Make a difference by getting involved in classrooms

By Rebecca J. Talent

I touch the future – I teach.

That slogan has adorned many T-shirts around the country for years. Now, professional journalists have the opportunity to touch the future by signing up as a guest speaker under #Press4Education. Continue reading

The Mid-Atlantic Muckraker February 7th, 2018

A new regional director; more news TK

By Andy Schotz

The SPJ national board met electronically on Monday to choose a new regional director to serve on the board.

The vacancy was for Region 10, which covers Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. Continue reading

Journalism and the World February 2nd, 2018

Journalist, Middle East media expert Duffy dies at 46

By David W. Bulla

After the election of officers during the first student Society of Professional Journalists chapter meeting in the Middle East, one of Professor Matt Jones Duffy’s Zayed University students told him she was scared because she had never voted before. Continue reading

Journalism and the World January 17th, 2018

Mentors Played a Huge Role in Bringing Me Where I Am Today

By Nosheen Abbas

Writing was always one of my passions, and the idea of covering stories was one of my earliest dreams. My father’s diplomatic career took us to many different countries. Continue reading

Code Words January 16th, 2018

The Power of Words

By Alex Veeneman

Screen capture of President-elect Donald Trump’s first press conference since winning the November 8 elections – as viewed from CSPAN.

“Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?,” President Donald Trump reportedly asked Thursday at a White House meeting discussing immigration policies and protections for people from Haiti, El Salvador and the African continent. Continue reading

Freedom of the Prez January 16th, 2018

The ‘power’ of respect in the newsroom

By Rebecca Baker

I was honored to represent SPJ this month at “The Power Shift Summit,” a meeting of more than 100 media leaders in Washington, D.C. who came together with a shared purpose: “to address the problem of sexual misconduct in newsrooms and to identify solutions for creating meaningful and sustainable change.”

The invitation-only event, held at the Newseum’s Knight Conference Center, was organized as a series of discussions featuring leaders from all media platforms. Continue reading

Net Worked January 15th, 2018

The same old Facebook

By Alex Veeneman

Mark Zuckerberg’s new plans for Facebook have serious implications for journalists and news organizations. (Photo: pestoverde/Flickr)

“Nobody knows exactly what impact it’ll have, but in a lot of ways, it looks like the end of the social news era.”

That is how Jacob Weisberg, the chairman and editor-in-chief of The Slate Group, summed up Facebook’s planned changes to its News Feed last week. Continue reading

FOI FYI January 9th, 2018

Need FOIA help?

By Lynn Walsh

Filed a federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, but ran into a few bumps? The Society of Professional Journalists wants to help.

We know the process can be challenging, frustrating and sometimes confusing. Continue reading

Net Worked January 8th, 2018

I stand with Carrie

By Alex Veeneman

As the Golden Globes prepared to get underway in Los Angeles, news came regarding a letter written by Carrie Gracie, a prominent journalist at the BBC. Continue reading

Net Worked December 31st, 2017

Passion in uncertainty

By Alex Veeneman

The need to seek truth and report it is more important than ever. If you want to do it, pursue it. (Photo: Pixabay/CC)

This past week, a column appeared in the Business section of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, encouraging students to find a vocation that they would find themselves useful in, instead of following their passion. Continue reading

Net Worked December 26th, 2017

Keeping journalism honest

By Alex Veeneman

Keeping journalists honest is something that will help journalism thrive in 2018 and beyond. (Photo: Pixabay)

It is said that the things that are the simplest are often the most important. Continue reading

The Mid-Atlantic Muckraker December 24th, 2017

SPJ correctly decides on neutral ballots

By Andy Schotz

On Dec. 11, the SPJ national board approved a neutral process for future elections. There will be no “seal of approval” or stars, check marks or other symbols on the ballot indicating the preferences of a Nominating Committee. Continue reading

FOI FYI December 21st, 2017

When Working with Whistleblowers Same Ethical Journalism Principles Apply

By Lynn Walsh

Government Accountability Project released a guide for journalists detailing best practices for working with whistleblowers.

“The power of whistleblowers to hold institutions and leaders accountable very often depends on the critical work of journalists, who verify whistleblowers’ disclosures and then bring them to the public,” a recently released guide by the Government Accountability Project reads. Continue reading

The Independent Journalist December 21st, 2017

Searching for a path out of the margins in 2018

By Hazel Becker

At the end of a year serving as chair of the SPJ Freelance Community I’m excited to return to the role I filled previously: coordinating the Community’s efforts to provide resources to help independent reporters, editors and producers succeed in today’s journalism industry. Continue reading

Net Worked December 20th, 2017

Raney Aronson-Rath on transparency

By Alex Veeneman

Raney Aronson-Rath, Frontline’s executive producer. (Photo: Jonas Fredwall Karlsson/WGBH)

One of the biggest questions that journalism has faced over the course of the past year is how to maintain trust, in an era where the criticism “fake news” has become a norm. Continue reading