SPJ national and former NJ chapter president dies

On of the best journalists and human beings I have ever known has died. John Ensslin died Aug. 5 in Denver, CO. I know from days of writing obituaries, I am not supposed to say he died unexpectedly or suddenly but this was true in John’s case.

After graduating from Columbia University in NYC, John followed his passion for journalism, first in New Jersey and then at the Rocky Mountain News. He was a national president of the Society of Professional Journalists and until recently, president of the New Jersey chapter. He was the kindest person and my heart breaks he is no longer with us. John loved journalism so much so that at 65, he accepted a position as a political reporter in Denver after several years as a multimedia journalist in NJ.

For those who knew him, here are the details for the celebration of John’s life:

It will be this Saturday, Aug. 17 from 3 to 6 p.m. in Princeton, NJ at the Nassau Inn, 10 Palmer Square.Please RSVP to Mary Anne Greenberg (John’s sister) at maginpton@gmail.com.
If you would like to send a card to John’s wife, Denise, here is her address:
Denise Ensslin
212 3rd Ave.,
Bradley Beach, NJ — REAR Bill House

For those who want to know this wonderful person, here are some links to the tributes from his colleagues in Denver.

https://www.facebook.com/lynn.bartels.33/posts/10156908072419177?__tn__=K-R

https://www.coloradopolitics.com/denver/colorado-journalism-legend-john-c-ensslin-dies/article_4aa68b72-b7c8-11e9-a61a-0fe5ab4dcd55.html?fbclid=IwAR0IS8EyYKsk4mvFT1UY0drJ1KHEv7y6DDeumm4Gao_JmmXUr0IiXxMEQDQ

Winners announced in the 2019 SPJ Keystone Chapter- Best in Journalism Contest

APRIL 16, 2019

Hello everyone,

It is my pleasure to announce the winners in the 2019 SPJ Keystone Chapter Best in Journalism Contest. This year’s entries were judged by members of the Ohio SPJ chapter. The judges represented print and academic journalism and were very impressed with the entries from this year’s participants.

Congratulations to The Philadelphia Inquirer for its report on “Toxic City: Sick Schools.”  It earned top honors in this year’s contest – The Spotlight Award. The series of stories was the collaboration of staff writers Barbara Laker, Wendy Ruderman, and Dylan Purcell with photos and video by Jessica Griffin.

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 The Scranton Times for its series “Opioid crisis: Seven days of solutions” and staff writers Joseph Kohut, Terrie Morgan-Besecker, Clayton Over and David Singleton. Third place award in the Spotlight category went to Jo Ciavaglia and James McGinnis of the Bucks County Courier Times, for their story “Hiding in Plain Sight: How Pennsylvania turns a blind eye to unlicensed child care.”

Best Overall Newspaper Award for a daily circulation went to Trib Total Media, which publishes the Tribune-Review in Pittsburgh. Second place went to the Scranton Times and third place went to The Citizens’ Voice.

Best Overall Newspaper in the non-daily category went to The Philadelphia Gay News.

I look forward to meeting all of you at this year’s PNA Press Conference at The Hilton in Harrisburg. The SPJ Keystone Awards will be presented on May 18 at 5 p.m. at the Hilton. Overnight room reservations are available at a special group rate of $142, plus taxes. Please mention group code PNA19 when calling the hotel at (717) 233-6000, or make your reservations online through a special group link.  The room block will be available until April 26.

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. Applications for membership may be found at https://www.SPJ.org.

Once again, congratulations!

