Law and Media Conference

You are invited to attend the Ohio State Bar Association Law and Media Conference 2014.
Friday, Oct. 10, 2014

Ohio State Bar Association
1700 Lake Shore Dr., Columbus, Ohio 43204
(off W. 5th Ave., just W. of Rt. 33)
(614) 487-8585 or (800) 232-7124


  • Lawyers, journalists, judges and academics discussing hot media law topics;
  • CNN’s Martin Savidge, guest panelist in a plenary session titled “Data Privacy and the News: Hackers, Leakers, Journalists and Spies”; and
  • Concurrent seminar topics that include reporting on political mudslinging within legal and ethical limits, open meetings, accessing public records, mediating public records disputes, using digital analytics to measure audiences, Internet’s effect on journalism, native advertising, libel and “twibel” and the effect of online comments on news credibility.

Click here for more information or to register.

NOTE: Session materials will be provided in electronic form only. Please bring your electronic devices to access this information during the conference.

Sponsored by:
Ohio State Bar Association
Ohio Association of Broadcasters
Ohio Newspaper Association
Society of Professional Journalists, Central Ohio Chapter

This seminar is worth 4.5 CLE hours.

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Research opportunity!

Ohio_logoRoy Enakshi, a Ph.D. Student at the W.E. Scripps School of Journalism, Ohio University, is conducting an online survey regarding a data-mining tool that gives users a better understanding of their followers (demography and what they are interested in) to boost effectiveness of Tweets or Facebook posts. He and a fellow engineering doctoral student won the Scripps Innovation Challenge and are testing their Minimally Viable Product (MVP), as well as the market. Their online questionnaire will help them understand how communication professionals use social media, and whether they use any tools such as Hootsuite, etc.

Roy is applying for a grant to make the actual software, and this survey will help him with the research phase of his project. He asked that our chapter forward his contact info to our membership. If you are interested in participating in the survey, click here.

For more information about the Scripps Innovation Challenge, visit here.

Roy says the survey takes seven to eight minutes to complete. If you want to contact Roy, he can be reached at or 740.707.3722.

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Keeping the Readers’ Trust

The Main Street Free Press Museum

in association with the Society of Professional Journalists, Central Ohio Chapter 

invite you to a free discussion Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, 7:15 p.m. during the annual Fredericktown Tomato Show

Keeping the Readers’ Trust

Featuring Ohio’s Last and First Newspaper Ombudsmen

• Ted Diadiun, The Cleveland Plain Dealer
Reader Representative since 2005 – and
the last newspaper ombudsman in Ohio

• John C. Long, Ombudsman from 1967-68 at

the Ohio Wesleyan Transcript and from 1995-96
at The Courier-Journal in Louisville, and director
of The Main Street Free Press Museum

First Baptist Church, Fredericktown, Ohio
22 E. Sandusky St., one block east of the Public Square
47 years ago, The Courier-Journal and The Louisville Times appointed the first U.S. newspaper ombudsman, and the Ohio Wesleyan Transcript appointed the second – Ohio’s first. Over the next 40 years, dozens of U.S. newspapers and many more worldwide appointed ombudsmen to be more responsive to readers and to strengthen their trust. But in the past 10 years, as 18,000 U.S. newsroom jobs disappeared, many ombudsman positions were lost. What did and do the ombudsmen accomplish, and how are others continuing the mission?

The Main Street Free Press Museum one block north of the Square at Main and Second streets, is open for tours and letterpress printing demonstrations at 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. and following the program. Refreshments available at the Fredericktown Tomato Show booths along Main Street throughout the evening

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Four directors appointed to chapter board

Over the past three months, the board of directors made four appointments to replace members who resigned.

Three new directors were appointed at the board’s Sept. 9 meeting. They are:

Kevin Z. Smith, who brings more than 20 years of newsroom and journalism teaching experience to his new role as deputy director of the Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism at The Ohio State University. In addition, he has been a longtime leader in the Society of Professional Journalists, serving as national president in 2009-10. He has served as chairman of the national group’s Ethics Committee since 2010 and as aboard member of the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation since 2008.

