The Greater Cincinnati Society of Professional Journalists Newsletter, October 2018 cincyspj.blogspot.com twitter.com/cincyspj firstname.lastname@example.org Like us on Facebook Improving and protecting journalism in Greater Cincinnati since 1967
The Greater Cincinnati Pro Chapter, in Association with the Cleveland and Central Ohio Pro Chapters presented the Ohio SPJ Awards Contest Celebration in the Queen City Aboard the Belle of Cincinnati on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018
The categories included large circulation print (75,000 or greater), small circulation print (fewer than 75,000), radio, television, digital media, trade organizations, freelance and college.
Best of Show distinctions were awarded in all categories except college. Entries were for work done in 2017. Journalists from The Top of the Rockies awards contest (Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and Wyoming) served as judges.
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.
Top print winners were The Columbus Dispatch with 33 awards; The Cincinnati Enquirer with 20 awards; The Akron Beacon Journal with 17 awards; The Plain Dealer/Cleveland.com with 10 awards; Crain’s Cleveland Business with 10 awards; and Columbus Alive with 10 awards. Top broadcast winners were WKSU Radio with 13 awards; WVXU 91.7 Radio with 12 awards; WCPN Radio with eight awards; WBNS-TV with eight awards; WOSU with seven awards; and WVIZ/PBSideastreamwith seven awards. Fifteen journalists (television and print) from Cox Media Group Ohio also received awards.
In the Large Circulation Print (75,000 or greater), Best of Show category, top winners included:
Best Page One Design, First Place, Alan Miller, The Columbus Dispatch
Best Columnist in Ohio, First Place, Theodore Decker, The Columbus Dispatch
Best Reporter In Ohio, First Place, Amanda Garrett, The Akron Beacon Journal
Best Photographer in Ohio, First Place, Kyle Robertson, The Columbus Dispatch
Best Daily Newspaper, First Place, The Columbus Dispatch
In the Small Circulation Print (Fewer than 75,000), Best of Show category, top winners included:
Best Photographer, First Place, Tim Johnson, Columbus Monthly
Best Weekly Newspaper, First Place, Cincinnati Business Courier
Best Reporter in Ohio, First Place, Sheehan Hannan, Cleveland Magazine
Best Columnist, First Place, Regina Brett, Cleveland Jewish News
Best Monthly, First Place, Cleveland Magazine
Best Special Publication, First Place, 614 Magazine
In the Trade Publications, Best of Show category, winners included:
Best Trade Publication, First Place, The College Store
Best Trade Columnist, First Place, Susan Crowell, Farm and Dairy
In the Television, Best of Show category, winners included:
Best Anchor, Rick Jackson, WVIZ/PBS ideastream
Best Reporter, First Place, Duane Pohlman, WKRC-TV
Best Newscast, First Place, WCMH NBC4
In the Radio, Best of Show category, winners included:
Best Reporter, First Place, M.L. Schultze, WKSU
Best Anchor, First Place, Amanda Rabinowitz, WKSU
In the Digital Media, Best of Show category, winners included:
Best General News Site, First Place, ideastream
Best Online Still Photographer in Ohio, First Place, Matt Ellis, ColumbusUnderground.com
In the Freelance, Best of Show, categories, winners included:
Large Circulation Print (+75,000), Best Freelance Writer, Ginny McCabe
Digital Media, Best Freelance Writer, Jeff Regensburger, ColumbusUnderground.com
In the College category, winners included:
Best College Non-Daily Newspaper, The Lantern, The Ohio State University
Best College Opinion Writing, Lucas Misera, The Kent Stater
Top: Aboard the Belle of Cincinnati; Top Left: Cincinnati SPJ board members, Tom McKee, Emil Dansker and Ginny McCabe; Top Right: Some of the attendees enjoying lunch; Bottom Left: Robert Busby and Alexis Rogers both receive honors for their work at WLWT; Bottom Right: The Columbus Dispatch cleaned up - They earned Ohio SPJ top honors for newspaper, website, and defense of the First Amendment (Photos by Ginny McCabe)
Top: Chris Kick from Farm and Dairy showing off his award; Top Left: Alexis Rogers and Reggie Wilson are excited about the afternoon awards ceremony; Top Right: Gabe Rosenberg took home several awards for WOSU including best digital feature, best radio website and best headline writing; Bottom Left: Ginny McCabe takes home big honors for her work in Journal-News, Reuters and Dayton Magazine; Bottom Right: Duane Pohlman from WKRC Local 12 accepts an award for Best TV Reporter (Photos by Ginny McCabe; Photo of Ginny McCabe by Kateri Ang)
Attention Freelancers! JOIN US FOR LUNCH SOCIETY OF PROFESSIONAL JOURNALISTS GREATER CINCINNATI PRO CHAPTER AND GRAYDON 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
Location: GRAYDON LAW OFFICES 1800 SCRIPPS CENTER 312 WALNUT STREET
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.
