What Would You Run? Ethics for Journalists

What Would You Run? Ethics for Journalists

Anonymous sources, graphic images and conflicts of interest – these are just some of the ethical issues journalists must navigate on a daily basis. Join the SPJ Arkansas Pro Chapter at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22 at Vino’s Brewpub, 923 W. Seventh St. in Little Rock, for a free event that asks the question, “What would you run?”
Inspired by the ABC News series What Would You Do?, competitors from two teams will learn about the SPJ Code of Ethics by playing editor in a variety of sketches designed to test ethical reasoning. Judges will award points for each response, and the team with the most points will win the game.
Ready to compete? Email Sarah DeClerk at sdeclerk@arkansasonline.com by Friday, Feb. 9.
Spectators are also welcome.


Reaching an Audience Online: Quick Tips on Social Media

Reaching an Audience Online: Quick Tips on Social Media

Reaching an Audience Online — Quick Tips on Social Media

Bring your lunch at noon, Thursday, Feb. 15 at the Arkansas Press Association, 411 S. Victory St. in Little Rock, and hear multimedia journalist Polly Irungu share how she’s built an online following of almost 40,000 people on Instagram and more than 14,000 on Twitter. Online editor Gavin Lesnick will present some best practices for journalists on how to use social media to reach an audience.

Polly Irungu is an online intern at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. She most recently worked as a social media intern for NPR in Washington, D.C. In college she was a social media producer and digital content creator for the SOJC’s Communications team, a campus editor-at-large at The Huffington Post and a freelance production assistant for the PAC-12 Networks and Fox Sports. She has worked for TrackTown USA, Def Jam Recordings, EP Entertainment LLC, Artistic Outlet Media, Dell and Adobe.

Gavin Lesnick is the senior online editor at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. He oversees editorial content on the newspaper’s website, arkansasonline.com, including web-first updates, email newsletters and social media. He’s helped grow the newspaper’s online following and increased its number of website visitors. Before becoming editor, Lesnick worked for five years as an online reporter specializing in multimedia and breaking news. He lives in Little Rock with his wife, their 1-year-old old son and two cats.


Behind the Scenes of Broadcast

Behind the Scenes of Broadcast

Join us at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 26 as we take a tour of the KTHV Channel 11 newsroom, 720 Izard St., for a behind-the-scenes look at broadcast journalism. The event will include a tour of the newsroom and a sneak peak at their noon newscast. This is a great opportunity to explore the work that goes into not only running a television news station, but also take a glance at career opportunities in the field. Attendees must arrive at the station at 11:30 a.m. Carpooling is encouraged due to limited parking. The tour is expected to last about an hour, then join us for lunch downtown. Here is a link to learn a bit more about the news station: www.thv11.com/about.

There is limited space for this event, so an official RSVP will be required. Please email Jennifer Ellis at jellis@arkansasonline.com or Wendy Miller at wmiller@arkansasonline.com by Wednesday, January 24.


2017 Diamond Journalism Awards Winners List

The Arkansas Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists presented its 2017 Diamond Journalism Awards on Tuesday, Nov. 14, at Flying Saucer in Little Rock.

The awards recognize outstanding journalism by professionals and students from Arkansas and bordering media markets in Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas. The awards honor work published or broadcast between July 1, 2016, and June 30, 2017.

This year’s competition included 64 entries and was judged by journalists from the Florida Pro Chapter of SPJ.

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2017 Diamond Journalism Awards Dinner

Winners will be named during the awards dinner at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14, at the Flying Saucer. 323 President Clinton Ave., in Little Rock. Tickets are $10 per person, including heavy hors d’oeuvres and libations. Purchase in advance at


or at the door. Guest speaker to be announced.