Friday, July 13, 2018

Register Today - Ohio SPJ Awards Ceremony - Saturday, August 25 in Cincinnati

The Greater Cincinnati Pro Chapter, in Association with the Cleveland and Central Ohio Pro Chapters

Invites you to the

Ohio SPJ Awards
Contest Celebration in the Queen City Aboard the Belle of Cincinnati
Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Photo: Courtesy of the Belle of Cincinnati
Make your reservations now for the Ohio SPJ event of the year – the Ohio SPJ Awards Contest celebration aboard the Belle of Cincinnati. The Greater Cincinnati Pro Chapter is hosting the annual event, in association with pro chapters in Columbus and Cleveland to honor the best journalism from throughout the Buckeye State.

Board the Belle of Cincinnati at its home port of Newport, Kentucky, 101 Riverboat Row, from 11 a.m. until noon. We will begin our cruise along the Ohio River promptly at noon for lunch and the awards, and dock approximately two hours later.

The cost is $55 per person and includes a buffet luncheon, featuring tossed mixed greens with a choice of two dressings, marinated chicken breast, pulled pork with barbeque sauce, coleslaw, green beans, baked beans, chips, cookies and brownies. Drinks are available at a full cash bar.

Reserve your spot today at the button below:
See you there!
Questions? Contact Ginny McCabe

Friday, June 22, 2018

Ohio's Best Journalism Contest Announces 2018 Winners

Ohio's Best Journalism Contest
Announces 2018 Winners

June 19, 2018

Sarah Mills Bacha
COLUMBUS – Ohio’s Best Journalism Contest, sponsored by the Cincinnati, Cleveland and Columbus Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) chapters statewide, announced its 2018 awards today. There were 308 awards announced out of 645 entries submitted.

The categories include large circulation print (75,000 or greater), small circulation print (fewer than 75,000), radio, television, digital media, trade organizations, freelance and college. Click here for a full list of categories.

Best of Show distinctions are awarded in all categories except college. Entries were for work done in 2017. Journalists from The Top of the Rockies awards contest (Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and Wyoming) served as judges.

Save the date for a luncheon celebration to honor the winners, which will be held Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018, at noon in Cincinnati with a riverboat cruise luncheon on the Ohio River. Mark your calendars and watch your inbox for celebration registration details in the coming days.

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.

Attention journalists/editors/entry submitters: Please review the list of winners carefully and confirm that the individual and/or individuals listed in the column “Name on Award” are the names that should appear on the awards. If changes are needed, please email Sarah Mills Bacha at as soon as possible.

Top print winners were The Columbus Dispatch with 33 awards; The Cincinnati Enquirer with 20 awards; The Akron Beacon Journal with 17 awards; The Plain
with 10 awards; Crain’s Cleveland Business with 10 awards; and Columbus Alive with 10 awards. Top broadcast winners were WKSU Radio with 13 awards; WVXU 91.7 Radio with 12 awards; WCPN Radio with eight awards; WBNS-TV with eight awards; WOSU with seven awards; and WVIZ/PBS ideastreamwith seven awards.

In the Large Circulation Print (75,000 or greater), Best of Show category, top winners included:
  • Best Page One Design, First Place, Alan Miller, The Columbus Dispatch
  • Best Columnist in Ohio, First Place, Theodore Decker, The Columbus Dispatch
  • Best Reporter In Ohio, First Place, Amanda Garrett, The Akron Beacon Journal
  • Best Photographer in Ohio, First Place, Kyle Robertson, The Columbus Dispatch
  • Best Daily Newspaper, First Place, The Columbus Dispatch

In the Small Circulation Print (Fewer than 75,000), Best of Show category, top winners included:
  • Best Photographer, First Place, Tim Johnson, Columbus Monthly
  • Best Weekly Newspaper, First Place, Cincinnati Business Courier
  • Best Reporter in Ohio, First Place, Sheehan Hannan, Cleveland Magazine
  • Best Columnist, First Place, Regina Brett, Cleveland Jewish News
  • Best Monthly, First Place, Cleveland Magazine
  • Best Special Publication, First Place, 614 Magazine

In the Trade Publications, Best of Show category, winners included:
  • Best Trade Publication, First Place, The College Store
  • Best Trade Columnist, First Place, Susan Crowell, Farm and Dairy

In the Television, Best of Show category, winners included:
  • Best Anchor, Rick Jackson, WVIZ/PBS ideastream
  • Best Reporter, First Place, Duane Pohlman, WKRC-TV
  • Best Newscast, First Place, WCMH NBC4

In the Radio, Best of Show category, winners included:
  • Best Reporter, First Place, M.L. Schultze, WKSU
  • Best Anchor, First Place, Amanda Rabinowitz, WKSU

In the Digital Media, Best of Show category, winners included:
  • Best General News Site, First Place, ideastream
  • Best Online Still Photographer in Ohio, First Place, Matt Ellis,

In the Freelance, Best of Show, categories, winners included:
  • Large Circulation Print (+75,000), Best Freelance Writer, Ginny McCabe
  • Digital Media, Best Freelance Writer, Jeff Regensburger,

In the College category, winners included:
  • Best College Non-Daily Newspaper, The Lantern, The Ohio State University
  • Best College Opinion Writing, Lucas Misera, The Kent Stater
Visit Awards List
ABOUT SPJ: The Society of Professional Journalists is the nation’s most broad-based journalism organization, dedicated to encouraging the free practice of journalism and stimulating high standards of ethical behavior.

Founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi, SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to a well-informed citizenry through the daily work of its nearly 10,000 members; works to inspire current and future journalists through professional development; and advocates for the protection of the First Amendment guarantee of freedom of speech and press.

Nationally, SPJ improves and protects journalism through national and local training; advocacy for freedom of Information and resources; its Code of Ethics that encourages responsible reporting; a website filled with career resources –; and a national recognition program for excellence in journalism.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Highlights from Cincinnati Excellence In Journalism Awards

(Photo by Jenny Wohlfarth) 
(Photos by Ginny McCabe) 

SPJ Day of Giving - 6-21-18 #SPJProud

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The Sigma Delta Chi (SDX) Foundation, the supporting foundation of SPJ, promotes ethical journalism and supports training and education for all journalists. Gifts to the foundation are tax-deductible. Learn more about the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation


The Legal Defense Fund supports litigation that enforces public access to government records and provides financial assistance for legal support to aid in defending the freedom of speech and press guaranteed by the First Amendment. Learn more about the Legal Defense Fund 


The First Amendment Forever Fund is a sustained war chest, an endowed fund, to guarantee someone is always fighting for press freedom. It isn’t getting any easier to fight for press freedom. If we don’t do it, who will? Learn more about the First Amendment Forever Fund 


Monday, June 18, 2018

Reminder - Tickets for Excellence In Journalism Awards Celebration


     The Greater Cincinnati Professional Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists is pleased to announce the winners and finalists in the 2018 Excellence In Journalism Contest. The awards will be handed out on Thursday. 

     We thank the members of the Washington, D.C, SPJ Pro Chapter for their work in judging the entries.

     The awards will be presented Thursday, June 21, 2018, during the Excellence In Journalism Awards Program at Braxton Brewery, 7th and Madison Streets, Covington, Kentucky.

     Tickets for the event are $35 on Eventbrite and at the door.