Cincinnati Society of Professional Journalists
ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED THROUGH MARCH 30TH PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 27 March 2015 21:20

 

 

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ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED THROUGH MARCH 30TH FOR THE GREATER CINCINNATI SPJ EXECLLENCE IN JOURNALISM CONTEST.

 

SUBMIT YOUR BEST WORK TODAY.

 
2015 EXCELLENCE IN JOURNALISM CALL FOR ENTRIES PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 27 March 2015 21:16

Greater Cincinnati Pro Chapter

2015 EXCELLENCE IN JOURNALISM

CALL FOR ENTRIES

The Greater Cincinnati Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists is looking for the most outstanding work that appeared

in print, online and on-air during 2014 in Southwestern Ohio,

Northern Kentucky and Southeastern Indiana.

DEADLINE: March 20, 2015

The contest categories fall into three areas: WRITTEN, VISUAL AND AUDIO/VERBAL COMMUNCATION.

WRITTEN COMMUNICATION describes articles appearing in a newspaper, in a magazine or posted online during 2014.

VISUAL COMMUNICATION includes stories that were broadcast on a television station or appeared online during 2014.

AUDIO COMMUNICATION covers material broadcast over the radio airwaves or produced as a podcast for online listening during 2014.

Entries may be submitted in more than one category. Here's how to enter:

1) Submit two copies of the entry form for each submission

2) Entries can include printouts, URL information, DVDs or CDs

3) The fee for SPJ members is $15.00 for the first entry, $10.00 for the second entry and $5.00 for each entry after that.

4) SPJ members must submit their own work. One SPJ member cannot

use his or her membership to submit entries for multiple people.

5) The fee for non-SPJ members is $25.00 per entry

To become an SPJ member, sign up at spj.org and be sure to designate CINCINNATI PRO CHAPTER on the form. The annual national membership dues are $75.00 and can be paid at one time or through monthly deductions. There are no local chapter dues.

MAIL OR BRING ENTRIES, ENTRY FORMS AND CHECKS TO:

Tom McKee

Greater Cincinnati SPJ Pro Chapter

c/o WCPO-TV

1720 Gilbert Avenue

Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

THE JOURNALISM EXCELLENCE AWARDS BANQUET AND

GREATER CINCINNATI JOURNALISM HALL OF FAME

INDUCTION CEREMONY WILL BE HELD IN JUNE

ALL MEDIA AWARDS

AM-1 -- GERALD WHITE MEMORIAL AWARD

Named in memory of longtime Cincinnati Enquirer investigative reporter Gerald White, this is the Greater Cincinnati SPJ Chapter's highest honor. It is presented for excellence in investigative reporting by an individual or team. Entries will be judged on enterprise and depth of research. Please include a description of the events and circumstances prompting the story and the results of the reporting.

AM-2 -- CAMILLA WARRICK AWARD

This award honors journalists in any medium who use their professional role to make a difference in the community. It's named for the late Cincinnati Enquirer and Post reporter and columnist Camilla Warrick. Entries can be the work of an individual or team and must include a written statement that details the public service value of the project and the outcome of the work.

AM-3 -- FIRST AMENDMENT AWARD

Journalists are facing increasingly frequent challenges in their jobs from governments and corporations erecting barriers to prevent the free flow of information the public has a right to know. This award honors an individual or group going to extraordinary lengths to protect the First Amendment. Entries must include the story and letters detailing how the media defended the free press.

WRITTEN COMMUNICATION

W-1 -- NEWS STORY

Outstanding coverage of a news event that stands out from the competition. Entry can be by an individual or team.

W-2 -- BEAT REPORTING

Outstanding work by a single reporter within an assigned beat. Entry may include up to six stories.

W-3 -- INVESTIGATIVE/ENTERPRISE/DATABASE REPORTING

Most thorough reporting of an issue of community interest -- work that combines investigative techniques, enterprise and use of databases.

W-4 -- CONTINUING COVERAGE OR SERIES

This award reflects excellence in multiple reports on a single topic by an individual or team. Entry can include up to six articles.

W-5 -- NEWS FEATURE/NEWSMAKER PROFILE

Reporting that goes beyond traditional journalism basics to capture the human spirit of people impacting the community.

