April 17th, 2018 • Featured
Happy 109th Birthday, SPJ! Here are 109 things we love about you.
The Society of Professional Journalists turns 109 today! In honor of over a century of promoting ethical journalism, training journalists and protecting the First Amendment, the staff of SPJ Headquarters solicited help from members to create a list of 109 things we all love about SPJ.
March 12th, 2018 • Featured
Can transparency save journalism from outside attacks?
Just over one month before a special election in Alabama for the U.S. Senate, The Washington Post published a story about Republican candidate Roy Moore that revealed inappropriate contact he made with teenage girls. The understated importance of this story was it included bits and pieces of how the story was reported to begin with; right within in the story, the reporters showed how they learned of the allegations.
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.
November 2nd, 2017 • Featured
SPJ’s youngest member proves journalism is for anyone with the drive to do it
Hilde Lysiak made national news a few years ago when she broke a hometown homicide story in her newspaper, the Orange Street News. Named after the street she lives on, the Orange Street News is a family production, led by Lysiak. Now, she’s writing books in addition to reporting and publishing the only monthly newspaper in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania — and she’s only 10 years old.
Recognizing this year’s Wells Memorial Key winner, Bruce W. Sanford, was an honor far overdue – as illustrated by the unprecedented 34 current and past leaders who signed his nomination letter. While most members might not know Sanford, the BakerHostetler partner has been a central figure in the Society of Professional Journalists’ advocacy efforts since November 1980, when he began as the Society’s attorney.