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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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Join us on April 18 at WPU!

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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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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Doherty reports back from EIJ 2018

 

The first Fran Burns Scholarship given by the NJ Society of Professional Journalists went to Sarah Doherty, so that she could attend the national conference of the Society of Professional Journalists.

 

 

In Doherty’s words

Last year, I transferred into Rutgers University to find more opportunities that could help me achieve my life-long dream of becoming a news anchor. I found exactly what I was looking for when I had the opportunity to go to the 2018 Excellence in Journalism Conference in Baltimore, Maryland, thanks to the Fran Burns Scholarship.

Five sessions

I attended five sessions at the conference. My favorite session was the last session that I attended. The session was called “Unleash Your Inner Broadcaster” and the speakers were George Bodarky, Tracy Davidson, and Amy Tardif. Since I aspire to be a news anchor, this session was a perfect fit for me. At one point during the session, I was called to the front of the room and I read a news script. The speakers of the session then critiqued me on my reading and showed me how I could improve. Since I was bit nervous, they had me read the script as loudly as I could and then afterward I read it with absolutely no trouble. I found that incredible, and after watching many others go through their critiques, it seemed like a magic trick to me. The speakers always knew what exercises to give someone so that they could read the script back perfectly. I will definitely remember those tricks and save them for my future.

Favorite part: Davidson

My favorite part of the conference was seeing a familiar face, fellow news anchor Tracy Davidson. I met Davidson back in 2016 after winning the Widener University Student Leadership Award. I have always looked up to Davidson, especially after meeting her in person in 2016. When I first saw her at the conference I was shocked, and I went to talk to her immediately. She was so excited to see me that she took a video of me and posted it on her Instagram page. She also even gave me advice about internship opportunities and I could not be more grateful.

Attending the Excellence in Journalism Conference has been the highlight of my semester. I took pages and pages of notes while I was there, and I will definitely keep those notes in mind as I navigate through my college career. This conference has given me great advice and has taught me the steps I can take to be the best journalist that I can be.…

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NJ SPJ board opportunity; Burns scholarship

Hi folks – I’m blessed to have a very good board of directors at New Jersey SPJ. They include several people who have served as past presidents of the chapter. They are a group of people who are passionate about journalism and its role in a democracy.

It’s that time of year, however, when we elect a new board. And it appears we will have one vacancy on our 11-member board. Former chapter president and long-time board member Ron Miskoff has indicated he plans to not run for another one-year term. We will miss Ron and appreciate all he has done for our chapter.

If you are an SPJ member and have an interest in serving on our board, let us know. The job involves attending one two-hour meeting each month, usually on the third Sunday. Members are also called upon to take on additional assignments during the year, such as helping organize programs, working on our annual SkillsFest event or overseeing our signature awards journalism contest.

We also tackle important topics such as diversity, ethics, open public records access and journalism advocacy.

If you would like to be part of this effort, please email our nominations chair Miriam Ascarelli at ascarelli@gmail.com by no later than May 20. Also please put “NJ SPJ Board Nominee” in the subject line and include a JPEG photo of yourself, plus a one-paragraph bio.

Student SPJ members: Go to Baltimore with the Fran Burns scholarship

If you are a SPJ student member in New Jersey, here’s a great opportunity for a $500 scholarship to help enable you to attend our national Excellence in Journalism Conference Sept. 27-29 in Baltimore.

The scholarship is named after Fran Burns, a former SPJ New Jersey chapter president and long-time board member who passed away in September. The $500 stipend is a very good deal.

For example, it will be enough to cover your $175 early bird registration plus a $199 one-night stay at the Baltimore Hilton, which is the conference hotel.

You must, however, be a current SPJ student member to qualify for this money. All we ask in return is that you write a short story about the conference which we can later post to our chapter website.

Interested? Then please contact Karin Price Mueller at karin@njmoneyhelp.com.

You will need to send Karin your resume and a short statement on why you wish to attend the conference.

The application deadline is June 10. The winner will be announced later that month.

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SCHOLARSHIPS TO 2018 NABJ, AAJA, NAHJ, NAJA, NJGLA EVENTS

Speaking of scholarships, here’s another one: To help move the news ecosystem in the Garden State toward a goal of better reflecting the communities it serves, the Center for Cooperative Media is launching a scholarship fund dedicated to helping New Jersey journalists attend training, events and conferences in 2018 put on by organizations that work on improving diversity, equity and inclusion in media.…

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