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SkillsFest 2018 on Jan. 27

Our SkillsFest 2018 is beginning to take shape and it’s looking pretty good so far.

SkillsFest is our day-long set of training sessions aimed at giving journalists – both students and professionals – the tools they need to better do their job.

The next SkillsFest will take place on Saturday, Jan. 27 starting at 10 a.m. on the Newark campus of the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Here’s a partial list of our speakers and what they will be talking about:

David Bergeland is an award-winning photojournalist who teaches multimedia skills at the Newark campus of Rutgers University. His specialty is digital media including video, audio slideshows, podcasts, documentary and editorial content for the web. David will talk about the basics of multimedia journalism.

Renee Ernst is a producer for the social publishing unit of CNN. She previously worked as a social media editor at The Huffington Post and The Record. Renee will talk about the social media skills that have been useful in her career.

Carla Astudillo, a data journalist for the Star-Ledger and NJ.com. Carla is a self-described “data chaser and interactive graphics maker” She previously worked for the International Business Times as deputy data visuals editor. Carla will discuss the basics of data visualization.

-David Sheingold, the data and computer assisted reporting specialist for The Record. He will discuss how to use Microsoft Excel spreadsheets as a reporting tool.

Stay tuned for more details in the weeks to come.

Our SkillsFest offers a full day of useful and relevant training that you can use in your own work. And it’s affordable.

The cost is $85 for professionals and $45 for students. Besides the training, that includes a box lunch and a one-year membership in SPJ for new and renewing SPJ members.

Click here to register for this event.

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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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2018 conference; new scholarship; Nov. 19 meeting

Hello SPJ members,

I have some big news to share with you: our Regional 1 Spring Conference will be held on April 21-22 at Temple University in Philadelphia.

This weekend of training and discussion – dubbed “For the Love of Journalism” will be a joint production of the New Jersey and Keystone SPJ chapters.

I’m very excited about the prospect of co-hosting a regional conference in Philadelphia. It’s a great city with a rich journalism history and a wealth of talent.

So watch for more details in the weeks ahead and please save the date.

When it rains, we work

The SPJ NJ Board had a very productive meeting on Oct. 29. Heavy rain that day forced the board to meet by a telephone conference call, but we took some significant steps:

The Fran Burns Memorial Scholarship

The board voted unanimously to create a $500 annual scholarship to help a deserving SPJ NJ student member attend our annual conference, starting with the Excellence in Journalism conference in Baltimore on Sept. 27-29, 2018.

We decided to name the scholarship after Fran Burns, a former chapter president who passed away earlier this year. Fran was as loyal an SPJ member as ever there was. And she attended our regional conferences faithfully, even in years where her health presented a challenge. So we believe she would have appreciated this memorial.

The recipient of the scholarship will be asked to present a written report on the conference and to detail their experience via social media.

Watch for more details in the weeks ahead on how to apply for the scholarship.

“Oh, the humanity…”

The board also voted unanimously to add the Lakehurst Air Station to our list of historic sites in New Jersey journalism.

The site is where radio journalist Herbert Morrison broadcast his famous account of the Hindenberg crash.

The crash occurred on May 6, 1937, as Morrison was covering the landing for Chicago radio station WSL. His emotional words “oh, the humanity!” is still one of the most famous examples of live radio reporting.

This brings to three the number of sites on our chapter’s list of historic sites in journalism.

The other two are the Union Hotel in Flemington – where the press corps stayed during the Lindbergh kidnap-murder trial – and the T. Thomas Fortune House in Red Bank – home of a pioneering African-American journalist.

A meeting and a tour

Our next board meeting will take place on Sunday, Nov. 19 at 2 p.m. at the Center for Cooperative Media in the new School of Communication and Media at Montclair State University.

Our meeting will be preceded by a tour of the building. Members are welcome to attend, but please RSVP to me at johnensslin@gmail.com 

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Save Oct. 14 for SkillsFest

Editor’s note: The Oct. 14 Skills Fest has been postponed. We’ll let you know about the new date as soon as it is determined. 

Good news!

SPJ National has awarded a $500 grant to help us stage another Skills Fest event.

Our first Skills Fest in April was a success. We drew 22 students and professional to the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark for a half-day of training on social media and other journalism applications.

Each of the participants either became new members or were about to renew their membership, so we grew out chapter by 20 percent in a single day.

However, there were some costs that the chapter had to pay. The grant from SPJ national will help us cover those costs.

Our next SkillsFest will again be at NJIT on Saturday, Oct. 14. Please save the date and watch for details on our guest speakers.

A chapter grows at William Paterson

Our most recent board meeting took place on Sept. 16 at William Paterson University in Wayne where we were graciously hosted by the Communications Department.

We met with their chairman, faculty and several print and broadcast students who recently became SPJ members.

The University agreed to pay for the students’ membership fees in hopes of establishing a student chapter on campus.

We offered to do what we can to help them in that effort.

Welcome to our newest board member

During our September meeting, the board voted to add Nick Hirshon to our board of directors.

Nick is an associate professor at William Paterson who will be serving a campus advisor to our new SPJ student chapter there.

He is a former New York City journalist and Deadline Club member who has written for the New York Daily News and other publications. He also has written books on the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum and Forest Hills, the Queens neighborhood that hosts the U.S. Open.

Nick has a Bachelor’s in journalism from St. John’s University, a Master’s in journalism from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. in mass communication from Ohio University.

We welcome Nick to our board and look forward to working with him on the new student chapter.

Corrections

I made some mistakes in my previous president’s message on our other new board member, Claire Regan.

Claire continues to serve on the board of the Deadline Club, where she is vice president for special projects. She has also chaired their scholarship committee for about 10 years.

And Claire co-chaired last year’s spring regional conference with Region 1 Director Jane Primerano.

She is also a regular contributor to the Staten Island Advance, where she previously served as an editor.

The addition of Claire and Nick make an already strong SPJ NJ Board even better.…

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