Pat Trosky                                                                                Jane Primerano
pattrosky@gmail.com                                                           jprim7@netscape.net
570-262-2030                                                                          908-459-5082
SPJ Keystone Chapter president                                           SPJ Region 1 director

List of 2019 SPJ Keystone Winners

Division Competition First Place Second Place Third Place
Writing 21b Feature beat reporting – non-daily (b) — Entry 01 — Smashing Barriers: dance, theater, and math class at MSU; For themselves and for the town: Glenfield Middle School hosts concert; Theater review, Too much ‘stays’ None selected None selected
Writing 21a Feature beat reporting – DAILY (a) Trib Total Media — Religion reporting Scranton Times — — NEPA veterans None selected
Layout 020a Tabloid Page Design – Daily (a) Trib Total Media — We still love Donnie Philadelphia Inquirer — WINNING TIME The Citizens’ Voice — Tabloid Design Stephen Connors
Overall 019b Best Overall Newspaper – Non-Daily (b) Philadelphia Gay News –Philadelphia Gay News  Harriton TV Website None selected
Overall 019a Best Overall Newspaper – Daily (a) Trib Total Media —  Tribune-Review Feb. 16, Aug. 22, Oct. 28 Scranton Times — The Times-Tribune The Citizens’ Voice – The Citizens’ Voice
Writing 018b Spot News Story – Non-Daily (b) Jewish Exponent – Community Unites Following Power Outages Bloomfield HS, Montclair HS students hold walkout, marking month after Florida killings Philadelphia Gay News — Philly’s first out trans police officer buried as a man
Division Competition First Place Second Place Third Place
Writing 018a Spot News Story – Daily (a) Scranton Times — Sexual abuse in our churches Trib Total Media — Tree of Life shooting Philadelphia Inquirer — SUPER BOWL LII
Writing 017b Sports Reporting – Non-Daily (b) Jewish Exponent – Boxer Blends Faith, Training as Pro Debut Beckons Ayres Making Impact for PHS Wrestling, Showing that Girls Can Thrive on the Mat Sparking the Growth of High School Hockey in N.J., PDS Legend Rulon-Miller Inducted into Hall of Fame
Writing 017a Sports Reporting – Daily (a) Philadelphia Inquirer – The toughest call Philadelphia Inquirer — Can a former New York Giants fullback carry a Pa. coal town closer to hope? Philadelphia Inquirer — Dave Hakstol, unmasked
Photo 016b Sports Photography – Non-Daily (b) No Winner No Winner No Winner
Photo 016a Sports Photography – Daily (a) Scranton Times — Kissmet Press Enterprise — Steer Wars at Benton Rodeo Philadelphia Inquirer — Blistering Blow- The Year in Pictures
Photo 015b Photo Story – Non-Daily (b) Life of The Mind Philadelphia Gay News — 2018 Pride Buddy Comedy
Photo 015a Photo Story – Daily (a) Press Enterprise – Harvest season comes to Susquehanna Valley Press Enterprise  — Swamped Again Scranton Times — All jammed up
Online 014b Online Breaking News – Non-Daily (b)  Administration Directs Harriton Student Council to Change “Mr. Harriton” to Gender Nonspecific Name Philadelphia Gay News — Upscale Cancun resort rejects same-sex wedding None selected
Online 014a Online Breaking News – Daily (a) The Citizens’ Voice Tornado on deadline Scranton Times —  Sexual abuse in our churches Shooting of U.S. Marshal Christopher Hill
Photo 013b News Photography – Non-Daily (b) Trainspotter Shake-up a hurdle for parish Philadelphia Gay News — Freedom of Assembly
Photo 013a News Photography – Daily (a) Press Enterprise Rescuers race to fiery crash Philadelphia Inquirer — A Philadelphia Starbucks became the center of controversy … Trib Total Media —  Woman and child
Online 012b Web Use – Non-Daily (b) GreenYellowRed BluePink: A Poem None selected None selected
Online 012a Web Use – Daily (a) Philadelphia Inquirer Toxic City: Sick Schools TAPPED OUT: How Pennsylvania’s Failing Water System is Hurting You Still Failing the Frail
Writing 011b Health and Medical Reporting – Non-Daily (b) Street medicine, made in Pittsburgh: A gritty, compassionate solution to everything that’s wrong with health care. In the Kid Seat Jewish Exponent —  Midwives Bring Ancient Profession to Present

