What do you do when no one is reporting the news you know is out there? Start your own international reporting non-profit. That’s what Sarah Stuteville did six years ago, when she and two high school buddies from Washington state graduated college in New York City and found themselves unsatisfied with the international coverage available to them.
For some people, a code of ethics is a nice reminder of how to behave. For others, it’s a lifeline. Jerry Roberts first became interested in professional ethics in the mid-1990s, when he says the American Society of News Editors, National Newspaper Association and other organizations began to emphasize establishing and bolstering the public’s trust in newspapers.
Some reporters settle into their ideal career after many years of job hopping and soul searching. Then there are those who seem destined for journalism from the first time they touch a typewriter. Austin Kiplinger, editor emeritus of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, is the latter.
JEAN OTTO Jean Otto, longtime SPJ member and the Society’s first female president, died Sept. 15 at age 86. She was a reporter and editor in Wisconsin and Colorado for nearly 50 years, founder of the First Amendment Congress and a staunch defender of free speech for all people.
On Saturday, Sept. 27, before 250 people at the President’s Installation Banquet in New Orleans, John Ensslin was sworn in as SPJ president. It’s one thing to be an experienced reporter, but it takes a different person to also be a great leader, with high ideals and an equally impressive list of achievements.
“If you lived on flat ground, we wouldn’t talk to you.” That’s what an interview subject and fellow Coloradoan once said to Barbara Ford, a High Timber Times reporter. She acknowledges that life on flat ground really is different than in the high mountains of Conifer, Colo.