Register for an Evening with David Brooks

The Stanley D. and Joan H. Ross Center for Brain Health and Performance at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center presents An Evening with David Brooks.

Best-selling author and New York Times columnist, Brooks will discuss the importance of neuroscience and sociology in understanding America’s politics, culture and future on Friday, April 6.

When: Friday, April 6 at 7 p.m.

Where: Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center
The Ohio State University
2201 Fred Taylor Drive
Columbus, OH 43210

For more information, click here.
Free tickets are available for journalists. Please email Kevin Smith – – for details on registration.

Join Central Ohio SPJ for a Panel Discussion on Covering Professional Sports

After Work SPJ Special!

Please join the Central Ohio Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists for a panel discussion on covering professional sports teams in Ohio on Tuesday, March 13. Panelists will discuss the ups and downs of covering the Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Cavaliers and Columbus Blue Jackets.

Join local journalists and enjoy light appetizers and a cash bar as we go into the locker rooms and behind the scenes of your favorite teams and players. Hear from broadcaster Audrey Hasson of NBC4 and a panel of grizzled print journalists: Tom Reed, Mike Arace, Todd Jones and Aaron Portzline.

When: Tuesday, March 13 2018

Where: Chammps
1827 Olentangy River Rd.
Columbus, OH 43212


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Call for Entries for Ohio’s Best Journalism – 2018

Competition Call for Entries

Honoring the Best of Ohio’s Print, Broadcasting, Digital Media, Freelance, Trade and College Journalism

Ohio’s Best Journalism contest is accepting submissions for 2018. Based upon great success last year, we will once again use the software program OpenWater to manage our contest. According to you and our judges, the portal provides an efficient and intuitive experience. View the “Rules” and “Help” tabs in the header of the contest home page for complete directions and explanations to help you submit entries. If you have any questions, please contact us via email at

The deadline for entries is midnight March 30, 2018

Please take note of the following highlights when submitting entries:

  • If you’re a returning applicant from our 2017 contest, you can use your 2017 account for this year’s contest.
  • There is a field asking whose name(s) should appear on any award, as well as the name of the media outlet, should your entry receive an award. Thank you for paying close attention to this field and entering the information correctly. This will help avoid any errors when awards are created.
  • Please be sure to submit your entry in the correct category. Large print categories are reserved for publications with circulation of 75,000 and higher; small print categories are reserved for publications with circulation of less than 75,000.

Our annual statewide contest is presented collaboratively by the Cincinnati, Columbus and Cleveland Pro Chapters of The Society of Professional Journalists and honors print, broadcast, digital, trade, freelance and college journalists in Ohio for their best work during 2017. Our contest is the only Ohio competition that honors journalists who fulfill the SPJ mission: defense of the First Amendment, support of literacy, resistance to censorship, advocacy for openness of public records and meetings, media self-criticism and community service. Our contest also recognizes the best college daily and weekly newspapers.

ELIGIBILITY: Journalists are eligible who work for newspaper, magazine, radio, television, trade, digital and college media in Ohio and adjacent states that have significant reach into Ohio. Freelance journalists, who are Ohio residents, are eligible, regardless of where their work is published, broadcast or webcast. We recently added numerous freelance categories in response to the growing number of freelance journalists. Click here for Freelance categories. Newsletter and blog submissions also are welcome. Entrants need not be members of the Society of Professional Journalists. Submitted work must have been published or broadcast in 2017.

FEES: A $30 entry fee must accompany each submission, except college entries. College students pay a $10 entry fee for writing of news, feature, sports and opinion. College newspapers may enter the best college daily and weekly newspaper categories for free. There is a $5 discount per entry for work by SPJ members. You may submit any given article in as many relevant categories as you wish. Not an SPJ member? Join here and save.

SPREAD THE WORD: Please share this message to anyone you think would like to participate in Ohio’s Best Journalism contest! OpenWater makes it easy to share the contest site with your colleagues and friends. Look for the social media icons (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.) on the left side of the contest site landing page.

QUESTIONS: For additional information, please visit our website – – or contact:

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Register for Building Bridges: Society of Professional Journalists Region 4 Conference

Building Bridges: Navigating the Ever-Changing World of Journalism
SPJ Region 4 Conference Programming
Point Park University, Pittsburgh, March 9-10, 2018

Sexual assault, truth in journalism and the future of media outlets in uncertain financial times are all important issues facing journalists in 2018.

Each of those issues will be in the spotlight with distinguished panels of experts during the Society of Professional Journalist Region 4 Spring Conference.

