The Greater Cincinnati Society of Professional Journalists Newsletter, June 2017 cincyspj.blogspot.com twitter.com/cincyspj firstname.lastname@example.org Like us on Facebook Improving and protecting journalism in Greater Cincinnati since 1967
Table of Contents
Cincinnati SPJ Chapter Annual Report
Recap: Truth Matters, Facts Matter, Fake News and Covering President Trump
Welcome to Our New Board Member, Cara Owsley
Chapter Membership Reminder
Recap: WCPO and Radio One Mayoral Debate
Freelancer Community News
News: Tensing Trial Legal Challenges
Excellence in Journalism 2017 Conference
Regional 4 Convention Overview
Cincinnati SPJ Turns 50
Announcing the "Excellence in Journalism" 2017 winners
Greater Cincinnati Journalism Hall of Fame Inducting Three New Members
Now Accepting Advertising for the HOF Program Booklet
GREATER CINCINNATI SPJ PRO CHAPTER ANNUAL REPORT
How do you top winning the National SPJ Small Chapter of the Year award in 2016?
That was the challenge for the Greater Cincinnati SPJ Pro Chapter for 2016-2017.
The chapter met that challenge and had a hand in 22 separate programs that ranged from defending a free press to the public and mentoring the next generation of journalists.
They were highlighted in the annual report to the SPJ National Headquarters.
—Dr. Emil Dansker was honored for 66 years of service to SPJ, co-founding the Greater Cincinnati SPJ Pro Chapter and teaching hundreds of collegiate journalism students.
—A joint SPJ/PRSA panel discussion focused why the term "fake news" in no way reflects the dedication of professional journalists.
—Journalists, Republicans and Democrats spoke frankly about how to cover the administration of President Donald Trump.
—SPJ partnered with the Voice of America Museum Board on a program called "Facts Matter — Truth Matters."
—The chapter handed out dozens of awards in its annual Excellence In Journalism Contest and inducted six new members of the Greater Cincinnati Journalism Hall of Fame.
—The successful Lunch With The Pros programs were continued at the University of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky University.
—The chapter partnered with the UC SPJ Student Chapter on internship interview programs to link students with businesses seeking interns.
—A luncheon for freelance journalists featured a Graydon attorney who spoke about the opportunities and legalities of being a freelance writer.
—When the Cincinnati Police Department wanted to debut its new transparency project, SPJ co-sponsored training sessions.
—A program in the works is helping the Greater Cincinnati Chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) on its journalism boot camp for high school students, scheduled July 14-15.
TRUTH MATTERS, FACTS MATTER, FAKE NEWS AND COVERING PRESIDENT TRUMP
Photos by Ginny McCabe; Article by Tom McKee, SPJ Cincinnati, Chapter President
Truth matters, facts matter, fake news and covering President Donald Trump may not sound like issues that belong together.
But, they do.
They're the important topics discussed in public forums sponsored or co-sponsored by the Greater Cincinnati Professional Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists in the first months of 2017.
The expenses have been minimum, but the reach, reaction and impact have been phenomenal.
The chapter continues to reach out to engage the public in discussions about the importance of a free press, ethical reporting and presenting thorough, fair and unbiased stories.
Here's a rundown of the programs and how they were produced.
GREATER CINCINNATI SPJ & CINCINNATI PRSA
FEBRUARY 16, 2017 — 11:30 A.M. TO 1:00 P.M.
The chapter has for years partnered with PRSA on programs that help members of both organizations understand the other's purpose and goals. One point person from each chapter starts the planning process by picking a topic of interest. The topic gathering focused on "Fake News." Two members of the media and two public relations practitioners formed a panel discussion moderated by an SPJ member. There was a charge for the noon-time affair to cover the cost of lunch and other expenses. Reservations were handled through EventBrite. Promotion was handled independently through both organizations. The sold-out forum drew 35 people and was held in the offices of Vehr Communications, a downtown Cincinnati PR agency. This is a partnership that will continue well into the future to take advantage of the strengths of each organization. Proceeds from the luncheon were split between the two chapters.
"COVERING THE TRUMP PRESIDENCY: A PRIMER"
GREATER CINCINNATI SPJ
MARCH 9, 2017 — 7:30 TO 9:15 A.M.
