Monthly Archive: November 2016


Code Words | November 23rd, 2016 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Words Matter: Alt Right Alternatives

Photo via Flickr Creative Commons – NOGRAN s.r.o.

Journalists love to sprinkle their stories and reports with buzzwords in an effort to sound current. New lingo is often harmless, but not all words are universally benign. Continue reading


Code Words | November 21st, 2016 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
TV Execs, Journos Fail Viewers With Off-the-record Meeting

Screenshot of Peter Finch portraying Howard Beale in the 1976 film Network.

Television networks sent their executives and A-list personalities on Monday to Trump Tower in midtown Manhattan for an off-the-record meeting with President-elect Donald Trump. Continue reading


Journalism and the World | November 20th, 2016 | #, #
Good to meet you: New officer Victoria Blake

Victoria Blake

Hello,

I am the new Social Media Manager for the Society of Professional Journalists International Community page. I hope to bring many new ideas to the organization to better this community with Elle Toussi and Dan Kubiske. Continue reading


Region 5 Blog | November 17th, 2016 | #
Election 2016: A look back, and forward

The Election of 2016 is over. President-Elect Trump is a reality – one that few in the media anticipated. It was also a monumental year in Kentucky, with Republicans claiming the state’s House of Representatives and Senate for the first time in more than a century. Continue reading


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


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


Journalism and the World | November 16th, 2016 | #, #, #, #, #, #
How 2016 US Election Affects Global Journalism

American journalists and journalism prof Dan Gillmor gave the keynote address to the Congress of Journalists of Catalonia (Spain) last week. He chose as his theme free speech, the Donald Trump victory and the need for journalists to be activists. 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


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


Code Words | November 7th, 2016 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Journalists Should Tread Lightly When Projecting Election Results

(Photo Adapted From Flickr Creative Commons/Maltri)

Americans will receive up-to-the-minute data on Election Day through a partnership between Slate and data startup VoteCastr. Journalists and news organizations should be cautious about reporting certain information that may influence voters on Election Day, however. 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


Code Words | November 5th, 2016 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Election Day Video Request Misses Mark

Photo Credit: Flickr Creative Commons – C x 2

Musician and actor Justin Timberlake sparked a legal debate last month by posting a picture of him voting early in Tennessee. Continue reading