The conference — “Building Bridges: Navigating The Ever-Changing World of Journalism” — is March 9-10 at Point Park University in Pittsburgh.

Over 100 professional and student journalists are expected from Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan and West Virginia.

Registration and a networking reception are planned for Friday, March 9. Registration continues on Saturday, March 10 followed by more than a dozen seminars.

  • Countering Assault in the Newsroom: Sexual Harassment Hits Home
  • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette vs. Unions
  • Running the Newsroom: Student Editors vs. Administrators
  • Reporting on Crisis: Staying Safe; Getting the Story
  • Job Talk: Landing Internships and Early-Career Jobs
  • Truth Matters, Facts Matter: Resisting the Assault
  • You Don’t Have to Sell Your Soul: PR for Non-Profits
  • Future Focus: Paying For Journalism
  • Perfecting The Podcast
  • Mock Trial: Role-Play Your Way Through Libel and Slander Law
  • Multi-Media Journalism Today
  • Covering Trauma: The Human Costs of Journalism

The keynote speaker for the Saturday luncheon is Don Heyman, a reporter with the West Virginia Public News Service. He was arrested for allegedly asking overly aggressive questions of former Health & Human Services Secretary Tom Price.

Charges were ultimately dropped against Heyman with investigators saying that while he was engaged in aggressive journalism, it did not violate the law — “willfully disrupting a State government process or meeting.”

“Mark of Excellence” Awards will be presented to student journalists from over two dozen colleges and universities within SPJ’s Region 4.

Registration fees prior to March 2 are $75 for SPJ Professional Members and $55 for SPJ Student Members. Non-member rates are $130 for professionals and $75 for students. After March 2, each of the rates will increase by $20.

Anyone wanting to attend can register at EventBrite —

There’s more information available on the conference web site —

SPJ Award Nominations Open for Founders’ Day 2018

Each spring the Central Ohio Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists caps off its year of programming with the annual Founders’ Day Dinner.

The banquet and awards ceremonies pay tribute to the history of the chapter which was founded in 1949 and it honors those who have helped make it a success. During the night’s festivities, chapter leaders are sworn into office, awards are presented to the area’s top journalists who uphold SPJ’s ideals and we invest in the future with scholarships for college and high school students.

This year, we’d like to hear from you in determining the honorees for our annual awards. We’re seeking your nominations for who you think is most deserving in the following categories.

FIRST AMENDMENT AWARD: This award recognizes significant contributions to the First Amendment rights of freedom of expression. Individuals and organizations both inside and outside of journalism are eligible.

DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD: This award is for a member of the chapter who demonstrates professional excellence and dedication to the Central Ohio Society of Professional Journalists.

APPRECIATION AWARD: This award is presented to individuals or organizations for their outstanding contributions to journalism in central Ohio.

BRICK WALL AWARD: Started in 2001, this dubious distinction is presented to the individual or organization that, according to chapter members, did the most to block citizen access to public records and proceedings or otherwise violated the spirit of the First Amendment or the Ohio Open Records and Open Meetings laws during the past year. Anyone is eligible, but special consideration will be given to public officials and tax-funded agencies that fail to follow the law.

Please include the name of the person you’d like to nominate, along with a brief description why, and forward your nominations to: by Thursday, Feb. 22
Save the date! This year’s event, our 69th, will again take place at the Amelita Mirolo Barn in Upper Arlington on Wednesday, April 18. The night will begin at 5:30 p.m. with Hors D’ Oeuvres and cocktails while hand out awards. Additional details will be announced soon.

Longtime Dispatch Journalist David Lore Passes Away

Longtime Journalist with The Columbus Dispatch David Lore died earlier this week at the age of 77. Lore spent 37 years at the Dispatch and was active in the Central Ohio SPJ chapter, serving as past president, former national convention chair and winner of the Distinguished Service Award in 1982.

Read more about the local legend’s career on The Columbus Dispatch.

Chapter Invites Journalists to Screening of The Post

SPJ members, local journalists and guests are invited to the 7:10 p.m. screening of The Post on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018 at Cinemark Movies 12 – Carriage Place, 2570 Bethel Rd. Just show us an ID from a working-media organization or your SPJ membership card for free entry to the movie! Guests can join for $5.

Relax in the new theater reclining seats while watching a movie that already has won the AFI Movie of the Year and several other best picture awards and is nominated for many others yet to be given. Attendees are invited to an informal discussion about the film at Winking Lizard, 1380 Bethel Rd., anytime after 9:30 p.m.

