Thursday, October 26, 2017

Cincinnati SPJ October 2017 Newsletter

The Greater Cincinnati Society of Professional Journalists
Newsletter, October 2017
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In this edition:

Chapter Receives National Honors — Again

The Greater Cincinnati SPJ Pro Chapter was named the National Small Chapter of the year during the SPJ conference in Anaheim.

It's the third time in four years that the chapter has won the award for outstanding chapter activities.

—#1 — (2013 - 2014) — awarded in Nashville
—#2 — 2015 - 2016) — awarded in  New Orleans
—#3 — (2016 - 2017)  — awarded in Anaheim

The highlight of 2016-2017 was a luncheon to celebrate 67 years in SPJ for chapter co-founder Emil Dansker. Many of his former students at Bowling Green State University and Central State University came to Cincinnati to offer tributes to their former professor.

The chapter expanded its reach by a number of forums designed to engage the public in the SPJ mission, but also to explore via panel discussions how to handle criticism of the media by the administration of President Donald Trump.

One was on "Fake News" held in conjunction with the Cincinnati Chapter of the Public Relations Society of American (PRSA). Another featured political party leaders, journalists and a first amendment attorney talking about how to cover the Trump Presidency.

The largest event was in conjunction with the Voice of America Museum Board in West Chester Township. VOA provided space for an open forum on "Truth Matters — Facts Matter."  The chapter put together a moderator and journalist panelists from Cincinnati and Dayton.

In addition, the popular "Lunch with the Pros" series continued on the campuses of the University of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky University. That's where student journalists pick a topic of interest and the chapter provides a panel of expert and free pizza.

The work in mentoring the next generation of journalists brought the chapter another award — SPJ National Small Chapter of the Year in Campus Relations. It was the second time in four years for the chapter to receive the honor. The first was in 2013-2014.

Overall, the chapter held 22 programs including co-sponsoring a live televised debate in the Cincinnati Mayoral primary, starting a freelance luncheon series and partnering with the National Association of Black Journalists on a "Journalism Boot Camp" for high school students.

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Ohio’s Best Journalism Contest Honors Top Work in Ohio

By Ginny McCabe
Pictured: Tana Weingartner, Kristen Swilley & Ginny McCabe
Nearly 100 journalists from across the region recently attended the Ohio’s Best Journalismawards ceremony, which was held on Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, at the world-renowned Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. Guests were also able to tour the Pro Hall of Fame after the awards presentation.

Among the highlights, Tom Moore of and Karen Kasler, two active SPJ leaders representing the hosting chapters, served as emcees for the afternoon program. Rich Desrosiers, executive editor of the Canton Repository, offered a warm welcome to the crowd of attendees. Pete Fierle, Chief of Staff and Vice President of Communications for the Pro Football Hall of Fame was also present and shared a few words about the construction of Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village, a nearly $800 million development project, which is underway on the campus in Canton.

Kristen Swilley, Ginny McCabe, Tana Weingartner and Laura Hobson were among those in attendance from Cincinnati to accept their respective awards.

Sponsored by the Cincinnati, Cleveland and Columbus Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) chapters statewide, the Ohio’s Best Journalism Contest presented over 300 awards to journalists from across the state.

There were 315 awards announced out of more than 700 entries that were submitted for consideration.

Ohio’s Best Journalism Contest is a statewide competition for the best in newspaper, magazine, television, radio, trade, digital, college and freelance journalism. Entrants submitted work from 2016. The Long Island Press Club served as judges for the contest. Entrants were not required to be members of SPJ.  For a complete list of winners, For more information about the Pro Football Hall of Fame, go

For a gallery of photos from the awards ceremony, go to

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Recap: Cincinnati Police Dept./SPJ Transparency Seminar

By Tom McKee

Photo: Tom McKee
More than 20 assignment editors, editors, producers, manager and reporters attended sessions October 3 to learn more about how to submit open records requests through the Cincinnati Police Department (CPD). CPD and the Greater Cincinnati SPJ Pro Chapter partnered on the project for a second straight year.

The Cincinnati Police Department has a vast range of reports and data on-line through its Open Data Portal as part of its transparency program. Lt. Steve Saunders of the Public Information Unit guided attendees on how to use the system effectively.

