Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Sigma Delta Chi Day - Friday, April 16

Just a reminder that April 16th is Sigma Delta Chi Day (formerly called Day of Giving).  This is a day to celebrate our history and the work of our 6,000+ members while raising much needed funds for SPJ and SPJ Foundation programs.

April 16 is Sigma Delta Chi Day – a day to celebrate SPJ’s 6,000+ members and invest in programs that educate, advocate and inspire the work they do. Why wait? You can make your gift today!

Region 4 Mark of Excellence Awards winners announced

4/13/2021

CONTACT:
Lou Harry, SPJ Manager of Publications and Awards, 317-920-4786, lharry@spj.org
Ashlynn Neumeyer, SPJ Communications Coordinator, 317-361-4133, aneumeyer@spj.org

INDIANAPOLIS — The Society of Professional Journalists recognizes the best collegiate journalism in Region 4 with 2020 Mark of Excellence Awards winners.

SPJ’s Region 4 comprises Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia and Western Pennsylvania. First-place winners will compete at the national level among other regional MOE winners from the 12 SPJ regions.

National winners will be notified in the late spring and will be recognized at SPJ’s national conference.

MOE Awards entries are judged by professionals with at least three years of journalism experience. Judges were directed to choose entries they felt were among the best in student journalism. If no entry rose to the level of excellence, no award was given. Any category not listed has no winner.

School divisions are based on student enrollment, including both graduate and undergraduate: Large schools have at least 10,000 students and small schools have 9,999 or fewer students.

The list below details all Region 4 winners. If you have any questions regarding the MOE Awards, contact Manager of Publications and Awards Lou Harry by email or 317-920-4786.

This list reflects the spelling and titles submitted in the award entries. New MOE categories were added this year for COVID-19 and video game reporting.

Newspaper

Breaking News Reporting (Large) 10,000+ Students
Winner: Students break quarantine to host party; OPD issues first gathering ban citations - by Caroline Haubenstricker, Miami University

Breaking News Reporting (Small) 1-9,999 Students
Winner: Breaking: Cedarville University will finish semester online, commencement postponed - by Tim Miller, Cedarville University

General News Reporting (Large) 10,000+ Students
Winner: From farm to fridge farming in Southeast Ohio allows for sustainable approach in milk industry - by Ashton Nichols, Ohio University
Finalist: Alumni and students discuss race issues at CMU, renaming buildings - by Courtney Pedersen, Central Michigan University
Finalist: Renting out backyard pools can help generate some cool cash - by Ashton Nichols, Ohio University

General News Reporting (Small) 1-9,999 Students
Winner: Professor files 18-count lawsuit against university - by Dara Collins, Jordyn Hronec, Point Park University
Finalist: Cedarville nursing grad serves at Samaritan’s Purse field hospital - by Madeleine Mosher, Cedarville University
Finalist: Black Lives Matter protestor arrested, tensions rise with police - by Nardos Haile, Point Park University

In-Depth Reporting
Winner: Pandemic heightens problems between resident advisers and University Housing - by Francesca Duong, University of Michigan
Finalist: COVID-19 emerges in fraternity and sorority life as some chapters party and recruit freshmen - by Claire Hao, John Grieve, University of Michigan
Finalist: University of Michigan students face confusion, unsanitary conditions in quarantine housing - by Emma Ruberg, Callie Teitelbaum, University of Michigan

Feature Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students
Winner: One year later: Delts hazing survivor tells his story - by Tim Carlin, Miami University
Finalist: Pageantry in a new era: Redefining liberation - by Maya Fenter, Miami University
Finalist: Moonville tunnel’s complicated history attracts visitors, mediums - by Jackson Horvat, Ohio University

Feature Writing (Small) 1-9,999 Students
Winner: Playlists, porches and trees - by Abigail Hintz, Cedarville University
Finalist: President Jones says goodbye to Cal U after 46 years - by Hannah Wyman, Kaitlyn Collins, California University of Pennsylvania

Sports Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students
Winner: When it ends like this, crying is allowed in baseball - by Chris Vinel, Miami University
Finalist: Lauren Dickerson cements her status as a Miami legend - by Lukas Nelson, Miami University
Finalist: Miami cheerleading is more than a team — it’s a family - by Tim Carlin, Miami University

Sports Writing (Small) 1-9,999 Students
Winner: CU alumni qualify for Olympic marathon trials - by Abigail Hintz, Cedarville University
Finalist: Mader arrives at Cedarville due only to prayer - by Tim Miller, Cedarville University
Finalist: Men's basketball falls to IUK in RSC quarterfinals - by Mason Strawn, Point Park University

