Freedom of the Prez October 9th, 2019

Best of the Best

By Patricia Gallagher Newberry

In Connecticut, journalists took to a firing range to learn about guns.

The Florida SPJ chapter has hosted Death Race at funeral homes since 2013.

In Florida, SPJers staged a fake death in a funeral home in service to good obit writing. Continue reading

Freedom of the Prez September 25th, 2019

Talking back: New org chart should help with communication

By Patricia Gallagher Newberry

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

Freedom of the Prez September 15th, 2019

Bread-and-butter year ahead for SPJ

By Patricia Gallagher Newberry

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

Freedom of the Prez September 8th, 2019

The Last Word

By J. Alex Tarquinio

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

Freedom of the Prez September 8th, 2019


By J. Alex Tarquinio


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

Freedom of the Prez September 6th, 2019

Journalism Trust Initiative

By J. Alex Tarquinio

The old maxim that a lie can travel halfway around the world before the truth can get its boots on is out of date.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

Freedom of the Prez September 5th, 2019

President’s Letter from San Antonio

By J. Alex Tarquinio

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

The Mid-Atlantic Muckraker August 30th, 2019

Don’t confuse sponsorship with like-mindedness

By Andy Schotz

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

Red River Report August 23rd, 2019

SPJ informal group to meet during EIJ19; local chapters may sign letter to board

By Kathryn Jones

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

Freedom of the Prez August 12th, 2019

Tributes to John Ensslin

By J. Alex Tarquinio

Ever since our dear friend John Ensslin’s unexpected death in Denver on Aug. 5 there has been an outpouring of testimonials in his honor. This week the family will hold memorial services in Colorado and New Jersey. Continue reading

A good talk

By Andy Schotz

Saturday was a good day for SPJ.

When the Executive Committee met on an electronic call, around 60 people not on the committee tuned in to listen and participate. Continue reading

Red River Report July 13th, 2019

SPJ search committee hears comments about exec director search; membership discounts to be explored

By Kathryn Jones

In case you didn’t get a chance to participate in today’s SPJ national executive committee meeting, here’s a recap.

The committee gave its approval for SPJ’s membership committee to explore launching a membership drive during the first part of August aimed at attracting new members. Continue reading

Red River Report July 11th, 2019

SPJ exec committee meets Saturday to discuss search for new exec director; give your ideas and input during public comment period

By Kathryn Jones

SPJ’s executive committee will meet this Saturday, July 13, and begin in executive session to discuss the search for a new executive director.

A public comment period will follow at noon Eastern Daylight Time. Continue reading

Freedom of the Prez July 3rd, 2019

A New Game Plan

By J. Alex Tarquinio

Last week, the Society of Professional Journalists kicked off a new game plan designed to take us to a higher league. After weeks of debating our executive director search and plans for the interim period, our newly-hired consultants, Talbott Talent, met with the staff and the executive director search committee. Continue reading

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