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SPJ FOI Chair Cuillier urges public to contact senators as FOIA bill hits home stretch

The Society of Professional Journalists urges the U.S. Senate to pass the FOIA Improvement Act to help journalists and other citizens better access their government.

This week the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approved the bipartisan legislation that strengthens the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the nation’s premier open government law. Now that the House has approved a similar bill, finality resides with a Senate vote.

Congress doesn’t approve FOIA fixes very often, so getting these amendments through would be a big win for transparency. We think these updates will help journalists and the public have an easier time getting the information they are entitled to see.

SPJ encourages journalists to write editorials to spread the word, and urges everyone to contact their U.S. senators. Read the complete press release

Related: Contact your senator today to pass FOIA fixes! [FOI FYI]


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SPJ FOI Chair Cuillier urges public to contact senators as FOIA bill hits home stretch

The Society of Professional Journalists urges the U.S. Senate to pass the FOIA Improvement Act to help journalists and other citizens better access their government.

This week the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approved the bipartisan legislation that strengthens the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the nation’s premier open government law. Now that the House has approved a similar bill, finality resides with a Senate vote.

Congress doesn’t approve FOIA fixes very often, so getting these amendments through would be a big win for transparency. We think these updates will help journalists and the public have an easier time getting the information they are entitled to see.

SPJ encourages journalists to write editorials to spread the word, and urges everyone to contact their U.S. senators. Read the complete press release

Related: Contact your senator today to pass FOIA fixes! [FOI FYI]

SPJ FOI Chair Cuillier urges public to contact senators as FOIA bill hits home stretch

The Society of Professional Journalists urges the U.S. Senate to pass the FOIA Improvement Act to help journalists and other citizens better access their government.

This week the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approved the bipartisan legislation that strengthens the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the nation’s premier open government law. Now that the House has approved a similar bill, finality resides with a Senate vote.

Congress doesn’t approve FOIA fixes very often, so getting these amendments through would be a big win for transparency. We think these updates will help journalists and the public have an easier time getting the information they are entitled to see.

SPJ encourages journalists to write editorials to spread the word, and urges everyone to contact their U.S. senators. Read the complete press release

Related: Contact your senator today to pass FOIA fixes! [FOI FYI]


FOI FYI Blog:

Ask an expert: How to appeal a FOIA rejection

Over and over again, I hear journalists complain about being rejected by government agencies when making Freedom of Information Act requests and how difficult it is to successfully file an appeal. So I’ve decided to consult with an expert. Meet Michael Morisy, co-founder of the MuckRock, a collaborative news site that works with its users in filing Freedom of Information Requests and reports on the results. Since it was founded in 2010, MuckRock has filed almost 12,000 FOIA requests and published over 430,000 pages of government documents. >Continue reading Ask an expert: How to appeal a FOIA rejection

FOI FYI Blog: Latest Entry

Ask an expert: How to appeal a FOIA rejection

Over and over again, I hear journalists complain about being rejected by government agencies when making Freedom of Information Act requests and how difficult it is to successfully file an appeal. So I’ve decided to consult with an expert. Meet Michael Morisy, co-founder of the MuckRock, a collaborative news site that works with its users in filing Freedom of Information Requests and reports on the results. Since it was founded in 2010, MuckRock has filed almost 12,000 FOIA requests and published over 430,000 pages of government documents. >Continue reading Ask an expert: How to appeal a FOIA rejection

More from FOI FYI:
– Ask an expert: How to appeal a FOIA rejection
– Contact your senator today to pass FOIA fixes!
– Must read FOI stories – 7/25/14
– Must read FOI stories – 7/18/14
– FOIA should be proactive, not reactive


Classrooms & Newsrooms Blog:

Encourage Students to Tackle Difficult Issues

Sexual assaults on campus. Racial inequality. Reproductive health. Economic privilege. These can be sensitive subjects. They might embarrass you. They might enrage you. They might make you defensive. They might make you disgusted. They definitely should be inside the pages of America’s collegiate newspapers. These issues (and a host of other ones not included here) are relevant right now on college campuses across this nation. They deserve journalistic examination, and student journalists are certainly up to the task. Campus media advisers have a special place in the world of journalism. >Continue reading Encourage Students to Tackle Difficult Issues

Classrooms & Newsrooms Blog: Latest Entry

Encourage Students to Tackle Difficult Issues

Sexual assaults on campus. Racial inequality. Reproductive health. Economic privilege. These can be sensitive subjects. They might embarrass you. They might enrage you. They might make you defensive. They might make you disgusted. They definitely should be inside the pages of America’s collegiate newspapers. These issues (and a host of other ones not included here) are relevant right now on college campuses across this nation. They deserve journalistic examination, and student journalists are certainly up to the task. Campus media advisers have a special place in the world of journalism. >Continue reading Encourage Students to Tackle Difficult Issues

More from Classrooms & Newsrooms:
– Encourage Students to Tackle Difficult Issues
– Some Advice to Ignore
– Executive Summary: “Still Captive? History, Law and the Teaching of High School Journalism”
– China’s News Broadcaster and a Thesis
– Journalism Education Committee Minutes of 8/16/11


Nominations open for SPJ's
national awards

Sigma Delta Chi Awards: The Sigma Delta Chi Awards are among the premiere prizes in the profession and recognize achievement in all forms of journalism. Entries due Feb. 6, 2015.

Mark of Excellence Awards: The Mark of Excellence Awards honors the best in collegiate journalism. The annual competition offers categories in newspapers, magazines, photography, radio, television and online journalism. Entries due Jan. 23, 2015.

