New Arkansas Pro officers


The board of directors of the Arkansas Pro Chapter held a telephone meeting last week to elect a replacement for Eric Francis, who had resigned after two years in office. Kelly Kissel was elected the new president, and stepped down from his office of treasurer. Sarah Morris was elected treasurer and, so long as there is no conflict in the bylaws, will keep her current post as secretary. John Lyon carries on as vice-president.

It’s been a pleasure serving Arkansas Pro as its president and I look forward to helping Kelly and the board do many great things with our chapter!

Eric Francis

“Law School for Journalists” canceled

The “Law School for Journalists” that had been scheduled for Nov. 5 at Arkansas State University has been cancelled due, owing to few people signing up because of the proximity to tomorrow’s general election. It will be rescheduled for sometime in the spring.

Democrat-Gazette job opening, internship

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette is advertising a news editor position and a six-month internship (beginning in January). You can get more information here.

“Law School for Journalists” Nov. 5 at Arkansas Tech

The Arkansas Tech Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists is presenting a workshop to help members of the press understand the ins and outs of getting information from the court system, how Administrative Order 19 impacts the FOIA, and what you can and can’t do in a courtroom.

The event is free. For details and contact information, please see flyer at our Facebook page.

Eric Francis, President
Arkansas Pro Chapter SPJ

Boston Globe accepting 2015 intern applications

The following internship information is hot off the e-mail:

As the recruiter for The Boston Globe newsroom, I’m excited to tell you about our 2015 summer internship program, and ask you to share this information with the students in your chapter.

The Boston Globe runs one of the top programs in the nation, giving 11 interns the opportunity to work as reporters, or as a photographer, designer or copy editor.

The 12-week paid internship places reporter-interns in our Metro, Business, Living/Arts, Health/Science and Sports departments; the photo intern shoots stills and video for all sections, the design intern creates sections fronts and information graphics for print and online, and the copy editing intern works on local and regional, national and foreign and business copy. We provide direction and feedback, as well as a writing coach who is dedicated to the interns. Globe interns produce every day and finely polish their journalism skills over the summer.

The application deadline is Nov. 1. More information on the program and an application can be accessed from our website:

Thank you,

 Paula Bouknight
The Boston Globe
AME/Hiring & Development

Propsed Revision to SPJ Ethics Code

The SPJ Ethics Committee has brought forward the proposed revision to the Ethics Code, which has been under consideration since last year’s national conference. The delegates, of which I am one, will vote on it at tomorrow’s business meeting. Here’s a link to the revised code if you’d like to review it. I’d welcome any comments or input from Arkansas Pro members.

APME offering Austin News Train workshop

Associated Press Media Editors is putting on a workshop at the University of Texas in Austin on Aug. 22-23, and the $75 registration includes breakfast, lunch and snacks.

According to Jamie Stockwell, managing editor of the San Antonio Express-News, sessions will include planning and coaching across all platforms, creating viral content, mining data for stories, beat mapping and using video to enhance overall storytelling.

More details can be found here:

UofA Extension Service job opening

The University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service, an arm of the Division of Agriculture, is seeking someone with journalism and social media skills to fill a full-time position. For more details, visit the online job posting here.

Freelancers Union offers benefits package nationwide

This could be a game-changer for a lot of journalists who are — or who are interested in — working as freelancers. The Freelancers Union, based in New York City, has announced that it will make a benefits package available nationwide. Freelancers will be able to obtain health insurance, retirement, and other benefits.

Full details are here.

Having just taken a staff position after six years as a freelancer, I’m not in the market for this. But there are a lot of freelancers working in journalism and other fields in Arkansas. If you’re one and you check this out, please let us know what you decide about it.

Health Care Journalism Fellowships Available

The Association of Health Care Journalists is accepting applications for their Regional Health Journalism Fellowship. You can find more information at the link here.