) as opposed to it being a threat (34%). Continue reading


Region 5 Blog | February 26th, 2016 | #, #, #
Early Bird deadline ends March 1 for Region 4/5 Conference

March 1 is the deadline to save money with an Early Bird registration for the Region 4/5 Spring Conference April 1 and 2 in Cincinnati.

The conference opens at the Kingsgate Marriott and Convention Center with a reception Friday at 5 p.m. Continue reading


SMACK: Student Media Aid, Cash & Know-how | February 26th, 2016 | #, #
Nailed it

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SPJ Kunkel Awards | February 24th, 2016 | #
Gimme 5!

Meet five more finalists.

In the Excellence in Feature Video/Streaming category, our three judges slashed 32 entries to the five below. They include comments from one of those judges. Continue reading


SPJ Member Spotlight | February 23rd, 2016 | #, #, #, #
Member profile: Wesley Robinson

The SPJ membership is a diverse one. The 7,000+ members come from a variety of backgrounds and contribute a number of ideas to help enrich not just SPJ, but the future of journalism, on a local and national level. Continue reading


The Independent Journalist | February 22nd, 2016 | #
The writing life (part two): Be part of the solution, not the problem

Guest blogger: Keith Campbell 

What does it mean to be part of the solution and not part of the problem? I firmly believe that taking no action is being part of the problem. Continue reading


SPJ Member Spotlight | February 21st, 2016 | #, #, #, #
Seeking connection

Recently a group of SPJ leaders gathered in Scottsdale, Arizona, to discuss membership in a deep and strategic way, something we haven’t done in quite some time. Continue reading


Net Worked | February 20th, 2016 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Why GIFs help make good stories

As Twitter prepares to celebrate its tenth birthday, its influence on journalism is significant. As part of a series leading up to its tenth birthday, SPJ Digital is looking at Twitter’s influence, as well as best practices and advice. Continue reading


Journalism and the World | February 20th, 2016 | #, #, #, #, #, #
Beijing makes it clear: All news must speak for the party

Despite all the public relations efforts aimed at the rest of the world to show how tolerant the Chinese government is, the current leadership is absolutely dedicated to preventing any views not in line with official policy from reaching the Chinese people. Continue reading


Journalism and the World | February 19th, 2016 | #, #, #, #, #
New Beijing Rules Block Foreign Media Online

It has long been known that China uses the Great Firewall to block Internet sites it can’t control. (To experience what Chinese Internet users face, go to Blocked In China to see if your website can be seen on the Internet in China.)

So far, there have been “rules” about what is allowed and what is not. Continue reading


Region 5 Blog | February 17th, 2016 | #
Tickets on sale for Chicago FOIAFest

Tickets are now on sale for the Chicago Headline Club’s fourth annual FOIAFest! Come learn from more than two dozen journalists and other experts on everything from police misconduct and politicians using private email for public business, to filing a public records request and digging through data. Continue reading


Net Worked | February 16th, 2016 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Has Snapchat truly discovered Discover?

Snapchat hopes to boost traffic for publishers on its Discover feature.(Photo: AdamPrzezdziek/Flickr under CC)

Since its launch last January, Snapchat has been trying to make its Discover feature work when it comes to social journalism. Continue reading


Net Worked | February 16th, 2016 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Tweet responsibly: Consider the ethics code

As Twitter prepares to celebrate its tenth birthday, its influence on journalism is significant. As part of a series leading up to its tenth birthday, SPJ Digital is looking at Twitter’s influence, as well as best practices and advice. Continue reading