2020 promises to be productive for SPJ.
It’s a new year, with a new(ish) board, a new executive director and new energy for new (and old!) Continue reading
I’ve been out of the newsroom longer than I was in it.
But I still need deadlines to get anything done.
Grades for the classes I teach? Continue reading
Dec. 3, 2019
Honorable Eric J. HolcombGovernor of Indiana200 W. Washington St.Indianapolis, IN 46204
Dear Gov. Holcomb:
The Indiana Professional Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists takes exception to your call for the Indianapolis Star and Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting to cease and desist reporting stories about your administration’s handling of worker safety investigations at Amazon facilities in Indiana. Continue reading
Welcome, John Shertzer!
Yes, OK, that’s a little early, as our new executive director’s first day in the office won’t be until Dec. 2.
But forgive me if I’m overly excited about this big hire for SPJ. Continue reading
Presidents and members of SPJ chapters have signed a letter protesting a lack of transparency in the way the national board selected a new executive director. Continue reading
Below is the announcement SPJ’s national headquarters released about the selection of a new executive director.
Society of Professional Journalists hires John Shertzer as executive director
CONTACT: Patricia Gallagher Newberry, SPJ National President, 513-702-4065, firstname.lastname@example.org Continue reading
In Connecticut, journalists took to a firing range to learn about guns.
In Florida, SPJers staged a fake death in a funeral home in service to good obit writing. Continue reading
Communicators sometimes are not the best communicators.
We’ve all heard that in our workplaces – and your national board heard that from plenty of members last year, too. Continue reading
In September all things are possible. That’s true in my day job, with the start of each new fall semester. And it’s true in the SPJ world, as our annual Excellence in Journalism conference marks the beginning of a new SPJ year. Continue reading
Here are my final remarks from the President’s Installation Banquet at the Excellence in Journalism Conference in San Antonio on Sept. 7, 2019.
At my induction last year in Baltimore, I quoted Albert Camus, who, on the liberation of Paris from Nazi rule, urged journalists to make their voice one of energy, not of hatred, and to take pride in objectivity, and not rhetoric. Continue reading
During the 2018-2019 term, SPJ has responded to the heightened challenges to press freedom, including verbal and physical attacks on journalists, with a wave of advocacy statements and interviews by SPJ leaders. Continue reading
The old maxim that a lie can travel halfway around the world before the truth can get its boots on is out of date. In the Internet age, a lie can circle the globe many times while the truth is struggling to get followers. Continue reading
Here is the final President’s Letter from the board packets for the Sept. 5 meeting of the national board of directors at the Excellence in Journalism Conference in San Antonio. Continue reading
It’s understandable to treat conference “sponsorship” as a sign of endorsement, admiration, or some other positive connection. That’s how some critics have characterized the Fox sponsorship at this year’s Excellence in Journalism conference next week. Continue reading
The following is from Jonathan Make of the DC Pro Chapter, who has spearheaded the formation and development of an informal group of SPJ local chapters and regional leadership. Continue reading