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Feb. 20 mixer at Tierney’s in Montclair!

Calling all Garden State journalists! NJ-SPJ is hosting a networking and social gathering night from 6:30-10:30 p.m. on Feb. 20 at Tierney’s Tavern, 136-138 Valley Road. Those interested in becoming new members of both the national and the New Jersey chapter can do so at a significantly reduced (and we mean crazy-low!) price of $20 on this night only by attending.

Walk-ins are welcome, but it’s much easier for planning purposes if you RSVP, so please, if you can, RSVP by clicking here. We’ve got lots of folks from area media joining us, including Dow Jones, USAToday, NJTV, ABC7 Eyewitness News, Star-Ledger, The Record and, we hope, you.

All attendees receive one free beer, a hotdog, and munchies by showing a press ID or business card. Come by and learn more about what the NJ SPJ has got planned over the next few months!

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Apply now! NJ Sustainability Reporting Fellowship

The New Jersey Sustainability Reporting Hub is now accepting applications for its second cohort of sustainability reporting fellows. Download a fellowship application here.

The project is a statewide media collaborative that aims to help speed society’s transition away from fossil fuels and restore healthy living environments for future generations through solutions journalism. Selected fellows and their editors will have tremendous learning opportunities through orientations, briefings, field trips, collaboration, mentorship, and groundbreaking assignments. Fellowships run February 24 through August 31, 2020.

For more information, click here. The application deadline is Jan. 22.…

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2020 Signature Awards! Enter now!

The start of a new year means it’s time to rummage through your clips and submit your best work to our annual Signature Awards contest! Our fees remain the same as always: $20 per entry for SPJ members, $25 for non-members. To learn more about our 10 categories, including one for outstanding New Jersey journalism educator, click here. To submit your work, click here. The contest closes at 11:59 p.m. Feb. 23, 2020. Questions? Contact our contest coordinator Sue Toth at susanktoth@gmail.com or call 973-378-0327.

If you’re looking for a contest with more categories, Jersey journalists are invited to submit their work to the Keystone (PA) chapter of SPJ’s annual Best in Journalism contest. Keystone will be launching its competition at the end of January. Stay tuned for details!…

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What we did in 2019

2019 was a year of great highs and lows. We were ecstatic when our national organization recognized the Red Bank home of muckraking journalist T. Thomas Fortune as an SPJ national historic site in journalism; we were devastated by the loss of John Ensslin, a dear friend, outstanding journalist and our immediate past chapter president — who had the added pedigree of having served as president of our national organization.

We were proud to lend our voices to legislative efforts that successfully convinced a state Senate Committee to say yes to a bill that would have boosted press rights for high school and college journalists in New Jersey —  and disappointed when that bill (known as New Jersey New Voices) could not get a hearing before an equivalent committee in the state Assembly, effectively knocking things back to square one.

Finally, we would be remiss not to mention other accomplishments of 2019, including our on-going First Amendment advocacy, our efforts to document the legacy of Garden State journalism through our NJ SPJ Journalism Hall of Fame and the skills-based workshops we organized to help our friends and colleagues keep up with trends in our industry.

A heart-felt thank you to all our members and supporters. We’ve got big plans for 2020, so stay tuned!

To learn more about our chapter and what we’ve done over the years, see our website’s “About page” and scroll down until you see our list of activities.…

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