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Free journalism webinars on 3/18 and 3/19

As we all try to cope with the uncertainty of an upended world, we wanted to share two free webinars that are being organized this week by our  friends at the Center for Cooperative Media and the Online News Association-NJ:

  • Wednesday, March 18, 3-4:30 p.m.: Free webinar led by Borrell Associates on identifying online advertising opportunities. For more info and to register, click here.
  • Thursday, March 19, 1-2:30 p.m.: Free Ask Me Anything webinar with Steve Stirling, project editor for Columbia Journalism Investigations, on how COVID-19 is impacting New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania. Stirling, a former investigative reporter for, recently started his own daily newsletter called Coronaviral to catalogue updates and information about the way  Click here for more info and to register.
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March 7 podcasting workshop

NOTE: We have decided to POSTPONE Saturday’s workshop. Given the anxiety about Coronavirus, we are concerned about a high absentee rate, which would undermine the time and effort that it takes to put on the workshop. When the fog clears, we will reschedule. We remain dedicated to providing these kinds of training opportunities to journalists in our area. — Miriam Ascarelli, NJ-SPJ president
Learn podcasting from the pros! Participants in this day-long workshop will emerge knowing how to record and edit audio, how to write a script, and how to promote and distribute a podcast. We’ll also cover what equipment to buy based on your budget. Seating is limited to 30.
When: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Sat., March 7
Where: Retro Report, 633 3rd Ave. at East 41st St., NYC
Cost: $75
To register, click here!
Meet our instructors:
Alex Kapelman is consulting executive producer of audio at WIRED and the founder of Podcast Love, a podcast company that helps brands create, produce, and launch successful podcasts. He teaches audio reportage to grads and undergrads at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at NYU and was the co-showrunner for Pitch, a narrative podcast about music from Audible.
Kayla Dwyer is a multimedia breaking news and business reporter for theMorning Call in Allentown, PA. For about two years, she was the host and producer of “The Morning Call Podcast,” a weekly podcast that showed the process behind some of the newspaper’s most pressing stories.
Steve Lubetkin is a professional podcaster and managing partner of Lubetkin Media Companies in Cherry Hill, N.J. He 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.
Liz Birge is an associate professor of Communication at William Paterson University where she teaches in the journalism program. A former reporter for the Chicago Tribune and the Star-Ledger, her first podcast grew out of an interest in promoting literacy through her Little Free Library.
What to bring: your smart phone, a laptop computer, ear buds, and chargers for your phone and laptop. If you already have a short interview or other audio that you’d like to edit and transform into a short audio segment, bring it! We will also be setting aside time during the workshop to collect audio in mid-town Manhattan to slice and dice into audio segments.
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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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