Kristian Lin, Fort Worth Weekly’s entertainment reporter, will speaking to the Society of Professional Journalists’ UTA chapter tomorrow, February 13, from 3:30-5 p.m. in Fine Arts Building Room 327A.

If you’re interested in learning more about entertainment reporting and writing, you should be there! (Life reporters should DEFINITELY plan to go.)

(This training will not sub in for FRIDAY’s mandatory training, but it will add points to anyone interested in attending a conference.)


Opportunity: Open government issues and free food!


At Fridays staff meeting, I mentioned some of the perks of working at The Shorthorn. Here’s one: We’ll fund five students who work at The Shorthorn to attend this training and networking opportunity made available by the Society of Professional Journalists’ Fort Worth chapter. The speaker, who will follow a pretty fantastic dinner, will talk about open-record issues and how they fared in the last legislative session. These issues are important for anyone interested in a career in journalism or communications.

Here are the details. If you’d like to go, please comment below. We also can figure out carpools for those without rides.

Time & date: mingle 6:15 p.m., then eat, then the program Tuesday, Sept. 17
Place: Joe T. Garcia’s Mexican Restaurant, 2201 N. Commerce St., Fort Worth
Cost: $17 members of any professional communicators organization, $25 nonmembers, $10 students, credit card add $1; free if you join SPJ right then and there
Menu: Joe T.’s renowned family-style enchilada dinner; cash bar

Grading the 83rd: More A’s than F’s
Open government issues fared better than might have been anticipated in the last legislative session. Fort Worth SPJ director Tom Williams with Haynes and Boone, LLP, and fellow attorney Paul Watler, Jackson Walker L.L.P., will assess the outcome at the September SPJ meeting plus examine the recent and significant Neely v. Wilson libel case. Bring questions.

TIPA Notes: Trends in Print Design

Over the next week, your colleagues will share their thoughts and notes from what they learned during the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association convention in Fort Worth last weekend. Here are some of Bianca’s notes.

“Trends in Print Design”

Led by: Bradley Wilson, director of student media, Midwestern State

Description: Magazine and newspapers are going through an evolution. They are evolving to meet the needs of a generation Continue reading

Follow Friday: Check out these folks

The following are great groups/folks to follow on Facebook/Twitter if you want design/journalism inspiration.
Society for News Design
Rob Schneider (DMN design director, SND president) — he came to speak to you guys at the start of the semester
Steve Wilson (S-T designer/graphic artist … very talented)
NPR (the photo ills they do with stories to post to social media are really great)
Associated Collegiate Press (your peers in student media)

Good stuff. Sorry if these already are on your list, but they’ve been posting so much good stuff for design/sports ideas lately thought I’d share. Enjoy.

Covering Guns: Live coverage of the conference

As the U.S. Senate plans to take up gun legislation, it’s more important than ever that journalists know how to sort through the thorny political and public policy issues around guns.

The Poynter Institute, a think tank for journalism and new media, is providing a live feed to this training for journalists all week. I hope you’ll take a minute to review the schedule and try to watch part of it.

via Covering Guns: Live coverage of the conference | Poynter..

Sign up for this careers conference

The registration deadline for the SPJ Career Conference is a week from today — but you may not have that long to wait.

Space is limited, and it’s filling up fast. Make sure that you sign up quickly so that you can take advantage of the 21 professionals who will give free advice on careers in journalism, broadcast, online, advertising, public relations and publishing.

Go to to register. Once there, you can also sign up for a portfolio review from a professional.

Date: Saturday, Feb. 9
Time: 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Place: Moudy Communication Building, TCU, 2805 S. University Dr., Fort Worth
Cost: FREE
Food: Lunch is included … and it’s FREE too.

Sign up here:

I encourage ANY student interested in a career in journalism, broadcast, public relations, photography, design or advertising to attend this conference. It presents a fantastic opportunity to network with your peers and professionals. If you plan to go, please comment below after registering – you can set up carpools, etc. If you attend, you’ll be entered in a drawing for a Shorthorn hoodie (or other swag).