Thursday, July 11, 2019

Job Opening - The Cincinnati Enquirer - Breaking News Reporter

Job opening at The Cincinnati Enquirer for a breaking news reporter.

The Cincinnati Enquirer is looking for a breaking news reporter to cover stories across a wide range of topic areas using text, video, graphics, social media and more. This person is adept at handling everything from entertainment and features to crime and courts. They are able to act independently, drawing on audience knowledge, to identify stories our readers and viewers need and want to know about. This position requires fast thinking, sound judgment, the ability to produce content quickly and excellent communication skills. 

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

You're Invited - Ohio SPJ Awards - Aug. 17, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. at BrewDog in Canal Winchester

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

Invites you to the

Ohio SPJ Awards
Contest Celebration in Columbus at BrewDog’s Beer Museum, Brewery and Taproom
Saturday, August 17, 2019
11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Photos: Courtesy of Sarah Bacha
Make your reservations now for the Ohio SPJ Contest event of the year – the 2019 Ohio SPJ Awards Contest celebration at BrewDog’s beer museum, brewery and taproom, billed as the “first U.S. outpost of a renowned U.K. bar and brewery offering craft brews.”

The Columbus Pro Chapter is hosting the annual event, in association with pro chapters in Cincinnati and Cleveland, to honor the best journalism from throughout the buckeye state in 2018.

Join Columbus’ craft brewery craze by heading to BrewDog’s 42-acre museum, brewery, taproom and event center at 96 Gender Road in Canal Winchester, just southeast of Columbus from 11 a.m-2 p.m.

We will begin our celebration in the brewery’s museum with a social hour where you’ll be able to network, visit with friends, sample craft beers and learn about the history of beer. Lunch and awards presentation will follow.

The cost is $55 per person and includes a taco bar. Craft beers are available at a full cash bar.

Reserve your spot today at the button below:
See you there!
Questions? Sarah Mills Bacha,

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Part-Time Opportunity - SPJ Training Program in Partnership with Facebook Journalism Project

SPJ Training Program
in partnership with the
Facebook Journalism Project
SPJ and the Facebook Journalism Project are seeking talented and digitally savvy journalists, freelancers and educators who can travel to U.S. newsrooms, universities and conferences to train journalists on Facebook products and tools. These are paid opportunities and highly competitive.

At this time, we are looking for individuals based in the Northeast U.S. (Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania), individuals with a lot of flexibility to travel OR individuals who are fluent Spanish speakers. 

If this sounds like you please click here to apply.

Successful applicants will be people who:
  • Are willing and able to travel at least twice a month
  • Work or have recently worked as a journalist or a journalism educator
  • Have experience giving presentations to large groups of people
  • Use Facebook to gather information and/or promote content, or have a deep understanding of those processes
  • Can commit to serving as a trainer for at least one year
  • Are SPJ members, or are willing to join if selected
  • Are able to attend a training August 15-16 in NYC
You can learn more about the program and meet our current trainers here.

If you have any questions, please contact Lynn Walsh.

Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Applications are due July 19, 2019.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Ohio's Best Journalism Awards - Winners Announced - Congrats to All!

Ohio's Best Journalism Contest
Announces 2019 Winners

July 3, 2019

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 2019 awards today. There were 301 awards announced out of 624 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 2018. Journalists from Detroit and Pennsylvania served as judges.

Save the date! A luncheon celebration to honor the winners will be held Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019, 11 a.m., in central Ohio at BrewDog USA’s 42-acre brewhouse and event space in Canal Winchester. Founded in 2007 in Scotland, BrewDog has more than 42 pubs in the United Kingdom and more than 50 worldwide. 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. Please also confirm that the name of the publication attached to your award is correct. If changes are needed, please email Sarah Mills Bacha at as soon as possible.
Top print winners were The Columbus Dispatch with 32 awards; Cleveland Jewish News with 18; The Cincinnati Enquirer with 17; The Akron Beacon Journal with 14; The Plain Dealer with nine; The (Toledo) Blade with eight; Columbus Alive with eight; and Dayton Daily News with seven.

Top broadcast winners were ideastream with 23; WKSU with 10 awards; WOSU with 10; WVXU 91.7 Radio with 10; and WHIO with eight.
In the Large Circulation Print (75,000 or greater), Best of Show category, winners included:
  • Best Page One Design, First Place, Dayton Daily News
  • Best Columnist in Ohio, First Place, Amelia Robinson, Dayton Daily News
  • Best Reporter In Ohio, First Place, Mark Curnutte, The Cincinnati Enquirer
  • Best Photographer in Ohio, First Place, Kyle Robertson, The Columbus Dispatch
  • Best Daily Newspaper, First Place, Dayton Daily News
In the Small Circulation Print (Fewer than 75,000), Best of Show category, top winners included:
  • Best Photographer, First Place, Bill Lackey, Springfield News-Sun
  • Best Weekly Newspaper, First Place, Cincinnati Business Courier
  • Best Reporter in Ohio, First Place, Steve Watkins, Cincinnati Business Courier
  • Best Columnist, First Place, Regina Brett, Cleveland Jewish News
  • Best Monthly, First Place, 614 Magazine
  • Best Special Publication, First Place, Canvas, Cleveland Jewish News
In the Trade Publications, Best of Show category, winners included:
  • Best Trade Publication, First Place, Cincy Magazine
  • Best Trade Columnist, First Place, Lois A. Bowers, McNight’s Senior Living
In the Television, Best of Show category, winners included:
  • Best Anchor, Rick Jackson, ideastream
  • Best Reporter, First Place, Duane Pohlman, WKRC-TV
In the Radio, Best of Show category, winners included:
  • Best Reporter, First Place, Nick Castele, ideastream
  • Best Anchor, First Place, Amy Eddings, ideastream
In the Digital Media, Best of Show category, winners included: In the Freelance, Best of Show, categories, winners included:
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  • Digital Media, Best Freelance Writer, Vince Guerrieri
In the College category, winners included:
  • Best College Non-Daily Newspaper, The Kent Stater, Kent State University
  • Best College Opinion Writing, Andrew Atkins,
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.

Friday, June 28, 2019

EIJ/HOF Awards Ceremony - A Few Highlights in Photos

Special thanks to Cara Owsley for the photos
Photos by Cara Owsley