Red River Report May 21st, 2019

Early registration open for EIJ19 in San Antonio

By Kathryn Jones

ABC NEWS – John Quinones

Early registration is open for the annual Excellence in Journalism national SPJ convention, to be held this year in our Region 8, San Antonio, from Sept. Continue reading


Freedom of the Prez May 19th, 2019

Witnessing the testimony of Jamal Khashoggi’s fiancée

By J. Alex Tarquinio

Seven months after Jamal Khashoggi was brutally slain inside the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul, his fiancée traveled to the United States for the first time to testify before the U.S. Continue reading


Freedom of the Prez May 19th, 2019

Speech at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on World Press Freedom Day

By J. Alex Tarquinio

These remarks were delivered at the start of a panel at the United Nations on World Press Freedom Day, May 3, 2019.

Also pictured below are Ricardo de Guimarães Pinto, liaison officer for the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, Warren Hogue, senior adviser for external relations at the International Peace Institute and a former New York Times foreign correspondent, Meredith Broussard, associate director of the Arthur Carter Journalism Institute at New York University, Moderator Emanuele Sapienza, global policy specialist for civil engagement at the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support at the United Nations Development Program, and Stephen Adler, Editor-in-Chief of Thomson Reuters. Continue reading


Freedom of the Prez May 19th, 2019

Speech in Seoul about the role of journalists in peace negotiations

By J. Alex Tarquinio

Note: At the start of my term, I vowed to post the significant speeches that I made in this space. Well, it’s been a busy couple of months so I am getting caught up. Continue reading


Red River Report May 16th, 2019

Chapter annual reports due May 24

By Kathryn Jones

The SPJ national office has been sending out email reminders that annual reports for all SPJ pro and student chapters are due May 24.

You can access the annual report form on the SPJ website: https://www.spj.org/annualreports.asp

Some chapter presidents and treasurers have asked about the new SPJ financial regulations that were approved last year and why additional reporting is required. Continue reading


Red River Report May 16th, 2019

SPJ board promises more transparency after SA, other chapters protest handling of exec director resignation

By Kathryn Jones

All 450 members on SPJ Region 8’s membership roll should have received an email from me  the day before the SPJ national board met on Monday, May 6, to discuss next steps after Alison Bethel McKenzie resigned as executive director. Continue reading


Red River Report May 16th, 2019

Welcome to Region 8’s first blog!

By Kathryn Jones

We hope the Red River Report will become a valuable resource for keeping our vast Oklahoma-Texas region informed about what chapters are doing, what we can learn from each other, professional development opportunities, and ways we can mentor students and keep our profession growing and viable at a time when it’s under attack from so many directions – financial, societal and political. Continue reading


Red River Report May 6th, 2019

SPJ board to hold meeting on executive director resignation

By Kathryn Jones

I did not want or expect this to be the topic of the first blog post of the new Region 8 Red River Report, but as journalists we know that our best-laid plans often get derailed by breaking news. Continue reading


Freedom of the Prez May 1st, 2019

The Departure of SPJ’s Executive Director

By J. Alex Tarquinio

This is a personal note to members who may have questions regarding this week’s news that Alison Bethel McKenzie resigned as executive director of the Society of Professional Journalists. Continue reading


Region 5 Blog March 15th, 2019

SPJ Region 5: Student Journalists Fulfill a Vital Role at Universities

By Amy Merrick

The editorial board of the Loyola Phoenix, the student newspaper of Loyola University in Chicago, recently published an editorial criticizing the university president and the school’s department of marketing and communications for intervening in interview requests to faculty members and others.  Continue reading


Freedom of the Prez March 10th, 2019

Sunshine Week begins early this year

By J. Alex Tarquinio

Today marks the beginning of Sunshine Week, an annual rite of spring for media nonprofits. As the days lengthen, we are reminded that the framers of our constitution, among them James Madison, had a vision of government transparency that was a radical break from the world they were born into. Continue reading


Freedom of the Prez February 20th, 2019

EIJ has a new sponsorship policy

By J. Alex Tarquinio

As I wrote in this column in the fall, we’ve been hammering out a new sponsorship policy for the annual conference that we co-host with our friends at RTDNA. Continue reading


The Mid-Atlantic Muckraker February 14th, 2019

SPJ meetings become open; sponsorship policy passed

By Andy Schotz

One significant thing about the Feb. 2 electronic meeting of the SPJ national board is that the public finally was invited to participate. (The most important item of business, though, was a new sponsorship policy, which is addressed later in this post.)

The board has been holding electronic meetings for years, and no one has given it much thought that they were inaccessible to observers. Continue reading


Freedom of the Prez December 12th, 2018

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By J. Alex Tarquinio

Giving the thumbs-up gesture in solidarity with Reuters reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, jailed in Myanmar one year ago today.

Dec. 12 marks the disgraceful anniversary of the detention of two courageous Reuters journalists, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo. Continue reading


Freedom of the Prez December 12th, 2018

EIJ sponsorship update

By J. Alex Tarquinio

The Society of Professional Journalists has taken an important step in the creation of a sponsorship policy for the modern era. As I wrote in this column when we launched the Sponsorship task force this fall, the Society has effectively been without a written policy since the first Excellence in Journalism conference (EIJ). Continue reading