NPR shines light on access issues for reporters covering Oil Spill– Where was SPJ?

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NPR’s David Folkenflik reports on challenges journalists face in gaining access to cover the Gulf Oil Spill. Including no journalism groups such as SPJ or any of the groups focused on ensuring journalists access to vital information, the news report raises a question of relevance for professional journalism organizations.

UPDATE: AP reports Hawkins’ death

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After hours of searching, thanks for a journalist colleague, CNN’s Roland Martin includes a link to a mainstream news organization’s reporting of Bishop Walter Hawkins’ passing.The San Jose Mercury News carries an Associated Press wire report that Martin linked to in his Tweet. The A.P. report has a timestamp of 8:29 PDT, which would have been within the last half-hour.

Love Center Ministries Confirms Walter Hawkins’ death at 61

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After several area of unconfirmed reports of the death of Bishop Walter Hawkins, moments ago (10 p.m. Central Time), the Web site of his church, Love Center Fellowship, updated with a simple message “We Are Celebrating the Homegoing of Bishop Walter L. Hawkins May 11, 1949- July 11, 2010”

At 101, NAACP recognizes digital tools’ necessity for civil rights

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Even though National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has been sending e-mail blasts, and posting materials online for years, it’s NEW video-intensive Web site reflects a forward-looking digital strategy that is a MUST-HAVE for involving a younger generation in the fight for civil rights.