This began as a simple idea — have a breakfast program to talk about the issues surfacing on how to adequately and properly cover the administration of President Donald Trump. A media lawyer in one of Cincinnati's bigger firms offered its presentation center for free for the program. A panel, moderated by Greater Cincinnati SPJ Pro Chapter President Tom McKee, was recruited consisting of a print reporter, broadcast reporter, media attorney and representatives of both the Democratic and Republican parties, namely, Craig Cheatham, Chief Investigative Reporter, WCPO-TV; Kevin Aldridge, Editorial Page Editor for The Cincinnati Enquirer; Jack Greiner, Media Attorney, Graydon; Tom Burke, Chairman, Hamilton County Democratic Party, and Chip Gerhardt, Member, Hamilton County Republican Party. SPJ handled all promotion through emails, the Website and social media postings. Graydon also promoted the event on their various platforms. A continental breakfast was provided by the chapter for a cost of around $250. The 8:00 to 9:15 a.m. program was free and drew 35 people.
"TRUTH MATTERS — FACTS MATTER"
VOICE OF AMERICA MUSEUM BOARD & GREATER CINCINNATI SPJ
MARCH 23, 2017— 7:00 TO 8:30 P.M.
Photo Courtesy of Oak Tree Communications
It's amazing what a simple conversation can start. One of the SPJ board members was talking with a board member from the Voice of America Museum about a possible program about truth and facts in reporting. One thing led to another and the VOA board member reached out to the SPJ chapter president. Quickly a panel was picked and a date set for the program. The panel consisted of an SPJ moderator, two print politics reporters, a radio politics reporter, and a college electronics media professor. The VOA board handled all promotion and invitations. Cincinnati SPJ also helped to get the word out online.The SPJ chapter had no expense whatsoever. The event drew 85 people, including more than a dozen high school journalism students. Every member of the audience was highly engaged throughout the 90-minute forum.
Moderated by Greater Cincinnati SPJ Pro Chapter President Tom McKee, panelists at the VOA event included Kevin Aldridge, Editorial Page Editor for The Cincinnati Enquirer; Hagit Limor, University of Cincinnati Electronic Media Professor and Greater Cincinnati SPJ Pro Chapter Treasurer; Anthony Shoemaker of Cox Media Group Ohio, and Howard Wilkinson, WVXU Radio Politics Reporter.
Photos Courtesy of Oak Tree Communications
This is in addition to the chapter's continual mentoring of the next generation journalists through programs called "Lunch With The Pros." Students in SPJ chapters at the University of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky University pick topics of interest to them. The SPJ chapter then finds panelists that fit that topic and will provide a thorough discussion. There's pizza provided by the Greater Cincinnati Pro SPJ chapter to increase the attendance at each event. There are six programs each at UC and NKU with the cost of pizza per luncheon around $50 to $75. The chapter gets funding for this effort through a grant. Any chapter can begin a program of this type. It's quite easy to put together, the cost isn't that high and the return is priceless.
Good ideas, a strong board and a willingness to provide programs that reach journalists and members of the public are the reasons the Greater Cincinnati Professional Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists succeeds in fulfilling its mission.
WELCOME TO OUR NEW BOARD MEMBER, CARA OWSLEY
Cara Owsley is an award-winning visual journalist at The Cincinnati Enquirer (part of the USA Today Network). She has also served as co-photo editor during her 11 years at The Enquirer. Prior to working forThe Enquirer, she was a staff photojournalist at The Times-Picayune in New Orleans for two years. Cara has also previously served as a staff photojournalist for The Sun Herald in Biloxi, Mississippi, and The Repository in Canton, Ohio. Cara earned a bachelor’s degree in photojournalism from Western Kentucky University.
Cara’s most recent awards include a first-place award in narrative storytelling from the Society for Features Journalism, first place in best children’s issues reporting from Ohio SPJ and first place in narrative writing from the Best of Gannett awards.
Cara is the workshop coordinator for NABJ’s Visual Task Force. She has served as a mentor at Winton Woods High School for four years. She has been a guest panelist and critiqued student’s portfolios for the past several years at Western Kentucky University's photojournalism program.
