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Courant Columnist Tom Condon Wins National Press Award

From the Hartford Courant:
August 06, 2013

condonHartford Courant journalist Tom Condon has been named the winner of a national award for his writing about cities.

Condon, a columnist and deputy editorial page editor, is the 2013 winner of the AEJMC Gene Burd Urban Journalism Award, given annually to recognize “high-quality urban media reporting, critical analysis and research … in urban life and culture.” The award is named for longtime journalist and journalism professor Gene Burd, and is a joint venture of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, the country’s largest membership organization of journalism educators, and the Urban Journalism Foundation, which supports a variety of city-related programs.

Read more on the Hartford Courant site.

CBA’s DeCesare appointed to co-chair of legislative FOI committee

The Connecticut Broadcasters Association released the following regarding the legislative-mandated task force aimed at public records legislation:

Connecticut Senate President Pro Tempore Donald E. Williams, Jr. has appointed longtime broadcaster Don DeCesare to be a Co-Chair of a new 17 member Task Force on public information and privacy, the body mandated by the 2013 Legislature’s public records legislation. DeCesare of Norwalk, Conn. is a Past-President of the Connecticut Broadcasters Association and one of two members of that organization to be named to the Task Force. He will serve as Co-Chair with State Rep. Angel Arce of Hartford, who was appointed to that position by the Connecticut Speaker of the House of Representatives, Brendan J. Sharkey.

DeCesare is President and General Manager of WLIS-AM in Old Saybrook, Conn. and WMRD-AM in Middletown, Conn. A journalist for more than four decades, he spent 20 years at CBS Broadcasting in New York and globally. At CBS, DeCesare went from editing radio broadcasts to overseeing television news coverage and senior management. He served as Chair of the Connecticut Broadcasters Association from 2005 to 2007. During that time, the Association led the successful effort to adopt a strong Shield Law for Connecticut. A founder and past Treasurer for CT-N, DeCesare also is a member of the Media Center Advisory Board at Middlesex Community College. He has contributed opinion pieces to a variety of publications.

The other member of the Connecticut Broadcasters Association to be appointed to the task force is Klarn DePalma, the organization’s current Chair. DePalma is Vice President and General Manager of WFSB-TV 3 Hartford, Conn. and WSHM-TV 3 Springfield, Mass. He also oversees the National Sales team for the Local Media Group of the stations’ parent company, Meredith Corporation. The Cheshire, CT resident joined WFSB as a Sales Account Executive in 1993 and became the station’s Local Sales Manager in 1998. In 2002, he rose to Director of Sales of both WFSB and WSHM and, in 2005, was promoted to Vice President and General Manager for both stations. DePalma serves on the Board of Trustees of the Connecticut Science Center and the Channel 3 Kids Camp, and is a faculty member at Howard University.

DeCesare and DePalma were two of four media members appointed to the task force by the Connecticut Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (CTSPJ). They are joined by journalists Brian Koonz, Metro Editor for the Connecticut Post in Bridgeport, and Jodie Mozdzer Gil, President of the Connecticut SPJ Board and Assistant Professor of Multimedia Journalism at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, CT.

The Task Force totals 17 members. Other members include a representative from the Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information (CCFOI) and the Executive Director for the FOI Commission, as well as legislators, attorneys, and representatives of law enforcement. The legislation creating the Task Force calls for it to produce a report, including recommendations, to the Legislature by January 1, 2014.

Since its establishment in 1955, the Connecticut Broadcasters Association has been a respected industry leader in legal, governmental, education and community issues on both the State and National levels. Members include broadcast TV stations, radio stations, vendors and companies with a business interest in broadcasting, educational facilities, and individuals with involvement in the broadcasting industry. For more information about the association, visit or call (860) 305-2038.

Elect your new National SPJ members

Delegates at the 2011 national convention approved a bylaws change that transforms the way SPJ elects members of its national board. In the past, candidates were selected by chapter delegates. Now, elections are inclusive of all members — one member, one vote.

To find out more about the candidates, to vote and for more information, visit:

CT job listing: Visiting Journalist at Manchester High School

Visiting Journalist at Manchester High School


Manchester High School is seeking a visiting journalist to help shape all elements of MHSRedline (our school website), its companion print newspaper (called The Harbinger) and our Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Vine accounts, while drawing on other resources (including our yearbook, photography and broadcast journalism classes) as we create the best high school communications operation in the country.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities

You would work with our students, helping them

  • understand the role of journalism/journalists in the 21st century.
  • write timely, accurate and compelling news and feature stories
  • shoot photographs and video that are revealing and entertaining
  • learn the importance of ‘digital first’ as we share content in real time through social media
  • create strategies to build our audience across all platforms
  • edit and design our newspaper
  • make discoveries that keep us on the cutting edge

Time commitment

This is a grant-funded position that lasts from August 2013 to June 2014. You would be expected to assist our journalism teacher during two classes each week from Aug. 29 (our first full day of school) through late January, and then once a week from February through June.  (The class meets from 12:35-2:05 p.m. every other day, so visits typically would be either M/W or T/Th depending on our rotating schedule cycle.) You would be expected to attend occasional school events such as the Homecoming Parade, Miss MHS Pageant, perhaps a prom. You would also be expected to be available on an at-least-checking-email basis nights and weekends, as we are an 18/7 operation.

