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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 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 Saturday at 2 p.m. Eastern when our guest on Studio SPJ will be SDX President Robert Leger in a live interview from the Excellence in Journalism conference in Nashville.
Leger, a former SPJ national president, will talk about the year ahead for SDx, the non-profit arm of the society which funds journalism programs. We'll talk about a plan for SDX to take a greater role in overseeing that programming.
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.
Studio SPJ will kick off a series of podcasts called "The Road to Nashville" previewing our upcoming Excellence in Journalism 2014 conference on Sept. 4-6.
Ken Paulson will be our guest for the first of these broadcasts on Thursday at 3 p.m. / 2 p.m. Central time. (Please note: this program was rescheduled from an earlier broadcast date.)
Paulson is the dean of Middle Tennessee State University's College of Mass Communication. He previously has served a president of the First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University, as president of the Newseum in Washington D.C. and as editor-in-chief at USA Today.
We'll be talking to Ken about Freedom Sings, a musical program at the convention featuring songs that were once banned as well as the tribute planned for the late John Seigenthaler, the former editor of The Tennessean and founder of the First Amendment Center.
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.
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.
Tune in on Saturday, March 10 at noon eastern when Boston Globe journalist Emily Sweeney will be our guest on the next episode of Studio SPJ.
Sweeney, who is president of the New England chapter of SPJ, will talk about her new book, "Boston Organized Crime", which offers a richly illustrated look at the history of Beantown's seamier side.
She also wrote "Greatest Hits - A Mob Tour of Boston" for the Globe, where she has been a staff writer since 2001. Sweeney is a native of Boston's Dorchester neighborhood.
This program is sponsored by the New England SPJ chapter. SPJ President John Ensslin will serve as moderator.
Former national SPJ president Fred Brown will discuss the latest edition of the SPJ Ethics book when he is the guest speaker on the next episode of Studio SPJ.
The program will air live on SPJ’s Internet Radio station Blog Talk Radio on Saturday, March 5 at noon Eastern and will be available as an archived podcast throughout the month of March.
Irwin Gratz – like Brown a former national SPJ president and member of the ethics committee – will serve as moderator of the program, which is sponsored by the Maine Pro Chapter of SPJ.
The new edition, called “Journalism Ethics – a Casebook of Professional Conduct” is being published in February by Marion Street Press.
The book uses 47 real life case studies to demonstrate how journalism students and professionals can identify and reason through ethical dilemmas.
Brown oversaw revisions to the book – now in its fourth edition – along with other members of the SPJ ethics committee.
Brown is a professor in communication ethics at the University of Denver and a principal in the media training and consulting firm Hartman & Brown, LLP. He was national president of the SPJ in 1997-98. He writes a column on ethics for Quill magazine, a Sunday editorial page for the Denver Post, and conducts analysis for NBC. He lives in Denver, Colorado.
Gratz has been in radio news for nearly 30 years. He worked as a reporter, anchor and news director for the number-one rated commercial station in Portland, Maine before going to work for public radio in 1992 as local anchor of “Morning Edition.” He served as SPJ national president in 2004-05. He lives in Portland, Maine.
Studio SPJ is an on-going series of conversations on topics of interest to journalists.
SPJ is teaming up once again with the Radio Television Digital News Association for the 2012 Excellence in Journalism conference scheduled for Sept. 20-22 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. This event is jam packed with resources for journalists - plus a little fun in the sun. Studio SPJ producer Holly Fisher talks with Deb Wenger of SPJ and Kevin Benz of RTNDA about this year's conference and what we can expect. Learn more about the conference at http://excellenceinjournalism.org/.
Tune in on Saturday, Jan. 5 at noon Eastern when our guest on Studio SPJ will be the author of a new biography on the legendary editorial cartoonist Thomas Nast. The half-hour Internet radio program will feature an interview with Fiona Deans Halloran, whose book "Thomas Nast - The Father of Modern Political Cartoons - will be published by the University of North Carolina Press in January. Nast - who lived from 1840 to 1902 - is best known for inventing the symbols of the donkey and the elephant for the Democratic and Republican parties. His sharply drawn cartoons skewered the political corruption of political bosses in New York City's Tammany Hall. He also drew iconic images of Santa Claus for Harper's Weekly. He lived much of his life in Morristown, N.J. Halloran teaches history at Rowland Hall - St. Mark's School in Salt Lake City. Studio SPJ is an series of conversations on topics of interest to journalists. The Utah Headliners and New Jersey Pro chapters will serve as co-sponsors of the broadcast.
The Occupy Wall Street protests have spread across the nation and as reporters and photographers are covering these events in their communities some are finding themselves arrested simply for doing their job. Join Studio SPJ producer Holly Fisher as she leads a discussion on journalists’ arrests and what SPJ and other groups are doing to protest this problem. Panelists include Virginia SPJ Pro Chapter President Paul Fletcher, Nashville Scene reporter Jonathan Meador, and Mickey Osterreicher, counsel for the National Press Photographers Association.
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