Cbus hosts 2016 SPJ Awards fete

  • Anne Evans, co-founder of ColumbusUnderground.com and TheMetropreneur.com collects Digital Media division first place awards for the local online media outlets, from contest committee member Tony Kozlowski, in the Best Medical/Science Story (Jesse Bethea) and Best Photography (Lillian Dent) categories.


Nearly 100 of Ohio’s top journalists attended the 2016 SPJ Awards/Ohio’s Best Journalism luncheon Saturday, Aug. 27 at The Boat House restaurant in Columbus.

The Ohio’s Best Journalism contest is staged annually by the state’s three Society of Professional Journalists chapters — of Central Ohio, Cincinnati and Cleveland. The SPJ Awards banquet rotates among the three cities, with Columbus hosting this year’s event and Cleveland set to host in 2017.

A total of 652 entries were submitted in the 20th annual staging of the contest. Top work  for the 2015 calendar year was recognized in several divisions: College, Digital Media, Print (more than 75,000 circulation and less than 75,000 circulation classes) Freelance Print, Freelance Digital, Radio, Television, and Trade Publications.

Additional Digital and Freelance categories were added this year to reflect the changing journalism profession.

A total 312 winners were chosen across all divisions and categories. Special thanks to this year’s contest judges, members of the Long Island Press Club.

From the Central Ohio SPJ Board of Directors, congratulations to all the 2016 winners!

We hope you enjoy this slideshow of images from the awards banquet, Check out the full winners list at OhioSPJAwards.org.


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SPJ celebrates local journalism at 67th annual Founders’ Day

From left, Central Ohio SPJ 2016-17 President Doug Buchanan, board member Thomas Bradley and 2015-16 President Joe Meyer.

From left, Central Ohio SPJ 2016-17 President Doug Buchanan, board member Thomas Bradley and 2015-16 President Joe Meyer.

A celebration of local journalistic talent was staged Wednesday evening, April 20, by the Central Ohio Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

At the chapter’s 67th annual Founders’ Day, members and guests celebrated the program year just completed, recognized the top work by local journalists in 2015-16, saluted student journalists who show great promise, and paid tribute to the remarkable careers of several local icons of the profession.

The chapter, founded in 1949, staged the event at the Amelita Mirolo Barn in Upper Arlington’s Sunny 95 Park, 4395 Carriage Hill Lane.

Chapter awards

The chapter’s First Amendment Award went to Lucas Sullivan,

2016 First Amendment Award winner Lucas Sullivan, reporter for The Columbus Dispatch, addresses the crowd at the Central Ohio SPJ Founders Day celebration April 20, 2016, inside the Amelita Mirola Barn at Upper Arlingtons Sunny 95 Park.

2016 First Amendment Award winner Lucas Sullivan, reporter for The Columbus Dispatch, addresses the crowd at the Central Ohio SPJ Founders Day celebration April 20, 2016, inside the Amelita Mirola Barn at Upper Arlingtons Sunny 95 Park.

the Columbus Dispatch reporter whose coverage of the RedFlex red light camera scandal at City Hall kept readers fascinated over much of the past year.

Its Appreciation Award went to Ben Marrison, who left the Dispatch in 2015 after a highly successful, 16-year run as its editor.

Doug Buchanan, managing editor/digital for Columbus Business First, was honored tonight with the chapter’s Distinguished Service Award.

Four remarkable careers in local journalism also were honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards to:

  • Tom Borgerding, past SPJ board member who recently wrapped up an outstanding career in local radio as he retired from WOSU;
  • Doral Chenoweth, still better known in these parts as “the Grumpy Gourmet,” whose career actually involved so much in addition to his well-known restaurant reviews. The Grump in fact is the oldest living member of SPJ;
  • Cabot Rea, a decades-long anchor on local TV news, who wrapped up an amazing 30-year career with WCMH-NBC4 in December; and
  • The late Mike Bowersock, a great local TV reporter, also with Channel 4, who died tragically after a fall this spring. His wife Lisa accepted the award on Mike’s behalf.

