Roundup: “Since Parkland” wins top award by OJA

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The Trace is a small nonprofit newsroom covering a big issue: gun violence in America, combined strengths with the Miami Herald to produce “Since Parkland.” Young people and journalism educators were recruited to report brief, moving profiles of 1200 kids killed by guns during the 12 months that began with Parkland. The journalism educators established a digital training guide for professional standards for students’ reporting. “Since Parkland,” the Miami Herald and The Trace were finalist in the 2019 Online Journalism Awards for Excellence in Collaboration and Partnerships. Link HERE to see all OJA winners.

To view the “Since Parkland” Project, link HERE.

News Around the South

Five Northern Kentuckians have been named Northern Kentucky Tribune Newsmakers. They will be honored on Oct. 30.

SILVER CIRCLE PICK TWO: Montgomery, Ala. WSFA 12 News anchors Mark Bullock and Valorie Lawson were inducted into the ‘Silver Circle’, a hall of fame for broadcasters, Sept. 13 in Atlanta. It’s an honor given by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for broadcast journalists who have served the industry for over 25 years.

LEADING THE TALK ABOUT ALABAMA WOMEN.’s Abbey Crain was one of six journalists selected as an MJ Bear Fellow by the Online News Association. The fellowship, given to promising reporters under 30 years old, will guide her

through her work with Reckon Women, a brand focused on leading the conversation about women in Alabama.

MOLLY’S WISDOM: The director of a new documentary on the inimitable Texas political columnist, Molly Ivins, says there’s much to be learned from her legacy.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: The Louisiana Weekly, which turns 94 on Friday, is the oldest, continuously published African-American-owned newspaper in the Southeast. The weekly speaks to the continuing need for communities of color to tell their own side of the story.

KENTUCKY’S BIG NIGHT FOR JOURNALISM: NBC News Political Director Chuck Todd will be the keynote speaker Sept. 26 at the annual Al Smith Awards Dinner.

IMMIGRATION SERIES WINS JOURNALISM’S MORLEY SAFER AWARD: Investigative reporter Hannah Dreier has been named the recipient of the inaugural Morley Safer Award for Outstanding Reporting. Her series exposed a pattern of law enforcement bias and negligence that tore apart the lives of Latino immigrants who had fled their violent Central American homelands.

Has gathering information for data journalism become like the Wild, Wild West? Check out below what AP is doing to help. Needpix photo

Journo Talking Points

STAY AWAY FROM SOCIAL MEDIA. In a recent Gallup poll on trust in the media, it shows that Americans do not want to see journos using social media to share their personal views about the news of the day.

HARNESSING BIAS. Reporters who show bias fail their sources — and their profession. Just ask the South Florida Sun Sentinel’s Miami Dolphins beat writer after his series of odd tweets this week.

SCRAMBLING TO SURVIVE. The Nieman Lab reports that only 16 percent of Americans are willing to pay for online news. And newsrooms are scrambling to develop sustainable models to fund local news.

WHERE DOES YOUR CITY RATE? Pew Research Center shows how cities get their news, what’s hot and what’s not, and check out the comparisons. Click on tool to see where your city rates.

WILD, WILD WEST DATA. Data journalists rely on multiple programming languages and countless processes and techniques to get their jobs done. Yet, newsrooms and journalists are still trying to figure out the translation. To help with this decoding of data information, AP unveiled AP Datakit, a free and open source tool built to make it easier for newsrooms and journalists to collaborate on data journalism.

Journalists must work to actively demonstrate credibility and earn their community’s trust. The Trusting News team has designed a five-week online course that will give you research-backed strategies for earning trust in the course of your work.


Ray Westbrook, a veteran Lubbock Avalanche-Journal reporter known for sharing insightful stories on the people and history of the South Plains during a career that spanned nearly 60 years, died Thursday. He was 83.

Herb Brock, a man known for giving a voice to those who otherwise would not have one, died this week. He was an Advocate-Messenger staffer from 1979 until he retired in 2010.

Rachel Reeves, 69, who died Thursday, is a member of a black-owned family newspaper dynasty built in Miami nearly 100 years ago. She is the granddaughter of the late Henry Reeves, the Bahamian printer who founded The Miami Times newspaper in 1923.

You’re Hired!

Congratulations on your new job. Workopolis photo

Mady Benton begins the new position as Beat Writer for ESPN Gainsville 98.1 FM/850AM WRUF at WRUF Sports Radio 850.

Encompass Media has hired Donna Cowen as a Centralcast Operator in Atlanta, Ga.

The Georgia Moultrie Observer has hired two new reporters, Bryce Ethridge and Savannah Donald.

Kyndra Farley begins a new position as News Producer at WSB-TV, Atlanta, Ga.

The Florida’s Flagler College Gargoyle has hired Katherine Hamilton to be Editor.

Jaclyn Harold is starting a new position as MMJ/Reporter at KAAL-TV ABC 6 News in Tallahassee, Fla.

iHeartMedia hires Scott Kimbler as a News Anchor/Content Producer in Atlanta, Ga.

