Monthly Archive: December 2017


Net Worked | December 31st, 2017 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Passion in uncertainty

The need to seek truth and report it is more important than ever. If you want to do it, pursue it. (Photo: Pixabay/CC)

This past week, a column appeared in the Business section of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, encouraging students to find a vocation that they would find themselves useful in, instead of following their passion. Continue reading


Net Worked | December 26th, 2017 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Keeping journalism honest

Keeping journalists honest is something that will help journalism thrive in 2018 and beyond. (Photo: Pixabay)

It is said that the things that are the simplest are often the most important. Continue reading


The Mid-Atlantic Muckraker | December 24th, 2017 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
SPJ correctly decides on neutral ballots

On Dec. 11, the SPJ national board approved a neutral process for future elections. There will be no “seal of approval” or stars, check marks or other symbols on the ballot indicating the preferences of a Nominating Committee. Continue reading


FOI FYI | December 21st, 2017 | #
When Working with Whistleblowers Same Ethical Journalism Principles Apply

Government Accountability Project released a guide for journalists detailing best practices for working with whistleblowers.

“The power of whistleblowers to hold institutions and leaders accountable very often depends on the critical work of journalists, who verify whistleblowers’ disclosures and then bring them to the public,” a recently released guide by the Government Accountability Project reads. Continue reading


The Independent Journalist | December 21st, 2017 | #
Searching for a path out of the margins in 2018

At the end of a year serving as chair of the SPJ Freelance Community I’m excited to return to the role I filled previously: coordinating the Community’s efforts to provide resources to help independent reporters, editors and producers succeed in today’s journalism industry. Continue reading


Net Worked | December 20th, 2017 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Raney Aronson-Rath on transparency

Raney Aronson-Rath, Frontline’s executive producer. (Photo: Jonas Fredwall Karlsson/WGBH)

One of the biggest questions that journalism has faced over the course of the past year is how to maintain trust, in an era where the criticism “fake news” has become a norm. Continue reading


SPJ Works | December 20th, 2017 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
SPJ in 2017: The Year in Review

It’s been quite a year for journalism. In 2017, journalists have been arrested, threatened and bullied. They’ve been harassed by sources – and each other. But more than anything, 2017 has been a year when journalists have proven they will continue to do their jobs no matter the obstacles they face. Continue reading


Net Worked | December 17th, 2017 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Investing in trust

The New York Times needs to consider the need for the role it abolished earlier this year – the Public Editor. (Photo: Jleon/Wikimedia Commons/CC)

“It’s part of the DNA here.  Continue reading


Net Worked | December 12th, 2017 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
An external conversation

One of the pressing questions journalism is facing is how outlets can restore the trust of the public. Last week, the Poynter Institute held a summit to discuss journalism ethics (which SPJ’s national president, Rebecca Baker, attended), which coincided with the release of a media trust survey. Continue reading


Journalism and the World | December 8th, 2017 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Reporters Without Borders: Dictators Quoting Trump in Press Crackdowns

By Tom O’Connell

Tom O’Connell

The image of the United States as a bastion of freedom seems to have done a 180-degree turn, with authoritarian regimes around the planet now quoting President Trump as they crack down on free speech and press, warns media watchdog group Reporters Without Borders. Continue reading


The Mid-Atlantic Muckraker | December 7th, 2017 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Candidates with the ‘Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval’

In SPJ elections (or any elections), do you want someone telling you how to vote?

That will be the topic when the SPJ national board holds an electronic meeting on Monday afternoon: whether to have preferred candidates in future elections. Continue reading


Net Worked | December 7th, 2017 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Lessons from Katie

Katie Hawkins-Gaar’s contributions to journalism go beyond The Cohort newsletter. (Photo via LinkedIn)

The newsletter appeared near the top of my inbox, as it always does, on a Thursday every couple of weeks. Continue reading


Freedom of the Prez | December 6th, 2017 | #
Trust and the Media in a New Era

How can the press regain the public’s trust?

That’s a question some of the country’s top journalists attempted to answer this week at the inaugural Poynter Journalism Ethics Summit in Washington, D.C. Continue reading


Code Words | December 4th, 2017 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Transparency a Must During Harassment Investigations

Garrison Keillor (via Michael O’Brien/Creative Commons)

Minnesota Public Radio should follow the lead of other news organizations in dealing with harassment allegations.

Minnesota Public Radio journalists are seeking answers from their company after it severed ties Wednesday with Garrison Keillor, who is accused of “inappropriate behavior with an individual who worked with him.”

Keillor announced his own departure and communicated with journalists from a number of news organizations. Continue reading


Bylines and Deadlines | December 4th, 2017 | #
Getting Better All the Time

Region 1, as I have said before, represents one out of every six SPJ members nationwide so it stands to reason we should have some of the most active and enthusiastic of those members. Continue reading