Knowing how to use the system allows journalists to obtain information they can use to make their public records requests more specific and easier for Cincinnati Police Records Section workers to fill.

Lt. Saunders reminded everyone that search files can be created to narrow down specific crimes in specific neighborhood and other finite data needs.  He added this does not replace the Public Records Request Function. 
Lt. Saunders addresses members of the media in attendance during the morning session.
Photos: Tom Mckee
From the afternoon session; representatives were in attendance from the Cincinnati Police Department, Cincy SPJ, WKRC Local 12, WCPO-TV Channel 9, FOX19, Reuters, WLWT News 5 and more. Photos: Ginny McCabe

Spirit of ’64:
Miami University and the
Enduring Legacy of Freedom Summer

Visit this link for full event details.
Saturday, Oct. 28
10-11:30 a.m.
Registration and refreshments begin at 9:30 a.m.
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
50 E. Freedom Way
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Alumni Wil Haygood ’76 and Jeff Pegues ’92 will return to southwest Ohio for an event, open to the public, in which they each share their thoughts on race in America. Haygood's most recent book is “Showdown: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court Nomination That Changed America” while Pegues has recently released “Black and Blue: Inside the Divide Between the Police and Black America.” All attendees will receive a copy of each book.
Cost is $20 per person and includes light refreshments, lecture, museum entry and copies of Jeff and Wil’s most recent books. Registration has been extended. Register by Oct. 25. Space is limited.
Questions? Contact Michelle Rosecrans at
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Congratulations to 2017 Ted Scripps Leadership Institute Grads

Congratulations to Cara Owsley, Ginny McCabe and Corinne Minard, who are among the latest 2017 graduates of the Ted Scripps Leadership Institute. Sponsored by SPJ and Scripps, the three-day leadership program was recently held in Pittsburgh from Oct. 20-22. 

Cincinnati SPJ Introduces New Luncheon for Freelancers

By Ginny McCabe
Cincinnati SPJ is now offering freelancers a new opportunity to get together, network, and in share their freelancing experiences by hosting a quarterly luncheon for freelancers.

In working with Hazel Becker, the chair of SPJ’s freelance community, nationally, we kicked-off a quarterly luncheon in May of 2017. We recently held our second luncheon in September. Our first two meetings have averaged about 10-12 guests and we are happy to have the support of those who have already joined us. We would also like to extend the opportunity to other freelancers and journalists throughout the Greater Cincinnati area. Our next meeting is planned for January, so look for more details in the months ahead. If you have speaker suggestions, or topics you’d like to talk about, let us know.

In launching the new program for freelancers, Cincinnati SPJ is extremely grateful for the partnership with Graydon. Our luncheons have been held at Graydon’s beautiful facility in downtown Cincinnati. The Graydon team has also been very gracious and supportive in furthering the work of the great writers in our community.

In addition to the local initiatives for freelancers, SPJ has a national freelance community, chaired by Becker, which is SPJ's largest and most active community. The community hosts events and programs throughout the year and has grown to nearly 150 members. The community offers tools and resources to help freelance journalists be better at what they do. There is a freelancer’s directory online that freelancers can be a part of as well as a group on Facebook “SPJ Freelance Community,” which has close to 800 members. There are plenty of outstanding resources available for freelancers. We welcome you to join us!

In closing, we encourage ideas and input from freelancers and local writers about what their current needs are and how they might benefit from being a part of a freelancers group. If you have ideas, or suggestions, please feel free to share your thoughts by reaching out to Ginny McCabe, coordinator, at or to one of the other Cincinnati SPJ board members.

Top: Author, literary agent and speaker Bob Hostetler pictured with some of the freelancers luncheon attendees; Bottom: Bob Hostetler was the special guest for our freelancers luncheon in September.

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Hagit Limor Presented with SPJ Howard Dubin Award

Hagit Limor has been given another honor by SPJ — the Howard Dubin Award. It was presented during the SPJ National Convention in Anaheim with Dubin present in the audience.

Limor is currently the Treasurer of the Greater Cincinnati SPJ Professional Chapter, Secretary of the SDX Board of Directors and Chair of the SDX Legal Defense Fund. In addition, she's also a past National President of SPJ.

