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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SPJ Madison, UW-Madison Center for Journalism Ethics to host post-midterm panel Nov. 7

MADISON — The Madison chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists is partnering with UW-Madison’s Center for Journalism Ethics to host a panel discussion Nov. 7 on journalism ethics and the challenges of covering politics in highly polarized times.

The event — which is free and open to the public — will be held in the Promenade Room at the Overture Center for the Arts from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Scheduled for the day after the midterm elections, the event is bringing together panelists with expertise in media, political reporting and the news industry for a lively discussion on topics ranging from declining media trust, changing business models and social media to how partisanship affects both journalists and news consumers.

The three panelists are: David Folkenflik, the New York City-based media correspondent for NPR News and the host and editor of On Point from NPR and WBUR; Jessie Opoien, a reporter at the Capital Times covering state government and politics; and Dhavan Shah, the Maier-Bascom Professor in UW-Madison’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication and director of the Mass Communication Research Center.

Folkenflik will be visiting the Center for Journalism Ethics the week of Nov. 5 as part of the Center’s journalist in residence program, an initiative now in its third year.

The event will be moderated by Center Director Kathleen Bartzen Culver, who’s also the James E. Burgess Chair in Journalism Ethics.

RSVP for the event on Facebook and see more details on the Center’s website.

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Annual holiday party and raffle to be held Dec. 13

MADISON — The Madison chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists will hold its annual holiday party and raffle Thursday, Dec. 13 from 7-10 p.m.

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 and bringing a dish to pass. Contact SPJ members Breann Schossow and Briana Reilly at spjmadisononline@gmail.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, UW-Madison’s two student newspapers, and the Elliott Maraniss and David Maraniss Scholarship at UW-Madison.

Beneficiaries of the raffle’s proceeds will be announced later this month.

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SPJ Madison announces third annual John Patrick Hunter First Amendment Award

MADISON — The Madison Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, with the cooperation of the Wisconsin Newspaper Association, is sponsoring a college publication contest to promote the First Amendment.

The contest is named after John Patrick Hunter, a former Madison Capital Times reporter, who focused attention on First Amendment rights in the 1950s when scores of people declined to sign a typed portion of the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights at a local park.

Student journalists can submit material associated with some aspect of protecting the use of the First Amendment in their community or on campus during the contest period. Up to $250 in prizes will be awarded.

Any items published or aired between Sept.1, 2018 and March 30, 2019 defending or advocating the right to assembly, freedoms of the press, religion, speech and the right for citizens to petition their government will be considered.

The John Patrick Hunter First Amendment Award for student journalists seeks opinion or editorial columns on the subject as well as stories reflecting current issues surrounding the First Amendment on their campuses or communities.

Attention on First Amendment rights has been in the forefront of the news nationally and internationally as citizens have taken to the streets to protest police shootings, governments seeking to silence the press, politicians attacking the press as providing “fake” news and others attacking religious freedoms.

Protests on college campuses also have focused attention on student rights of freedom of expression.

Sam Martino, a retired journalism instructor and Madison SPJ Chapter member, said its critical in a representative democracy for students to support the protection of the First Amendment.

Contest winners in editorial writing and news presentation will be announced at the WNA convention in early 2019.

Entries should be submitted to the SPJ Madison chapter at spjmadisononline@gmail.com​

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