Podcasting 3.0 is Oct. 27

Learn from experienced professionals

how to join the 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 St. 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 smart phone and laptop.

Register here for the workshop.

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:

  Kayla Dwyer

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 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.

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About police dash cam videos

NJSPJ wants Attorney General

to improve police dash cam policy

The New Jersey chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists urges New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal to adopt a state-wide policy that all police dash cam videos be classified as public records as he has already done with dash cam videos from fatal police shootings.

The request comes in response to last week’s New Jersey Supreme Court 4-3 ruling that the police dash cam video in the case should not be considered a public record and therefore not be subject to disclosures required by the state’s Open Public Records Act.

The case stems from a lawsuit filed by public records advocate John Paff after a 2014 incident in which a Tuckerton police officer set a K-9 police dog on a woman pulled from her car after she committed several motor vehicle infractions. The incident was captured by police dash cam video.

This decision will have far-reaching consequences because it will curtail the public’s right to know about critical incidents and thus erode public confidence in law enforcement.

That is why we support calls for the attorney general to undo the damage done by the state’s high court’s decision by adopting a policy that outlines how all police dash cam videos are made and maintained.

Here’s why we believe last week’s decision is misguided:

  • It is inconsistent with the court’s ruling last year involving a police shooting case in Lyndhurst. The court found that the video was a public record given a policy established by the attorney general that requires police dash cam video be made public in all cases involving police shootings.
  • The majority decision argues the two are different because the Tuckerton video was made as a result of a municipal police chief’s order, not the attorney general’s, and therefore does not carry the “force of law’’ required to make it a public record.
  • However, we disagree and concur with Supreme Court Justice Barry T. Albin who, in his dissenting opinion found the distinction arbitrary. As Albin wrote: “The concerns expressed by the Court in favor of disclosure of a dash-cam video in a police shooting case apply with equal force here where a police dog was allowed to attack a driver stopped for motor vehicle infractions and eluding.’’

To further quote Judge Albin:

“In the wake of today’s majority opinion, the operations of our government will be less transparent and our citizenry less informed, which may lead to greater misunderstanding and more distrust between the public and the police. The majority drastically limits the public’s right to access video recordings made by police officers when they interact or have confrontations with members of the public. This closing of what ordinarily should be an open door of access to records violates both specific statutory provisions and the broad principles of OPRA, and is inconsistent with our own jurisprudence.”

New Jersey SPJ, along with several other organizations, filed a friend of the court brief in support of John Paff, the plaintiff in the case that the court ruled upon.…

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Hall of Fame; podcasting; 2019 contest

Hello fellow SPJ members,

A New Jersey Journalism Hall of Fame, podcast workshops and a bigger, better contest were among the topics discussed when the board of the New Jersey Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists held its annual summer retreat recently.

We met on July 28 in the Princeton Room of the Princeton Public Library surrounded by first-edition John McPhee books. The four-hour gathering was an opportunity for our board to make some plans for the year ahead. Here are a few things we discussed:

Holding our first-ever Journalism Hall of Fame event.

We did some initial planning last year by having former chapter presidents suggest and select nominees. This year we discussed actually staging the event, quite possibly at William Paterson University in Wayne. Stay tuned.

Expanding our signature awards contest beyond the current four categories.

This year we awarded our traditional honors of the Wilson Barto “Rookie of the Year,” the Tim O’Brien award for best use of open public records and the Stuart and Beverly Awbrey Award for community journalism. We also continued with our Courage Under Fire award, although no winners were chosen this year.

Next year we hope to add awards for journalism educator of the year, best audio story, best video story and journalist of the year. Do you have any ideas about categories that we should add? If so, let me know.

Hosting two “Podcasting 3.0” workshops

We’d hold one in Philadelphia and one in New York City later this year and early next year. This would be an updated “hands-on” workshop similar to one we did three years ago at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark. Both workshops would be done in collaboration with other SPJ chapters, one with the Keystone SPJ chapter in October and the other with the New York City Deadline Club in the spring.

Collaborating more with other chapters.

Watch for details on all of these events in the months ahead. And if you would like to be a part of the planning process, let me know by emailing me at johnensslin@gmail.com

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Rutgers student is first Fran Burns scholarship winner

Congratulations to Sarah Doherty, an SPJ student member from Rutgers, who is the first-ever recipient of our Fran Burns scholarship fund.

Sarah will receive $500 from our chapter to help her attend Excellence in Journalism, SPJ’s national conference in Baltimore on Sept. 27-29.

