Monthly Archive: January 2017


Region 5 Blog | January 24th, 2017 | #
SPJ backs student newspaper’s plan to appeal open records decision

Journalists say a judge’s ruling supporting the University of Kentucky in a lawsuit against its independent student newspaper, The Kentucky Kernel, raises concerns about transparency and open government. Continue reading


Freedom of the Prez | January 24th, 2017 | #, #, #, #, #
Memos and Emails to Federal Agency Employees Ban Press Releases, Social Media Posts and “Outward Facing” Documents

Denying agencies from sharing and communicating with the public, even temporarily, denies citizens their rights to access and the ability to hold the government accountable.

The public’s access to its government and its employees is dying. Continue reading


Code Words | January 21st, 2017 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Pay No Attention to the Man in Front of the Curtain

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer offered the press a useful journalism lesson barely one day into President Donald Trump’s term. Journalists learned to treat all information from the White House with extreme skepticism and caution. Continue reading


First Draft | January 20th, 2017 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Social media discourse: Don’t feed the trolls

Dartmouth, Nova Scotia – Monday, the 16th. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has come to this community, just outside Halifax in the eastern part of the country, for a town hall with members of the public to discuss various aspects of policy, as well as the future. Continue reading


The Leading Edge | January 19th, 2017 | #
It’s almost Annual Report time!

It’s that time of year again, to start preparing for Annual Reports!

This is an early notice that your report will be due May 30, 2017 and cover the period from May 1, 2016 to April 30, 2017. Continue reading


The Leading Edge | January 19th, 2017 | #
It’s almost Annual Report time!

It’s that time of year again, to start preparing for Annual Reports!

This is an early notice that your report will be due May 30, 2017 and cover the period from May 1, 2016 to April 30, 2017. Continue reading


SPJ Member Spotlight | January 17th, 2017 | #, #, #, #, #
SPJ Member of the Month: Emil Dansker

Older members are the backbone of SPJ, but they don’t often get the recognition year in and year out. We’re going to remedy that – for one person – this month by declaring Emil Dansker our SPJ Member of the Month. Continue reading


The X Factor | January 13th, 2017 | #
Contest Rules and Eligibility

Below is an FAQ, plus rules, eligibility, and categories for the 2016 Northwest Excellence in Journalism Contest. Click here to enter. For questions or help, please email the contest committee. Continue reading


The X Factor | January 13th, 2017 | #
How to Enter the Contest (A Visual Guide)

The Northwest Excellence in Journalism Contest is now live. We are using BetterBNC, the same platform as last year. If you entered the 2015 contest, use the same credentials you used last year. Continue reading


The Mid-Atlantic Muckraker | January 12th, 2017 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Seized funds and communication strategy

The SPJ national board took up two topics — money and communication — during an electronic meeting on Jan. 5:

1 – In September, the board voted to revoke the charters of three SPJ chapters: Mid-Florida Pro, North Central Florida Pro and Inland Northwest Pro. Continue reading


The Mid-Atlantic Muckraker | January 12th, 2017 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Seized funds and communication strategy

The SPJ national board took up two topics — money and communication — during an electronic meeting on Jan. 5:

1 – In September, the board voted to revoke the charters of three SPJ chapters: Mid-Florida Pro, North Central Florida Pro and Inland Northwest Pro. Continue reading


Code Words | January 12th, 2017 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
BuzzFeed and CNN Are Not “Fake News”

The term “fake news” meant very little before President-elect Donald Trump’s first press conference since winning the White House. Social media users largely misused the term into obscurity by labeling even accurate information as “fake news.”

The term experienced a rebirth today during Trump’s press conference. Continue reading


Code Words | January 11th, 2017 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
To Publish or Not to Publish

Photo: Diego Cambiaso

CNN broke news on Tuesday afternoon that U.S. intelligence officials briefed President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump on “allegations that Russian operatives claim to have compromising personal and financial information about Mr. Continue reading


First Draft | January 11th, 2017 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #
A public connection

Bush House, the former home of the BBC World Service in London, where nightly broadcasts became a comfort for the author. (Photo: Nigel Cox/CC license)

It was a night in Spring 2009, just before 1am. Continue reading


The Independent Journalist | January 10th, 2017 | #, #
Some encouragement for freelancers as we head into 2017

For many independent journalists I know, it’s discouraging to see the continuing string of newsroom layoffs that began in late 2016, including those announced by Dow Jones and Gannett in October that put hundreds of journalists out of work. Continue reading