SPJ bestows honor on local chapter president

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Contact: Lauren Fuhrmann, SPJ Madison Pro chapter vice president
lfuhrmann@wisconsinwatch.org

 

MADISON, July 30, 2014 — SPJ Madison Pro chapter president Mark Pitsch has received the 2014 Howard S. Dubin Outstanding Pro Member Award from the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) for his outstanding contributions to the local chapter. Pitsch has served as chapter president since 2011. His programming skills and work in reactivating the Madison chapter contributed to his winning the award.

“Mark has been instrumental in bringing young and experienced journalists together in the Madison area. His leadership in training journalists has helped build the Madison Pro chapter into one of the finest in the country,” says Joe Radske, SPJ Region 6 director and a member of the SPJ Madison Pro chapter.

Each year, the Howard Dubin Award is awarded to no more than two members — one from a chapter of 75 or more members and one from less than 75 members. The award is in honor of longtime SPJ member of the Chicago Headline Club Howard Dubin, who not only contributes time and money to the society but also remains dedicated to service at the chapter level.

Pitsch and J. Alex Tarquinio of the New York Deadline Club — winner of the award from a chapter of 75 or more members — will be recognized at the Excellence in Journalism annual meeting in Nashville, Tennessee, Sept. 4-6.

Based in Indianapolis, SPJ is a national membership organization that promotes high professional and ethical standards among journalists, First Amendment principles, and the belief that a free and vigorous press is vital in a representative democracy. The SPJ Madison Pro chapter was formed around 1990. Membership costs $75 annually, and it is open to journalists who spend at least half of their professional life writing or editing work for publication.

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Society of Professional Journalists, Madison Chapter
Monthly Business Meeting
May 5, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
Vintage Brewing Company, 674 S. Whitney Way, Madison

Agenda

May 5, 2014

  1. Call to order
  2. Approval of minutes from 4/14/14 meeting
  3. Treasurer’s Report
  4. Membership Report
  5. President’s Report

(a)    Watchdog Awards (b)   UW Ethics Conference (c)    Capitol press credentials  (d)   Annual report

  1. Upcoming Events: National Convention (Sept. 4-6); Ideas: Surveillance journalism (Drones, Project Veritas, etc.), Foul language (and other matters of taste); Fall Training
  2. Discussion/Action: Bylaws revision
  3. Discussion/Action: UW-Madison student chapter dues
  4. Discussion/Action: Reimbursements
  5. Discussion/Action: Watchdog Awards: SSFP tickets ($110)
  6. Discussion/Action: AG race, Governor’s race
  7. New Business
  8. Adjourn

Votes could be taken on any Action or New Business item

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Developing Sources and Uncovering Stories in Minority Communities

A class exercise in the SPJ Workshop

A class exercise in the SPJ Workshop

A workshop to help journalists avoid stereotypes and caricatures in news coverage of minority communities, and include more minority representation in news coverage, was held at the Pyle center on the University of Wisconsin Madison campus on April 11, 2014. The workshop was presented by the Madison Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, Continue reading

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Brown bag lunch with Robert Leger, opinions editor, Arizona Republic

MADISON – Robert Leger, opinions editor at the Arizona Republic, will discuss editorial writing and opinion pages at a brown bag luncheon at Capital Newspapers, 1901 Fish Hatchery Road, Madison, on Wednesday, March 26, starting at 11:45 am. Continue reading

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Open those cookies, and more

Your Right to Know

By Mark Pitsch

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As part of national Sunshine Week, March 16-22, members of the Madison student and professional chapters of the Society of Professional Journalists fanned out across the capital city, handing out fortune cookies. Continue reading

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SPJ Training: Sources and Stories in Minority Communities

In a recent essay discussing the portrayal of Asians in mainstream media outlets, Tom Huang, Sunday and enterprise editor for the Dallas Morning News, suggests that “what’s missing in our coverage are the everyday acts and opinions, quirks and foibles, that make Asians individuals, that make them human.” He might very well have been talking about African-Americans, Latinos, Native Americans and members of other racial minority groups, too.

Too often, stories involving racial minorities fit stereotypes rather than reflect the richness of ordinary life. To help journalists in Madison and across Wisconsin better incorporate the voices of racial minorities in their stories and newscasts, the Madison chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists invites you to a unique, day-long training session.

“Developing Sources and Uncovering Stories in Minority Communities” will take place Friday, April 11, Continue reading

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SPJ Madison March 2014 Business Meeting Agenda

Society of Professional Journalists, Madison Chapter
Monthly Business Meeting
March 3, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
Vintage Brewing Company, 674 S. Whitney Way, Madison Continue reading

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