Celebrate annual Ohio SPJ Awards aboard the Belle of Cincinnati, Oct. 24

Make your reservations now for Ohio’s Society of Professional Journalists award event of the year to be held aboard the Belle of Cincinnati. The Greater Cincinnati Pro SPJ Chapter is hosting the annual program to honor the best journalism from all over the Buckeye State.

For a complete list of the Ohio SPJ Award Recipients, please visit: http://www.centralohiospj.org/chapter-awards/ohio-spj-awards-contest-information-2015/ohio-spj-awards-2015-winners/

Photo: Courtesy of the Belle of Cincinnati
Photo: Courtesy of the Belle of Cincinnati

Saturday, October 24, 2015, 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Board the Belle of Cincinnati, the flagship of BB Riverboats known for its majestic and ornate beauty, at its home port of Newport, Kentucky. We head out onto the Ohio River promptly at Noon for lunch and the awards presentation and dock approximately two hours later.

The Ohio SPJ Awards are jointly managed by the Central Ohio (Columbus), Cincinnati and Cleveland professional chapters of the Society of Professional Journalists. The statewide program encourages professional development and each year honors the best of Ohio’s online, print, radio, television, trade and college journalism.

The cost is $50 per person plus an Eventbrite fee of $2.24.

Register online:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2015-ohio-spj-awards-tickets-18160001052
Directions: http://www.bbriverboats.com/directions.html
About the Belle of Cincinnati: http://www.bbriverboats.com/belle-of-cincinnati.html
About the 2015 award recipients: http://www.centralohiospj.org/chapter-history/awards/ohio-spj-awards-2015-winners/
Questions: Please contact Tom McKee at tmckee@wcpo.com

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“News at The Columbus Dispatch” program planned for Sept. 24

The Columbus Metropolitan Club will be presenting “News at The Columbus Dispatch,” a panel discussion exploring the new ownership and new directions for the venerable Columbus Dispatch.imagesCAIOKFEK

Featured speakers will be Interim Publisher Jim Hopson and Editor Alan Miller interviewed by Mike Thompson, news programming director for 89.7 NPR, WOSU Public Media.

Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015  12 to 1:15p.m.
Athletic Club Columbus
136 E. Broad Street
Cost for the general public: $45. Other pricing options available.

To register, please visit: http://www.columbusmetroclub.org/event-2028681


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Law and Media Conference set for October 16

logoPlease join us for the ever popular Law and Media Conference that brings together journalists, lawyers, academics, judges and others to discuss hot media topics.

Friday, Oct. 16, 2015 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Ohio State Bar Association
1700 Lake Shore Dr.,
Columbus, OH 43204
614-487-8585 or 800-232-7124

Sessions begin at 9 a.m.

Cost: Ranges from $15 for students to $70 ($30-$50 for journalists). Early bird and member discounts available. Save by registering before October 9. See link below for details.

For conference details and to register download the Law and Media Conference 2015 brochure. https://www.ohiobar.org/ForPublic/Pages/StaticPage-1334.aspx

Conference Program Schedule:

– Plenary: Coming to a City Near You: Police Body Cameras
– Workshop A: INCOMING! Drones’ Impact on News Reporting and Privacy Rights Description
– Workshop B: Back to Basics: Defamation, Privacy and Copyright Law in Ohio
– Workshop C: Building Bridges Forum
– Workshop D: Ohio’s Public Records Act – Are We Going Forward or Backward?
– Workshop E: Hot Topics in Privacy
– Workshop F:Punching Out Scruff Face: Jesse Ventura/American Sniper Libel Lessons
– Workshop G: I Can’t See CLEIRly Now: Access to Police Records
– Workshop H: Public Records in the Digital Age
– Workshop I: Reporting In and About the Courts

Check out a video from last year’s conference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qWipuxVMyTI

Conference Sponsored By:

Faruki Ireland & Cox P.L.L.
Frost Brown Todd, LLC
Graydon Head
Ohio Association of Broadcasters
Ohio State Bar Association
Ohio Newspaper Association
Society of Professional Journalists, Central Ohio Chapter
Mark R. Weaver, Esq.

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Central Ohio SPJ Chapter Names Joe Meyer President for 2015-16

Welcome Joe Meyer, Central Ohio SPJ Chapter President, 2015-16.

Joe is the managing editor of news for This Week Community newspapers and has served on the SPJ chapter board in a variety of capacities since 2000.

