JOB ANNOUNCEMENT

The New York Law Journal and its parent company, ALM, is hiring a photographer. Anyone interested should send a resume, salary requirements and a portfolio to Kerry Miller at kmiller@alm.com.

PHOTOJOURNALIST/EDITOR

ABOUT THE TEAM: The photojournalist/editor is a key player for the editorial group at ALM, working closely with top editors, journalists and art directors to create visual content for our award-winning publications and websites.

Responsibilities:
– Conceive and create quality visual stories across multiple platforms, using photography (environmental portraits to reportage), videography and text that accurately informs and engages our audience
– Produce end-to-end videos on your own
– Source images for daily online stories in a timely, efficient manner
– Produce and maintain content such as photo galleries, databases and other multimedia and interactive packages.
– Communicate effectively with reporters and editors to determine optimal photo elements for stories
– Manage photography for digital products and print publication
– Photo manipulation and enhancement
– Maintain DAM best practices
– Create, review, and maintain essential metadata entries for accurate image tracking


Qualifications:
– Bachelor’s degree in photography, visual journalism or digital media
– At least 3-5 years of experience in the field
– Expertise with lighting, audio, image capture (both stills and video) and post-processing
– Understanding of social media and how to respond and engage fan base on digital platforms
– Experience managing several projects at once and handle quick-turnaround deadlines
– A firm grasp of photography research and photography sources
– Strong written and verbal communication skills
– Ability to work well in a fast-paced environment and within budget
– Works collaboratively within a cross-functional environment
– Impeccable attention to detail
– Media or publishing experience
– Proficiency in Adobe Creative Cloud: Photoshop, Premiere, Final Cut Pro, Lightroom, Camera Raw and Bridge.
– Knowledge of Indesign, InCopy, and experience with a Digital Asset Management (DAM)

Who wants to be an SPJ Ambassador for our chapter?

WE NEED AN SPJ AMBASSADOR – Please read this announcement from SPJ National – This sounds like a fun event. Anyone interested?

We’re really excited to announce our second SPJ After Deadline on April 18! Come hang out with other journalists in your area at our #PressthePrez themed event. It’s a great way to talk over the current state of journalism in a super casual, fun, no-pressure atmosphere. The event will take place around the country at locations picked by special SPJ Ambassadors.

Want to be an SPJ Ambassador in your city? All you need to do is pick a place, set up a Facebook event and give us an address to send some #PressthePrez swag. It’s that easy and anyone can do it!

Join us! RSVP today (rsemple@hq.spj.org) and let us know where you’ll be networking and if you’d like to be an SPJ Ambassador. Don’t wait — sign-ups are over February 28.

This is a great opportunity to connect with other journalists in your area and have a ton of fun chatting about all things journalism. We hope you’ll join us to relax and unwind after deadline.

Best,

Chrystal Parvin
Membership Coordinator, SPJ National

Deadline extended for Keystone SPJ contest entries until Friday, Feb. 24

Deadline for Keystone SPJ entries extended to Friday, Feb. 24, 2017.

HOW TO SUBMIT ENTRIES:

  • Go to http://betternewspapercontest.com
  • Click the appropriate Contestant Login or Open Call Login button at the top of the page.
  • Select the appropriate contestant type: If you are the single point of contact for your organization, select Contestant Manager. NOTE: Once you have submitted 2 entries, you will receive an email validating your Contestant Manager account, enabling you to create Authorized Entrant accounts to make entries on behalf of your organization. ii. If you have received an email authorizing you to submit entries for your organization, select Authorized Entrant.
  • Contestant Manager and Authorized Entrant only:
    • Select the 2017 Society of Professional Journalists Keystone Pro Chapter Spotlight Awards
    • Select the appropriate News Organization.
    • (Authorized Entrant only) Enter your email address.
    • Enter your temporary Password: bnc (lower case), and click Login. When you first login, the system will prompt you to create a secure password and enter your contact information.
  • If you are an individual submitting your own entries (including freelancers), select Open Call, then enter your email and password. If you haven’t yet created an Open Call account, follow the on- screen instructions.
    • Log in to your account
    • Go to choose a contest.
    • Choose “2017 Society of Professional Journalists Keystone Pro Chapter Spotlight Contest’’ from the drop-down menu.
  • Submit Entry
    • On the Manage Entries page, click Submit Entry (left side).
  • Select the appropriate Division and Category.
  • Complete the Headline/Title field
  • Add entry content (may vary by category):

