Getting Better All the Time

Region 1, as I have said before, represents one out of every six SPJ members nationwide so it stands to reason we should have some of the most active and enthusiastic of those members.
Jordan Frias, our New England Pro president, has arranged for several screenings of the NYT documentary “Obit.” We are even working on a northern NE showing.
Even more exciting, we had a Google Training in. . .drumroll please. . .upstate New York! There is life in the former Black Hole of SPJ!
Brett Hall pulled that rabbit out of the hat. Brett was a superstar as a student member and is continuing that trend as a pro. He single-handedly arranged the Google event in Syracuse.
We have a new student chapter at William Paterson University in Wayne, NJ. Nick Hirshorn, a former member of the Deadline Club board and now a member of the NJPro board, is the advisor.
Plans are also in the works for a student chapter at Montclair State University, also in New Jersey, under the advisement of Pulitzer-Prize winning photographer Tom Franklin. (the photo of the 3 firemen and the American flag). For years the only student chapter in the state has been at Rutgers, so NJPro is very happy about this.
NJPro and Keystone are working on a Regional conference April 21 and 22 in Philadelphia. This is the first even there since the Philly Pro Chapter was dissolved. The Regional will be a full day Saturday and Sunday. Of course, we will have a Friday evening event of some kind for the old timers who are used to having their Friday night reception.
The regional will offer a KipCamp and Google training, plus a program on diversity to which we will invite members of the community for their input into how we can do a better job. I’m planning a session on covering casino gambling, a much-neglected issue. And, as per national prez Rebecca Baker, one on sexual harassment. Anybody with great ideas, please contact me or post a comment. Thanx.

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