Contest winners, a historic site in journalism and board elections

John Ensslin, president, NJSPJ

Hi folks,

Chapter President John Ensslin here. June will be a busy month for our SPJ New Jersey chapter. A few things to watch for include:

Celebrating New Jersey journalism
We’ll be honoring the winners of our NJ SPJ signature journalism awards during a lunch at noon on Saturday June 16 at The Maize Restaurant inside the lobby of the Robert Treat Hotel at 50 Park Place in Newark. The cost of the lunch is $22. To attend, click here.
Here are this year’s winners (updated):
Awbrey Award (for community journalism)
Tim O’Brien Award (best use of public records)
Wilson Barto Award (for Rookie of the Year)
Note: We chose not to award the Courage Under Fire award this year.
Thanks to contest coordinator Heather Taylor for wrangling this year’s contest entries and to the Alaska Press Club and the Keystone SPJ chapter for judging this year’s entries. Congratulations to all our winners!
The Union Hotel – a historic site in journalism
Join us in Flemington at noon Saturday June 30 when SPJ New Jersey dedicates a plaque commemorating the role of the Union Hotel as the hub of world-wide media coverage during the Lindberg kidnapping trial in 1935.The plaque will be unveiled at the Hunterdon Historical Society Library at 114 Main St. in Flemington.
All are welcome to this free event. The first meeting our new SPJ NJ board will follow the ceremony.
Reminder: NJ SPJ Board elections
June also is the month when we elect our chapter’s board of directors. We do not have any contested seats this year. But members can expect to see an email seeking their approval for the board.
The candidates are:
  • John Ensslin, president
  • Miriam Ascarelli, vice president
  • Emily Kratzer, secretary
  • Elizabeth Oguss, treasurer
Board members:
  • Robert Bugai
  • Nicholas Hirshon
  • David Levitt
  • Matt McGrath
  • Jane Primerano
  • Claire Regan
  • Bob Schapiro


    Mentor a young journalist in July

    Karyn D. Collins runs a high school journalism workshop at Rutgers University in New Brunswick called the Hugh N. Boyd Journalism Diversity Workshop.
    The workshop will be held on campus July 21-29. Here are three areas where you can help:
    • Young media professionals and entrepreneurs who can serve as inspirational guest speakers
    • Volunteer writing/editing coaches to work with the students. We are especially in need of coaches with video production and editing experience
    • Funding, since our students attend the program on full scholarship and live on campus during the program.
    If you or your company can help with any of these needs, contact Collins at Thanks!
    Previous volunteers who have worked with the students report that this is a very rewarding experience.

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