Posted Thursday, July 15, 2010 - 9:09am in DanKubiske's blog

Tony Mauro writes in the National Law Journal about an interesting battle between the state attorney general of Texas and a group of local government officials over the state's sunshine and open meeting laws. (High court privacy ruling finds way into Texas sunshine case)

It seems the local officials claim that the law requiring all business discussions be on the record violates their First Amendment rights of free speech.

Posted Wednesday, July 14, 2010 - 5:50am in DanKubiske's blog

The DC SPJ Freelance group will take a little summer break and will meet again in September.

In the meantime, are there any urgent topics you'd like to discuss by e-mail?

Stephenie Overman

Author of Next-Generation Wellness at Work

Posted Thursday, July 1, 2010 - 4:13am in DanKubiske's blog

I'm not one to want the SPJ site to be used for advertising but...

The most important book for our profession is now available as an iPhone/iTouch app.

The journalist's bible gets iPhone update

The app costs $25. (I am still waiting for the Android version.)

I can't think of any journalist who does not have a copy of the AP Stylebook within easy grasp. And, truth be told, the book is vital to anyone who puts noun to verb.

Posted Wednesday, June 30, 2010 - 10:49am in DanKubiske's blog

Thanks to Al Tompkins the AJR study on the decline of watchdog journalism is getting wider distribution.

AJR Study Finds Watchdog Reporting is at an 'Alarming Low'

In Washington, the DC SPJ chapter encourages and rewards watchdog journalism. Each year we present the $1,000 Robert D.G. Lewis Watchdog Award. This year the award went to John Pekkanen of Washingtonian for "Call 911!"

The award goes to a journalist "whose work best exemplifies journalism aimed at protecting the public from abuses by those who would betray the public trust."

Posted Friday, June 18, 2010 - 7:48am in DanKubiske's blog

Never let it be said we don't try to help our neighboring chapters.

From the Virgninia SPJ chapter:

Members and friends,

Today (June 18) is the last day to reserve your seats for The George Mason Award Dinner and Celebration. We hope you can make it to the dinner and join your friends and colleagues for an evening of celebrating journalism in Virginia.

The Virginia Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists invites you and your guests to The George Mason Award Dinner and Celebration.

Posted Tuesday, June 15, 2010 - 9:12pm in DanKubiske's blog

All the stuff you want to know about the DC SPJ Dateline Awards and Hall of Fame Dinner are right here:

Posted Monday, June 14, 2010 - 4:59am in DanKubiske's blog

Joe Grimm (Ask the Recruiter at Poynter) answers a question about taking business cards to conventions.

Bring Professional & Personal Business Cards to Journalism Conventions

He talks about the importance of bringing personal and professional cards to conventions. After all, we have long known that journalism conventions are perfect places to network and find new jobs. (I learned this big benefit of the SPJ early on.)

I would add that awards dinners are also a great place to network. So bring your cards.

Posted Friday, June 4, 2010 - 2:31am in DanKubiske's blog

Butler Cain, a member of the SPJ International Committee, posted an interesting interview with a freelancer living in Thailand about how he used good old journalism skills with digital technology to get the story of the recent upheaval in Bangkok out.

Covering the Recent Upheaval in Thailand

Just another example of how solid journalism still survives. It's just the delivery platform that is changing.

Posted Monday, May 31, 2010 - 10:54am in DanKubiske's blog

A state senator in Michigan wants to set down rules for who can be a journalist.

I posted a discussion of this on my George Mason site for students to discuss the issue of ethics and licensing.

You might want to join in.

Or start your own discussion here.

Journalism license.

Posted Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 8:40am in DanKubiske's blog

The Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism has a new stuidy out that looks at the relationship between blogs and "old media."

New Media, Old Media: How Blogs and Social Media Agendas Relate and Differ from the Traditional Press

Technology makes it easier for readers/viewers to influence how a story can affect the large society.

The Pew Center looked at what types of news stories consumers share and discuss the most. And they looked at what issues were of most interest and how those stories and issues played out across various new media platforms.

Posted Wednesday, May 19, 2010 - 7:14am in DanKubiske's blog

Facebook and Twitter are everywhere. No one or no organization can operate any more without a presence in at least one of these two social network sites. (Yes, the DC chapter is active in both. Check out our postings. Facebook. Twitter.)

The problem with both of these sites -- and others like Okrut -- is that they mix the personal and the professional.

Professional social networks such as LinkedIn and Viadeo offer less "Farmville" and more serious networking.

Posted Monday, May 17, 2010 - 8:09am in DanKubiske's blog

The Poynter Institute columnist Bill Mitchell has a great review of a list compiled by Poynter library director about 200 key events in the past decade that transformed the news media.

200 Moments that Transformed Journalism

As with any good story, the text is important but the graphics really help explain the situation at a glance.

Posted Monday, May 17, 2010 - 7:07am in DanKubiske's blog

Every story needs context. As journalists we not only bring the news to our readers/viewers/listeners but we also explain why that news is important. (Or at least we are supposed to do that.)

One of the real difficults has always been getting all the correct connections and in a timely manner. (Remember we are all on a deadline.)

The Internet has made a lot of data research easier. Just look back at often in this space have I have brought forward information from the vast data mines of the U.S. Census Bureau. But a lot of Internet searching is still moving page to page. Sometimes connections -- context -- are lost in the process.

I just saw a great video from TED by Gary Flake about PIVOT.

Posted Wednesday, May 12, 2010 - 5:42am in DanKubiske's blog

With all the problems we have in our industry, it is nice to know that there are some up sides to being a journalist that actually might make us look attractive to others.

Thanks to chapter president Andy Schotz for pointing this out on Facebook: 5 things you should know before dating a journalist.

A quick summary:

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