GENERAL RULES

  1. Entries may include sidebars.
  2. The contest covers stories and photos published between Jan. 1, 2016 and Dec. 31, 2016.
  3. The Spotlight Contest is open to all journalists who either lived in Pennsylvania when their work was published or whose work was published in Pennsylvania. Online publications are welcome.
  4. There is no limit to the number of entries an individual or team can submit in a category.
  5. Entries may be submitted in more than one category.
  6. Entries become the property of Keystone State Pro SPJ and will not be returned.
  7. Deadline for entries is Feb. 24, 2017.

FEES:

The entry fee is $20 per entry. Payment may be mailed to CAROL CRANE, SPJ Keystone Treasurer, 1402 Mountain Road, Shickshinny, PA 18655. Please make check or money order payment to SPJ Keystone Pro Chapter

No refunds will be given and no invoices will be issued. Your cancelled check or money order slip should be maintained for proof of payment.

All payments must include the name(s) of the individual(s) per entry, the name of the publication, a contact address and a phone number. Additionally, a list of ALL entries must accompany payment as well.

NOTE: (A list can be printed out from the contest site if multiple entries are being submitted.) We need this information to track which entries the payments cover.

Payments must be received by March 7, 2017.

OTHER STUFF:

To upload digital file attachments (other than audio/video), click Browse, navigate to the desired file, and select Open.

Allowed file types are PDF, DOC, DOCX, TXT, JPG, GIF, and PNG. If more than one attachment is desired for this entry, click Attach More and repeat these steps. If you reach a point where you cannot add any more attachments to an entry, you may have reached the attachments limit. Please try to keep file sizes under 5mb.

For larger files click the Real-View icon or the submit entry page, create a free account, upload the files and paste the hosted item web address into the website URL field. You can also upload larger files to a 3rd-party website such as http://www.issuu.com, and paste the hosted item’s web address into the website URL field.

To add web/audio/video content, copy and paste the content’s web address into the provided website URL field. To host your content online, either upload it to a free streaming content website or talk to your IT person about adding it to your website. Make sure the content will be accessible online throughout the contest and awards process.

Here are some examples of free streaming content websites where you can upload audio and video content: Audio: http://www.kiwi6.com, http://www.tindeck.com Video: http://www.youtube.com, http://www.vimeo.com

IMPORTANT: Please ensure that items are not behind a paywall or a password-protected area. If they are, you must provide username/password info in the Comments section of your entry. Judges may disqualify your entry if work samples are inaccessible.

  • Add Credits for up to 5 people responsible for the entry content.
  • Add Comments, but keep them to 100 words or less.
  • Click Submit
  • Pay for Entries

When all entries are submitted (but before the Entry Deadline), log in to your account’s Manage Entries page.

  • Click Calculate Entry Fee (middle right) and review your list of entries for accuracy.
  • Scroll to the bottom of the list for your Entry Fee Subtotal (lower right).
  • Click the payment link (lower left) to pay for your contest entries, following the instructions on the payment page.
  • Click the Print icon (upper right) to print your list of entries and fees. Be sure to include a copy of your entry list with your payment.

Former Keystone SPJ president dies

 

DR. WALTER BRASCH

Obituary from the Standard Speaker, 2/13/2017

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Walter M. Brasch, Ph.D., 71, of 2460 Second St., Bloomsburg (Espy), died Thursday in Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, surrounded by his family.

He was an award-winning former newspaper reporter and editor in California, Iowa, Indiana and Ohio; professor emeritus of mass communications and journalism at Bloomsburg University; and an award-winning social issues journalist and book author.

