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Jill Konopka, Analisa Novak awarded SPJ travel grants

Analisa Novak

Jill Konopka

One professional journalist and one student journalist from Connecticut have been awarded travel grants from the Connecticut SPJ to attend the Excellence in Journalism 2017 conference in Anaheim, Calif., in September. 

Jill Konopka, a member of NBC WVIT-30’s Troubleshooters team, is the recipient of the $1,100 professional travel grant awarded to one CT SPJ member.

In her application for the grant, Konopka said she would like to learn new ideas, tips, tricks, and topics to continue exploring investigative journalism.

“Now more than ever, I feel very strongly about my role as a reporter,” Konopka said. “In talking with residents of our state, they are most concerned about wasted tax payer dollars and pocket book issues.  I want to hold the powerful accountable and expand my reporting skill set.  I believe I could learn a lot at this conference.”

Konopka has been with NBC Connecticut since December 2015

Analisa Novak, a Central Connecticut State University with an already impressive resume, was awarded $600 to attend the conference.

“The reason why I would like to attend is to gain more knowledge of how our campus organization can be more active and promote the ethics and principles that SPJ stands for,” Novak said in her application. “We are fairly new on campus and we have been trying to be as active as possible. From the very first day that I transferred into CCSU two years ago, I instantly felt a connection with the organization. ”

Novak is a senior at CCSI and is the current president of the CCSU SPJ chapter and a veteran of the U.S. Army.

 

First Amendment Institute Applications Now Available

Applications are now available for fellowships to the 2017 New England First Amendment Institute. This seventh annual institute will be held from Oct. 29-31 at Northeastern University in Boston. 

Application materials can be obtained here.

The New England First Amendment Coalition provides the three-day investigative journalism workshop each year to 25 journalists working within the region. The institute is provided to these journalism fellows at no cost and features many of the country’s elite investigative reporters, editors and media attorneys.

“We have trained more than 150 New England journalists since the institute was founded seven years ago,” said Justin Silverman, executive director of NEFAC. “We’re excited to select another class of fellows to learn from some of the best reporters, editors and attorneys in the country.”

Speakers and faculty for this year’s institute will be announced later this summer. Previous speakers include The Marshall Project’s Bill Keller, formerly of The New York Times; Pulitzer Prize winners Carol Leonnig of The Washington Post and David Barstow of The New York Times; ESPN’s Don Van Natta, Jr.; the 2002 Pulitzer Prize-winning Spotlight Team from The Boston Globe; as well as Anna Schecter, a Peabody Award winning producer for NBC; Cindy Galli of ABC News; and Bill Buzenberg, former executive director of the Center for Public Integrity.

NEFAI fellows will learn the latest investigative and database reporting techniques, state-specific public records and open meeting laws, and how to best obtain documents through the federal Freedom of Information Act, among many other skills.

This year’s institute is made possible by the generosity of the Providence Journal Charitable Legacy Fund, the program’s primary supporter; as well as Northeastern University and the Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi Foundation.

A Message from the CT SPJ President: July 2017

This is the July 2017 newsletter send out to CT SPJ members.

What’s new?

Greetings to all members of the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists, and thanks for your continued support. I thought the start of a new year of business would be the great to start one of our new initiatives: A monthly memo keeping you up-to-date about all the board’s activities. We have plenty of great things happening this year, including an influx of new talent to complement the hard-working members already on the board, the announcement of some great legislation to help you in your work, and, of course, we are once again offering a grant to help one member travel to the national SPJ conference. Please click here to learn more about EIJ 2017.

Travel grant available, apply today 

One lucky member will win a grant toward a trip to Anaheim! 

We are pleased to announce that we are once again offering a grant to one member for expenses to attend the Excellence In Journalism Conference, which will be in Anaheim from Sept. 7-9. The grant will cover up to $1,100 for registration, airfare, and lodging for the duration of the conference. Applicants should indicate what they hope to gain from the conference, why they would be a worthy recipient, and how they intend to partner with CT SPJ and give back to Connecticut journalism.

Enter for your chance at a free trip to the EIJ 2017

New Year, new board

Fresh faces join your hard working board

Those who attended May’s annual dinner helped elected the board for the current year. Mike Savino, of the Record-Journal, returns as president, and Jordan Otero Sisson, of the Hartford Courant, was elected to serve a second year as vice president. Other officers positions changed hands as we continue to transition for the future. Additionally, the board welcomed Darren Sweeney, of both WVIT-TV 30 and Central Connecticut State University, and Pete Paguaga, of the Record-Journal.

See who else is serving

New legislation

Two laws will help protect the First Amendment in CT!

Soon, two laws will help protect journalists and others from lawsuits that serve as nothing more than retaliation against those who exercise their First Amendment rights. One law will make it easier to dismiss strategic lawsuits aimed at public participation, or SLAPP, by allowing defendants to argue the complaint is merely aimed at deterring the exercise of First Amendment rights, including freedom of speech, press, or to assemble. The other law will forbid the judgements in Connecticut of foreign libel claims unless the ruling occurred in a country with defamation of character standards similar to those in the U.S. Both laws will take effect Oct. 1.

