SPJ Madison monthly business meeting Jan. 4

Society of Professional Journalists, Madison Chapter
Monthly Business Meeting
Jan. 4, 2016, 7:00 p.m.
Next Door Brewing Company, 2439 Atwood Ave., Madison

Agenda

Jan. 4, 2016

  1. Call to order
  2. Approval of minutes
  3. Treasurer’s Report
  4. Membership Report
  5. President’s Report
    1. Holiday Party and Raffle, Dec. 17
    2. Open Government Traveling Show update
    3. Reporting on Religion planning
    4. Watchdog Awards update
  6. Upcoming event ideas: Spotlight, Podcasting training, Meet the Media, Freelance event
  7. Public Records Board: Transitory Records
  8. Reimbursements
  9. New Business
  10. Adjourn

Votes could be taken on any Action or New Business item

 

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Madison-area journalists raise $600 for Simpson Street Free Press

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Mark Pitsch, 608-252-6145

MADISON — Madison-area journalists raised $600 for the Simpson Street Free Press last week. The Madison-based non-profit that teaches middle and high school students reading, writing, and critical thinking skills was the beneficiary of the annual holiday raffle held by the Madison pro chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Madison SPJ thanks the following raffle prize contributors: Wisconsin State Journal; America Players Theatre; Isthmus; Edgewood College; WKOW; WORT; Capital Times; Wisconsin Public Television; Karben4; Chris Drosner, “aka” Beer Baron; David Maraniss; Dee J. Hall; Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism; Joe Radske; Breann Schossow; and Sam Martino.

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SPJ Madison announces major national conference: Reporting on Religion — Media, Belief and Public Life; March 14, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Mark Pitsch, 608-252-6145

MADISON, WI — Religious faith remains a key component of public and private life in the United States. Yet, America’s religious landscape is shifting, and as a result news coverage of religion has never been more important.

The Madison chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, the Lubar Institute for the Study of the Abrahamic Religions at UW-Madison, the UW-Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and the Stephen & Laurel Brown Foundation invite you to a major national conference on journalism and religion.

“Reporting on Religion: Media, Belief and Public Life” will give journalists an opportunity to explore one of the most important, sensitive and controversial topics in contemporary America.

The one-day conference – held Monday, March 14, 2016, in Madison WI — will feature journalists and scholars who will help journalists and students gain a deeper understanding of the role religion plays in public life, how religion is represented – or not – in the news media today, and how to improve reporting of this important subject. The conference will culminate in a keynote address, open to the public, by television journalist David Gregory, the author of “How’s Your Faith? An Unlikely Spiritual Journey” and the former moderator of Meet the Press.

Registration is now open. Click here for the conference website, and to register.

Follow us on Twitter @reportreligion.

The conference lineup includes sessions on:

  • “America’s Changing Religious Landscape.” Besheer Mohamed, senior researcher for the Pew Center on Religion and Public Life, will present Pew’s groundbreaking research on religion in America. Cathy Lynn Grossman, senior reporter, Religion News Service, will comment.
  • “How the Press Covers Religion and Spirituality” with Grossman, James Davis, contributor to GetReligion.org and The Florida Catholic, Chuck Stokes, editorial/public affairs director, WXYZ-TV, Detroit, and Jaweed Kaleem, senior religion reporter, Huffington Post.
  • Some of the hottest issues surrounding religion and public life in the U.S., including the conservative and liberal divide in Catholicism and other Christian faiths, fast-growing U.S. religions, and religious extremism. With Doug Erickson, religion and education reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal, Bob Smietana, news editor, Christianity Today, and Dilshad Ali, managing editor, Patheos Muslim Portal.
  • “A Journey Through New York City Religions” with Tony Carnes. Carnes has documented religion in the nation’s largest city for the last five years.
  • “Religious Freedom and Freedom of Conscience,” a wide-ranging discussion featuring religious advocates, with a response from David Gregory, former moderator, Meet the Press.

More information about the conference lineup, the conference organizers and logistical details can be found here.

The conference is generously underwritten by the Lubar Institute and the Stephen & Laurel Brown Foundation, creators of Upper|House. It will be held at Upper|House, 365 East Campus Mall, adjacent to UW-Madison’s Vilas Hall.

Patron sponsors include the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association, the Wisconsin Newspaper Association, the Wisconsin State Journal and WKOW-TV. The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism is a supporting sponsor.

Registration includes lunch and is free for students, $15 for SPJ members, and $30 for non-SPJ members. The conference is aimed at journalists, but is open to the general public.
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More than $1,000 in prizes in SPJ Madison holiday raffle

UPDATE: More than $1,000 in prizes

MADISON — The Madison chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, in conjunction with the state Capitol press corps, will hold its annual Holiday Mixer and Raffle on Thursday, Dec. 17.

