Monthly Archive: April 2016


Code Words | April 30th, 2016 | #, #, #, #
Ethics Week: How to Solve a Problem like Unpublishing

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As Sylvia Stead of the Globe and Mail declared this week, “We are not in the unpublishing business.” But that issue has become ethically – and legally – tricky in the eternal nightlife of the internet, and one that news organizations would do well to consider. Continue reading


Code Words | April 29th, 2016 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Ethics Week: A New Reality

VR library through the Vrse app for iPhone

Virtual reality is one of the most exciting advancements in storytelling over the past few years. Like any knew advancement, the technology presents a number of ethical questions that need to be addressed. Continue reading


Code Words | April 27th, 2016 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Ignoring a Problem Doesn’t Make It Go Away

A growing list of organizations say journalists should omit the names and images of gunmen in an effort to prevent future mass shootings.

The Brady Campaign, which works to prevent gun violence, launched on Wednesday the “Zero Minutes of Fame” tool for Google’s Chrome internet browser. Continue reading


Code Words | April 27th, 2016 | #, #
Ethics Week: Classic Ethics Still Important to Today’s Freelancers

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I’ve been a full-time freelancer since 2005, and while I primarily write magazine features, I regularly encounter situations in which the SPJ Code of Ethics has been immensely helpful. Continue reading


Code Words | April 26th, 2016 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Ethics Week: Drone Details

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Using drones  to report the news has its advantages, but those advantages come with the added burden of some ethical issues specific to the unmanned aircrafts. Continue reading


Code Words | April 25th, 2016 | #, #, #, #
Ethics Week: Are Social Media Ethics Codes Needed?

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The Online News Association announced April 1 that it was introducing an ethics code for newsgathering practices on social media.

The ONA Social Newsgathering Ethics Code – whose founding supporters included CNN, Agence France-Presse, The Guardian and Storyful – was designed to give guidance on social newsgathering practices, from rights and verifying information, to the safety of sources and journalists themselves. Continue reading


Code Words | April 24th, 2016 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Ethics Week 2016: New Tech, New Problems

Every few years brings a surprising number of new technologies to newsrooms around the world. News organizations are now investing heavily into virtual reality, automated reporting systems and new partnerships with social media platforms. Continue reading


SPJ Member Spotlight | April 19th, 2016 | #, #, #, #
Elle Toussi: SPJ’s Member of the Month

Elle Toussi

A cross-platform journalist who reports on the film industry, Islam, the Middle East and all matters pertaining to Southern California and still finds time to co-chair SPJ’s International Community is SPJ’s Member of the Month for April — Elle Toussi. Continue reading


Net Worked | April 18th, 2016 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
The SPJ Ethics Code applies to Twitter too

Ethics Week is an important time to remember the Code of Ethics, and how they apply to Twitter. (Photo: SPJ)

Next week is Ethics Week here at SPJ, a time to celebrate the Code of Ethics, and to examine and consider its four principle values in journalism — to seek truth and report it, minimize harm, be accountable and transparent, and act independent. Continue reading


SPJ Member Spotlight | April 16th, 2016 | #, #, #
Welcome to SPJ’s newest member!

Written by Jennifer Royer, SPJ Communications Strategist

Hilde Kate Lysiak has accomplished a lot in her short journalism career.

The 9-year-old is editor and publisher of the Orange Street News in her hometown of Selinsgrove, Pa. Continue reading


Journalism and the World | April 16th, 2016 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Why economic growth needs free media

This posting first appeared in Journalism, Journalists and the World.

Despite all the complaints about how poorly “the media” covered the Wall Street shenanigans that led to the 2008 Great Recession, people still turn to the unfettered and independent media outlets for news about stocks, bonds and the general state of the economy. Continue reading


Net Worked | April 15th, 2016 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Informing and engaging through Twitter

A new report suggests Twitter is responsible for 1.5 percent of traffic to news organizations’ web sites. (Photo: Pixabay/CC)

New data released Wednesday suggested some interesting conclusions about Twitter. Continue reading


The X Factor | April 14th, 2016 | #, #, #, #
Mark of Excellence Contest Results

Greetings! SPJ HQ announced the results of the Mark of Excellence awards for Region 10. See the release below for winners and more information.

INDIANAPOLIS — The Society of Professional Journalistsgladly recognizes the 2015 Mark of Excellence Awards winners from Region 10. Continue reading


My Blog | April 13th, 2016 | #
WordPress Resources at SiteGround

WordPress is an award-winning web software, used by millions of webmasters worldwide for building their website or blog. SiteGround is proud to host this particular WordPress installation and provide users with multiple resources to facilitate the management of their WP websites:

Expert WordPress Hosting

SiteGround provides superior WordPress hosting focused on speed, security and customer service. Continue reading


Net Worked | April 8th, 2016 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
One experience can change everything

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This weekend, in Loughborough in the English Midlands, a few of my colleagues and their peers are getting together for the Student Publication Association‘s annual conference. Continue reading