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Last Thursday, the UK held a general election which saw a hung parliament. It also saw negotiations begin on a minority government between Prime Minister Theresa May and the Conservatives, and the Democratic Unionist Party in Northern Ireland.
But as the news of the election results came down, so did a statistic on youth voter turnout – which indicated that 72 percent of voters between 18 and 24 voted. Continue reading
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.
This year’s observance of Ethics Week comes at an interesting time for journalism – a time where the digital age is challenging the industry and trust between journalists and the public continues to decline. Continue reading
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
First Draft | October 12th, 2016 | #alex veeneman, #Alistair Cooke, #BBC World Service, #International, #Journalism, #Masterpiece Theatre, #PBS, #resolution, #Society of Professional Journalists, #storytelling
Alastair Cooke: Transatlantic storyteller
The idea for it came from a connection — a desire to bring Britain and the United States “closer together in understanding and affection.”
The program was Letter from America, which was first broadcast 70 years ago. The idea came from Alistair Cooke, known to many Americans as one of the presenters of the long running PBS program Masterpiece Theatre, produced at WGBH in Boston. Continue reading
First Draft | September 22nd, 2016 | #alex veeneman, #career, #Excellence in Journalism, #mission, #public service, #Society of Professional Journalists, #SPJ, #Why I Love my Job
Reflecting on EIJ and journalism
The famous author E.L. Doctorow had a saying about writing: “Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing and learn as you go.”
The same can be said of the Excellence in Journalism conference, which took place this week in New Orleans. Journalism, in this case, is an exploration, and you’re constantly learning as you go along. Continue reading
As part of Generation J’s ongoing series of guest essays, Emily Bloch of Florida Atlantic University considers why a different element of programming can help reinforce some journalistic principles.
Interviewing musicians is a lot like interviewing zombies: they can be easily sidetracked, are often monosyllabic and they don’t always smell great.
It’s not their faults — the musicians or the zombies — they’ve probably had a long day with the press where they keep getting asked the same questions after having spent the last hour performing. Continue reading
First Draft | September 12th, 2016 | #Careers, #data journalism, #Digital Journalism, #Education, #Journalism, #journalism skills, #Society of Professional Journalists, #Technology, #Tips, #Training
6 Low- to No-Cost Ways to Learn New or Improve Existing Skills
Education never ends for journalists especially those on the techy side. Understanding trendy technologies, social sites, and learning new, necessary skills are all part of the job. But learning new or improving existing skills can be really expensive, right? Not if you know who to follow, what to learn, and how to find such opportunities:Stay-up-to-date with the latest technology and media news.
By keeping up with the latest tech news and state of the media, then you’re less likely to be caught by surprise. Continue reading
First Draft | August 22nd, 2016 | #alex veeneman, #All The President's Men, #Code of Ethics, #Journalism, #Journalism Ethics, #Society of Professional Journalists
All The President’s Men and their ethics
January 20, 1973 — Inauguration Day in Washington.
In the newsroom of The Washington Post, reporters discuss stories while Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward sit and type at their desks. Simultaneously, televisions in the newsroom air the scene of Richard Nixon being sworn in for his second term as President of the United States.
Woodward and Bernstein’s reporting had been the subject of national attention leading up to the final moments of the 1972 campaign for the Watergate Scandal, a scandal that would see Nixon’s resignation in 1974. Continue reading
Last May, I picked up the telephone at my desk and dialed into New Albany, Indiana. Situated on the Indiana-Kentucky border, it was the town that was home to an idea that is at the core of SPJ’s beliefs, principles and ideas.
The idea took root last year when Indiana lawmakers were considering legislation which would have been branded as discriminatory to gay and lesbian couples. Membership Committee chair Robyn Davis Sekula then came up with the idea to do #SPJ4All, a social media campaign that emphasizes SPJ (which itself is based in Indianapolis) is welcome and accepting of all of its members, irrespective of their gender, race, nationality or sexual orientation. Continue reading
Net Worked | April 18th, 2016 | #alex veeneman, #Ethics, #Ethics code, #practices, #principles, #social media, #Society of Professional Journalists, #Twitter
The SPJ Ethics Code applies to Twitter too
Next week is Ethics Week here at SPJ, a time to celebrate the Code of Ethics, and to examine and consider its four principle values in journalism — to seek truth and report it, minimize harm, be accountable and transparent, and act independent.
The subject for this year’s Ethics Week is best practices in new technology, including social media. Continue reading