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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SPJ National: No on ‘secret executions’

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Statement by SPJ President Dana Neuts urging lawmakers to vote “no” to Ohio’s proposed HB663

INDIANAPOLIS – The Society of Professional Journalists urges Ohio lawmakers to vote “no” to House Bill 663, the so-called Secret Executions Bill. SPJ joins its Region 4 leaders and the Ohio Newspaper Association in denouncing the bill.

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While HB 663’s primary aim is to protect medical professionals who carry out executions and drug makers who make the drugs used in executions, it would also make all information and records related to an execution or death sentence confidential. The legislation, if passed, would make the already difficult job of covering capital punishment more difficult for reporters, which ignores Ohio sunshine laws and compromises transparency.

More specifically, the bill would make information about lethal injection formulations secret, just as Ohio grapples with critical decisions about how to carry out executions while avoiding cruel and unusual treatment of condemned inmates. When it comes to carrying out a death sentence, more transparency and more reporting should be required, not less.

The Ohio House Policy and Legislative Oversight Committee is conducting its second hearing on the bill today and Wednesday, with a possible vote at 3:30 p.m. ET Wednesday at the Columbus Statehouse, Room 115. The bill, introduced Nov. 10, would become law March 20, 2015 if passed.

SPJ urges Ohio journalists and others concerned with open government and sunshine laws to tell lawmakers to vote “no” on this bill. Representatives from the Ohio Newspaper Association and SPJ will be at this week’s hearings about the bill to testify against it.

More from Region 4 blogger Patti Newberry

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Join SPJ For An Evening With The Newsies

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Join the Central Ohio Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists for an evening of entertainment with other journalists and communications professionals

REGISTER HERE

Newsies

Date: Thursday, January 15

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Location: Ohio Theatre, Pre-show party 6:30 p.m. at Manifesto Tuscan Grato & Scotch Bar. Heavy hors d’oeuvres provided by SPJ. Cash bar.

Cost: $45, Seating will be Side Orchestra or Rear Mezzanine

RSVP: Please register with payment by Nov. 28 here.

For more information on the production, visit http://columbus.broadway.com/shows/newsies-baa/

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Central Ohio SPJ Mourns The Loss Of Verne Edwards

Photo: John Holliger

It is with sadness that we report the death of Verne Edwards, a longtime Central Ohio Pro Chapter Member and an SPJ member since 1949, on Nov. 4. Edwards was a journalism educator, who taught at Washington State University and Ohio Wesleyan University, where he served as the department chair from 1963-1986. In addition to teaching, Edwards worked in the media at the Detroit Free Press, Milwaukee Journal, Rochester Times Union, Columbus Citizen, Buffalo Evening News, The Columbus Dispatch and the Toledo Blade, and The Delaware Gazette.

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/delgazette/obituary.aspx?n=verne-edwards&pid=173085302&

http://blog.owu.edu/transcript/2014/11/05/former-journalism-professor-verne-edwards-mentor-to-many-dies/

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Ethics in the Media – SPJ’S New Code of Ethics

SPJPicThe Central Ohio Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists will join the student chapter at Ohio State University Thursday, Oct. 2, to host a free discussion about Ethics in the Media and SPJ’s new Code of Ethics, featuring Kevin Z. Smith, Central Ohio Pro board member, who recently received SPJ’s highest award for his leadership in revising the Code of Ethics for the first time since 1996.

Smith, the deputy director of the Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism at OSU, received the Wells Memorial Key at SPJ’s national convention in Nashville earlier this month.

The ethics event will be a discussion of media ethics and include professional and student journalists sharing real world examples of what they have encountered in the field.

It will be held on OSU’s campus in Room 106 of the Journalism Building, 242 W. 18th Ave., and will begin promptly at 6 p.m. Pizza and soda will be served.

This event is free and open to all!

(The closest parking garage is Tuttle Park, across from the stadium.) 

 

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SPJ honors Central Ohio Pro’s Kevin Smith with Wells Memorial Key

kevinsmithKevin Smith, a member of our board and deputy director of the Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism at The Ohio State University, received the Wells Memorial Key Award, SPJ’s highest honor, at the national convention in Nashville last week. Congratulations, Kevin!

Outgoing SPJ President David Cuillier shared a lengthy list of accomplishments, but focused on Kevin’s stellar work on revising the SPJ Ethics Code, revised for the first time since 1996 and adopted by delegates during the closing business meeting.

Kevin joined SPJ as a journalism student 35 years ago and didn’t wait long to get involved in the news organization. A year out of school, in 1980, he helped start a local professional chapter in West Virginia and then joined the Society’s FOI committee as a Project Watchdog member, monitoring open meetings and records issues in that state.

In 1988, Kevin’s work earned him a position on the ethics committee. By 1991, he was named a Poynter Ethics Fellow. He served as vice chairman of the committee when SPJ wrote its first ethic book, “Doing Ethics in Journalism,” to which he was a contributing writer. He was awarded a second ethics fellowship by Poynter in 1993 and then took over as ethics chair in 1994 to began revising the Society’s ethics code, which was accomplished in 1996. He later added work to another ethics book for SPJ.

While working in academics, SPJ members elected him to serve an unexpired board term in 1997 as campus adviser at-large.

In 2006, he left the ethics committee to become Region 4 director, ultimately becoming SPJ president in 2010. Immediately following his presidency, Kevin returned to the ethics committee to begin his last four-year stint as chairman. It culminated last weekend at the Excellence in Journalism 2014 conference with the passage of the newest ethics code.

Kevin has lectured on media ethics all over the world and taught the subject on college campuses for 13 years. In addition, he has been a campus adviser at two universities (Miami University of Ohio and James Madison University), and served on the board of three local chapters. He has been a member of the SPJ’s sister organization, the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation, since 2008.

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Farewell to a dear friend, colleague

It is with sadness that we report the death of oneLouis V. Fabro

of central Ohio’s most-cherished and revered

communicators, Lou Fabro, also a former president

of our chapter and a longtime SPJ member and

supporter. R.I.P., Lou.

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Law and Media Conference

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

Where:
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

Featuring:

  • 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.

Registration:
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 er344909@ohio.edu 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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