The event will be held from 6-9 p.m. at the Argus Bar, 123 E. Main St., just a block off the Capitol Square in Madison. All area journalists and journalism supporters are invited, and the event is free.

The party will feature a pot-luck meal, so please bring an appetizer, side dish, main dish or dessert to share.

Prizes include:

* $130 in gift certificates for Madison Originals restaurants, courtesy SPJ Madison

* two UW-Madison hockey tickets with access to a suite, Madison in Focus photography book, and a Phil Hands cartoon 2016 calendar ($150 value) courtesy Wisconsin State Journal

* two tickets to an American Players Theatre production and Book of Lore (minimum $110 value), courtesy, American Players Theatre

* two Isthmus Beer and Cheese festival tickets ($100 value), courtesy Isthmus

* Edgewood College gift package ($100 value), courtesy Edgewood College

* WKOW gift package, including Bucky Book and Chula Vista gift certificate ($80 value), courtesy WKOW

* $50 Brocach gift certificate, courtesy WORT

* three Capital Times hoodie/t-shirt packages ($50 value each)

* Wisconsin Public Television DVD package ($40 value), courtesy WPT

* Karben4 variety package, including growler, growler fill, t-shirt, pint glass ($40 value), courtesy Karben4

* 6-pack of craft beer curated by Beer Baron Chris Drosner ($40 value), courtesy Chris Drosner

* Signed copy, “Once in a Great City: A Detroit Story” by Madison author David Maraniss ($35 value), courtesy SPJ Madison and David Maraniss

* Coffee and mugs ($20 value), courtesy Dee J. Hall

* Various SPJ posters, glasses, and gear, courtesy SPJ Madison.

Proceeds from the raffle will benefit the Simpson Street Free Press. SSFP is a Madison-based nonprofit that teaches reading, writing and critical thinking skills. Middle and high school students publish news articles on a variety of platforms.

 

SPJ Madison is seeking raffle items. Individuals and news organizations that wish to donate items for the raffle should contact SPJ Madison president Mark Pitsch at mpitsch@madison.com

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Society of Professional Journalists, Madison Chapter
Monthly Business Meeting
Dec. 7, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
Next Door Brewing Company, 2439 Atwood Ave., Madison

Agenda

Dec. 7, 2015

  1. Call to order
  2. Approval of minutes
  3. Treasurer’s Report
  4. Membership Report
  5. President’s Report: Holiday Party and Raffle, Dec. 17; Open Government Traveling Show update; Reporting on Religion planning; Watchdog Awards
  6. Upcoming event ideas: Spotlight, Podcasting training, Meet the Media, Freelance event
  7. Reimbursements
  8. New Business
  9. Adjourn

Votes could be taken on any Action or New Business item

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SPJ holiday party, raffle Thursday, Dec. 17

MADISON — The Madison chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, in conjunction with the state Capitol press corps, will hold its annual Holiday Mixer and Raffle on Thursday, Dec. 17.

The event will be held from 6-9 p.m. at the Argus Bar, 123 E. Main St., just a block off the Capitol Square in Madison. All area journalists and journalism supporters are invited, and the event is free.

The party will feature a pot-luck meal, so please bring an appetizer, side dish, main dish or dessert to share.

Proceeds from the raffle will benefit the Simpson Street Free Press. SSFP is a Madison-based nonprofit that teaches reading, writing and critical thinking skills. Middle and high school students publish news articles on a variety of platforms.

SPJ Madison is seeking raffle items. Individuals and news organizations that wish to donate items for the raffle should contact SPJ Madison president Mark Pitsch at mpitsch@madison.com

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SPJ Madison- Pro offers Safety Training for Journalists

The Dane County Sheriff’s Office is partnering with the Madison chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists to help journalists stay safe on the job.

The personal safety presentation comes after the shooting of an anchor and photographer during a live broadcast in Virginia in August.

“The Dane County Sheriff’s Department is partnering with SPJ Madison Pro Chapter to ensure that journalists in south-central Wisconsin have the tools to both do their jobs as reporters and photographers while remaining safe on the job,” said SPJ Region 6 Director Joe Radske.

A seminar this weekend with Deputy Kelly Rehwoldt will offer personal safety tips journalists can use in their daily lives. Rehwoldt is a 22-year veteran and a full-time trainer with the Sheriff’s Office.

If you’re interested, contact Joe Radske at: jradske@wisctv.com

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