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Join us on Tuesday, June 17 at noon Eastern when the next broadcast of Studio SPJ will feature two of the people who've assembled the programs for our upcoming Excellence in Journalism Conference on Sept. 4-6 in Nashville.
Amy Tardif, station and news manager for WGCU in Fort Myers, Florida and Scott Leadingham, SPJ's director of education and the editor of Quill Magazine, will give us a preview of what's in store for this year's convention, which takes place at Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center.
This year's convention is another collaboration between the Radio Television Digital News Association and the Society of Professional Journalists.
Click here for more information on the conference.
Join us on Wednesday, Sept. 18 when our guest on Studio SPJ will be Mark Segal, founder and publisher of the Philadelphia Gay News. Segal is one of the founders and former president of the National Gay Press Association and the National Gay Newspaper Guild. He founded PGN in 1975, making it one of the oldest gay newspapers in the United States. He also has covered gay life from place like Lebanon, Cuba and East Berlin during the time when the Berlin Wall was torn down. He represented the gay press and lectured in Moscow and St. Petersburg at Russia's first openly gay conference. Recently he was inducted into the GLBT Journalist Hall of Fame by the National Gay and Lesbian Journalists Association.
Join us on Saturday Aug. 10 at 2 p.m. Eastern noon / Mountain time when our guest on Studio SPJ will be M. E. Sprengelmeyer, reporter and publisher of the Guadalupe County Communicator.
Before purchasing the weekly paper in New Mexico in 2009, Sprengelmeyer worked at the Rocky Mountain News, where he served in the paper's Washington bureau.
He had covered the Iraq War and the 2008 Presidential campaign for the Rocky. But when the paper folded in February 2009, Sprengelmeyer decided to take a new direction as the owner of a small community paper with a circulation of about 2,000.
Earlier this year, he served as a speaker at SPJ's Region 9 Conference in Santa Fe.
In this half-hour program, he will talk with Rio Grande SPJ chapter member Laura Paskus about his experience and his belief that "the future of print is print."
This program is co-sponsored by SPJ's Rio Grande chapter.
Join guest host and national membership committee chair Holly Edgell who will be talking with SPJ President John Ensslin about the possibility of reviving the Society's institutional membership for news organizations. AND, David Sheets, president of the St. Louis Pro Chapter and Freelance Committee member, will also be on the show.
Join us on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 2 p.m. Eastern when our next episode of Studio SPJ will feature a discussion of whether the Society of Professional Journalists should change its name.
This issue came up during our national convention in Anaheim when some delegates proposed changing the name to Society for Professional Journalism.
SPJ National President Dave Cuillier has appointed a task force to study the issues.
Two members of that task force, Region 2 Director Andy Schotz and Region 3 Director Michael Koretzky will debate the pros and cons of the issue.
Join us on Friday, Oct. 4 at 1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific when our guest on Studio SPJ will be journalist and author Seth Rosenfeld. Rosenfeld, a former reporter of the San Francisco Chronicle and San Francisco Examiner, is the author of "Subversives, the FBI's War on Student Radicals and Reagan's Rise to Power." He also is the winner of SPJ's Sunshine Award this year and a past winner (2003) of the SDX Foundation's Eugene S. Pulliam First Amendment Award. Both awards recognized Rosenfeld's brilliant and dogged work in peeling back layer after layer of secrecy though his skillful and persistent use of the Freedom of Information Act. His fight to force the government to comply with the Act led to a series of court rulings that strengthened citizen access to federal public records. It also forced the release of some 300,000 documents and resulted in a judgement of $1 million to pay his pro bono attorneys' fees. Studio SPJ is an on-going series of conversations with journalists on topics of interest to the profession. This episode is co-sponsored by the Northern California chapter of SPJ.
Join us at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 2 when we'll discuss the upcoming Region 1 Spring Conference scheduled for April 25-26 at Boston University.
Our guests will be two of the organizers of the event, Jeff Cutler and Michael Fitzgerald.
We'll talk about some of the programs they've lined up as well as other nearby attractions that conference-goers can take in that weekend.
Click here for more information on the conference.