General Column Writing
Winner: To my fellow leftists; No, my professors didn't brainwash me; Biden won, but we're far from done - by Madeline Phaby, Miami University
Finalist: Jessica Robinson humor articles - by Jessica Robinson, Miami University
Finalist: One step at a time - by Michael Reiner, Kent State University

Sports Column Writing
Winner: Michael Vestey's columns - by Michael Vestey, Miami University
Finalist: Mascot Mania - by Sarah Gibson, Point Park University

Best All-Around Student Newspaper (Large) 10,000+ Students
Winner: Central Michigan Life - by Staff, Central Michigan University
Finalist: The Michigan Daily - by Staff, University of Michigan
Finalist: The Kent Stater - by Staff, Kent State University

Best All-Around Student Newspaper (Small) 1-9,999+ Students
Winner: The Globe - by Staff, Point Park University

Magazine

Non-Fiction Magazine Article
Winner: ài (爱) to love and ái (挨) to suffer - by Erin Glynn, Miami University
Finalist: Remote and removed - by Jenna Calderón, Miami University
Finalist: Communication crisis: Making the pandemic accessible for the deaf community - by Leanne Stahulak, Miami University

Best Student Magazine
Winner: UP Magazine - IGNITE - by Cora Harter, Maggie Smerdel, Cami Cicero, Miami University
Finalist: Fusion Magazine Spring 2020 - by Alexandra Sobczak, Moira Armstrong, Stephen Francis, Angela Molina, Kent State University
Finalist: Uhuru - by Staff, Kent State University

Art/Graphics

Breaking News Photography
Winner: Protests in Detroit, Michigan following the death of George Floyd - by Dominick Sokotoff, University of Michigan
Finalist: Graduate students march in protest of campus reopening - by Madeline Hinkley, University of Michigan

General News Photography
Winner: Protester with a megaphone - by Annie Klusendorf, University of Michigan
Finalist: Joe Biden wins presidency - by Dominick Sokotoff, University of Michigan
Finalist: Black Lives Matter in Athens - by Sarah Donaldson, Ohio University

Feature Photography
Winner: Custodial staff reflect on their experience during a global pandemic - by Tess Crowley, University of Michigan

Photo Illustration (Large) 10,000+ Students
Winner: Miami slow to isolate sick students - by Owen Berg, Miami University
Finalist: Your Voice Ohio illustration - by Cameron Peters, Kent State University

Photo Illustration (Small) 1-9,999 Students
Winner: Cal U unveils new campus master plan - by Lily Gongaware, Sam Kuhne, California University of Pennsylvania

Editorial Cartooning
Winner: The effects of COVID on Miami University - by Alessandra Manukian, Miami University

Radio

Radio News Reporting
Winner: To reach worshipers during the coronavirus pandemic WV churches get creative - by Kayla Starcher, Reed College of Media

Radio Feature
Winner: Obinna Anochili-Killen standout athlete of the week - by Andrew Rogers, Marshall University
Finalist: Grant Wells feature - by Jayden Taylor, Marshall University

Television

Television Breaking News Reporting
Winner: College Avenue shooting - by Taylor Hall, WVU Reed College of Media
Finalist: The loss of a legend - by Ian Gilmour, Joe Freihofer, Sam Britten, Michigan State University
Finalist: A legendary coach steps down - by Brandon Rothenberg, Michigan State University

Television General News Reporting
Winner: ‘This is a once-in-a-lifetime event.’ - by Joe Freihofer, Michigan State University
Finalist: Taking another crack at fixing Michigan roads - by Sam Britten, Michigan State University
Finalist: No more screams for Dairy Store ice cream - by Mikayla Temple, Michigan State University

Television Feature Reporting
Winner: ‘Talking about yesterday or tomorrow?’ - by Joe Freihofer, Michigan State University
Finalist: A sound to soldier on - by Mikayla Temple, Michigan State University
Finalist: Makeup madhouse - by Gianna DaPra, Kent State University

Television In-Depth Reporting
Winner: House of Soles - by Katie Schroeder, Lea Mitchell, Michigan State University
Finalist: ‘It’s not what we expected our freshman year to be like’ - by Regan Holgate, Taylor Golden-Wise, Michigan State University
Finalist: #ENDSARS - by Shade Moore, Michigan State University