TIE for 3rd 
Victoria Brownworth, Philadelphia Gay News,

“Wave of Aging”

Writing 011a Health and Medical Reporting – Daily (a) Philadelphia Inquirer — Philly Health Costs Philadelphia Inquirer — Joy in the age of loss Philadelphia Inquirer Sex ed isn’t serving young black women.
Layout 010a Headline – Daily (a) Philadelphia Inquirer —LOADED FOR PRAYER Philadelphia Inquirer — THE MASCOTEER Philadelphia Inquirer — MAZEL TOUGH
Writing 009b Feature Story – Non-Daily (b) Let’s talk about RACE  Tweets from the Jungle  Getting Lost in Color
Writing 009a Feature Story – Daily (a) Trib Total Media — The darkest day Philadelphia Inquirer — Father. Son. Cellmates.  Chris Rich tackles Comedy and Cancer
Photo 008b Feature Photography – Non-Daily (b) Vital Spaces  Evening Radiance Buddy Comedy
Photo 008a Feature Photography – Daily (a) Trib Total Media — Jets fly past basilica Press Enterprise-A Slippery Slope Scranton Times — Grabbing lunch on the fly
Writing 007b Environmental Reporting – Non-Daily (b) Tempers boil in water fight None selected None selected
Writing 007a Environmental Reporting – Daily (a) Philadelphia Inquirer TRASH TIRADE Trib Total Media — No buzz kill here Scranton Times — We’re going to extremes
Writing 006b Enterprise Reporting – Non-Daily (b) B-Three Solutions: Pittsburgh police technology investigation – Failing the Future  Is Pittsburgh prepared for a cyber attack? The city stays mum on the report that found numerous flaws.
Writing 006a Enterprise Reporting – Daily (a) Scranton Times — Opioid crisis: Seven days of solutions Morning Call — Acres of Tax Breaks  Death of a Little Angel
Writing 005b Editorial Writing – Non-Daily (b) No Winner No Winner No Winner
Writing 005a Editorial Writing – Daily (a) Philadelphia Inquirer – Editorials by Abraham Gutman Philadelphia Inquirer – Editorials by Sandra Shea (#2) Trib Total Media – Catholic church scandal
Writing 004b Commentary – Non-Daily (b) Program Notes: Local and Proud, like the United States; The Kids Are All Right; Turn, turn, turn, return The one where the mayor gets my mail/Load of spit/Goodbye Geoffrey Jewish Exponent — Joshua Runyan columns, Jewish Exponent
Writing 004a Commentary – Daily (a)  Russell Frank Column Philadelphia Inquirer – Columns by Jenice Armstrong Philadelphia Inquirer — Columns by Maria Panaritis
Writing 003b Business and Labor Reporting – Non-Daily (b) Center for construction corruption? Building a brand; Montclairite makes a deal on ‘Shark Tank’ None selected
Writing 003a Business and Labor Reporting – Daily (a) Philadelphia Inquirer – Philly Health Costs Scranton Times — Outlook 2018: Change in store Philadelphia Inquirer — Rotting From Within
Layout 002a Broadsheet Page Design – Daily (a) Trib Total Media — – Tree of Life shooting Day 2 Philadelphia Inquirer — HUNGRY FOR SECONDS Trib Total Media –Tree of Life shooting
Spotlight Award 001 Spotlight Award (a) Philadelphia Inquirer Toxic City: Sick Schools Scranton Times — Opioid crisis: Seven days of solutions Hiding in Plain Sight: How Pennsylvania turns a blind eye to unlicensed child care

 

Excellence in Journalism contest deadline extended

Feb. 25, 2019

The Society of Professional Journalists Keystone Pro Chapter has extended the deadline for submission into its annual Excellence in Journalism contest for 2019. The new deadline is March 3, by 11:59 p.m. No further extensions will be granted due to judging restrictions.

