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Awesome, folks! SPJ Region 1 rocked

We had an awesome two-day spring regional conference in Philadelphia this past weekend that lived up to our theme of “For the Love of Journalism.”

The conference was a sold-out event that attracted more than 130 people to Temple University where they heard 20 sessions and 32 speakers. We had members from almost every state in the region and one person from as far away as Denver, Colo.

An event of this magnitude requires many people to make it a reality.

Today, I’d like to offer a thank you to those folks

Let’s start with Regional Director Jane Primerano and Keystone SPJ President Pat Trosky, who were wonderful partners during the nine-month process that included many meetings to plan, design and execute the conference.

Next, a big thank you to New York Deadline Club President and NJ SPJ board member Claire Regan who designed a beautiful book that helped people navigate the conference and who crafted a conference flyer and logo.

A special thanks to Deadline Club volunteer Melissa Heule who helped run our conference website.

Thanks to Keystone board members Susan Schwartz and Carol Crane, who did everything from setting out chairs to editing the stories of a group of 14 Temple University journalism student volunteers.

A special thanks to NJ SPJ Vice President Miriam Ascarelli, for coordinating those volunteer students, serving as their editor and helping organize a very successful pizza party/newspaper swap for student journalists graciously hosted by the staff of Temple News.

14 students helped out

We were fortunate to have those 14 student volunteers who did everything from reporting, writing and recording the conference session to helping with registration and cleaning up afterwards.

Thanks to New Jersey chapter Treasurer Elizabeth Oguss for tracking our finances and to chapter Secretary Emily Kratzer for overseeing registration and sending out the emails that helped build our audience.

A big thank you to NJ SPJ board member Robert Bugai for soliciting, collecting and assembling our conference “goody bags.”

Thanks to NJ SPJ board members David Levitt, Ron Miskoff and Nick Hirshon for introducing some of our sessions.

Thank you to SPJ National President Rebecca Baker for moderating one of our sessions and helping present our Mark of Excellence winners.

Thanks to incoming SPJ national President Alex Tarquino for introducing one of our sessions.

Thanks to deputy Regional Director Chris Vacarro who helped with the MOE brunch and to New England chapter President Jordan Frias who helped guide students to the brunch.

Thanks to all our speakers who gave up a lovely spring weekend to lead sessions that demonstrated our love for journalism – especially our hackathoners, who spent more than six hours over two days crafting a document on newsroom diversity (more on that later).…

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See “The Post” with us on Jan. 12

We extend a special invitation for you to attend a fun social event that our New Jersey chapter will be hosting on the evening of Friday, Jan. 12 – not Dec. 29 as previously announced.

Our plan is to attend a screening that night of the new Steven Spielberg film “The Post,” which tells the story of the Washington Post’s decision to publish stories on the Pentagon Papers after they were first revealed in the New York Times.

Here’s the official trailer for the movie:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5WmbUHtxGf8

We don’t know yet which theaters will be screening the film when it opens on a limited basis on Dec. 22.

But as soon as that is known, we’ll pick a theater, purchase a block of tickets and sell them to any members who wish to attend.

After the movie, we’ll head to a nearby restaurant where we can discuss the film over a late dinner and drinks.

I’m looking forward to seeing this movie.

The story behind the publication of the Pentagon Paper by the Times, The Post, The Boston Globe and other newspapers is one of the great, defining moments in the history of American journalism.

The film holds a special resonance

As a college student, I took a history class in which we dove into the contents of the Pentagon Papers.

Many years later in Denver, I had the opportunity to interview Daniel Ellsburg, the former RAND Corp. analyst responsible for leaking the documents to the press, and former Defense Secretary Robert McNamara, who commissioned the study.

Let me know by no later than Jan. 5 if you wish to purchase a ticket for the Jan. 12 screening. You can do so by emailing me at johnensslin@gmail.com

I’ll send out a follow-up message as soon as we know the details of which theater we’ll go to as well as ticket prices and screening time. Hope you can come with us that night.

Let me know if you can.

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