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 thanks former President Mark Pitsch for his service

MADISON — The Madison Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists would like to thank Mark Pitsch for his dedication and service to the Madison journalism community and to the Society of Professional Journalists.

Pitsch has recently stepped down from his presidency at SPJ Madison after joining the UW-System’s Office of University Relations earlier this month. He previously worked as the Wisconsin State Journal’s assistant city editor.

Pitsch served as president of SPJ Madison since 2011 and played a strong role in activating the chapter. His accomplishments include: leading the chapter to fundraise thousands of dollars for journalism education opportunities and developing programming ranging from election post-mortems to reporting on specialized topics such as religion, finance and Wisconsin’s beer scene. He represented SPJ on Wisconsin’s Freedom of Information Council and helped create a traveling panel that explored the value of open government in Wisconsin.

“Mark Pitsch was one of our most active and engaged members,” said Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council President Bill Lueders. “It was his inspiration to launch the Open Government Traveling Show, in which openness advocates travelled across the state for three days in 2016, giving presentations in eight cities. His energy and commitment with be greatly missed. We are all very grateful for his service to the cause.

“Mark was there from the reactivation of the Madison Pro Chapter through its stature as nationally recognized SPJ chapter,” said Joseph Radske, Region 6 Director and former SPJ Madison Pro Chapter Vice President.

“Mark has been a remarkable advocate for journalism in Madison and around the state of Wisconsin. We will deeply miss his leadership and dedication to the causes of ethical journalism, a free press and open government,” said Lauren Fuhrmann, SPJ Madison Pro Chapter Vice President.

Fuhrmann will serve as SPJ Madison’s acting president until the end of the year; a new president will be appointed in January 2018. Elections for chapter positions will be held in April 2019.

For more information, please contact Briana Reilly and Breann Schossow: spjmadison@gmail.com.

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SPJ Madison To Host Trivia Night

Journalists and friends of journalism: dust off your media history and “All The President’s Men” knowledge, and join the Madison chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists for a journalism-themed Trivia Night during National Sunshine Week.

Trivia night will be held from 7-9:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 15 at Argus Bar and Grill, 123 E. Main St. in the basement, with trivia run by League Trivia of Madison. Trivia will start at 7:30 p.m.

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

There are multiple ways to pay. You can mail (or give) a check or cash to the following people:

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.

For more information, please contact Breann Schossow and Briana Reilly by emailing spjmadison@gmail.com.

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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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