Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Mark your calendars! Upcoming Holiday Bash on Dec. 14, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving! Make plans to attend the upcoming holiday gathering with @cincyspj @GreaterCincyABJ & @ONA Cincinnati on Dec. 14, 6 to 8 p.m., Jefferson Social at The Banks.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Enter Your Best Work - SDX Awards and Moe Awards

Contest time! Entries are now being accepted for #SDXAwards, honoring outstanding professional journalism, and #MOEAwards, celebrating the best in student journalism. Show us your best work by entering today! www.spj.org/awards.

Join Us for a Holiday Bash with Cincinnati SPJ, GCABJ and ONA at Jefferson Social, Dec. 14, 6 - 8 p.m.


Tom McKee Accepts Regional Director Position; Ginny McCabe Assumes Role of President


Tom McKee has officially been appointed as the Region 4 Director for the Society of Professional Journalists.

It’s an exciting new opportunity for him to coordinate activities for the professional and student chapters in Ohio, Michigan, West Virginia and Western Pennsylvania.

Tom has been a tremendous asset to the chapter, leading the way as the Cincinnati SPJ Chapter was named “Chapter of the Year” three out of the last four years. Congrats, Tom! 

He will remain as a board member of the chapter. He will also continue to chair the chapter’s annual Excellence in Journalism contest and help to organize the upcoming 50th Anniversary Luncheon.

Ginny McCabe will immediately assume the role of chapter president. She is a tireless worker with a tremendous ability to lead the chapter. She has served as the chapter’s secretary for the past five years. Jenny Wohlfarth will continue to serve as vice president of the chapter. Hagit Limor will remain as the chapter’s treasurer.

Ginny is a recent graduate of the Ted Scripps Leadership Institute. She and two other Cincinnati SPJ Board Members, Cara Owsley and Corinne Minard, recently attended the weekend training session in Pittsburgh on Oct. 20-22.

Ginny has been active in the chapter since 2010, and has excelled in a variety of roles, such as organizing programs and editing the chapter newsletter to coordinating communications and leading the chapter's social media efforts. Ginny also helped to start a new local SPJ program for freelancers. Welcome, Ginny. 

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Tom McKee named as Region 4 Director

It is my pleasure to share with you that Tom McKee has been named the new Region 4 director. 

He has been a reporter, producer and assignment manager with WCPO-TV, Cincinnati's ABC affiliate, for 38 years. He was elected vice president of the Greater Cincinnati SPJ Pro Chapter in 2011 and took over as president in 2013. The chapter was named small chapter of the year in 2014, 2016 and 2017, also winning top honors for campus relations in 2014 and 2017. 

This year, the chapter was recognized for its robust and relevant 2016 programming. Among its efforts: three post-election events that attracted 160 people; a debate between three candidates running for Cincinnati mayor, with an audience of 125; 10 "Lunch with the Pros" programs area college students; and sessions to teach local journalists how to use a new online records request system of the Cincinnati Police Department.

McKee replaces Patti Newberry, who was elected SPJ secretary-treasurer at Excellence in Journalism 2017 in September. 

Please join us in welcoming Tom as SPJ's newest RD! 

All the best,
Tara Puckey
SPJ Associate Executive Director