W-6 -- NEWS COLUMN

Outstanding reporting and writing that explores unique angles of an

issue. Entries may include up to six columns by the same writer.

W-7 -- EDITORIAL

Best opinion/editorial articles appearing online or in a newspaper or magazine. Entries may include up to six pieces by the same writer.

W-8 -- BUSINESS NEWS

Excellence in reporting and writing articles on general business topics by an individual or team.

W-9 -- BUSINESS BEAT REPORTING

Excellence by a single reporter within an assigned beat. Entry can include up to six articles.

W-10 -- BUSINESS FEATURE/ANALYSIS/COLUMN

An article going beyond business story basics, taking an in-depth look

at issues and how they impact the community.

W-11 -- SPORTS NEWS

Outstanding reporting and writing about a sporting event. The entry can be a single report or series of reports by an individual or team.

W-12 -- SPORTS FEATURE/ANALYSIS/COLUMN

Outstanding reporting and writing about the human side of athletes, athletics and sporting events.

W-13 -- GOVERNMENT ISSUES

Best reporting and writing about government issues and the impact they have on citizens.

W-14 -- EDUCATION NEWS

Best reporting and writing about education issues at the primary, secondary and collegiate levels.

W-15 -- HEALTH/MEDICAL NEWS

Best reporting and writing on health and medical matters and the impact they have on citizens.

W-16 -- LIFESTYLE FEATURE

Outstanding reporting and writing that captures of the essence of emerging trends impacting the lives of citizens.

W-17 -- COMMUNITY ISSUES

Outstanding reporting and writing focusing on issues that have an impact on urban and/or suburban communities.

W-18 -- ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT

Excellence in reporting and writing about arts and entertainment, including music, dance, theater and art.

W-19 -- ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT CRITIQUE

Excellence in critiquing arts and entertainment performances and exhibitions.

W-20 -- NEWSPAPER SPECIAL SECTION

Excellence by a newspaper in presenting a news, sports or other special section.

W-21 -- BEST NEWSPAPER

Best overall daily, weekly or monthly newspaper.

W-22 -- MAGAZINE STORY

Outstanding in-depth reporting about people, places, issues, trends or other human interest topics appearing in a regularly published magazine.

W-23 -- MAGAZINE INVESTIGATIVE/DATABASE STORY

Outstanding investigative reporting and writing appearing in a regularly published magazine.

W-24 -- BEST MAGAZINE

Best overall regularly published magazine.

W-25 -- BEST WEB SITE

Best web site hosted by a newspaper, magazine, televison station or radio station.

W-26 -- BEST NEWS/SPORTS BLOG

Outstanding news/sports blog -- newspaper, magazine, television or radio.

W-27 -- BEST NEWSPAPER/MAGAZINE DESIGN

Best design of daily, weekly or monthly newspaper or magazine.

W-28 -- BEST NEWSPAPER/MAGAZINE GRAPHIC

Best graphic appearing in a daily, weekly or monthly newspaper or magazine.

W-29 -- BEST WEB SITE DESIGN

Best web site design.

W-30 -- BEST WEB GRAPHIC

Best graphic appearing on a web site.

VISUAL COMMUNICATION

V-1 -- GENERAL ASSIGNMENT NEWS

Best general assignment news story on television or online.

V-2 -- BREAKING NEWS

Best television or visual online coverage of a breaking news event

V-3 -- FEATURE NEWS

Best feature story on broadcast television or online.

V-4 -- INVESTIGATIVE/ENTERPRISE/DATABASE REPORTING

Best investigative television or online story based on enterprise and database reporting.

V-5 -- SERIES

Best series of television stories or stories posted online.

V-6 -- BUSINESS REPORTING

Best television or visual online business story.

V-7 -- GOVERNMENT REPORTING

Best coverage of government issues and their impact on citizens.

V-8 -- CONSUMER REPORTING

Best reporting of consumer issues on television or online.

V-9 -- EDUCATION REPORTING

Best reporting of K-12 or collegiate issues on television or online.

V-10 -- HEALTH/MEDICAL REPORTING

Best reporting on television or online of health or medical issues.

V-11 -- BEST WEATHER COVERAGE

Best overall weather coverage on television or online.

