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What we did in 2019

2019 was a year of great highs and lows. We were ecstatic when our national organization recognized the Red Bank home of muckraking journalist T. Thomas Fortune as an SPJ national historic site in journalism; we were devastated by the loss of John Ensslin, a dear friend, outstanding journalist and our immediate past chapter president — who had the added pedigree of having served as president of our national organization.

We were proud to lend our voices to legislative efforts that successfully convinced a state Senate Committee to say yes to a bill that would have boosted press rights for high school and college journalists in New Jersey —  and disappointed when that bill (known as New Jersey New Voices) could not get a hearing before an equivalent committee in the state Assembly, effectively knocking things back to square one.

Finally, we would be remiss not to mention other accomplishments of 2019, including our on-going First Amendment advocacy, our efforts to document the legacy of Garden State journalism through our NJ SPJ Journalism Hall of Fame and the skills-based workshops we organized to help our friends and colleagues keep up with trends in our industry.

A heart-felt thank you to all our members and supporters. We’ve got big plans for 2020, so stay tuned!

To learn more about our chapter and what we’ve done over the years, see our website’s “About page” and scroll down until you see our list of activities.…

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R.I.P., John Ensslin

Update: A celebration of the life of John Ensllin will be held Sat., Aug. 17 from  3-6 p.m. at the Nassau Inn, 10 Palmer Square, Princeton.

Please R.S.V.P. to Mary Anne Greenberg (John’s sister) at maginpton@gmail.com

This is a short post to let our members and supporters know that John Ensslin, beloved friend, colleague and journalist extraordinaire, died this morning. John was a  former national president of SPJ who we were lucky enough to have on our local chapter board. He recently finished a two-year stint as president of the New Jersey SPJ chapter, but he was much more than that: He was the rudder of our chapter, always steering us in the right direction with wisdom and generosity. He will be sorely missed. Our heartfelt condolences to his wife, Denise, and to his family.

To learn more about John and his impact on journalism, read this beautiful tribute written by a colleague at Colorado Politics, where John had been working since last spring.

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Miriam Ascarelli, VP of NJSPJ, and Dr. Nick Hirshon, adviser for WPSPJ.

NJ and WP SPJ initiate awards

Hobart Hall filled for awards ceremony, induction 

Rising journalists and established professionals lent an air of excitement to the first William Paterson University SPJ Awards Ceremony and New Jersey SPJ Journalism Hall of Fame event.

The student chapter honored its friends of WPSPJ: NJSPJ President John Ensslin, theater critic Ruth Ross and sports reporter Denis Gorman during the ceremony held April 18 in Hobart Hall.

During the ceremony, the NJSPJ inducted Anna Quindlen, John McPhee and Jonathan Alter to its New Jersey Journalism Hall of Fame. Gabe Pressman and Edith Schapiro were inducted posthumously. The inductees were nominated by a panel of former NJSPJ presidents and approved by the NJSPJ board.

The emcees for the evening were Miriam Ascarelli, vice president of NJSPJ, and Dr. Nicholas Hirshon, a journalism professor at WP and the founder and adviser of the WPSPJ.

WP is the host of the New Jersey Journalism Hall of Fame and the NJSPJ plaque bearing the names of inductees will be kept at the university’s Communication Department.

Couldn’t make the ceremony? View it at William Paterson SPJ on Facebook – here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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Podcasting 3.0 is Oct. 27

Learn from experienced professionals

how to join the podcasting trend

PHILADELPHIA – Attention all you aspiring podcasters in the greater Philadelphia area.

The New Jersey and Keystone chapters of the Society of Professional Journalists will be hosting a one-day workshop called “Podcasting 3.0” on Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Pen & Pencil Club, 1522 Latimer St. in Philadelphia.

The workshop – which runs from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. – will show you some of the many possibilities of podcasting and teach you the basics of how to do a podcast.

Among the topics to be covered:

  • Tips on how to record the best quality audio for your podcast.
  • A survey of some of the best equipment for your recording.
  • A discussion of what makes a quality podcast, in terms of content.
  • How to best promote and distribute your podcast.
  • A review of best practices and resources for podcasters.

During the workshop, participants will have an opportunity on their lunch break to collect audio in Center City Philadelphia and return to the workshop to learn how to edit that audio, and how to write and deliver a script.

The cost of the workshop is $75 for professionals and $35 for students. The fee includes a one-year membership in the Society of Professional Journalists. Seating is limited. The fee does not include lunch. Attendees must bring their own smart phone and laptop.

Register here for the workshop.

Founded in 1909, the Society of Professional Journalists is the largest and oldest journalism organization in the U.S., with about 6,500 members. The society advocates for open records access, ethical journalism, newsroom diversity and journalism education.

The workshop will be taught by:

  Kayla Dwyer

A multimedia reporter for the Allentown Morning Call. She also is the producer of “Valley View,” the newspaper’s podcast.

   John Ensslin

A multimedia reporter for The Record and producer of the podcasts “On the Record” and “Studio SPJ.” John is a former national president of SPJ and the current president of New Jersey SPJ. A journalist for more than 30 years, he has been podcasting for the last eight years.

  Steve Lubetkin

A professional podcaster and managing partner of Lubetkin Media Companies in Cherry Hill, N.J. 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.

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