Doug Buchanan, managing editor in charge of digital at Columbus Business First, where he directs the paper’s online news coverage and social media. He’s been with the paper for 15 years,starting as a banking reporter before working through several editing posts.

Jonathan Peters, a media lawyer and an assistant professor at the University of Dayton, where he teaches journalism and law. He blogs about free expression for the Harvard Law & Policy Review, and he has written on legal issues for The Atlantic, Slate, The Nation, Wired, PBS, and the Columbia Journalism Review. Peters returns to the board after completing his Ph.D. in journalism at the University of Missouri and returning to Columbus.

And a fourth director was appointed at the Nov. 11 board meeting:

Bruce Cadwallader is a long-time SPJ supporter and has held many chapter, regional and national positions with the organization. Cadwallader was chapter president in 1994-95, played a key fundraising role when the chapter hosted the national convention in 2000, and held various positions including Region 4 director and chair of the SPJ Legal Defense Fund. A former Dispatch reporter, Cadwallader now is associate director of communications for Franklin County Childrens Services.

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Notes from the 2013 SPJ national convention

Board member Phil Rudell represented the chapter at the SPJ national convention in Anaheim, Calif., last month. Here’s the report he filed with the board at its Sept. 9 meeting:

Discussions relating directly to the Central Ohio Chapter

I met with the Cleveland Chapter President Rodney Bengston and Cincinnati Pro Chapter President Tom McKee and hope those two leaders will be at the Oct. 5 awards breakfast. I reconnected with Ginny Frizzi, who is trying to revive the Pittsburgh Chapter, which is on life support. Region 4 has six active pro chapters: three in Ohio; Detroit: mid-Michigan; and Pittsburgh. Regional Director Patti Newberry is tasked with ensuring that number doesn’t drop. National SPJ has 7,500 members, down from 13,000 in the late 1990s.

Most of the regional meeting’s discussion concerned the April regional conference, so I offered broad outlines of what we are planning. Our plans in late August, when the Anaheim convention was held, weren’t as far along as they are now. Holly Edgell of Cincinnati offered to help with breakout sessions and I’m sure Kevin Smith will also assist.

Newberry singled out student chapters at OU and OSU for praise, awarding the Region 4 Student Chapter of the Year to the OU group. Their adviser, Nerissa Young, was at the national convention. I asked her to join our chapter, but she declined, noting she lives in Huntington.

In other business:

There was only one contested race in the election of national officers: SPJ voters elected Michael Periatt and Lindsay Cook as student representatives. There were four candidates. About 9% of eligible voters participated, which I think is appallingly low. It’s a reflection of the lack of competition. It was the second time that national officers were elected by membership instead of by delegates at the convention. I used Central Ohio’s two votes to weigh in on a variety of resolutions.

The defeated resolutions:

  • A poorly worded proposal to change the name of the organization to the Society for Professional Journalism. This came from Region 3 Director (and all-around gadfly) Michael Koretzky, which undoubtedly contributed to its defeat.
  • A measure defying restrictions on news coverage by government’s public-affairs officers. Director at Large Bill McCloskey pointed out that the public-affairs officers often have been able to help get stories published in tough circumstances and shouldn’t be the target of anti-censorship efforts.

Approved were resolutions:

  • Condemning censorship of high-school publications that print unfavorable information about schools.
  • Rejecting the federal government’s “national security interests” justification of the NSA’s snooping on Americans.
  • Opposing a restrictive definition of “journalists” in the deliberations by Congress on a national shield law.
  • Calling on national leadership to revisit the Code of Ethics for necessary updates or revisions. The current code was adopted in 1996.



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Law and Media Conference set for Oct. 4 in Columbus

LawandMediaConference2013Ohio journalists, lawyers, judges and academics are invited to attend to discuss media law issues at the 2013 Ohio State Bar Association Law and Media Conference.

