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


Journalism and the World | March 29th, 2016 | #, #, #, #, #, #
Editor latest victim in Chinese censorship crackdown

This was first posted at Journalism, Journalists and the World.

When things start going bad the first thing dictators do is limit information about just how bad things are. 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


4th Estate | March 27th, 2016 | #
R4+R5=Big show

Journalists and friends-of-journalism from seven states will descend on Cincinnati April 1-2 for a joint Region 4-Region 5 conference, titled Looking Back, Moving Forward.

On tap:

Stephen George from Louisville Public Media, presenting the keynote speech about his Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting and how to build an investigative culture in newsrooms. Continue reading


FOI FYI | March 25th, 2016 | #, #
Journalist Handcuffed For Public Records Is Unacceptable

A journalist in Louisiana was taken away in handcuffs Wednesday while inquiring about the status of a state public records request submitted to the Town of White Castle in Louisiana. Continue reading


Net Worked | March 22nd, 2016 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
In defense of 140 characters

Twitter turned ten years old on Monday, and as the occasion was marked, a debate continued to play out. The subject at hand was how to reverse the long term decline in users to the social network, and how chief executive Jack Dorsey plans to tackle it. Continue reading


Net Worked | March 22nd, 2016 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
The importance of notifications

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


Code Words | March 20th, 2016 | #
News Orgs Need to Get Back to Ethical Journalism Before the U.S. Campaign Is Over

For the Society of Professional Journalists Ethics Committee:

Of Donald Trump’s statements evaluated by Politifact.com, nearly one-third are “false” or “pants on fire.” Yet, many of Trump’s statements go unchallenged during television interviews. Continue reading


SPJ Member Spotlight | March 13th, 2016 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Congratulations to Catherine Gin, Member of the Month

Congratulations to SPJ’s Member of the Month for March: Catherine Gin! Catherine is the assistant secretary of The Deadline Club, SPJ’s New York chapter, and the web/newsletter editor of Advertising Age at Crain Communications. Continue reading


Journalism and the World | March 11th, 2016 | #, #, #, #, #, #
Swedish radio chief calls for more protection for journalists

Roy Greenslade at The guardian published an open letter from the director general of Swedish Radio, Cilla Benkö, calling for the safety of journalists to be taken more seriously by the international community. 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


Net Worked | March 8th, 2016 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Celebrating women in journalism

Today is International Women’s Day — a day to celebrate and recognize the contributions women have made to the world. As journalism evolves, ideas and contributions by women have allowed to make the industry stronger for the future. 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


Journalism and the World | March 7th, 2016 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Turkey moves against free press

Originally posted at Journalism, Journalists and the World as Turkey Takes Dark Turn.

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has always had a thin skin and low tolerance for anyone criticizing him. Continue reading


Code Words | March 3rd, 2016 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
On the Record About Off the Record

Donald Trump discussing his conversation with the New York Times on Fox News on Thursday, March 3, 2015.

Tonight’s Fox News Republican presidential debate featured a discussion about off-the-record conversations. Continue reading