SPJ Georgia’s freelance programs in Atlanta spotlight early fall event schedule

ATLANTA, GEORGIA — Mark your calendars freelancers for SPJ Georgia’s fall schedule for programs and gatherings exclusively to meet your needs. All freelance journalists are invited to attend from Georgia and surrounding states. Digital Hyperlocal Journalism Panel Thursday, August 17 at 7 p.m. at Manuel’s Tavern, 602 North Highland Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30307 Join us…

SPJ awards BGA: Exposed Chicago mayor’s use of personal email for public business

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA — The Better Government Association has been selected to receive the Eugene S. Pulliam First Amendment Award for its work that led Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to acknowledge he circumvented open records laws by using personal email accounts to conduct public business. Presented by the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation, the Society of Professional Journalists’ educational foundation, the award recognizes those…

Follow my lede: Bleacher Report has a pet fish and is crushing it in the social media sphere. (Bonus: I become a stalker during this post.)

SizingUptheSouth.com is catching up with Meredith Cummings on her journey through hundreds of newsroom this summer throughout America. By Meredith Cummings, SPJ member and past president of SPJ Alabama Friday, March 17 10 a.m., Bleacher Report, New York City It is interesting that when I tell my cab driver, who is an older man in his 60s,…

FOI Report: Why it faces problems – and how experts say it can be solved

By David Cuillier, Director, Associate Professor, University of Arizona School of Journalism, past SPJ National President The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation commissioned this study to better understand the landscape involving public access to government records by gathering information and insights from 336 freedom of information experts—journalists, advocates, record custodians, technology companies, scholars…

Memos and Emails to Federal Agency Employees Ban Press Releases, Social Media Posts and “Outward Facing” Documents

By Lynn Walsh, president of Society of Professional Journalists The public’s access to its government and its employees is dying. Tuesday, memos and emails, obtained by a variety of news organizations, show federal agencies are being prohibited from sending press releases, posting on social media and sharing information on blogs. The agencies involved include the…