Monthly Archive: November 2016


Freedom of the Prez | November 16th, 2016 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
SPJ and Journalism Organizations Respond To Election of Donald Trump

Last week, after the election, the Society of Professional Journalists and other journalism organizations released statements reinforcing their commitment to protecting the First Amendment and fighting for the public’s right to know. Continue reading


SPJ's Diversity Blog | November 14th, 2016 | #
Muslimedia sheds light on the darkness of media’s coverage of Muslim Americans

As tensions have heated to a rapid boil this election season, one group of Americans being unfairly targeted by others is Muslim Americans. Since the election ended, Muslim women have admitted they are terrified to wear their hijabs in public, fearing for their lives (although this kind of discrimination isn’t exactly new). Continue reading


FOI FYI | November 11th, 2016 | #, #, #, #
If You Sue Trump, This DC Lawyer Will Help You For Free

Mark Zaid wants to help journalists file a national security-centered FOIA request against Trump so much he’ll do it for free:

Journalists: bring my law firm an interesting natsec FOIA request against Trump Admin and we’ll handle litigation pro bono (you cover costs)

— Mark S. Continue reading


FOI FYI | November 11th, 2016 | #, #, #, #, #, #
Hear It from a Journocriminal

Let’s turn our attention to a real Georgia journalist who went to real jail for making a real public records request—really.

From the Atlanta-Journal Constitution’s July 1 piece:

A North Georgia newspaper publisher was indicted on a felony charge and jailed overnight last week – for filing an open-records request. Continue reading


First Draft | November 9th, 2016 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
SEO for Journalists: How to Increase Visibility to Your Stories Naturally

As journalists, we are expected to adapt to many different and rapidly changing  technologies and techniques in order to increase views, shares, clicks, etc. which attract users to our online articles and websites. Continue reading


Freedom of the Prez | November 6th, 2016 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
The World is Watching This Election Day, Report Ethically and Responsibly

It’s almost here, Election Day 2016.

It seems like journalists and news organizations have been covering this race for years. That’s probably because some have. The length, combined with the twists and turns throughout, have made this is a long and tiresome race to cover as a journalist. Continue reading


Freedom of the Prez | November 4th, 2016 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Baltimore Police Email Search Fee Hinders Public Access and Decreases Accountability

The Baltimore Police Department is charging $50 if a member of the public requests emails from the department, making public access to information and holding government officials more difficult. Continue reading