V-12 -- SPORTS NEWS/FEATURE

Best sports story appearing on television or online.

V-13 -- BEST SPORTS PROGRAM

Best regularly scheduled or "special" sports program.

V-14 -- BEST NEWSCAST

Best television newscast.

V-15 -- BEST NEWS/FEATURE PHOTOGRAPHY

Best news photography in print or online.

V-16 -- BEST SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY

Best sports photography in print or online.

V-17 -- BEST VIDEOGRAPHY

Best videography on televion or online.

V-18 -- BEST PHOTO OR ART ILLUSTRATION

Best illustration using photography and/or artwork in print or online.

AUDIO COMMUNICATION

A-1 -- GENERAL ASSIGNMENT NEWS STORY

Best general assignment news story appearing on radio.

A-2 -- BREAKING NEWS

Best radio coverage of a breaking news story.

A-3 -- NEWS FEATURE

Best feature reporting and writing of a news event or personality.

A-4 -- SPORTS NEWS

Best radio coverage of a sports team or individual.

A-5 -- BUSINESS REPORTING

Outstanding radio coverage of a business story.

A-6 -- GOVERNMENT REPORTING

Outstanding reporting and writing about government issues.

A-7 -- EDUCATION REPORTING

Outstanding coverage of K-12 or collegiate educational issues.

A-8 -- HEALTH/MEDICAL REPORTING

Outstanding coverage of health and medical issues.

A-9 -- LIFESTYLE REPORTING

Outstanding reporting and writing of life's issues and trends.

A-10 -- ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT REPORTING

Outstanding coverage of arts and entertainment issues and personalities.

A-11 -- BEST COMMENTARY

Best radio commentary.

A-12 -- BEST NEWSCAST

Best radio newscast.

 
Second Annual Journalism Cabaret PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 27 September 2014 00:00

 

What's the best experience you've had in journalism? What's the worst? What's the funniest?

You get the idea.

Come one. Come all. Bring a friend. There's no cost to get in.

Gather your stories while you may and join the Greater Cincinnati Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists for an evening of fun, food and drink.

It's the Second Annual Journalism Cabaret to be held on Wednesday, October 8, 2014, from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. at Below Zero Lounge, 1122 Walnut Street, Over-the-Rhine.

We begin with a social hour from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. and then the stories start flying with a piano player setting the mood and backing up the story.

See You There!

 

 
Cincinnati SPJ Seeks 2015 Nominees of Journalists for Hall of Fame PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 10 January 2015 00:06

Cincinnati SPJ Seeks 2015 Nominees

of Journalists for Hall of Fame

CINCINNATI – In addition to inducting three living journalists into the Cincinnati SPJ Journalism Hall of Fame in 2015, the Cincinnati Pro Chapter is recognizing the 25th anniversary of the Hall of Fame by making a special effort to induct outstanding deceased journalists who should already be on the Hall of Fame roster.

Nomination details appear below.

Hall of Fame honorees are members of the print and electronic media who made their careers in the Greater Cincinnati region as well as those who, having contributed significantly to this region, continued their journalistic careers elsewhere. Eligible deceased nominees for 2015 will have died before 2012.

Currently there are 73 inductees – 60 men and 13 women -- who include such accomplished journalists as the late crime reporter Lafcadio Hearn, sports writer Red Barber, broadcasters Powel and Lewis Crosley; newspaper publisher E.W. Scripps, Carol Wilson Ungar, the first female TV news anchor in Cincinnati WLWT, Channel 5; Julianne Warren of the Cincinnati Post, first female photojournalist in Cincinnati; Al Segal – Cincinnatus – who wrote, over 44 years, the country’s longest-running continuous column for the Cincinnati Post; Henry C. Segal, publisher and editor American Israelite, longest running weekly Jewish newspaper in the country.

But there are others who should have been included, journalists such as The Enquirer’s Ollie James, editorial writer and humorist; humorist Bob Brumfield; Libby Lackman Ackland, federal beat reporter, and Jane Finneran Farrell, society editor and women’s editor, editor of The Cincinnati Blue Book and speaker at American Press Institute seminars; and the Cincinnati Post’s Sharon Maloney, longtime politics reporter; Betty Donovan Rentrop, reporter and military writer; Al Salvato, writer and editor for more than 20 years who became a University of Cincinnati teacher and adviser to the UC student newspaper; and Kira Lisa Warren, a Post editor for about 20 years before moving to the Hamilton Journal-News, where she transformed the paper.