Lauren Leathers starts a new position as Content Strategist at the University of Georgia – College of Education.

Zachary Miles begins a new job at Grady Newsource as a Technical Manager.

Ayanna Miller begins her new position as News Curation Editor at BuzzFeed.

The Palm Coast Observer hired Staff Writer, Joseph Pellegrino.

Will Robinson was hired as Reporter-Real Estate, Economic Development at Jackson Business Journal.

Eli Rosen is starting a new position as Contributing Writer at The Independent Florida Alligator.

Santana Wood was named managing editor for TPI’s newspapers in Alabama Monday.

The SummitMedia Greenville has hired Karina Young as On Air Talent in Greenville, SC.

Have you been promoted?

Violet Comber-Wilen has been promoted to Radio Reporter at WUFT News, Florida.

CNN has promoted Oliver Janney to Senior Manager. He has worked for CNN since 2007.

Jamie Adelson has been promoted to Producer at WSVN-TV News in Miami/Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Groups Who Support Journalism

VISUAL JOURNALISTS MEET IN DALLAS. The NPPA’s Women in Visual Journalism conference is headed to Dallas, Texas, for the 3-day event, October 18-20, 2019 for television reporters, still and TV photojournalists, online journalists, freelancers, documentary filmmakers. Some speakers include:
Michelle Agins, New York Times Photojournalist
Katie Eastman, KUSA MMJ/reporter
Marcia Allert, Dallas Morning News Director of Photography
Anne Herbst, KUSA Director of Visual Journalism.

IRE WATCHDOG TRAINING. SPJ Georgia Pro Chapter will be hosting an IRE “Watchdog Workshop: Tools for Investigative Reporting,” Friday, Oct. 18, 2019, at Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia. For more information and to register link HERE.

FINALISTS MAY COULD WIN UP TO $20K. The Center for Media Innovation (CMI) announced the top six finalists with potential to receive the $20,000 award from the Doris O’Donnell Innovations in Investigative Journalism Fellowship.
The finalists include: Sergio Chapa, a reporter of the Houston Chronicle; Douglas Fischer, Executive Director of Environmental Health Sciences; Erica Hensley, Health/Data Reporter and Knight Foundation Fellow of Mississippi Today; Nick Keppler, Freelance Journalist and Editor; Maria Rose, Morning Edition Producer for NPR and WESA-FM; and Matt Stroud, CEO and Executive Editor of Postindustrial Media

BUILDING NEWS TRUST IN WYOMING. Findings from the SPJ project, “Media Trust & Democracy: The Casper Project,” were

announced during Excellence in Journalism 2019 in San Antonio. The Society of Professional Journalists and the SPJ Foundation both concluded that the media trust project, based in Casper, Wyoming, aimed to get a deeper understanding of the reasons many people distrust news organizations and their reporting.

NAHJ TO HELP HISPANIC FREELANCERS. The National Association of Hispanic Journalists’ (NAHJ) Executive Director Alberto B. Mendoza announced Ricardo Sandoval Palos as the Managing Editor who will help launch palabra.  The new bilingual multimedia platform will deliver original, informational content, both within a designated platform and syndicated across other platforms to promote the work of NAHJ freelance members.

Collegiate Journo News

Zack Elledge, news editor of the Kennesaw State University’s Sentinel student newspaper writes that he seeks “to make a tribe that works together to sink its teeth as deep as we can get them into the heart of the KSU community.” Sentinel photo 

PRINTING WEEKLY, NO WEAKLY. From printing their college newspaper four days a week to once a week, one Texas A&M student journalist writes that advertising revenue has hit students papers hard too.

MOBILE STORYTELLING PODCAST. The Lead, a podcast produced at University of Georgia, talks to a CNN Mobile News Program team member about how she has seen mobile newsgathering and storytelling progress for the better. Link to the podcast HERE.

BUILDING A TRIBE: Kennesaw State University’s Sentinel News Editor Zack Elledge said he wants

to make KSU’s student newspaper’s news section an “institution.”

DEFYING ACADEMIC STIGMA. Editorial: Belmont University, Tennessee, doesn’t technically have a broadcast journalism track, but it wins awards in broadcasting anyway.

TO USE OR NOT TO USE MUGSHOTS. Georgia Southern University’s George-Anne student newspaper asks experts about the use of mugshots when reporting the news.

SAVING STUDENT NEWSROOMS. Diane McFarlin, dean of University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications

and Frank LoMonte, executive director for the Brechner Center for Freedom of Information have co-authored a report, “We Must Save Independent Student Newsrooms” on the current state of newspapers and to focus on how colleges and universities cannot solve what afflicts the news industry but be part of seeking the solutions.

WHAT IS IN A NAME. University of Mississippi School of Journalism and New Media has recreated a scholarship in the name of journalism law professor who has shown “intellectual strength” in the graduate program and dedicated teacher.

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