The Central High Crisis and the Press — A media critique 60 years on


Join the Society of Professional Journalists Arkansas Pro Chapter for The Central High Crisis and the Press — A media critique 60 years on at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13 at the Darragh Center Auditorium in the CALS Main Library, 100 S. Rock St. in downtown Little Rock.

A panel including, Ernie Dumas, Phyllis Brandon, Roy Reed, John Kirk and Tafi Mukunyadzi will discuss the 1957 press coverage of the Central High School Crisis.

SPJ Google News Lab Training links and resources

I hope you found Friday’s Google News Lab training useful. As promised, here are some of the examples I talked about and links to additional resources. If you have any further questions as you’re exploring the tools further you can email, and I’d also recommend following @googlenewslab on Twitter for more examples of how publishers are using Google tools to tell stories.

Abigail Edge

Freelance journalist


Twitter: @abigailedge


Advanced Search Techniques

Advanced Search ‘cheat sheet’

Online recap: Advanced Search

Reverse Image Search

Online recap: Reverse Image Search

Online recap: Using Reverse Image Search for verification

Google Scholar

Online recap: Google Scholar

Google Trends

Online recap: Google Trends

Gun Control Explained – The New York Times

See What People in Every State Are Giving Up for Lent – Time

How brunch became the most delicious—and divisive—meal in America – Washington Post

Follow @googletrends on Twitter

Public Data Explorer

Online recap: Public Data Explorer

Google Maps

Online recap: Google My Maps

Timeline JS – for creating ‘before’ and ‘after’ image sliders

Williamsburg, Brooklyn: 2007 vs. 2013 – WSJ

Italian Towns Before and After the Earthquake – The New York Times

How to use the Google brand in your content

Google Alerts

Online recap: Google Alerts



Find more online training at

Google News Lab Training

Leading the training will be Abigail Edge (@abigailedge). Abigail is a British freelance journalist based in Denver, covering news, social justice and digital culture. Previously technology editor at, Abigail also spent five years in regional news as a reporter and online editor. She is a board member of SPJ Colorado and leads the Colorado chapter of Hacks/Hackers.

Call for Entries: 2017 Diamond Journalism Awards

Attention professional and student journalists, it’s time to enter the Diamond Journalism Awards!

Sponsored by the Arkansas Pro Chapter, Society of Professional Journalists, the Diamond Journalism Awards recognize outstanding journalism by professionals and students from Arkansas and bordering media markets in Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas.

Eligible work must have been published or broadcast between July 1, 2016, and June 30, 2017.

Entries may be submitted starting May 31 and until 11 p.m. CDT, July 14.

Enter online via the Better BNC Media Awards platform,

For entry rules, contest categories and fee options, go here.

Journalism & Islam: Halal Food For Thought

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Join us for a free halal dinner and frank discussion about how Muslims are covered in the news at home and abroad. When should reporters mention the faith of a source? Are there stories that aren’t being covered? What terms should be avoided and more.

Imam Mahmoud Al-Denawy Hassanein of the Islamic Center of Little Rock will give a tour and share information about Islam. You’ll have the chance to ask questions and mingle with members of the center.

Our hope is that we can learn from each other, and that we come away with a better understanding of how to cover the Muslim community.

RSVP is required. Email Jennifer Ellis at
or text (501) 533-0565.