SPJ’s Regional Conferences are virtual this year! All regions are featuring two one-hour sessions for our entire membership, coordinated by SPJ. The Regional Coordinators and conference coordinators will also host their region’s Mark of Excellence Award ceremonies with their own unique Zoom links.
Programming schedule 1-3:30 p.m. ET Welcome & Super Session: “How We Got the Story” Hear University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism’s Howard Center for Investigative Journalism faculty and students and National Public Radio Senior Editor Robert Little discuss their award-winning collaborative efforts. Howard Center’s Kathy Best will moderate.
2-3 p.m. ET Prioritize Yourself: Invest in Your Own Mental Health Did you breathe a sigh of relief when you turned your calendar to 2021? Never before has fear for our safety and attacks on our professional credibility been this intense. This session will provide you with warning signs that you're way beyond being stressed and overworked. Recognize the red flags and be prepared to take care of yourself. Find relief from some specific dos and don'ts and work to invest in your own mental health with Dr. Tammy McCoy-Arballo, a licensed Clinical Forensic psychologist. She is a former journalist who works with journalists and first responders. Jerry McCormick, SPJ At-Large Board Member, will moderate.
3:30 p.m. ET Regional Mark of Excellence Awards Presentations Annually, the Society of Professional Journalists presents the Mark of Excellence Awards, honoring the best in student journalism. The awards offer categories for print, radio, television and online collegiate journalism.
Entries are first judged on the regional level. First-place regional winners advance to the national competition.
The SPJ annual convention is set for Sept. 2-5. The event will be hybrid in that participants can choose to attend in-person in New Orleans or virtually through an online platform that features live streaming of sessions and events. All conference components, including the career fair and exhibit hall will be accessible in-person or online. As vaccine rollout continues, the SPJ board will assess the in-person component in April and could make the decision to move the entire event to virtual. No matter what, members can make the choice they feel is best for them and still enjoy a great SPJ21 experience. Stay tuned for more details and updates.
The SPJ/GCABJ High School Journalism Boot Camp is back and virtual in 2021! We can’t wait to pour into the next group of young journalists. Spread the news to any students, high school teachers, or parents of students in grades 9-12.
The Greater Cincinnati Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists is looking for the most outstanding work appearing in print, online and on-air during 2020 in Southwestern Ohio (Cincinnati & Dayton markets), Northern Kentucky and Southeastern Indiana.
ENTRY DEADLINE EXTENDED TO: MARCH 22, 2021
All entries for the 2020 Greater Cincinnati SPJ Pro Chapter Excellence In Journalism contest will be submitted online using a web-based program through Better Newspaper Contest (BNC).
“A free press isn’t free. Journalism costs money. Less journalism costs society. Let’s get to work,” says SPJ National President Matthew T. Hall about one of the goals for his year-long term.
In an effort to build a stronger network of journalists, Hall wants every SPJ member to recruit at least one new member. This latest SPJ initiative coincides with Hall’s birthday and the anniversary of the adoption of the First Amendment on Dec. 15.
“The idea is so simple, it sounds silly. But I’m serious,” Hall says. “Together, we can boost SPJ’s membership by thousands of people, with one simple act each: Finding one person to join.”
To participate, SPJ members should encourage at least one journalist, journalism student or supporter of journalism and the First Amendment, to join SPJ. Use the invitation form on this page or simply point them our way — there's no wrong way to invite them to be your plus one!
“...if all of us can find just one person who feels compelled to join SPJ — for advocacy, for camaraderie, for ethics and legal defense and award discounts — our membership would double,” Hall says. “That’s ambitious. Maybe impossible. But it’s worth trying. Let’s each make it our mission. Let’s dream big.”
For more than 100 years the Society of Professional Journalists has been dedicated to encouraging a climate in which journalism can be practiced more freely and fully, stimulating high standards and ethical behavior in the practice of journalism and perpetuating a free press. Join us today!
Give the gift of an SPJ membership. Joining SPJ provides great resources for journalists no matter where they are in their career. Whether you know a recent graduate, someone who has been laid off or furloughed, or a mid-career journalist, an SPJ membership can help with their next steps. They’ll receive access to SPJ’s high-quality training and networking opportunities, online resources and so much more.
As our industry continues to change and evolve, so does its need for freelancers — talented, experienced journalists including everyone from reporters, editors and data analysts to researchers, broadcasters and photographers. Check out SPJ Freelance Community’s guide to freelancing, “On Your Own: A Guide to Freelance Journalism,” to learn more about freelancing business matters, making a living, finding work, marketing yourself and much more. And if you’re a freelancer getting ready to do taxes, Meena Thiruvengadam has put together a beginner's guide to tax season for Poynter.
Cincinnati Pro Chapter SPJ Board Members Ginny McCabe, President; Jenny Wohlfarth, Vice President; Tom McKee, Treasurer; Corinne Minard, Secretary; Jo-Ann Albers (Emeritus); Bonnie Jean Feldkamp; Bill Ferguson Jr.; Carly Hagedon; Hagit Limor; Cara Owsley; Kevin Schultz; Duane Pohlman; Jack Greiner; Camri Nelson; Briana Rice and Kristen Swilley