SPJ Florida member wins 2018 EIJ 18 diversity fellowship, says Pakistan is still in its infancy as a free press

By Isaiah Singleton, SPJ Region 3 Summer Intern, SPJ Student Member and senior at Savannah State University Muhammad Ittefaq, journalist and researcher, might have a different perspective to share on the topic of diversity when he attends the 2018 Excellence in Journalism (EIJ) in Baltimore, Maryland, from Sept. 27-29. Ittefaq is a SPJ international student…

SPJ member talks with CNN’s “Reliable Sources” about her Tronc layoff

  By Sharon Dunten, SPJ Region 3 Assistant Regional Director and editor of SizingUpTheSouth.com Fort LauderdalE/Boward County, FLORIDA — Emily Bloch, former south Florida’s Sun Sentinel community newspaper reporter, was one of many laid off by Tronc (former Tribune Publishing) last week along with hundreds of other community journalists throughout the country. Bloch is also a SPJ…

Two Florida high schools are using SPJ Florida High School Newsroom Grant to advance their student newsrooms

From SPJ Florida — Back in January 2018, SPJ Florida announced the two recipients of its inaugural High School Journalism Grant to Westland Hialeah High School in Hialeah, Florida, and Thomas Richard Robinson High School, located in Tampa, Florida. With the school year over last spring, both schools reported back to SPJ Florida with how the grants helped their…

Wikipedia: Accurate, credible, reliable? Panelists speak about pros and cons of using the site for sources

By Isaiah Singleton, SPJ Region 3 Intern, SPJ Student Member and senior at Savannah State University Misinformation and fake news are forcing journalists to re-evaluate how they navigate information online. Amid the fray, one site has become embedded in their daily consumption of information:  Wikipedia. Siri and Alexa use it to answer our questions. Google…

Willis wins 2018 SPJ Terry Harper Award

    – From staff reports Haisten Willis, SPJ Georgia president and freelance journalist based out of Atlanta, has won the 2018 SPJ Terry Harper Award for Excellence in Journalism and will be attending the 2018 Excellence in Journalism Convention in Baltimore , Maryland, Sept. 27 – 29, 2018. SPJ awards scholarships to the Excellence…

WSAV investigative reporter says to dump the blinders; look deeper, follow-up and drive the story forward

By Isaiah Singleton, SPJ Region 3 Summer Intern, Savannah State University senior Savannah, GEORGIA — WSAV -TV 3 Anchor and Investigative Reporter Andrew Davis, and SPJ Georgia member, serves his community as a watchdog from the NBC-affiliated station’s newsroom but also helps stop crime while working directly with area law enforcement behind the scenes.  Each day…