Ohio’s Best Journalism contest is ready to accept submissions for 2017 beginning today – and we’re excited to introduce a new contest software program called OpenWater. We hope you will soon be as excited as we are about this new portal. It promises to provide a much more efficient and intuitive experience for our contest entrants. View the “Rules” and “Help” tabs in the header of the contest home page for complete directions and explanations to help you submit entries. We can’t wait for you to try OpenWater and let us know what you think.
The deadline for entries is midnight March 31, 2017.
Please take note of some new changes this year: In response to your questions, we clarified and made consistent details regarding the number of articles/broadcasts in specific categories. We also have added a new field asking whose name(s) should appear on any award. It is our sincere hope our updates eliminate confusion and streamline the submission process. Please contact us with any questions or comments at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our annual statewide contest is presented collaboratively by the Cincinnati, Columbus and Cleveland Pro Chapters of The Society of Professional Journalists and honors print, broadcast, digital, trade, freelance and college journalists in Ohio for their best work during 2016. Our contest 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. Our contest also recognizes the best college daily and weekly newspapers.
ELIGIBILITY:Journalists are eligible who work for newspaper, magazine, radio, television, trade, digital and college media in Ohio and adjacent states that have significant reach into Ohio. Freelance journalists, who are Ohio residents, are eligible, regardless of where their work is published, broadcast or webcast. Last year, we added numerous freelance categories in response to the growing number of freelance journalists. Click here for Freelance categories. Newsletter and blog submissions also are welcome. Entrants need not be members of the Society of Professional Journalists. Submitted work must have been published or broadcast in 2016.
FEES:A $30 entry fee must accompany each submission, except college entries. College students pay a $10 entry fee for writing of news, feature, sports and opinion. College newspapers may enter the best college daily and weekly newspaper categories for free. There is a $5 discount per entry for work by SPJ members. You may submit any given article in as many relevant categories as you wish. Not an SPJ member? Join here and save.
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The Greater Cincinnati Society of Professional Journalists Newsletter, February 2017 cincyspj.blogspot.com twitter.com/cincyspj email@example.com Like us on Facebook Improving and protecting journalism in Greater Cincinnati since 1967
Table of Contents
Emil Extravaganza: Recap of the Emil Dansker Celebration
Welcome to our new Cincinnati SPJ board members
Thank You, PRSA
Call for Hall of Fame Nominees
UC-SPJ Lunch with the Pros
Call for "Excellence in Journalism" Submissions
Save the Date: Region 4 Conference
Covering Trump, March 9 Panel Event
Guest Column by Jack Greiner
Chapter 50-Year Anniversary
“Truth Matters — Facts Matter” Forum
Save the Date: Mayoral Debate
Join the Society of Professional Journalists
CELEBRATING EMIL DANSKER By Tom McKee
Three score and six years ago a young student at Northwestern University decided to dedicate his life to the practice of high quality, ethical journalism.
He joined Sigma Delta Chi, the forerunner of the Society of Professional Journalists. Since then, neither the profession nor SPJ has been the same.
His name is Emil Dansker, now 86 years old and still active as a board member of the Greater Cincinnati SPJ Professional Chapter. In fact, he was one of the chapter’s founding members in 1967.
Newspapers as diverse as the Toledo Blade, Dayton Daily News and the Cincinnati Enquirer were where he applied his considerable skills with the written word.
After many successful years, Dansker turned to teaching — mentoring generations of prospective journalists at Bowling Green State University and Central State University.
He pushed students to take full advantages of opportunities to grow personally and professionally by making sure they knew they could do anything they wanted.
Dansker began a program for students to cover national political conventions. He co-produced a documentary on the coverage of the Kent State University shootings in May of 1970.
All the while he raised a family and still managed to continue to serve SPJ. His stellar work earned him a Howard Dubin Award — somewhat ironic since he and Dubin were classmates at Northwestern.
Dozens of people gathered in Cincinnati recently to pay tribute to this dedication and influence on them. Family members, long-time friends, former students and SPJ members were part of the crowd.
Person after person told story after story about Emil Dansker being a huge part of their life. When all the words had been spoken, all he could do was say, “Thanks.” He was speechless.
Causes come and causes go for people as they live their lives. Emil Dansker took up the cause of good journalism in the 1950s, is still practicing it today and will be doing it well into the future.
All photos by Ginny McCabe
WELCOME TO OUR NEW BOARD MEMBERS
SPJ Greater Cincinnati Pro Chapter welcomes Tom Demeropolis (Cincinnati Business Courier) and Corinne Minard (Cincy Magazine) as our newest board members. We are pleased to have these two Cincinnati area leaders join our distinguished team.
