Are you feeling vulnerable about freelancing? There is help available to guide journalists

By Stell Simonton, freelance journalist based out of Atlanta, Georgia; SPJ Georgia member Five years ago, I left my job as a producer/digital editor at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Suddenly, there was no set monthly paycheck or even any real guarantee of work. I pursued individual assignments and eventually gained contracts with a couple of publications,…

Hurricane Florence rakes down the coast, reporters talk about preparations

By Isaiah Singleton, SPJ student member, senior at Savannah State University majoring in online/print journalism, staff member of the Tiger’s Roar, SSU student newspaper Savannah news reporters are preparing for the unpredictable impacts that Hurricane Florence may bring as it rakes down the southeast coast. Wednesday morning it was reported that Florence could stall over…

American Red Cross deploys 700 disaster workers

By Hannah Lester, SizingUpTheSouth.com hurricane coverage team member, senior at Auburn University, and reporter for the Auburn Plainsman. As residents prepare for Hurricane Florence, organizations are doing their part to help provide aide and relief. The American Red Cross is preparing to provide help not only in South Carolina, but multiple states, they shared on their website. “The…

First responder journalists might face limited resources when covering a natural disaster

By Hannah Lester, SizingUpTheSouth.com hurricane coverage team member, senior at Auburn University, and reporter for the Auburn Plainsman. People honor first responders who risk their lives during hurricane coverage. People criticize their public leaders who do not come to support those in need after devastation. Among the unsung heroes, though, are the journalists. Reporters place themselves in harm’s way,…

U.S. military and SC National Guard mobilize, nominee for SC governor’s race called up to serve

Members of the U.S. Military and multi-state National Guard personnel prepare for resources to be given to local authorities and residents after the Category 4 Hurricane Florence hits South Carolina on Thursday evening. Task & Purpose photo   By Marquis Holmes, SPJ Region 3 fall intern; senior at Kennesaw State University; editor-in-chief of the KSU Sentinel student newspaper…

Savannah media talks on hurricane reporting from the Georgia-South Carolina border

By Isaiah Singleton, SPJ Student Member and senior at Savannah State University majoring in online & print journalism; staff writer with Savannah State’s student newspaper, The Tiger’s Roar Savannah, GEORGIA — Expanding in size, Hurricane Florence intensified yesterday, becoming a Category 4 storm, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC), but Savannah area officials do not predict…