SPJ Madison holiday party and raffle Dec. 14

MADISON — The Madison chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, in conjunction with the Capitol press corps, will hold its annual holiday party and raffle Thursday, Dec. 14 from 6-9 pm.

Proceeds from the raffle will benefit the Daily Cardinal and the Badger Herald, the two student newspapers at UW-Madison.

All area journalists and journalism supporters are encouraged to attend the free event, held at the Argus Bar, 123 E. Main St. in Madison. Please bring a dish to pass.

Raffle prizes pledged so far include:

* One-year subscription to Wispolitics.com, courtesy Wispolitics.com
* One night stay, Circle M Market Farm, Blanchardville, courtesy Circle M
* Party for 25 people at Seminole Pool, courtesy Seminole Pool and Katy Culver
* Two tickets, American Players Theatre, plus Book of Lore, courtesy APT
* Two tickets, Isthmus Beer & Cheese Fest, courtesy Isthmus
* Ron Dayne autographed UW football, courtesy CNN’s Manu Raju
* Phil Hands autographed cartoons, courtesy Phil Hands
* John Hart autographed photo print, courtesy John Hart
* WORT Beer and burger gift package, courtesy WORT
* Two UW Badgers basketball tickets and parking pass, courtesy Wisconsin State Journal
* Two Wisconsin State Journal gift packages, courtesy State Journal
* Wisconsin Public Television gift package, courtesy WPT
* Funk Factory Geuzeria gift package, courtesy Funk Factory
* Five bags, Just Coffee Peace on Earth holiday blend, courtesy Just Coffee
* Wine package, Learfield Radio, courtesy Learfield
* Books by Anthony Shadid, Jeff Greenfield, & Ken Vogel, courtesy the authors and Mark Pitsch
* Gift certificates for Food Fight, the Great Dane, Walker House, Bel Air Cantina, and Downtown Madison Inc., courtesy Coopers Tavern, Larry Gallup, Dee J. Hall, Walker House, Wisconsin Health News, and Pines Bach
* Madison Magazine subscription, courtesy Madison Magazine
* Curated beer selection by Chris Drosner, aka Beer Baron, courtesy Chris Drosner
* Three Midwest brewery prize packs, courtesy Wisconsin State Journal
* Potosi Brewery gift pack, courtesy Rebecca Wasieleski
* SPJ Madison gift package, including Vintage Brewing Company certificate, courtesy SPJ
* Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism gift package, courtesy WCIJ
* Badger Herald gift package. courtesy Badger Herald
* Daily Cardinal gift package, courtesy Daily Cardinal

Please consider donating a raffle prize. Contact Mark Pitsch, SPJ president, at mpitsch (at) madison.com for details on donating.

The annual holiday party and raffle continues the tradition of SPJ Madison and local journalists raising money to advance journalism. In the past, the raffle has generated donations to the Tom Mulhern Scholarship for Sports Journalism at UW-Madison, Simpson Street Free Press and the Elliott Maraniss and David Maraniss Scholarship at UW-Madison.

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Join us for happy hour with Sarah Kliff of Vox this Thursday

MADISON — The Madison chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists is hosting a happy hour event with leading health care journalist Sarah Kliff on Thursday, Nov. 30.

Kliff is a senior policy correspondent and podcast host at Vox, and has spent seven years chronicling the debate around the Affordable Care Act.

All area journalists and journalism supporters are encouraged to attend the free event, which will be held at the Mason Lounge, 416 S. Park St. in Madison, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Sarah Kliff is a senior policy correspondent at Vox.com

Kliff is in Madison this week as part of the Center for Journalism Ethics’ journalist in residence program, an initiative now in its second year. The program brings nationally renowned journalists to campus to promote engagement with UW-Madison students and the public.

Among her other events this week is a free health care policy panel at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29 at the Overture Center for the Arts in Madison, where she’ll join J. Paul Kelleher, UW-Madison associate professor in the Department of Medical History and Bioethics; and David Wahlberg, Wisconsin State Journal health care reporter.

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SPJ Madison To Hold November Business Meeting

SPJ Madison will hold its November business meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 8 at The Coopers Tavern, 20 W. Mifflin St. at 7 p.m.

