The Greater Cincinnati Society of Professional Journalists 
Newsletter, July 2020
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In this edition:

Virtual SPJ 2020 Conference

The SPJ 2020 Journalism Conference is scheduled for September 12-13.
For updates and details, go to
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Recap: Journalism, Police Webinar

Cincinnati SPJ recently hosted an important discussion titled, “How Can Journalists and Police Work Together Effectively?”

During an hour-long Zoom webinar on July 9, an esteemed panel covered some of the ways journalists and law enforcement can effectively and safely work together in periods of civil unrest.

The panel of experts including law enforcement officials and local journalists discussed some of the challenges – and solutions – for reporters, photographers, and videographers.

With a focus on police/journalist relations – the forum addressed what journalists and law enforcement can do together in these situations to help de-escalate the situation, and, in periods of civil unrest, why it’s critically important that journalists and police are able do their jobs safely and effectively.

The discussion was moderated by SPJ National President Patricia Gallagher Newberry

Panelists included:
Jack Greiner, managing partner, Graydon Law
Jatara McGee, reporter, WLWT
Lt. Ronald Murphy, Administrative Services Unit, Norwood Police Department
Cara Owsley, director of photography, photojournalist, The Cincinnati Enquirer
Lt. Steve Saunders, Public Information Officer, Cincinnati Police Department
Walter Smith-Randolph, reporter, Local 12 WKRC-TV
Nick Swartsell, news editor, CityBeat
Kristen Swilley, reporter, WCPO 

Those who missed the session, "How Can Journalists and Police Work Together Effectively?” can tune in here:
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SPJ + Google News Initiative: Tools Training for Journalists

Since inception, more than 21,000 journalists have been trained at more than 550 locations across the United States and Canada on the use of the continually evolving suite of Google tools.
There will be an upcoming virtual session, “SPJ Google Tools for Freelancers” on Thursday, August 13 from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (EST)
In this session, veteran trainer and freelance journalist Benet Wilson will share tips on using Scholar, Alerts, Trends, Advanced Image Search and Translate to improve your freelance skills. Email SPJ's Lou Harry at to register (please put Google Tools for Freelancers in the subject line) and you will be sent a link for the session.

To find out more about other upcoming SPJ events, go to
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Sigma Delta Chi Award Winners Announced

The Society of Professional Journalists is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2019 Sigma Delta Chi Awards for excellence in journalism.
Judges chose the winners from entries in categories covering print, radio, television and online. The awards recognize outstanding work published or broadcast in 2019.
A full list of winners can be found at
Congratulations to this year’s winners! 
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Ginny McCabe Runs for Region 4 Coordinator

Ginny McCabe

Why I’m seeking this SPJ office: I’ve been actively involved with SPJ for more than a decade and have worked alongside strong leaders in Cincinnati including Hagit Limor, Tom McKee, Jenny Wohlfarth, and Patti Newberry, among others. I also have built lasting relationships with other SPJ leaders and members throughout the region and on a national level.

I’m excited about the opportunity to further SPJ’s mission! I hope to help strengthen SPJ over the next two years and look forward to furthering the organization’s goals and initiatives.

Current SPJ Office: Currently, I serve on SPJ’s Membership Committee and I’m on the board of the Freelance Committee. I also serve as the Cincinnati SPJ chapter president and plan to continue in that role. This is my second term as president of the Greater Cincinnati Pro Chapter. Previously, I have also served as the chapter’s secretary for multiple terms.

Previous SPJ Experience: In addition to acting as a leader for the local chapter, I am actively involved with SPJ’s growing freelance community and I also fulfill a role representing Region 4 on SPJ’s national membership committee. I have been actively involved at the local, regional, and national levels of SPJ for more than 10 years. The Cincinnati chapter was founded in 1967 and the chapter celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2017. SPJ leaders like our founding chapter member, Emil Dansker, 90, have not only paved the way for me, but they have continued to instill the outstanding values of journalism and SPJ, not only in my work with SPJ, but in my professional career as a journalist and a freelancer. I continue to strive for excellence personally and professionally.

Professional Experience: As a bestselling author, an award-winning journalist, media professional, speaker and teacher, my work can be seen in publications like Journal-News and Reuters. My books have been published by Thomas Nelson/Harper Collins and Standard Publishing. I have spent decades covering topics like news, entertainment, business, and faith-inspired themes. Currently, I serve as president on the board of Greater Cincinnati Society of Professional Journalists. I am also a member Christian Author's Network and Advanced Writers and Speakers Association. Secrets Young Women Keep is an ECPA Silver Medallion winner and has been featured on the CBA Young Adult Bestseller Lists. I was named "Best Freelance Writer" in 2018 and a Kiplinger Fellow in 2019.

Education: I obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from Cincinnati Christian University.

Ted Scripps Leadership Institute — SPJ, Scripps, 2017 graduate, certificate, journalism, leadership

Hostile Environment Training — Thomson Reuters, 2017 graduate, certificate, two-day course, journalism

Honors, Awards and Activities: My awards include an ECPA Silver Medallion Award for Secrets Young Women Keep and Bestselling Author status from Christian Bookseller's Association/CBA Bestseller lists. I have also received multiple SPJ awards on local and regional levels, including “Freelancer of the Year” in Ohio’s Best Journalism contest in 2018. Other standout awards include a Best News Story Award for "Harambe" (Reuters) and a Best News Writing Award for "Ray Tensing/Sam DuBose First Trial" (Reuters) as well as "Best Arts Profile" (Journal-News) "Best Arts Review" (Journal-News) and "Best Rock and Roll Feature Writing" (Journal-News, three years in a row.) In 2018, I earned honors for my work in Journal-News, Reuters, and Dayton Magazine. A few of the seven awards include "Best Investigative Reporting" (Reuters,) "Best News Writing" (Reuters,) and "Best Freelance Writer" (Reuters).

The Cincinnati chapter of SPJ has been named small "Chapter of the Year" three times in the past several years.

Kiplinger Fellow, Class of 2019.

Candidate Q&A

Why are you the best candidate for this position? I have a longstanding, successful career within news, media, and publishing organizations. My experience as a local SPJ leader has allowed me to further my leadership skills, while working hard with other chapter members on many notable programs and events in Cincinnati. I am committed to SPJ and desire to work together with others on a local, regional, and national level to accomplish SPJ’s initiatives and goals.

What is an example of a change you have made or helped make within SPJ? I have worked diligently to help maintain and build the Cincinnati chapter’s communications tools, including the chapter website, social media channels and a quarterly newsletter. With encouragement from Hazel Becker from the DC Chapter, (and a member of SPJ’s Freelance Committee,) I helped to start a quarterly luncheon program for freelancers in Greater Cincinnati.

What will some of your priorities be if elected and why? Region 4 has many strong leaders in chapters across the region. I would like to help further the efforts of the professional and student chapters in the region. I hope to be a resource to aid chapters and chapter leaders as we all work together to achieve SPJ’s goals. The work of a journalist has never been more important and SPJ’s voice is not only beneficial for all of us, but critical in these unprecedented times.

Voting for SPJ elections will take place electronically during the virtual conference Sept. 12-13. Ginny McCabe is currently running for the Region 4 Coordinator role. Find out more about Ginny at

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Join SPJ

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.
You can join as a professional, student, freelancer, post-graduate, retired journalist, or a lifetime member.
A few of the benefits include:
– Development, career support, local connections, advocacy, industry insights.

– Discounted rates for attending the Excellence in Journalism Conference and nominating your work for SPJ’s Sigma Delta Chi and Mark of Excellence Awards.

– Members gain access to discounts on everything from insurance and hotel stays to AP Stylebooks and office supplies.

– Member-only website features include joining various SPJ communities, such as the Freelance or International communities. Plus, members can watch on-demand training videos, participate in webinars, and so much more! 
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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; Emil Dansker; Bonnie Jean Feldkamp; Bill Ferguson Jr.; Carly Hagedon; Hagit Limor; Cara Owsley; Kevin Schultz; Maija Zummo; Duane Pohlman; Jack Greiner
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