Cara looks forward to her new role and working with other members of the board of Cincinnati’s SPJ chapter. She supports the goals of SPJ, protection of free speech and highest standards of professional ethics. Cara also hopes to encourage/mentor college students who aspire to be journalists.
CHAPTER MEMBERSHIP REMINDER
The chapter's membership list on file with the SPJ National Office lists 45 members, a number that is down significantly from prior years.
One reason may be that when new members are signing up they forget to designate GREATER CINCINNATI PRO as their local chapter.
That's important because membership determines the number of votes the chapter has at the SPJ national convention.
So, if you've recently become an SPJ member, thank you very much. If you haven't designed GREATER CINCINNATI PRO as the chapter, a quick trip to spj.org can take care of it.
The Greater Cincinnati SPJ Chapter bylaws authorize a board of 15 members.There currently are 13 board members and candidates are being sought to fill the two additional seats. Contact Chapter President Tom McKee at email@example.com if you know anyone who is interested in being considered.
Also, an election for chapter officers will be held in May of 2018 and chapter members are encouraged to run for the positions of President, Vice-President, Treasurer and Secretary.
RECAP: WCPO AND RADIO ONE MAYORAL DEBATE
Photo by Ginny McCabe
The Cincinnati SPJ Pro Chapter sponsored the Monday night, April 10 Cincinnati Mayoral Debate at the Cincinnati Art Museum. WCPO and Radio One hosted the three Cincinnati mayoral candidates - John Cranley, Yvette Simpson and Rob Richardson Jr. Moderated by Tanya O'Rourke of Channel 9, the one-hour event aired live on WCPO from 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. EST.
Photo by Tom McKee
FREELANCER COMMUNITY NEWS
May 3 Graydon law firm event; Photo by Ginny McCabe
Greetings, freelancers! Here’s what’s happened in SPJ’s Freelance Community recently:
SPJ Cincinnati teamed up with the Graydon law firm to host a luncheon on May 3 to discuss “Legal Issues Around Being a Freelancer.”
On May 6, SPJ Georgia sponsored a Freelance Fair, with publications from Metro Atlanta that are looking for writers, photographers, and other talented journalists.
The D.C. Pro chapter’s monthly freelancers’ lunch was held May 16 at the National Press Club.
Several SPJ freelancers attended the Collaborative Journalism Summit sponsored by Montclair (N.J.) State University May 4-5.
We hope you were able to join us in ourChat Room April 26, for a discussion of rights clauses in freelance journalists’ contracts. We had some sample contract clauses to share, and enjoyed hearing about your recent experiences.
Not in Cincy, Atlanta, or D.C. but wishing you could attend a freelance event? Let us know, and we’ll help you set one up!
Registration is now open for Excellence in Journalism (EIJ17), the big journalism conference that will be held in Anaheim, Calif., September 7-9. Joining SPJ this year for EIJ are the Radio Television Digital News Association, National Association of Hispanic Journalists, and Native American Journalists Association. For more information, go to http://excellenceinjournalism.org/.
Are you listed in the SPJ Freelancer Directory? If so, when was the last time you refreshed your listing? Due to some new programming on the SPJ website, it’s a good idea to review your profile and make sure the information is up to date. While you’re at it, add some new clips! Some of us created our Directory profiles many years ago and haven’t edited them since. Stale work samples can turn prospective clients off, so see if you can find something fresh to link to.
If you have topics to discuss with other freelancers, feel free to join our Facebook group, where we now have 565 members. And, watch for our updates on Twitter @SPJFreelance. Finally, let me know if you have something on your mind that you don’t want to share in those places.
May 3 Graydon law firm event; Photo by Ginny McCabe
Cincinnati SPJ and Graydon Law hosted an inaugural freelancers luncheon on "Skillfully Navigating a Freelancers Agreement" with special guest speaker Jacklyn McGlothlin of Graydon on May 3. We will be hosting these luncheons on a quarterly basis. The purpose is to give freelancers a chance to fellowship, learn and network.
We were extremely pleased with the first luncheon – from the gracious staff at Graydon and our amazing speaker to the scenic views from the Scripps Center to the delicious food from Vonderhaar’s.
