When I visited Taiwan earlier this year as part of an SPJ delegation, I expected to encounter a fair number of surprising things. I expected to eat strange sea creatures, find myself lost a few times and meet wonderful, welcoming people.
Journalists love to complain about how poor they are. Along with the terrible working hours, it’s one of our chief complaints. However, just because you may be bringing in less cash than most of the people you cover doesn’t mean you should skimp on investing.
Journalists are workaholics. It’s the nature of our profession. We’re expected to be available around the clock and willing to forfeit nights, weekends and sleep. But sometimes, you just need to get away. A much-needed vacation can help clear your mind, refresh your stressed-out self and introduce you to new places and people.
As journalists lobby for a federal shield law, they should also be concerned about the legal rights of bloggers, a national blogging advocate said during the 2007 SPJ Convention & Journalism Conference on Oct. 6. “Unless blogs have legitimate financial resources defending them like publishers, they run the risk of being picked off one by one,” said Robert Cox, president of the Media Bloggers Association.
Clint Brewer, executive editor of The City Paper in Nashville Tenn., was sworn in as SPJ’s president during the 2007 SPJ Convention & National Journalism Conference in Washington, D.C. A graduate of the University of Tennessee, he was awarded the SPJ Sunshine Award in 1992 for his part in a lawsuit against the U.S.
New York Deadline Club member Betsy Ashton, above, is not known for being quiet. However, she appeared to be at a loss for words during the 2007 SPJ convention when Immediate Past President Christine Tatum announced she was the recipient of the 2007 Wells Memorial Key.
Famed journalists Bob Woodward, Carl Bernstein and Ben Bradlee received a hero’s welcome when they entered the ballroom for a historic session during the 2007 SPJ Convention & National Journalism Conference in Washington, D.C. Journalists of all ages rushed the stage, nearly blinding the reporting legends with camera flashes.
August 1st, 2006 • Quill Archives
Young journalists — take the initiative to better yourselves
A reporter once told me he knew everything he needed to know to be a good journalist. Too bad being a successful journalist isn’t that easy. Journalism isn’t a science; it’s not a recitation of facts or formulas. It’s an ever-evolving craft that demands that its practitioners step up to the challenges each story offers.
Betsy Ashton’s antics at the 2004 Legal Defense Fund Auction during the SPJ National Convention nearly got the best of her. They certainly got the best of her wallet. Ashton engaged in a fierce bidding war over four framed photos taken at the 2003 auction of her tackling and putting Steve Geimann of Bloomberg News in a headlock.
The Society of Professional Journalists plans to publish another issue of The Journalist to coincide with the 2005 national convention in Las Vegas. Society leaders said they received an overwhelmingly positive response to the 2004 issue, unveiled in New York City.