SPJ Keystone Pro Chapter’s Spotlight Contest annually recognizes the best in journalism. The contest, which is not based on circulation but on quality of the profession and what it stands for, is open to all journalists from Pennsylvania and New Jersey whose work appeared in a publication in one of the two states.

SPJs’ Keystone Pro and New Jersey chapters have had a long and proud history. Over the past decade, the chapters have attracted college students, media professionals and community members to various lectures and have provided speakers to these entities along with businesses and organizations.

With the rapid and continued growth of technology, SPJ Keystone, along with the New Jersey chapter, has expanded to assist professionals, educators, and students with training, programs, ethical concerns, research, and FOI questions.

The chapters’ goals continue to be training, programming, supporting all media, informing the public of the journalism profession, diversity and membership improvement.

The chapters actively support Freedom of Information efforts and welcome those who want to learn more about journalism and its importance to everyone. Colleges, universities and high schools are invited to form student chapters by affiliating with the Keystone Pro and New Jersey chapters.

Proceeds from the contest go toward training, defending the First Amendment and open government, the legal defense of journalists, student scholarships, and other activities designed to improve journalism and its standing in society.

For more information on SPJ, the Keystone Pro or New Jersey chapters, visit:
http://spj.org
https://keystonespj.wordpress.com
https://www.facebook.com/groups/166667563361675/?ref=bookmarks
http://NJSPJ.org
https://www.facebook.com/NJSPJ/

* We thank BNC, Better Newspaper Contest, for its generous sponsorship of our competition.

Details on entries, fees, categories and more may be found at the contest website at:

https://betternewspapercontest.com/2019SpotlightAwards

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

The SPJ Keystone Spotlight Contest is open to all journalists who either lived in Pennsylvania or New Jersey when their work was published or whose work was first published in Pennsylvania or New Jersey. Online publications are welcome.

GENERAL RULES:

1. Contestants can submit as many entries as they like in each category.

2. Supporting materials, if accompanying the entry, should be identified with a similar name such as “MURDER SPREE 1; MURDER SPREE 2” and note what the package includes.

3. NON-DAILY categories include weekly, semi-weekly and monthly newspapers, magazines and online publications. NOTE: Entries from student-written collegiate publications or magazines will not be accepted. This is a contest for professionals and there is a separate contest for collegiate and high school publications.

DAILY categories are for newspapers and online publications published at least five days a week and Sunday publications printed under the same ownership and in the same city or town as the daily newspaper.

Entries that involve a staff collectively working on a submission may be entered as one of these formats: “The Pennsylvania Daily Mail” or “The Pennsylvania Daily Mail Sports Staff.”

4. The contest covers stories and photos published between Jan. 1, 2018 and Dec. 31, 2018.

5. Deadline for entries is March 3, 2019, by 11:59 p.m.

6. Awards will be presented at the Pennsylvania Press Conference on Saturday, May 18, 2019, at the Hilton in Harrisburg, PA.

CATEGORIES
NOTE: (a) is for DAILY and (b) is for NON-DAILY

001 – SPOTLIGHT AWARD – This is the Keystone State SPJ Chapter’s most prestigious award, given to the journalist or journalists whose published investigative story or series scooped other media and placed the public’s right to know in the public spotlight.

002a BROADSHEET PAGE DESIGN Daily – Entry should be a single tear sheet.

002b BROADSHEET PAGE DESIGN Non-Daily – Entry should be a single tear sheet.

003a BUSINESS AND LABOR REPORTING – Any story or column is eligible. Entries can either be a single article or a series. A series must be identified by a logo or editor’s note.

003b – BUSINESS AND LABOR REPORTING – Any story or column is eligible. Entries can either be a single article or a series. A series must be identified by a logo or editor’s note.

004a COMMENTARY Daily – This award is presented to columnists. Submit three representative samples.

