Lotsa newsy — and news-related events — at Miami of Ohio this week:
- Film scholar Amy Rust presented “Violence Incarnate,” a talk about cinema violence and its relationship to TV news and photojournalism, on March 4.
- A founding editor of Her Campus, a national Web site with a strong Miami presence (as in 150 active members!) visited campus on Tuesday, too.
- Four Enquirer Media staffers outlined the paper’s strategy for a “digital first” world at a Wednesday gathering. (New news: Enquirer Media launches a new look for its Web site on Thursday. Check it out at cincinnati.com.)
- Wil Haygood, a Washington Post writer and Miami grad who wrote the story that became “The Butler,” is back on campus this week to visit journalism classes. And — woo-hoo — we announced today that he will be a writer in residence with us for the next three academic years.
- Hearing that docu film maker Keith Beauchamp (“The Story of Emmitt Till”) and Freedom Summer photographer Herbert Randall will visit campus in about two weeks. (This is the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer, by the way. Oxford, Ohio, has a chapter in that story, as about 800-1000 volunteers trained here to go into Mississippi to register black voters and run Freedom Schools and community centers. I’m on the planning committee and teaching “The Journalism of Freedom Summer” this term. Fascinating and shocking events and only 50 years ago.)
Whew! Only Wednesday and I’m wrung out. But in a good way.
The Region 4 conference site is now ready for your register!
For general information for the event — set for April 4-5 in Columbus — visit: http://2014spjregion4conference.com
When you are ready to sign up, go to the Event Brite site: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/spj-region-4-spring-conference-tickets-8305316425.
Go Team Columbus! Gonna be a great line-up!
The Cleveland chapter is staying busy, with another great program set for March 11, titled “Access to Public Records: Whose Are They?” Here’s the details from the chapter’s “Writer’s Week” e-newsletter, from a posting by chapter president Rodney Bengston:
Public records. Who do they belong to? The logical answer appears to be – the public.
But things are not always that simple. As mentioned in an earlier column, there was a little controversy a couple of months ago, when the Cleveland Heights police withheld information from a Northeast Ohio Media Group reporter. That issue will be up for discussion at our next Cleveland SPJ event, on Tuesday, March 11 at 7 p.m. at John Carroll University, which is co-sponsoring the event.
The panel will include:
- Cleveland Heights Police Chief Jeffrey E. Robertson.
- Reporter Adam Ferrise of the Northeast Ohio Media Group.
- Attorney David Marburger of BakerHostetler, who represented the Northeast Ohio Media Group in this case.
Soledad O’Brien visits Athens, Ohio, Feb. 20.
Kudos to the JRN and COM programs at Ohio University for booking CNN veteran Soledad O’Brien to talk about race on campus Feb. 20.Sponsored by the Scripps College of Communication, the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism and the School of Communication Studies, O’Brien continues to produce “Black in America” documentaries for CNN.
“When my colleague Justice Hill first told me we might be able to bring Soledad O’Brien to campus, I realized it was a great opportunity for the journalism faculty and our students to be part of this conversation,” Robert Stewart, director of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, said in this piece.O’Brien is hosting town-hall conversations throughout February – Black History Month – to share her own professional and life experiences with audiences. Her “Black in America” effort premiered on CNN in 2008 as a multi-part series of documentaries covering issues, challenges and culture of African Americans across the country.
My employer, meanwhile, will feature three journalists this spring talking about race-related topics. The Miami University Lecture Series Committee will bring in Juan Williams and Charlayne Hunter-Gault Feb. 26 for a panel discussion called “Freedom Summer: The Voting Rights Act and the Political Realities of 2014.” On March 17, Jose Antonio Vargas, lately of the Washington Post, will be in Oxford to present “Define America: Let’s Talk About Immigration.”
See details for the Feb. 26 event at http://www.units.muohio.edu/lecture/lectures/freedomsummer.php. For more on the March 17 event go to http://www.units.muohio.edu/lecture/lectures/vargas.php.
Here’s another new piece from Columbia Journalism Review that’s worth a few minutes of your time…..especially for Ohioans interested in news from Cincinnati-based Scripps Howard, the Dec. 31, 2007, shuttering of its Cincinnati Post and the 2009 closing of its Rocky Mountain News.
The piece, titled “Putting the bundle back?,” starts with a quick review of some of the newest news on innovative web sites (can’t believe Friend of Miami University Bill Keller will leave the Times!) — then moves on to why local news, however its delivered, still matters:
Here’s the top:
“‘It seems like ambitious new journalism projects are everywhere these days. The announcement that former New York Times editor Bill Keller will lead a nonprofit startup covering the criminal justice system arrived just as Pierre Omidyar’s First Look Media launched its first “digital magazine” and as Ezra Klein begins staffing up his “Project X” venture at Vox Media. Meanwhile, powerful incumbents like The Washington Post, The New York Times and ESPN are producing new branded online initiatives that move away from traditional newsgathering and reporting routines. It’s an important moment for rethinking how to organize and fund the production of news. As we watch these projects unfold, however, it’s worth remembering that the staid local newspaper still offers specific civic benefits that the new models will be hard-pressed to replace, especially at the local and state level. “
See the full piece here.
Confused about what’s happening in the Cleveland market with continual change at the venerable Cleveland Plain Dealer?
Me too. But this new piece from the Columbia Journalism Review provides some clarity:
In a nutshell: Advance Publication now runs the PD along with a site called the Northeast Ohio Media Group. Whether they are — or should be — one or two companies is at the heart of a complaint filed with the National Labor Relations Board by the local Newspaper Guild.
One message that comes through loud and clear: “Digital first” thinking wins the day, whether employed by the Plain Dealer or the new NOMG.
Miami students met with six New York Times staffers during their “NYC Media” course.
Thanks to Miami University’s new Winter Term, 17 JRN/COM students spent a week in the Big Apple with NYC Media Jan. 12-16.
I had a great time putting together an itinerary that included Q&As with some 35 media pros at 15 different news organizations. Among them: New York Times, NBC, ABC, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News, Fox and several magazines. We squeezed Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert (got into tapings for both!) and, of course, “Newsies” on Broadway.
Great trip — and a nice new “Winter Term” payday, too. (Yes, journo friends: Life in the Ivory Tower does have its perks!)
Some 60 Pittsburgh journalists — members of SPJ and the local Press Club — were on hand for a session with new Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto on Jan. 15.
Thanks to SPJ stalwart Ginny Frizzi for this link to local coverage: http://triblive.com/news/adminpage/5412104-74/peduto-mayor-employees#axzz2qUbP4WMX.
Ginny reports that the session was taped by the Pennsylvania Cable Network and broadcast statewide.
Cincinnati kept up its string of innovative programs with a Jan. 30 Happy Hour called Hacks vs. Flacks. The Queen City Chapter paired up with the local PRSA group at Cincy’s newish downtown casino, the Horseshoe.
Wanna first-hand account? Wanna try one in your market? Reach out to Cincinnati chapter President Tom McKee at email@example.com.
The Columbus chapter is working overtime to put together a great regional this year. Reminder: April 4-5 in Columbus, with an opening night event at the new Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum on The Ohio State University campus. Panels, speakers, MOE lunch, etc., follow the next day at the OSU Fawcett Center.
Planners have also settled on a great name: Celebrating Our Past, Recreating Our Future.
Check out more here: http://2014spjregion4conference.com.
Watch this space for more regional news coming very soon .. and save April 4-5 for a great event in Ohio’s capitol city!