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


CONTACT: Patricia Gallagher Newberry, SPJ National President, 513-702-4065, 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

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