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Skills Fest 2017: What you need to succeed in today’s job market

Want to learn how to shoot and edit video? Tell an audio story? Use Instagram and Snapchat in a story?
Then SkillsFest 2017 has what you need and more. This half-day set of workshops on Saturday, April 22 at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark will teach the skills that are needed in today’s job market.
Hosted by the New Jersey chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, SkillsFest brings together some of the best professional in New York metropolitan area.
Among the speakers are:
  • Tom Franklin, multimedia journalism instructor at Montclair State University.
  • Karen Rouse, New Jersey reporter for WNYC-FM
  • Sam Shefler, staff writer for Media Shift
  • Frank Runyeon, freelance multimedia journalist
  • John Ensslin, multimedia journalist for The Record.
Among the other skills to be taught: how to stage a Facebook Live broadcast and how to produce a podcast.
Attendees can choose up to three classes, which will be taught at NJIT’s Newark campus from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
WiFi will be provided. Attendees must bring their own laptop and smart phone.
Cost of the program is $45 for students and $85 for professionals. Admission includes a box lunch and a one-year membership (or a one-year renewal) in SPJ, the nation’s oldest and largest journalism advocacy groups. Click here for more info and to register.
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Learn to podcast

black background_podcasting workshop_revised_v 4Join us Sun., Nov. 15 for an NJ-SPJ workshop that will teach you the basics of podcasting and also focus on what content works best for this medium. The workshop, to be held from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, is being organized in cooperation with NJIT’s student newspaper, The Vector.

Agenda: You will create your own podcasting platform and produce a 15-minute program. You will need your smart phone. Trainers are: John Ensslin of The Record, Paul Brubaker of “The Backgrounder” podcast, and Brandon Robinson, co-host of the “Brown and Scoop” podcast. The workshop will be held in NJIT’s Student Mall computer lab (Rooms 36 and 37), located below the NJIT parking deck,154 Summit St., Newark. The cost is $10 at the door but free for NJIT students and NJ SPJ members. Seating is limited to 50 people, so register by email to njspjnov15@gmail.com – information at973-513-5632.  Listen to a podcast on Studio SPJ previewing our podcasting workshop here.

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John Ensslin elected new SPJ prez

NEW ORLEANS —The Society of Professional Journalists is pleased to announce John Ensslin as its 2011-12 president. Ensslin will serve the largest and most broad-based journalism association for a one-year term.

Immediate Past President Hagit Limor gave Ensslin the oath of office at the President’s Installation Banquet Tuesday night, Sept. 27, at the Excellence in Journalism conference in New Orleans . He was elected Sunday, Sept. 25, at an SPJ business session at the conference.

Ensslin accepted his new role by first thanking those who have been close to him during his career, including Limor.

“Watching Hagit handle the issues that arose this year was like having my own graduate course on SPJ leadership,” he said.

Ensslin’s presidency will focus on two major issues: membership and chapter health. In his speech he called attention to SPJ’s slight decline in membership in recent years, attributing this trend to the slow economic recovery, although he said confidently: “My hope is that this will be a year that we take SPJ membership to a whole new level.”

To achieve this goal, Ensslin will encourage every chapter to do a membership drive in the month of March. He will ask each chapter – professional and student, large and small – to hold at least one event aimed at retaining current members or recruiting new members. He recognizes that membership is just one of many areas of SPJ’s work that are important to support, but as he explained, many of those activities are already spearheaded by talented, productive committees.

He believes in the importance of SPJ, asserting in his installation speech: “In hard times, you learn who your true friends are, and you learn about your core values. And one thing these last few years have taught me is the true value of our Society of Professional Journalists.”

Ensslin was a reporter for the Rocky Mountain News for 27 years before moving to the Colorado Springs Gazette in 2009 to be the paper’s legal affairs reporter. He recently moved to Bergen County , N.J. , to cover local government for The Record.

Just as important as Ensslin’s professional experience is his experienced leadership in SPJ. He has served as membership chairman for the Colorado Pro chapter, Region 6 Director — including receiving the honor of Regional Director of the Year in 2010 — and 2010-11 national secretary-treasurer. He said he began thinking of running for president in 2004 when a colleague sitting by him at that year’s President’s Installation Banquet said, “You know, I can see you up there.”

Since then, Ensslin brainstormed all that he would aim to accomplish for the Society. Eventually he realized he had skills that could truly make a difference.…

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