SPJ: Madison Chapter Meeting Minutes from September 2018

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

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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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SPJ: Madison Chapter Meeting Minutes from June 2018

The SPJ Madison Chapter met on June 4, 2018.

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SPJ: Madison Chapter Meeting Minutes from May 2018

The SPJ Madison Chapter met on May 14, 2018.

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SPJ: Madison Chapter Meeting Minutes from April 2018

The SPJ Madison Chapter met on April 2, 2018.

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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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