Schedule for Friday’s Rutgers-Newark conference

conference_alertHere’s the program schedule for the Friday, April 11 Conference on Media and Democratic Governance at the Rutgers-Newark School of Public Affairs and Administration, 111 Washington St., Newark.   The conference, which is a collaboration of the R-N School of Public Affairs and Administration, our SPJ chapter and the Center for Media and Peace Initatives,  is free and open to the public. We hope to see you there!

To download a copy of the conference schedule, click here. To download a flyer, click here. For registration, click here. For parking and directions, click here.

PROGRAM SCHEDULE

9-9:30 a.m.:  Registration and networking

9:30-9:40 a.m.: Welcome

9:40-11:00 a.m.– Panel 1: Bridgegate and open records. Panelists: John Reitmeyer, Trenton correspondent for The Bergen Record; Thomas MacLeod, New Jersey Chapter, American Civil Liberties Union; Professor Bernard Bell, Rutgers Law School; Felix Deat, doctoral candidate

11:00-12:20 p.m. — Panel 2: Covering Public Affairs in New Jersey: Sorting Fact from Spin. Panelists: Debbie Galant, director, New Jersey News Commons, Montclair State University;  Seth Wainer, senior technology policy advisor, city of Newark, NJ.; Joe Malinconico, award-winning reporter, The Paterson Press.

12:20-1:20 p.m. — Lunch and speaker: Richard Brodsky, former chair, New York State Assembly Committee on Authorities: “The Port Authority: Will is Survive? Should it Survive?”

1:30-2:50 p.m. — Panel 3: Sorting Fact from Spin Around the World. Panelists: Sunil Adam, editor, The Indian Times; Alex Ostashko, visiting Ukrainian journalist; Amelia Moore, host/producer UBC TV; Rudolph Okonkwo, syndicated columnist who writes about Nigeria.

3:00-4:00 p.m. — Speaker: Yuriy Sergeyev, Ukrainian ambassador to the United Nations: “How the World Media Portrays Ukraine

4:00-4:30 — Reception

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A sad day for the Star-Ledger

More layoffs in newspaper world. The Star-Ledger today announced 167 employees will lose their jobs. The story can be found here.…

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Micro-grants, investigative reporting help and more

We’re always happy to spread the word about the good things that are happening at the NJ News Commons. Here are the bullet points from Commons’ director Debbie Galant:

  • Time is running out! Want to start a news site in NJ? The NJ News Commons will help — with micro-grants, monthly coaching and peer-to-peer mentoring. The deadline for applying is Friday, April 11. Read more here. Apply here.
  • Register for Innovating the Local News Ecosystem, a national conference sponsored by the Center for Cooperative Media at Montclair State University, set for Friday April 25. Speakers include Ken Doctor, Jeff Jarvis and Eric Newton. Conference schedule plus registration info here.
  • Be part of the open data movement in NJ. Sign up for the Open Data NJ Summit at Montclair State University on Thursday May 15. Read more here.
  • Need help with investigative reporting? Let our investigative reporting coach Ben Lesser lead you through the process. Free. Learn more here. We also hold free investigative training workshops on the first Friday of every month.
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Looking for a few good volunteers

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JUDGES WANTED: The judging of SPJ’s various state contests for 2013, including ours, has begun. We can use volunteers. Please contact our contest coordinator, David Levitt, at dml125@verizon.net, to offer your services. Deadline to complete judging is April 18. We are judging the Florida SPJ chapter’s contest.…

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Bridgegate, Crimea, open records and more: April 11 at Rutgers-Newark

conference_alertUpdated with link to conference schedule.

Need a refresher course on open records laws? Want to hear a Ukrainian diplomat’s take on the annexation of Crimea? Looking for a primer on Bridgegate? What about efforts to make government data more accessible to the public?

All of those topics will be discussed at the 3rd annual Media and Democratic Governance Conference on Friday, April 11 hosted by the Rutgers-Newark School of Public Affairs and Administration in collaboration with the NJ Society of Professional Journalists and the Center for Media and Peace Initiatives.  The event,  in the school’s Center for Public Service, 111 Washington St., Newark, runs from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. It is free and open to the public. Feel free to stay all day or just drop in for an hour or so.

To register (not required, but requested!), click hereClick here to view the complete conference schedule.

Among the dozen or so speakers and panelists: Yuriy Sergeyev, the Ukrainian Ambassador to the United Nations (Crimea); Richard Brodsky, chair, New York State Assembly Committee (Bridgegate); John Reitmeyer, Trenton correspondent for The Bergen Record; Thomas MacLeod, New Jersey Chapter, American Civil Liberties Union; Professor Bernard Bell, Rutgers Law School; Felix Deat, doctoral candidate; Debbie Galant, director, New Jersey News Commons, Montclair State University;  Seth Wainer, senior technology policy advisor, city of Newark, NJ.; Joe Malinconico, award-winning reporter, The Paterson Press; and Rudolf Okonkwo, a syndicated columnist who writes about Nigeria.

A lot of good people are coming together. We hope to see you there!…

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