Please RSVP so we can reserve enough tickets! Click here to reserve your seat on Eventbrite.

The movie starts at 7:10 p.m., but please plan to arrive starting at 6:45 p.m. to pick up your tickets and get seated!

Chapter plans reception for international journalists

The Central Ohio Society of Professional Journalists is hosting a reception Nov. 2 for a delegation of international journalists visiting Columbus.

Buckeye Bourbon House photo

SPJ members and prospective members are invited to join us for the event set for 6-7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2 at the Buckeye Bourbon House, 36 E Gay St, Columbus 43215.

The delegation of international journalists is participating in a U.S. Department of State program. The delegation’s local stop is being hosted by the International Visitors Council in Columbus. The Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism at Ohio State University is providing a day of training for the international journalists.

Central Ohio SPJ is providing light appetizers and a first round of drinks at the Nov. 2 reception. The Buckeye Bourbon House is located in the Residence Inn by Marriott Columbus Downtown.

Members and prospective members are invited to join us to mix, mingle and network with colleagues and our 23 international guests.

The Department of State has outlined the following specific objectives for the project for the visiting journalists:

  • Examine the rights and responsibilities of a free press in a democracy and the principles and laws governing the press in the United States;
  • Gain an understanding of the evolution, current status, and trends in investigative journalism in the United States;
  • Explore unique aspects that distinguish investigative reporting from traditional journalism;
  • Understand the role that investigative journalists play in U.S. society as they raise awareness of issues of social concern and report on illegal, irregular, or abusive actions on behalf of government, politicians, criminals or corporations; and
  • Assess the impact of social media, new communication technologies, citizen journalism, and alternative forms of investigative reporting.

Those attending should RSVP to Central Ohio SPJ with an email to

Columbus NewsTrain – Professional Development for Journalists – Oct. 21

NewsTrain SPJ APME

Dublin campus of Ohio University, where the APME NewsTrain will take place Saturday, Oct. 21.


The Central Ohio Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists is proud to be a sponsor the Associated Press Media Editors’ NewsTrain stop in the Columbus area this week.

We invite journalists and students to use the event to train in mobile, social, video and data-based reporting at the Columbus NewsTrain on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017.

Full details:

When: 9 a.m. to 5:40 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017. This is a bye date for Ohio State University football.

Where: Dublin Integrated Education Center, Ohio University College of Health Sciences and Professions, 6805 Bobcat Way, Dublin, Ohio

Cost: Early-bird registration has expired. Registration is $85.

Meals: Your registration includes light breakfast and lunch.

Is this workshop for you? This workshop is for reporters, editors and other journalists from print, digital and broadcast newsrooms of all sizes, as well as journalism educators and students. Public information officers and public relations specialists have also benefited from attending NewsTrain. You do not have to be a member of APME to attend.

Registration for groups:

Diversity scholarships: The deadline to apply for a competitive diversity scholarship for Columbus NewsTrain is Sept. 13, 2017. Applications are open to journalists, journalism educators or journalism students from a diverse background, Successful applicants have their registration fee waived; they must pay their own travel expenses. In addition to completing the online application, applicants should email a resume and up to three work samples to Dr. Hillary Warren at Otterbein University. Journalism educators need not send work samples.

What to bring: A fully charged laptop and smartphone for the exercises.

Parking: Free. Please see map at bottom of the page for location of parking.

Lodging: Hyatt Place Columbus/Dublin, 6161 Parkcenter Circle in Dublin, is offering a $99 nightly rate, plus 17.5 percent tax, for NewsTrain attendees. To reserve by Sept. 28, go online, or call 800-993-4751 and ask for the APME NewsTrain rate. The rate includes free breakfast, WiFi and parking. The hotel also offers a free shuttle within a five-mile radius of the hotel from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. That would include the workshop site, which is 4.4 miles from the hotel.

Airport shuttle: The workshop site is about 25 miles from John Glenn Columbus International Airport. Airport shuttle services include Urban Express Charter. Taxis, Uber and Lyft also serve the airport.

The Central Ohio Transit Authority operates the AirConnect shuttle bus between the airport and 19 downtown Columbus hotels for $2.75 each way, but it does not serve the workshop site in Dublin, Ohio,18 miles north of downtown.

Sponsor: Associated Press Media Editors (APME). Please see the complete list of donors who support NewsTrain at the bottom of this page.