    Lifetime Achievement Award winner Doral Chenoweth (left) and Appreciation Award winner Ben Marrison

    Lifetime Achievement Award winner Doral Chenoweth (left) and Appreciation Award winner Ben Marrison

The final Chapter award of the evening was the Brick Wall Award. It is a dubious distinction presented to an individual or organization that, according to chapter members, did the most in the past year to block citizen access to public records and proceedings or otherwise violated the spirit of the First Amendment. This year our chapter voted to recognize the faculty at Ohio Wesylan University, who voted Monday April 18 to ban journalists from covering their faculty meetings. The meetings long have been opened and covered by local media and the student press at OWU. The OWU faculty voted 48-21 to ban all journalists, student or otherwise, from all faculty meetings April 18.

Student scholarships

The chapter also awarded its annual scholarships April 20. The awards and students receiving them were:

The $2,000 Jacob A. Meckstroth Scholarship, named for a founding member of the chapter and Ohio State’s first journalism class, went to Ohio State’s Taylor Ferrell.

Ohio State University Lantern Media Adviser and Central Ohio SPJ board member Spencer Hunt, left, and two winners of 2016 scholarships from SPJ: Faulkner Scholarship winner Michael Husan and Meckstroth Scholarship winner Taylor Ferrell.

Ohio State University Lantern Media Adviser and Central Ohio SPJ board member Spencer Hunt, left, and two winners of 2016 scholarships from SPJ: Faulkner Scholarship winner Michael Huson and Meckstroth Scholarship winner Taylor Ferrell.

The Norman H. Dohn Scholarship, also for $2,000, is awarded by the chapter each year to a student who is an SPJ member at Ohio University. This year’s Dohn Scholarship went to Danielle Young, a sophomore in OU’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism.

The James W. Faulkner Scholarship is named in memory of James W. Faulkner, the Statehouse correspondent for The Cincinnati Enquirer, the founder of the Ohio Legislative Correspondents Association and the dean of political writers during his lifetime.

This year’s winners of $1,850 each are Michael Huson, of Ohio State University and James Steinbauer of Miami University. Michael serves as campus editor for The Lantern, and James serves as editor of the Miami Student.

The Marty Award is named in memory of the late Martin L. Rozenman, a former Central Ohio SPJ chapter board member, editor at Suburban News Publications and Columbus Dispatch reporter. The Martys high school journalism award program is run and funded by ThisWeek Community News and the Dispatch Magazines, and sponsored by the Central Ohio SPJ.

Winners are chosen in five categories – newswriting, feature writing, opinion writing, sports writing and photography. From those winners, an overall, best-of-show winner is selected – for an additional cash award and recognition at the annual Founders’ Day. This year the overall winner, The Marty, went to a pair of students from the staff of The Torch student newspaper at Bexley High School – Aaron Rothchild and Grace Maley. Aaron and Grace  won the Best Feature Writing category of the contest with their story, “Living Their Truths.”

Past Central Ohio SPJ board member Dave Richter, center, administers the oath of office to incoming 2016-17 chapter officers and those beginning new three-year terms on the board, from left, Sarah Mills Bacha, Joe Meyer, Doug Buchanan, Mary Ann Edwards, Bruce Cadwallader, Spencer Hunt and Kevin Smith.

Past Central Ohio SPJ board member Dave Richter, center, administers the oath of office to incoming 2016-17 chapter officers and those beginning new three-year terms on the board, from left, Sarah Mills Bacha, Joe Meyer, Doug Buchanan, Mary Ann Edwards, Bruce Cadwallader, Spencer Hunt and Kevin Smith.

New officers, new board terms

To conclude the night’s business, new Central Ohio SPJ officers for the 2016-17 year were sworn in, and three members also were sworn in to new three-year terms on the chapter Board of Directors:

The 2016-17 slate of officers is:

President: Doug Buchanan, managing editor-digital at Columbus Business First

First Vice President (programming): Sarah Mills Bacha, SMB Communications Ltd.