004b COMMENTARY Non-Daily – This award is presented to columnists. Submit three representative samples.

005a EDITORIAL WRITING Daily – Entries must be three unsigned editorials.

005b EDITORIAL WRITING Non-Daily – Entries must be three unsigned editorials.

006a ENTERPRISE REPORTING Daily – Awarded for enterprise reporting (not on deadline) of a single event or issue. Entries may be a single article or a series. Series must be marked by a logo or editor’s note.

006b ENTERPRISE REPORTING Non-Daily – Awarded for enterprise reporting (not on deadline) of a single event or issue. Entries may be a single article or a series. Series must be marked by a logo or editor’s note.

007a ENVIRONMENTAL REPORTING Daily – 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.

007b ENVIRONMENTAL REPORTING Non-Daily – 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.

008a FEATURE PHOTOGRAPHY Daily – Awarded for photography of any topic or subject in a single published photo that tells a story with thought and creativity.

008b FEATURE PHOTOGRAPHY Non- Daily – Awarded for photography of any topic or subject in a single published photo that tells a story with thought and creativity.

009a — FEATURE STORY Daily — 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.

009b — FEATURE STORY Non- Daily — 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.

010a HEADLINE Daily – Submit clip of the headline and first five paragraphs of the story.

010b HEADLINE Non-Daily – Submit clip of the headline and first five paragraphs of the story.

011a HEALTH and MEDICAL REPORTING Daily – 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.

011b HEALTH and MEDICAL REPORTING Non-Daily – 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.

012a WEB USE – Daily – 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 Web address for sites. A tear sheet of the newspaper article is also requested to compare what was on the Web and other social media to what was in print. A cover letter explaining the site’s features is allowed, but not required.

012b WEB USE Non-Daily – 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 Web address for sites. A tear sheet of the newspaper article is also requested to compare what was on the Web and other social media to what was in print. A cover letter explaining the site’s features is allowed, but not required.

013a NEWS PHOTOGRAPHY Daily – Must be a single photo of a deadline news event. The photo must have been published in the issue directly following the event.

013b NEWS PHOTOGRAPHY Non-Daily – Must be a single photo of a deadline news event. The photo must have been published in the issue directly following the event.

014a ONLINE BREAKING NEWS Daily – A single news event reported online and through social media outlets as it happens. Submissions may include first news alerts to smartphones 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.

014b ONLINE BREAKING NEWS Non-Daily – A single news event reported online and through social media outlets as it happens. Submissions may include first news alerts to smartphones 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.

015a PHOTO STORY Daily – Awarded for a published series of photos of any topic or subject that tells a story with thought and creativity.

015b PHOTO STORY Non-Daily – Awarded for a published series of photos of any topic or subject that tells a story with thought and creativity.

016a SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY Daily – Awarded for published sports photography showing ingenuity and creativity in telling the story of a sports event or about its athletes.

016b SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY Non-Daily – Awarded for published sports photography showing ingenuity and creativity in telling the story of a sports event or about its athletes.

017a SPORTS REPORTING — Daily Entries may include any sports story or column. Entries can be a single article or series. A series must he be identified by a logo or editor’s note.

017b SPORTS REPORTING Non-Daily – 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.

018a SPOT NEWS STORY Daily – This award is given for deadline reporting of a single event. The story must have been published in the issue of the publication that directly followed the event.

018b SPOT NEWS STORY Non- Daily – This award is given for deadline reporting of a single event. The story must have been published in the issue of the publication that directly followed the event.

019a BEST OVERALL NEWSPAPER Daily – The award is presented to the newspaper that best represents its community. Please submit electronic copies of issues from Feb. 16, Aug. 22 and one of the editor’s choice.

019b BEST OVERALL NEWSPAPER Non-Daily – The award is presented to the newspaper that best represents its community. Please submit electronic copies of issues from Feb. 16, Aug. 22 and one of the editor’s choice.

020a TABLOID PAGE DESIGN Daily – Entry should be a single tear sheet.

