Best of college journalism

One of the highlights our SPJ regional conference last weekend was the announcement of the Mark of Excellence Awards, which recognizes the best of college journalism in the northeast (Region 1). In case you missed it, here is the list of winners. First place regional winners advance to national competition; national winners will be recognized at the national conference in Southern California (Aug. 24-26). For more information about the other regional winners, click here.…

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Hungry for a project?

We are huge fans of the Montclair News Commons, so it is without a moment’s hesitation that we re-post this news about plans to bring reporters together from different news outlets to collaborate:


Let’s Create Something Bigger Here (via NJ News Commons)

Some extraordinary happened last week in the world of journalism. The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists released the results of a 15-month reporting project, Secrecy for Sale. The exposé took the lid off the secret world of offshore tax havens, and named names — showing how…

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Dispatch from the freelance front

Yes, there is some good news for freelancers.  Three women rallied their fellow freelance writers and editors to file a group grievance for unpaid fees against Heart and Soul magazine—and they just won a settlement of over $125,000.  The case took 18-months, during which time the National Writers Union also won a $360,000 settlement in federal court against a textbook publisher.  In all the NWU’s “Pay the Writer” efforts have won more than $1.5-million dollars for members across the nation.  Regarding the Heart and Soul victory, NWU President Larry Goldbetter says, “This settlement goes far beyond a national magazine making the long overdue payment to our members for work they performed. It sends a signal to the growing number of freelance writers and the publishers that profit from our work, that—in this new economy of independent workers—we can effectively organize into unions. We can fight to protect our interests.”
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Saturday keynote sold out

Thanks to a robust demand in registration for the SPJ Region 1 spring conference, our keynote luncheon on Saturday, April 13, is now sold out.

As a result, we will be making the following scheduling changes:

We are dividing up the luncheon keynote speech by Record Editor Martin Gottlieb and the Mark of Excellence Awards presentation into two separate events.

Those of you who registered prior to March 31 will have a ticket for the 11:45 a.m. luncheon in the faculty dining hall at Brower Commons where Gottlieb will give his talk “Doing Great Journalism in Tough Times.”

Then at 1:15 p.m. we will begin the Mark of Excellence awards presentation, also in the faculty dining hall at Brower Commons.

For those of you who register after March 31, we will still be offering plenty of great programs as a slightly reduced rate. But you will be on your own for lunch during the conference.

Effective March 30, here are those rates:

  • Professional non-member: $90
  • Professional SPJ member: $70
  • Student non-member: $45
  • Student member: $30
  • Professional non-member Saturday only: $70
  • Professional member Saturday only: $60

We will be adding programs to the conference this week so stay tuned to our conference website for details.

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What’s next? Only an SPJ regional conference.

March 7 NJSPJ meeting and open house at Montclair State.

See this photo? It shows the great time that was had at last week’s NJSPJ open house, tour and meeting at Montclair State’s Center for Cooperative Media.  And, yes, more things are a-coming, starting April 12-13 with the SPJ Region 1 conference at Rutgers University in New Brunswick.

Our line-up includes a reception with Victor Navasky, publisher emeritus of  The Nation; a keynote address by Martin Gottlieb, editor of The Record; a presentation on narrative journalism with Pulitzer-prize winner Amy Nutt Ellis; a session on “How to avoid spin” with SPJ National President Sonny Albarado; and workshops on the latest web, video and digital journalism tools.

And here’s another headline: There’s an early-bird discount for anyone who registers between now and March 20. This makes our conference one of the most affordable SPJ conferences in the nation.

Our bargain prices? Here they are:

  • Professional non-members $90*
  • Professional members $70*
  • Student non-members $45*
  • Student members $30*
  • Saturday only (pro non-members) $80**
  • Saturday only (pro members) $60 **

(* includes opening night reception and Saturday lunch)
(** includes Saturday lunch)

Invest in yourself. See you there.


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