Monthly Archive: December 2016


Net Worked | December 31st, 2016 | #, #, #, #, #, #
An ethical resolution

Ethical journalism remains a quintessential part of society, and the SPJ Code of Ethics helps to reinforce it. (Image: Pixabay)

Journalism is in a quandary. As we prepare to say goodbye to 2016 and head into 2017, we do so with a challenge to the identity and culture of our profession. In light of the geopolitical headlines, notably with the recent US presidential election, we’re attempting to trace our next steps.

Writing in her column for the Society’s Quill magazine, SPJ national president Lynn Walsh says we have been challenged. Continue reading


Net Worked | December 21st, 2016 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Facebook’s live circle

Facebook’s live audio introduction can have an impact on the identity of broadcasters, including Minnesota Public Radio. (Photo: Tony Webster/Flickr under CC)

It started last year with Facebook Live as a way to boost engagement with live videos, be it a Q&A, analysis or reporting during a breaking news story. Now, Facebook has gone full circle with the introduction of live audio.

In an announcement, the social network said the move was an expansion of features on Live, after the introduction of Live 360, with publishers saying they were looking for new ways to go live. Continue reading


Journalism and the World | December 21st, 2016 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
SPJ International Community Spotlight: Jennifer Karchmer

Photo courtesy of Jennifer Karchimer Linkedin

Every month, we spotlight members of our International Journalism community for their work in Journalism. This month, we interview Jennifer Karchimer. A member of the SPJ International Community as well as an independent journalist in New York, volunteer with Reporters without Borders, and host of the “The Whatcom Wordsmith” podcast; as we will discuss later in our interview here.

Currently, Jennifer Karchmer, is an independent Journalist who covers Freedom of the Press, Safety of Journalists, volunteers with Reporters without Borders, and book editor and proofreader for nonfiction titles. Continue reading


Net Worked | December 21st, 2016 | #
Twitter Chat: “Enhance Your Reporting 360 Degrees”

Join SPJ Digital Dec. 20, 2016 at 8 PM (Eastern Standard Time) for an hour-long chat about how to use 360-degree video to enhance your every day reporting. We’ll talk with four experts about tools, tips and best practices.

Search #SPJDigiChat on Twitter to join the conversation.

Meet the experts:

1.) BEN KREIMER  (@benkreimer)

As a journalism technologist, Ben Kreimer specializes in storytelling with drones, virtual reality, 360° video, 3D reconstructions, and open source hardware sensor platforms. Continue reading


First Draft | December 16th, 2016 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #
The natural educators

In two weeks from now, we will say goodbye to the old year and hello to a new one. Crowds will gather at Times Square in New York, around the South Bank in London, and at other areas around the world, and sing the words of Scottish poet Robert Burns:

Should old acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind? Should old acquaintance be forgot, and days of Auld Lang Syne?

For Auld Lang Syne, my dear, for Auld Lang Syne! Continue reading


Journalism and the World | December 12th, 2016 | #, #, #, #
Editorial Independence of VOA Threatened By New Law

Politico reported this week a provision included in the just-passed National Defense Authorization Act would get rid of the bipartisan board running Voice of America, Radio Free Europe and other news outlets with a single CEO nominated by the president.

The Voice of America has had a long and strong reputation for presenting the news in a fair and balanced nature in spite of the political winds blowing in Washington. Efforts by administrations to slant the news or to not report events with the full vigor expected of journalists have all failed. Continue reading