Local donor: Sigma Delta Chi FoundationHosts: Ohio State University’s Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism, Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, The Columbus Dispatch, Columbus Business First, The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, Otterbein University, Meyer Media LLC, Ohio Department of Administrative Services, WOSU Public Media, The Associated Press, WBNS-10TV in Columbus, Cox Media, Ohio Public Radio, The Blade in Toledo, Chillicothe Gazette, Akron Beacon Journal, Elyria Chronicle-Telegram, Troy Daily News, WHIO Radio in Dayton, WTVG TV in Toledo and WJER Radio in Dover

Come to suburban Columbus, Ohio, to Dublin — just 18 miles northwest of downtown — for a full day of digital-journalism training on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017.

Training Sessions Include:
•Maximizing your smartphone for mobile newsgathering,
•Using social media as powerful reporting tools,
•Shooting short, shareable smartphone video,
•Making smart choices in mobile storytelling, and
•Producing data-driven enterprise stories off your beat.

Early-bird registration is just $75 and includes a full day of training, plus light breakfast and lunch. The early-bird rate ends Sept. 21, increasing to $85 on Sept. 22.

Your Trainers
Doug Caruso, assistant metro editor at The Columbus Dispatch
•Doug Haddix, executive director of Investigative Reporters and Editors
•Q. McElroy, director of engagement and optimization at Cox Media Group in Atlanta
•Sue Morrow, assistant multimedia director at The Sacramento Bee
•Jeremy Pelzer, politics reporter for

You Will Learn How To:
• Use your smartphone to shoot a well-composed, well-lit and in-focus photo that captures a moment and tells a story; livestream using Facebook Live; capture high-quality audio; and transcribe audio.

• Use social media to locate diverse expert and “real people” sources, listen to your community and identify news stories, verify user-generated content, crowdsource using Google Forms and callouts, contact a source on social media responsibly and create a social dossier on a newsmaker.

• Shoot short, shareable smartphone video using a tripod and external microphone, and sequence the best five shots in sharp focus with high-quality audio.

• Identify the best way to tell a particular story on a small screen: digest, explainer, bulleted live updates or what-we-know lists, photo, video, graphic, audio, games, curation, or something else.

• Identify a data set from your beat that will likely produce a story, and sort and filter in Excel to locate a potential story.


The blue and green tracks on the agenda allow for smaller class sizes. All attendees receive the same instruction, just at different times.

More on Your Trainers

Doug Caruso is an assistant metro editor at The Columbus Dispatch, overseeing coverage of education and local government. He has used data to tell stories since 1993, when he compared county budgets using Lotus 1-2-3. Among many other projects, in 2001, he built the first searchable database of campaign contributions to Columbus city officials, triggering reforms in how contributions are reported at City Hall. As an editor, Doug helps his reporters use databases, spreadsheets and mapping software to analyze data on their beats. @DougCaruso

Doug Haddix is the executive director of Investigative Reporters and Editors. He oversees training, conferences and services for more than 5,500 members worldwide, and for programs including the National Institute of Computer-Assisted Reporting (NICAR) and DocumentCloud. Previously, Haddix worked as an IRE training director, an assistant vice president at Ohio State University and director of the Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism. An IRE member since 1996, Haddix led investigations and computer-assisted reporting at The Columbus Dispatch for a decade. Before that, he worked as city editor of The Scranton Times in Pennsylvania; city editor of The Commercial-News in Danville, Illinois; and as a reporter for the Springfield (Ohio) News-Sun and United Press International (Indianapolis). He earned a master’s degree in journalism from Indiana University. @DougHaddix

Q. McElroy is the director of engagement and optimization for Cox Media Group in Atlanta. She works with a cross-functional team of “growth hackers” to identify optimization techniques, best practices and external relationships that grow digital audiences across all Cox’s brands and platforms. Previously, she was based in Dayton as senior director of digital strategy for Cox’s 10 newspaper, radio and TV brands in Ohio. There, she helped grow digital visits to Cox’s Ohio properties nearly 20 percent annually. Her career with Cox started at in Atlanta, where she held several leadership roles. @QMcElroy

Starting in August 2017, on sabbatical from her job as assistant multimedia director at The Sacramento Bee, Sue Morrow will be a visiting professional at the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University. At the Bee, she edited the paper’s Pulitzer Prize-winning (2007) and finalist (2013) entries in feature photography. She has also worked as a photo editor and manager at the San Jose Mercury News, Tampa Bay Times, Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Boston Globe. She has taught at Ohio University and lectured at The Poynter Institute, Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar and many National Press Photographer-related seminars. Since 1994, she has been a faculty and board member at The Kalish visual-storytelling workshop and served as its director from 2011-2013. As the Knight Fellow at Ohio University in 2010-11, she earned a master’s degree from the School of Visual Communication. During that time she produced the short documentary, “Born to Die,” about horse rescue. @SueLMorrow

