Freedom of the Prez May 13th, 2020

Good News, SPJ-style

By Patricia Gallagher Newberry

John Krasinski isn’t the only one with Some Good News.

SPJ’s got some, too, and I couldn’t be happier to share it.

First up: A new director of education. Continue reading


Freedom of the Prez April 22nd, 2020

Thank you, from SPJ

By Patricia Gallagher Newberry

Thank you.

That’s my message today to SPJ members.

Thanks for turning to us in the midst of a pandemic that is demanding heroic efforts from you. Continue reading


Bylines and Deadlines April 13th, 2020

Working in the Time of COVID

By Jane Primerano

The old Chinese curse, “may you live in interesting times,” takes on new meaning right now. I doubt if any of us, making our plans for a Regional Conference at Hofstra and awards presentations and the other spring chapter events could have envisioned Zoom-meeting with our colleagues and discussing how to proceed with an SPJ season in this strange new normal.Journalists Continue reading


Freedom of the Prez April 8th, 2020

SPJ in the COVID-19 Age

By Patricia Gallagher Newberry

SPJ remains in COVID-19 mode, along with the rest of the world.

But even in lockdown, with staff and board members mostly working from home, we’re focused on serving members:

We’ve hosted two online discussions with the next one tomorrow. Continue reading
Freedom of the Prez March 18th, 2020

SPJ, COVID-19 & you

By Patricia Gallagher Newberry

Dear SPJ Friends:

As COVID-19 has disrupted your work and personal lives, it’s interrupted SPJ’s world too.

The Seattle Times has been on top of COVID19 news for weeks and weeks. Continue reading


Red River Report March 7th, 2020

Save the date for the SPJ Region 8 conference, April 24-25, in San Marcos

By Kathryn Jones

Celebrate spring and journalism in the beautiful Hill Country! This year’s SPJ Region 8 Conference will take place at Texas State University in San Marcos, April 24-25. Continue reading


Red River Report March 7th, 2020

Save the date for the SPJ Region 8 conference, April 24-25, in San Marcos

By Kathryn Jones

Celebrate spring and journalism in the beautiful Hill Country! This year’s SPJ Region 8 Conference will take place at Texas State University in San Marcos, April 24-25. Continue reading


Freedom of the Prez January 22nd, 2020

We need you in 2020

By Patricia Gallagher Newberry

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


Freedom of the Prez December 18th, 2019

Who doesn’t need a deadline?

By Patricia Gallagher Newberry

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


Region 5 Blog December 11th, 2019

Indiana Pro Chapter: An open letter to Gov. Holcomb denouncing the Use of cease-and-desist

By Amy Merrick

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


Freedom of the Prez November 13th, 2019

Welcoming our new ED

By Patricia Gallagher Newberry

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


Red River Report November 12th, 2019

Chapter leaders sign letter of protest about lack of transparency in ED selection process

By Kathryn Jones

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


Red River Report November 12th, 2019

John Shertzer hired as SPJ executive director

By Kathryn Jones

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

11/8/2019

CONTACT: Patricia Gallagher Newberry, SPJ National President, 513-702-4065,  pattinewberryspj@gmail.com Continue reading


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