SPJ Pro Chapter board meets in Lafayette

The three-year-old Louisiana Pro Chapter of Society of Professional Journalists made some history Saturday, the first time the five board members have actually met as a group instead of by conference call. The chapter president, Sergy Odiduro, came 250 miles from Ruston to Lafayette, picking up board member Gregg Trusty in Shreveport along the way. Tracy Standley, a journalism professor at McNeese, came from Lake … Continue reading SPJ Pro Chapter board meets in Lafayette

From the Desk of Dr. Buckman: Two newest alumnae and two old(er) ones

Marie Elizabeth deMahy [now Oliver], right, and Sarah Bartlett [now Hughes], both 2005 journalism graduates of UL Lafayette, moved away from Lafayette, but both recently moved back with their respective husbands and two children each. On May 9, we had a mini-reunion at BJ’s; they hadn’t seen each other in those 13 years. Marie Elizabeth spent time with Ladies Home Journal in Iowa and then … Continue reading From the Desk of Dr. Buckman: Two newest alumnae and two old(er) ones

SPJ Louisiana calls for greater transparency in fraternity hazing violations

The Louisiana Professional Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists has called upon the heads of the higher education systems in Louisiana to exercise greater transparency involving the investigation of fraternity hazing violations. Continue reading SPJ Louisiana calls for greater transparency in fraternity hazing violations

SPJ Louisiana addresses hazing violations in letter to administrators

No organization likes negative publicity. But when universities sweep disciplinary actions against fraternities under the rug, when they throw up roadblocks to keep journalists from reporting them, they are sending a tacit message to those fraternities that they are willing to help shield them from public scrutiny and disgrace. Continue reading SPJ Louisiana addresses hazing violations in letter to administrators

SJF stress workshop set for July 22

The Shreveport Journalism Foundation is hosting a workshop on “Coping with Stress.” The event, set for Saturday, July 22 will be presented by Dr. Thomas Staats, clinical psychologist and co-author of  “The Doctor’s Guide to Instant Stress Relief.” Attendees will meet at the LSU Shreveport University Center at 9:30 a.m. Admission is $5. Click here for more information.   Continue reading SJF stress workshop set for July 22

From the Desk of Dr. Buckman: Thank you note to CNN

Thank you, CNN, for providing the Trump administration with more ammunition for its “fake news” allegations. Our entire profession now has to deal with the consequences of your unprofessional sloppiness. Didn’t you learn anything from the Dan Rather fiasco in 2004 about over-relying on one source who may have an ax to grind? On that topic, check out the Washington Post interview with SPJ Ethics … Continue reading From the Desk of Dr. Buckman: Thank you note to CNN

SPJ Louisiana congratulates MOE winners

The Louisiana chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists would like to congratulate the state’s Mark of Excellence Awards winners. The award recognizes the best collegiate journalism in Region 12. SPJ’s Region 12 comprises Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee. Honorees received award certificates the weekend of March 31 at the Region 12 Conference. First-place winners will compete at the national level among other regional MOE winners … Continue reading SPJ Louisiana congratulates MOE winners

Memorial services set for former Loyola professor Larry Lorenz

Memorial services have been set for Larry Lorenz, retired communications department chair at Loyola University in New Orleans. Visitation will be held today till 9 p.m. at Jacob Schoen and Son Funeral Home, 3827 Canal St. A funeral Mass will be held Saturday at noon at Holy Name of Jesus Church, 6367 St. Charles Ave. Continue reading Memorial services set for former Loyola professor Larry Lorenz

From the Desk of Dr. Buckman: Larry Lorenz

Colleagues: Three different people informed me of the passing of Larry Lorenz, retired communications department chair at Loyola University in New Orleans, who hired me for my first full-time teaching job after I finished my doctorate at UT Austin in 1986. He had an eventful career as a professional journalist before entering academia, as you’ll see in this WWL obit. I remember his intellect and sense of … Continue reading From the Desk of Dr. Buckman: Larry Lorenz