Support Group for Displaced Journalists

As the president of the South Florida chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, I didn’t want to stay silent on the issue of the layoffs that have devastated our industry. We at SPJ want to say how sorry we are to all of you who lost your jobs recently and in past months. We are starting a support group for displaced (laid off-bought out) journalists, and possibly an email listserve. Somewhere we can all share information about job leads, freelancing, health insurance, financial tips, and yes, feelings. We may have guest experts stop by, such as financial planner Laura Walsh. That’s up to you. I am tentatively…

Call for Entries – 15th Annual Sunshine State Awards

Dear Florida Journalist:
It’s time to enter your outstanding work in the 15th annual Sunshine State Awards, the statewide competition for all media organized by the South Florida chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. The 2008 competition drew nearly 1,000 entries…

IN MEMORIAM: Pedro Abigantus, Journalist & Friend

I am so sad and shocked to have to write these words – Pedro Abigantus has passed away. Pedro, 44, was the treasurer of the South Florida chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists in 2002. He was a lifelong journalist, having worked as a sports reporter for the Hollywood Sun-Tattler, an editor at the Chicago Sun-Times and at the Fort Worth Star Telegram and lastly at the Broward edition of the Miami Herald. He also spent some time at the San Antonio Light. I started out with Pedro in journalism at the Sun-Tattler. I was 20 and he was 19. We were friends…

Paper Cuts: Audio Available

Did you miss “Paper Cuts: Surviving and Preparing for the Layoff/Buyout?” Wish you could have heard the advice from the panelists the Society of Professional Journalists South Florida Chapter assembled to speak at ArtServe in Fort Lauderdale on Thursday, August 7th? Well, audio of the program is finally available. Just click the play button below […]