“May you live in interesting times …” The quote has been attributed to various sources, and rightfully so, being that it has been used by many to describe different time periods. Along with its true author, the original meaning of this quote has been lost to time, but can aptly describe today’s media climate.
“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.
June 5th, 2018 • Featured
Lawsuits and #MeToo changed internships — for the better
When it comes to internships, most in the news industry can agree on a few key aspects: Internships should be educational. Interns should be compensated for their work – either with paychecks or with university credit. And interns should be protected from discrimination and sexual harassment or misconduct.
The reporter who won this year’s Pulitzer Prize for feature writing initially thought she was in Charleston, South Carolina, to chronicle the lives of nine church-goers who died in 2015 when a stranger with a Glock murdered them while they were praying.
Today we celebrate the 25th annual World Press Freedom Day, a designation determined by the Paris-based United Nations Education and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and proclaimed in the U.N. General Assembly in 1993. It is a day when press freedom advocates and journalists come together to discuss issues of press freedom, including access to information and attacks on journalists.
April 24th, 2018 • Featured
Journalism’s complicated relationship with transparency
Despite first being added to the Society of Professional Journalists’ Code of Ethics in 2014, “transparency” has always been an elemental part of journalism. As SPJ embarks on its 15th annual Ethics Week and the organization calls for more transparency throughout journalism, it’s important to look back at the complicated relationship between the concept and the profession.
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.
April 9th, 2018 • Featured
Sinclair’s ‘teachable moment’ raises even more questions
Sinclair Broadcast Group executives reportedly called the recent backlash to its company-wide promotional videos “teachable moment” in a call Wednesday with representatives from the National Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. That same day, the National Press Photographers Association issued a statement calling on all media companies to “improve and celebrate ethical journalism in effective, meaningful and respectful ways.” By “teachable moment,” perhaps the Sinclair executives – who include past NPPA honorees – meant they’d be teaching those who criticized their company a lesson.
April 3rd, 2018 • Featured
Sinclair’s mandates threaten independent, local journalism
Journalists at Sinclair Broadcast Group stations across the country have been appearing in carbon-copy promotional videos claiming that some media outlets are publishing “fake stories” and that some members of the media “push their own personal bias and agenda.” How America’s largest local TV owner turned its news anchors into soldiers in Trump’s war on the media: https://t.co/iLVtKRQycL pic.twitter.com/dMdSGellH3 — Deadspin (@Deadspin) March 31, 2018 As others point out, the videos are troubling since they borrow wording from some of the attacks President Donald Trump lobs at journalists and news organizations.
March 30th, 2018 • Featured
Isolation and harassment: My life as a female journalist in Pakistan
Working as a journalist in Pakistan is a difficult task, especially for a woman since it is considered a man’s domain in my country. Women are harassed and threatened regardless of their profession, but when you are a journalist, raising your voice about issues facing a dysfunctional society such as Pakistan, the threats become more acute.
March 19th, 2018 • Featured
How newsroom culture is being re-evaluated following #MeToo
After The New York Times and The New Yorker’s groundbreaking exposés of disgraced Hollywood mogul and serial sexual abuser Harvey Weinstein, it wasn’t long before women in journalism began raising their hands to say, “Me too.” Powerful media figures such as MSNBC’s Mark Halperin, NPR’s Michael Oreskes and Leon Wieseltier, a former editor at The New Republic, were ousted from their jobs after women propelled by the “Weinstein effect” came forward with incriminating allegations of sexual harassment and assault.
March 15th, 2018 • Featured
How PolitiFact is fighting ‘Fake News,’ one stop at a time
Last August, President Donald Trump told an arena of supporters in Huntington, West Virginia, that the “Russia story is a total fabrication.” Investigators, he said, should be looking into the uranium Hillary Clinton “sold, which is now in the hands of very angry Russians.” Neither claim was accurate.