The Mid-Atlantic Muckraker December 4th, 2018

New sponsorship policy approved

By Andy Schotz

When the SPJ national board held an electronic meeting on Dec. 1, most of the meeting was in executive session for four topics:

the president’s report (including updates on personnel and vacancies for two appointed board seats) Excellence in Journalism updates a sponsorship task force report an upcoming annual review of the executive director

A written part of the president’s report — on board structure, meetings, committees, priorities and more — was not in executive session and is part of the public meeting packet. Continue reading

The Mid-Atlantic Muckraker November 19th, 2018

Bad communication, an apology: examining Koch sponsorship

By Andy Schotz

Heading into this year’s national Excellence in Journalism convention, a few SPJ chapters criticized the national board and headquarters because the Charles Koch Institute was sponsoring a Freedom of Information Act session. Continue reading

Freedom of the Prez November 2nd, 2018


By J. Alex Tarquinio

UN Marks Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists With a Look Back at the Life of Chris Hondros


Chris Hondros was a stranger to fear. Continue reading

Freedom of the Prez October 24th, 2018

Mapping Out the Future of EIJ Sponsorships

By J. Alex Tarquinio

After serious deliberation, I am pleased to announce a task force to brainstorm future sponsorship policy for our national conference. This remarkable group has been selected from among the most talented and experienced members within our own organization and other media groups. Continue reading

The Mid-Atlantic Muckraker October 21st, 2018

Scrutinizing “news”: Students challenge U. of Md. information site

By Andy Schotz

A pitched debate about information is happening on the University of Maryland’s College Park campus.

The campus has a number of news sources, including an independent student newspaper, The Diamondback, which won SPJ’s overall Mark of Excellence best in show award this year. Continue reading

The Mid-Atlantic Muckraker October 21st, 2018

From EIJ — election results, SPJ/SDX board meetings, resolutions

By Andy Schotz

The following are the results from this year’s SPJ national and regional elections. Results were announced at EIJ ’18 in Baltimore.


Patti Gallagher Newberry (unopposed): 791


Matt Hall: 502 Nerissa Young: 347

At-large director (two years; two seats):

Mike Reilley: 456 Tess Fox: 441 Mercedes Vigón: 437 Robin Sherman: 180

At-large director (one year; two seats):

Yvette Walker: 728 Michael Savino: 645

Region 10 director:

Don Meyers (unopposed): 47

Region 1 coordinator:

Jane Primerano (unopposed): 148

Region 4 coordinator:

Paul Kostyu (unopposed): 58

Region 5 coordinator:

Amy Merrick (unopposed): 76

Region 7 coordinator:

Leah Wankum: 14 Katelyn Mary Skaggs: 8

Region 8 coordinator:

Kathryn Jones (unopposed): 64

Region 9 coordinator:

Ed Otte: 40 Rhett Wilkinson: 16

There were 888 votes out of a total of 6,200 possible voters, or 14.3 percent. Continue reading

Freedom of the Prez October 19th, 2018

SPJ demands Khashoggi’s killers be brought to justice

By J. Alex Tarquinio

We call on Trump to push for independent investigation in a letter to White House

Editor’s note: Shortly after this letter was mailed and sent electronically to the White House, Saudi Arabia confirmed the death of the missing journalist. Continue reading

Freedom of the Prez October 19th, 2018

President’s Installation Banquet Speech

By J. Alex Tarquinio


Remarks Given by National SPJ President J. Alex Tarquinio after being sworn in at the President’s Installation Banquet at the Excellence in Journalism Conference in Baltimore on Sept. Continue reading
The Independent Journalist September 18th, 2018

How to make your chapter more freelancer-friendly

By Hazel Becker

Guest blogger: Adina Solomon

When I started thinking about journalism as a high school student, I pictured a staff job. Who didn’t? Maybe I could write bold features for a magazine or report for a metro newspaper. Continue reading

The Mid-Atlantic Muckraker September 5th, 2018

Q&A with this year’s SPJ candidates

By Andy Schotz

SPJ’s annual election is this month. Watch for an email ballot as Excellence in Journalism ’18 opens on Sept. 27.

SPJ members will choose a president-elect, a secretary-treasurer and four at-large directors (two for two-year terms, two for one-year terms). Continue reading

Bylines and Deadlines August 16th, 2018

Sorry, Pogo, Not This Time

By Jane Primerano

At first it was almost a joke. Those of us who were too young to have made Nixon’s enemies list figured we had another chance with Trump. Continue reading

Freedom of the Prez August 15th, 2018

There is no democracy without a free press

By Rebecca Baker

Today, hundreds of newspapers across the country are publishing editorials to fight back against anti-press rhetoric. The Society of Professional Journalists stands in solidarity with these newsrooms and other journalism organizations and applauds their efforts to explain the importance of the work they do every day. Continue reading

Freedom of the Prez August 3rd, 2018

Retooled SPJ staff is ready to confront new attacks on our free press

By Rebecca Baker

President Trump continues his verbal assaults on the press at rallies and in tweets on almost a daily basis. But the Society of Professional Journalists is responding the best way it knows how: by providing the training, networking and professional development that journalists need to continue uncovering the truth, holding the powerful accountable and perpetuating its role as a pillar of democracy. Continue reading

Lifting up and pressing on: Mourning, celebrating The Capital

By Andy Schotz

As survivors related by blood, marriage or ink at The Capital cope with loss and trauma, their community came out Saturday to root for them, on a day made festive by food and music. Continue reading

An update for the board: budget, staff, and more

By Andy Schotz

The SPJ national board held an electronic meeting on Saturday, part of a plan President Rebecca Baker announced when she took office: The board would hold meetings at four points during the journo-fiscal year instead of the traditional two (EIJ, on  spring). Continue reading