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November 30th, 2018 • Quill Archives
How to use Facebook as a journalist

Using social media platforms in a newsroom can be a love/hate relationship for many of us. It seems we are constantly debating what to share, how much to share and when to share. I’ve always been a “social media supporter” in newsrooms.


June 12th, 2018 • Featured
Meet the victims of violence against journalists

“I was sitting there, choking. I couldn’t breathe.” Davis Winborne, a freelance photojournalist, remembers the night he and several other journalists were forcefully loaded into a van by police while covering a protest in St. Louis last September. “All of a sudden, there were no cops around us,” he said.


January 9th, 2018 • Freedom of Information
Need FOIA help?

Filed a federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, but ran into a few bumps? The Society of Professional Journalists wants to help.


December 21st, 2017 • Freedom of Information
When Working with Whistleblowers Same Ethical Journalism Principles Apply

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


August 28th, 2017 • Quill Archives
Lynn Walsh: Lessons from the ‘Enemy of the People’

Joy and excitement, anger and frustration, inspiration and hope. These are all emotions that have flooded through me during my term as SPJ president. And I wouldn’t take back any of those moments for anything. It has been an honor to represent all of you and speak out on behalf of journalists in support of a free press, government transparency and ethical journalism.


June 14th, 2017 • Quill Archives
Lynn Walsh: SPJ challenges journalists to engage and inform

Broadway had a new star in late April: the SPJ Code of Ethics. In case you missed it, the SPJ Ethics Committee, led by Chairman Andrew Seaman and SPJ headquarters staff, launched a campaign that was front and center on jumbo screens in New York City’s Times Square.


April 13th, 2017 • Quill Archives
Lynn Walsh: An ’Aha Moment’ on Anonymous Sources

One of the biggest “aha moments” I’ve had since joining the national SPJ board occurred while visiting South Florida several years ago. I was invited to speak on a panel, representing SPJ and the Code of Ethics. The purpose was to discuss journalism ethics with gaming journalists, bloggers and enthusiasts.


February 22nd, 2017 • Quill Archives
Lynn Walsh: Protect Press Freedom So The World Can Be Free

“I am here because I believe that the most important thing for free men to do is to protect the freedom of others. I am here so that my son when he is grown will not have to fight or die in a land not his own, because one man or group of men try to take his liberty from him.


November 18th, 2016 • Quill Archives
Journalists, Let’s Not Get Checkmated

Scum. Liars. Disgusting. Corrupt. All words the public and journalists heard during what could very well be the most divisive election we’ve ever seen. While the U.S. presidential race may be over, the wounds are still healing. And while President-elect Donald Trump seems to be softening on some of his campaign promises, he has yet to back off the media.


November 11th, 2016 • Quill Archives, From the President
From the President

Wow! My first column as president of the Society of Professional Journalists. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t a little nervous and a lot excited. But mostly I am grateful and honored to serve you and have an opportunity to be a representative voice for journalists.


October 22nd, 2015 • Quill Archives, FOI Toolbox
FOI Toolbox

Regardless of whether you live in or near a border town, immigration issues are moving to the forefront of people’s minds. And for good reason: Immigrants are coming to the United States at higher rates today than they were during the 1900s.


April 3rd, 2015 • Quill Archives, FOI Toolbox
FOI Toolbox

A county council in Maryland made an announcement in October that grabbed my attention: It was launching a new digital tool to track and share the results of state public information requests. My first reaction: Pretty cool; it’s about time; more organizations should do this.