Jeremy Pelzer is a politics reporter for He most recently covered the 2016 presidential race and Ohio’s U.S. Senate campaign. Named one of the best state-based political reporters and tweeters by The Washington Post, Jeremy regularly uses video, social media and other online reporting techniques in his reporting. Before coming to Ohio, he covered politics and government in the District of Columbia, Illinois, Colorado and Wyoming. He has a master’s degree in public affairs reporting from the University of Illinois at Springfield. @JPelzer

Session Specifics

Mobile newsgathering: better reporting with your smartphone A smartphone, stocked with the right apps, is a powerful multimedia reporting tool. Learn from Jeremy Pelzer how to use it to shoot photos, livestream using Facebook Live, and record and transcribe audio. Bring your smartphone for the exercises.

Using social media as powerful reporting tools Social media can be used as powerful reporting tools, which are valuable whether you’re facing a big breaking news story or an enterprise project. Learn from Doug Haddix how to use social media platforms and complementary websites to locate expert and “real people” sources, crowdsource using Google forms, contact a source on social media responsibly and create a social dossier on a newsmaker.

Viral video: shooting shareable smartphone video Columbia’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism studied what makes for successful news video and recommended that reporters shoot fast, raw clips posted instantly from the field, leaving in-depth, more sophisticated video stories to highly trained video journalists. Learn from Sue Morrow how to produce those clips of under one minute with minimal editing. Use a tripod and external microphone and sequence your best five shots to create shareable video – without getting in the way of your reporting. Bring your smartphone for the exercises.

Storytelling on mobile: making smart choices Forty-four of the 50 largest newspapers get the majority of their digital traffic on mobile. We need a new storytelling tool kit to attract and better serve our audience on mobile. On a small screen, learn from Q. McElroy what’s the best way to tell a particular story: digest, explainer, bulleted live updates or what-we-know lists, photo, video, graphic, audio, games, curation, or something else? And what are the tools to make that happen as efficiently as possible?

Data-driven enterprise off your beat How do you fit enterprise stories around the many other demands you face as a beat reporter to write dailies, file web updates, tweet and shoot video? One way is to take advantage of the plethora of local data available online to spot and develop unique stories for your news outlet. All you need is either you or someone else in your newsroom who can download and sort databases in a spreadsheet program, such as Excel. Learn from Doug Caruso how to find and analyze data, enabling you to spot the enterprise stories in the numbers, whether your beat is sports, health, business, education, local government or cops and courts. Bring your laptop for the exercises.


2017 Law and the Media Conference set Oct. 13

The Central Ohio Society of Professional Journalists is again this year a sponsor of the Ohio State Bar Association’s 2017 Law and Media Conference.

The event will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13 at the OSBA headquarters, 1700 Lake Shore Drive, Columbus, 43204.

This popular, annual event brings together journalists, lawyers, academics and students for a day of stimulating discussions about hot media law topics. Whether you are professionally immersed in media law issues or just have a healthy interest in what’s happening in today’s media law world, this conference is for you.

Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Plenary keynote speaker: Gregg Leslie, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. Topic: Fake News – What is it, and what to do if you get burned by it. Leslie is also chairman of the D.C. Bar’s Media Law Committee and is a member of the governing committee of the Communications Law Forum of the American Bar Association.

Highlights of conference panel discussions include:

– The Internet of (Media) Things: Automated News from your Coffeemaker;
– Public Records Extravaganza: Court of Claims Update, New Exceptions, and the Craziest Court Rulings;
– How the Internet Affects Litigation and Settlement Strategy for Defamation and Privacay Cases;
– Hot Topics in Copyright Law;
Communications in a Two-Way Street, Roadblocks, Detours and Dangerous Curves Ahead.

If you would prefer to register with the OSBA’s Member Service Center, please contact 800-232-7124 and someone will be happy to assist you.

STUDENTS: To obtain the reduced student price, please add the Conference to your Cart, then view your cart. Add in the Coupon Code of STUDENT2017 and hit apply. The price should adjust to $20 after a few moments.

Journalists/Non-Lawyers – Register after October 2:

OSBA Members/Lawyers – Register after October 2: