Central Ohio SPJ to host career development workshop for journalists and communicators – Sat., Nov. 14

Register now ~ FREE Career Development Workshop!

“Journalists, Communicators in a Changing Job Market – What You Need to Know”

The Central Ohio SPJ Chapter is hosting a free, hands-on workshop targeted toward central Ohio journalists and communicators who are transitioning or looking for new career opportunities.

Lunch is included, thanks to gracious sponsorship from the Dispatch Media Group. dmg

Saturday, Nov. 14, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Ohio State University
Journalism Building
242 W 18th Avenue, Room 106
Columbus, Ohio 43210

The workshop is designed for central Ohio journalists and communicators who are transitioning or considering new career opportunities and will address:

  • Skills you need to survive in the digital world;
  • Questions you may have regarding accumulated pensions and 401(k) plans;
  • Options to consider for health insurance;
  • Choices between retirement and self-employment;
  • Steps you need to know to start your own business;
  • Tools you need to launch a competitive job search;
  • Trends to know when updating your resume;
  • See the program details: Career Development Workshop 11-14

Topics will include both hard and soft skills that journalists need today to transition to new work, self-employment or retirement. Expert panelists will include:

  • Hugh Martin, an Ohio University associate professor in media economics, who will discuss current jobs in the state of Ohio that require the skills journalists have;
  • Nicole Kraft, Ohio State University assistant professor of journalism/communications, on self-branding and marketing – from web sites to social media including Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter;
  • Steph Greegor, journalist turned screenwriter, will talk about marketing oneself in a digital world and how to effectively utilize journalism skills to transition into a new field;
  • Paul J. Dolce, certified financial planner with Financial Solutions LLC, who will discuss financial decisions facing displaced workers, including 401(k)/IRA rollover, fixed-pension decisions and Social Security options;
  • Lucy Grosz, founder of Alta Vista Benefits, is an insurance professional, financial consultant/strategist and a former IT executive. She will outline health insurance options for displaced journalists, from COBRA to the Marketplace offered through the Affordable Care Act;
  • Celia Crossley, founder of Crosworks, a career and human resources consulting practice that specializes in guiding individuals and organizations through periods of change. She will discuss how to win job offers in the evolving workplace and creating a dynamite resume for the process;
  • Robin Hepler, senior director of public affairs for the Ohio Hospital Association, and a former journalist, will share her insights about why journalism skills are a good match for a career in public affairs and public relations;
  • Celina Fabrizio, assistant vice president of Paul Werth Associates, and a former television broadcaster, will talk about journalists transitioning into public affairs and public relations.
  • Dan Trevas, a former journalist turned lawyer with extensive public relations experience in the public and private sector, who is presently a Judicial Systems Writer in the Public Information Office of the Ohio Supreme Court, will talk about the importance of setting up a LLC for free-lancers;
  • Kevin Peterman, CPA, Toukan & Company, will talk about what free-lancers and small businesses need to know about taxes.

Please join us for this event designed especially for you. The workshop, including lunch, is free, but you must register to attend, for chapter planning purposes.

Register: Get your free ticket by registering through this link https://www.eventbrite.com/e/central-ohio-spj-career-development-workshop-tickets-19358280137

Directions: Journalism Building, 242 W. 18th Ave., Columbus, OH 43210. https://www.google.com/maps/place/OSU+Journalism+Building/@40.0018882,-83.0133695,15z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x31f89d10977ec068

Parking for the event: Tuttle Garage, 2050 Tuttle Park Pl, Columbus, OH 43210. https://www.google.com/maps/place/Tuttle+Garage/@40.002849,-83.0193141,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x70bbd7770fcc7dae?dg=dbrw&newdg=1



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SPJ honors Ohio’s best journalists

Winners in the 2015 Ohio SPJ Awards competition were honored Saturday, Oct. 24 in a luncheon banquet aboard the Belle of Cincinnati riverboat on the Ohio River.

Check out the PDF of the full program, including details on all the awards here:
2015OhioSPJAwards program.

The annual contest is sponsored jointly by the Central Ohio, Cincinnati and Cleveland chapters of the Society of Professional Journalists. It is the only Ohio competition that honors journalists who fulfill the SPJ mission: defense of the First Amendment, support of literacy, resistance to censorship, advocacy for openness of public records and meetings, media self-criticism and community service.

Some 268 awards were chosen from 611 entries submitted for the 2015 Ohio’s Best Journalism Competition.

The categories include large circulation print (75,000 or greater), small circulation print (fewer than 75,000), radio, television, online, trade organizations, and college. Best of Show distinctions are awarded in all categories except college. $2,000 in scholarships are awarded in the college division. Entries were for work done in 2014. Judging this year was done by SPJ Florida Pro Chapter.

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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 Oct. 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!

Posted in Chapter News, Ohio SPJ Awards

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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