1499421_999966403416669_9133923779199944109_nHe is joined by the following officers and board members:

Officers for 2015-16:
President: Joe Meyer, ThisWeek Community News
First Vice President (programming): Sarah Mills Bacha, SMB Communications
Second Vice President (membership): Mary Ann Edwards, retired
Secretary: Julanne Hohbach, ThisWeek Community News
Treasurer: Doug Buchanan, Columbus Business First

Board of Directors 2015-16:
Karen Kasler, Ohio Public Radio and Television
Bruce Cadwallader, Franklin County Children Services
Chelsea Castle, UWeekly and Fit Columbus
Beth Gianforcaro, Ohio Department of Administrative Services
Nicole Kraft, Ohio State University
Kevin Z. Smith, Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism
Thomas Bradley, WOSU

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“What happens when a town loses its newspaper?” Panel discussion set for Sept. 10

11917677_1004802696266373_2573985510179703878_nPlease join us for a discussion presented by the Main Street Free Press Museum in association with Central Ohio SPJ

Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015, 7:15-8:15 p.m.
First Baptist Church
22 E. Sandusky St. (one block east of the Public Square)
Fredericktown, OH

In February of this year, Fredericktown lost its hometown weekly newspaper, some form of which had been printed since 1845. Most recently called the Knox County Citizen, the paper was published for 35 years by Rarick W. Long, a 48-year member of the Central Ohio Pro Chapter until his death in 2001 and co-founder of The Main Street Free Press Museum, where the newspaper was printed.

The Knox County Citizen continued to be published, under several owners and in several other locations in Fredericktown after Mr. Long sold it in 1977, until it was folded by its latest owner, Civitas Media LLC, in February.

But the Citizen’s editor, Penny Smith, and a photojournalist, Jason Bostic, were determined to keep Fredericktown informed by founding a news website, TheFredericktownCitizen.com, reviving the flag of the Fredericktown newspaper during the 1920s and ’30s, before it was renamed the Knox County Citizen.

Penny Smith and Jason Bostic, co-owners of The Fredericktown Citizen LLC, will talk about their adventure in keeping community journalism alive in Fredericktown. Museum Director John C. Long, Rarick Long’s son, who teaches journalism at St. John’s and Hofstra universities in the New York area, and who also is a member of the Central Ohio Pro Chapter, will moderate and provide background on how community newspapers elsewhere are dealing with similar developments.

The Main Street Free Press Museum, located a block north of the Public Square at Main and Second streets, will open at 6 p.m. for tours and printing demonstrations. It will close for the program at the church and reopen afterward from 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

For driving, parking and other information, visit www.FreePressMuseum.org

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Winners announced in 2015 Ohio SPJ Awards contest

Congratulations to all the Central Ohio winners — OK, all the winners — in the 2015 Ohio SPJ Awards contest!

This year’s results from the contest staged by the Ohio’s professional chapters of the Society of Professional Journalists — Central Ohio, Cincinnati and Cleveland — were announced yesterday.

Find the press release detailing the winners here: http://tiny.cc/mmcx1x

A luncheon banquet to honor the winners is planned in Cincinnati Saturday, Oct. 24. Details are to come and will be posted here when available!

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Join Central Ohio SPJ for 66th Annual Founders Day Awards Ceremony!

The Central Ohio Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) invites you to the 66th annual Founders Day banquet and awards ceremony. Each year, the Central Ohio SPJ chapter recognizes the memory of the founding members of the chapter with the annual Founders Day banquet by honoring the achievements of local journalists, installing officers and board members for the next year, granting scholarships to journalism students and an exciting silent auction to benefit the Chapter’s scholarship fund.

Register Now!

This year’s program will also feature former SPJ Lifetime Achievement Award winner and retired WOSU Statehouse Bureau Chief Bill Cohen and his unique, very popular show about the spirit of the 1960s featuring news accounts, memorabilia, trivia and his live performance. Please join us for a evening of celebration and camaraderie.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The Vue Columbus
95 Liberty St
Columbus, OH 43215

Keynote Speaker, Entertainment: “Spirit of the 60s Coffee House” with Bill Cohen

Happy Hour / Cash Bar / Buffet Dinner / Awards Program / Entertainment

Register by April 3

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Time to vote for 2015 board of directors!

Nominations for new directors of the Central Ohio Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ)  for 2015-16 have been made by the board and it’s time for the membership to vote.

We’re asking all chapter members in good standing to visit the ballot by Friday, March 13, 2015 to ratify the board’s new slate of directors for three-year terms ending in 2018.

