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March/April 2017
Volume 105, Number 2
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Lynn Walsh: An 'Aha Moment' on Anonymous Sources
One of the biggest “aha moments” I’ve had since joining the national SPJ board occurred while visiting South Florida several years ago. I was invited to speak on a panel, representing SPJ and the Code of Ethics. The purpose was to discuss journalism ethics with gaming journalists, bloggers and enthusiasts. ...

Biased Truth: Nothing is Neutral
Everyone has a story. When I became a journalist, I put much of my story behind me: I had come out as transgender in 2000, at age 16. I had worked as a baker, a barista, a busker and a sex-toy salesperson. My friends were sex workers and anarchists and third-wave feminists; most people around me ...

Time to Abandon the Aversion to Immersion Journalism?
The email came in shortly after 1 a.m. on a Tuesday during spring break. “Dr. Cox,” it read, “I have a couple questions.” It was the first semester of my new experimental class, “Participatory Journalism,” and we were facing our first real ethics test. The assignment paired each student with ...

Keem O. Muhammad: A Peek Into the Future of Journalism
Although he's still a student at New York University’s Tisch School, Keem O. Muhammad already has big plans for his career. First, he plans to get more education. After graduation, his goal is to get two master’s degrees: one in strategic communications from Columbia University and another in art and ...

Ten with Washington Post Columnist Margaret Sullivan
It’s a cliché in journalism to find people who say they always knew what they wanted to be. Margaret Sullivan doesn’t exactly say that, but she admits that she only remembers having one serious idea of what she wanted to be. Coming of age during the Watergate hearings, she remembers watching them ...

Storytelling: Report For Meaning To Find Heart And Soul
If we all agree that a good story is built on good reporting, then it follows that good reporting requires good questions. But what does that mean? A storyteller reports on three levels: 1) The most basic of facts: Gathering names, correct spelling and the news, or what makes the ...

Writing: Like, As If You Didn't Know The Difference
When the ungrammatical jingle “Winston tastes good — like a cigarette should” appeared in the 1950s, it unleashed a national controversy over the proper uses of like and as. In fact, Walter Cronkite, then host of CBS News’ “The Morning Show,” disliked the error so much that he refused ...

Get Professional Perspective From Online Connections
Journalism is in a quandary. From questions of trust to how the business model can survive in the digital age, the conversation about keeping the industry afloat is ongoing. News of layoffs, lost advertising revenue and the blunt, uneasy criticism of the press from the Trump administration have become ...

Tips For Digging Out of the 'Fake News' Sinkhole
The “fake news” avalanche began a few months ago, and I continue to dig myself out. I am ignoring the adage that “If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.” Within a few days, along with reading a bevy of news reports on fake news, I served on a panel, which in part focused on fake news; a student ...

Beware the Rewards of Some Journalism Awards
Emails soliciting entries for various awards flood journalists’ inboxes toward the end of each year. Organizations like SPJ and the Online News Association administer most major contests, but many advocacy organizations offer similar awards intended to recognize journalists’ work. Non-profit organizations ...

Journalists Can't Afford Lost Trust, Anonymous or Otherwise
Anonymous sources are one of the sexiest things in journalism. The idea conjures images of late-night meetings in parking garages, voice modulators and Watergate-era intrigue. The fact that someone feels the need to be protected makes their information feel more valuable. Like a lot of news ...

Freelancing Through Upheaval Takes Grit
By definition, upheaval uproots. Practices and institutions that that once felt secure suddenly seem flimsy. Even if you didn’t like them to begin with, you may find yourself wishing for them again, for the familiarity. Upheaval, by its nature, isolates. Independent journalists work in a constant ...

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