She becomes the third member of the chapter to win the award. Emil Dansker was the chapter's first recipient. He and Dubin were classmates at Northwestern University. Limor is a Northwestern graduate as well. Chapter President Tom McKee has also received the award.
Hagit Limor with Howard Dubin, the night of the awards ceremony.

SPJ New National President

By Tom McKee

There's no doubt that the new President of the Society of Professional Journalism will speak out often and loudly to defend the First Amendment and a free press.

That was very clear when Rebecca Baker took over the society's top spot during the SPJ National Convention in Anaheim.

"The Trump administration is undermining the role of a free press," Baker said. "People yell 'fake news' on stories they don't like."

Baker urged journalists everywhere to seek truth and report it. Doing that involves tenacity, ethics, integrity, networking and constant use of open records laws.


Rebecca Baker

She also urged SPJ chapters across the nation to engage members of the public to help them understand how stories are put together, the SPJ Code of Ethics and why a free press is so important.

"Engage the public like the Greater Cincinnati Pro Chapter is doing," she said. "If they see a real person, maybe their viewpoint will change."

Reaching out to the community, hosting public discussions and asking to speak to groups are all ways to enhance the profession of journalism.

That's a tall order and it won't be easy, but Baker says she knows journalists are up to the challenge.

To drive home the point, she quoted from the movie "A League of Their Own" where Tom Hanks admonishes one of his players who is crying during a game.

"There's no crying in baseball," Hanks states. "It's supposed to be hard. The hard is what makes it great."

"It's a hard business," Baker acknowledged. "SPJ can make it easier."

As she turned the gavel over to Baker, outgoing President Lynn Walsh said this is the best time to protect and defend journalism and a free press.

She pointed to President Trump's use of the term "fake news" and how it's become a "thing" from the national to the local level.

Reporters are being challenged as "the enemy of the people" and there have been some instances assaults occurring.

Like Baker, Walsh urged journalists to reach out to citizens.

"The majority of people don't understand what we do," she said. "They have no idea about anonymous sources. They think things are pulled from Twitter and that reporters have never talked to anyone in person."

Walsh added threats against the First Amendment are very real and that journalists have to fight back to defend the profession.

"Let's built experiences for our communities," she said. "Let's change the world together."

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High School “Breaking News” Summer Boot Camp with GCABJ

Our chapter partnered with the newly formed Greater Cincinnati Association of Black Journalists (GCABJ) this past July for a two-day “Breaking News” boot camp for area high school students.

Thirty students from area high schools participated in the hands-on news-reporting workshop, held July 14-15 in a special interactive classroom in the Langsam Library on UC’s main campus.

GCABJ members Shaun Elliot, a news photographer with WLWT, and Charisse Gibson, president of GCABJ and a Fox19 anchor, spearheaded the event, with help from Cincinnati SPJ chapter vice president and UC Department of Journalism professor Jenny Wohlfarth. SPJ chapter board member Cara Owsley and chapter secretary Ginny McCabe also assisted with the event, along with numerous GCABJ members and local journalists who helped coach the high school students as they learned the ins and outs of basic news reporting.

The boot camp included a mock press conference at the scene of a staged car accident at Burnet Woods, thanks to help from the Cincinnati Police Department.

GCABJ and our SPJ chapter plan to co-organize the event again for next summer on UC’s campus.
Photos: Jenny Wohlfarth

SPJ National Board Changes

By Tom McKee
Delegates to the SPJ National Convention in Anaheim voted 86-14 to make a major change in the board structure of the organization.

Instead of 23 members, the board will now consists of nine individuals in order to be more nimble in making decisions.

The vote comes after a year of self-examination by the current Board of Directors and a Governance Task Force that was charged with studying the issue.

Tom McKee and Ginny McCabe, delegates for the Greater Cincinnati Pro Chapter, voted in favor of the change based on guidance from the chapter board.