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Corinne Minard joined the board in January after being a member of the chapter for the last three years. She is managing editor at Cincy Magazine and oversees Dayton, NKY and Ohio Business magazines as well as the custom division. A Cincinnati native, she lived in Washington D.C.; Reno, Nev.; and Memphis, Tenn., before returning to the Tri-state. Outside of work, she spends her time watching way too many cooking shows and planning mini vacations.
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Tom Demeropolis is the senior staff reporter with Cincinnati Business Courier. He received his B.A. in Journalism from the University of Cincinnati and a master’s in Journalism from Ball State University. During his time at UC, Demeropolis worked at the student newspaper, The News Record. He has won awards for his reporting from the Press Club of Cleveland and the Greater Cincinnati Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. In 2014 and 2015, Demeropolis received the American Eagle Award from American City Business Journals, the company’s highest honor. He enjoys family time with his wife, Lauren, and their two children, golf, reading, baking and cooking.
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Our board is comprised of these outstanding members: President Tom McKee Vice President Jenny Wohlfarth Treasurer Hagit Limor Secretary Ginny McCabe Jo-Ann Albers Emil Dansker Tom Demeropolis Monica Dias Ben Goldschmidt Carly Hagedon Bowdeya Tweh Maija Zummo Corinne Minard Tony Mastriani, Board Member Emeritus
SPJ and PRSA’s Successful Partnership in Cincinnati
By Ginny McCabe
For several years, Cincinnati SPJ and Cincinnati PRSA have partnered on annual programs, which have benefited both organizations. We have had a great response from attendees in both professions – journalism and PR.
Topics have ranged from “In the Heat of a Story: How Journalists and PR Pro’s Can Work Together,” and “The Changing Landscape of Media and PR” to our latest sold out event on February 16, “Who Has the Real Story?”
The joint events have ranged from networking events to panel discussions and educational forums at venues across the Cincinnati region including Vehr Communications, Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville and more.
A few of our esteemed panelists and participants have included Carrie Phillippi, Kevin Osborne, Michael Perry, Rob Pasquinucci, Tom McKee, Sharon Coolidge, Jackie Congedo and Pepper Peale, Nick Vehr, Howard Wilkinson, Erica Noble and Amanda Seitz, among others.
Cincinnati SPJ would like to extended a special “thank you” to Cincinnati PRSA, our media experts and participants for the continued partnership in furthering journalism, media and communications in our city. We look forward to working together on future events.
Pictures of Last Year's HOF and contest award ceremony; Photos by Ginny McCabe
UC-SPJ LUNCH WITH THE PROS
The University of Cincinnati is hosting several journalism-related events this month in conjunction with Black History Month, including the Greater Cincinnati SPJ Pro Chapter sponsored Lunch with the Pros (for UC students) on Friday, Feb. 24, from 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. (Free pizza included!)
UC-SPJ Lunch with the Pros: “Covering Race and Community Issues”
Mark Curnutte, race and social justice reporter, The Cincinnati Enquirer
Angela Ingram, reporter, WKRC-Channel 12
Dan Yount, editor-in-chief, The Cincinnati Herald
Sponsored by the Greater Cincinnati Pro Chapter of SPJ
Greater Cincinnati Pro Chapter 2017 EXCELLENCE IN JOURNALISM CONTEST CALL FOR ENTRIES
The Greater Cincinnati Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists is looking for the most outstanding work appearing in print, online and on-air during 2016 in Southwestern Ohio (Cincinnati and Dayton markets), Northern Kentucky and Southeastern Indiana.
ENTRY DEADLINE: March 31, 2017
Entries can be made in one or more of four categories:
ALL-MEDIA: includes the three most significant awards the chapter presents for work done in any medium.
WRITTEN COMMUNICATION: covers articles appearing in a newspaper, in a magazine or posted online during 2016.
VISUAL COMMUNICATION: includes stories that were broadcast on a television station or appeared online during 2016.
AUDIO COMMUNICATION: covers material broadcast on any form of radio or produced as a podcast for online listening during 2016.
ALL MEDIA AWARDS
AM-1 -- GERALD WHITE MEMORIAL AWARD This is the most prestigious award presented by the Greater Cincinnati Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ). It’s named in memory of longtime Cincinnati Enquirer investigative reporter Gerald White. The award is presented to an individual or team for excellence in investigative reporting in any medium.
Entries will be judged on enterprise, depth of research and overall presentation. The entry must include a one-page summary of the circumstances that prompted the story, the hurdles overcome in completing production and the impact generated by the story.
AM-2 -- CAMILLA WARRICK AWARD This award honors journalists in any medium who use their professional role to make an impact on people in the community.
It's named for the late Cincinnati Enquirer and Post reporter and columnist Camilla Warrick. Entries can be the work of an individual or team and must include a written statement that details the public service value of the project and the overall impact of the work.
