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The North Jersey Google Developer Group is holding a meet-up on Thursday, Aug. 21 in Weston Hall on the New Jersey Institute of Technology campus in Newark. The event runs from 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.  and will focus on wearable technology (Google Glass, Android Wear, Fitbits, etc). You’ll also hear from some of the leaders of the exciting tech, entrepreneur and arts scene in Newark. Two break-out sessions: one for developers on how to make Android Wear-enabled apps, the other for tips and tricks for entrepreneurs and other folks who want to learn about how to use tech to make life easier and more efficient in their personal and professional lives. Pizza + a chance to win an Android watch. Cost: $8. Students welcome! To register and for more info, click here.


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Summer tour: New Jersey Historical Society

Summer greetings Here’s our summer postcard: Steven Tettamanti, acting executive director of the New Jersey Historical Society (left), takes SPJ-ers on a tour of the New Jersey Historical Society in Newark. Goodies included Civil War memorabilia, historic photographs of the Morris Canal and the Historical Society’s impressive library.  The tour preceded last night’s executive board meeting. Stay tuned for all the good programming we’ve got cooked up for fall!…

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Pics from our awards ceremony


Some 70+ people attended our June 28 awards ceremony at the Yogi Berra Museum at Montclair State. In the photo on the right, contest chair David Levitt (far right) talks with award winners Katherine Milsop of The Community News of Fair Lawn; Christopher Baxter of The Star Ledger, and Mary Diduch of The Record about the challenges they faced in reporting their stories. For more photos, go here. For a complete list of winners, go here

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Opportunity alert! Free training on digital media tools in NYC

We’re always on the lookout for training opportunities for members, and this free Google for Media Summit in New York City on Monday, July 28 and Tuesday, July 29 is definitely worth passing along. If you can’t make it, don’t despair — another one is scheduled for Oct. 24 at the Center for Cooperative Media at Montclair State.  In the meantime, here’s the low-down about the NYC Summit, courtesy of Scott Leadingham, SPJ’s director of education.

Hello, SPJ members,

Attached in PDF and HTML form is an invitation for a free training day on digital media tools in New York City. It will take place Monday,        July 28 with an additional half day on Tuesday, July 29. You can attend one or both days. See more info and RSVP here.

This is part of Google’s series of training days called Google for Media Summits taking place in various cities. They have asked SPJ and     other journalism groups to help get out the word to our members. We’re also helping with programming feedback. However, it is primarily a Google program — we’re just helping with some marketing and promotion. If you can attend all or part of the training, please RSVP here or use the invitation link in the attached files. Since there is limited space, they would like a headcount ahead of time, so please do RSVP if you can attend.


Scott A. Leadingham Director of Education Editor, Quill magazine

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Next executive board meeting is Wed., July 23

The next NJ-SPJ board meeting—with members and non-members invited—is July 23 at 6 p.m.  at  the NJ Historical Society, 52 Park Place in Newark. It will feature a tour of the historical society and its exhibits, conducted by the NJHS’s acting executive director, Steven Tettamanti.  He has graciously agreed to open the building just for us. Admission is free.

The NJ Historical Society is one door down from the Robert Treat Hotel.  There is adjacent parking at the Military Park Garage (they charge, but it’s not bad).  The location is within easy walking distance of Penn Station, not far from NJ-PAC.  It is easy to reach from the Parkway to Route 280.

We don’t want to discourage last-minute attendees, but an RSVP would be extremely helpful.  Please RSVP at

This is the first meeting of our newly elected board.  Here are some agenda items:

  • We need to determine the topic of our major November event, which looks like it already has a big-name panelist.
  • It is likely that we will be re-opening our Twitter account.  We need to discuss the content, particularly new job postings.
  • We must elect at-large board members.
  • NJ just lost one of its three votes at the national convention.  We can appeal this, based on attendance at our events.  But we need to decide this very soon.
  • We are in discussions with several other organizations about joint sponsorship of activities and perhaps more.
  • The contest committee will have just met.  They will report on the reorganization of the categories, among other things.

And, of course, new business, which anyone can can suggest.  (Only board members can vote, but anyone can speak.)

We have six officers, but the room holds 75-people.  You can bring a colleague, or student, if they are interested in journalism.  I hope to see many of you there.

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