Walter was born March 2, 1945, in San Diego, the son of Milton Brasch and Helen Haskin Brasch, and was a 34-year resident of Espy.

In his early years, he was a writer-producer for multimedia and film companies in California, and a copywriter and political analyst for advertising and public relations companies. For five years during the late 1990s, he was the media and social issues commentator for United Broadcasting Network. He was also the author of a syndicated newspaper column since 1992 and the creative vice president of Scripts Destitute of Phoenix.

Dr. Brasch was a member of the Local Emergency Planning Committee and was active in the Columbia County Emergency Management Agency. He was vice president of the Central Susquehanna chapter of the ACLU, vice president and co-founder of the Northeast Pennsylvania Homeless Alliance, a member of the board of the Keystone Beacon Community for healthcare coordination, and was active in numerous social causes. He was co-founder, with his wife, Rosemary Brasch, of The Oasis, a biweekly newsletter for families and friends of personnel stationed in the Persian Gulf. Later, during Operation Iraqi Freedom, they published The Oasis 2, for families of persons in combat zones. They were supported by the Bloomsburg Chapter, America Red Cross and Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

He was the author of 20 books, most which fuse historical and contemporary social issues. Among his books were “Black English and the Mass Media” (1981); “Forerunners of Revolution: Muckrakers and the American Social Conscience” (1991); “With Just Cause: The Unionization of the American Journalist” (1991); “Sex and the Single Beer Can: Probing the Media and American Culture” (1997); “Brer Rabbit, Uncle Remus, and the ‘Cornfield Journalist’: The Tale of Joel Chandler Harris” (2000); “The Joy of Sax: America During the Bill Clinton Era” (2001); “Unacceptable: The Federal Response to Hurricane Katrina” (2005); “America’s Unpatriotic Acts: The Federal Government’s Violation of Constitutional and Civil Rights” (2006); “Sinking the Ship of State: The Presidency of George W. Bush” (2007); and “Before the First Snow” (2011). He was co-author of “The Press and the State” (1986), awarded Outstanding Academic Book distinction by Choice magazine, published by the American Library Association.

His last book was “Fracking America: Sacrificing Health and the Environment for Short-Term Economic Benefit” (2015), a critically-acclaimed novel that looks at what happens when government and energy companies form a symbiotic relationship, using “cheaper, cleaner” fuel and the lure of jobs in a depressed economy but at the expense of significant health and environmental impact.

During the past two decades, he won more than 150 regional and national media awards from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists, Society of Professional Journalists, National Federation of Press Women, USA Book News, Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group, Pennsylvania Press Club, Pennsylvania Women’s Press Association, Pennsylvania Associated Press Broadcasters Association, Penn-Writers, International Association of Business Communicators, Pacific Coast Press Club and Press Club of Southern California. He was recognized in 2012 by the Pennsylvania Press Club with the Communicator of Achievement award for lifetime achievement in journalism and public service.

He was an Eagle Scout; co-recipient of the Civil Liberties Award of the American Civil Liberties Union, 1996; and was honored by San Diego State University as a Points of Excellence winner in 1997. In 2000, he received the Herb Caen Memorial Award of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. For the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, he was twice named a commonwealth speaker. He also received the meritorious achievement medal of the U.S. Coast Guard.

At Bloomsburg University, he earned the Creative Arts Award, the Creative Teaching Award, and was named an Outstanding Student Advisor. He received the first annual Dean’s Salute to Excellence in 2002, a second award in 2007, and the Maroon and Gold Quill Award for nonfiction. He was the 2004 recipient of the Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Service Award. For 22 years, he was editor-in-chief of the awarding-winning Spectrum Magazine, part of the journalism program of the Department of Mass Communications, Bloomsburg University, until his retirement in 2010. The community magazine was published twice a year by students for residents of Columbia and Montour counties in Northeastern Pennsylvania and one of the few to be inducted into the national Associated Collegiate Press Hall of Fame. The magazine was also a consistent award winner in competition sponsored by the Society of Professional Journalists, Columbia Scholastic Press Association and the American Scholastic Press Association. He primarily taught magazine editing and production, public affairs reporting, feature writing and newspaper editing. Every fall, he taught a 250-student section on mass communications and the popular arts.