Here's how the board will be structured:
  • Three officers, including the president, president-elect and secretary-treasurer will be elected for one year.
  • Four at-large directors will be elected for two years, but their terms will be staggered.
  • Those seven board members will appoint two additional directors each to serve one-year terms.
Regional directors will no longer serve on the national board. Instead, their title will change to Regional Coordinators and their duties will remain the same.

“These changes will help SPJ better execute its mission and serve its members,” said SPJ National President Lynn Walsh. “A smaller board will be best suited to produce shared short- and long-term strategies for SPJ’s vitality and viability into the future. This is just a first step toward those goals, but it is an important one.”

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Joe Skeel Leaving Position as SPJ Executive Director

The search is on for a new Executive Director of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation. The current Executive Director, Joe Skeel, is leaving to become Executive Director of the Indiana State Bar Association in Indianapolis.

You can find more information about the position, including a detailed job description, can be found at

The deadline to apply is 5:00 p.m. EDT, Oct. 31.
As the search continues, Tara Puckey has moved into the role of Associate Executive Director and Chrystal Parvin stepped into the role of membership coordinator.

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Chapter Membership Reminder
The chapter's membership list on file with the SPJ National Office lists apx. 55 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 can take care of it.
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Recap: SPJ/RTDNA Conference

By Tom McKee
Lester Holt/Jake Tapper Honored by RTDNA for Lifetime Achievement 
Two veteran broadcasters — Lester Holt of NBC News and Jake Tapper of CNN —  were honored by for their work by the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) during the SPJ/RTDNA Conference in Anaheim.

Holt, NBC's principal news anchor since 2015, received the Paul White Award for lifetime contributions to broadcast and digital journalism. The award is named for the first CBS News President.

Presenting the award proved to be quite a logistical challenge, since Holt was in Miami preparing to cover Hurricane Irma. NBC provided the uplink in Miami and the downlink in Anaheim so Holt could speak to hundreds of convention attendees.

In his acceptance remarks, Holt said it's fitting that he was in Miami chasing breaking news — the same thing he did when he started his television career as a 22-year-old in 1977.

"It's a privilege to do what we do because we have a front row seat to history," he said as winds whipped tree limbs behind him. "It's still my passion. I learned on the job and I'm still learning."

However, Holt warned the journalists that if they're not careful, they could develop an unwarranted sense of entitlement.

He used Hurricane Irma as an example, saying he was standing in what could become a disaster zone. Crews might step into peoples' lives at their most vulnerable moment and there has to be room to remember that they are human beings.

"We owe them respect and compassion," he said. "We have to learn how to take no for an answer and then walk away."

Holt then turned his attention to President Trump and the topic of "fake news" and journalists being the "enemy of the people."

"We've seen well-publicized low blows from high places," he said, noting that politics is a blood sport where people get smashed with some unpleasant things.

He urged reporters to be dogged and unrelenting while keeping a professional tone.

"We can't slide down the dangerous slide of self-righteousness," he said. "We've got some rough days ahead of us."

"Society understands the vital role of a free and independent press," Holt continued. "Find the 19-year-old inside of you who says 'I'd pay you to do that job.' "

Jake Tapper was given the John F. Hogan Award for modeling the principles he stood for as the founder and first president of RTDNA.

Tapper called journalism a true team effort.

"We're nothing without the photographers, producers, writers, publicists and guys who drive the satellite trucks," he said.

He recalled the work of Edward R. Murrow covering World War II in London when bombs rained from the sky.

Some of the memorable lines…

—"The fires of the river had turned the moon blood red."

—"Guns were working all around us, bursts looking like fireflies."

—"The guns and lights would follow the planes and later we'd hear the sound of the bombs."

—"The world was upside down."

"This is what we have all aspired to do — tell the public what is happening — especially when the world is upside down," he said.

Tapper referenced President Trump's criticism of the media and urged the audience members to make sure they're excelling at what they do.

"Ask tough questions of everyone. Be equal opportunity skeptics," he said.  "But, cross every 't' and dot every 'i' before anything is printed or aired."

"We need to raise our standards," Tapper added. "This is potentially the golden age of journalism. Let us work hard to earn back the trust of the American people."

Work in Progress: Pressing the President

Veteran Washington journalists weighed in on covering President Trump during a Super Session called "Work In Progress — Pressing The President."

