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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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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REMINDER: SPJ Madison holiday party and raffle to be held Dec. 13

Prizes include B&B stay, Overture Center tickets, distillery tour and tasting, more

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. 13 from 7-10 p.m.

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.

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

Raffle prizes pledged so far include:

*Two-night stay (sleeps four) at Mike Ivey’s Snow Palace B&B in Ironwood MI, $160 value.

*One-year subscription to WisPolitics.com, courtesy WisPolitics.com

*Two tickets, American Players Theatre, courtesy APT

*Two tickets to Finding Neverland at the Overture Center, courtesy Overture

*Distillery group tour and tasting, State Line Distillery, $250 value, courtesy of State Line

*Two tickets to Isthmus Beer & Cheese Fest, $100 value, courtesy of Isthmus

*Basket of books from local authors, including Rick Pifer, Michael Stevens, and Gay Strandemo, $100 value

*One-year membership to the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism’s Watchdog Club ($1,000 value) and a WCIJ beer stein, courtesy WCIJ

*Two UW Badgers basketball tickets and parking pass, courtesy Wisconsin State Journal

*Gift basket of assorted beers, courtesy Wisconsin State Journal

*Cross-country skis, courtesy of Sam Martino

*Two bags, Just Coffee, courtesy Just Coffee

*WPR sweatshirt (medium) and socks, $25 value, courtesy of Breann Schossow

*SPJ National gift basket, courtesy of Joe Radske (SPJ Region 6 Director)

*Curated beer selection by Chris Drosner, aka Beer Baron, courtesy Chris Drosner

*Softsided small Badger cooler with a 8-pack of mixed Wisconsin Brewing beers and a pineapple themed picnic set, courtesy of Dee Hall

*Gift certificates for Walker House, Aqualand Ale House, Food Fight, Working Draft Brewing Company and Gail Ambrosius Chocolatier

*$20 gift cards each to Graft, Rockhound Brewing Co., Old Sugar Distillery and Red Sushi, courtesy of SPJ Madison

Please consider donating a raffle prize. Contact Breann Schossow, SPJ acting president, at spjmadisononline@gmail.com for details on donating.

Get the latest news and updates by RSVPing to the event on Facebook.

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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SPJ: Madison Chapter Meeting Minutes from October 2018

The SPJ Madison Chapter met on Oct. 1, 2018.

View a PDF of the meeting minutes.

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SPJ Madison announces recipient of annual holiday raffle: UW-Madison journalism students

MADISON – The Madison chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists is pleased to announce that UW-Madison journalism students with unpaid or underpaid internships will be the recipient of proceeds from the annual Holiday Party and Raffle.

Money from the raffle will go into the annual fund of the UW-Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communication and set aside to support students who are pursuing journalism and taking unpaid positions.

“Journalism internships help provide real-world learning opportunities that are vital for students going into the profession after graduation,” said Hemant Shah, department chair of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. “Sometimes, taking internships can be costly for our students so we really appreciate SPJ’s contribution to the School of Journalism and Mass Communication internship scholarships fund. The gift clearly demonstrates SPJ’s enduring commitment to excellence in journalism and to journalism education.”

The annual party and raffle, which will be held at the Argus Bar, 123 E. Main St. in Madison on Dec. 13 from 7-10 p.m., is open to all journalism and journalism supporters. To take part in supporting journalism students, please consider donating a raffle prize. Contact SPJ members Breann Schossow and Briana Reilly at spjmadisononline@gmail.com for details on donating.

To get the latest news and updates, RSVP to the event on Facebook.

About the event: The annual SPJ Madison Holiday Party and Raffle, which it co-hosts with the Capitol Press Corps, 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, UW-Madison’s two student newspapers, and the Elliott Maraniss and David Maraniss Scholarship at UW-Madison.

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SPJ Madison to host ‘Speed Networking’ event next week

MADISON — The Madison chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists is hosting its second “Speed Networking” event for journalism students from 7-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8.

The event, sponsored by the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, will be in 2195 Vilas Hall at UW-Madison (821 University Ave.) and will include one-on-one sessions with editors, newsroom leaders and reporters from the Madison area.

During the event, students will have the opportunity to participate in three 10-minute sessions with journalism professionals, as well as network with other editors, reporters and students during a pizza dinner.

Participating students are asked to bring their resumes, clips and questions about the internship and job hunt process.

Interested students can register here: http://bit.ly/2OkX8uT.

Contact organizer Breann Schossow with any questions: breann@breannschossow.com

Below is a list of editors and reporters who are attending:

  • Dylan Brogan – Staff Writer, Isthmus
  • Judith Davidoff – Editor, Isthmus
  • Ed Reams – News Director, WKOW
  • Emily Shullaw – Designer, Lee Enterprises
  • Molly Stentz – News Director, WORT-FM
  • Rob Thomas – Features Editor, Capital Times
  • Marisa Wojcik – Reporter, Wisconsin Public Television

And the following is a list of SPJ Madison members who will also be onsite to talk with students:

  • Breann Schossow – Producer, Wisconsin Public Radio
  • Hayley Sperling – Engagement Editor, Wiscontext
  • Victoria Davis – Full-time freelancer, Isthmus, Capital Times and Wisconsin Life
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