Dr. Brasch was co-founder of the qualitative studies division of the Association for Education in Journalism, president of the Keystone State professional chapter and for three years deputy regional director of the Society of Professional Journalists, from which he received the Director’s Award and the National Freedom of Information Award. He was president of the Pennsylvania Press Club, vice president of the Pennsylvania Women’s Press Association and founding coordinator of Pennsylvania Journalism Educators. He was a featured columnist for Liberal Opinion Week, senior correspondent for the American Reporter, senior editor for OpEdNews, and an editorial board member of Journalism History and the Journal of Media Law and Ethics.

He was a member of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists, Author’s Guild, National Writers Union (UAW/AFL-CIO), The Newspaper Guild (CWA/AFL-CIO) and the Society of Environmental Journalists. He was a life member of the service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega and was indicted into the national scholarship honor societies Phi Kappa Phi (general scholarship), Kappa Tau Alpha (journalism), Pi Gamma Mu (social sciences) and Kappa Tau Alpha (sociology.) He is listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the East, Contemporary Authors, Who’s Who in the Media and Who’s Who in Education.

Dr. Brasch earned an A.B. in sociology from San Diego State College, an M.A. in journalism from Ball State University and a Ph.D. in mass communication/journalism, with a cognate area in both American government/public policy and language and culture studies, from The Ohio State University.

He is survived by his wife of 34 years, the former Rosemary Renn, the most wonderful thing that happened in his life and whom he loved very much; two sons, Jeffery Gerber, Phoenix, Ariz. and Matthew Gerber and his wife, Laurel (Neyhard), Bloomsburg; a sister, Corey Brasch, Sacramento, Calif.; a niece, Terri Pearson-Fuchs, California; numerous cousins; and his beloved dogs, Cabot and Remy.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Dean W. Kriner Inc. Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 325 Market St., Bloomsburg, with family friend, Nathaniel Mitchell officiating. Interment is in Elan Memorial Park, Lime Ridge.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home or from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Walter M. Brasch Scholarship Fund, c/o First Keystone Community Bank, 2301 Columbia Blvd., Bloomsburg, PA 17815 or to Mostly Mutts, 284 Little Mountain Road, Sunbury, PA 17801.

Condolence messages and photographs may be posted at http://www.krinerfuneralhomes.com or sent to his family at 2460 Second St., Espy, PA 17815. Walter also had a Facebook page where many have been posting their memories of him after hearing of his death. Messages and condolences may also be added there.

MORE DETAILS ON 2017 CONTEST

2017 KEYSTONE STATE SPJ WRITING & EDITING CONTEST CATEGORIES

WHO MAY ENTER?

  • Non-daily categories include weekly, semi-weekly and monthly newspapers, magazines and online publications.
  • Daily is for newspaper and online publications published at least five days a week and Sunday newspapers printed under the same ownership and in the same city as a daily newspaper.

Up to five certificates per entry may be requested for joint projects. Winning entries involving more of the staff may be presented to the newspaper in one of these formats: “The Pennsylvania Daily Mail’’ or “The Pennsylvania Daily Mail Sports Staff.’’

