Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Cincinnati Police Department and Cincy SPJ to host law enforcement and media seminars



The Cincinnati Police Department and the Cincinnati Society of Professional Journalists are hosting the 3rd annual law enforcement and media seminars.  This is an excellent opportunity for area journalists to meet local Public Information Officers and to learn best practices in submitting public records requests, learn about helpful research resources, understand how to best work with law enforcement representatives at incident scenes, and for members of the media to express how law enforcement can work best with you.   
Key Topics:
·         Open Data Portal / Cincy Insights
·         WhatsApp Groups and social media
·         Incident Management and Media Staging Areas
·         Round Table Discussion
WHEN:  Wednesday, October 17, 2018
TIME:  Session #1 – 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. – Session #2 – 2:00 – 3:00 P.M. (Sessions Are Identical)
WHERE:  Cincinnati Police Academy – 800 Evans Street – Lower Price Hill

WHO SHOULD ATTEND:   news directors, assistant news directors, assignment managers, producers, reporters, editors and photographers from radio, tv, print and digital media

In addition to the information presented and discussion, the Greater Cincinnati SPJ Pro Chapter will have information available on becoming an SPJ member and the benefits that membership provides.  The chapter will provide refreshments for each session.
Lt. Steve Saunders , Cincinnati Police Department PIO – (513) 352-3519
Ginny McCabe, Greater Cincinnati SPJ Pro Chapter President – 513-604-6720
Please RSVP to

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Don't Miss This Opportunity - Free Training with Lunch on Oct. 25 with Lynn Walsh at UC

One-time only opportunity in Cincinnati

And this goes even for those of you who don’t like/use Facebook, because your future employer is likely to have a Facebook page and presence. Now you can learn the coolest, most useful Facebook tools you didn’t know existed that can help you create and share your incredible works, including FB LIVE.

Get a leg up on the competition in a one-hour fully hands-on class. Training is great for any creator of video who wants to showcase his/her work. While great for producers, reporters and digital/social teams, these applications work for all sorts of creative work. You’ll learn how to really work the Facebook platform and learn NEW TOOLS specifically for content creators.

"We'll cover best practices any content creator should know," trainer Lynn Walsh says. "Through this training, you'll walk away knowing how to best communicate with your audience, including how to use branded graphics while you go LIVE on Facebook."

You could have to pay for this training we’re bringing to Cincinnati. Instead, you’re getting a free pizza lunch to boot, thanks to the Greater Cincinnati Society of Professional Journalists.

WHO: Lynn Walsh, Facebook trainer

WHEN: Thursday, October 25 - 12:15 – 1:30 pm (lunch at 12:15; session begins at 12:30)

WHERE: University of Cincinnati Mary Emery Hall, TV Studio – second floor

Mary Emery Hall - 290 Corry Blvd (Directions below/on following page)

Parking available in the building. Take Corry to its dead end at the College Conservatory of Music (CCM) and descend to CCM. Park near “Electronic Media” entrance and go to Second floor. Studio is opposite the elevator / next to staircase. You can park at any other garage or on the street and walk to the CCM Building. Head to the Electronic Media wing near the CCM Starbucks, and take the elevator/stairs to the second floor.

RSVP by Oct.23 (so we can order food appropriately):

About Lynn Walsh:
Lynn Walsh (@lwalsh) is project manager at Trusting News Project and a past president of the Society of Professional Journalists. She previously worked as an investigative executive producer at KNSD-NBC in San Diego, where she still resides.

University of Cincinnati Electronic Media Division
University of Cincinnati Department of Journalism
Greater Cincinnati Society of Professional Journalists
UC student chapter of SPJ (UC-SPJ)

Directions to CCM:

From the North via I-71:

Take the Taft Road exit (exit 3A). Continue on William Howard Taft one mile to Jefferson Avenue. Turn right onto Jefferson, then make an immediate left onto Corry Boulevard. The CCM Village and parking garage are at the end of Corry Boulevard.

From the South via I-71:
Take the Reading Road exit on the left (exit 2). Continue north on Reading one mile. Veer left at the fork onto Burnet Avenue. Turn left on William Howard Taft, then right onto Jefferson Avenue and make an immediate left onto Corry Boulevard. The CCM Village and parking garage are at the end of Corry Boulevard.

From the North or South via I-75:
Take the Hopple Street exit (exit 3). From the North: Turn left onto Hopple Street at the light. From the South: Turn right onto Hopple Street at the light. Hopple Street becomes Martin Luther King Drive. Follow Martin Luther King Drive up the hill to Jefferson Avenue. Turn right onto Jefferson, then turn right onto Corry Boulevard. The CCM Village and parking garage are at the end of Corry Boulevard.

Door-to-door online directions:
For door-to-door directions, go to Google Directions and use "W Corry St and Jefferson Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45221" as your destination address. After following the directions provided, continue west on Corry until it ends at the entrance to the CCM garage.