Television Sports Reporting
Winner: ‘I just don't know when.’ - by Joe Freihofer, Michigan State University
Finalist: What it's like to have your dream job on pause - by Brandon Rothenberg, Michigan State University
Finalist: All you need is a set of wheels ... and one of these - by Joe Freihofer, Michigan State University

Best All-Around Television Newscast
Winner: Focal Point Oct. 30 - by Staff, Michigan State University
Finalist: TV2 News - March 10, 2020 - by Staff, Kent State University
Finalist: WVU News ‘Special Edition’ far apart together - by Elisa Schwartzmiller, Jensen Mills, WVU Reed College of Media

Best All-Around Television News Magazine
Winner: Focal Point Special Edition Dec. 4, 2020 - by Staff, Michigan State University

Online

Online News Reporting
Winner: The Rock series - by KentWired Staff, Kent State University
Finalist: Talawanda School District faces challenges as COVID-19 alters education - by Ally Gallagher, Miami University
Finalist: Oxford Police, review commission look to break racial tension - by Zoey Becker, Tuo Meng, Chris Vinel, Miami University

Online Feature Reporting
Winner: Ohio Democrats, despite great uncertainty, have their eyes on the future - by Zach Zimmerman, Ohio University
Finalist: Kent State University's students for a democratic society, then and now - by Madison MacArthur, Kent State University

Online Opinion & Commentary
Winner: NBA players want to champion racial justice. Here's how the league can help - by Justin Thompson, Ohio University
Finalist: Progressivism is a winning strategy - by Bryce Hoehn, Ohio University
Finalist: The Carroll News' Editorials - by Sophia Maltese, Josie Schuman, TJ Lindstrom, John Carroll University

Best Affiliated Web Site
Winner: The Carroll News Website - by Sophia Maltese, Josie Schuman, John Carroll University
Finalist: KentWired.com - by Staff, Kent State University
Finalist: cedars.cedarville.edu - by Staff, Cedarville University

Best Independent Online Student Publication
Winner: Women Beyond Bars - by Staff, Reed College of Media
Finalist: The New Political - by Staff, Ohio University

Videography

Broadcast News Videography
Winner: They've been waiting for this day - by Ian Gilmour, Michigan State University

Broadcast Feature Videography
Winner: A sound to soldier on - by Mikayla Temple, Michigan State University
Finalist: ‘Talking about yesterday or tomorrow?’ - by Joe Freihofer, Michigan State University

Broadcast Sports Videography
Winner: All you need is a set of wheels... and one of these - by Joe Freihofer, Michigan State University
Finalist: High school football teams tackle COVID-19 - by Alexis Ayala, Michigan State University
Finalist: ‘I just don't know when.’ - by Joe Freihofer, Michigan State University

Online/Digital News Videography
Winner: Black at Kent State - by Staff, Kent State University

Online/Digital Feature Videography
Winner: Ariel Hill on the value of being uncomfortable - by Molly DeCarli, Reed College of Media
Finalist: Tanisha Spaulding on normal life - by Jeff McCullough, Reed College of Media

Video Game Reporting

Video Game Reporting
Winner: Why many disabled players call the Last of Us Part II the most accessible videogame yet - by Joseph Stanichar, Ohio University

COVID-19

COVID-19: Newspaper, Magazine and Online Coverage
Winner: Coronavirus devastates Oxford businesses, city proposes stimulus program - by Ceili Doyle, Miami University
Finalist: COVID-19 vaccine explainer - by Connor Steffen, Kent State University
Finalist: Socially distant and socially awkward: Inside the freshman dorms - by Lyndsey Carter and Abigail Kemper, Miami University

COVID-19: Digital (Still) Photography
Winner: Drive-up COVID-19 testing begins - by Dominick Sokotoff, University of Michigan

COVID-19: Video Coverage
Winner: ‘We had to leave ASAP’ - by Alina Zhuravel, Michigan State University
Finalist: Churches and coronavirus: how one local church is taking precautions - by Katie Birecki, Michigan State University
Finalist: Westover residents finding peace in Amazing Grace - by Taylor Hall, WVU Reed College of Media

SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to informing citizens; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and fights to protect First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. Support excellent journalism and fight for your right to know. Become a membergive to the Legal Defense Fund or give to the SPJ Foundation.

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Region 4 MOE Awards - April 10 to 3:30 P.M. - 5 P.M.


MOE AWARDS - APRIL 10, 2021 
3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.