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.
Application Process for 2019 Kiplinger Fellowship in Digital Media Now Open
The application process for the 2019 Kiplinger Fellowship in Digital Media is open.
Beginning Oct. 1 and running until Nov. 18, professional journalists with more than five years of experience may apply for a spot in this coveted fellowship.
The fellowship will run Sunday, April 7 to Friday, April 12 at the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University in Athens. OU is located 80 miles south of Columbus.
Applications will be accepted from U.S. and foreign journalists who properly fill out the application form online and submit it by the deadline.
In 2019 we will host 20 fellows for the week-long training. The fellowship will cover a variety of relevant digital media topics such as cybersecurity for journalists, mobile videography, data journalism and data visualization, social media sleuthing, ethical and legal issues as well as specific topics selected by our granted fellows.
RSVP by Oct. 23: Facebook Training at UC with Lynn Walsh
MEDIA PROFESSIONALS AND STUDENTS UP YOUR GAME! (AND GET A FREE LUNCH!) One-time only opportunity in Cincinnati NATIONAL FACEBOOK TRAINER WILL TEACH YOU WHAT YOU WISH YOU’D KNOWN BUT DIDN’T
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)
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.
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.
Congratulations to all those who were recently sworn in at the SPJ Business MeetingduringEIJ18.
Photo by Ginny McCabe Former Region 4 Director, Patti Newberry is president-elect. And our new Region 4 coordinator is Paul Kostyu, who chairs the department of journalism and communication at Ohio Wesleyan University in Ohio.
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.
· 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
The National Freedom of Information Coalition (NFOIC) and the Ohio Coalition of Open Government (OCOG) presented the 2018 FOI Summit in Cincinnation September 21st and 22nd at the Westin.
The 29th annual summit was a gathering of state FOI coalition directors, journalists, attorneys, and open government and first amendment advocates focused on issues and trends around state and local open government legislation, policies and practices. As an excellent networking experience, the summit included panel discussions, presentations, and group interaction among FOI and First Amendment experts, advocates and champions.
MARCH 8-9, 2019
Cleveland State University
2121 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44115
SPJ's 2019 Spring Conference for Region 4 will be held in Cleveland, drawing journalists and student journalists from Ohio, Michigan, West Virginia and the western part of Pennsylvania for two days of learning, discussion and fun. Stay tuned for more details!
Remembering Bob Webb - A Founding Member of the Greater Cincinnati Pro Chapter
Bob Webb, along with Emil Dansker, was one of the Greater Cincinnati Pro Chapter's founding fathers.
On behalf of the chapter, thank you, Bob, for your service and for making such a tremendous difference in Cincinnati!
Love and prayers to Bob's family and friends. We send our heartfelt condolences upon hearing the news of his passing.
Robert (Bob) W. Webb, former Washington bureau chief for The Cincinnati Enquirer,who was a major contributor to National Press Club programs during his 28-year membership, died Aug. 23 at Cherrydale Health and Rehabilitation Center in Arlington, Va., where he had been a patient for 15 months. He was 89.
Myron Belkin, who served as the Club's president in 2014, said Webb "lived a very full life, and we were all blessed to know him through is active involvement in the National Press Club."
Until five years ago, Webb was a frequent contributor to the Wire, covering Headliners Luncheons and other events he often helped coordinate.
Mesfin Mekonen, manager of the Club's Reliable Source restaurant, recalled that one of the many Club events Webb helped arrange was a 2008 Book Rap appearance by Rajnohan Gandhi, biographer and grandson of India's independence leader Mohandas Gandi. Mekonen said Webb was "a kind professional NPC member who supported the Club for many years. We will dearly miss him."
Webb's 30-year career at The Enquirer included working as an education writer, night city editor, political reporter, Washington bureau chief, news editor and editorial board member. He retired in 1993 as an editorial writer.
Before moving to Cincinnati, Webb was associate editor of the State Times in Jackson, Miss. He was born in Gulfport, Miss., where his parents were farmers, and at age 6 moved with his family to Columbia, Miss.
"It was there I finished high school determined to become a journalist," Webb said in an accounting he sent to Belkind in 2014. "One of my high school teachers had a huge part in that. She'd liked some of my writings and convinced me to enter a local contest, which I won. As well, I received the journalism prize at graduation. Clearly I was hooked."
He landed a job with the Tampa Daily Times after graduating from the University of Missouri School of Journalism but soon left for a more exciting five-year stint at the New Orleans Times-Picayune. From there he moved to the State Times in Jackson, where he met and married Virginia Patton. He said his life changed when he attended a retreat in Michigan that caused him to oppose racial segregation policies he has once defended.
