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…

Society of Professional Journalists Georgia condemns outrageous response to Open Records Request

From SPJGeorgia.com: The state Open Records Act was designed to make our elected officials more transparent and accountable. That’s what Mark Thomason, publisher of the Blue Ridge, Ga.-based Fannin Focus, was attempting to do when he filed a records request related to the activities of Judge Brenda Weaver. Specifically, he requested copies of checks that…