New America Award: SPJ's New America Award honors public service journalism that explores and exposes an issue of importance to immigrant or ethnic communities in the United States. Entries due Feb. 13, 2015.

National High School Essay Contest: SPJ wants to increase high school students’ knowledge and understanding of the importance of independent media to our lives. The top three national winners receive scholarship awards. Postmark deadline: Feb. 28, 2015.

Want to learn more about SPJ's awards? See a complete list here.


Welcome to SPJ's Freelance Community beta

You’re taking a bold step along with SPJ. The Freelance Community is a virtual chapter that meets online, linking SPJ members who are freelancers, no matter their locale. We want this to be the most useful place for freelance journalists on the web. To get there, we want your help.

The most powerful thing about SPJ is its breadth. No other organization takes on the biggest issues facing journalism. Now we can more easily put SPJ’s power to bear on the things we care about as individuals who make a living creating great journalism. Continue reading

Visit the Freelance Community page
More information/FAQ


First Draft Blog:

What impressed me about the Ted Scripps Leadership Institute

Last weekend this Florida girl braved the freezing temps in Columbus, Ohio for the first session of the 2014/2015 Ted Scripps Leadership Institute. The program is funded by the Scripps Howard Foundation and brings journalists from all over the nation together to learn about leadership, managing a SPJ chapter and for networking. The dates for my region’s session didn’t work with my calendar so I was allowed to join the fine folks from Region 4. There were five reasons the program impressed me. >Continue reading What impressed me about the Ted Scripps Leadership Institute

First Draft Blog: Latest Entry

What impressed me about the Ted Scripps Leadership Institute

Last weekend this Florida girl braved the freezing temps in Columbus, Ohio for the first session of the 2014/2015 Ted Scripps Leadership Institute. The program is funded by the Scripps Howard Foundation and brings journalists from all over the nation together to learn about leadership, managing a SPJ chapter and for networking. The dates for my region’s session didn’t work with my calendar so I was allowed to join the fine folks from Region 4. There were five reasons the program impressed me. >Continue reading What impressed me about the Ted Scripps Leadership Institute

More from First Draft:
– What impressed me about the Ted Scripps Leadership Institute
– SPJ Generation J: Our Next Chapter
– Check your ego at the door
– A Newscast Producer’s Playlist
– Why Twitter should be a non-negotiable for journalists


Free Webinar: Digital Approach to Enterprise Stories

Journalists traditionally think of enterprise as a long Sunday story in the newspaper or a special report for TV (particularly during sweeps). Increasingly, we need to think digital-first in our planning of enterprise stories: What are the right tools and the right time for telling your big stories? All reporters, editors, managers, news directors and everything in between will benefit from hearing how to shape thinking toward a digital-first approach.

Free Webinar on Demand

Digital Approach to Enterprise Stories

Journalists traditionally think of enterprise as a long Sunday story in the newspaper or a special report for TV (particularly during sweeps). Increasingly, we need to think digital-first in our planning of enterprise stories: What are the right tools and the right time for telling your big stories? All reporters, editors, managers, news directors and everything in between will benefit from hearing how to shape thinking toward a digital-first approach.

Watch now: Flash | HTML5

This webinar is available to all SPJ members at any time and is included, along with our collection of On Demand training sessions, as part of your SPJ membership.

(Not a member? Why not? Become one here!)


Explore SPJ's History

Founded in 1909, the Society of Professional Journalists is the nation’s most broad-based journalism organization, dedicated to encouraging the free practice of journalism and stimulating high standards of ethical behavior.

It also has a rich history, which you can explore in detail with this pair of interactive timelines compiled by SPJ member Jennifer Peebles.

Historic Moments: A timeline of SPJ’s development
SPJ Presidents: An interactive timeline
Chester C. Wells: His True Life Story

Explore SPJ's History

Founded in 1909, the Society of Professional Journalists is the nation’s most broad-based journalism organization, dedicated to encouraging the free practice of journalism and stimulating high standards of ethical behavior.

It also has a rich history, which you can explore in detail with this pair of interactive timelines compiled by SPJ member Jennifer Peebles.

Historic Moments: A timeline of SPJ’s development
SPJ Presidents: An interactive timeline
Chester C. Wells: His True Life Story


The Journalist's Toolbox

This free site from the Society of Professional Journalists contains thousands of links helpful for reporters, editors, educators or anyone else doing research.

Edited by former Los Angeles Times reporter and DePaul instructor Mike Reilley, the site is organized by beats and industry topics such as Public Records, Crime, Legal Issues, Science, Environment, Journalism Jobs, Sports and more.

The Toolbox is updated twice weekly and several times a day during prominent global breaking news events.


SPJ's new Code of Ethics: Now fit to print

The newest revision of the SPJ Code of Ethics — approved at EIJ14 at 4:49 p.m. on September 6 — is now available to download as a flyer, poster and two-sided bookmark.

SPJ's new Code of Ethics:
Now fit to print

The SPJ Code of Ethics is a statement of abiding principles supported by additional explanations and position papers that address changing journalistic practices. It is not a set of rules, rather a guide that encourages all who engage in journalism to take responsibility for the information they provide, regardless of medium. The code should be read as a whole; individual principles should not be taken out of context. It is not, nor can it be under the First Amendment, legally enforceable.

The newest revision of the SPJ Code of Ethics — approved at EIJ14 at 4:49 p.m. on September 6 — is now available to download as a flyer, poster and two-sided bookmark.

Related:
Revised Ethics Code: Complete text
In review: The Ethics Code Revision Project


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