Monthly Archive: June 2017


Journalism and the World | June 28th, 2017 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
French Female Pioneer is My Role Model in Journalism

My role model is a woman that died 67 years ago.

First French war correspondent and investigative journalist Andree Viollis started her career during the first World War, she traveled to Afghanistan in the 20’s and extensively to Indochina to expose the dark side of the French colonization. Continue reading


Net Worked | June 26th, 2017 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
WSJ: Putting their money where the byline is

The Wall Street Journal has pledged to remove the gender gap in their newsroom. They should keep their word. (Photo: Neon Tommy/Flickr)

Last year, when SPJ convened in New Orleans for the annual Excellence in Journalism conference, my colleague, Elle Toussi (who co-chairs SPJ’s International Community) and I co-wrote a resolution with the help of chapters and colleagues nationwide calling for women in journalism to be supported, and for resources to be made available to help them thrive in the industry. Continue reading


SPJ Member Spotlight | June 26th, 2017 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Sarah Bauer Jackson: SPJ Member of the Month

Ever judged a journalism contest? If you have, thank you! Hundreds – probably thousands — of you deserve those thanks. The Sigma Delta Chi awards. Mark of Excellence awards. Continue reading


The Mid-Atlantic Muckraker | June 24th, 2017 | #
FOI law in N.C. doesn’t care about motivation, ‘outsiders’

Many times, I’ve heard resistance from public officials to public records requests. Sometimes, they’re right, such as when a request is unreasonably voluminous. There are “Send me all…” requests that need to be reined in. Continue reading


Journalism and the World | June 21st, 2017 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
How Comics Empowered Me

I read a lot of comic books when I was a kid and it’s fair to say that they influenced my decision to become a journalist. Continue reading


Code Words | June 17th, 2017 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Deafening Chaos: NBC’s Upcoming Interview

Screenshot of Megyn Kelly’s Twitter feed.

The chaos surrounding NBC’s upcoming interview between one of its journalists and a well-known liar and conspiracy theorist is now at a level that should make the network rethink its decision to broadcast the conversation. Continue reading


Journalism and the World | June 14th, 2017 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Daring to be Courageous in Work ‘That is Dangerous For Women’

From childhood I always believed I would be an artist, like many of my relatives. My paternal grandmother was a printmaker, my grandfather, an architect and an amateur bronze sculptor. Continue reading


Code Words | June 12th, 2017 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Is It Ethical to Interview People Who Cause Harm?

Screenshot of Megyn Kelly’s Twitter feed.

People are calling on NBC to forgo showing an upcoming interview between its journalist and a well-known conspiracy theorist.

Megyn Kelly posted a teaser on Twitter Sunday night to promote her upcoming interview with Alex Jones, a well-known conspiracy theorist. Continue reading


FOI FYI | June 12th, 2017 | #
Update: One FOIA Request Another Day

This post from guest writer Christopher Collins is an update on his efforts, which we first blogged about as part of Sunshine Week.

After six months of filing one Freedom of Information Act request each weekday, I’ve learned a lot — though not necessarily from the records I asked for. Continue reading


Net Worked | June 11th, 2017 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
The pros of verifying

Twitter has become important for disseminating information, but you need to make sure its accurate before publishing. (Photo: Pixabay)

Last Thursday, the UK held a general election which saw a hung parliament. Continue reading


Region 5 Blog | June 7th, 2017 | #
SPJ Bluegrass Chapter calls for Ky. governor to respect news media’s role in democracy

The Bluegrass Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists issued a statement Wednesday responding to Twitter comments Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin recently made about a reporter at the Courier-Journal based in Louisville. Continue reading


Journalism and the World | June 7th, 2017 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Media Coverage of Asylum Does Not Have to be a Part of Its Humanitarian Aspect

A month ago I attended the Nobel Peace Conference in Germany. We were talking about the political situation in the world and the asylum that has become the top priority of the countries of the world. Continue reading


Code Words | June 5th, 2017 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Learning From a Leak

Caught a drip falling from the tap in the kitchen

Journalists and news organizations must work to protect their sources even when no formal promises or agreements are made between the two parties. Continue reading


Journalism and the World | June 2nd, 2017 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Call to action to honor slain journalist Javier Vladez

“The great mistake is to live in Mexico and to be a journalist” — Javier Valdez, in his 2016 book Narcoperiodismo

Mexico is one of the most dangerous countries in the world to be a working journalist.   Continue reading


Journalism and the World | June 1st, 2017 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Breaking the Silence, Empowering Female Journalists Worldwide

“There are two groups of people that are more vulnerable during riots and marches: female police officers and female journalists.”

Last month I was in Washington D.C. Continue reading