Monthly Archive: February 2017


First Draft | February 21st, 2017 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
5, Must-Know Standards Citizen Journalists Should Know and Practice

Citizen journalism involves those who aren’t professionally trained in journalism to take part in one of the foundations of democracy by conducting their own reporting and interviewing. Continue reading


Region 5 Blog | February 20th, 2017 | #
SPJ chapters tackle ‘fake news’ in ‘Challenges to Journalism’ series

The surge of fake news during the heated election season and the attacks from President Trump and his aides should spark re-dedication among journalists to the Society of Professional Journalists’ Code of Ethics: seek truth and report it, minimize harm, act independently, and be accountable and transparent. Continue reading


SPJ Member Spotlight | February 16th, 2017 | #, #, #, #, #
SPJ Member of the Month: Kathryn Foxhall

Kathryn Foxhall

A longtime battler for government transparency, Kathryn Foxhall, is SPJ’s Member of the Month. Congratulations Kathryn!

Kathryn has covered health in Washington for 40 years, including 14 years (1978-1992) as editor of the American Public Health Association’s newspaper. Continue reading


First Draft | February 15th, 2017 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Stuart McLean’s stories

The author and broadcaster Stuart McLean during a recording of the Vinyl Cafe radio show. McLean died Wednesday at 68. (Photo: Alana Elliott/Wikimedia Commons)

One of the first people I remember interviewing was a renowned Canadian journalist, author and broadcaster. Continue reading


First Draft | February 14th, 2017 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Freedom of Press and History of Journalism in America

In recent months, the American political system experienced an upheaval of unprecedented events involving the inauguration of President Donald Trump. Also in recent months, the trust in news and media organizations has plummeted among Americans where only 32 percent have a great deal or fair amount of trust in the media. Continue reading


The Mid-Atlantic Muckraker | February 12th, 2017 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Freedom to videotape Maryland’s Legislature

There’s a subtle free-press debate going on in the Maryland General Assembly.

Last month, while sitting in the press area in the Maryland Senate, reporter Bryan P. Continue reading