SPJ podcast workshop is set for Oct. 27 in Philly

Learn from experienced professionals how to join the growing podcasting trend
PHILADELPHIA – Attention all you aspiring podcasters in the greater Philadelphia area.
The New Jersey and Keystone chapters of the Society of Professional Journalists will be hosting a one-day workshop called “Podcasting 3.0” on Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Pen & Pencil Club, 1522 Latimer Street in Philadelphia.
The workshop – which runs from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. – will show you some of the many possibilities of podcasting and teach you the basics of how to do a podcast.
Among the topics to be covered:
  • Tips on how to record the best quality audio for your podcast.
  • A survey of some of the best equipment for your recording.
  • A discussion of what makes a quality podcast, in terms of content.
  • How to best promote and distribute your podcast.
  • A review of best practices and resources for podcasters.
During the workshop, participants will have an opportunity on their lunch break to collect audio in Center City Philadelphia and return to the workshop to learn how to edit that audio, and how to write and deliver a script.

The cost of the workshop is $75 for professionals and $35 for students. The fee includes a one-year membership in the Society of Professional Journalists.

Seating is limited. The fee does not include lunch. Attendees must bring their own smartphone and laptop.

Podcasting 3.0 is a joint production of the Keystone Pro and the New Jersey SPJ chapters.
Founded in 1909, the Society of Professional Journalists is the largest and oldest journalism organization in the U.S., with about 6,500 members. The Society advocates for open records access, ethical journalism, newsroom diversity, and journalism education.
The workshop will be taught by:
A multimedia reporter for the Allentown Morning Call. She also is the producer of “Valley View,” the newspaper’s podcast.

John Ensslin

A multimedia reporter for The Record and producer of the podcasts “On the Record” and “Studio SPJ.” John is a former national president of SPJ and the current president of New Jersey SPJ. A journalist for more than 30 years, he has been podcasting for the last eight years.

Steve Lubetkin

A professional podcaster and managing partner of Lubetkin Media Companies in Cherry Hill, N.J. Steve is a co-author of “The Business of Podcasting: How to Take Your Podcasting Passion from the Personal to the Professional.” Copies of the book will be available at the discounted price of $20.






SPJ Excellence in Journalism Conference comes to Baltimore, MD

Early bird registration is open!

SPJ’s annual national conference will be in Baltimore, MD Sept. 27-29 and early pricing for attendance tickets and hotel rooms is now available.

Join the Society of Professional Journalists this September in Baltimore for a journalism conference that could change your career. Sign up by July 25 and save as much as $100 on your registration.

(Need pricing details? You can find them here.)

Level up your career

EIJ18 in Baltimore will feature programming that has been tailored to four areas critical to the future of journalism. Every session will fall into one of four tracks — Digital, News Management, Newsgathering and Career Development — designed to make you a better journalist.

EIJ18 scholarship, fellowship and internship information

Attend EIJ18 on us! Get the details and apply today.

– Diversity: Dori Maynard Diversity Leadership Program
– Training: Terry Harper Memorial Scholarships
– Students: Columbia Journalism School Student Fellowships
– Students: Cover EIJ18 as a member of the EIJ News team

EIJ18: Plan your trip

When: September 27-29, 2018 Where: Hilton Baltimore
400 West Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

Reserve a room online
EIJ has a block of rooms at the Baltimore Hilton. The group rate for single/double occupancy is $199 per night plus taxes and fees. The discounted rate is only available until September 6, or until the block sells out, whichever comes first.


2018 SPJ Keystone Excellence In Journalism winners announced

APRIL 14, 2018

We have winners!!!

It is my pleasure to announce the winners in the 2018 Society of Professional Journalists Spotlight Contest. This year’s entries were judged by members of the Oklahoma SPJ chapter. The judges represented print and academic journalism and they were very impressed with the entries from this year’s participants.

Congratulations to Pennsylvania Media News (PMN) reporters Barbara Laker, Wendy Ruderman, and Dylan Purcell who earned top honors – The Spotlight Award – for the entry, “Toxic City.” The Spotlight Award is the Keystone SPJ Chapter’s most prestigious award, given to the journalist(s) 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.

Second place for The Spotlight Award went to Sergio Bichao and David Matthau of NJ101.5.com for their piece, “Is your doctor a perv? In NJ, even ones who commit sex crimes can get licenses back” Third place for The Spotlight Award went to Jo Ciavaglia of The Bucks County Courier Times for “No sex crime, but law calls them sex offenders.”

Best Overall Newspaper Award for a daily circulation went to The Morning Call, Allentown. Second and third places for Best Overall Newspaper went to The Citizens’ Voice, Wilkes-Barre and The Scranton Times, Scranton, respectively. The Best Overall non-daily news publication went to The Outlook, Monmouth University.

I look forward to meeting all of you at this year’s PNA Press Conference at the Wydham Gettysburg, 95 Presidential Circle, Circle, Gettysburg, PA 17325 (1-717-339-0020). Deadline to reserve a room is May 7. Mention the PNA Conference to get the special rate. The SPJ award ceremony will be at 5 p.m. where there will be light refreshments prior to the PNA dinner. You can get details about this year’s full conference at: http://panewsmedia.org/Events/view/2018/06/01/default-calendar/2018-pennsylvania-press-conference.