AM-3 -- FIRST AMENDMENT AWARD A free press is essential in a democracy and this award honors an individual journalist or group of journalists in any medium going to extraordinary lengths to protect the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.
The award recognizes excellence as journalists face constant challenges from governments, corporations or individuals trying to interrupt the free flow of information.
HERE’S HOW TO ENTER: 1) Submit two copies of the entry form for each submission 2) Entries can include printouts, URL information, DVDs or CDs 3) Current SPJ member entry fee... --$15.00 for the first entry --$10.00 for the second entry --$5.00 for each entry after that 4) Non SPJ member entry fee --$25.00 per entry MAKES CHECKS PAYABLE TO: GREATER CINCNNATI SPJ PRO CHAPTER
NOTE: SPJ members cannot use their membership to submit entries for non-members. Each entrant must pay the appropriate entry fee.
To become an SPJ member, sign up at www.spj.org and be sure to designate CINCINNATI PRO CHAPTER on the form. The annual national membership dues are $75.00 and can be paid in one sum or through monthly deductions. There are no local chapter dues.
MAIL OR BRING ENTRIES, ENTRY FORMS AND CHECKS TO: Tom McKee Greater Cincinnati SPJ Pro Chapter c/o WCPO-TV 1720 Gilbert Avenue Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
THE JOURNALISM EXCELLENCE AWARDS BANQUET AND GREATER CINCINNATI JOURNALISM HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONY WILL BE HELD ON JUNE 22, 2017, AT THE QUEEN CITY SQUARE OFFICES OF FROST BROWN TODD
SAVE THE DATE Region 4 Conference, Detroit Friday, March 31 & Saturday, April 1 For tickets and information, please click here.
EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION ENDS MARCH 1 Professional SPJ member $60 SPJ student member $50 Professional non-SPJ $75 Student non-SPJ $65
REGULAR REGISTRATION Professional SPJ member $75 SPJ student member $60 Professional non-SPJ $95 Student non-SPJ $75
"It’s time to check out the revitalized city and its Motown/auto roots! There will be keynote speakers and workshops on improving your news gathering, reporting and writing skills. Sessions also are planned to address social media and the tools of the field. Career advisors, resume critiques and a social hour offer plenty of opportunities for networking. Registration also includes three meal events."
COVERING THE TRUMP PRESIDENCY: A PRIMER
Save the date for this March 9 Panel Event
Covering a President of the United States has always been a challenge for journalists.
That’s proving to be extremely true with the administration of President Donald Trump.
The term “alternate facts” and statements that facts don’t support have emerged in the few short weeks since the inauguration.
To explore what best practices might be used in Presidential coverage, the Greater Cincinnati Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists is sponsoring a panel discussion entitled: “Covering The Trump Presidency: A Primer.”
It will be held from 7:30 - 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 9, 2017, at the new offices of the Graydon Law Firm, 1800 Scripps Center, 312 Walnut Street, Downtown.
JACK GREINER: Graydon Media Attorney
KEVIN ALDRIDGE: Cincinnati Enquirer Deputy Opinion Engagement Editor
CHIP MAHANEY: WCPO-TV News Director
TIM BURKE: Hamilton County Democratic Party
CHIP GERHARDT: Hamilton County Republican Party
The moderator will be SPJ chapter president Tom McKee.
For sponsorship opportunities or more details, contact Tom McKee at TMckee@wcpo.com.
A Remedy For Fake News?
Guest Column by Jack Greiner, Attorney, Graydon
We’ve seen growing media coverage recently about online “fake news.” These are those posts that go viral thanks to the ability of crazy relatives to hit the “share” button on Facebook.
But apparently, the phenomenon is bigger than relatives with too much time on their hands. It’s big business. I saw a report recently that a fake news writer was able to make $10,000 per month for making stuff up. I had no idea.
The business plan is pretty simple. The fake news sites are able to get display advertising on the sites, and they get a payment each time someone visits. The payment per hit is tiny, so the incentive is to draw traffic to the site. That means at least two things. First, the more outrageous the story, the more hits. That of course means more revenue. So, according to a recent Washington Post article, a fake story headlined “Pope Francis Shocks World, Endorse Donald Trump for President, Releases Statement” – a completely false story – got 100,000 shares. Even at pennies a hit, that’s decent money. Second, the fake sites benefit tremendously from being on Facebook, simply because of the ubiquity of that site.
Facebook is understandably concerned about this business model, because ultimately, it puts the credibility of Facebook in doubt. And to the extent Facebook wants people to perceive it as a news site, that’s a large problem. Facebook is taking steps to crack down on the practice, but I wonder if it will get some help from the Federal Trade Commission.