Second Vice President (membership): Mary Ann Edwards, retired from The Columbus Dispatch 

Secretary: Bruce Cadwallader, Franklin County Children’s Services

Treasurer: Joe Meyer, Meyer Media LLC

Chapter Board of Directors members being sworn in to new three-year terms were: Doug BuchananColumbus Business First; Spencer Hunt, Student Media Director, The Lantern at The Ohio State University, and; Kevin Z. Smith, Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism, The Ohio State University.

The Founders’ Day 2016 ceremony was emceed by Central Ohio SPJ board member Karen Kasler of Ohio Public Media.

Lifetime Achievement Award winner Tom Borgerding accepts his award April 20.

Lifetime Achievement Award winner Tom Borgerding accepts his award April 20.

Lisa Bowersock and Tom Bowersock accept the Lifetime Achievement Award for their late husband and father, WCMH-TV reporter Mike Bowersock, at the Central Ohio SPJ Founders Day celebration April 20.

Lisa Bowersock and Tom Bowersock accept the Lifetime Achievement Award for their late husband and father, WCMH-TV reporter Mike Bowersock, at the Central Ohio SPJ Founders Day celebration April 20.

Longtime WCHM-TV news anchor Cabot Rea accepts his Lifetime Achievement Award from the Central Ohio SPJ Wednesday evening, April 20.

Longtime WCHM-TV news anchor Cabot Rea accepts his Lifetime Achievement Award from the Central Ohio SPJ Wednesday evening, April 20.

Central Ohio SPJ board member Karen Kasler, left, who emceed the Founders Day event April 20, with chapter Vice President Sarah Mills Bacha.

Central Ohio SPJ board member Karen Kasler, left, who emceed the Founders Day event April 20, with chapter Vice President Sarah Mills Bacha.

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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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Ohio SPJ Awards reception Aug. 27

Ohio SPJ Awards; 2016; Columbus skyline

View of the downtown Columbus skyline from The Boat House restaurant. SOURCE: The Boat House

Come celebrate winners in the Ohio’s Best Journalism contest with the Society of Professional Journalists chapters of Cincinnati, Cleveland and Columbus.

The 2016 Ohio SPJ Awards celebration will take place in Columbus at noon, Saturday, Aug. 27, at The Boat House at Confluence Park, 679 W. Spring St., on the Scioto River.

The state’s three SPJ chapters stage the Ohio SPJ Awards contest annually, and the awards celebration rotates between Cincinnati, Cleveland and Columbus each year. For the 2016 contest, more than 650 entries were received and 331 winners will be honored in Columbus Aug. 27.

Categories of work recognized include large circulation print (75,000 or greater), small circulation print (fewer than 75,000), radio, television, digital media, trade organizations, freelance and college.

New this year were several free-lance and additional digital media categories to recognize the changing journalism profession. Best of Show distinctions are awarded in all categories except college. Entries were for work done in 2015.

Journalists who work for newspaper, magazines, radio, television, trade, online and college media in Ohio and adjacent states that have significant reach into Ohio, were eligible to submit entries, as well as freelance journalists, who are Ohio residents, regardless of where their work is published, broadcast or webcast. Entrants did not need to be members of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Ohio’s Best Journalism 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.

Click here to for links to register for the awards luncheon through EventBrite.

Spend the night in Columbus

Award winners and their guests are invited to spend Saturday night in Columbus and join the Central Ohio Pro Chapter of SPJ for a night at Huntington Park (voted best new baseball park nationwide when it opened in 2009), to watch the Columbus Clippers play the Louisville Bats at 7 p.m.

Email contact@ohiospjawards.org if interested in purchasing tickets.


Nearby hotel accommodations are available at:
DoubleTree by Hilton
Hilton Columbus Downtown
Courtyard Marriott
Hampton Inn & Suites Columbus-Downtown Hyatt Place
SpringHill Suites

Check out what everyone is talking about

Columbus was recently voted the No. 3 city for millennials nationwide and featured in National Geographic as a city to watch and visit.




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In memory of John F. Wolfe, former Dispatch publisher

John F. Wolfe (Photo: The Dispatch Printing Co.)

John F. Wolfe
(Photo: The Dispatch Printing Co.)

John F. Wolfe, the former publisher, of The Dispatch passed away Friday, June 24, 2016 at the James Cancer Hospital at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. He was 72.