Please follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/166667563361675/ where you can find jobs, conferences, workshops and other media information. Our website also includes information submitted from various sources and has a collection of media feed sites for quick reads. It may be found at: https://keystonespj.wordpress.com

Finally, I encourage all of you to become a part of SPJ. There are no additional fees to be part of the Keystone chapter. Once you are a member at a national level, let them know you would like to be affiliated with the Keystone chapter. Right now we want to establish a Philadelphia chapter as well. Anyone interested in being part of this, should contact me or the regional director, Jane Primerano at the email or numbers below.

Once again, congratulations!

Pat Trosky, pattrosky@gmail.com  – 570-262-2030 – SPJ Keystone Chapter president

Jane Primerano, jprim7@netscape.net – 908-459-5082 SPJ Region 1 director

2- Winners of 2018 SPJ contest

               TO BECOME A MEMBER OF SPJ

For more than 100 years the Society of Professional Journalists has been dedicated to encouraging a climate in which journalism can be practiced more freely and fully, stimulating high standards and ethical behavior in the practice of journalism and perpetuating a free press. Now, more than ever, be part of SPJ.

Ways to join

It’s never been easier. Join SPJ with low monthly payments!
Become part of the nation’s largest, most broad-based journalism organization for just a few dollars a month with our new AutoDues billing option. It’s designed to make all the benefits of membership easily fit into anyone’s budget with a low, automatic payment that gives you access to everything SPJ offers — networking, training, advocacy and more. Get all the details — including how you can sign up today — right here.


 Attention Newsrooms: Newsroom Membershipis the best way to show a commitment to producing high-quality, ethical journalism. It shows you support the missions of SPJ and gives your staff the opportunity to become part of the nation’s largest and most broad-based journalism association. For information, visit this page.  

Attention journalism educators and students:
Becoming a Collegiate Institutional Member in SPJ is one of the easiest ways your school can demonstrate to students (and parents) its commitment to producing the best journalists possible. It will help expose students to the nation’s largest and most broad-based membership organization for journalists — augmenting their experience and journalism education. Encourage your school to join SPJ as a Collegiate Institutional Member. For information, visit this page.


Some tickets still available for Sunday sessions of SPJ Region 1 Conference

 There are still a few tickets left for our Sunday session of the SPJ Region 1 Conference  April 21-22 in Philadelphia.  The two-day tickets are sold out but those interested in attending our special Sunday sessions at Temple University can still get tickets.  Price is $20. The Sunday session is open to the public.

The theme of the conference “For the LOVE of Journalism,” reflects both our passion for our chosen profession and a growing public appreciation of how the role of a free press serves in a democracy.

We are in Philadelphia, the “city of brotherly love” where so many of the founding principles of our free press took root – from Benjamin Franklin’s “Poore Richard’s Almanac” to the Constitution and the First Amendment.

Sunday’s program is:
      SESSION 1
       12:30 – 1:45 p.m.

  • Building Trust with the Public: New Tow Center Research (panel discussion) – Atrium
  • New Voices – Freeing the Campus Press (panel discussion) – Room AH310
  • Covering LGBT issues – From Stonewall to Trump with Mark Segal – AH 302
  • Diversity Hackathon resumes – Room AH 02

    2 – 3:15 p.m.

  • Future of Journalism in Philadelphia (panel discussion) – Atrium
  • Ask a Lawyer with Frank LoMonte – Room AH 310
  • Diversity Hackathon continues – Room AH O2

         3:30 – 4:30 p.m. – Diversity Hackathon concludes Room AH 02

There are lots of things to see and do in Philadelphia and the Phillies are hosting the Pirates at home next weekend. Take in a ball game, visit a museum, sample one of the many great places to eat and join us at the special Sunday sessions on Sunday.  For other activities and information on things to see and do visit: http://www.visitphilly.com/

The time frame for reserving discounted hotel rooms at the Courtyard Marriott, 21 N. Juniper St., Philadelphia has expired. We welcome you to call the hotel directly to see if there are still rooms available at 215-496-3200 if you are interested in a room at the standard prices.

To register for just the Sunday event, go to: https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg

See you in Philadelphia,

Jane Primerano, SPJ Region 1 Director, jprim7@netscape.net
Pat Trosky, Keystone SPJ chapter president, pattrosky@gmail.com
John Ensslin, New Jersey SPJ chapter president, johnensselin@gmail.com

Need a new job? See below

Lexi Bressler, Talent Acquisition Partner at the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philly.com and Daily News, is looking for resumes from those who think they have the ability, talent and gumption to work at one of the PMN publications. Openings occur – including an inaugural fellowship program – so dust off the resumes if you have been around for awhile or create a dazzling one if you are new into the media business and get it to Lexi. Journalism has become a multimedia occupation so make sure you have a mastery of words but also are savvy with various platforms and think on many levels (photos, videos, graphics, deep dive research options).

Feel free to send your letter of introduction and resume to Lexi. If she likes what she sees and has an opening, you may get a call from her.

Lexi Bressler, Talent Acquisition Partner – Human Resources, ABressler@philly.com,  215.854.5623