SPJ Region 3 & news leadership reflects on value of journalists in wake of Capital Gazette tragedy

By Sharon Dunten, SPJ Region 3 Assistant Regional Director; editor, SizingUpTheSouth.com and an Atlanta-based freelance journalist Atlanta, GEORGIA — Meredith Cummings remembers the day when her grandfather was killed by gun violence. “I’m just a girl from Alabama who had a family member murdered. That doesn’t matter to most people on most days, but on days like today…

200 organizations sign joint statement condemning mass murder at the Capital Gazette, negative environment for journalists

Washington, D.C. – In the wake of the deadly shootings at the Capital Gazette newsroom in Annapolis, Maryland on Thursday, 200-plus organizations, including the Society of Professional Journalists, and individuals have signed a strong statement spearheaded by the Student Press Law Center calling for an end to the environment which threatens journalists. As a Washington Post story…

American newsroom attacked; journalism will prevail

COMMENTARY By Sharon Dunten, Assistant Regional Director, Society of Professional Journalists- Region 3; freelance journalist based out of Atlanta, Georgia. Was the shooting at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland, a threat to the First Amendment? Yes, it is a threat to the U.S. Constitution and the First Amendment. Whether it was a hate crime against a…

South Carolina loses 2 dedicated journalists to “freak of nature”

Editor’s Note: SPJ Region 3 and SPJ South Carolina sends condolences the families, friends and WYFF TV colleagues of anchor and reporter Mike McCormick and photojournalist Aaron Smeltzer who died Monday. – From USA Today  By Catherine Rogers and Gabe Cavallaro, The Greenville News Greenville, SOUTH CAROLINA — Foul weather along the North Carolina-South Carolina border killed…

Update on jailing of journalist in Georgia

By Rhonda Cook – The Atlanta Journal-Constitution The reaction was swift and loud to a report of a North Georgia newspaper publisher who was indicted and jailed because he asked for public records was swift and loud. “We are shocked that any journalist would be jailed for simply asking a question,” the Society of Professional…