The day-long conference, co-sponsored by the central Ohio SPJ chapter, will take place Friday, Oct. 4, 1700 Lake Shore Dr., Columbus.

Program topics include:

  • Plenary session about the lasting impact of a U.S. Supreme Court decision limiting student press freedom and current newsgathering challenges.
  • Problems and opportunities regarding access to government records and the current state of public records law in Ohio.
  • How does a journalist cover a school shooting or a juvenile crime?
  • How has the Internet affected journalism and how do journalists practice in this changing environment?
  • Media Law 101: Everything you wanted to know but were afraid to ask.
  • Lawyers and journalists: how to improve interactions between the professions.

For more information about the event, download the complete program and registration form from the bar association.

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‘Who’s Watching Whom?’ set for Sept. 5 in Fredericktown

In the wake of the U.S. Department of Justice’s secret seizure of Associated Press phone records and the Edward Snowden-NSA leaks, the Main Street Free Press Museum is presenting the panel discussion “Who’s Watching Whom?” at 7:15 p.m. on Sept. 5 in Fredericktown.

Museum director John C. Long will moderate a discussion with Eva Parziale, AP regional director, and Timothy D. Smith, Kent State University media-law professor and former Akron Beacon Journal managing editor.

The program is free. It will be held at the First Baptist Church in Fredericktown, 22 E. Sandusky St., a block east of the public square.

The museum will also be open for tours at 6 p.m. Refreshments are available at the Fredericktown Tomato Show throughout the evening.

Go to for more information or contact Long at

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Join us at the zoo for the 2013 Ohio SPJ Awards

Ohio SPJ Awards 2013Celebrate Ohio’s Best Journalism 2013 on Saturday, Oct. 5, at the world-famous Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

The Central Ohio, Cincinnati and Cleveland pro chapters of the Society of Professional Journalists invite you and your family to join us for our annual celebration announcing the winners of Ohio’s Best Journalism 2013 contest at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

>>Register here:

>>See the full list of award winners

This special destination-awards program is designed to include your families as we celebrate your professional accomplishments. Please join us for a breakfast brunch buffet, followed by a personal welcome by Columbus Zoo CEO and President Tom Stalf and specially selected zoo animals. You’ll hear Tom talk about the zoo’s media relations program and have the opportunity to interact with the animals.

Next up will be the awards presentation, recognizing the best of Ohio’s journalism. Afterward, you’re invited to spend the rest of the day with your family and colleagues enjoying the zoo.

Price includes brunch, zoo and animal presentation, SPJ awards, plus discounted zoo admission and free parking:

Non-Zoo members:  $50 adults/$45 children (ages 2-12)

Zoo members: $40 adults/$35 children (ages 2-12)

Questions? Contact Sarah Mills Bacha, Central Ohio Pro Chapter, at

See you at the zoo!

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64th annual Founders Day: Fun, fellowship and a brick

Retiring broadcaster Bill Cohen accepts one of the chapter's Appreciation Awards at the 64th annual Founders Day event.

Retiring broadcaster Bill Cohen accepts one of the chapter’s Appreciation Awards at the 64th annual Founders Day event.

The chapter’s 64th annual Founders Day meeting was a combination of fellowship, networking and acknowledgement of the achievement of area journalists. But along the way, a brick was also thrown.

The May 16 event at the Fawcett Center on the Ohio State University campus drew about 50 people to hear former Columbus Dispatch editor and newly-minted freshman state representative Mike Curtin, the night’s keynote speaker.

Curtin talked about the rapidly changing landscape of the news industry and its shift from physical products to digital. The challenge, he said, was to find ways to quickly replace revenue from lost advertising with other sources, mainly subscription fees. The New York Times has about a 50-50 split now, he said, but most online news outlets probably aren’t doing that well.

Curtin talked about how he made the decision to run for public office and said many of his new colleagues at the Statehouse are suspicious that he’s using his new position to gather material for another book — a la George Plimpton. The more he hears that, the better the idea sounds, he said with a grin.

