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 Jennifer Royer, SPJ Director of Communications and Marketing, 317-361-4134, email@example.com
INDIANAPOLIS – The Society of Professional Journalistsannounces today that experienced nonprofit leader John Shertzer is its new executive director. 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The old maxim that a lie can travel halfway around the world before the truth can get its boots on is out of date.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
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
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
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