020b TABLOID PAGE DESIGN  Non-Daily – Entry should be a single tear sheet.

021a FEATURE BEAT REPORTING Daily – A single entry should include up to three feature stories, in any format, by the same writer where the emphasis is placed on the thoroughness of reporting, enterprise, diversity of coverage and sources and mastery of subjects. This award will recognize specialty reporting and writing in one beat such as travel, drama, fashion, food, culture, society, music, movies, TV, art, entertainment reviews, etc. Entry must include cover letter defining the beat and why all stories entered are reflective of that beat. The beat should be written with the population of the publication’s regional coverage in mind.

021b FEATURE BEAT REPORTING Non-Daily – A single entry should include up to three feature stories, in any format, by the same writer where the emphasis is placed on the thoroughness of reporting, enterprise, diversity of coverage and sources and mastery of subjects. This award will recognize specialty reporting and writing in one beat such as travel, drama, fashion, food, culture, society, music, movies, TV, art, entertainment reviews, etc. Entry must include cover letter defining the beat and why all stories entered are reflective of that beat. The beat should be written with the population of the publication’s regional coverage in mind.

COVER LETTER 

A cover letter of no more than 500 words may accompany entries for the SPOTLIGHT and EDITORIAL categories. The letter must contain:

a. one to two paragraphs summarizing the story or stories;

b. a discussion of its major finding and subsequent results;

c. an account of the difficulty or uniqueness of effort in obtaining the story.

FEES and PAYMENTS

Entry fee is $20. All payments must be received by March 5, 2019.
Payment may be mailed to Carol Crane, SPJ Keystone Treasurer, at 1402 Mountain Road, Shickshinny, PA 18655. Please make check or money order payable to SPJ Keystone Pro Chapter. No refunds will be given and no invoices will be issued. Your canceled check or money order slip should be maintained for proof of payment.

All payments must include the name(s) of the individual(s) on each entry, the name of the newspaper, a contact address, and a phone number. Additionally, a list of ALL entries must accompany payment as well. A list can be printed out from the contest site if multiple entries are being submitted by a contest manager or newspaper or if an entrant is submitting from a variety of publications through the open call option. This is important – otherwise, we can’t tell who paid for their entries! Winners will be notified at the end of April and announcement of winners will be posted on the SPJ Keystone website athttps://keystonespj.wordpress.com and on the SPJ Keystone Facebook page. SPJ Keystone can be followed on Twitter at KeystoneSPJ.

OPEN CALL LOGIN

For those who choose to use the Open Call Login, here are the instructions:

CREATE YOUR ACCOUNT
1. Go to http://www.betterbnc.com.
2. Click Open Call Login.
3. Click Create Your Open Call Account.
4. Follow on-screen instructions.

Request Access to the SPJ Keystone Pro contest
1. Log in to your account.
2. Go to My Contests.
3. Check the box next to “2019 Society of Professional Journalists Keystone Pro Chapter Spotlight Contest – The Best in PA Journalism” (this will automatically notify the contest coordinator of your access request).

Make Entries
Once you receive an approval email from the contest administrator, you can begin making entries on the Submit Entry page.

PRIZES

The first place winner of The Spotlight Award will win $100 and an engraved glass plaque. Second and third place winners of The Spotlight Award will receive engraved glass plaques. Winners of all other categories will receive framed certificates. Those who do not attend the awards ceremony will have certificates sent to them with the option to purchase frames. Judges reserve the right not to award any or all prizes in any category. Judging will be done by an out-of-state SPJ chapter to ensure objectivity. Entries become the property of SPJ Keystone and will not be returned.

Have a question?

Call or text contest coordinator Pat Trosky at 570-630-0804 or 570-262-2030 or email spjkeystone@mail.com

Please leave a voicemail and calls will be returned.

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
               https://www.spj.org/join.asp

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

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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

    SESSION 2
    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