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William Paterson University to host

NJ Journalism Hall of Fame

WAYNE, N.J. – The William Paterson College of the Arts and Communication and the New Jersey chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists announce that William Paterson University will become the home of the New Jersey Journalism Hall of Fame.

The inaugural induction will take place during the William Paterson chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists Awards Ceremony. The ceremony will begin at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 18, 2019, in Hobart Hall, which houses the William Paterson University Communication Department.

Tickets for this inaugural event are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Proceeds will benefit both WPSPJ and NJSPJ.

Tickets can be purchased here.

The inductees

The first class to be inducted into the New Jersey Journalism Hall of Fame includes:

Jonathan Alter, an author and former columnist for Newsweek, who recently co-directed the HBO documentary “Breslin and Hamill – Deadline Artists.” Alter lives in Montclair.

Anna Quindlen, an author and former columnist for the New York Times who has a new book coming out titled “Nanaville – Adventures in Grandparenting.” Quindlen is a South Brunswick native. Quindlen will take part via a video greeting.

John McPhee, an author and writer for The New Yorker, whose most recent book is a collection of non-fiction stories titled “The Patch.” McPhee lives in Princeton and teaches journalism at Princeton University. McPhee will be honored in absentia.

•The late Gabe Pressman, a legendary television news journalist for more than 60 years at WNBC-TV in New York City, who got his start in journalism working for the Newark Evening News. His widow Vera will accept the honor.

•The late Edith Schapiro worked on the first broadcasts of the CBS Evening News, then went on to become the first woman editor at the Newark Evening News, then N.J.’s leading newspaper. In later years she founded a national Sunday supplement that featured the work of high school journalists and produced public service commercials for “Project Search” of the Red Cross, which re-unites families separated by war and disaster. After she was refused membership in the Society of Professional Journalists, when women were not allowed to join, she served as the longtime president of New Jersey Press Women.

The inductees were nominated by a panel of former New Jersey Society of Professional Journalists presidents and approved by the N.J. Society of Professional Journalists board.

The ceremony

The emcees for the evening will be Miriam Ascarelli, vice president of NJSPJ, and Dr. Nicholas Hirshon, a journalism professor at WPU and the founder and adviser for the William Paterson student chapter Society of Professional Journalists, also known as WPSPJ.…

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What’s happening at NJ-SPJ

CONTEST DEADLINE EXTENDED

Procrastination got the better of you?

There’s still hope. We’ve extended the contest deadline for this year’s NJ-SPJ Signature Awards to 11:59 p.m. March 15.

Detailed descriptions of each category can be found on the contest page of our website (njspj.org) or on the submission form itself.

Here is the list of categories:

  • The Stuart and Beverly Awbrey Award for Community-Oriented Journalism by a weekly or hyperlocal publication
  • The Wilson Barto award for Outstanding “Rookie” Journalist of the Year
  • The David Carr award for Reporter of the Year
  • The Ron Miskoff award for Outstanding Journalism Educator of the Year
  • The Herbert Morrison Award for Best Audio News Story
  • The Tim O’Brien Award for Best Use of Public Records in a Story
  • The Gabe Pressman award for Best Video News Story
  • The Barbara Reed Award for Outstanding Reporting by an Ethnic News Outlet
  • 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

Questions? Contact Lew Wheaton, our contest coordinator, at lew.wheaton@yahoo.com or call 973-556-7530

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ANOTHER CONTEST OPPORTUNITY
In the spirit of cooperation, we’re helping to spread the word about another organization’scontest: The Garden State Journalists Association   2019 Memorial Journalism Awards .

The contest is open to all reporters, editors, broadcast journalists, photographers and media relations professionals who live, work in or write about New Jersey. All entries must have been published in the calendar year 2018.

The entry form is here:  http://www.gsjournalists.com/awards-competition 

All entries and payment must be received  ON OR BEFORE MARCH 22, 2019 .

Mail entries to Anthony Birritteri, New Jersey Business Magazine, 310 Passaic Avenue, Fairfield, NJ 07004.

Winners will be notified by mid-April. Awards will be presented at the GSJA Annual Dinner and Installation of Officers, scheduled for May 22 at Don Pepe’s in Newark.


INTRODUCING: OUR NJ JOURNALISM HALL OF FAME

NJ-SPJ will host the inaugural induction of outstanding journalists into our New Jersey Journalism Hall of Fame on Thursday, April 18, at William Paterson University in Wayne. The event will begin with a reception at 6:30 p.m. in Hobart Hall, which houses the university’s Communication Department.

We will be honoring Jonathan Alter, Anna Quindlen, John McPhee, the late Gabe Pressman, and the late Edith Schapiro. Cost is $20 per person. To purchase tickets, click here.

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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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