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…

Georgia Southern University students win two EMMY® awards for media excellence

By Isaiah Singleton, SPJ Region 3 summer intern, senior at Savannah State University student studying mass communication and journalism For several Georgia Southern University students winning a student EMMY® was deemed “unreal” as they join the ranks of media excellence from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Southeast chapter in June 2018.  The Regional EMMY® Chapter is…

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…