This is my final column for this magazine and the final opportunity I have to thank its readers — mostly SPJ members — for the opportunity to serve as president of this great organization. When I started in SPJ, I never dreamed I would be its national president.
This summer, SPJ will try to close the deal with Congress on the federal Shield Law, or Free Flow of Information Act. The ball is in the red zone, and it’s time to finally push it across the goal. It won’t be easy.
One of the great honors that SPJ bestows is the Historic Site in Journalism Award. It goes to a news organization, person or landmark that is of national interest. We are allowed to award one plaque a year. This year, the Historic Site in Journalism Award will go to Hubbard Broadcasting, a group of TV and radio stations with headquarters on the border of Minneapolis and St.
April 3rd, 2009 • Quill Archives
Restoring the public’s faith in news media credibility
If anything will keep the demand for news strong, it will be journalists’ ability to produce reliable, timely and accurate information while using proven ethical standards. That is critical. The public needs professionally reported and written information so it can make important decisions in their lives.
In April 1909, 10 students at DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind., decided they wanted to start a new fraternity. This one was for journalists: Sigma Delta Chi. One hundred years later, that fraternity, which evolved into the journalism advocacy group known as the Society of Professional Journalists, is still going strong.
January 30th, 2009 • Quill Archives
Future of news might not be rosy, but there’s always reason to hope
When the Detroit Free Press and Detroit News announced in December they were trimming back home delivery to three days a week, it reignited a discussion among SPJ members about the future of the news business. It was certainly not what most people wanted to hear, and it came after several weeks of layoff announcements at news organizations across the country.