Wolfe, was the last family member to serve as publsher of the Columbus newspaper along with other media businesses owned by his family since 1905. He assumed the position of publisher in 1975. In June 2015, the family sold the newspaper and its magazines to Media Investment Group/GateHouse Media. The Wolfe family still owns WBNS-10TV and WTHR-TV along with other radio  stations among other businesses.

Wolfe is being remembered throughout the decades for his unwavering economic and cultural dedication to the advancement of the Columbus community, generous philanthophic support, and effective leadership.

Throughout the decades, Wolfe offered support to the Central Ohio Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists by encouraging staff to become members and board members of the chapter, to participate in professional development offered by the society, and with sponsorship encouraging the hosting of journalistic workshops, conferences and training events.

In his letter to Dispatch readers, Wolfe wrote “For 110 years, it has been our family’s great privilege to own and operate a daily newspaper that grew to become central Ohio’s leading provider of news and information.”

Wolfe is survived by his wife, Ann Isaly Wolfe, and daughters, Sara Wolfe Perrini, Rita Wolfe and Katie Wolfe Lloyd, sons-in-law Michael Perrini and Clark Lloyd, and five grandchildren.

Visitation: The family will receive friends on Wednesday June 29, 2016 from 5 – 8 PM at the Columbus Club, 181 E Broad St.

Celebration of Life: There will be a celebration of his life on Thursday June 30, 2016 at 6 PM at the Southern Theatre, 21 E Main St. There will be a private interment.

Charitable Contributions: Arrangements entrusted to SCHOEDINGER MIDTOWN CHAPEL, 229 E State St. Columbus, OH 43215 In lieu of flowers, charitable contributions may be sent to Nationwide Children’s Hospital Foundation, P.O. Box 16810, Columbus, Ohio 43216-6810, or The James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute, 660 Ackerman Rd., 6th Floor, P.O. Box 183112, Columbus, Ohio 43218-3112.

To leave an online message for his family, please visit: http://www.schoedinger.com/obituaries/John-Wolfe-8/#!/Obituary

Source: The Dispatch
Photo: The Dispatch Printing Company

For additional information, please visit: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2016/06/24/john-wolfe-obituary.html

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Please Join Us! SPJ After Deadline Happy Hour Tues., June 21, 5-8 p.m.


87 76Come hang out with your fellow journalists for a relaxed evening of fun and networking while enjoying the incredible views of downtown Columbus from the patio of the Boat House at Confluence Park.

SPJ chapters across the country are hosting happy hours on Tuesday, June 21st, to give journalists the chance to get to know others working in the profession and we’re hoping you’ll join us and take advantage of this chance to unwind after deadline.

See you at the Boat House patio!

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Board meeting minutes May 16, 2016

Society of Professional Journalists, Central Ohio Pro Chapter

May 16, 2016 Board of Directors Meeting

At Barley’s Smokehouse


PRESENT:  Sarah Mills Bacha, Thomas Bradley, Doug Buchanan, Mary Ann Edwards, Spencer Hunt, Julanne Hohbach, Joe Meyer, Kevin Smith


CALL TO ORDER:  President Doug Buchanan called the meeting to order at 12:15 p.m.


MINUTES:  The minutes of the April 18, 2016 meeting were approved as amended, with a number of minor changes, were approved. The March minutes were again tabled, because we couldn’t recall why they were tabled in April.


FINANCIAL REPORT: President Doug’s last Treasurer’s Report from 2015-16 year (when he was Treasurer) presented the financial report with current account balances. We moved $4,000 from our Vanguard to our checking account to pay for our two annual scholaraships, but as of May 16, just one of the two was cashed. A Founders Day analysis, with nearly full accounting, showed about a $700 loss on the event on costs vs. ticket revenue and donations


DISCUSSION followed on a Founders’ Day recap: Board members mentioned how the loss should be considered in tandem with the money we make from the Ohio SPJ Awards contest – because the contest was part of Founders’ Day until Central Ohio joined the SPJ pro chapters in Cleveland and Cincinnati to stage the statewide Ohio SPJ. Thomas Bradley mentioned he received comments at the banquet about the lack of a silent auction this year, a money-maker in years past; Julanne Hohbach noted she would be incurring some additional event-related expense, for document frames, etc., for our scholarship winners.


