Cincinnati Society of Professional Journalists
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.

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.

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!


SPJ National Small Chapter of the Year PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 06 September 2014 23:18


The Cincinnati Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists was named the SPJ National Small Chapter of the Year for 2013-2014.

The award was presented to Chapter President Tom McKee by SPJ National President Dave Cuillier during the Excellence in Journalism convention in Nashville.

A dozen chapters from coast to coast were considered for the annual award, which is given for excellence in programs that further the SPJ mission.




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.


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

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


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


This is for Apple iOS7 operating systems.


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.


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.


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

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


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.






The Changing Landscape of Media and PR draws industry crowd PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 30 August 2014 20:25
More than 40 industry professionals gathered at Vehr Communications for SPJ and PRSA’s joint event on Thursday, August 28 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. to discuss “The Changing Landscape of Media and Public Relations.” There’s no question that both industries are going through a series of changes.
Most recently, three major media companies departed the newspaper business in order to invest more of their resources in broadcast and digital. So what does this mean for newsrooms and PR professionals today? We addressed a number of pressing questions like this throughout the session as four esteemed panelists – Michael Perry, Kevin Osborne, Carrie Phillippi and Rob Pasquinucci – shared their real-world experiences on how they’re navigating through the changing landscape of media and PR.
With dramatic changes in the world of journalism and public relations, the rise of the internet and digital media, the discussion answered a number of concerns such as “How is the business changing/evolving for both Journalism and PR?”
Some of the other top questions included:
o How is technology influencing how reporters find out about stories and tell them? On the PR side, how is it making their job easier or harder to share and manage stories?
o How should PR professionals be working with print journalists today?
o For the former journalists in the room, what’s your experience been like making the crossover into PR? What was most surprising/challenging to you?
Lauren Doyle, Cincinnati PRSA President welcomed guests for the panel discussion after a time of networking at the beginning of the session. The panel discussion was moderated by SPJ’s Ginny McCabe and Meghann Craig of PRSA.
SPJ and PRSA would like extend special thanks to our panelists, Vehr Communications for hosting the event, and to SPJ and PRSA Board members for leading this fantastic program.
About the Esteemed Panel:
Michael Perry is an award-winning reporter, who spent 25 years as editor and managing editor at Gannett newspapers, 17 of which were at the Cincinnati Enquirer. He’s now pursuing a newfound passion in the PR world as counselor and vice president of content strategy for Vehr Communications.
Carrie Phillippi, APR is public relations director at Copperfox Marketing and has garnered major national and international media coverage for clients in the New York Times, International Herald Tribune, Financial Times, USA Today, Bloomberg Television and Fox News Channel. Prior to this role she was the public relations director for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO) where she managed all external and internal communication for the $35 million arts organization.
Kevin Osborne has worked in journalism for 20 years and has reported for WCPO, City Beat and Cincinnati Post. He recently made the crossover into PR and now serves as the director of communications for the city of Cincinnati.
Rob Pasquinucci, APR served on the Board of PRSA for 12 years and is currently the director of marketing & communications at McMicken College of Arts and Sciences and also serves as an adjunct professor teaching public relations. Rob has extensive experience working on the client and agency side of the business including Luxottica, Pearle Vision, Northlich and HSR Business-to-Business (now known as Gyro).
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