Search Results

Some forthcoming changes to SPJ Digital

By Alex Veeneman | Friday, March 27th, 2015

SPJ Digital has been making significant progress since the new officer terms began on Feb. 1. We have made more resources available and expanded work on our current resources, as well as grown in members. But while we celebrate our achievements, we also look ahead, especially towards the Excellence in Journalism conference in Orlando in September. On March 9, I notified SPJ President Dana Neuts, as well as my colleagues on the executive, of my intentions to resign as chairman of SPJ Digital.

Introducing the new SPJ Digital executive

By Alex Veeneman | Thursday, January 29th, 2015

Elections for the SPJ Digital and SPJ Freelance communities concluded January 22, and results were announced Monday. Following appointments for positions including Editor, Programming (which was a position available for candidates but no declared candidates were available), the executive is as follows. Chair and Net Worked blog managing editor: Alex Veeneman
Editor, Programming: Taylor Mirferendeski
Facebook Coordinator: Michelle Sandlin
Twitter Coordinator: Beth O’Malley
Google+ and LinkedIn Coordinator: Brandi Broxson In addition, SPJ Digital is supported by two student representatives, Bethany Bella of Ohio University and Taylor Barker of Ithaca College in New York, both leaders in their respective SPJ chapters.

Tempted with fabrication? Write a novel.

By Bethany Bella | Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

Some say the cardinal sin of journalism is plagiarism, but me? I say it’s fabrication. I won’t deny that plagiarism, even self-plagiarism, is stealing, deceptive, and unethical – but at least the information you swiped is true (unless the person you stole from is, in fact, a liar, which complicates matters even further). In a journalism lecture this week, we watched the 2003 film “Shattered Glass,” a movie about the infamous journalist-gone-rogue Stephen Glass from The New Republic. Now, I hear, he’s attempted to reshape his life by becoming a fiction author (something he should have pursued in the first place) and trying to earn a law degree.

Clickbait vs. Long-form: What Do Readers Want?

By Bethany Bella | Thursday, October 1st, 2015

I hardly ever click through on ‘clickbait’ – but that’s just me. Maybe it’s because I know the tactic well, having studied the art of a compelling, click-driven tweet in my journalism classes at Ohio University. Or maybe it’s because all these “9 things you never knew about leaving guacamole in the refrigerator” articles are starting to wear me down, as a news consumer. Where are the stories that make me think? Where are the articles so long they blur the line between news and novella?

We Carry On: A Tribute to Alison and Adam

By Bethany Bella | Sunday, August 30th, 2015

It was a disorienting Wednesday morning on Twitter. My eyes and thumbs perused the normal banter of old high school friends, article links tossed out by the slew of environmental journalists I follow for Earth updates. And then something stopped me momentarily in my scrolling. I read that wrong, I assume. But no. I see the same headline a few tweets above.  Another shocking jolt.  Another gasp of disbelief. “Ex-Broadcaster Kills 2 on Air in Virginia Shooting” –– The New York Times confirms my doubts, my suspicions that what I read earlier was, in fact, true.

Snapchat Live, Citizen Journalism

By Bethany Bella | Monday, August 3rd, 2015

You know what social media I purposefully held out on?  Snapchat. I’d seen one too many of my peers get burned by that pesky little instant-messaging system –– either by sending the right snap to the wrong person, or getting that ugly selfie screen-shotted (I’m sure that’s a verb by now, right?). No way, I scolded myself. Sending unattractive pictures of my face in different discrete locations is not the kind of social media I want to engage in. And here we are.  

Data, Data Everywhere

By Bethany Bella | Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

My eyes and thumbs comb through medium after medium, prowling the Internet for the next sensational story, the latest updates from my friends, and the most cutting-edge scientific research. TwitterTumblrFacebookPinterestInstagramSnapchatGoogle … Repeat. It’s hard to imagine living in such an age where we don’t know about the forthcoming announcement of (yet another) Republican presidential nominee, or the release of Apple’s latest music makeover.  Even the things we don’t really want to know, we know –– just who was Hillary Clinton emailing during her Secretary of State term?  

Transparency for All

By Bethany Bella | Monday, June 1st, 2015

I wake up anxious every day, just to find out what Obama will be doing in the afternoon. Okay, that’s not entirely true.  Perhaps my enthusiasm for The New York Times Now newsletter has got me a little carried away. The era of digital journalism is upon us, where we consumers can uncover the president’s whereabouts, the history of Pac Man, and the leaked merger of two media companies before their employees even hear of the negotiations –– all at the tap of a screen and the stroke of a thumb.

The New Mobile: News For the Next Gen

By Bethany Bella | Friday, April 3rd, 2015

The art of storytelling and the consumption of news are both timeless human habits, so I wouldn’t worry too much about the journalist’s craft disappearing into the ether, just yet. What journalists should be monitoring (and monitoring very closely) is the method of news consumption and how that news is translated to a mass audience on a day-to-day basis. Before the printed word, oral declarations and one-to-one conversations were the only mediums for audiences to internalize the news.  And after newspapers and pamphlets came about, the print method didn’t last forever, either – it was overcome by online news and the proliferation of the Internet at the end of the last century.  

Women Who Lead: Newsroom and Beyond

By Bethany Bella | Saturday, March 28th, 2015

As a young girl, I didn’t idolize Princess Diana; I didn’t know who Audrey Hepburn was until my freshman year of high school; Barbie was just a logo on a box in my basement, not my inspiration. Crazy as it sounds, I wanted to be Jesse Owens: the fastest man in the world. Growing up with one younger brother, I spent most of my childhood playing catch in the backyard, ranking and rooting for football teams, and–of course–competing in neighborhood, Olympic-esque sprint races.


Twitter Facebook Google Plus RSS Instagram Pinterest Pinterest LinkedIn

© Society of Professional Journalists. All rights reserved. Legal

Society of Professional Journalists
Eugene S. Pulliam National Journalism Center, 3909 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46208
317/927-8000 | Fax: 317/920-4789 | Contact SPJ Headquarters | Employment Opportunities | Advertise with SPJ