The FTC has the authority to prevent “deceptive acts or practices in or affecting commerce.” Fake news presents a bit of a complication. To the extent the fake news is being pushed out simply to advance a political agenda, it’s not really “commerce.” But when the fake news is being used to lure eye balls to advertising sites, and the purveyors are cashing in, it starts to sound a lot less like “politics” and a lot more like commerce.
The FTC has weighed in on this subject at least once. In a 2013, proceeding, the FTC shut down a site printing fake “news” about the health benefits of Acai berries. There, the connection was more direct – the fake news was about the product being sold. But does it matter? If someone is churning out made up content to draw eyeballs to pump up ad revenue, it sounds deceptive to me. I’m not sure there needs to be much more.
And it’s not like this is a victimless crime. To what extent were voters swayed by total BS posing as legitimate “news”? And I’m not talking about differences of opinion here. I’m talking about lies knowingly made for no reason other than to line some troll’s pocket. Facebook certainly has incentive to shut this “industry” down, but if the FTC can lend a hand, so much the better.
Read this article and check out other new content on Cincinnati SPJ's website.
GREATER CINCINNATI SPJ PRO CHAPTER TURNS 50 By Tom McKee
Break out the cake.
Top it with 50 candles.
That’s right. The Greater Cincinnati Professional Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists is 50 years old.
The board is planning a luncheon for late September or early October at a site to be determined. There’s talk of bringing in a well-known speaker to add to the festivities.
That’s where our chapter members come in.
Where would you like to see it held? Who would you like the speaker to be? Who should be invited?
The national organization was all-male and called Sigma Delta Chi in that founding year of 1967.
Emil Dansker was one of the founding fathers and he’s still a board member five decades later.
Robert Webb was the first president, William Styles was the original vice-president and Curtis Linke took on the duties of secretary/treasurer.
Others were a who's who of Cincinnati journalism at the time:
David Altemuehle - CG&E Communications Director
Brady Black - Cincinnati Enquirer Editor
Caden Blincoe - freelance journalist
Emil Dansker - Cincinnati Enquirer reporter; BGSU & CSU Instructor
Richard Gordon - Cincinnati Post reporter
Harold Harrison - AP Bureau Chief
George Lecky - Cincinnati Post reporter
Henry Segal - Editor & Publisher, Cincinnati Israelite
Robert Stewart - retired from P&G and Pinger PR
Vance Trimble - Kentucky Post Editor
Edward Warner, Jr.
Robert Weston - Cincinnati Enquirer reporter
Warren Wheat - USA Today Editorial Writer
Just like those individuals, the efforts of today’s journalists in fighting for freedom of the press and defending the First Amendment are more important than ever.
The media business has permanently changed, no matter whether it’s print, magazine, online, radio or television. People get their news on multiple platforms right away.
That challenges news organizations to create new and different content, which can light the pathway of journalism well into the future.
One final note — if you’re reading this and you are not an SPJ member or member of the Greater Cincinnati Pro Chapter, just go to spj.org and follow the membership instructions.
For sponsorship opportunities or more details, contact Tom McKee at TMckee@wcpo.com.
“TRUTH MATTERS — FACTS MATTER” FORUM ON MARCH 23RD
By Tom McKee
If you open a dictionary, you’re not likely to find the term “alternate facts.”
Yet, it’s a reality brought forth in the early days of the administration of President Donald Trump.
The term was actually used by a White House official within days of the inauguration.
Does that serve the public? Does it damage the First Amendment? How are journalists reacting to it?
Those questions form the foundation of a panel discussion called “Truth Matters — Facts Matter” on Thursday, March 23, 2017.
The program will run from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. at the National Voice of America (VOA) Museum in West Chester.
It’s co-sponsored by the Greater Cincinnati ProChapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and the board of the National VOA Museum.
Panelists will include print, online and broadcast journalists from Greater Cincinnati media outlets.
They will discuss why real news matters, the dangers of fake news, why a free press is important in a democracy and how does someone determine what is fake news. Admission is $10.00 per person with the funds going to support the museum and its programs.
SPJ WORKING ON CINCINNATI MAYORAL CANDIDATE DEBATE By Tom McKee
What a year 2016 was in politics with the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States.
What a year 2017 will be in the Queen City as voters elect a new mayor.
There are three declared candidates right now and the race shows signs of being extremely competitive.
John Cranley - Incumbent
Yvette Simpson - Cincinnati City Council Member
Rob Richardson - Attorney
The Greater Cincinnati SPJ Pro Chapter is working with all three candidates on an April debate.
Details have yet to be worked out, such as the date, time and location.
Partners are being contacted to help distribute the information as widely as possible to voters so they can make informed choices at the polls.
For sponsorship opportunities or more details, contact Tom McKee at TMckee@wcpo.com.
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Managing Editors Ginny McCabe, Carly Hagedon Assistant Editors Tom McKee, Ben Goldschmidt