Monthly Archive: November 2017


Net Worked | November 29th, 2017 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Matt Lauer and a transparent industry

NBC News has said it has fired Matt Lauer, the longtime co-host of the Today Show. In an email to staff, Andrew Lack, NBC News’ chairman, said a complaint was received on Monday night, and that a review of that complaint led to the termination of his employment. Continue reading


Net Worked | November 27th, 2017 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Letting our principles lead the way in the time of social media

The alerts pop up in the right-hand corner of my screen in quick succession, each one more heartbreaking than the last.

“Possible attack in Barcelona.”

“In La Rambla and I think a car or van has driven through the pedestrian part.”

I begin tracking the accumulating tweets, reaching out in Spanish and English to scared and confused tourists and locals alike. Continue reading


Code Words | November 24th, 2017 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Journalists Must Be Held Accountable

Charlie Rose in 2006. (Flickr Creative Commons/Thomas Hawk)

Journalism organizations and institutions should not shy away from holding people accountable for their actions.

CBS News, Bloomberg and PBS cut ties with Charlie Rose on Tuesday after numerous reports of sexual misconduct. Continue reading


Net Worked | November 24th, 2017 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Twitter and the truth

Two tube stations within London’s Underground were reopened after reports emerged that shots were fired on Oxford Street in central London. In a message on Twitter, British Transport Police, which looks after trains and the subway network, said there was no such evidence of gunfire. Continue reading


Freedom of the Prez | November 20th, 2017 | #
It just keeps getting worse

It just keeps getting worse.

In the span of just a few hours on Monday, New York Times reporter Glenn Thrush and CBS/PBS broadcaster Charlie Rose joined the ever-growing dishonor roll of high-profile male journalists publicly accused of sexually harassing their female colleagues. Continue reading


Journalism and the World | November 18th, 2017 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Stand up and Have Solidarity for Women in Journalism

I’m a firm believer that journalism, and particularly freelance journalism, is the best job in the world. There’s not a day that I don’t love it and feel lucky. Continue reading


The Independent Journalist | November 16th, 2017 | #
Freelance Community Annual Elections!

Hello Freelancers … Got any ideas for how to make the Freelance Community better? Join our board!

Annual elections are coming up, and we’d love to get new folks involved. Continue reading


Journalism and the World | November 14th, 2017 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Have the Courage to Be Transparent and Embrace Your Personal Moments

Photo by Andrea Pritchard.

It has been said when you make a photo, you take a piece of the soul. As well, you give a part of yours. Continue reading


Net Worked | November 13th, 2017 | #, #, #, #, #, #
#SPJ4All in action

One night in April 1986, Garrison Keillor stood on the stage of the World Theater (now the Fitzgerald Theater) in St. Paul, Minnesota, as part of celebrations for its grand reopening after years of renovation. Continue reading


The Mid-Atlantic Muckraker | November 12th, 2017 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
A new regional director, a nomination process debate and more

A recap of the SPJ national board’s electronic meeting on Nov. 4:

• The board chose Tom McKee to be the next Region 4 director, out of six applications. Continue reading


Net Worked | November 10th, 2017 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
A global need for an equal industry

Today in the UK is Equal Pay Day, where The Fawcett Society, a campaign group promoting gender equality and women’s rights, says that both genders will be paid equal only by 2117. Continue reading


The Leading Edge | November 7th, 2017 | #
Chapter Grants, Awards, the IRS and more!

SPJ professional and college chapters are invited to apply for grants of up to $500 for innovative programs and events that help build membership.

SPJ will award chapter grants three times in 2017 in a pilot program to distribute $12,000 in newly available funds. Continue reading


Net Worked | November 7th, 2017 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Lessons from Sarah

The stories filtered through my Twitter algorithm with a unison voice. Sarah Portlock, to them, was more than just any other colleague or journalist.

Portlock, a reporter and editor for the Wall Street Journal, died Monday in New York. Continue reading


FOI FYI | November 3rd, 2017 | #, #, #
Indiana court recording remains concealed from public

The Indiana State Court of Appeals has ruled that a judge did not violate guidelines by state law or within the US Constitution that prohibited the broadcast of an audio recording during a sentencing hearing this past April. Continue reading


The Mid-Atlantic Muckraker | November 2nd, 2017 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Anatomy of a reporter’s arrest in Virginia

Why did Shareblue Media reporter Mike Stark get arrested while covering a parade in Fairfax County, Va.? It depends who you ask and what you see and hear on a video. Continue reading