Posts Tagged ‘SPJ’

SPJ Student Journalism Contest Deadline

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

By Lauren Rochester
Please mark your calendars and submit your best work from 2010. The Mark of Excellence Awards deadline is January 26.


WORD Senior Editor/Producer Wins Mark of Excellence Award from Society of Professional Journalists

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010
Andrea León

Andrea León


SPJ Raps NBC for Checkbook $$$ Journalism

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

Says NBC was ethically wrong for providing the plane for David Goldman and his son for their trip from Brazil to the United States.

“The news media’s duty is to report news, not help create it. The race to be first should not involve buying — directly or indirectly — interviews, an unseemly practice that raises questions of neutrality, integrity and credibility,” the Society of Professional Journalists said in a statement released December 28.

Read full statement here.

Spring 2009 Grades – Whoa!

Monday, June 8th, 2009

I want to preface this semester wrap-up with an anecdote that I believe provides an insightful, behind-the-scenes look of inner workings and thinking as well as speaks to important matters, such as student learning, undergraduate journalism, Academic Freedom and the kind of baleful malaise that corrupts academic values and principles.

The D:F/M chair informed me a while back that he and the D:F/M Policy & Budget Committee wanted me to take a leave from teaching Basic Reporting, MEDP 292. I was suspected of being the culprit responsible for the drop in enrollment of department majors. There was this concern that a lot of students were flunking my classes (which have high standards and expectations for students, high – I’m being kind – in light of this department’s standards).

The result, if one was to believe the chair and the P&B, was a cosmic resonance so strong that what occurred in my classroom emanated beyond its boundaries and was discouraging students (who didn’t take classes with me, who weren’t even planning to enroll in my courses) from taking the major or were being encouraged to drop it. 


Lame courses, lame instructors were not being considered. Not to mention lame policy decisions.

I refused, of course.


Hunter Alumna Published Book As Student – And No One Knew?

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

I inadvertently discovered this info about Meredith Deliso and posted on Hunter-L, the College Listserv for general communication:


“An Invitation to Young Journalists” – From The Columbia Journalism Review …

Wednesday, October 1st, 2008

… via the SPJ First Draft blog. CJR writes that a “plague” of newsroom buyouts and closings is sweeping newspapers throughout the country. “Yet at the same time …


Does anyone know the last time a New Jersey newspaper won a Pulitzer?

Wednesday, July 9th, 2008

I had to ask the question.

I sent the request to the Region 1 Director of the Society of Professional Journalists (because I was on her email list) and got the following response:

Date: Mon 30 Jun 18:50:27 EDT 2008
From: Carolyn James <> Add To Address Book 
Subject: Re: SPJ Region One Director Carolyn James 

I have sent an email on this to my local Jersey people. Hope they can help
you. Carolyn James

On July 5 I sent the same request to Catherine Langley, Communications Manager  of the New Jersey Press Association.  It’s membership is much bigger than the SPJ Region 1 chapter. I got an “out-of-office” reply [she was on vacation].

And here’s more of the question originally asked: Does anyone know when was the last time a New Jersey newspaper won a:


Follow-up of: Behind-the-Scenes Snapshot of SPJ, Region 1

Tuesday, July 1st, 2008

Okay, I changed my mind about this behind-the-scenes discourse regarding the SPJ, Region 1 [see June 29 post]. The director and the professor who terminated his SPJ membership emailed me with permission to publish.

So here it is.


Conflict: A Behind-the-Scenes Snapshot of SPJ, Region 1

Sunday, June 29th, 2008

I’m not identifying anyone regarding recent email correspondence sent to me as part of an info-outreach by the Region I Director of the Society of Professional Journalists. Since several WORD writers have won SPJ Mark of Excellence awards in recent years, I try to be in contact with the organization though not actively involved. 

Dear Professor:
As the Region One Director for the National Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), I am reaching out to you as I have your name and email address on my list as the SPJ liaison for your college or university’s SPJ chapter. I would like you to know that I am available to you as a source of information and support for your chapter.

What follows is the edited response from a journalism professor who has been seriously involved with the organization for several years.  I thought I would post without explanation an edited version of what he wrote to the regional director but if several days from now I notice the need for more clarity, I will re-address this decision. I think the whole matter is very informative.