Moderator Kyle Pople, Editor-In- Chief and Publisher of the Columbia Journalism Review, set the tone by calling 2016 "the year that changed journalism."

"The President's taunts and threats are creating a climate of fear," he said. "Do we report on every Trump Tweet? Should we discuss his mental health?"

However, he added, within a climate of fear is a re-energized sense of purpose in the profession. Here are some of the comments by the panel members...


"When President Trump feels comfortable calling us fake news, stop and reflect. This is an attempt being made to warp our sensibility."

"This is a large concept to absorb because it goes against all life experiences. It's not normal to have The President of the United States say journalists are the enemy of the people."

"When The President of the United States uses terms like fake news it means they can't handle the truth and can't take the heat."

"President Trump will be out in a year and be impeached because of the Russian investigation."

"We're not the enemy of the people. We're the voice of the people. When the President steps over the line, we have to meet him at that place over the line, adjust tactics and be tough."

"When we look back at the clips and if we're tough we'll be glad that we were."

"People appreciate what we are doing. If you want to be liked, choose another profession."


"Donald Trump has re-energized the profession. It's an opportunity we can't squander. Every day in our newsroom we don't know where it's going to go."

"We have to earn back respect that has eroded. We're holding a flashlight on government."

"Some people want us to be tougher. Why don't you just call Donald Trump a liar every day? We try to put this in context."


"Do you use a different sense to cover Donald Trump?"

"Not everything in this presidency is insane and crazy."

"When the President calls something fake news, people look at us with a mod mentality. Using the bulls pulpit to turn public opinion against the media is a problem. "When calling fake news, people look at us with mob mentality bully pulpit turning public opinion against media is a problem they stuck to it and they followed through."


"Politics is about personality."

"Do all Russian stories lead back to Trump? We don't know where the next shoe is going to drop.  This is one of those stories that will define us as journalists going forward."

"The way that Russia was able to interfere in the election the way they did, people just don't understand the impact."

"The American public has not gotten the full story yet. All the stories will lead back to The White House. This is going to be a difficult time for this country."

"When we look back, people will applaud our coverage. There has bee some excellent journalism.  Buy reporting on complicated stories, we've been able to move the discussion forward."

"These are not easy stories to cover. You feel like you're on the firing line. Rise above it. Brush off the attacks. Answer back with the facts. We are a reality check."

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WCPO-TV/Radio One/Greater Cincinnati Chapter Sponsor Live Mayoral Race Debate

Photo: Ginny McCabe

The Greater Cincinnati SPJ Pro Chapter joined WCPO-TV and Radio One in sponsoring a debate between the two candidates for Cincinnati Mayor. It was held Oct. 10 in the auditorium of the Cincinnati Art Museum in Eden Park. Candidates John Cranley and Yvette Simpson took questions from Paula Christian of WCPO-TV, Lincoln Ware of Radio One and Chapter President Tom McKee, also of WCPO-TV.

Issues covered included incentives for major development projects, transportation, the heroin crisis, Metropolitan Sewer District rates and a controversy involving an expansion for Cincinnati Children's Hospital. Panelists were able to ask 17 questions and each candidate had a chance to ask the other one question.

The debate was broadcast live on WCPO-TV,, Facebook and three Radio One stations from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.  After 8:00 p.m. it went out via, one Radio One station and Facebook.

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October “Lunch with the Pros” at UC: “Why Journalism Matters”

Our chapter continued its successful “Lunch with the Pros” campus outreach programming with a panel discussion event on the University of Cincinnati ‘s campus on Oct. 18.

More than 90 UC journalism students attended the event, which was held in UC’s Main Street Cinema on the Clifton campus.

The pros on this month’s panel represented a range of journalism outlets – print, online, magazine, television and radio – and shared their personal insights on the panel topic: “Why Journalism Matters (More than Ever!) and Why I Still Love It.”

This month’s panelists were: Amanda Boyd Walters, director of editorial operations forCincinnati Magazine; Cara Owsley, staff photojournalist and director of photography for theCincinnati Enquirer (also one of our chapter’s board members); Nick Swartsell, a reporter for CityBeat; Kristen Swilley, an MMJ/reporter for WCPO; and Bill Rinehart, a reporter with WVXU, Cincinnati’s NPR affiliate.

