SPJ Madison Hosts Journalism ‘Trivia Night’ May 9

Build your team by May 7

MADISON — Join area journalists and supporters for SPJ Madison’s second annual journalism-themed trivia night next month.

The event will be held on Thursday, May 9 at Coopers Tavern, 20 W. Mifflin St. on the second floor. Doors open at 6 p.m., with the competition beginning at 7 p.m.

Newsrooms and friends of journalism are encouraged to form teams of up to five players. To register, please have one team member email spjmadison@gmail.com with your team name, team members, and how you’ll pay. Cost of entry is $10 per team member.

Interested participants are able to sign up, even if they don’t have a team. Single registrants will be placed on a team (or teams) together.

There are multiple ways to pay. Mail (or give) a check (made out to SPJ Madison) or cash to:

  • SPJ Madison President Shelley Mesch (Wisconsin State Journal, 1901 Fish Hatchery Road, Madison WI 53713)
  • Executive Committee Board Member Briana Reilly (WisPolitics.com, 14 W Mifflin St., Suite 222, Madison, WI 53703)
  • Executive Committee Board Member Breann Schossow (Wisconsin Public Radio, 821 University Ave., Madison, WI 53706)

You can also send money via PayPal or Venmo to Schossow (bschossow@gmail.com). Proceeds will go toward prizes and to benefit future journalism programming by SPJ.

Please register and arrange payment by Tuesday, May 7.

See more and RSVP at the Facebook event page.

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SPJ Madison Announces 2019-20 Board Members

The Madison chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists held its annual election on April 1 and is pleased to announce the newly elected board for 2019-2020:

  • President: Shelley Mesch, Wisconsin State Journal
  • Vice President and Treasurer: Lauren Fuhrmann, Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism
  • Secretary: Emily Neinfeldt, Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism
  • Social Media Coordinator: Victoria Davis, Freelancer
  • Community Outreach Coordinator: Natalie Yahr, UW-Madison and the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism

Journalist Sam Martino will continue to serve as the committee’s at-large executive board member. For more information about upcoming events, please visit spjmadison.com, or follow the board on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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SPJ-Madison, UW School of Journalism to host March 27 panel on the making of news

MADISON — The Madison chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists is partnering with UW-Madison’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication to host a panel discussion Wednesday, March 27 to answer all your questions about how the editorial process works.

The event — which is free and open to the public — will be held in in the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery’s Orchard View Room at UW-Madison from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

The discussion looks to demystify the process of how stories are reported, edited, packaged and produced by assembling a mix of seasoned TV, radio and print journalists and editors to explain how it’s done.

The three panelists are: WORT News and Public Affairs Director Molly Stentz; Spectrum News 1 Wisconsin reporter Kathryn Larson; and Capital Times editor Jason Joyce. The event will be moderated by a member of SPJ-Madison.

Submit any questions ahead of time here, and RSVP to the event on Facebook at this link.

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Media Milwaukee, Marquette Wire student journalists receive John Patrick Hunter First Amendment awards

Student media at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Marquette University each received First Amendment awards Friday at the Wisconsin Newspaper Association convention in Madison.

The WNA and the Madison Chapter of the Society of Journalists partnered to present the schools student media outlets, the Marquette Wire and Media Milwaukee, the awards.

The awards were named after John Patrick Hunter, a former Madison Capital Times reporter, who during the anti-communist era of Wisconsin Senator Joe McCarthy, defended the First Amendment against McCarthyism.

Hunter had drawn up a petition to circulate to passersby at a Madison park about elements of the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights on July 4, 1951.

Only one of 112 people canvassed agreed to sign the petition, some thinking it looked like a Russian document or a radical petition.

The incident drew the attention of the nation’s press and President Harry Truman, who said people were afraid to sign the petition for fear it was some kind of subversive document.

Media Milwaukee received its award for protecting the Freedom of the Press to investigate sexual harassment on the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee campus despite opposition early on from university officials.

An editorial by Caroline Kaufman, recognizing the importance of college newspapers at a private school, also received a First Amendment award.

Beth Bennett, WNA executive director, said it’s important to recognize the work of student reporters who will become the next generation of journalists.  

Sam Martino, coordinator of the WNA-SPJ contest, said there has been a greater focus on First Amendment rights on college campuses because of attempts at restrictions on freedom of speech, press and assembly.  

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SPJ: Madison Chapter Meeting Minutes from February 2019

The SPJ Madison Chapter met on Feb. 4, 2019.

View a PDF of the meeting minutes. 

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SPJ: Madison Chapter Meeting Minutes from January 2019

The SPJ Madison Chapter met on Jan. 14, 2019.

View a PDF of the meeting minutes. 

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Madison-area journalists raise $900 to support UW student internships

MADISON — Madison-area journalists and their supporters last week raised $850 to support student journalists at UW-Madison. The fundraising took place at the annual holiday party organized by the Madison chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists in conjunction with the Capitol press corps.

The SPJ Madison Pro Chapter will add an additional $50 to bring the total to $900.

Proceeds from the raffle will go to an annual fund at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communication to support students interested in journalism with unpaid – or underpaid – internships and the chapter thanks all those who participated.

Thank you to all of the donors who contributed raffle prizes: WisPolitics.com; American Players Theater; the Overture Center; State Line Distillery; Isthmus; the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism; Andy and Dee Hall; Wisconsin State Journal; Sam Martino; Just Coffee; SPJ Region 6 Director Joe Radske; Walker House; Aqualand Ale House; Food Fight; Working Draft Brewing Company; Molly Stentz of WORT-FM; Stu Levitan; and Bill Lueders.

The Holiday Party and Raffle was held Dec. 13 at Argus Bar in Madison. See pictures from the event at SPJ-Madison’s Facebook page.

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