MOTION to approve paying submitted Founders’ Day expenses was made by Kevin Smith, seconded by Sarah Mills Bacha and approved unanimously.


MEMBERSHIP: Extensive conversation took place regarding how to upgrade our current membership retention and recruitment. Thomas suggested sticking with the two-tiered event pricing for members and nonmembers, to make a recruitment event out of every program; Kevin mentioned board members all working to bring potential recruits to all chapter events; Meyer suggesting starting a letter from the chapter to all renewing members as a standard matter of course, to thank them for renewing and solicit their active involvement. Kevin reviewed current and past efforts by National in this area.


SOCIAL/WEB: President Doug inquired about which board members are handling which duties for our website, Facebook page, Mailchimp email blasts, etc. Thomas reviewed some of the current by-committee contributions and suggested starting a monthly e-newsletter; President Doug said he will pursue.


PROGRAMMING: Sarah again recapped the Founders’ Day event and discussed events schedule for the upcoming year.



Sarah reviewed possibilities for this year’s Ohio SPJ Awards banquet. It is our turn to host it in Columbus. The Hollywood Casino was suggested as an additional venue to consider. Sarah mentioned several others and the board discussed pros/cons of them.

Sarah said judging of the Ohio SPJ Awards by the Long Island Press Club (a new partner chapter in judging this year) was only about one-third done, which is causing some concern. Whether they get it done on time will affect whether we can host the banquet as hoped in September.

ANNUAL REPORT: Thomas and Kevin agreed to the required Audit Committee for the Chapter’s 2015-16 Annual Report, being compiled by past president Joe Meyer. Arrangements were made for passing off bank statements and the checkbook for inspection.


MOTION to adjourn by Thomas, seconded by Spencer, was approved at approximately 1:20 p.m.


Submitted by Joe Meyer

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Join us for Founders Day Wednesday, April 20

SPJ_logo_horizPlease join your colleagues and peers from 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, 2016, to celebrate the conclusion of the Central Ohio Society of Professional Journalists’ 2015-16 year and the launch our 2016-17 year.

Chapter award winners will be recognized and well as winners of our student scholarships — the Dohn Scholarship for an Ohio University journalism student, the Meckstroth Scholarship for an Ohio State journalism student, two Faulkner Scholarships for other Ohio student journalists pursuing careers in public service reporting, and The Marty, for a top local high school journalist.

The great work of pros from Central Ohio will be recognized with our First Amendment, Appreciation and Distinguished Service awards, and the remarkable careers of some highly accomplished journalists from the area will be honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards.

Three members of the Central Ohio SPJ Board of Directors also will be sworn into new terms, and officers seated for the 2016-17 chapter year. Founders Day refreshments will feature heavy hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine. All the fun will take place in nearby Upper Arlington, at the Amelita Mirolo Barn in UA’s Sunny 95 Park, 4395 Carriage Hill Lane, 43220.

Please follow the below link to purchase your tickets! We hope to see you on the 20th!

Click here for more information and ticket purchase options.

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Reminder! Deadline for Ohio’s Best Journalism 2016 contest is March 28

OhioSPJ 16 Call for EntriesReminder! The deadline for entries is March 28 at 5 p.m. for Ohio’s Best Journalism 2016 contest.

The contest honors the best of Ohio’s print, broadcasting, digital media, freelance, trade and college Journalism. This year’s contest is updated to include new digital media and freelance categories.

Entry information and a list of categories are available at: ohiospjawards.org

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SPJ’s Region 4 & 5 Conference: Cincinnati, April 1-2

r4516logoresizePlease Join Us!
April 1 at 12 p.m. April 2, 2016 at 6 p.m.

Reconnect with colleagues, and attend cutting-edge panel discussions that cover a variety of topics — from the latest technology and tools for journalists to diversity, sharpening your skills, and more.


