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!…
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. …
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
- 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.
Today’s awards reception will feature a panel discussion with three top winners: Katherine Milsop of The Community News of Fair Lawn; Christopher Baxter of The Star Ledger, and Mary Diduch of The Record. Here are links to their work:
- Katherine’s stories showcased the trials of Thomas Buchak, a seriously epileptic 21-year-old. Her work publicized his plight, sparking fundraising for his benefit, and state and local community action on his behalf. She was the first place winner of the Stuart and Beverley Awbrey Award
- Chris won first place in the daily newspaper category of our Tim O’Brien Award for his exposé entitled Private Schools, Hidden Riches.
- Mary, the winner in the daily division of our Wilson Barto Awards, was recognized for her work on three excellent stories: Infighting Colors Emerson Politics, Montvale DPW workers paid not to work as they wait for court to decide if they keep their jobs, and Grieving parents turn pain of losing a child into activism. The award honors the outstanding achievement of a first-year journalist.
Monday, July 28 (8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.) and Tuesday, July 29 (8:30 a.m.-noon). Google for Media Summit in NYC. Free training on digital media tools. See more info and RSVP here.