We are also seeking nominations from membership for the chapter’s annual awards for First Amendment, Distinguished Service, Appreciation and the Brick Wall. (Details about each of these awards is provided on the nomination link above.)

The new group of directors — as well as officers for 2015-16 — will be installed at the 66th annual Founder’s Day Reception on April 8 at the Vue Columbus, 95 Liberty Street, Columbus, OH 43215. The evening will include a cocktail hour, followed by installation of SPJ officers, chapter awards and entertainment by Bill Cohen, retired statehouse bureau chief for WOSU Radio and Television. Bill will be performing his 1960s Coffee House that includes the voices, images, sounds and news of the 60s. We hope you’ll join us!

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Movie night! SPJ members, guests are gathering for a special showing of Citizenfour


Wednesday, March 4 at 7 p.m

The Gateway Film Center
$6.50 for students, $7.50 for adults.

Parking in the garage is $1 for three hours if you validate parking voucher at the theater

Learn more about the Oscar-winning Edward Snowden documentary here.

See you there!


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Ohio’s Best Journalism 2014 Contest Winners Honored

Congratulations to all central Ohio winners in Ohio’s Best Journalism 2014 contest, sponsored by the Central Ohio, Cincinnati and Cleveland SPJ chapters. A celebration to honor the winners was held in Cleveland last month.

Click here for a full list of winners:

Print Winners – Newspapers (circ. 75,000+)

Best of Show

Best Critic in Ohio

Second Place – Michael Grossberg, The Columbus Dispatch

Best Daily Newspaper

First Place – The Columbus Dispatch

Best Defense of First Amendment

First Place – Jennifer Smith Richards and Bill Bush, The Columbus Dispatch

Best Defense of Literacy

First Place – Jennifer Smith Richards, The Columbus Dispatch

Best Graphic Designer

First Place – Charlie Zimkus, The Columbus Dispatch

Best Page One Design

First Place – The Columbus Dispatch

Best Photographer in Ohio

First Place – Chris Russell, The Columbus Dispatch

Best Videographer

First Place – Carrie Wise, The Columbus Dispatch

Print Winners

Newspapers (circ. under 75,000)

Best of Show

Best Critic in Ohio

First Place – G.A. Benton, Columbus Alive

Second Place – Brad Keefe, Columbus Alive

Best Defense of the First Amendment

First Place – Brett Nuckles and Dennis Laycock, ThisWeek Community News

Best Graphic Designer in Ohio

Second Place – Carrie Sosnowski, Columbus Monthly

Best Monthly in Ohio

First Place – 614 Magazine

Best Page One Design

First Place – Carrie Sosnowski, Columbus Monthly

Best Photographer in Ohio

Second Place – Tessa Berg, Columbus Monthly

Best Special Publication

First Place – 614 Magazine

Best Special Section

Second Place – Don Delco, ThisWeek Community News

Best Weekly Newspaper

Second Place – Columbus Business First

Television Winners

Best of Show

Best Anchor

First Place – Bob Kendrick, WSYX/WTTE

Best Editor

First Place – Drew Jones, WSYX/WTTE

Second Place – Robert Bradford, WSYX/WTTE

Best News Operation

First Place – Mitch Jacob, WSYX/WTTE

Second Place – Elbert Tucker, WBNS

Nest Newscast

First Place – Aly Boucher, WBNS

Best Public Affairs Program

First Place – Jim Heath and Tracy Townsend, WBNS

Best Reporter

Second Place – Brooks Jarosz, WSYX/WTTE

Best Videographer

Second Place – Robert Bradford, WSYX/WTTE

Radio Winners

Best of Show

Best News Operation

First Place – WOSU

Best Public Affairs Program

First Place – Ann Fisher, WOSU

Best Reporter

Second Place – Tom Borgerding

College Winners

Best College Daily Newspaper

Second Place – The Lantern, The Ohio State University

Best College Feature Writing

First Place – Kristen Mitchell, The Lantern, The Ohio State University

Best College News Newspaper

First Place – Liz Young, The Lantern, The Ohio State University

Second Place – Liz Young, The Lantern, The Ohio State University

Best College Opinion Writing

First Place – Danielle Seamon, The Lantern, The Ohio State University

Best College Sports Writing

First Place – Patrick Maks, The Lantern, The Ohio State University

Second Place – Dan Hope, The Lantern, The Ohio State University

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