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New! NJ SPJ contest categories

Our chapter IS accepting entries for an expanded 2018 journalism contest!
Click here to get an overview of our contest.
Click here to go directly to our contest submission form.

Last year we scaled back our contest to four signature award categories. This year, we are expanding the competition to 11 categories, including:

  • The Ron Miskoff award for outstanding journalism educator of the year.
  • The Barbara Reed award for outstanding ethnic publication.
  • The Gabe Pressman award for best video news story.
  • The Herbert Morrison award for best audio news story.
  • The David Carr award for Reporter of the Year.
  • The Grassroots Journalism award for best coverage by a weekly or hyperlocal.
  • Best investigative journalism by a weekly publication.
  • Best investigative journalism by a daily publication.

We will still honor the winners of our traditional signature awards:

  • The Stuart and Beverly Awbrey award for public service by a weekly or hyperlocal publication.
  • The Tim O’Brien award for best use of public records in a story.
  • The Wilson Barto – for outstanding “rookie” journalist of the year.

What I particularly like about these new categories is that they will also keep alive the legacy of the people for whom they are named.

Barbara Reed and Ron Miskoff are former presidents of the New Jersey SPJ chapter and loyal SPJ members.

David Carr was an inspirational reporter for the New York Times and an SPJ member who lived in Montclair.

Gabe Pressman was a legendary New York City television journalist who got his start at the Newark Evening News.

And Herbert Morrison was the radio reporter whose dramatic on-the-scene report of the Hindenburg explosion will never be forgotten.

Watch for more details in early January on contest guidelines and how to enter.

New board member

My Record colleague Melanie Anzidei recently joined the SPJ New Jersey board of directors. Melanie covers Hackensack for the newspaper. She will fill the unexpired term of Matt McGrath, who stepped down from the board recently.

I’d like to close the year by thanking all our board members for their work on behalf of SPJ during 2018.

They are:

  • Jane Primerano, regional director
  • Miriam Ascarelli, vice president
  • Emily Kratzer, secretary
  • Elizabeth Oguss, treasurer
  • Melanie Anzidei
  • Robert Bugai
  • Nicholas Hirshon
  • David Levitt
  • Claire Regan
  • Bob Schapiro
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Tickets on sale for Northeast Region SPJ conference

Time to mark your calendars for the annual regional SPJ conference. This year’s conference is being organized by the New England chapter and will be held from Friday, April 6 to Saturday, April 7 at Northeastern University in Boston. Panels will include sessions on investigative journalism tools, how to do follow-up reporting on communities after disaster strikes and covering legalized marijuana, homelessness and housing.

To register, click here. Click here to see the schedule.

Ticket prices are as follows:

EARLY BIRD RATES (Save $25 before February 15!)
NON-MEMBER EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION – $125
PROFESSIONAL MEMBER EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION – $75
STUDENT MEMBER/NON-MEMBER FLAT RATE – $45

AFTER FEBRUARY 15
NON-MEMBER REGISTRATION – $150
PROFESSIONAL MEMBER REGISTRATION – $100
STUDENT MEMBER/NON-MEMBER FLAT RATE – $45

SATURDAY ONLY PASS
NON-MEMBER SATURDAY ONLY RATE – $125
PROFESSIONAL MEMBER SATURDAY ONLY RATE – $75
STUDENT MEMBER/NON-MEMBER FLAT RATE – $45…

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Podcasting: Hear it, do it! RSVP now

Sign up for Podcasting 3.0 in Philadelphia

There are still some seats remaining for our Podcasting 3.0 workshop on Oct. 27 from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Pen & Pencil Club, in Philadelphia.

This workshop will teach the basic techniques of recording, writing and editing your own podcast.

Register here.

New from Studio SPJ

Our latest episodes of Studio SPJ feature two interesting conversations with SPJ leaders.

In the first episode, Rebecca Baker, talks about her recently completed one-year term as president of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Hear Rebecca here.

In the second episode, Alex Tarquinio – our new SPJ president – talks about her hopes and plans for the year again.

Hear Alex here.

Both conversations were recording during the SPJ Excellence in Journalism conference in September in Baltimore.

Thanks Ron!

The New Jersey SPJ board recently honored Ron Miskoff for his service to the chapter and to journalism.

During a ceremony at our Sept. 18 meeting at Kean University, we presented Ron with a resolution expressing our gratitude for his service as chapter president, treasurer and board member. We also noted his role as co-founder and former president of the Foundation for Open Government.

The board presented Ron with a gift certificate to one of his favorite vegan restaurants in New Brunswick.…

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Doherty reports back from EIJ 2018

 

The first Fran Burns Scholarship given by the NJ Society of Professional Journalists went to Sarah Doherty, so that she could attend the national conference of the Society of Professional Journalists.

 

 

In Doherty’s words

Last year, I transferred into Rutgers University to find more opportunities that could help me achieve my life-long dream of becoming a news anchor. I found exactly what I was looking for when I had the opportunity to go to the 2018 Excellence in Journalism Conference in Baltimore, Maryland, thanks to the Fran Burns Scholarship.

Five sessions

I attended five sessions at the conference. My favorite session was the last session that I attended. The session was called “Unleash Your Inner Broadcaster” and the speakers were George Bodarky, Tracy Davidson, and Amy Tardif. Since I aspire to be a news anchor, this session was a perfect fit for me. At one point during the session, I was called to the front of the room and I read a news script. The speakers of the session then critiqued me on my reading and showed me how I could improve. Since I was bit nervous, they had me read the script as loudly as I could and then afterward I read it with absolutely no trouble. I found that incredible, and after watching many others go through their critiques, it seemed like a magic trick to me. The speakers always knew what exercises to give someone so that they could read the script back perfectly. I will definitely remember those tricks and save them for my future.

Favorite part: Davidson

My favorite part of the conference was seeing a familiar face, fellow news anchor Tracy Davidson. I met Davidson back in 2016 after winning the Widener University Student Leadership Award. I have always looked up to Davidson, especially after meeting her in person in 2016. When I first saw her at the conference I was shocked, and I went to talk to her immediately. She was so excited to see me that she took a video of me and posted it on her Instagram page. She also even gave me advice about internship opportunities and I could not be more grateful.

Attending the Excellence in Journalism Conference has been the highlight of my semester. I took pages and pages of notes while I was there, and I will definitely keep those notes in mind as I navigate through my college career. This conference has given me great advice and has taught me the steps I can take to be the best journalist that I can be.…

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