Gleanings from chapter reports (campus)

By Andy Schotz

After reviewing this year’s SPJ chapter annual reports for Region 2, I’ve already summarized the latest with the pro chapters.

Now, some highlights from the campus chapters:

• Western Carolina University: One of its two programs in the past year was a Google training session. Continue reading

Gleanings from chapter reports (pro)

By Andy Schotz

As SPJ chapters know, it’s annual report time. That’s when chapters lay out what they have been doing, particularly with programs, as well how they are doing financially. Continue reading

Freedom of the Prez June 19th, 2018

SPJ’s 6.21 Day of Giving: Journalism Needs You!

By Rebecca Baker

At a time when journalists are called “enemy of the people,” fired for doing their jobs and forced to compromise their ethics, it’s crucial to take a step back and remind ourselves of the important and meaningful work that journalists are doing all over the country. Continue reading

Investigation into Region 10 money still underway; new SPJ financial regulations approved

By Andy Schotz

Some people have asked about the May 21 email from the SPJ board of directors (see below) about the possible misuse of money in a regional fund in Region 10. Continue reading

Bylines and Deadlines May 2nd, 2018

We’d Rather Be in Philadelphia

By Jane Primerano

Former National President and current NJPro Prez John Ensslin.

Matt Katz of WNYC tells a great Chris Christie story

Jodie Gil and Mike Savino of Connecticut. Continue reading

The Mid-Atlantic Muckraker 2018-04-25 09:51:43

By Andy Schotz

Some highlights of the most recent (April 14/15) SPJ and SDX national board meetings in Indianapolis:

Sigma Delta Chi Foundation board (April 14):

• SPJ Executive Director Alison Bethel McKenzie told the board that 112 applications had come in for the newly created Journalist on Call position. Continue reading

Bylines and Deadlines April 18th, 2018

The Times They are a-Changin’

By Jane Primerano

As all members in good standing know, the SPJ Board is shrinking. We are going from a cumbersome 23 members to a sleek nine members. Think F-350 down to F-150. Continue reading

FOI FYI March 9th, 2018

Whistleblowers and journalism are essential for democracy

By Danielle McLean

SPJ FOI Chair gives a preview of “The Whistleblower Project: A collaboration between the Society of Professional Journalists and the Government Accountability Project”

Ever since the Trump administration took office last year, reporters from The New York Times, The Washington Post, Politico and many other news organizations have been reporting on the inner workings of the federal government. Continue reading

Will Ebony settlement be ‘start of something big’ for freelancers?

By Hazel Becker

Hazel Becker is resources coordinator for the SPJ Freelance Community.

The news that 45 freelance journalists will receive their fees for unpaid work published by Ebony magazine is more than welcome – it’s cheer-worthy! Continue reading

Code Words March 6th, 2018

On-Air Interviews – A Complex Equation

By Andrew Seaman

Erin Burnett interviewing Sam Nunberg on March 6.

Journalists must know when to move discussions off air.

Sam Nunberg, a former Trump campaign aide, granted many interviews to journalists Monday that produced several accusations and conflicting statements. Continue reading

The Leading Edge March 1st, 2018

Annual Reports are just around the corner!

By Chrystal Parvin

It’s that time of year again, enjoying the sunshine and preparing for Annual Reports!

This is an early notice that your report will be due May 30, 2018, and cover the period from May 1, 2017, to April 30, 2018. Continue reading

FOI FYI February 28th, 2018

Washington’s governor needs to use veto pen to make stand for transparency

By Donald W. Meyers

As Yogi Berra would say, it’s déjà vu all over again.

A legislature has rushed through a bill curtailing the state’s public records act, waiving rules to minimize public comment and present the governor with a bill that has enough votes to override any veto, and members of the public are as mad as hell. Continue reading

Net Worked February 26th, 2018

Championing women every day

By Alex Veeneman

Margaret Brennan of CBS News interviewing former Secretary of State John Kerry in 2015. (Photo: US Department of State/Flickr)

Next Thursday, International Women’s Day is observed – the day where women’s contributions to society, including in journalism, are celebrated. Continue reading

Net Worked February 25th, 2018

Obsessions over beats

By Alex Veeneman

The former building of the Dallas Morning News. The organization is focusing on obsessions rather than beats. (Photo: Antonio Campoy Ederra/Flickr)

It is a piece of guidance which is as established as the institution of journalism itself – as you work your way through school to get a degree, you form a specialism along the way. Continue reading

Journalism and the World February 21st, 2018

Freelance Journalists: Team Up!

By Ans Boersma

I grew up without a tv at home. Instead, I read newspapers and I created scrapbooks full of articles. My interests were broad: royal families, wars, and American elections. Continue reading