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Call for R4 Conference Topics

The folks in Columbus are waaaaay ahead of the pack in planning for the Region 4 Conference next April! How much ahead? They’ve already put out a call for programs. In September. Gonna be a good one. So plan now for a trip to central Ohio April 4-5, 2014. And send all your programming ideas to Central Ohio President Beth Gianforcaro ASAP!

Her call for program ideas will get you started:

This year’s conference will focus on three themes:

1.       Contemporary Issues – Key news or other issues of particular importance to journalists and other communicators;

2.       Tools / Training Needed on the Job – Specific skill-building trainings that journalists and other communicators need to know to do their job well;

3.       Personal / Professional Development— Particular topics that enhance the personal and professional well being of journalists and other communicators.

…. we are seeking recommendations or proposals from you for outstanding speakers who might like to participate in this conference, panelists for a specific topic in one of the three key theme categories. Perhaps you or someone you know or work with would be a good presenter.  We are looking for names, contact information and a brief description of the specific subject matter to which the speaker can address. 

 Please send your e-mail recommendations to me at  by Friday, October 4, 2013. All recommendations will be considered by the 15-member board of directors for the Central Ohio Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists as they finalize plans for the conference.  

 Watch for more conference details at or or follow the event on Facebook.

Great job, Team Columbus!

Inactive R4 chapters

One more item for the day:

The National Board agenda included much discussion on inactive chapters — with even more discussion about pulling the charter of the Philadelphia chapter for lack of activity.

In Region 4, the following chapters (all student ones) are now considered INACTIVE. That does not mean their charters are revoked, but simply that they are not currently operating.

I will be reaching out to J Programs at all these  institutions, but if you have any help info on any of the chapters, please be in touch.

  • Bethany College
  • California University of Pennsylvania
  • Central Michigan University
  • Cleveland State University
  • Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
  • Lorain County Community College
  • Otterbein College
  • Shepherd University
  • Shippensburg University
  • University of Toledo
  • Wayne State College

Pittsburgh: Off and running

Glad to hear from SPJ veteran Ginny Frizzi that the Pittsburgh chapter has a packed calendar. She sent the following:

The Pittsburgh Professional Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) will present  “Covering All of the Bases: Sports Journalism in Pittsburgh”

Tuesday, September 24, 6-8:30 p.m.

Mullen’s Bar and Grille, 200 Federal Street, North Side

Pittsburgh loves sports. While there is always plenty to cover, this year has been an especially busy one given the Pirates’ success and Pitt moving to the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), not the mention the Steelers, Penguins and high school football.  What is the current state of sports journalism in Pittsburgh? How are reporters able to cover all of the stories? What challenges do they face? Find our when a panel of Pittsburgh sports journalists discuss their work covering local sports.

Moderator: Steve Greenberg, Chair of the Marketing, Sports Marketing, Supply Chain Management and Entrepreneurship Division, Duquesne University and former Vice President of Marketing, Pittsburgh Pirates.

Panelists: Jim Graci, program director, KDKA Radio and “The Fan” (KDKA-FM); Tom McMillan, Vice President of Communications, Pittsburgh Penguins; Dan Potash, anchor/reporter, ROOT Sports; Rob Rossi, Sportswriter, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Great line-up, Pittsburgh. Wishing you a great turnout.

In the area? Contact Ginny Frizzi at (412) 624-5448 or with questions or your RSVP.

Region 4 Ethics Week activities

Two Region 4 chapters have received grants to help put on 2008 Ethics Week programming, during the week of April 21-27.

Indiana University of Pennsylvania SPJ, $450
Program Name: “News Media in Indiana, Pa.: Of Whom, By Whom, Form Whom?”
Description: The program will be a journalism symposium at which local news-media representatives will join a panel to address the title question, discuss issues related to it and answer questions from a moderator and from students and citizens from the campus and surrounding community. The chapter’s objectives are to illuminate the work of professional journalists in the community, to shed light on the pressures they face on the job and to invite citizen appreciation for and constructive criticism of their performance.

Central Ohio Pro, $550
Program Name: “Grey Matter: Working in a freebie culture”
Description: We life in a freebie culture, from free doughnuts to game tickets. Are all gifts to be refused? Is there a grey area? The Central Ohio Act Independently Ethics Program will: Give analysis of real life examples; Provide ethical insight from both journalists and public relations professionals; Encourage group discussion with the panel.

Read about more programs across the country here.


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