See the anti SLAPP law

Learn about foreign libel protections

We’re here for you

Let us help you serve Connecticut residents

I’d like to conclude this first president’s message by offering our support to all Connecticut journalists, however you may need it. If you have a program idea or a skill you’d like to learn, please reach out to us and we’d be happy to put a program together. Questions about ethics, Freedom of Information, or other work-related issues? We have the resources to guide you to the right answers. We’re even here for you if you face the kind of harassment or threats that journalists are sadly facing on an increasing basis. We recently came to the aid of a member of the Capitol press corps after an elected official threw a toy at her over frustration with a picture she took. As president, I talked with leaders within the House of Representatives about how this is unacceptable, and similarly let the public know through a statement. Please let us know if you experience similar problems in the course of your work informing the public.

Thanks for your continued support.

Your president,

Mike Savino

Travel grants available for national SPJ conference

The Connecticut Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists will again offer travel grants to the SPJ national conference.

Professional members of the CTSPJ chapter are eligible for reimbursements, with proof of receipt, of up to $1,100 toward conference expenses. Student members of SPJ in Connecticut are eligible for $500.

The Excellence in Journalism Conference will run from Sept. 7 – 9 in Anaheim, Calif. It’s hosted by SPJ, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and the Radio Television Digital News Association.

To apply, submit an essay of 500 words or less about why you want to attend the conference, and how you have been, or would like to become, involved in CTSPJ events. That could include anything from helping with judging swaps, supporting programming, or volunteering to select scholarship winners.

Send the short essay, along with your SPJ member number, to Cindy Simoneau, a past president of the CTSPJ board, at simoneauc1@southernct.edu.

Simoneau will prepare all entries for a blind review by the CTSPJ board.

One professional member and one student member will be selected. The winners must be members in good standing of CTSPJ. New members are welcome to apply.

To confirm your membership status, contact national Membership Coordinator Chrystal Parvin at cparvin@spj.org or 317-927-8000 ext. 213.

The deadline to apply for the grants is noon on Wednesday July 19.

For questions about the grants, contact Simoneau at the email provided. For more information about the conference itself, go to ExcellenceInJournalism.org.

CTSPJ Board of Directors 2014-15

Paul Singley
President

Lila Carney
Vice President

Liz Glagowski
Vice President for Communications

Ricky Campbell
Treasurer

Jesse Buchanan
Secretary

Jodie Mozdzer Gil
Immediate Past President

Board members
Jamie DeLoma
Zach Janowski
Bruno Matarazzo
Cara Rosner
Michael Savino
Don Stacom

CTSPJ Board of Directors 2015-16

2015-16 CTSPJ Board of Directors

Paul Singley
President

Michael Savino
Vice President

Bruno Matarazzo
Vice President for Communications

Jodie Mozdzer Gil
Treasurer

Zach Janowski
Secretary

Jamie DeLoma
Past President

Board members
Shahid Abdul-Karim
Elizabeth Glagowski
Jordan Otero
Cara Rosner
Kat Schussler
Lynn Schnier

CTSPJ Board of Directors 2016-17

2016-2017 Officers:

Michael Savino
President

Jordan Otero
Vice President

Bruno Matarazzo Jr.
Vice President for Communications

Jodie Mozdzer Gil
Treasurer

Cara Rosner
Secretary

Paul Singley
Immediate Past President

2016-17 Board of Directors:

Leslie Hutchison
Elizabeth Glagowski
Viktoria Sundqvist
Andrew Ragali
Ajhani Ayres
Lawrence Clark

2016 Excellence in Journalism Contest Open For Entries

The CTSPJ 2016 Excellence in Journalism Contest is now open for entries.

You can enter the contest here.

Last year, CTSPJ revised its contest to reflect changes in the industry. Based on feedback and entry numbers, we made one more adjustment in circulation classes this year. Magazines are in their own circulation class again, now called Region C (Magazines). The print and online publications that were in the old Regional C have been combined with Regional B for the 2016 contest. This decision was made based on the number of entries in the 2015 contest.

Please review the circulation class list before entering. If you do not see your media outlet on the list, please contact contest clerk Jessica Garin at Jessica.Garin.U.@gmail.com.

With the changing news industry and changes at individual news outlets, the CTSPJ board will continue to review the circulation classes each year. If you have feedback on the placement of your news outlet, please contact Contest Chair Jodie Mozdzer Gil at jmozdzer@gmail.com. Any requests for review will be considered by the full CTSPJ Board of Directors before the following year’s contest.

Categories

All media outlets compete against each other in the top three special awards categories. For the rest of the categories (below), media outlets will compete in one of five circulation classes.

Stephen A. Collins Public Service Award
This is a special award open to all media for a story or stories having a significant impact in the public interest. Entries must include supporting documentation such as letters, editorials, evidence of a change in public policy, showing how the entry had an impact. Please include a cover letter with the entry.
Theodore Driscoll Award for Investigative Reporting
This is a special award open to all media for a single story or formal series containing information, obtained through reporter initiative not readily available to the news media or public.
First Amendment Award
This is a special award open to all media for a single story, column or series which increases public understanding of the role of the press in a free society.