Special thanks to Graydon, Vonderhaar's Catering and Cincinnati SPJ for your support of the event. We would also like to give a shout out to Hazel Becker, SPJ Freelance Community Chair, Ginny McCabe from the Greater Cincinnati Pro Chapter and Cincinnati Freelancer Laura Hobson for being instrumental in getting this event started. We look forward to growing and supporting the freelance community in the Cincinnati area.
TENSING TRIAL LEGAL CHALLENGES By Tom McKee
When the retrial of former University of Cincinnati Police Officer Ray Tensing was set to begin, Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Leslie Ghiz issued an order with restrictions on news media coverage of the trial.
The order limited the number of media seats in the courtroom, directed that a daily lottery be held for those seats, closed off the courthouse's fifth floor hallways to any cameras or cellphones and declined requests for un-redacted juror questionnaires.
WCPO-TV, through its attorney Monica Dias of Frost Brown Todd (and the chapter's adviser), sued claiming the order had been issued without a hearing.
Jack Greiner of Graydon also sued on behalf of The Cincinnati Enquirer, WKRC-TV, WLWT-TV, WXIX-TV, Associated Press and WVXU Radio.
The Ohio First District Court of Appeals ruled that a hearing had to be held. Judge Ghiz did so, then reinstated almost all of the same rules.
Three individuals will be inducted into the Greater Cincinnati Journalism Hall of Fame’s 27th class on June 22, 2017, by the Cincinnati Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. The Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be part of the annual SPJ Excellence in Journalism Awards program.
The induction program will be held June 22 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the offices of Frost Brown Todd, 33rd floor of the Great American Tower, 301 East Fourth Street, downtown.
The two living honorees that will be celebrated in 2017 are Jerry Dowling, a longtime cartoonist and artist for The Cincinnati Enquirer and a CityBeat contributor; and Alex Burrows, a photographer and graphics editor for The Cincinnati Post and The Cincinnati Enquirer.
One individual will be inducted posthumously -- Al Salvato (1950-2006). Salvato was a reporter and copy editor for The Cincinnati Post and The Kentucky Post, a freelancer for The New York Times, and an adjunct professor of journalism at the University of Cincinnati, where he also advised UC's award-winning student newspaper, The News Record.
The Hall of Fame was created by the Greater Cincinnati Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.
The Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be part of the annual Excellence in Journalism Awards program. Congratulations to all the winners and finalists that have been named to receive an award.
The public is invited to attend the awards program and induction ceremony. The cost is $30 per person (includes hors d’oeuvre and drinks) or $35 at the door.
More than 150 people gathered at the St. Regis Hotel in Detroit on March 31 and April 1 for the SPJ Region 4 Spring Conference. The Detroit SPJ Chapter put together an extremely good program in an extremely tight time frame.
The setting was a throwback to the days when Detroit was booming and auto industry was the focal point. The St. Regis is located across the street from what once was the headquarters of General Motors. Nearby Fisher Body had its offices. All three were impressive buildings anchoring a revival of the area, which is a few miles from downtown Detroit.
The city's renaissance was outlined by journalist turned Detroit Storyteller Aaron Foley. That's right. His title is story teller with a focus is neighborhoods away from the downtown area that don't get much attention. It's a big job considering that the city consists of 140 square miles
Alexis Wiley is another journalist recruited to help tell the Detroit story. She's Chief of Staff for Mayor Mike Duggan and told journalists her job is to help redefine the city.
POLICE CHIEF JAMES CRAIG IS KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Detroit Police Chief James Craig, who held the same position in Cincinnati, was the keynote luncheon speaker.
Chief Craig spoke of his work to transform the department into a force that partners with the community to reduce crime and promote civic pride.
The Chief says he believes in working with the media and constant communication with citizens no matter what happens.
"If you don't control the message, someone else will do it," he said. "You have to communicate in a transparent way. If you lie, you're done."
AN EYE ON POLITICS: REVIEWING 2016 ELECTION COVERAGE
One of the more interesting and lively discussions during the conference focused on coverage of the 2016 election.
