Week of May 31 – June 7, 2019

DISASTROUS: A Columbia Journalism Review headline called a recent Society of Professional Journalists national board meeting ‘disastrous.” The board held a heated conference call June 1 that resulted in requests for impeaching the board president. Also see SizingUpTheSouth’s executive editor’s commentary on this meeting.

VETERAN: Georgia journalist Alan Mauldin has returned to The Albany Herald. Mauldin started writing for southwest Georgia newspapers in 1993, with stops in Camilla, Moultrie, Albany and Thomasville. He established a reputation as a hard-nosed but fair reporter at The Herald from 2001 to 2005, the paper reported. Editor Carlton Fletcher considered him the perfect person to “fill the hole” in the newspaper’s staff with the recent passing of reporter Terry Lewis, the newspaper stated.

CONDOLENCES: WPLG Local 10 News in Miami, Florida announced June 3 that authorities found broadcaster Todd Tongen, 56, dead at his home. Tongen had worked for the CBS-affiliate TV station for 30 years.

AWARDS: It’s award season, and practically every newspaper and TV station that won a place in various journalism contests have posted stories about their wins. Congratulations to all.

The Georgia Newspaper Hall of Fame included Quimby Melton Jr. and May Melton into its honorees. The official announcement came during the annual Georgia Press Association convention May 30 at Jekyll Island. The Meltons, who were married, were former publishers and owners of the Griffin Daily News, The Herald Gazette of Barnesville, Pike County Journal Reporter, Fayette County News, Hampton News, Jackson Progress-Argus, Henry County News and Monroe County Reporter. At the same conference, the George Press Association announced winners in its annual contest.

RELIEF FUND: Two Virginia television stations started a relief fund for victims of the May 31 shooting in Virginia Beach that killed 12 people. WAVY and WVBT, Nexstar’s NBC and Fox affiliates in Portsmouth, Virginia, started the fund to benefit the victims and families of those killed and wounded in the attack, said Carol Ward, WAVY general manager.

NATIONAL: Credder, a media credibility site for ranking journalists and outlets, launched a beta site June 3, Columbia Journalism Review reported.

A new Pew Trust survey found that Americans think fake news is a big problem, Stars and Stripes and other news outlets reported.

INTERNATIONAL: While visiting the United Kingdom in early June, President Donald Trump suggested a boycott of ATT and CNN, the New York Times reported.

Reporters Without Borders is condemning the decision by Egypt’s judicial authorities to continue holding Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein after previously deciding to release him conditionally. The organization is calling for the withdrawal of all charges against him.

In March, an Australian journalist won the world’s first damages claim for vicarious trauma from witnessing and reporting on police work and court cases. In an interview, she discusses what happened.  

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