Monthly Archive: April 2017


The Mid-Atlantic Muckraker | April 30th, 2017 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Spending policy, budget, governance: What SPJ’s board did

The biggest item on the SPJ national board agenda when it met in Indianapolis on April 22 and 23 was whether and how to overhaul the society’s structure of governance. Continue reading


SPJ Member Spotlight | April 29th, 2017 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Congratulations to Colin Donohue and Anthony Hatcher, SPJ’s Members of the Month for April and May

Colin Donohue and Anthony Hatcher at Elon University in North Carolina

Colin Donohue, director of student media and instructor of Communications at Elon University in North Carolina, and Anthony Hatcher, associate professor of Communications and adviser to Elon’s campus SPJ chapter, are SPJ’s Members of the Month for April and May. Continue reading


Code Words | April 28th, 2017 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
#PressForEthics on Capitol Hill

Ethics Week focused a lot on trying to engage journalists and the public in discussions about the press. An important part of that outreach must also include the public’s elected representatives. Continue reading


Code Words | April 27th, 2017 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Why a Code of Ethics is Important

No one can split a hair like a journalist. You can fill an entire after-work happy hour with debates about the proper use of the verb “claimed” and whether a suspect should be a subject or a person of interest. Continue reading


Code Words | April 27th, 2017 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
The Ethics of Looking Away

President Barack Obama departs the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House after he delivers a statement on the federal government shutdown, Oct. Continue reading


Code Words | April 26th, 2017 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
A Day of Giving for Ethics Week!

SPJ’s Ethics Week takes over Times Square in New York City on Monday, April 24.

We need ethical journalism now more than ever. That is why the Society of Professional Journalists and the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation support programming that encourages truthful, compassionate, independent, transparent journalism. Continue reading


Code Words | April 25th, 2017 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
The Secret to a Successful Journalism Career Is Strong Ethics

Joseph Pulitzer’s bust is displayed alongside his quote in the lobby of Pulitzer Hall at Columbia University in New York City.

That might sound old school or boring but for me it is true: developing, adhering and staying true to journalism ethics has helped me every step of the way throughout my career. Continue reading


Net Worked | April 24th, 2017 | #
Twitter Chat: “Clicks vs. Quality” on April 25

With the pressure to produce more content and the influx of viral stories across the web, what does it take for newsrooms to invest in journalism that stands out? Continue reading


SPJ's Diversity Blog | April 23rd, 2017 | #
Asian American Journalists Association Launches Muslim Sources Database

Accurately and fairly covering the Muslim community has been a problem. While SPJ is working to expand journalism training to objectively covering the Muslim community through the Muslimedia program, there are other journalism groups that are also looking to help journalists be better in their coverage. Continue reading


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New Toolkit on Reporting on Race Now Available

Earlier this month, the National Association of Broadcasters released a Reporting on Race toolkit. The free toolkit is now publicly available.

“Every day, newsrooms across the country face challenging questions regarding the coverage of communities of color,” said NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith at the April 12 event. Continue reading


Net Worked | April 18th, 2017 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Ethics by algorithm

Facebook needs to be more open about its work to help journalism thrive. (Photo: Pixabay)

Facebook’s annual F8 conference began today in San Jose, California. F8 is a two-day conference designed to examine and look ahead to new features for developers and other parties who want to use the social network as part of their work. Continue reading


Net Worked | April 17th, 2017 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Let’s talk about ethics

We should talk about ethics, not just on the days of Ethics Week, but every day. (Photo: SPJ)

Next Monday (April 24th) begins Ethics Week, an annual event here at SPJ that looks at the role of ethics in journalism, why the Society’s own Code of Ethics is important – and to explore its four key principles – seek truth and report it, minimize harm, and be accountable and transparent. Continue reading


The Mid-Atlantic Muckraker | April 12th, 2017 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Region 2’s Mark of Excellence winners/finalists

Congratulations to all of the Mark of Excellence winners and finalists from 14 schools in Region 2. Here are the results.

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Region 2 Mark of Excellence Awards winners announced in Elon, North Carolina

4/11/2017

INDIANAPOLIS — The Society of Professional Journalists recognizes the best collegiate journalism in Region 2 with 2016 Mark of Excellence Awards winners. Continue reading