Wisconsin television anchor/reporter Jennifer Livingston made headlines of her own in October went she responded on air to a viewer who criticized her as being overweight. The incident sparked a national discussion about obesity, self-esteem and bullying. It also put Livingston in the unusual position of being part of the news rather than the person reporting it. Now that a few months have passed, Livington has agreed to be our guest on Studio SPJ. The half-hour conversation, hosted by the Milwaukee chapter of SPJ, will air live on Jan. 3 at 1 p.m. Eastern. A graduate of Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, Livingston started in 1997 as a general assignment reporter for WKBT in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. The viewer sent an email to Livingston telling her to "reconsider your responsibility as a local public personality to present and promote a healthy lifestyle." Livingston responded with a 4-minute on-air segment in which she acknowledged being overweight but said the viewer's words were cruel. She went on to say: "To all the children out there who feel lost, who are struggling with your weight, your sexual preference, your disability, even the acne on your face, listen to me right now: do not let your self-worth be defined by bullies." A YouTube clip of Livingston's remarks has drawn more than 10.5 million views. The incident also lead to Livingston making an appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres show.
The Wendigo - what is it? Is it a whimsical creature? A spiritual entity? A monster of the woods? On this episode we'll talk to a local Maine resident who has an experience that challenges one to question, "could it possibly be a wendigo?"
ZeroLux Paranormal is a weekly, Maine Based, Paranormal Reality Television show and we're well on our way to filming our 4th season! Our popular web series has its own website at www.zeroluxparanormal.com and can also be viewed on YouTube at www.youtube.com/zeroluxparanormal .
Join us on BlogTalkRadio at 7:00 pm to learn what we have to say about our past experiences, present focus points, and our future goals.
If you're involved with paranormal investigations, ghost hunting, UFO or BigFoot Hunting, and would like to be a guest of ZeroLux Radio please e-mail us at
And, of course, check out our radio show archives at the Maine Ghost Hunters Media site.
Join us on Monday, Aug. 26 at 11 a.m. Eastern / 8 a.m. Pacific as we wrap up our live coverage of Excellence in Journalism 2013 with a conversation with two up and coming SPJ leaders.
Our guests will be Dana Neuts, a candidate for SPJ President-elect and Paul Fletcher, a candidate for SPJ Secretary-Treasurer. Both are running unopposed.
We'l talk about the state of the society and what they hope to accomplish as members of the executive committee.
Neuts has been a freelance journalist since 2003. She is the owner/publisher of iLoveKent.net.
She currently serves as SPJ Secretary-Treasurer. She previously served as Region 10 Director and as president of the Western Washington SPJ Chapter.
Fletcher is publisher and editor-in-chief of Virginia Lawyers Weekly, a newspaper and website for the legal profession in Richmond, Va. where he has worked since 1988.
He has served as president of the Virginia Pro chapter of SPJ for the last two years.
Are young people disconnected from traditional concept of news? If so, what are the implications for news organizations going forward?
Those will be two of the topics addressed during our next episode of Studio SPJ on Friday, Dec. 7 at 11 a.m. Central when our guest will be Paula Poindexter, a journalism professor at the University of Texas at Austin.
Poindexter will talk about her new book, Millennials, News, and Social Media: Is News Engagement a Thing of the Past? (published by Peter Lang.)
Poindexter, who earned her Ph.D. degree from Syracuse University and B.S. degree from The University of Texas at Austin, has been a manager and executive at The Los Angeles Times and a reporter and producer for KPRC-TV, the NBC affiliate in Houston.
In addition to teaching undergraduate and graduate journalism courses at The University of Texas at Austin, she is president-elect of AEJMC, the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.
Her book addresses the generation that came of age as the importance of news waned and social media emerged.
This program is sponsored by the SPJ San Antonio pro chapter.
Join us for the third in a series of live broadcasts from the Excellence in Journalism 2013 conference in Anaheim, Ca. on Sunday, Aug. 25 at 3:30 p.m. Pacific / 6:30 p.m. Eastern.
Our guests will be Linda Petersen, chair of the SPJ Ethics committee and Deidre Woollard, a community editor with Realtor.com.
Petersen will talk about the reaction to a recent study her committee conducted on the relationship between reporters covering federal agencies and the public information officers who represent those agencies.
Woollard will talk about a program she will be presenting on Monday called "Owning your beat online."
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