What I did for SPJ today
Signed a letter written by Region 1 SPJ Director Rebecca Baker to Gov. Dannel Malloy of Connecticut condemning the secrecy in which he, the state’s chief prosecutor and others drafted a bill to exempt from the state’s public records law documents, images and other material connected to the December massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.
Was interviewed by Michael Catalini of National Journal about the chilling effect of the Justice Department’s seizure of the AP’s phone records and the surveillance of FoxNews’ James Rosen. Also talked about the resurrection of the Shield Law bills.
Spoke with Christina Couch of bankrate.com about why, in some respects, journalist may be one of the “worst” occupations, but “still is the best damned job on the planet.”
Also, Global Journalist, a program on public radio station KBIA in Columbia, Mo., interviewed me about the Justice Department’s targeting of journalists’ phone records and other data in the administration’s zeal to prosecute leakers of classified information. Also talked a bit about the resurrection of the Shield Law bills.
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