While working in Cincinnati, Webb was a founder of and first president of the city chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Assignments took him to Asia, South America and the Middle East, and he maintained a keen interest in international affairs. He edited a newsletter for the World Affairs Council of Greater Cincinnati and was vice chairman of the Advisory Council of the International Communications Forum.
His stint as bureau chief covered the Nixon and Ford eras."Many of those he covered on the Hill had a deep fondness for him, feeling that he cared for them as people," said Dick Ruffin, a friend who said that the National Press Club "was in some ways his real home."
(Special thanks to Bill McCloskey for letting us know about Bob's passing.)
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.
Presented by SPJ and Google News Initiative, the first training session in a series of workshops across the country, “Covering and Protecting Your Elections” was held on Sept. 5 at WFYI in Indianapolis.
“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.
Indianapolis was the first stop for the tour, which 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.
GCABJ, the Greater Cincinnati Black PR Pros, and SPJ, presented a "New Members Mixer" on Thursday, September 20, at Revel OTR Urban Winery. More than 60 Journalists and PR Professionals from the Greater Cincinnati region participated in the evening's festivities. The event was open to the public and provided a great opportunity for the young professional community to mix and mingle with some of Cincinnati's finest journalism and public relations professionals. The mixer was sponsored by Reign Therapeutic & Luxury Massage and Soleil Kitchen.
The Enquirer - News of Now Coach The News of Now coach oversees content creation for social media audiences and supervises the team responsible for managing our core digital products. This person has a strong understanding of what readers expect from us, both on and off platform, and how that information should be delivered. They utilize a wide variety of tools, from text and video to interactive graphics and Facebook Live, and will teach other team members best practices. They have strong management and team-building skills and can work across departments and disciplines. The position requires creativity, excellent communication skills, fast thinking and the ability to execute plans quickly. https://usatodaynetworkcareers.com/search-jobs/ select Cincinnati in the search field, and News of Now coach
Cincinnati Public Radio Cincinnati Edition Host Cincinnati, OH
Ongoing Application Review; Apply now!
Cincinnati Public Radio is looking for a dynamic, engaged and curious person to host WVXU’s Cincinnati Edition. Along with hosting the program, in collaboration with the show’s producers, the host will book guests, write scripts and promos, and interact on social media. This position must successfully collaborate with others on the WVXU news and production team and play an active role in fundraising and outreach/public appearances.
You'll find lots of big city amenities without the big city prices in Cincinnati and a vibrant public radio station with a growing news department.
Prepares for & hosts Cincinnati Edition (Monday through Friday 1:00 to 2:00 pm);
Interacts with the social media community regularly throughout the day;
Actively develops ideas for segments, researches these ideas and books guests;
Produces additional content including interviews, features, background for use during the show and for distribution via online and mobile platform;
Participates in events including fundraising, outreach, and other public appearances.
Bachelor’s degree with Journalism or Broadcasting background, or equivalent;
3-5 years' experience in radio as discussion program host/reporter/producer preferred;
Demonstrated ability to guide a compelling discussion that includes listener feedback via, phone, email and social media;
Excellent interview and listening skills;
Keen curiosity and desire for continual learning;
Familiarity and appreciation for public radio news style;
Good broadcast voice and ability to work with direction and coaching;
Good writing and editing skills;
Demonstrated knowledge of broadcast production. Knowledge of editing and remote recording equipment helpful but not required;
Familiarity/experience with social media and its use as part of the broadcast media;
Ability to work with a diverse and creative team.
HOW TO APPLY Cincinnati Public Radio is being assisted in this search by Livingston Associates. Inquiries are welcome with Livingston Associates. For consideration, please visit the job posting and apply online athttp://liv.jobs/06sjb.
Ongoing Application Review; Apply now!
Cincinnati Public Radio is an equal opportunity employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.
Cincinnati Public Radio is the broadcast license holder for 90.9 WGUC and 91.7 WVXU and operates 88.5 WMUB under a management agreement with Miami University. The stations serve the Greater Cincinnati and Southwest Ohio communities with the finest in classical music, news, information, and entertainment programming. http://www.cinradio.org/
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.
Managing Editors Ginny McCabe, Carly Hagedon Assistant Editors Tom McKee
Cincinnati Pro Chapter SPJ Board Members Ginny McCabe, President; Jenny Wohlfarth, Vice President; Hagit Limor, Treasurer; Corinne Minard, Secretary; Tom McKee; Jo-Ann Albers; Emil Dansker; Kevin Schultz; Monica Dias; Carly Hagedon; Cara Owsley; Maija Zummo; Tony Mastriani, Board Member Emeritus