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So, where did television news go wrong?

The following content is a commentary produced by David Baxley. The comments and opinions in Baxley’s article are his own and does not reflect any opinions of SPJ Region 3 or SizingUptheSouth.com. – Sharon Dunten, editor By David Baxley, SPJ South Carolina member and Assistant Professor of Mass Communications, Francis Marion University The nasty realization of…

Memos and Emails to Federal Agency Employees Ban Press Releases, Social Media Posts and “Outward Facing” Documents

By Lynn Walsh, president of Society of Professional Journalists The public’s access to its government and its employees is dying. Tuesday, memos and emails, obtained by a variety of news organizations, show federal agencies are being prohibited from sending press releases, posting on social media and sharing information on blogs. The agencies involved include the…

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Mouth of the South: The Talking Dead

It’s the story that never dies… College journalists are notoriously poor interviewers. So for the past three years, SPJ has trained them to chat up their sources by quizzing corpses. This free program is called Zombie Stories, and it can easily spread to your city. It works like this… Students don free white Zombie Stories T-shirts and venture…

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CBS correspondent finds ways to connect heritage with reporting

By David Baxley, Assistant Professor of Mass Communication, Francis Marion University, and SPJ South Carolina member. Mireya Villarreal reporting from California wildfires near Bakersfield, Calif., in June 2016.  She is the only Hispanic woman on CBS News west of the Mississippi River. Photo courtesy Mireya Villarreal/CBS News As Mireya Villarreal, her husband and young son…

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Building Trust: Let’s get back to the basics

By David Baxley, Assistant Professor of Mass Communications, Francis Marion University, SPJ South Carolina member Journalists are beholden to our Founding Fathers for entrusting reporters to be society’s torchbearers. Since the First Amendment was ratified in 1791, that responsibility has not been diminished. For veteran and student journalists, now is the time to reignite the…