WSAV investigative reporter says to dump the blinders; look deeper, follow-up and drive the story forward

By Isaiah Singleton, SPJ Region 3 Summer Intern, Savannah State University senior Savannah, GEORGIA — WSAV -TV 3 Anchor and Investigative Reporter Andrew Davis, and SPJ Georgia member, serves his community as a watchdog from the NBC-affiliated station’s newsroom but also helps stop crime while working directly with area law enforcement behind the scenes.  Each day…

Summer Dashe says she seeks for public to grasp journalists’ roles, shares her journey as a MMJ to the anchor desk

SPJ SOUTH CAROLINA MEMBER SPOTLIGHT By Isaiah Singleton, SPJ Region 3 summer intern, senior at Savannah State University student studying mass communication and journalism  Myrtle Beach, SOUTH CAROLINA — One broadcast news leader and SPJ South Carolina member said she has become a more empathetic person and journalist during her first years working in broadcast news.  “I don’t…

FMU professor awarded Advisor of the Year from students, rebooted student media association

By Sarah Jones, SPJ Region 3 spring intern, SPJ student member, 2018-2019 Editor-in-chief of The Patriot, Francis Marion University Florence, SOUTH CAROLINA —  David Baxley, mass communication professor at Francis Marion University and member of the Society of Professional Journalists, was presented the FMU Advisor of the Year award at the university’s Student Life awards on…

I just drove 10,000 miles and visited dozens of newsrooms to chronicle journalism in America. Here’s what I learned.

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on March 17 for Medium.com. By Meredith Cumming, SPJ Alabama member and is a University of Alabama instructor in the department of Journalism and Creative Media, and is the director of scholastic media. One year ago this week — Sunshine Week — I set out to chronicle journalism in America in 2017 by driving 10,000…

SPJ Georgia Spotlight: Fresh from CSU, Sam Sachs ready to step into full-time journalism

SPJ Georgia member Sam Sachs graduated from Columbus State University in May 2017, where he wrote extensively for the school newspaper, The Saber. Willis’ questions are below, followed by Sachs’ answers (interview edited for length and clarity). 1. Why did you decide to join the Georgia chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists? I decided to join the Georgia…

Pam Huff: The Matriarch of Birmingham TV News on the state of journalism

Column By David Baxley, Assistant Professor of Mass Communication, Francis Marion University, SPJ South Carolina member If you know anything about the Birmingham television market, you know it’s a city bustling with news. From government corruption, to high crime rates, to high-impact severe weather events, to national football championships: central Alabama will keep a news department…

Broadcast freelancer reveals what it’s like to work for Turner

By Adina Solomon, SPJ Georgia Freelance Committee member and freelance journalist. After graduating from Virginia Tech with degrees in broadcast journalism and theater arts, Ashley Esquivel headed to Atlanta. She freelances for Turner, working at the CNN Center. Esquivel began freelancing a year ago after completing a full-time position at Turner. In an email interview…