The chapter handed out several annual awards — including the return of the Brick Wall Award, given to the individual or organization that did the most to hamper access to public records or damage the spirit of the First Amendment in the prior year.

Dispatch reporters Bill Bush and Jennifer Smith Richards were presented the First Amendment Award, recognizing their efforts to uncover a data-manipulation scandal at the Columbus City Schools. Their stories have prompted investigations by the Ohio Auditor’s office, the state board of education and the FBI.

Dispatch reporter and immediate past president Eric Lyttle was given the chapter’s Distinguished Service award, saluting his leadership through another successful year for the chapter.

Retiring broadcasters Tom Griesdorn of WBNS-10TV and Bill Cohen of Ohio Public Radio and Television were given the chapter’s Appreciation Award for their contributions to journalism in central Ohio.

The chapter’s Brick Wall Award — which hadn’t been handed out since 2010 — went to JobsOhio, which has been a challenge for reporters and a target for critics who feel it’s the black hole of state government, with state money going toward it without public knowledge or real transparency.

Again this year, the chapter distributed $8,000 in college scholarships, $2,000 each to four students. The Jacob A. Meckstroth Scholarship went to Shay Trotter of Ohio State. The Norman H. Dohn Scholarship went to Kali Borovic of Ohio University. And Ritika Shah of Ohio State and Lindsay Friedman of OU were awarded the James W. Faulkner Scholarship.

Those attending the event donated $1,026 through a silent auction; money that will help fund future scholarships.

Winners of the third annual Martys awards also were recognized at the event. Upper Arlington High School students Matias Groteworld, Cassie Lowery and Patty Huntley took the top award.

The evening was sponsored by The Columbus Dispatch and the Media Network of Central Ohio — A Gannett Company.

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Martys contest honors high school journalists

The work of 14 central Ohio high school journalists is being recognized by the chapter via the third annual Martys Awards.

The annual competition is staged by The Dispatch Printing Co., parent company to The Columbus Dispatch, ThisWeek News, Columbus Monthly and Columbus C.E.O. Magazine, with sponsorship from the Central Ohio Society of Professional Journalists.

The contest honors the late Martin L. Rozenman, former Dispatch reporter, longtime editor of Suburban News Publications and nine-year board of directors member of the Central Ohio SPJ. Mentoring students – and reaching out to young journalists to encourage their interest in the profession – were hallmarks of Rozenman’s career. He died in 2010 after a lengthy battle with a blood disorder.

The first-place winner in each of five categories receives $150 from The Dispatch Printing Co., and the overall Best of Show winner –  “The Marty” – wins an additional $250 prize and will be honored at the Central Ohio SPJ’s annual Founders Day banquet.

The 2013 winners in The Martys contest:

Best Feature Writing

First: Kate Magill and Olivia Miltner, Upper Arlington High School, A New Normal.

Second: Carly Hyder, Olentangy High School, Community responds after teen crash.

Best News Writing

First: Matias Grotewold, Patty Huntley and Cassie Lowery, Upper Arlington High School, Pills for Perfection.

Second: Alex Meyer, Bexley High School, Phone use while driving now prohibited for minors.

Best Opinion Writing

First: Justin Meyer, Bexley High School, Problems in Washington are fault of voters, not representatives.

Second: Patrick Fahey, Olentangy High School, Patrick’s perspective: Why do I need to know this?

Best Photography

First: Brenna Parker, Olentangy High School, Olentangy Student Section 2013.

Second: Natasha Ringnalda, Upper Arlington High School, Pills for Perfection.

Best Sports Writing

First: Will Davis, Bexley High School, Boys soccer finishes season with state semifinal appearance.

Second: Emily Reed, Upper Arlington High School, Butting Heads: Concussions cause athletes to suffer both on and off the field of play.

Overall Best of Show – The Marty

Matias Grotewold, Patty Huntley and Cassie Lowery, Upper Arlington High School, Pills for Perfection.

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