Conference Highlights:

  • Opening reception with a special Job Hunt 2016 session for students.
  • Stephen George Executive Editor

    Stephen George
    Executive Editor

    Keynote speaker Stephen George, executive editor of Louisville Public Media. In that position, George oversees a unique statewide media group that includes the Center for Investigative Reporting; National Public Radio affiliate WFPL; classical music station WUOL; and adult alt music station WFPX. He was previously editor of the Nashville City Paper and LEO Weekly, and most recently served as news editor of Insider Louisville. Louisville Public Media was recently profiled by MediaShift, which highlighted its commitment to investigative journalism.

  • Separate Mark of Excellence award events for Region 4 and Region 5.
  • SuperSession on the debate over body-cam and dash-cam video.
  • Conference panels on four tracks:
    • Sharpening Your Skills, with a focus on covering heroin, global news of local importance and narrative writing.
    • Tools & Technologies, with sessions on drones, virtual reality and Google tools.
    • Diversity Matters, with advice on how to avoid profiling, find precise language and cover police vs. community tensions.
    • History in Journalism, with sessions related to the 45th anniversary of the Kent State University shootings, the 50th anniversary of the Freedom of Information Act and the 100th anniversary of the Pulitzer Prizes.

Conference Speakers: http://spjspringforward2016.com/speakers/

Conference Schedule: http://spjspringforward2016.com/conference-schedule/

Friday, April 1:

  • 4-6 p.m. – Registration
  • 5-7 p.m. – Opening reception

Saturday, April 2:

  • 8-9 a.m. – Breakfast
  • 9-10:15 a.m. – SuperSession (possibly with two concurrent sessions)
  • 10:30-11:45 a.m. – Breakout session – Four concurrent sessions
  • Noon-1:20 p.m. – Lunch with keynote address
  • 1:30-1:50 p.m. – Two concurrent MOE award events
  • 2-3:15 p.m. – Breakout sesson – Four concurrent sessions
  • 3:30-4:45 p.m. – Breakout session – Four concurrent sessions (*Concurrent sessions run during each breakout session time slot.)
  • Breakfast and lunch on Saturday is included in the registration fee.
  • For special requests related to meals or other needs, please contact conference registration coordinator Ginny McCabe at gmwriteon@aol.com.
  • For best results when ordering tickets, use Google Chrome as your browser. (If you experience any issues, try another browser type or clear your cookies/browsing history.)
  • For other questions, please contact Region 4 Director Patti Newberry at newberpg@miamioh.edu, or check the conference website at http://spjspringforward2016.com/ for updates.

Registration Information: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/spj-region-4-5-conference-2016-tickets-20696826766

Cost: Regular Rates (available until April 2)

  • SPJ members Professional: $95 / Students: $75
  • Non-members Professional non-member: $150 / Student non-member: $95
  • Attendees may pay by check at the door the day of the event. Checks should be made payable to: GREATER CINCINNATI SPJ CHAPTER. Checks can be sent in advance to: Tom McKee, Greater Cincinnati SPJ Chapter, c/o WCPO-TV, 1720 Gilbert Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

To join or renew your SPJ membership: https://www.spj.org/joinapp.asp. A professional membership is available for $75 for one year. A student membership is $37.50 for one year. (Other membership rate options are available.)

Lodging: http://spjspringforward2016.com/hotel-travel/  Kingsgate Marriott Conference Center – 151 Goodman Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45219 – View Map

For More Information: http://spjspringforward2016.com/contact/

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Attention Freelance Journalists!

Interested in gaining recognition for your freelance work? The 2016 Ohio Society of Professional Journalists competition now has new entry categories specifically for freelancers. For the first time, freelance journalists whose work is published outside Ohio can compete, as long as they reside in the state.

The 19th annual awards program is presented collaboratively by the Cincinnati, Columbus and Cleveland Pro Chapters of The Society of Professional Journalists, and honors print, broadcast, online, trade, college and freelance journalists in Ohio for their best work during 2015.

The competition is open to SPJ members and non-members.

Deadline to enter is March 28. Visit ohiospjawards.org for contest details and entry information.

Questions? Contact Tony Kozlowski at 440-785-7136 or aakozlow@aol.com.

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