“We decided it was appropriate in a quarter-century year to look back and catch up on all the great journalists who have been overlooked,” said Tom McKee, WCPO-TV reporter and current Cincy SPJ president. “So we’re asking our members and others to think back and nominate the great ones who ought to be in our Hall of Fame.”

The Cincy SPJ Hall of Fame is listed on the chapter’s website http://www. Cincyspj.com.

Nominations may be sent to Jo-Ann Huff Albers, Cincy SPJ Hall of Fame chairwoman. 9609 Iris Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45241-1306 or [ This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ]. The deadline is Friday, February 13, 2015.

A nomination should include:

Name of nominee and a paragraph highlighting the nominee’s journalism accomplish-ments and employers.

Name and contact information of person making the nomination.

Biographical information of nominee, including birth and death years of deceased individuals.

Contact information on relatives or professional associates who should be invited to the installation event in June.

 
President McKee: News From Nashville PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 14 September 2014 23:42

The names Videolicious, HootSuite and SoundCloud aren't part of some newly created language.


They're among new tools available for journalists worldwide working in the digital age.

That's according to Doug Haddix and Kevin Smith of the Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism at The Ohio State University in Columbus.

Haddix and Smith presented what they called their "Digital Dirty Dozen" during the Excellence In Journalism 2014 (EIJ14) conference in Nashville.

EIJ14 was a three day gathering of members from the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and the Radio TelevisionDigital News Association (RTDNA).

The pair researched hundreds of offerings to come up with their list, which was presented to over 100 converence attendees.

"THE DIGITAL DIRTY DOZEN"

NOTE TAKING - "DRAGON DICTATION" (for iPads and iPhones)

Reporters can record notes that are translated into text and can be e-mailed.

SOCIAL MEDIA -- "BANJO"

This is a search engine for public posts that Haddix says "will rock your world." It'a a free mobile app. When location services are turned out, you'll be shown the public comments being sent around you. That includes Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Google+. Reporters can also type in the name of any city to check what's being posted.

NEWS GATHERING - "STORY CHECK" (Android only app)

This is an "editor in your pocket" that helps walk the user through story development. It's seen as a good tool for young reporters to see what's missing in a story and what sorts of questions need to be asked.

MONITORING - "HOOTSUITE"

The free version allows the user to monitor up to five different platforms.

People can be tracked, posts can be scheduled down to the minute and the site includes built-in analytics.

AUDIO - "SOUNDCLOUD"

Allows the recording of quality sound from iPhones that shareable via the cloud. It enables precise editing.

AUDIO - "TWISTED WAVE"

There's a $10 charge and it's iOS compatible, but it's great for capturing interviews and sound. It's described as sophisticated, but containing easy editing features.

CROWD-SOURCING - "GOOGLE FORMS"

This is a secure, web-based item that you don't need to know programming to set up. It's housed in Google drive. The infomation is fed into a master spreadsheet that can also be transferred to Google maps.

PHOTO & VIDEO - "PRO CAMERA 7"

This is for Apple iOS7 operating systems.

DATA MINING - "DATA.GOV"

This is the doorway into 113,000 data sets that can be pulled up by category or location. It's an excellent place to go for data on comparison stories.

VIDEO EDITING - "VIDEOLICIOUS"

This allows editing on a phone, tablet or laptop. It's described as fairly simple to use for editing clips that are no longer than one minute.

MAPPING -- "MapaList"

This connects directly into Google and allows point or heat maps to be created and sent directly to web sites.

SHARING - "TWITTER"

"This is the perfect tool for journalists," according to Haddix and Smith.

"It's proven effective at sourcing, reporting, finding ideas, research and sharing."

SHARING - "TWEET ARCHIVIST"

This saves, analyzes and exports tweets before they vanish. Three archives cost $15 a month and there's a one month only fee of $20 which covers special events.

In addition, Haddix and Smith said they were very impressed by the

Internet Public Library, which is run by a consortium of public libraries.

Background information can be organized by topics or keyword searches.

 

 

 

 

 

 
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