Weekly Roundup

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

We are always looking for good articles, books, podcasts and documentaries about journalism and the South. Here are some that caught our attention this week:

May 24 – 30, 2019

“When asked what social media news consumers dislike most about getting news on social media, concerns about inaccuracy top the list, followed by concerns about political bias and quality of the news.”Pew Research


Greenville, South Carolina, fallen journalists WYFF anchor/reporter Mike McCormick and Photojournalist Aaron Smeltzer’s names and photos were on display this week at the Journalists Memorial at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. Their names will be added permanently to the memorial on June 3.

Through the support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, RTDNA is awarding broadcasting anchors and producers scholarships to attend the 2019 Anchor and Producer Leadership Summit in Chicago, IL from July 10 – July 12,  2019. Ten scholarships were awarded two journalists from the South including: Jazmin Bailey, Morning Anchor, WESH 2 – TV; and Gina Jordan, Morning Edition host, WFSU-FM, Florida Public Radio, Tallahassee, Florida.

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp spoke at the Georgia Press Association Conference amidst public protests and the film industry’s outcry against the abortion bill passed in Georgia.

U.S.Today is reporting that Gannett is in deal talks with GateHouse, Tribune and McClatchy due to speculation over how it fought off a hostile takeover by MNG Enterprises.

The Eagle Eye, the Parkland Stoneman Douglas High School’s student newspaper, staff was recognized by the Pulitzer Prize Board at a special luncheon in New York City on May 28 for their work memorializing the 17 students and staff that were killed Feb. 14 and also how the staff chronicled the student activists who rose to national exposure after the shooting.

Cory O’Donnell, engagement editor at News-Press (South Florida) is spotlighted in U.S.Today and answers questions about his career in journalism and how “journalism keeps the fabric of the community strong.”

Former Daytona Beach News-Journal Photojournalist Lola Gomez photos will be on display at the Orlando Museum of Art’s Florida Prize in Contemporary Art exhibition. Her photos depict life for an undocumented immigrant in rural Volusia County, the recovery in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria and the fatal opioid overdose in Volusia County.

After leaving the broadcast news industry due to low pay and high stress, Valeria Sistruck had an idea: To build  a message board, RateMyStation.com where journalists can post “a tool to come and tell the truth.” She receives between 40,000 to 60,000 visitors per month.


Columbia Journalism Review contributor Abby Rabinowitz discusses why climate change still doesn’t get the headlines  and there is a need for more creative, personalized stories are needed to engage readers.

The annual RTDNA/Lawrence Herbert School of Communication at Hofstra University Newsroom Survey shows in a 2019 survey that several positive developments for local news: More radio and TV stations are producing more news, hiring more staff, investing in investigative and community-service reporting and adapting to changing technology.

The U.S. Justice Department’s seizing of journalists’ phone records while Barack Obama was president was more extensive than previously reported.


Maad al-Zekri, Yemen’s first journalist to win a Pulitzer Prize tells why he wasn’t able to join his colleagues in NYC and celebrate this important achievement because he was denied entry to the United States.


The Student Press Law Center (SPLC) shares a podcast addressing, “When are student newspaper budget cuts unconstitutional?”

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