  1. Spotlight Award: This is the Keystone State SPJ Chapter’s most prestigious award, given to the journalist whose published investigative story or series scooped other media and placed the public’s right to know in the public spotlight. Daily and non-daily publications compete together for this award.
  2. Broadsheet Page Design: Entry should be a single tear sheet.
  3. Business and Labor Reporting: Any story or column is eligible. Entries can either be a single article or series. A series must identified by a logo or editor’s note.
  4. Commentary: This award is presented to columnists. Submit five representative samples.
  5. Editorial Writing: Entries must be five unsigned editorials.
  6. Enterprise Reporting: Awarded for enterprise reporting (not on deadline) of a single event or issue. Entries may be single article or editor-noted or logoed series.
  7. Environmental Reporting: Entries can be a single article or series of no more than five stories or columns. A series must be identified by a logo or editor’s note.
  8. Feature Photography: Awarded for photography of any topic or subject in a single published photo that tells a story with thought and creativity.
  9. Feature Story: Entries may be personality profiles, trend stories, human interest stories or any other type of feature that is not a breaking news or sports story. Entries may be a single article or series identified by a logo or editor’s note.
  10. Headline: Submit clip of the headline and first five paragraphs of the story.
  11. Health and Medical Reporting: Entries can be a single article or series of no more than five stories or columns. A series must be identified by a logo or editor’s note.
  12. Web Use: Awarded for the best use of the Web. Entries will be judged on their effectiveness at breaking or expanding news or feature stories. Examples include reader-accessible databases, blogs, breaking news or updates, links, photos and interactive Web sites. Entries must consist of websites address for sites. A cover letter explaining the site’s features is allowed, but not required.
  13. News Photography: Must be a single photo of a deadline news event. The photo must have been published in the issue directly following the event.
  14. Online Breaking News: A single news event reported online and through social media outlets as it happens. Submissions may include first news alerts to smart phones or via email as well as any other multimedia or social media elements used to develop the story within a one day news cycle, such as video, photos, audio, sidebars and updates on Facebook or Twitter.
  1. Photo Story: Awarded for a published series of photos of any topic or subject that tells a story with thought and creativity.
  2. Sports Photography: Awarded for published sports photography showing ingenuity and creativity in telling the story of a sports event or about its athletes.
  3. Sports Reporting: Entries may include any sports story or column. Entries can be a single article or series. A series must be identified by a logo or editor’s note.
  4. Spot News Story: This award is given for deadline reporting of a single event. The article must have been published i n the issue of publication that directly followed the event.
  5. Best Overall Newspaper: The award is presented to the newspaper that best represents its community. Please submit issues from Feb. 16, Aug. 22 and one of the editor’s choice. Non-dailies should submit their issues published closest to these dates.
  6. Tabloid Page Design: Entry should be a single tear sheet.

PLEASE NOTE: BetterBNC is optimized for Firefox for PC and Macintosh. Please have a recent version downloaded and installed for the best contest experience.

Deadline for all entries is Feb. 20, 2017.

HOW TO SUBMIT ENTRIES:

  • Go to http://betternewspapercontest.com
  • Click the appropriate Contestant Login or Open Call Login button at the top of the page.
  • Select the appropriate contestant type: If you are the single point of contact for your organization, select Contestant Manager. NOTE: Once you have submitted 2 entries, you will receive an email validating your Contestant Manager account, enabling you to create Authorized Entrant accounts to make entries on behalf of your organization. ii. If you have received an email authorizing you to submit entries for your organization, select Authorized Entrant.
  • Contestant Manager and Authorized Entrant only:
    • Select the 2017 Society of Professional Journalists Keystone Pro Chapter Spotlight Awards
    • Select the appropriate News Organization.
    • (Authorized Entrant only) Enter your email address.
    • Enter your temporary Password: bnc (lower case), and click Login. When you first login, the system will prompt you to create a secure password and enter your contact information.
  • If you are an individual submitting your own entries (including freelancers), select Open Call, then enter your email and password. If you haven’t yet created an Open Call account, follow the on- screen instructions.
    • Log in to your account
    • Go to choose a contest.
    • Choose “2017 Society of Professional Journalists Keystone Pro Chapter Spotlight Contest’’ from the drop-down menu.
  • Submit Entry
    • On the Manage Entries page, click Submit Entry (left side).
  • Select the appropriate Division and Category.
  • Complete the Headline/Title field
  • Add entry content (may vary by category):

GENERAL RULES

  1. Entries may include sidebars.
  2. The contest covers stories and photos published between Jan. 1, 2016 and Dec. 31, 2016.
  3. The Spotlight Contest is open to all journalists who either lived in Pennsylvania when their work was published or whose work was published in Pennsylvania. Online publications are welcome.
  4. There is no limit to the number of entries an individual or team can submit in a category.
  5. Entries may be submitted in more than one category.
  6. Entries become the property of Keystone State Pro SPJ and will not be returned.
  7. Deadline for entries is Feb. 20, 2017.

