Monthly Archive: June 2015


The Independent Journalist | June 30th, 2015 | #
A fashionable beat

Kiley Krzyzek, a journalism major and president of her SPJ student chapter at Central Connecticut State University, has already begun freelancing. I talked with her about how she found her footing early on in the fashion and entertainment beats. Here’s what she had to say, below.

Q: How did you begin freelancing? Do you have a background in journalism? Why did you want to be a freelancer? (Are you still in school, and if so, how do you balance that with your freelance work?)    A: I began freelancing when I was in high school. Continue reading


| June 25th, 2015 | #, #, #
You, the communities and your SPJ

[caption id="attachment_146" align="alignright" width="269"] Communities like SPJ Digital are helping to build SPJ’s future, and there is always room for more.[/caption]

It started with an email.

A year ago this week, I began the process of getting a community together on social media and digital journalism. That community would become SPJ Digital, which began its work in July and would be approved by the Board of Directors at their call in August. It would become the second community in a network committed to serve the industry it loves, and the people who work in it. Continue reading


Net Worked | June 24th, 2015 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Can NBC Nightly News remain intact?

NBC’s Lester Holt, on assignment in Afghanistan in 2012, was named anchor of NBC Nightly News earlier this week. (Image: The US Army/Flickr under CC)

It was announced earlier this week that Lester Holt would permanently take over as anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News, months after its former anchor, Brian Williams, was suspended by the network after exaggerating certain information about reporting in Iraq. Williams would join MSNBC to present breaking news and special reports, and will serve as a breaking news anchor for NBC when Holt is unavailable. Continue reading


| June 23rd, 2015 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Welcome to SPJ Communities!

Several years ago, under the leadership of John Ensslin, Sonny Albarado and David Cuillier, an idea was born – well, borrowed actually – to create communities within SPJ. Borrowing the idea from another organization, we created communities to serve SPJ members in a new way. I had the privilege of being part of the first community, the Freelance Community, as it transformed from a committee into a community.

Initially, the difference between committees and communities seems like semantics, but there are distinct differences that make communities a useful tool for SPJ. Continue reading


Net Worked | June 17th, 2015 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Facebook, Snapchat and political journalism

Social media competition will be developing ahead of the 2016 election. (Image: Pixabay under CC license)

As media coverage continues to intensify of the campaigns for the 2016 presidential election, at the helm is social media, and how that will likely influence coverage. There are however new platforms in play compared to events in 2012, and there now appears to be a debate at play among platforms on engaging younger audiences in political coverage.

Earlier this month, a study from the Pew Research Center indicated social media, particularly Facebook, was the dominant platform when it came to young people consuming political news. Continue reading


The Independent Journalist | June 15th, 2015 | #
A new adventure abroad

Guest Blogger: Katie G. Nelson

I’ve been anxiously preparing this post for more than six months, with emotions wavering between intense trepidation of the unknown and an intangible feeling of pending purpose; of new beginnings and a sense of meaning, both of which have remained elusive to me for some years.

So with that in mind, I’m thrilled to announce that I’m leaving Minnesota to pursue a career as a foreign correspondent and photographer in East Africa. Continue reading


Net Worked | June 12th, 2015 | #
How Apple’s News App is Changing the News Industry

Imagine powering up your iPhone/iPad in the morning, while drinking your morning coffee and having all of your favorite news publisher’s and magazines, with the stories that interest you the most right in one single app. With Apple’s latest and newest operating system iOS 9, you may soon be able to.

Apple introduced Apple News as a replacement of it’s current less-popular Newsstand app at its annual WWDC event help this past Monday in San Francisco, California. Continue reading


Net Worked | June 12th, 2015 | #, #, #, #, #, #
Dick Costolo and Twitter’s future for journalists

Twitter CEO Dick Costolo resigned Thursday as pressure to increase user growth continued. (Photo: Flickr user Joi under CC)

Yesterday, it was announced that Dick Costolo would step down as chief executive of Twitter, and be replaced on July 1st by Jack Dorsey, the co-founder of the site and himself a former chief executive. The move comes amid increasing pressure on the social network to grow the number of active users (according to a report from The New York Times, the social network currently has 302 million users.)

Twitter, in its form of live streaming the events of the world, has become an essential tool for journalists, and the resignation of Costolo may indicate changes as to what Twitter will become moving forward.  Continue reading


The Independent Journalist | June 11th, 2015 | #
Freelancing on the environment, agriculture

Here’s a Q&A that I conducted with Andrew Jenner, a freelancer based in Harrisonburg, Va. Jenner has written for numerous national, regional and local publications. He mostly covers the environment and agriculture, but he’s also penned pieces about minor league baseball, racketeering, beer drinking and ducks.

Q: For starters, how did you get into freelancing (and how long ago)? What is your background? What made you want to pursue it? 

A: I first dipped my toes into freelancing in probably 2007 or 2008 in a very limited way. Continue reading


Net Worked | June 10th, 2015 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
The Power of a Picture

The saying goes “a picture tells 1,000 words,” but what happens when those 1,000 are misleading, untrue and misinformed? This is the situation that was created, according to Snopes, when a Boston columnist and radio personality tweeted a picture of an Army veteran who is a double amputee and CrossFit athlete. Gerry Callahan, the columnist, implied in his tweet that the veteran was the runner up to Caitlyn Jenner who was named the winner of the Arthur Ashe Courage Award given by ESPN. Continue reading