Archive for November, 2010


ETSPJ offers free “Social Media and Ethics” training

Knoxville – The East Tennessee Society of Professional Journalists will have a training program on social media and ethics at 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18, in the Knox Room on the first floor of the Knoxville News Sentinel, 2332 News Sentinel Drive. The training is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Speakers James Pilcher, business reporter for the Cincinnati Enquirer, and Jack Greiner, fulltime attorney for the Cincinnati/Kentucky Enquirer and a partner at the Cincinnati firm Graydon Head, will focus on how journalists can still apply traditional ethical standards to social media platforms.

“There is a national conversation taking place about the ethics of social media and how journalists use these tools in their reporting,” Amanda Womac, ETSPJ president-elect, said. “We want to help journalists and other individuals using social media develop these platforms while still keeping the SPJ Code of Ethics at the core of their reporting.”

About the speakers:

James Pilcher is a business projects reporter for the Cincinnati Enquirer and has been a practicing journalist for the past 20 years. He returned to journalism and the Enquirer in 2008 after a two-year stint in product development for a local telecommunications company.

He is a member of the national board for the Society of Professional Journalists, serving as the Region 4 Director as well as a member of the national digital media and professional development committees. He is the immediate past president of the Cincinnati professional SPJ chapter. James also is active in the Investigative Reporters and Editors association and the Society of American Business Editors and Writers.

A long-time advocate for the use of technology in the newsroom, James has won numerous awards, including the best business reporter in the state of Ohio in 2006 and several national awards for his coverage of the Brent Spence Bridge. He currently covers the economy, the aviation/airline industry and personal technology for the Enquirer, while also tackling large in-depth projects about business and the Cincinnati area. He is known as one of the nation’s premier aviation reporters.

Jack Greiner practices in the areas of commercial litigation and First Amendment law. He has considerable practice experience in courts throughout the state, as well as federal courts. His work has included litigation of disputes over a variety of contracts, First Amendment issues, non-competition covenants and intellectual property disputes. He is especially proud of his work on public records cases. He has handled dozens of cases and helped establish a very favorable body of law requiring that records be available to the public. Jack’s practice has also included libel and insurance defense litigation. Jack also has an extensive background in creditors’ rights and collection litigation.

For more information, contact Amanda Womac, or (865) 406.2964.

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Region 12’ers,

This is a two-prong post, calling for program proposals for the region’s Spring Conference, scheduled for March 26 in Nashville, TN, and for the first-ever joint SPJ-RTDNA annual convention, starting Sept. 25 in New Orleans, LA.

For the national convention, see this link

For the spring regional conference, please contact Jacqueline Fellows with Middle Tennessee SPJ:

Also keep an eye on the Nashville chapter’s blog:

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