The panelists and some of their comments included…
LENA EPSTEN - Co-chair of Donald Trump's Michigan Presidential Campaign
—The election proved any person passionate about a candidate can get involved
—The press did more right than wrong from my vantage point
—I thank the liberal media for all the attention around President Trump
—Social media is here and is not going to go anywhere
—Alternative facts are just that. Alternative news is not news. End of story.
CHAD LIVENGOOD - Crain's Detroit Business Senior Reporters
—Everyone figured Clinton would win,but Trump changed that
—Running for President has turned into entertainment
—Trump could get 10 headlines out of a speech
—Twitter and Facebook have changed the way campaigns are covered
—Fight alternative facts with real facts
AARON PICKRELL - Remington Road Group Managing Partner
—The Trump campaign was unconventional and utterly fascinating
—The Clinton campaign was more conventional
—Amazed at the proliferation of "fake news"
—Trump consumed so much oxygen when it came to media
CHRISTI THOMPSON - The Cincinnati Enquirer Columbus Bureau Chief
—There was an entertainment aspect to the campaign
—Who would have thought there would be a resurgence of cable news
—News has the word "new" in it — the stump speech is not the news
—Fact checking is needed — people remember the untruth, not the fact check
Other sessions included…
—Breaking Into Book Publishing
—Shoot, Pay, Organize: New Reporter Workshop
—Social Media Guidelines for Reporting Suicide
—Spreadsheet Reporting 101
—Tweets, Snaps and Facebook
—Quick and Easy Interactive Maps With Fusion Tables
In addition, Mark of Excellence Awards were handed out to dozens of college and university media and journalism students.
The Cincinnati chapter was represented at the conference by Chapter President Tom McKee and Secretary Ginny McCabe.
The Cincinnati chapter also had representation at the Region 5 Conference in Indy, including Chapter Vice President Jenny Wohlfarth, who took a group students from University of Cincinnati and Secretary Ginny McCabe.
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?
WKRC-TV, Cincinnati; full-time
“WKRC-TV/Local 12 is looking for a great Sports Anchor/Reporter to work in a great sports town. We've got the Bengals and Reds, FC Cincinnati, Xavier and Cincinnati, and three states of high school rivals to cover—along with fans who are passionate about all of their teams.”
News Production Assistant WKRC-TV, Cincinnati; part-time
“Sinclair Broadcast Group & Local 12 WKRC-TV has an immediate opening for a Part-Time Production Assistant. This is an entry level position but we prefer someone with some TV studio production experience in a fast paced news production environment. Job requirements include operation of studio cameras, teleprompter, floor directing and assisting in the Local 12 Newsroom.”
News Producer WKRC-TV, Cincinnati; full-time
“WKRC, in Cincinnati, OH, has an immediate opening for a creative News Producer. You will be responsible for the day-to-day production of our morning newscasts, working closely with the Executive Producer, Director and Assignment Desk on the newscast and its content. In this position, you will determine the content and flow of newscasts, work with management and on-air staff to generate and write stories and develop content for our website.”
Promotions Writer/Producer WKRC-TV, Cincinnati; full-time
“WKRC is looking for a Creative Services Promotions Writer/Producer. This position requires a highly organized, detail-oriented, social media-savvy individual who feels comfortable working in a team environment.”
Digital Content Producer - Nightside WKRC-TV, Cincinnati; full-time
“Local 12/WKRC-TV, Cincinnati's number one television news operation, is looking for a Digital Content Producer. This person must be a self-starter to produce, write, edit and post stories (text, video, photos) to our digital properties utilizing a content management system and other digital tools.”
Creative Services Topical Producer WKRC-TV, Cincinnati; full-time
“WKRC is looking for a Creative Services Topical Producer. This position requires a highly organized, detail oriented, social media-savvy individual who feels comfortable working in a team environment.”
News Photographer/Editor WKRC-TV, Cincinnati; full-time “If you have a passion for visual storytelling, working with experienced reporters and producers, and being first on breaking news coverage—then we want to hear from you. Our reputation as Cincinnati's Breaking News leader and The Weather Authority is built on having a team of professionals who are willing to do what it takes to win on every story, every day.”
