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SkillsFest 2019 is Feb. 2 at NJIT

Editor’s note: We’re sorry to announce that Skills Fest 2019 has been cancelled for lack of interest. Please drop us a line at njspj.feedback@gmail.com to let us know what kinds of Skills Fest activities you’d like to see in the future.

Learn from the pros

Want to learn how to shoot and edit a perfect video? Or capture a fleeting moment with nothing more than your smart phone?

Or perhaps you want to learn how to tell an audio story? Or craft a compelling podcast?

All of these skills will be taught at SkillsFest 2019 at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark on Saturday, Feb. 2. (Room locations to be announced.)

SkillsFest is a day-long set of training workshops co-sponsored by the Society of Professional Journalists New Jersey chapter and the staff of The Vector, NJIT’s student newspaper.

Our workshops are aimed at giving journalists – both students and professionals – the tools they need to better do their job.

The cost is $85 for professionals and $45 for students. Besides the training, that fee includes a box lunch and a one-year membership in SPJ for new and renewing SPJ members. NJIT students pay $10 to cover the cost of lunch but have the option of joining as a student member of SPJ.

Click here to register for this event.

Seating is limited. Attendees must bring their own smart phone and laptop.

We start with coffee and registration from 9-10 a.m., and then we proceed to:

10-11 a.m. Crafting the perfect video

Michael Karas, a photo and video journalist for The Record and NorthJersey.com, will show you how to frame and gather your video clips and weave them into a short compelling narrative.

 

 

11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Catching the moment

Amy Newman, a photojournalist at the Record and NorthJersey.com, will show you how to anticipate capturing the image you’re looking for and how patience plays a role in documenting a fleeting moment.

 

 

1-2:15 p.m.  Create your own podcast

Steve Lubetkin, a professional podcaster and managing partner of Lubetkin Media Companies in Cherry Hill, N.J., will show you the basics of how to record and craft a podcast. 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.

 

2:30-3:45 p.m. How to edit your audio story

John Ensslin, a multimedia reporter for The Record and NorthJersey.com, will show you how to use a free software program called Audacity to craft a compelling audio story following a hands-on exercise. Alternative editing programs and promoting your podcast will also be discussed.…

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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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