Experience & qualifications

Applicants should:

Have journalism experience, both print and digital

Be savvy with social media

Be familiar with WordPress and Camayak

Applicants must:

Love working with high school students

Have high standards and integrity



Application instructions

Please send resume and a cover letter to

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

New London Day: Secrecy wins, but discussion continues

“Any erosion of the public’s right to know, any prohibition on access to evidence that can independently assess the fairness and thoroughness of criminal investigations, is reason for concern,” the New London Day wrote in a June 6 editorial. “We therefore object to the legislature’s decision to approve a blanket prohibition on the release of and access to photos of homicide victims. It is also objectionable that the legislation results from discussions that took place in secret and bypassed the normal committee and public hearing process. It is thick irony that elected leaders, including Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, used such backroom dealing to corrode Connecticut’s Freedom of Information law.”

Please click here to read the full editorial.

CTSPJ officers and board members elected for 2013-14

The following slate of officers and board of directors for the Connecticut Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists was approved by the chapter membership for approval at the annual meeting on Thursday, May 23 at Fantasia, North Haven.

CTSPJ Officers — 2013-14
(All are one-year terms, expiring June 30, 2014)
President — Jodie Mozdzer Gil, SCSU
Vice President — Jamie DeLoma, Quinnipiac University
Vice President/Communications — Liz Glagowski, 1to1 Media
Treasurer, Cara Rosner, United Way, New Haven
Secretary — Ricky Campbell, CT House Republicans
Immediate Past President– Cindy Simoneau, SCSU/Hearst CT Newspapers (serves until president transitions out of office)
Board of Directors
(Terms are staggered for one and two years)
Lila Carney, QU — two-year term, expires 2015
Daniela Forte, Access Intelligence — one year remaining on two-year term, expires 2014
Don Stacom, Hartford Courant — two-year term, expires 2015
Zach Janowski, Yankee Institute — one year remaining on two-year term, expires 2014
NEW board members:
Paul Singley, PATCH — one-year term, expires 2014
Jesse Buchanan, Record-Journal, Meriden — two-year term, expires 2015

2012 Excellence in Journalism contest winners


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2012-13 College Journalism Contest winners


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CCFOI asks legislature to tread carefully before limiting public access to Newtown documents

The Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information, the advocate for transparent government in Connecticut, is asking the legislature to tread carefully before limiting public access to documents related to the tragedy in Newtown last year.

Read their letter to learn more about their concerns:
The Honorable Governor Dannel P. Malloy
Office of the Governor
State Capitol Building
210 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106

Dear Governor Malloy,

The undersigned here believe the tragedy that befell Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut on December 14, 2012 is one of the saddest days in this nation’s rich history.  The senseless murder of 27 innocent people, 20 of whom were children, is an unspeakable act of horror that will forever scar the hearts of our state and our nation.

In the wake of this tragedy, we are all seeking information that will help us understand how and why it occurred, so that we can take steps to ensure that such a tragedy never occurs again.  We understand the process of gathering information may have the unfortunate and unintended effect of reminding families and friends of the Sandy Hook victims of their terrible loss.  All agree that every reasonable step should be taken to minimize such painful reminders, while not depriving our local, state and federal governments – and the people in general – of information needed to assess the tragedy and develop appropriate legislative responses.

It’s with this in mind that we, the Connecticut Daily Newspaper Association (CDNA), the Connecticut Broadcasters Association (CBA), and the Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information (CCFOI) caution the Administration and the Legislature on a response that would restrict public access to information about what happened at Sandy Hook, or other crimes, regardless of scope, moving forward.

While many tragic events have made us question whether the disclosure of information is always in the best interest of a society, history has demonstrated repeatedly that governments must favor disclosure.  Only an informed society can make informed judgments on issues of great moment.

We believe, as the American Society of Newspaper Editors Ethics Code states, “…that journalists should respect the rights of people involved in the news, observe the common standards of decency and stand accountable to the public for the fairness and accuracy of news reports…the primary purpose of gathering and distributing news and opinion is to serve the general welfare by informing the people and enabling them to make judgments on the issues of the time.”

Knowing this, we for the benefit of open government and a free press, caution the government of the Great State of Connecticut as it deliberates changes to the Freedom of Information Act in response to the tragedy of Newtown.   We maintain that public access to investigative reports, 9-1-1 Emergency Call transcripts and recordings, death certificates, and the like, serve the public’s best interest by permitting the public to monitor the performance of its government. It was in this spirit that the First Amendment itself was adopted.

We look forward to discussing this issue with you as the Session comes to a close, and wish you the best in your delineation’s on these very important matters.


Michael Schroeder
Connecticut Daily Newspaper’s Association

Michael Ryan
Connecticut Broadcasters Association

Jim Smith
Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information

Connecticut news organizations honored with prestigious Sigma Delta Chi awards

Three Connecticut news organizations were honored with prestigious 2012 Sigma Delta Chi awards.

Judges chose the winners from more than 1,700 entries in categories covering print, radio, television and online. The awards recognize outstanding work published or broadcast in 2012.

The winners will be honored at an awards banquet on June 21 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

Area winners included:

Please click here to read the complete list.

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