Journos are not lone wolves; they work in large packs

Opinion By Zach Garner, SPJ student member and freelance journalist Act independently Independently. Not alone. One common mistake people make is confusing journalists as lone wolves — picking and choosing what subjects they cover and how they cover them. Not so much. If that were true, I would be publishing roughly 100 percent more Game of…

Are there journalism standards the press needs for credibility?

Opinion By the Books By Zach Garner, SPJ student member and freelance journalist If you are reading this you are probably aware that the Society of Professional Journalists has its own Code of Ethics for professional journalists. Other organizations have developed their own, but many start with ours as their foundation. It is a guide…

Sad! The state of journalism today

Opinion By Zach Garner, freelance journalist, SPJ student member and SPJ Region 3 intern Nose dive The people don’t trust the media. It is a bitter pill to swallow, but let’s choke it down together. Bourbon helps. According to one recent study conducted by the Morning Consult, the average American trusts Donald Trump’s administration to…

Ted Talks: Why journalists have an obligation to challenge power

  This Ted Talks is subtitled in English. “You can kick Jorge Ramos out of your press conference (as Donald Trump infamously did in 2015), but you can never silence him. A reporter for more than 30 years, Ramos believes that a journalist’s responsibility is to question and challenge those in power. In this compelling…

OpEd: Survival mode — Reversing the course of journalism

By David Baxley, SPJ South Carolina member and Assistant Professor of Mass Communications, Francis Marion University News organizations across the country face a daunting task: show news consumers that journalists want to earn their trust while satisfying demands from corporate management to rake in revenue any way possible. With conglomeration and increasing audience fragmentation, it’s…

Leaks: The trail of bread crumbs

  By Zachary Garner, SPJ Region 3 intern and freelance journalist On Monday, June 5, NSA contractor Reality Leigh Winner was charged with leaking a highly classified report to the American press. Winner is employed at a government facility near Augusta, Georgia. The document released to the press concerned a potential Russian cyber-attack and alleged…