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Reminder - SPJ/Google News Initiative Training in Columbus on Oct. 2

Presented by SPJ and Google News Initiative “Covering and Protecting Your Elections” will be held on October 2 in Columbus on the campus of Ohio University from 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. The workshop is one in a series of workshops, which are being presented to journalists across the country.

“Covering and Protecting Your Elections: Tools to detect misinformation, protect yourself and your data online, and connect with voters” is a free training that includes a wide range of Google tools and workflows that can help journalists engage their audience, research and report information around political elections and use data visualizations in powerful new ways.

The tour will visit 12 cities across the country from Sept. 5 - Oct. 19. Each training session will offer a variety of workshops including:

Verification and Fact Checking: Learn time-saving methods to verify the authenticity and accuracy of images, videos and reports that you find in social media and elsewhere online.

Safety and Security: Learn how to protect yourself and your news organization from hacking, phishing, malware, other digital attacks and censorship — for the upcoming election season and beyond.

Data Journalism: Find, analyze, interpret and visualize data in compelling new ways — and help your audience gain a deeper understanding of election data and campaigns.

Journalism Ethics: Learn important principles that are the foundation of ethical journalism while encouraging their use by all people in all media — during election season and every day.

Get more details and register today at For questions, email SPJ Training/Education Manager Monica Williams or call her at 317-920-4786.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Cincinnati SPJ honored as Chapter of the Year runner-up

Christine Cordial, Program Coordinator, (317) 361-4788, 
Isaac Taylor, Communications Coordinator, (317) 920-4785, 

BALTIMORE – The Society of Professional Journalists annually selects professional chapters to honor for their commitment to SPJ’s mission and the profession of journalism. 

Large Chapter of the Year is open to chapters with 75 or more members and Small Chapter of the Year is open to chapters with fewer than 75 members.

Large Chapter of the Year

The San Diego Pro chapter is honored as the Large Chapter of the Year for its dedication to education and continued commitment to the mission of the Society.

Within the past year, San Diego hosted a ceremony to recognize the best (Window) and worst (Wall) of transparency in government. In a joint effort with the library system, chapter members educated the public about trust in news coverage. As these initiatives would imply, San Diego has taken a leading role in acknowledging advances in journalism while exposing areas that are lacking. Offering scholarships for students, resume workshops and speaking engagements in journalism schools are just some of the ways San Diego gave back to and engaged the community this year.

“The San Diego chapter shined in various ways,” said Andy Schotz, SPJ Region 2 director. “This is a model chapter.”

The runner-up for Large Chapter of the year is Florida Pro.

Small Chapter of the Year

The Arkansas Pro Chapter was named the Small Chapter of the Year for its dedication to involvement, programs and events.

Arkansas Pro displayed strength and depth in programming at the Region 12 conference, which the chapter hosted. The currency of its programs showed its readiness to weigh in on new issues that arise in the field of journalism. Chapter programs examined the coverage of important moments in history, how and when to use anonymous sources, using Google tools and discerning real from fake news.

Arkansas Pro continues to stress the importance of FOI, both through programming and successful advocacy in the legislature. All of this was accomplished while the chapter offered scholarships to students and volunteered for SPJ Day of Service.

The runner-up for Small Chapter of the Year is Greater Cincinnati Pro.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Join Us for Lunch - October 18 - Working with SBDC to Set-Up and Grow Your Business

to present our 
quarterly luncheon for freelancers
Date: Thursday, October 18, 2018
Time: 11:45 A.M. to 1 P.M. LUNCH/SPECIAL GUEST
Special Guest: Mike Stater, Executive Director
Warren County Small Business Development Center  
Topic: Working with the SBDC to Set-Up and Grow Your Business
Open to all freelancers, including print, broadcast, radio and digital. Boxed lunches will be served.  There will be lunch, a talk from our special guests and a closing Q and A. 
Cost: $15
Registration and Networking: 11:45 a.m. to Noon
Program: Noon to 1 p.m. 
Questions: Ginny McCabe at or at 513-604-6720
About Our Special Guest: Mike Stater
Mike Stater serves as the executive director of the Warren County Small Business Development Center. Among his accomplishments, he created the Warren County Business Expo five years ago and it has grown to be the largest B2B event in the county. He continues to manage the event, which connects entrepreneurs with experts and solution providers and features high-profile speakers.
Stater has increased the Warren County Small Business Development Alliance from 27 members in 2015 to 39 members in 2018. Other highlights from the past year for the Warren County SBDC include earning the Warren County Foundation’s Emerging Non-Profit Organization Community Service Award, ranking in the Top 10 in Ohio SBDC network for most business starts, and leading Ohio with the highest average attendance per class/event.
Among Stater’s awards and accolades, he was selected by his Ohio peers for their network Advocacy Award; he was chosen as a team leader for the County Chamber Alliance Washington, D.C. Fly-In and Capitol Drive Day in Columbus; was a speaker at the Procter and Gamble International Alumni Conference Small Business Symposium; and was a guest on Sirius/XM Radio’s America’s Small Business Report. He was also recently named as the 2018 Ohio SBDC State Star.