Editorial Cartoon | A single cartoon online or in print
Single Editorial | Represents the opinion of the publication, station or news website as an organization
General Column | A single (other than sports or humorous) that expresses an opinion or point of view on an issues or event
Humorous Column | A single column on any topic with the purpose to entertain
In-Depth | A single story that helps audience understand situation beyond information provided in a normal news story
Investigative | A single story containing information obtained through reporter initiative that was not readily available to the news media or the public
Feature | Any story written for a reason other than timeliness. (Please note, this was omitted from an earlier list in error)
Religion | A story dealing with religious topics
Government | A story dealing with government topics
Courts/Crime | Any story dealing with issues of the criminal justice system, except for breaking news
Arts & Entertainment | A single story dealing with the arts
Business | A single story dealing with business
Leisure | A story dealing with travel, food, gardening, or other leisure topics
Continuing Coverage | No more than 10 articles that follow the same topic over time
Diversity Coverage | Single story on a diversity issue
Education | A single story on an education issue
Reporting Series | A formal series of no more than 10 articles, including investigative, in-depth or feature series
Local Reporting | A story that shines light on an issue important to a single town or region. This category is meant for those stories that fulfill the mission of community journalism.
Breaking News | A single story or package of stories and social media updates that involves coverage of a spot news event written under an immediate deadline.
Sports News | A single story on a sports news topic
Sports Feature | A single story on a sports topic, written for a factor other than timeliness
Sports Column | A single column on a sports topic
Sports Photo | A single sports photo
Feature Photo | A single feature photo
News Photo | A single news photo
Photo Essay | A collection of photos, either in print or online, that together tell one story.
Page 1 Layout | A category for the person who arranged the text and images, not for the writers or photographers of the materials on the page.
Non-Page 1 Layout | Any single page design that was not on page 1
Headline | A single entry is made up of three headlines, all the work on a single individual
Infographic Design | The design of a single static or interactive graphic
Infographic Reporting | The reporting of a single static or interactive graphic
Video Storytelling | Use of video to tell a story alone or bolster written reporting
Audio Storytelling | Use of audio to tell a story alone or bolster written reporting

CTSPJ to host half-day training on covering guns and gun issues

CTSPJtarget_fJoin Keene State College journalism professors Mark Timney and Chad Nye, as well as gun safety and training experts from Greyson Guns in Orange, Conn. for a half-day training session on reporting about gun issues.

Journalists who attend will learn how to avoid mistakes that are regularly made when it comes to coverage of assault-style weapons, high capacity magazines and gun show/online loopholes.  They will also have the opportunity to see and handle different style firearms during the workshop. Trainers from Greyson Guns will give details about Connecticut specific gun sale and permit laws.

Connecticut SPJ is hosting this event to help provide information to editors and reporters who may need to report on issues involving guns on a deadline.

There are 12 seats available for the training, which will include free lunch. Reservations are limited to one per news outlet. If seats remain available on Aug. 15, tickets will become available to a second representative from news outlets, on a first-come basis.

Registration is available here.

The workshop will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday Aug. 22 at Greyson Guns in Orange, Conn.

For more information, contact CTSPJ President Michael Savino or Vern Williams, assistant professor of journalism at Southern Connecticut State University.

A full agenda will be available in early August.

About the trainers:

Mark Timney is an associate professor of journalism at Keene State College. He has worked in broadcast and magazine journalism and as a public relations professional.

Chad Nye is an association professor of journalism at Keene State College, who has years of experience in television news reporting.

Both Timney and Nye are intimately familiar with firearms and their operation, and regularly conduct apolitical workshops for journalists on firearms.

Adam Anderson is the director of training for Greyson Guns in Orange, Conn.

Travel grants available for CTSPJ members and students

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The Connecticut Pro Chapter of SPJ will again offer travel grants to CTSPJ members and students who want to travel to the national SPJ convention in New Orleans this September.

Professional members of CTSPJ are eligible for $1,100 toward conference expenses, and student members of SPJ in Connecticut are eligible for $500.

The grants are paid as reimbursements, with proof of receipt.

To apply for a grant, write 500 words or less about why you want to attend the conference.

The Excellence in Journalism Conference is hosted by SPJ, Native American Journalists Association and the Radio Television Digital News Association. It will run from Sept. 18 – 20 in New Orleans, La. View the conference website for more details.

Send the short essay, along with your SPJ member number, to Cindy Simoneau, a past president of the CTSPJ board, at CLSimoneau@aol.com. Simoneau will prepare all applications for a blind review by the CTSPJ board members.

The winners must be members of CTSPJ or a student chapter in Connecticut in good standing. New members are welcome to apply. To confirm membership status, contact Linda Hall at LindaH@SPJ.org or 317-927-8000 ext. 203.

The deadline to apply for the grants is 11:59 p.m. on July 27.

E-mail Cindy Simoneau with any questions about the grants.

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