The Greater Cincinnati Society of Professional Journalists 
Spring Newsletter, March 2021
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Register for the Region 4 Conference

When: April 10, 2021
Cost: Free and open to all SPJ members
Registration: All members can register here.

SPJ’s Regional Conferences are virtual this year! All regions are featuring two one-hour sessions for our entire membership, coordinated by SPJ. The Regional Coordinators and conference coordinators will also host their region’s Mark of Excellence Award ceremonies with their own unique Zoom links.
Programming schedule
1-3:30 p.m. ET
Welcome & Super Session: “How We Got the Story”

Hear University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism’s Howard Center for Investigative Journalism faculty and students and National Public Radio Senior Editor Robert Little discuss their award-winning collaborative efforts. Howard Center’s Kathy Best will moderate.
2-3 p.m. ET
Prioritize Yourself: Invest in Your Own Mental Health

Did you breathe a sigh of relief when you turned your calendar to 2021? Never before has fear for our safety and attacks on our professional credibility been this intense. This session will provide you with warning signs that you're way beyond being stressed and overworked. Recognize the red flags and be prepared to take care of yourself. Find relief from some specific dos and don'ts and work to invest in your own mental health with Dr. Tammy McCoy-Arballo, a licensed Clinical Forensic psychologist. She is a former journalist who works with journalists and first responders. Jerry McCormick, SPJ At-Large Board Member, will moderate.
3:30 p.m. ET
Regional Mark of Excellence Awards Presentations

Annually, the Society of Professional Journalists presents the Mark of Excellence Awards, honoring the best in student journalism. The awards offer categories for print, radio, television and online collegiate journalism.
Entries are first judged on the regional level. First-place regional winners advance to the national competition.
Note: If you've registered for the conference but have not receive a Zoom invite by April 8 for your region's MOE ceremony, please contact your regional coordinator for an invite.
Register today!
All members can register for free using this link. Please register by 5 p.m. ET April 8 to ensure you receive your invite to both the main event and your region's Mark of Excellence Awards ceremony.
Additional programming
Region 6: 2021 Midwest Journalism Conference
The 2021 Midwest Journalism Conference will be held virtually on April 14-15, followed by an in-person conference in October. Get more details and register here.
Region 1 and Region 9
Regions 1 and 9 will offer additional programming on April 9-10. For more information, contact:
Region 1: Chris Vaccaro 
Region 9: Eric Peterson 
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Update: SPJ Annual Convention

The SPJ annual convention is set for Sept. 2-5. The event will be hybrid in that participants can choose to attend in-person in New Orleans or virtually through an online platform that features live streaming of sessions and events. All conference components, including the career fair and exhibit hall will be accessible in-person or online. As vaccine rollout continues, the SPJ board will assess the in-person component in April and could make the decision to move the entire event to virtual. No matter what, members can make the choice they feel is best for them and still enjoy a great SPJ21 experience. Stay tuned for more details and updates.
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High School Journalism Boot Camp

The SPJ/GCABJ High School Journalism Boot Camp is back and virtual in 2021! We can’t wait to pour into the next group of young journalists. Spread the news to any students, high school teachers, or parents of students in grades 9-12.

Students may apply here:
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Excellence in Journalism Deadline Extended

 The Greater Cincinnati Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists is looking for the most outstanding work appearing in print, online and on-air during 2020 in Southwestern Ohio (Cincinnati & Dayton markets), Northern Kentucky and Southeastern Indiana.

All entries for the 2020 Greater Cincinnati SPJ Pro Chapter Excellence In Journalism contest will be submitted online using a web-based program through Better Newspaper Contest (BNC).
Greater Cincinnati SPJ Excellence In Journalism
Note:  BNC is optimized to use the Google Chrome browser and Firefox for PC and Apple.  Please use recent versions to make entering easier.
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SPJ + 1 - Be A Member, Bring A Member

“A free press isn’t free. Journalism costs money. Less journalism costs society. Let’s get to work,” says SPJ National President Matthew T. Hall about one of the goals for his year-long term.

In an effort to build a stronger network of journalists, Hall wants every SPJ member to recruit at least one new member. This latest SPJ initiative coincides with Hall’s birthday and the anniversary of the adoption of the First Amendment on Dec. 15.
“The idea is so simple, it sounds silly. But I’m serious,” Hall says. “Together, we can boost SPJ’s membership by thousands of people, with one simple act each: Finding one person to join.”
To participate, SPJ members should encourage at least one journalist, journalism student or supporter of journalism and the First Amendment, to join SPJ. Use the invitation form on this page or simply point them our way — there's no wrong way to invite them to be your plus one!
From there, the prospective member should create a profile in SPJ’s membership database, select their membership type and enter the name of the member who recruited them. It is that simple.
“...if all of us can find just one person who feels compelled to join SPJ — for advocacy, for camaraderie, for ethics and legal defense and award discounts — our membership would double,” Hall says. “That’s ambitious. Maybe impossible. But it’s worth trying. Let’s each make it our mission. Let’s dream big.”
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SPJ Membership: Why Join?

For more than 100 years the Society of Professional Journalists has been dedicated to encouraging a climate in which journalism can be practiced more freely and fully, stimulating high standards and ethical behavior in the practice of journalism and perpetuating a free press. Join us today!
For more details, go to:
Give the gift of an SPJ membership
Joining SPJ provides great resources for journalists no matter where they are in their career. Whether you know a recent graduate, someone who has been laid off or furloughed, or a mid-career journalist, an SPJ membership can help with their next steps. They’ll receive access to SPJ’s high-quality training and networking opportunities, online resources and so much more.
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Guide to Freelance, Taxes

As our industry continues to change and evolve, so does its need for freelancers — talented, experienced journalists including everyone from reporters, editors and data analysts to researchers, broadcasters and photographers. Check out SPJ Freelance Community’s guide to freelancing, “On Your Own: A Guide to Freelance Journalism,” to learn more about freelancing business matters, making a living, finding work, marketing yourself and much more. And if you’re a freelancer getting ready to do taxes, Meena Thiruvengadam has put together a beginner's guide to tax season for Poynter.
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Order a "Words Matter" T-Shirt & Support Local Journalism

Pictured: Cincy SPJ board members Cara Owsley, Jenny Wohlfarth and Ginny McCabe
Photo by Albert Anthony Cesare

Cincy SPJ "Words Matter" T-Shirts Now Available in Black and Dark Gray, Various Sizes.
Cost: On Sale for $15 - Plus $5 for Shipping and Handling (While Supplies Last. Note: No small available in dark gray and no 2x or 3x sizes available.)
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Job and Internship Opportunities

Looking for journalism jobs and internships? Check out SPJ’s Career Center and resources from the Journalist’s Toolbox.
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Newsletter Staff

Managing Editors
Ginny McCabe, Carly Hagedon

Cincinnati Pro Chapter SPJ Board Members
Ginny McCabe, President; Jenny Wohlfarth, Vice President; Tom McKee, Treasurer; Corinne Minard, Secretary; Jo-Ann Albers (Emeritus); Bonnie Jean Feldkamp; Bill Ferguson Jr.; Carly Hagedon; Hagit Limor; Cara Owsley; Kevin Schultz; Duane Pohlman; Jack Greiner; Camri Nelson; Briana Rice and Kristen Swilley
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