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Time Is Tight: Register Now For Region 1 Conference

Make sure to take advantage of early-bird rates for the Society of Professional Journalists Region 1 Spring Conference on Long Island before they end this Friday, March 9.

The conference, organized by the Press Club of Long Island chapter of SPJ, will bring together professional and student journalists from Maine to Pennsylvania for a day and a half of programming March 23-24 at Stony Brook University. It is guaranteed to be exciting and informative event — not to mention an investment in your future.

The event will include programs on social mediamobile journalismyour rights at crime scenes and news eventsfreelancing in a down economyuseful web tools for journalistsand much more. An opening night reception will be held in Stony Brook at the Long Island Museum’s beautiful carriage galleries.

Ellis Henican, a Fox News analyst, Newsday columnist, radio host and New York Times best-selling author, will deliver the keynote address at the student Mark of Excellence awards ceremony on Saturday, March 24.

To sweeten the deal, Hotel Chocolat is donating chocolate for a Friday afternoon break, while is offering free rides from their locations to New York City stops for those coming from long distances. You can then take the Long Island Rail Road to Stony Brook University. Register for the conference and reserve your seat before they’re all out.

There are also discounted rates at several local hotels.

For details on the SPJ Region 1 Spring Conference and to register, visit



Press Club of Long Island To Hold Police and Press Forum

The Press Club of Long Island will be holding a special meeting on Thursday focusing on the relationship between police and the press.

Journalist Phil Datz will be showing the widely viewed video of his arrest as well as video of previous confrontations with police at crime scenes.

The program will feature a panel discussion on journalists’ rights and responsibilities at crime scenes as well the policies that police have and

the training they receive on managing the media at scenes. Panelists will include Newsday Associate Editor Cliff Schechtman and representatives from the Suffolk and Nassau Police Departments. Carolyn James – a former SPJ Region 1 director and the editor of the Babylon Beacon, Amityville Record and Massapequa Post – will serve as the panel’s moderator.

The panel is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. at Newsday’s auditorium, which is located at 235 Pinelawn Rd. Melville, N.Y. 

Tickets are $10 for PCLI members and $20 for non-members. Contact Bill Bleyer at or 631-843-2750 for more information.

Swift Action By Long Island SPJ Chapter Yields Results

By spotlighting the unjustified arrest of a cameraman by the Suffolk County Police Department,  The Press Club of Long Island was able to convince the law enforcement agency to admit its mistake this week.

The department determined Monday afternoon that news cameraman Phil Datz was improperly arrested for filming the aftermath of a police chase on Friday.  Police Commissioner Richard Dormer urged the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office should dismiss all charges against Datz.

PCLI, the local chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, the nation’s largest journalism organization, had called earlier Monday for the Department to drop all charges against the freelance video journalist.  PCLI had also demanded that the department investigate the sergeant involved for what video taken at the scene indicates is a clear case of police abuse of authority and infringement of the journalist’s First Amendment rights.

The video shows Datz, who was working for Stringer News Service at the time and had been charged with misdemeanor obstruction of governmental administration, was filming across the street on public property. He had not crossed a police line and was in no way interfering with officers.

When confronted by the Fifth Precinct sergeant, he politely asked where he could film and suggested contacting the Public Information Office but was only threatened. After he moved further away, he was then arrested without cause.

Meanwhile, pedestrians and motorists freely moved around the scene without interference by police.

Dormer said, “The department is conducting an internal review of the incident between a Suffolk County Police Department supervisor and a photographer that resulted in the photographer’s arrest. I am working with the Suffolk County District Attorney to have the arrest nullified.

“The police department believes in keeping an open line of communication with the media and we will be reviewing the department’s policy concerning involvement with the news media. The department will also provide refresher training to all officers regarding the interaction between the news media and department personnel.


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