Archive for September, 2015

Cincy chapter to host DuBose session

DuBose session f15The Cincinnati chapter will host “Words & Images: A Media Debrief and Community Conversation” on Oct. 8 to discuss a high-profile July police shooting and the media’s coverage of it.

Panelists will examine all aspects of news coverage of the death of Samuel DuBose, a unarmed black motorist who was shot to death by University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing on July 19 after being stopped for driving a car without a front license plate.

Panelists will include attorneys for both the DuBose and Tensing families, Cincinnati City Manager Harry Black, Julie Wilson of the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office, Cincinnati Human Relations Commission Executive Director Ericka King-Betts, and representatives from several Cincinnati media outlets.

The event will be sponsored by the Greater Cincinnati Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, the Jewish Community Relations Council, The Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education, and the Cincinnati Human Relations Commission.

The discussion will run 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, 50 East Freedom Way, in downtown Cincinnati.

“This is a critical discussion that hasn’t had a public forum, until now,” said Hagit Limor, former Society of Professional Journalists national president and panel moderator. “We look forward to providing everyone the opportunity to be part of this community.”

RSVPs are requested by Oct. 6 at

Journalists interested in covering the panel may contact Jackie Congedo, Cincinnati SPJ, at or the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center,, (513) 333-7511.

EIJ15, one photo at a time

EIJ15 was a whirlwind of words, words and more words. I’ll get to those soon — but today, 48 hours after re-entry to the Day Job — the best I can manage is a photo mash-up, with cutlines below. Great to see so many Region 4 SPJers in Orlando — and to see so many recognized for their good work!


Row 1: Sue Porter, vice president at the Scripps Howard Foundation in Cincinnati, took home SPJ’s highest honor, the prestigious Wells Key Award. Former SPJ President Hagit Limor, right in photo, serves on the SDX board with Porter. The Columbus Dispatch and Student Press Law Center won the Eugene Pulliam First Amendment Award for their work on campus crime coverage.

Row 2: Ohio University SPJ chapter adviser Nerissa Young won recognition as the David L. Eshelman Outstanding Campus Adviser, while OU senior Kate Hiller won election as one of two student representatives to the SPJ National Board. Cincinnati chapter president Tom McKee of WCPO-TV, with wife Claudia, was honored as one of two pro members of the year.

Row 3: Miami of Ohio students Brett Milam, Alyssa Sato and Ariel Wiley traveled to Orlando with me to up their SPJ cred. Otterbein 360 and adviser Hillary Warren won an SPJ Sunshine Award for their successful battle to open police records at their central Ohio campus.

Row 4 and 5: My four panels — Suicide & Sources; Covering Ferguson & Baltimore; A Rape on Campus; and Covering Cuba — drew respectable crowds despite heavy competition. Happy to see University of Cincinnati prof, SPJ adviser and fellow Cuba traveler Jenny Wohlfarth (center in final photo) at the Cuba session.

Note: Other Region 4 winners included the Cleveland chapter, recognized with a Circle of Excellence Award for its communication outreach, and the OU chapter, recognized as Region 4 student chapter of the year.




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