The agenda can be downloaded here: SPJ Madison – November 2017.

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SPJ Madison, area journalists to raise money for student publications

MADISON — The Madison chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, in conjunction with the Capitol press corps, will hold its annual holiday party and raffle Thursday, Dec. 14 from 6-9 pm.

Proceeds from the raffle will benefit the Daily Cardinal and the Badger Herald, the two student newspapers at UW-Madison.

All area journalists and journalism supporters are encouraged to attend the free event, held at the Argus Bar, 123 E. Main St. in Madison.

Please consider donating a raffle prize. Contact Mark Pitsch, SPJ president, at mpitsch (at) madison.com for details on donating.

The annual holiday party and raffle continues the tradition of SPJ Madison and local journalists raising money to advance journalism. In the past, the raffle has generated donations to the Tom Mulhern Scholarship for Sports Journalism at UW-Madison, Simpson Street Free Press and the Elliott Maraniss and David Maraniss Scholarship at UW-Madison.

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#FreePressFriday

Please join us in standing up for a free press on #FreePressFriday.

The Madison chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists is joining the national organization in highlighting the importance of a free and independent press in a healthy democracy. Learn more about the #FreePressFriday effort here.

Use the hashtag #FreePressFriday on social media to show your support for a free press. Everyone should also feel free to use the graphics below in promoting a free press on social media.

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From Campus to the Capitol and Beyond: The Future of Free Speech and the First Amendment

MADISON — Shutting down hate speech. Revamping libel laws. Expanding intellectual diversity on campus. The First Amendment and the principle of free speech has emerged as a contentious topic of debate in recent months – in Wisconsin and across the country. The fatal violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, at a white nationalist rally has heightened attention on free speech.

The Madison chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, the UW-Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communication and the UW-Madison Center for Journalism Ethics invites students, campus employees and members of the public to a discussion of these important topics. It will take place 7:00-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 12, 2017, at Union South in the Industry room on the third floor [Note: event location updated].

The discussion features Kathleen Culver, assistant professor, James E. Burgess chair in Journalism Ethics and director of the UW-Madison Center for Journalism Ethics; Savion Castro, UW-Madison student and One Wisconsin Now research assistant; and James Friedman, an attorney with Godfrey & Kahn representing the Wisconsin Newspaper Association.

The event is free and open to the public, who will have an opportunity to hear from representatives from both sides of this issue, and ask questions. All area journalists are especially encouraged to attend, and membership in SPJ is not necessary.

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 Madison professional 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.

Founded in 1905, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication strongly supports the First Amendment and believes in the principles of a free and responsible press. Its curriculum is anchored in the truthful, fair and ethical practice of communication, which can contribute to a healthy and vibrant democracy.

The Center for Journalism Ethics, founded in 2008, encourages the highest standards in journalism ethics worldwide. It seeks to foster vigorous debate about ethical practices in journalism and provide resources for producers, consumers and students of journalism. More information and resources are available at ethics.journalism.wisc.edu or via @UWJournEthics on Twitter.

Contact: Mark Pitsch, mpitsch@madison.com; 608-252-6145

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Tasting Beer, Talking Beer at Vintage Brewing Company

MADISON — Like beer? Like beer writing?

Join Vintage Brewing Company brewmaster Scott Manning and Wisconsin State Journal beer writer Chris Drosner (aka Beer Baron) on Wednesday, July 26, for an exclusive beer tasting and discussion to benefit the Madison chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

The event at Vintage Brewing Company, 674 S. Whitney Way in Madison, includes a social hour at 6 p.m., with the program at 7 p.m.

Tickets cost $30 and include five 4-ounce Vintage beers for tasting on site, a 32-ounce Vintage Crowler to-go, palate-cleansing snacks, and an opportunity to talk to Scott and Chris about beer making and writing about beer. SPJ members will also receive a special beer tasting glass.

Registration is limited to the first 50 people and is expected to sell out. Tickets are required. This event is being promoted exclusively to journalists and SPJ Madison supporters until July 10.

For more information about the event and to register, visit this EventBrite page.

For more information about Vintage Brewing Company, visit its website.

To read the Beer Baron’s columns, visit this page.

For more information about Madison SPJ, visit its website or its Facebook page.

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