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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SPJ: Madison Chapter Meeting Minutes from September 2018

The SPJ Madison Chapter met on Sept. 10, 2018.

View a PDF of the meeting minutes.

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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 summer picnic to be held Sunday, Aug. 19

MADISON — The Madison chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists’ inaugural summer picnic will take place this Sunday, Aug. 19, starting at 4 pm.

All area journalists, journalism supporters and their families are encouraged to attend the free event, held at Brittingham Park in Madison, 829 West Washington Ave., from 4-10 p.m.

The park, on the shore of Monona Bay, includes a new playground; basketball, tennis and volleyball courts; a shelter; and restrooms, as well as a parking lot. Kayak, canoe and other water transportation is available for rent nearby.

SPJ Madison is renting out the park from 4-10 p.m., though attendees are welcome to come and stay for however long they’re able.

Please bring a dish to share and your own beverages. SPJ Madison will be supplying grilling equipment, cooling trays and meat to grill, on a first come, first served basis. As part of the reservation, SPJ Madison is also obtaining a beer/wine permit from the city, so alcohol can also be on the premises.

The picnic will take place rain or shine.

Visit our Facebook event page and let us know you’ll be there. Your RSVP will help us plan. And please share the page with your friends.

Questions? Contact Briana Reilly, reillybrianar AT gmail.com, or Mark Pitsch, mpitsch AT madison.com.

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