Executive Producer WLWT-TV, Cincinnati; full-time
“WLWT TV, the Hearst Television Inc owned NBC affiliate in Cincinnati is looking for an Executive Producer who can lead our talented and driven team members to produce the most compelling newscasts and digital content in our market. We need a driven, organized leader who can articulate a vision for their shows and lead a team towards the vision. The right candidate will be a leader who can develop multi-platform content that succeeds on air, on mobile, and on social media.”
Meterologist WLWT-TV, Cincinnati; full-time
“WLWT, the Hearst Television owned NBC affiliate in Cincinnati has an opening for a high energy, highly skilled meteorologist. We are looking for a meteorologist who knows the science, but can tell a relatable weather story.”
Traffic Reporter WLWT-TV, Cincinnati; full-time
“WLWT-TV, the Hearst Television owned NBC affiliate located in Cincinnati is in search of a Weekday Traffic Anchor.”
News Producer WCPO-TV, Cincinnati; full-time “WCPO-TV, the Scripps flagship ABC affiliate in Cincinnati, OH, is seeking an experienced, dynamic producer for our television newscasts.”
Multimedia Journalist WCPO-TV, Cincinnati; full-time
“WCPO-TV, 9 On Your Side, the E. W. Scripps-flagship station in Cincinnati, Ohio (DMA 36), is seeking an MMJ to report news and tell stories of significant impact to local viewers and digital consumers. We want a hard news-hungry journalist who can identify the big stories and create compelling enterprise content.”
Videojournalist WXIX, Cincinnati; full-time
“WXIX, FOX 19 NOW in Cincinnati is looking for a motivated Photojournalist to join our team. Candidate will have a proven initiative in newsgathering for all platforms. You must display competence in ENG cameras and video editing (Edius/Bitcentral) for all media platforms.”
Digital Content Producer Cox Media Group, Liberty Township; part-time
“The digital content aggregator/social media producer is key to our effort to increase our local news market share and be the market's first and foremost local news source. They create, rewrite, refashion or aggregate localized content for our website, SpringfieldNewsSun.com that is optimized to bring in search and social visits.”
Digital Editor TriHealth, Cincinnati; full-time
“This position counsels management in digital communications strategies and best practices that support TriHealth’s strategic objectives and initiatives, both internally and externally. This position conceives, plans, and creates digital media that might include video, web, and social media content and functionalities that are rich, timely, and meet key target audience needs.”
Content Strategy Analyst Gannett, Cincinnati; full-time
“The Ohio region of the USA TODAY NETWORK is seeking a data-minded leader who can connect our newsroom to key audiences by combining digital analytics with strategy and implement training and best practices within the news operation. “
Assistant Editor ST Media Group, Cincinnati; full-time
“Are you inspired by/interested in design? Then put that passion to work at a business-to-business magazine brand that covers the interior design of hospitality spaces (hotels, restaurants, bars, etc.).”
Associate Production Editor F+W Media, Cincinnati; full-time
“Work with trade, specialty and direct to consumer sales and marketing to see that assigned team meets revenue goals. Will complete production edit for heavily illustrated projects (eBooks, print books, websites, webinars, videos etc.) under guidance from management and senior staff.“
Editor F+W Media, Cincinnati; full-time
“Writer’s Digest Books is seeking an Editor to join its book editorial team. The qualified editor would be responsible for editing 4-5 Writer’s Digest instructional titles per year, editing the annual Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market, assisting with the acquisition of future WD Books titles, and participating in various print, online, and digital initiatives as needed.”
Adjunct Instructor – Media Criticism and Journalism UC Blue Ash, Cincinnati
“The University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College Electronic Media Communications department invites applications for our Adjunct-Instructor-Media Criticism & Journal pool of candidates, from which part time faculty will be selected for upcoming terms (as needed).”
Manager, Communications & Digital Engagement
Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority, Cincinnati; full-time
“The Port Authority seeks a creative, outcome-driven Manager, Communications and Digital Engagement to join the Marketing and Communications Department, playing a key role in elevating our communication initiatives and seeking out new opportunities to convey our voice and value.”
Here's a challenge for every SPJ member — active or retired. Make it a point to recruit a new member this year. Doing that will double the size of the chapter. The board continues to work on presenting unique and interesting programs that make SPJ membership extremely valuable.
The national membership fee is $75.00 which can be paid online in one lump sum or in monthly deductions.