Not-to-be-missed networking: NJ-SPJ meeting and open house

Meet the people who are creating new jobs and opportunities in both commercial and public ventures.  They’re coming together from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on  March 7 for an open house  at the Center for Cooperative Media, an initiative of Montclair State University’s newly expanded School of Communication and Media.  The event is free, and we’re even providing dinner—well, sandwiches, veggies and desert.

In addition to hearing about the New Jersey chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists,  here’s the line-up of VIPs you’ll get to meet: 

  • Merrill Brown, new director of the School of Communication and Media at Montclair State and founding editor-in-chief of
  • Mike Schneider, Anchorman and Managing Editor of NJ Today, the nightly newscast of NJTV.
  • Bob Males, Executive Producer of NJ Today.
  • Debbie Galant, Director of the NJ News Commons, founder of Baristanet, NJ’s first hyper-local news website & co-founder of Hack Jersey.  Debbie is also a former columnist for The New York Times.
  • Thurston Briscoe, VP of Programming and Production / WBGO Jazz 88.3FM &
  • Nicholas Tzanis, Director of Broadcast & Digital Media Facilities, Montclair State University.  He supervises the new studios for NJ Public Radio, WBGO, NJTV and WMSC.
  • The people running the new resources that the Society of Professional Journalists is offering in the Garden State.  This includes the Job Bank, Annual Contest and Regional Conference as well as the new Documentary Group and the upcoming White Paper.

RSVP to bob@newsonthefrontlines.comFor directions and more details, click here

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Contest deadline extended until 11:59 p.m. EST March 10

Attention procrastinators: You’ve been granted a reprieve. The contest deadline has been extended to 11:59 p.m. March 10.  Cost is is $20 per entry for SPJ members and $25 per entry for non-SPJ members. The only exception is the O’Brien award, which is $25 for everybody. You can pay using PayPal or by check.  For information about contest submissions and payment, go to  the Enter Now page. Entries that are submitted without payment are automatically disqualified.…

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Fellowship opportunity

We like to alert our members about good opportunities, and here is one — from the Council on Foreign Relations. You’ll find the link for more info below.

Dear all,

As a friendly reminder, we are seeking applicants for the 2013–2014 Edward R. Murrow Press Fellowship, and would appreciate you circulating the information below to your colleagues and/or those who may be interested in applying. The application deadline is March 1, 2013. Many thanks in advance for your help.

Fellowship Affairs
Council on Foreign Relations
58 East 68th Street, New York, New York 10065
tel 212.434.9740 fax 212.434.9870

Go here for more information.

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Envision the future

We’re all familiar with the job cuts that characterize the new media order in the Internet Age, but what about the new alliances that are being forged? Exhibit A is the Center for Cooperative Media in the School of Communication and Media at Montclair State.  Come hear what this is all about at our March 7 tour, membership meeting and open house. RSVP encouraged but not required. Send RSVPs to For directions and more details, go here.…

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