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Podcasting: Hear it, do it! RSVP now

Sign up for Podcasting 3.0 in Philadelphia

There are still some seats remaining for our Podcasting 3.0 workshop on Oct. 27 from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Pen & Pencil Club, in Philadelphia.

This workshop will teach the basic techniques of recording, writing and editing your own podcast.

Register here.

New from Studio SPJ

Our latest episodes of Studio SPJ feature two interesting conversations with SPJ leaders.

In the first episode, Rebecca Baker, talks about her recently completed one-year term as president of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Hear Rebecca here.

In the second episode, Alex Tarquinio – our new SPJ president – talks about her hopes and plans for the year again.

Hear Alex here.

Both conversations were recording during the SPJ Excellence in Journalism conference in September in Baltimore.

Thanks Ron!

The New Jersey SPJ board recently honored Ron Miskoff for his service to the chapter and to journalism.

During a ceremony at our Sept. 18 meeting at Kean University, we presented Ron with a resolution expressing our gratitude for his service as chapter president, treasurer and board member. We also noted his role as co-founder and former president of the Foundation for Open Government.

The board presented Ron with a gift certificate to one of his favorite vegan restaurants in New Brunswick.…

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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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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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Hall of Fame; podcasting; 2019 contest

Hello fellow SPJ members,

A New Jersey Journalism Hall of Fame, podcast workshops and a bigger, better contest were among the topics discussed when the board of the New Jersey Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists held its annual summer retreat recently.

We met on July 28 in the Princeton Room of the Princeton Public Library surrounded by first-edition John McPhee books. The four-hour gathering was an opportunity for our board to make some plans for the year ahead. Here are a few things we discussed:

Holding our first-ever Journalism Hall of Fame event.

We did some initial planning last year by having former chapter presidents suggest and select nominees. This year we discussed actually staging the event, quite possibly at William Paterson University in Wayne. Stay tuned.

Expanding our signature awards contest beyond the current four categories.

This year we awarded our traditional honors of the Wilson Barto “Rookie of the Year,” the Tim O’Brien award for best use of open public records and the Stuart and Beverly Awbrey Award for community journalism. We also continued with our Courage Under Fire award, although no winners were chosen this year.

Next year we hope to add awards for journalism educator of the year, best audio story, best video story and journalist of the year. Do you have any ideas about categories that we should add? If so, let me know.

Hosting two “Podcasting 3.0” workshops

We’d hold one in Philadelphia and one in New York City later this year and early next year. This would be an updated “hands-on” workshop similar to one we did three years ago at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark. Both workshops would be done in collaboration with other SPJ chapters, one with the Keystone SPJ chapter in October and the other with the New York City Deadline Club in the spring.

Collaborating more with other chapters.

Watch for details on all of these events in the months ahead. And if you would like to be a part of the planning process, let me know by emailing me at johnensslin@gmail.com

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Remembering the Union Hotel

SPJ, NJSPJ mark

hotel’s historic role

SPJ New Jersey celebrated a special event in Flemington where we unveiled a plaque that marked the Union Hotel’s entry on SPJ’s national historic sites in journalism registry.

About 35 people attended the ceremony June 30th  when we presented the plaque to the Hunterdon County Historical Society Library in downtown Flemington. Hear the ceremony at Studio SPJ.

The Historical Society has agreed to serve as temporary custodian of the plaque until the future of the Union Hotel is resolved.

The hotel served as a media hub for journalists who came from around the world to cover the Lindbergh baby kidnap-murder trial which took place at the courthouse across the street in January 1935.

Among the journalists covering that trial were:

  • Arthur Brisbane, one of the best-known editors of his day who worked for the Hearst Newspapers
  • H.L. Mencken, the well-known journalist, satirist and social critic from Baltimore.
  • Dorothy Parker, the wisecracking writer from Long Branch who became part of the famous Algonquin Hotel roundtable writers.
  • Walter Winchell, the newspaper and radio gossip columnist who wrote for the Hearst papers.
  • Damon Runyon, the journalist whose stories about characters in New York City were collected in his book “Guys and Dolls.”

SPJ New Jersey recognizes that the Union Hotel has seen some hard times since 1935 and that it’s not what it was when these journalists came to town.

We also note that there has been a fierce debate over the future of the hotel and its redevelopment.

Our role is not to weigh in on the details of that dispute.

But our plaque says loud and clear that this site represents a significant chapter in the history of American journalism.

We hope that in some fashion the site is preserved for future generations to appreciate.

Special thanks here to Patricia Millen, executive director of the historical society, for taking care of our plaque and making this event possible.

Remembering the CapGazette

The dreadful murders of five people within the Capitol-Gazette newsroom in Annapolis last week has left many of us shaken and sorrowful.

We greatly admire the “Hell Yes” persistence of their colleagues who published their paper while working through their grief.

SPJ New Jersey shares that grief.

At our board meeting in Flemington, we voted to donate $100 to the GoFundMe campaign that was set up to help the families of those whose lives were lost.

It is the least we can do to honor their memory.…

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