FEES:

The entry fee is $20 per entry. Payment may be mailed to CAROL CRANE, SPJ Keystone Treasurer, 1402 Mountain Road, Shickshinny, PA 18655. Please make check or money order payment to SPJ Keystone Pro Chapter

No refunds will be given and no invoices will be issued. Your cancelled check or money order slip should be maintained for proof of payment.

All payments must include the name(s) of the individual(s) per entry, the name of the publication, a contact address and a phone number. Additionally, a list of ALL entries must accompany payment as well.

NOTE: (A list can be printed out from the contest site if multiple entries are being submitted.) We need this information to track which entries the payments cover.

Payments must be received by March 7, 2017.

OTHER STUFF:

To upload digital file attachments (other than audio/video), click Browse, navigate to the desired file, and select Open.

Allowed file types are PDF, DOC, DOCX, TXT, JPG, GIF, and PNG. If more than one attachment is desired for this entry, click Attach More and repeat these steps. If you reach a point where you cannot add any more attachments to an entry, you may have reached the attachments limit. Please try to keep file sizes under 5mb.

For larger files click the Real-View icon or the submit entry page, create a free account, upload the files and paste the hosted item web address into the website URL field. You can also upload larger files to a 3rd-party website such as http://www.issuu.com, and paste the hosted item’s web address into the website URL field.

To add web/audio/video content, copy and paste the content’s web address into the provided website URL field. To host your content online, either upload it to a free streaming content website or talk to your IT person about adding it to your website. Make sure the content will be accessible online throughout the contest and awards process.

Here are some examples of free streaming content websites where you can upload audio and video content: Audio: http://www.kiwi6.com, http://www.tindeck.com Video: http://www.youtube.com, http://www.vimeo.com

IMPORTANT: Please ensure that items are not behind a paywall or a password-protected area. If they are, you must provide username/password info in the Comments section of your entry. Judges may disqualify your entry if work samples are inaccessible.

  • Add Credits for up to 5 people responsible for the entry content.
  • Add Comments, but keep them to 100 words or less.
  • Click Submit
  • Pay for Entries

When all entries are submitted (but before the Entry Deadline), log in to your account’s Manage Entries page.

  • Click Calculate Entry Fee (middle right) and review your list of entries for accuracy.
  • Scroll to the bottom of the list for your Entry Fee Subtotal (lower right).
  • Click the payment link (lower left) to pay for your contest entries, following the instructions on the payment page.
  • Click the Print icon (upper right) to print your list of entries and fees. Be sure to include a copy of your entry list with your payment.

THE PRIZES

The prizes for category 1 are $100 and an engraved glass plaque for first place; engraved glass plaques for second and third places.

  • Prizes for categories 2 through 20 are framed certificates.
  • Judges reserve the right not to award all prizes in any category.
  • Judging will be done by an out-of-state SPJ chapter to ensure objectivity.
  • Winners will be announced as soon as judging is complete. Winners will be posted at keystonespj.wordpress.com.

Awards will be presented at the Marriott in Lancaster, May 20. Check panewsmedia.org for more information.

COVER LETTER A cover letter of no more than 500 words may accompany entries for the Spotlight and Editorial categories. The letter must contain:

  • One- to two- paragraph summary of the story or stories.
  • A discussion of its major finding and subsequent results.
  • An account of the difficulty or uniqueness of effort in obtaining the story.

QUESTIONS?

If you have questions, please contact contest coordinator Pat Trosky, 570-262-2030 or 570-630-0804 or email, pattrosky@gmail.com or spjkeystone@mail.com