Our chapter covers the food costs (pizza – what else? – a fail-proof draw for college students!) for these monthly events, thanks to a Scripps grant secured by chapter president Tom McKee. Chapter vice president Jenny Wohlfarth, a professor and director of undergraduate studies with UC’s Department of Journalism, recruits the panelists and organizes these monthly events on UC’s campus with help from student officers from the UC campus chapter of SPJ.

Our chapter also sponsors “Lunch with the Pros” events at Northern Kentucky University and Miami University.

If you’d like to be a panelist at a future SPJ “Lunch with the Pros” at UC or another area university, please contact chapter vice president Jenny Wohlfarth (
From left to right: Panelists Amanda Boyd Walters, Cincinnati Magazine; Nick Swartsell, CityBeat; Cara Owsley, Cincinnati Enquirer; Bill Rinehart, WVXU; and Kristen Swilley, WCPO. Photo: Jenny Wohlfarth

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Cincinnati SPJ News Roundup: Events and Updates

By Tom McKee
Once again, the Greater Cincinnati SPJ Pro Chapter is reaching out to the freelance community. The second of two 2017 luncheons designed specifically for freelancers was held on September 21st at the Graydon law firm in downtown Cincinnati. About 10 people attended — about the same number as the first one in May. Chapter Secretary Ginny McCabe, a freelancer herself, coordinated the event.

SPJ was represented at the Impact Ohio Conference in downtown Cincinnati October 5. Chapter President Tom McKee was the moderator for a panel discussion on covering news in the Trump Administration. Panelists included Cincinnati Business Courier Editor Rob Daumeyer along with Politics Columnist Jason Williams, Columnist Byron McCauley and State Government Reporter Jessie Balmert of The Cincinnati Enquirer. Questions centered on fake news, the future of the First Amendment, the future of American democracy and how journalists can better explain their craft to the public.

The Chapter hopes to once again partner with the Voice of America Museum on a joint program. A session earlier this year dealt with "Truth Matters — Facts Matter" and drew nearly 100 members of the public to the museum in West Chester Township. What would the interest be in a program talking about the NFL protests and the First Amendment?"

Saturday, November 4, is the date for the annual UC Internship Fair. Local media organizations seeking interns will have representatives on campus for interviews from 9:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. The location is being finalized. Notifications about the event have been sent to UC, Xavier, Miami, NKU, University of Dayton and the University of Kentucky. This is a joint project of the UC Student SPJ Chapter and the Greater Cincinnati SPJ Pro Chapter.

The gathering will be held during the first quarter of 2018. Please stay tuned for more details.


The Kiplinger Fellowship in Digital and Social Media is looking for its next class of journalists. The fellowship is April 16-20 and brings 20 journalists to the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University for one week of top-rated digital media training. Applicants must have at least five years of professional experience. experience. Those interested must apply by November 19.

Start looking now for your best work of 2017 and get ready to submit entries for the Greater Cincinnati SPJ Pro Chapter's Excellence In Journalism Contest. The Call For Entries will go out in January. The number of entries continues to grow every year. If you have suggestions for changes in contest categories, just send the information or for consideration.

The Greater Cincinnati Journalism Hall of Fame is looking for nominations for induction in 2018. They can be submitted at The deadline is February 15, 2018.

Mark your calendars now for the Region 4 Spring Conference. It's going to be held March 9-10 at Point Park University in Pittsburgh. Planning is already underway. If you have program ideas, send them to Patti Newberry at for consideration.

The On-Line News Association (ONA) has formed a Cincinnati Chapter in reflection of the fast-paced changes in media. Mike Canan of is one of the organizers.

Nominations are now being accepted for the position of President, Vice-President, Treasurer and Secretary of the Greater Cincinnati SPJ Pro Chapter. The election will be held in May, 2018. The term for each office is two years. Please submit a letter of interest discussing your qualifications to

The Chapter has two openings for board members. If you're interested or know someone who is, let us know their names. The board members vote on all pertinent decisions for the chapter and organize the multitude of events the chapter presents each year.