The scholarship is named after Fran Burns, a former SPJ New Jersey president and cherished member of our chapter who died in September 2017.

Fran was a loyal member of SPJ who made a point of attending our conferences when she could. Our board felt this scholarship was a fitting way to honor her memory.

Sarah is from Cape May, where she has worked for the past three summers as a lifeguard for the Cape May Beach Patrol.

She attended Cape May Tech High School where she studied Communication Arts Technology for three years.

“I have always known that I wanted to be a news anchor, which is why I decided to major in Journalism and Media Studies at Rutgers University-New Brunswick,” she wrote.

“Furthermore, since I transferred into Rutgers in Spring 2018, I have been trying to get involved as much as I can,”  she added.

“For the 2018-2019 school year, which will be my sophomore year, I have an internship with RU Give Where You Live, a position on the Rutgers Big Ten Network, and the position of Secretary for the Society of Professional Journalists. I also plan on being involved with WRSU and possibly the Daily Targum.”

We look forward to seeing Sarah in Baltimore.

Are you considering going to Baltimore for EIJ 2018?

If so, you might want to register before the early bird deadline of July 25.

Doing so can save you up to $100 on the cost of registration.

You can find more information about the convention at http://excellenceinjournalism.org/

If you are planning to go, let us know. Our chapter has two delegates for the convention as well as an alternate. We will be happy to consider you for one of those roles.

Contact me at johnensslin@gmail.com if you are interested.

Our summer retreat

Each summer our SPJ New Jersey board of directors holds an annual retreat to plan our goals and activities for the year ahead.

This year will we hold our retreat at the Princeton Library at 65 Witherspoon Street in Princeton from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. onSaturday, July 28.

Chapter members are welcome to attend all our part of the retreat. If you are interested, please let me know.

Our recent election affirmed the 11 candidates who ran for the SPJ New Jersey Board.

Here are our officers:

  • John Ensslin, President
  • Miriam Ascarelli, Vice President
  • Elizabeth Oguss, Treasurer
  • Emily Kratzer, Secretary

And here are our board members:

  • Robert Bugai
  • Nicholas Hirshon
  • David Levitt
  • Matt McGrath
  • Jane Primerano
  • Claire Regan
  • Bob Schapiro
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Remembering the Union Hotel

SPJ, NJSPJ mark

hotel’s historic role

SPJ New Jersey celebrated a special event in Flemington where we unveiled a plaque that marked the Union Hotel’s entry on SPJ’s national historic sites in journalism registry.

About 35 people attended the ceremony June 30th  when we presented the plaque to the Hunterdon County Historical Society Library in downtown Flemington. Hear the ceremony at Studio SPJ.

The Historical Society has agreed to serve as temporary custodian of the plaque until the future of the Union Hotel is resolved.

The hotel served as a media hub for journalists who came from around the world to cover the Lindbergh baby kidnap-murder trial which took place at the courthouse across the street in January 1935.

Among the journalists covering that trial were:

  • Arthur Brisbane, one of the best-known editors of his day who worked for the Hearst Newspapers
  • H.L. Mencken, the well-known journalist, satirist and social critic from Baltimore.
  • Dorothy Parker, the wisecracking writer from Long Branch who became part of the famous Algonquin Hotel roundtable writers.
  • Walter Winchell, the newspaper and radio gossip columnist who wrote for the Hearst papers.
  • Damon Runyon, the journalist whose stories about characters in New York City were collected in his book “Guys and Dolls.”

SPJ New Jersey recognizes that the Union Hotel has seen some hard times since 1935 and that it’s not what it was when these journalists came to town.

We also note that there has been a fierce debate over the future of the hotel and its redevelopment.

Our role is not to weigh in on the details of that dispute.

But our plaque says loud and clear that this site represents a significant chapter in the history of American journalism.

We hope that in some fashion the site is preserved for future generations to appreciate.

Special thanks here to Patricia Millen, executive director of the historical society, for taking care of our plaque and making this event possible.

Remembering the CapGazette

The dreadful murders of five people within the Capitol-Gazette newsroom in Annapolis last week has left many of us shaken and sorrowful.

We greatly admire the “Hell Yes” persistence of their colleagues who published their paper while working through their grief.

SPJ New Jersey shares that grief.

At our board meeting in Flemington, we voted to donate $100 to the GoFundMe campaign that was set up to help the families of those whose lives were lost.

It is the least we can do to honor their memory.…

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