Monthly Archive: February 2017


The Independent Journalist | February 27th, 2017 | #, #
Let’s get personal: Essay-writing for journalists

By guest blogger Hope Yancey

Back in 2010 and 2011, a section of my local newspaper, The Charlotte Observer, solicited short essays on the topic of style. Continue reading


Code Words | February 24th, 2017 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Anonymous Sources: A Necessary Evil

Image via Flickr Creative Commons/Germaine

President Donald Trump on Friday latched on to one of journalism’s greatest vulnerabilities by attacking the use of anonymous sources in stories about his administration. 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


Net Worked | February 17th, 2017 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
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Remarks by President Trump have raised questions on the roles of journalists. (Photo: Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

In New York, in the lobby of the hall at the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University that bears his name, sits a plaque of a quote recorded in 1904 by the newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer. 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


Code Words | February 15th, 2017 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Lessons From Flynn’s Downfall

President Barack Obama departs the White House briefing room after a statement, Oct. 16, 2013. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

Pundits and some journalists called for a reinvention of the press after Donald Trump won the White House in November, but Michael Flynn’s resignation on Monday and additional stories published Tuesday show the United States benefits most when journalists rededicate themselves to their profession’s timeless standards. Continue reading


Net Worked | February 14th, 2017 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Ethics: Twitter style

Twitter has become essential for journalists, but the ethics rules haven’t changed. (Photo: Pixabay)

In spite of financial concerns outlined last week where its stock prices fell 11 percent, Twitter continues to play a dominant role in the world of journalism. Continue reading


FOI FYI | February 13th, 2017 | #
FBI Drops FOI-By-Email

 

The Daily Dot reported Monday, Feb. 6, that the FBI will stop taking Freedom of Information Act requests via email on March 1.

Your options will be to use a new eFOIPA portal on the agency’s website, send the FBI a fax or send a request by regular mail. 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


Code Words | February 8th, 2017 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Society’s Code Belongs in Newsrooms, Not Courtrooms

First Lady Michelle Obama meets with Melania Trump for tea in the Yellow Oval Room of the White House, Nov. 10, 2016. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

The Society of Professional Journalists’ Code of Ethics finds itself in the middle of a $150 million lawsuit filed by the First Lady of the United States against a controversial news organization. Continue reading


FOI FYI | February 3rd, 2017 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #
14 Death Cab for Cutie Lyrics that Are Actually About FOI

Illustration by Michael Koretzky, SPJ Region 3 Director

In these dark times—coming out of an anti-access administration and right into a an anti-press administration—we journalists may benefit from brazenly turning our attention to less stark information. Continue reading


The X Factor | February 3rd, 2017 | #
Contest deadline extended!

Final Deadline: Friday, February 10 at 5 p.m.

The 2016 Northwest Excellence in Journalism Contest deadline has been extended!

Click here to enter.

Note that contest categories and structure have changed. Continue reading


Code Words | February 2nd, 2017 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Facebook Tackles Fake News

Jason Howie/Flickr Creative Commons

Facebook announced last Wednesday changes to its trending topics section, which is the box of subjects users see on the top-right corner of the screen. Continue reading


SPJ's Diversity Blog | February 1st, 2017 | #
Why We Are Expanding Muslimedia

 

Last summer, Region 3 Director Michael Koretzky pitched an idea at an SPJ Florida board meeting — how about we have an event in a mosque? Continue reading