An intense effort is being launched to build the chapter membership. Right now, SPJ National Headquarters has number at 55 people. We believe there are more than that, but everyone has to designated "Cincinnati" as the local chapter when they sign up at

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Job Listings

Please note: The below job descriptions are only a preview of the full listing, which can be found on our website. Please visit this link to view the full listing.
Associate Editor
Cincinnati Magazine
Cincinnati Magazine is a monthly city magazine focusing on service, city and regional issues, and lifestyles for an upscale readership. Paid circulation is currently 36,533. Cincinnati Magazine is looking for a curious, creative, highly motivated journalist to handle a broad range of editorial duties in the conception, coordination, and execution of a monthly city magazine. The ideal candidate for this full-time position will have magazine writing and editing experience (with a focus on copyediting and proofreading), strong organizational skills, and the ability to work closely with other members of the art and editorial team on multiple projects in a fast-paced environment under tight deadlines. Familiarity with Cincinnati is vital.
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Digital Media Producer
Cincinnati Magazine
Cincinnati Magazine  is seeking a temporary digital media producer for the term of January 1–May 1, 2018.
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Art Director
F+W Media/Woodworking and Gardening
Do you have high-level experience designing content for publishing? That means working fluently in print and digital media, a knack for bold, modern graphic design and typography, planning and running photo shoots, and nerd-like knowledge of design and media trends. Do you like a creative challenge? Do you have strong branding acumen running through your veins, plus a keen interest in woodworking and gardening? Well then, this is the place you need to be … Art Director! F+W Media’s Small Business Group seeks a highly motivated, disciplined creative for our Popular Woodworking and Horticulture brands. The art director is responsible for the big-picture design and day-to-day execution of Popular Woodworking magazine and books, Horticulture magazine, and their companion digital properties and ancillary materials, such as advertising and marketing collateral. You’ll work with two well-established, leading brands for passionate enthusiast audiences and the talented editorial teams who are equally passionate about serving those customers.
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News Photographer/Editor
Local 12/WKRC-TV, in Cincinnati, Ohio, is looking for experienced and talented News Photographer/Editors to join our market leading news team.
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.
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Digital Content/Social Media Intern
Local 12/WKRC-TV, Cincinnati's number one television news operation is looking for interns in the digital department to work on content and social media. 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. The position is tasked with enriching WKRC’s digital news presence to seek out and engage with new and diverse audiences. This person may also participate in editorial meetings and help guide daily and long-range planning for the digital platforms. This is a non-paying position for the upcoming Winter, Summer, and Fall semesters. Candidates must receive and show proof of college credit.
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Assignment Editor
WLWT, the Hearst Television owned NBC affiliate, has an opening for a self-motivated individual who wants to win each day. We are seeking an Assignment Editor with the ability to capture the essence of what’s happening in the field, and then bring it vividly into the homes of our viewers. The successful candidate will have a take charge attitude when it comes to breaking news. We are looking for a smart assignment editor who finds distinctive enterprise stories and oversees news coverage that sets us apart. We want a newsroom leader who takes the lead on breaking news
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WLWT-TV has an opening for a high energy, highly skilled meteorologist. We are looking for a communicator who has a passion for weather and telling weather stories. Ideal candidate must be able to utilize the latest weather technology and information to create an accurate, compelling and easy to understand weathercast.
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Executive Producer
WCPO-TV, 9 On Your Side, the E. W. Scripps-flagship station in Cincinnati, Ohio (DMA 36), is seeking an Executive Producer to lead our Good Morning TriState team. We're looking for a creative, energetic and experienced executive producer (or large-market newscast producer) who wants to help us reimagine the morning television/digital news experience for busy, mobile-first consumers. Our newsroom of television and digital journalists is like none other, with 7 hours of newscasts each day and dozens of digital-first premium local enterprise stories each week. You will lead the largest team of enterprise morning journalists in the market, and you'll have access to the market's only news helicopter for breaking news and traffic. At WCPO, we're focused on excellence on all platforms, and we have a thirst for innovation and taking risks at every turn.
The Executive Producer is responsible for managing the content and showcasing across multiple platforms, ensuring that the station is competitive within the market.
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