Weekly Roundup

The Weekly Roundup provides a wrap up or “Roundup” of various journalism news of the South every Friday on SizingUpTheSouth.com

May 17 – May 24, 2019

“The mission is called Breaking News … Breaking News has a clear goal: kill a reporter. A journalist bribed a cop and will pick up a briefcase from the cop,” the mission says. “The briefcase is full of sensitive documents. Make him famous in a different way.” – Washington Post writes about one objective of a new video game: To kill a journalist, May 19, 2019


Jenna Oden has joined the LaGrange Daily News as a general assignment reporter. The Daily News is located in mid-central Georgia. Oden is a graduate of Troy University, Alabama.

  • WKMG-TV, a CBS-affiliate in Orlando, has announced after its three year effort to change the texting and driving law in Florida, it has seen a new bill signed into law. This Florida new law will make texting and driving a primary offense, which allows law enforcement to stop motorists who are texting while driving and write them citations.
  • The Peabody Awards, which is headquartered at Grady School of Journalism and Mass Comm, University of Georgia, announced its winners in a New York City ceremony.
  • Columbia Journalism Review’s Alexandria Neason writes about how national news coverage about abortion laws caused confusion about what was now legal and what was not legal in regard to abortions in such states as Alabama and Georgia, who implemented restrictive laws or banning of abortions in their states.
  • GateHouse Media announces layoffs: Newsrooms affected by the layoffs include the Tuscaloosa News, Alabama; Lakeland Ledger, Florida; Daytona Beach News Journal, Florida; Daily Commercial, Leesburg, Florida. 
  • 60 Minutes’ Scott Pelley releases his new book this week, “Truth Worth Telling” and signed books at the Atlanta Press Club on May 23. He also talked to CBS46 Atlanta (video). Furthermore, Pelley will receive the RTDNA Paul White Award at the Excellence in Journalism in San Antonio, Texas, in early September.


59th Annual William Randolph Hearst Foundation Journalism Awards Program will celebrate:

  • Four student journalists from the University of Florida and one from Auburn University are finalists for the 2019 Hearst National Championship for National Writing, Photojournalism, Radio, Television and Multimedia. The finalists: Eduardo Medina, Auburn University, Writing Finalist; Mackenzie Behm, University of Florida, Multimedia Finalist; Dolores Hinckley, University of Florida, Radio Finalist; David Jones, University of Florida, Grace King, University of Florida, Television Finalists. Winner will be announced in San Francisco June 1 – 6.
  • 2018- 2019 Hearst Intercollegiate Winners – Broadcast Radio & TV: $10,000 First Place, University of Florida
  • $10,000 Award in the Intercollegiate Multimedia Competition: Fifth Place: University of Florida; Tenth Place: University of South Carolina
  • Hearst Multimedia Team Reporting/News competition winners named: Ninth place, University of Florida team members: Grace King, Rachel Tate, Sofia Millar, Taylour Marks, Devoun Cetoute, Maria Roberts, Quan (McWil) Nguyen, Meryl Kornfield, Meryl Kornfield, Hasley Pitman, Meredith Sheldon, Jonathan Santos; Tenth place, Florida International University team members: Lizandra’ Portal, Kirsten Cabarcas, Jessica Grioua, Monique Abbadie, Jennifer Suarez, Vivian Acosta, Cassandra Cabal, Carmen de Armas, Grecia Lastra, Amanda Leon, Maria Zeppenfeldt, Annabelle Santos, Nicholas Almeida, and Carina Vo


  • A decision crucial to free speech, a federal judge ruled in favor of conservative self-described guerrilla journalist sued for libel after a 2016 Trump rally was held in Asheville, N.C.
  • The Society of Professional Journalist’s Board of Directors President J. Alex Tarquinio, wrote about her experience watching a two-hour testimony about the dangers of reporting on human rights. (Video)


  • The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Colombian authorities to ensure the safety of photojournalist Federico Ríos, who was forced to flee his country after being harassed online over comments by lawmakers.

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