Monthly Archive: December 2016


Net Worked | December 31st, 2016 | #, #, #, #, #, #
An ethical resolution

Ethical journalism remains a quintessential part of society, and the SPJ Code of Ethics helps to reinforce it. (Image: Pixabay)

Journalism is in a quandary. As we prepare to say goodbye to 2016 and head into 2017, we do so with a challenge to the identity and culture of our profession. Continue reading


Net Worked | December 21st, 2016 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Facebook’s live circle

Facebook’s live audio introduction can have an impact on the identity of broadcasters, including Minnesota Public Radio. (Photo: Tony Webster/Flickr under CC)

It started last year with Facebook Live as a way to boost engagement with live videos, be it a Q&A, analysis or reporting during a breaking news story. Continue reading


Journalism and the World | December 20th, 2016 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
SPJ International Community Spotlight: Jennifer Karchmer

Photo courtesy of Jennifer Karchimer Linkedin

Every month, we spotlight members of our International Journalism community for their work in Journalism. This month, we interview Jennifer Karchimer. Continue reading


Net Worked | December 20th, 2016 | #
Twitter Chat: “Enhance Your Reporting 360 Degrees”

Join SPJ Digital Dec. 20, 2016 at 8 PM (Eastern Standard Time) for an hour-long chat about how to use 360-degree video to enhance your every day reporting. Continue reading


Code Words | December 19th, 2016 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
RE: Sinclair’s “Deal” With Campaigns

A significant portion of the Society of Professional Journalists’ Code of Ethics focuses on what to do if errors are made in a story. The bottom line is that you own up to your mistakes and correct the record. Continue reading


Code Words | December 17th, 2016 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
We All Lose Thanks to Sinclair’s Deal With Candidates

(Photo Via Flickr Creative Commons/Owen Moore)

The Maryland-based Sinclair Broadcast Group struck a deal with Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential election to air interviews with the candidate without added context in exchange for access, according to Politico. Continue reading


First Draft | December 16th, 2016 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #
The natural educators

In two weeks from now, we will say goodbye to the old year and hello to a new one. Crowds will gather at Times Square in New York, around the South Bank in London, and at other areas around the world, and sing the words of Scottish poet Robert Burns:

Should old acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind? Continue reading


Code Words | December 14th, 2016 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
NJ Press Should Rally Against Unconstitutional Order

Screenshot illustration of The Trentonian’s website.

Journalism is a competitive business. Reporters and news organizations try to get scoops for praise or financial gain. Certain circumstances require cooperation and unity to prevail over those rivalries, however. Continue reading


The Leading Edge | December 14th, 2016 | #
Have a holly, jolly 990 deadline and spread that Christmas cheer! 🎄

Get ’em filed, friends!

The deadline is tomorrow! We understand how busy the holiday season is. The IRS, not so much.

They’ve asked that our chapters file their annual Form 990’s by Dec. Continue reading


Journalism and the World | December 12th, 2016 | #, #, #, #
Editorial Independence of VOA Threatened By New Law

Politico reported this week a provision included in the just-passed National Defense Authorization Act would get rid of the bipartisan board running Voice of America, Radio Free Europe and other news outlets with a single CEO nominated by the president. Continue reading


FOI FYI | December 12th, 2016 | #
18 Ways to Fight Censoring PIOs

Over the last 20 years there’s been a surge in government offices and other employers prohibiting staff from ever speaking with journalists unless they first ask the public information officer or some person in management. Continue reading


SPJ Member Spotlight | December 11th, 2016 | #, #, #, #, #
SPJ Member of the Month: Gideon Grudo

Gideon Grudo

A hard-working SPJ member in Florida who relocated to Washington, D.C., and now serves as SPJ’s Freedom of Information Committee chairman, Gideon Grudo, is SPJ’s Member of the Month for December. Continue reading


The X Factor | December 5th, 2016 | #
Attend the annual Holiday Scoop party this week!

The folks at Western Washington Pro Chapter are partnering with AAJA’s Seattle chapter to host the annual Holiday Scoop party on Thursday, December 8, from 6–10 p.m at Fado Irish Pub in Seattle. Continue reading