Monthly Archive: March 2016


The Independent Journalist | March 29th, 2016 | #
Paralyzed at that networking mixer? You’re not alone

Guest blogger: Michelle Z. Donahue

As a freelancer, I’m pretty much the epitome of the reclusive gnome: I occasionally emerge from my home office, blinking in the light, to sample the fresh air outside and exchange actual spoken words with people instead of e-mailing them. Continue reading


Region 5 Blog | March 27th, 2016 | #
FOIAFest became bigger and even better this year!

About 150 people attended the fourth annual FOIAfest March 12 at Loyola University Chicago. Loyola, the Robert R. McCormick Foundation and the Chicago Headline Club were the sponsors. Continue reading


SPJ Kunkel Awards | March 9th, 2016 | #
Final finalists

The worst for last?

No journalism is easy, but news writing might be the hardest. Even an hour-long video has only a fraction of the words and sources in a solid news story. Continue reading


The Independent Journalist | March 7th, 2016 | #
7 Things Every Freelance Journalist Should Know

Guest blogger: Sara Suleiman, Esq. 

1. DO Understand the Core Concepts of Copyright Law 

The legal definition of a copyright is a form of protection for original works of authorship fixed in a tangible medium of expression. Continue reading


SPJ Kunkel Awards | March 2nd, 2016 | #
Lucky 7

Judges roll the dice.

The Excellence in Feature Writing category had 117 entries, edging Excellence in News Reporting by a single entry. Our three judges chopped those down to seven finalists. Continue reading