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.

Arkansas Pro Chapter wins SPJ Circle of Excellence Award


The Arkansas Pro Chapter has been named a Circle of Excellence Award winner for a small chapter with fewer than 75 members in the area of diversity, the Society of Professional Journalists announced Monday.

Circle of Excellence Awards recognize chapters that perform outstanding work in the areas of campus relations, professional development, diversity, chapter communications and First Amendment/Freedom of Information Act.

In September 2016, our chapter was a partner in presenting a #BlackLivesMatter in the Media panel featuring local and regional activists such as Rae Nelson, Ashley Yates and Shaun King. This panel created a dialogue on #BlackLivesMatter news coverage and steps to better approach reporting on the movement.

In March 2017, during Women’s History Month, the chapter held a Women in the Media panel exploring the experiences of female Arkansan journalists who have print, radio and broadcast backgrounds. Panelists included Gwen Mortiz, Raven Richard, Jill Bleed and Ibby Captuo.

The Arkansas Pro Chapter also worked in partnership with the Islamic Center of Little Rock to hold a Journalism & Islam: Halal Food for Thought discussion, which featured an honest exchange of questions, ideas and thoughts on how Muslims are portrayed in the media.

Candidates for Circle of Excellence Awards are chosen based on their annual reports. Check out our 2016-2017 report of what we’ve accomplished here.

Large Circle of Excellence Awards are given to chapters with more than 75 members, and Small Circle of Excellence Award winners have fewer than 75 members. The Arkansas Pro Chapter is one of eight chapters to be awarded this year.

For more information on this year’s Circle of Excellence Awards, visit here.

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



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