Former WCPO I-Team Reporter and University of Cincinnati E-Media Professor Hagit Limor went to Poland and Germany to retrace her father's steps as a Nazi prisoner during World War II. Limor's original, 30-minute special broadcast aired on WCPO-TV at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, June 17, 2019. Watch it here: https://www.wcpo.com/longform/a-legacy-lives-on-hope-after-hate.
Limor's program supports a virtual reality project she's creating to fight hatred and bigotry today. The educational product eventually will be distributed to schools and community groups who want to empower people to stand up when they see discrimination. Limor is taking 15 University of Cincinnati students to Poland and Germany in October to start shooting the project. If interested, you can donate tax free at https://tinyurl.com/moniek-slegacy
SPJ is running a membership promotion now through August 19. (Save by renewing by August 19.) This is for new, renewing, and rejoining members. For renewals, membership(s) will simply be extended one year. Details and rates are outlined here: https://www.spj.org/joinapp.asp
Excellence in Journalism Awards/Hall of Fame Induction Program Huge Success
By Tom McKee
What do professionalism, integrity, creativity and determination have in common? They’re all traits of the five people inducted into the Greater Cincinnati Journalism Hall of Fame on June 27.
Mike Philipps, Clyde Gray, Carol Williams plus John and Charles Brough each bring a wealth of experience and credentials with them.
Philipps was inducted for his distinguished decades-long career as the editor the Cincinnatiand Kentucky Post and later the President/CEO of the Scripps Howard Foundation. In his acceptance speech, he modestly deflected credit for his work to the talented staff members surrounding him.
However, those who worked with and for Philipps weren’t bashful in their praise for him.
Rich Boehne, CEO of The E.W. Scripps Company, said Philipps possessed a wonderfully old school intuition.
“I know someone is trying to get away with something and it’s my job to try and bring that to a stop.” he quoted Philipps as often saying.
For 23 years at WCPO-TV, Gray and Williams – better known simply as Clyde and Carol – co-anchored the major newscasts. They made it look easy on the set and were close friends when the newcasts were over for the day.
“You could see that they respected each other when the joked back and forth a little bit,” said former WCPO-TV News Director Stuart Zanger. “That was real. That wasn’t scripted.”
Gray told the audience of 100 family members, friends and co-workers about the family roots in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, that gave him the foundation from which to succeed in journalism.
The Watergate scandal was the impetus for his desire to hold the powerful accountable.
It was that same scandal that first got Williams interested in journalism as a career. Growing up in Delaware and graduating from Duke University, she gained skills in the profession as more and more women were seen both in front of and behind the camera.
Another former WCPO-TV News Director, Jim Zarchin, said every newsroom in every city needs a Clyde and Carol.
“What made them so special is the influence they had on the newsroom,” he said. “They set the tone. They led by example. They always wanted to make sure that what we said was correct, that we were fair, that we did it right and we did it well.”
Charles and John Brough were inducted posthumously with their awards being accepted by Eddie Tyner and Beryl Love of The Cincinnati Enquirer. It was a natural fit. The Brough brothers bought a newspaper named the Cincinnati Advertiser in 1840 and renamed it The Cincinnati Enquirer.
The Hall of Fame Induction coincided with the Excellence In Journalism Awards. More than 80 winner and finalist awards were presented in print, radio, television and best of show categories.
The most prestigious award of the evening – the Gerald White Memorial Award for investigative reporting – went to Alexander Coolidge of The Cincinnati Enquirer. His entry was “How Honda Failed Kyle Plush.” It was an investigation into flaws in the Honda Odyssey van where Plush, 16, died when a rear seat flipped over and trapped him.
Greater Cincinnati SPJ Board Members Available for School Programs on the Importance of Quality Journalism
In an era where the media is being attacked as “the enemy of the people” presenting “fake news,” the Greater Cincinnati Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists is ready and waiting to provide the real story of the craft.
Board members of the chapter are available to speak at schools and community organizations about the importance of quality local journalism, the high standards that journalists must meet every day, the techniques used to gather news and the changing technical world of how the news is delivered.
If your school or group would like to schedule an appearance by an SPJ Board Member, just e-mail Ginny McCabe, Greater Cincinnati Pro Chapter President at email@example.com to get on the schedule.
The Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism, the Ohio Association of Broadcasters, the Ohio News Media Association and the Society for Professional Journalists offered a series of active shooter training workshops for newsrooms around the state in June.
The active shooter workshops were a success and trained 67 journalists from 30 outlets in the three sessions, which were held in Cincinnati, Columbus and Cleveland. The three hour workshop featured presentations by the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit and SWAT Teams. Topics included pre-attack behaviors of active shooters and active shooter safety protocol – run, hide fight.
This workshop provided journalists and those in the newsroom with insights and tools to respond in case of an active shooter situation.
According to the FBI, 250 active shooter incidents have occurred between 2000-2017, several of which involved the news media.
For a limited time, give to SPJ's General Fund and receive a 110th anniversary pin.
Need some bling to wear at EIJ19? If you donate $110 or more to the fund, you'll receive a special 110th Anniversary pin. Don't wait to order yours. SPJ only made 110 of them, so supplies are limited. Donate to SPJ's General Fund here: https://www.spj.org/donate-generalfund.asp ;
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Cincinnati Pro Chapter SPJ Board Members Ginny McCabe, President; Jenny Wohlfarth, Vice President; Hagit Limor, Treasurer; Corinne Minard, Secretary; Jo-Ann Albers; Emil Dansker; Monica Dias; Bonnie Jean Feldkamp; Bill Ferguson Jr.; Carly Hagedon; Tom McKee; Cara Owsley; Kevin Schultz; Maija Zummo; Tony Mastriani, Board Member Emeritus