SPJFW Summer Mixer coming to Fort Worth

It’s time for the SPJFW Summer Mixer!  This event features lots of networking opportunities and feasting on Eddye Gallagher’s scrumptious beef brisket, Buddy Jones’ delectable grilled pork tenderloin (Kim Pewitt-Jones’) husband, adult beverages, water, tea, soft drinks and lots of “fixins'” from attendees.

  • When:  Saturday, July 9 from 6-9 p.m.
  • Where:  Paul & Harriet Harrell’s home, 2102 Pembroke Drive, Fort Worth
  • Cost:  $10 per person or a side dish from the list (email Kay Pirtle at pirtlemk@yahoo.com for the list)  If you are not bringing a side dish from the list, you can pay here
  • RSVP:  Please let us know by July 7 if you are coming, so we can have enough drinks and side dishes for everyone. 

Please join us for this networking event with no agenda other than fun socializing. 

Google News Lab event draws more than 70 pros, students

Some Washington Post journalists gathered information through Google’s News Lab for an article about how Star Wars Darth Vader and the Jaws shark ranked higher in the polls than any Republican presidential candidates.  SPJ/Google trainer Sammaruddin Stewart used this as one of his examples during a workshop about using Google’s online toolbox for journalists Saturday morning at UT Arlington.

The workshop included training about information that can be gathered for news and feature articles as well as for communication campaigns and graphic design through News Lab such as public data, trends and surveys. These are available in moving charts, graphs and other useful graphics.

About 70 students and professionals attended the two-hour workshop, and some said they were so excited about the training, they are ready to attend another one–but they want more next time–an all-day event.

Google News Lab Event attendees focused on learning the new tools Photos by Yamil Berard

Google News Lab Event attendees including UTA Communication Department faculty member Julian Rodriguez, TCC Director of Student Publications Eddye Gallagher and UTA Director of Student Publications Beth Francesco focused on learning the new tools.   Photo by Yamil Berard

SPJ Fort Worth and the Hispanic Communicators of DFW, the local chapter of NAHJ, co-sponsored the free event locally.  This is the second event held in the Metroplex as part of a series of workshops provided free to SPJ and NAHJ chapters throughout the country. The first was sponsored by HCDFW in March.



See video highlights of this event on our Facebook page–click here.

Professionals and students came from many areas of the Metroplex for this event such as TCU Center for Community Journalism Director Dr. Tommy Thomason. Photo by Yamil Berard.

Professionals and students came from many areas of the Metroplex for this event such as TCU Center for Community Journalism Director Dr. Tommy Thomason. Photo by Yamil Berard


SPJ FW, HCDFW to sponsor Google News Lab

Join us for the much sought after Google News Lab training coming to the Dallas-Fort Worth area courtesy of SPJ national and Google.  This workshop is co-sponsored by the local chapter of  the National Association of Hispanic Journalists–the Hispanic Communicators of Dallas-Fort Worth and the local Society of Professional Journalists chapter.  Just make your reservation by the deadline using the link below.


  • Hear more about how Google tools can help you locate trends, find and use public data, and even assist with gathering your own data.
  • Learn more about Google Trends, including how to interpret Trend results and find stories and terms people are paying attention to.
  • Public Data Explorer helps access a world of data and creates high-quality visuals — quickly…
  • And, learn how Google Consumer Surveys work to gather data from real people by creating your own web surveys.

Limited Seating—RSVP by June 3 to