Since I announced on June 25 my candidacy to join the Society of Professional Journalists board, there have been some developments. Or more accurately, a lack of developments.

I had hoped that my implicit challenge exactly a month ago to existing SPJ board members t0 step forward to run for…


With the Society of Professional Journalists holding its annual conference as a hybrid event, an SPJ grassroots group also will have a combination in-person/virtual gathering.

The overall conference is called SPJ 21. It’s Sept. 2-4 in New Orleans, with a virtual component.

I look forward to seeing any SPJ member…


I was caught off guard this evening by the extent of anti-democracy protesters across downtown and in other parts of central Washington, DC. It quickly became clear to me that this was no isolated bunch of potential ne’er-do-wells.

Instead, at virtually every hotel we walked past and drove by, a…


or how I overdid it by using a fire extinguisher — for my first time

I should have known that acquiring our first fire extinguisher would eventually yield a funny story. …


Figuring out how to entertainingly write about the foibles of COVID-19 testing has proved to be almost as hard as it is to get a test. …


Five years into the District of Columbia’s police body worn camera program, there’s room for improvement, panelists say.

Experts would like to see additional transparency around the release of such BWC videos. They did agree that the program does help with police accountability, and is supported by residents.

The program, sponsored by the D.C. Open Government Coalition, comes amid heightened scrutiny of policing practices. Locally, this scrutiny has…


I’ve never seen so many police officers gathered at our address, let alone next to my bedroom, as there were in the wee hours of June 24. It was hard to miss the emergency lights from their cars, even with the blinds drawn.


My mask anxiety, unmasked

In the span of about a month, I went from being clueless about masks to being highly skeptical and resistant to them to being a zealot. This is a journal of my journey.

On April 4, I wrote in my COVID-19 journal of feeling clueless and…


Joining the New York Times obituary desk wasn’t an assignment of drudgery for Amy Padnani. It was a position she aspired to while working at the New York Times.

While some may have an impression of working on the “obit” desk as a bad assignment, it’s anything but for Padnani…


Donald Trump is keeping foreign correspondents based in this capital city busy, with his tweets often driving the news and the reporters’ agendas, they told a Society of Professional Journalists event tonight in Washington. …

Jonathan Make

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