You are invited to a Zoom webinar.

Date Time: Apr 10, 2021 03:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Topic: Region Four Mark of Excellence Awards

Join from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device:
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Passcode: 318286
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Or One tap mobile:
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Or Telephone:
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US: +1 312 626 6799 or +1 646 558 8656 or +1 301 715 8592 or +1 346 248 7799 or +1 669 900 9128 or +1 253 215 8782
Webinar ID: 832 3916 9789
Participant ID: 437203
Passcode: 318286
International numbers available: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/keCSbHdkh

Note:  The MOE's are being run from a regional account (separate from the regional conference account) - So if you've signed up to attend the regional conference, you'd log onto a different Zoom link for the MOE's (by region.) Email Ginny McCabe @gmwriteon@aol.com with questions.


Thursday, March 25, 2021

Register Now - Free and Open to All SPJ Members - SPJ Regional Conference and MOE Awards - April 10

 

When: April 10, 2021
Cost: Free and open to all SPJ members
Registration: All members can register here.


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.


Register today!

All members can register for free using this link. Please register by 5 p.m. ET April 8 to ensure you receive your invite to both the main event and your region's Mark of Excellence Awards ceremony.


Additional programming

Region 6: 2021 Midwest Journalism Conference

The 2021 Midwest Journalism Conference will be held virtually on April 14-15, followed by an in-person conference in October. Get more details and register here.

Region 1 and Region 9

Regions 1 and 9 will offer additional programming on April 9-10. For more information, contact:

Region 1: Chris Vaccaro
Region 9: Eric Peterson

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.

Note: If you've registered for the conference but have not receive a Zoom invite by April 8 for your region's MOE ceremony, please contact your regional coordinator for an invite.

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Cincy SPJ Spring 2021 Newsletter


The Greater Cincinnati Society of Professional Journalists 
Spring Newsletter, March 2021

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In this edition:

Register for the Region 4 Conference

When: April 10, 2021
 
Cost: Free and open to all SPJ members
 
Registration: All members can register here.

 
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.
 
Note: If you've registered for the conference but have not receive a Zoom invite by April 8 for your region's MOE ceremony, please contact your regional coordinator for an invite.
 
Register today!
 
All members can register for free using this linkPlease register by 5 p.m. ET April 8 to ensure you receive your invite to both the main event and your region's Mark of Excellence Awards ceremony.
 
Additional programming
 
Region 62021 Midwest Journalism Conference
 
The 2021 Midwest Journalism Conference will be held virtually on April 14-15, followed by an in-person conference in October. Get more details and register here.
 
Region 1 and Region 9
 
Regions 1 and 9 will offer additional programming on April 9-10. For more information, contact:
 
Region 1: Chris Vaccaro 
Region 9: Eric Peterson 
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Update: SPJ Annual Convention

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.
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High School Journalism Boot Camp

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.

Students may apply here: http://bit.ly/3qCZEQ7
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Excellence in Journalism Deadline Extended

2021 – CALL FOR ENTRIES
DEADLINE EXTENDED
 
 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).
 
http://betternewspapercontest.com
Greater Cincinnati SPJ Excellence In Journalism
 
Note:  BNC is optimized to use the Google Chrome browser and Firefox for PC and Apple.  Please use recent versions to make entering easier.
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SPJ + 1 - Be A Member, Bring A Member

“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!
 
From there, the prospective member should create a profile in SPJ’s membership database, select their membership type and enter the name of the member who recruited them. It is that simple.
 
“...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.”
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SPJ Membership: Why Join?

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!
 
 
For more details, go to: www.spj.org/join.asp.
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.
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Guide to Freelance, Taxes

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.
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Order a "Words Matter" T-Shirt & Support Local Journalism

Pictured: Cincy SPJ board members Cara Owsley, Jenny Wohlfarth and Ginny McCabe
Photo by Albert Anthony Cesare


Cincy SPJ "Words Matter" T-Shirts Now Available in Black and Dark Gray, Various Sizes.
Cost: On Sale for $15 - Plus $5 for Shipping and Handling

https://form.jotform.com/90695201160147 (While Supplies Last. Note: No small available in dark gray and no 2x or 3x sizes available.)
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Job and Internship Opportunities

Looking for journalism jobs and internships? Check out SPJ’s Career Center and resources from the Journalist’s Toolbox.
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Newsletter Staff


Managing Editors
Ginny McCabe, Carly Hagedon


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
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