MNSPJ defends KSTP First Amendment rights, urges UofM to drop confidential source inquiry

The Minnesota Society of Professional Journalists defends the right of KSTP-TV and its journalists to pursue the truth and report it. In that pursuit, KSTP has relied on confidential sources to shine a light on sexual harassment allegations at the University of Minnesota. Minnesota law protects the rights of journalists to keep their sources confidential as part of the Free Flow of Information Act.

The university’s investigation to seek the identity of the confidential source goes against the spirit of the Free Flow of Information Act and will have a chilling effect on those whistleblowers who seek to expose wrongdoing and those journalists who report it.

We urge the university to drop its investigation of KSTP’s confidential sources, abide by the spirit of the Free Flow of Information Act and concentrate on the serious problems of sexual harassment allegations at the University of Minnesota.

Joe Spear, board secretary
with
Ben Garvin
, MNSPJ president
Jenna Ross, president elect

For media inquiries, contact Joe Spear at (507) 317- 8073

Approaching the Bar: Journalists and Lawyers Face Off

MNSPJ and the Minnesota State Bar Association present “Approaching the Bar: Journalists and Lawyers Face Off

WHEN: Thursday, May 18, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m (Registration begins at 4:45).  Please join us for cocktails and complimentary hors d’oeuvres after the presentation.     

WHERE: Titanic Room, Kieran’s Irish Pub, 85 N 6th Street in Minneapolis

REGISTER (deadline May 16): http://www.mnbar.org/Meetings/Meeting?ID=2490#.WQo3Gtryu71

COST: $10.00. Call Jennifer Carter at 612-278-6309 if you are having difficulty registering.

By American constitutional design and often by necessity, journalists and lawyers can make for strange and uncomfortable bedfellows.  Each profession arguably needs the other to fully vindicate its mission.  But the two have different missions, pressures, and clients/audiences, and perhaps as a result they often fail to understand the other. Sometimes, they even drive each other a bit crazy.  Join our esteemed panel of attorneys and journalists as they discuss how both sides can work better together for everyone’s benefit.

PANELISTS:

Barry Edwards, Barry S. Edwards Law Office
Amy Forliti, Associated Press
Barbara Jones, Minnesota Lawyer
Stephen Montemayor, Star Tribune
Ruben Rosario, Pioneer Press
Chief Judge John R. Tunheim, US District Court
Trisha Volpe, Barnes & Thornburg, LLP

 

Tickets on sale now for 2017 Page One Banquet

The 2017 Page One Banquet will celebrate the best in Minnesota journalism.

Hannah Allam, a veteran journalist who covers U.S. Muslim life for BuzzFeed News, will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Page One Banquet.

Allam previously reported for McClatchy, spending a decade as bureau chief in Baghdad during the Iraq war and in Cairo during the Arab Spring rebellions. She was part of a McClatchy team that won an Overseas Press Club award for exposing death squads in Iraq and a Polk Award for coverage of the Syrian conflict.

Allam spent the early part of her career in the Twin Cities, working as a reporter for the Pioneer Press and as a summer intern for the Star Tribune. She was a 2009 Nieman fellow at Harvard and serves on the board of the Overseas Press Club. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her 6-year-old son, Bilal.

Buy tickets here.

Date: Thursday, June 15

Location: Town & Country Club
Town & Country Club
(300 Mississippi River Blvd. N., St. Paul, Minn.)

Time:
Reception begins at 5:30 p.m.
Dinner served at 7:00 p.m.

Please RSVP by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 8.

Tickets are now on sale for MNSPJ Page One Banquet

The 2017 Page One Banquet will celebrate the best in Minnesota journalism.

Hannah Allam, a veteran journalist who covers U.S. Muslim life for BuzzFeed News, will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Page One Banquet.

Allam previously reported for McClatchy, spending a decade as bureau chief in Baghdad during the Iraq war and in Cairo during the Arab Spring rebellions. She was part of a McClatchy team that won an Overseas Press Club award for exposing death squads in Iraq and a Polk Award for coverage of the Syrian conflict.

Allam spent the early part of her career in the Twin Cities, working as a reporter for the Pioneer Press and as a summer intern for the Star Tribune. She was a 2009 Nieman fellow at Harvard and serves on the board of the Overseas Press Club. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her 6-year-old son, Bilal.

Buy tickets here.

Date: Thursday, June 15

Location: Town & Country Club
Town & Country Club
(300 Mississippi River Blvd. N., St. Paul, Minn.)

Time:
Reception begins at 5:30 p.m.
Dinner served at 7:00 p.m.

Please RSVP by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 8.

MNSPJ seeks board candidates

The Minnesota Pro chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists is seeking director candidates for the 2017-18 board year.

This year’s election will begin on May 29, with candidate statements due to MNSPJ by May 26. Results of this year’s election will be announced at the MNSPJ annual meeting, 6:30 p.m. June 28 at The Cardinal in South Minneapolis.
 
Any member in good standing of the Society of Professional Journalists can run for office. Interested candidates should send a biography and short statement of candidacy to minnesota.spj@gmail.com by May 26. Questions can be directed to current MNSPJ president Ben Garvin (bengarvin@gmail.com) or president-elect Jenna Ross (jennarosschurch@gmail.com).

 

 

Sampler: SW Journal looks at proposed minimum wage hike as Legislature debates ban

As a plan to prevent cities from raising the minimum wage has worked its way through the Legislature — with a Senate vote planned this week — the Southwest Journal in Minneapolis has covered the issue from several perspectives.  

Two of the Journal’s stories make up the April installment of the Minnesota Sampler — this one, which looks at restaurants that already pay their workers $15 per hour, and this one, which provides a service workers’ view of the idea.